Reminders for the Week

Welcome 2022 – a new year with new opportunities!

It was very exciting to have everyone finally back face to face this week!

Masks from the Ministry will be arriving next week that will be distributed to all students.  Masks continue to be mandatory inside the school and will be encouraged outdoors.  Please review with your child proper mask wearing procedures as per Public Health (over the nose, under the chin).  Staff will be reminding students of the importance of masks, hand hygiene and social distancing, and families if necessary, to build protection for both staff and students against the spread of COVID.

Check your Email every Morning

As we continue working to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students – while also strictly adhering to all public health guidance concerning COVID-19 screening and isolation requirements – we will, from time to time, experience some challenges in ensuring an appropriate number of school staff are available to ensure the safety and security of all.

This could periodically result in the need to switch some classes form in-person learning to virtual learning for short periods of time. We will endeavor to communicate this with our community as early as possible. That said, please check for email communication from the school each morning to monitor updates and information regarding your child’s learning in the even we need to pivot to shorts periods of virtual learning.  

Screening Each Day Requirement:

:Please continue to go through the screening tool with your child(ren) before each school day.  The Jan. 12, 2022 updated screener can be found here: COVID-19 school screening (ontario.ca).  A paper screener attestation form was sent home on Tuesday for parents to sign each morning that will be checked daily at school. Please know that this date has been extended beyond the two weeks and the board/ministry will let us know  Please ensure you are completing the screener in its entirety, reading all the way to the bottom of the screen pages for direction.

PD Day Friday, January 21

Just a reminder to our Saints families that tomorrow, Friday, January 21st is a Professional Activity Day. There is no school for students.

Bus Notifications

If your child rides the bus it is critical that you sign up for notifications through Student Transportation Services. This is how you will know that your child’s bus is late on a given day.

Below, you will find a link to the subscription service as well as the video which explains the Inclement Weather process from STSWR.

Parents have the option of using STSWR’s subscription service: Subscription Service Instructions (Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region) (stswr.ca) to receive delays and cancellations via email or follow them on Twitter: @STSWR.

Inclement Weather Video from STSWR: STSWR Inclement Weather Video CC – YouTube

Rapid Antigen Tests

Two Rapid Antigen Tests went home and instructions on how to complete them were Newswired out. The link is here again: The instructions can also be found on SchoolCash Online and there are YouTube instructions here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxmz9ERQlsZvswUiYSJVOLRIOwRUWBL_W . Please use these tests WHEN  AND IF YOUR CHILD IS SYMPTOMATIC. These tests are not to be used for peace of mind, but instead to be used if symptomatic at home. If you have decided for your child to remain remote for the first two week session, we have their tests at the school for them – kindly contact your child’s teacher or Debbie in the office to make arrangements for pick up of their test; alternatively you can wait until they return to school and we will give them their tests then.

Decision to Return to In-Person or Remain Online

We returned to in-person learning on January 18th, However, there may be some students/families who are not totally comfortable with this transition.  We want to continue the learning for everyone, so at St. Clement CES, and at all schools in the WCDSB, will continue to offer a short window of remote learning, should you wish to choose that option.

If this is the preference, please let your child’s classroom teacher know and inform the main office (519-699-5271) or email debbie.simpson@wcdsb.ca that you wish to remain at home and learn online.  This option is for a 2 week block, from January 17 – January 28. Your child(ren) would remain at home and connect with the regular classroom teacher at 8:50 am and 12:35 pm each day.  This check-in would be for approximately 20-30 minutes.  During this check-in your child could connect with the teacher, engage in regular classroom routines and get clarity on the work that is expected for that day.  If your child is on time, the teacher would mark your child present and they would be able to connect and complete the work.

You would have the option and opportunity to re-join the class in person on January 31, 2022 or remain online for an additional 2 week block.  Switching formats within the 2 week period will not be permitted.

Families are asked to decide if you would like to return to in-person learning or remain online Monday, January 17, 2022. If you want to return to in-person learning, there is NOTHING THAT IS REQUIRED.

If you do NOT want your child(ren) to return to in-person learning, please contact your child’s teacher and the administrative assistant.

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies and Retreat

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies will become available for you to purchase in February on CashOnLine (more information to follow).

The WCDSB has decided to maintain a 3 day excursion retreat (no overnight due to safety / COVID). In doing so, students will continue to complete the COVID Screening each day. The 3 day retreat will consist of 2 days at the school and one day off-site travelling by bus. Our retreat days are April 27-29 2022. Mrs. Alvarez will be providing more information to you closer to the date.

Message from the Chief Medical Officer and Minister of Education

Please see the letter to parents from Minister of Education Stephan Lecce and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.

Joint-Parents-Letter-January-18-2022-EN-1

 

Junior Kindergarten Registration: 

Is your little one school aged and ready to come to school?  Registration is now open.  Please register online or call the office to set up a virtual appointment to walk you through the online registration process.

   
  Winter Weather:

It is that time of year when students need to be reminded of the necessity of dressing properly for the weather (e.g., mittens, hats, scarves, snowpants, boots, etc.). Items that are labelled will be easier for your child to track down, as many boots and mittens look very similar.  A number of items make their way to the Lost and Found and are often not claimed, so be sure to remind your child to check there if they have lost something. We ask that each child have indoor footwear (e.g., running shoes to wear in the school and boots to wear outside).

