Here are some Reminders:
It was another successful week for Saints! With autumn arriving we will be able to enjoy the fresh outdoor breeze and all the bright colours that will begin to surround us in our beautiful St. Clement landscape. We had a few classroom adjustments recently, and want to thank you, the families and staff who made this transition positive for our learners. Now, students are all settled into their classrooms and all our practices and protocols for safe learning and playing environments are becoming routine. The days are starting to cool and the nights are getting chilly – perfect for a good night’s sleep so we can all learn and grow during the day! I would like thank you, parents, for all the support you have shown to the staff at St. Clement. Our staff are putting our hearts and souls into the work of caring for your children and welcoming them back to a safe and nurturing learning environment. We are proud to be the heart of the community and take the responsibility of caring for, and educating, your children very seriously. Thank you for granting us some patience as we establish school wide and classroom routines and expectations with your children. It is truly our privilege to serve and support you, and we hope you will let us know if we can assist your family in any way. We hope you have an awesome weekend!
Attendance: Thank you for your diligence in calling the school to inform Mrs. Williams of late and absent students! Please continue to always verify your child’s late or absence each morning, before 8:50 am, by leaving a message on our attendance line. Please do not press 0 to speak to the office about any late or absences- press 1 and leave a message as this is a busy time for the office. Thank you for your cooperation.
Verification Forms: As part of our school Start-Up Forms, your child(ren) brought home a Student Verification Form (white), for your review and signature on Monday. Please review and note any changes to the information recorded on the form – please revise in a coloured pen and highlight.
All students are asked to return this form and the envelope by Friday, September 24th with parent/guardian signature, as this is an important form for our school records to ensure we have the most current and up-to-date information. Thank you for your prompt return of this signed form.
Half-Mast notice: Sept 24 to 27th: The Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs has informed boards that flags on all Government of Ontario buildings across the province will be flown at half-mast in observance of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day
Picture Day is Coming! – September 29: We are pleased to announce that Lifetouch is coming on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 to take individual pictures of students and staff. We will not be doing a class photo this year due to CVID protocols. Please see the Lifetouch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LevtvXI9l2Q which shows the steps that they are taking to ensure Picture Day is safe for everyone. Picture orders are to be placed via mylifetouch.ca using this Picture Day ID: QX551193Q0
Orange Shirt Day/ National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- Thursday September 30: Saints will be celebrating Orange Shirt Day which is now being referred to as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation’s purpose is to recognize the impact of the Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students. Let’s turn our St. Clement hallways ORANGE!
Transportation: STSWR is reporting a significant shortage in drivers and they are experiencing delays, in some cases from 60-90 minutes. The Board is working with STSWR on short term solutions and will advise on next steps
Yearbook: We are in need of parent volunteers to complete our school yearbook as the previous parent volunteer had to step down. Kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in giving your time for this special book for students.
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 email@example.com or call the school at 519-699-5271. Thank you for considering!
Good Luck Wishes to our Co-Ed 3 Pitch team: We want to wish our intermediate 3-Pitch team all the best of luck on Monday for their tournament! Thank you, Mr. Ouellette and Ms. D’Arcy for coaching! Go Saints!
Daily Screening: Thank you for your continued diligence in completing the COVID-19 screening for each child(ren) every day. As of Monday, Sept. 20th, you do not need to send us the daily results. Here is the link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ Please note that even when you don’t need to send us the results, you still need to complete the screening every day before your child(ren) come to school. If there are any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, decrease/loss of taste/smell, nausea, vomiting/diarrhea) your child must stay home. If students begin to experience any of the symptoms listed, we will call and ask that they be picked up and taken for a COVID-19 test or 10 day isolation. Please notice that although sore throat, headache, runny nose, sore stomach, etc., are NOT on the list, we would ask that parents play it safe and if your children are sick, please keep them home.
What happens if a student develops symptoms?
Students that develop symptoms while at school will be required to be picked up. Siblings of symptomatic students do NOT have to go home if they are not showing signs of being ill. However, once students are at home, if there is a sibling that is awaiting a COVID-19 test, all siblings should stay home and isolate. In short, siblings don’t have to leave early, but once they are home they have to stay until test results are returned.
What if there is a positive case in my child’s classroom?
If a positive case comes up in a K-6 classroom (i.e., no one is old enough to be vaccinated), the entire class will be asked to isolate. Chromebooks will be provided to those students that need them and learning will continue online for the duration of the isolation period.
If a positive case comes up in a grade 7/8 class (i.e., some students may be vaccinated), all students will stay home until Public Health is able to contact you. If it is determined that you can return to the classroom, learning will continue as per normal. Those who can not return, will be provided with a Chromebook if needed, and learning will be done through posted work on the learning site. No live teaching will take place online in this instance, but work will be posted daily.