When we experience wintry weather throughout the year schools follow School Board policy when deciding to keep students indoors during winter.  When schools are open, special consideration must be given to the safety and well-being of students while they are outside at recess, lunch, or for other outdoor activities.  The following temperatures (including windchill) and actions should be followed during winter months:

 

·         *NEW TEMPERATURE GUIDELINES: When the temperature is between -20°C and -27°C, schools will move to a shortened outdoor recess and lunch period.  This period will not be longer than 15 minutes.

·         When temperatures are colder than -27°C, students must remain inside.

Temperatures and conditions vary across the Region. The following website shall be used to assess local conditions:  www.weather.ca

 

Otherwise all students will go outside for recesses and lunches. Students must dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside before school, during the, two 15-minute recess and the 40-minute lunch break.  Requests asking students to stay in due to inadequate winter clothing, not liking the cold weather etc. cannot be accommodated.  It is very important for students to understand they will redirected to play outside.  It is imperative that all students come prepared for the weather – especially as intramurals and clubs are on pause. 

Please remember that children who are too ill to go outside should be resting at home, as we are unable to watch sick children, especially in keeping with COVID protocols.  Unless the school is provided with a doctor’s note describing the illness with a special request to stay indoors—the school does not have a nurse who can tend to the sick like a parent/guardian can at home.  If your child is unwell, we will call a parent/guardian for a pick up. 

Please check the weather each day before students leave for school to ensure that they are coming to school dressed appropriately to go outside every day.  

In the event of severe weather, please listen to the local radio stations for school closure or bus cancellation information beginning at 6:45 a.m. Announcements are made approximately every quarter hour. Additionally, all cancellation updates can be found on the WCDSB website (www.wcdsb.ca) under the Cancellations tab.

Bible Celebration: Jan. 20th

The St. Clement Community would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Father Ireneusz, our parish priest and CONGRATULATIONS GRADE 4 Students!!  His homily today really hit home. The Bible is our guiding light to light our way in the world. It is so applicable to us today and can mean so much to us if we use it!

Enjoy these bibles as a family, talk about them and crack the spine often.

Thank you to Ms. Spiak and Ms. Fedy for their preparation of the bible celebration. What a wonderful experience and a super day!

Congratulations Grade 4 students! We hope the word of God means guides you in your lifetime.

God Bless! 

Hiring Lunch Hour Supervisor Positions

St. Clement CES is looking to hire permanent and supply Lunch Hour Supervisors!

You must be:

·         18 Years of Age or older

·         Canadian citizen with Social Insurance Number or valid work permit to be eligible to work in Canada

The Salary is between $22.20 – $23.46 per hour.

You will be required to work one hour a day from 11:35- 12:35.

If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact the principal by email andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca or call the school at 519-699-5271. Thank you for considering!

 
  WCDSB Updates

Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information.  Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/

 
   
Families are reminded to check the WCDSB website regularly for updates on our Operational Guidelines.  Please know families can review the Ventilation Report for schools and/or the Board should you wish to have more information: https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/

Umbrella Project: Did you know… students are encouraged daily to show their Saints Umbrella Skills. Staff recognize students showing their skills for the month. Students from each class will be recognized and celebrating for their skills and receive a BRAG TAG for their backpack.

  Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of January : Authenticity

Is there a grain of truth?

Let’s face it – it often feels easier to shift the blame to someone or something else, rather than looking inside and owning up to our mistakes. In reality, the situations we find ourselves in are much more complex than that. There is often more than one factor involved in our mistakes/conflicts and almost always, some piece of it that we can accept responsibility for. The ability to do this is a big part of healthy relationship-building for your child.

The next time your child is facing a conflict, ask them if they can pick out a grain of truth in the situation: something little that they can take ownership and responsibility for. This can be especially effective for sibling conflicts, as well as peer and parent relationships.

This strategy will help them start with small, manageable things and eventually to owning bigger pieces of their mistakes. The strategy shows your child the relief that comes with ownership and telling the truth.

Does your child often get upset at the suggestion that they may have something to do with the conflict they find themselves in? Working towards owning up to mistakes is a great way to build their authenticity, help them learn from those mistakes and prevent them from having to carry the burden of that mistake long-term.

This can be a difficult skill for some to nurture, so make honesty the easiest option for your child by praising them every time they are able to find their piece of responsibility in the situation.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Here are some great things that happened recently at our school, please follow us on Twitter @stclementsaints for more information about these and other exciting news:

Saints showing their Spirit on Spirit Wear Thursday

What a special day. Grade 4 students received the Word of God. #BibleCelebration

School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/  (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).

January 21st – PA Day – no school for students. Teachers will be devoting their time to provincial ministry priorities of assessment

 

January 26th– Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 26th– Hot Lunch

January 28th – Saints Spirit Day – show your colours – blue and gold!!

February – Black History Month

Feb. 4 – Yearbook Cover Contest Entries due to the office (see your child’s classroom teacher for details)

Moose Hide Campaign Day (due to COVID has been deferred from February to May)

February 17 – Term 1 Report Card Distribution

February 21 – Family Day – no school for students

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

February 21 – Family Day – no school for students

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

June 3 – PA Day –  no school for students / Ministry Directed priorities for teachers.

June 27- Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 29 – Last day of school