Thank you to all families that are diligently screening. Completing the screening, wearing masks, maintaining proper hand hygiene, and distancing are all ways we can help to keep the children in our care and our community safe. We are however, still dealing with a global pandemic with variant strains of this virus. The reality is that positive cases could come up and we wanted to share that we have plans to deal with them.
Learning Commons: The Learning Commons (Library) is now open and students are able to take out and enjoy our book collection and see the newly renovated space!
Anaphylaxis APH 005:The following information is taken directly from the WCDSB Anaphylaxis policy:
Look-A-Like Products To Peanut Butter (e.g. SchoolSafe Soy Butter – WOWBUTTER; Sunbutter (sunflower seeds); Golden Pea Butter (peas and Omega 3 canola oil)
School Administrator is to communicate to school community to refrain from sending look-a-like products to peanut butter to school with your child.
- It is impossible to differentiate between these products and peanut butter; in fact, these products are almost identical in colour, consistency, smell and taste to peanut butter. Therefore, the Board is requesting that parents do not send their children to school with look-a-like products to peanut butter such as “WOWBUTTER”, “PEABUTTER” and “SUNBUTTER” in sandwiches until the products are available in a colour other than tan, the colour of peanut butter. If not already done so, please bring the above information to the attention of your school community via your school newsletter and/or school website. If a student brings this product into the school, an alternative setting to eat their lunch/snack is to be provided.
Hot Lunches: Hot lunches are back! Students will be able to choose from our local New Orleans Pizza, Boston Pizza, Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady depending on the week (please see our school calendar for the details: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ .) Hot lunch will be offered every Wednesday and ordering will open up on September 29th on School Cash OnLine. Thank you Ms. Brenner for all of your efforts in organizing hot lunches for our students.
Mrs. Williams needs to eat lunch, too: Thank you for your patience and thoughtful consideration of Mrs. William’s lunch time from 1:00pm to 1:30pm. She is the only person working in the main office and she needs to get away from the computer and phone for a break and some food. If you call during this time, please do not expect to get through to a person-you can leave a message by pressing 1. It is critical that you call in advance and leave a message on the attendance line by pressing 1 if your child needs to be picked up early. Please call early in the morning and leave a message on the voicemail and/or email Mrs. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mrs. Dafoe, or another adult, will sign students in/out from school during this time.
Teachers are not available by email while they are teaching. Our work environment is very different from a corporate setting so please do not expect the classroom teacher to be on their email during the work day. If you need to get a message to a classroom teacher “on the day of” you should send in a note or email them, or leave a voicemail for Mrs. Williams early in the morning.
We are doing our best to provide a healthy working and learning environment for all our community members and appreciate your proactive help to ensure this reality.
St. Clement School Advisory Council (CSCA): St. Clement Catholic School Advisory Council initial meeting for the 2021/2022 school year was held virtually on Tuesday Sept. 21st. We thank the parents for taking an active role. Please look for the upcoming Newswire with the minutes from the meeting. Here are your council members for this year:
Chair/Co-Chair: Tracy Brenner and Pam Koebel
Treasurer: Andrea Boyce
All council meetings are open for anyone to attend, we hope you can join us for future meetings (posted on our school calendar https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ ) and reminder Newswires will be sent out reminders and with virtual meeting links. Thank you for all that you do, CSAC!
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: Help your child identify their strengths
There are so many admirable researchers that have dedicated their careers to childhood wellbeing and Professor Lea Waters at the University of Melbourne is one of these great minds. Much of her research centers around developing a strength-based approach to parenting. Specifically, she has found that children cope better with stress when they know what their strengths and strong coping skills are and when we, as parents, help to connect our children to their strengths.
So how can we use the Umbrella Project to parent from a strength-based perspective? Beginning in October, we will be focusing on learning about and practicing a different umbrella skill. As you learn about each skill, be sure to help your child recognize which skills are strengths for them. Maybe your child naturally gravitates towards kindness, is great at taking on challenges with grit, tries lots of new and unfamiliar things with an open and flexible mind, or has a highly developed sense of purpose. There are plenty of positive coping skills and your child is probably already very good at some of them.
In order to have the best wellbeing outcomes, we don’t want to miss the important step of having them recognize these skills in themselves. We want our children to know when they are using those important strengths. Remember that all the coping skills work best together, so we also want to notice the skills our children may not have developed yet. When you notice a hole in your child’s umbrella of skills, this is a great opportunity to look at the parenting tips for that skill and select the few that work best for your family dynamic. By focusing on the combination of knowing our strengths and continuing to develop new skills, over time we can have a huge impact on our child’s resilience and happiness in the face of challenges.
Learn more about strength-based parenting in this 2 minute video.
Health + Happiness,
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project
School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events.
Stay Safe Saints!