Reminders for the Week

It was another incredible week. We are really into the swing of things and we couldn’t be happier. As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for all of the blessings God has given to us. I wish all of the Saints families a very happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

Here are some Reminders for this upcoming week:

Terry Fox Run: The Terry Fox Run for 2021 had great weather and the enthusiasm was spectacular! Thank-you to all families who donated to the Terry Fox Organization this year. Without your dedication, commitment, and support, we would not have been able to keep Terry’s dream alive. It is our hope that one day soon, a cure will be found. Until that day, keep pushing forward to hopefully turn that dream into a reality for all people around the world. We are proud that over $900 was raised by our community in support of this worthy initiative! Thank you, Saints, for all your support towards this great cause.

Spirit Wear for ALL: Every Thursday is Spirit Day and we want to make sure that every student has the opportunity to participate. Exciting News!!: Every student will receive a spirit wear t-shirt this year. Our collective school spirit shirt is one initiative that we are hoping to build community, create a sense of belonging and inclusivity – as well as show our spirit.

You simply need to go on Cash On Line and order your children’s size before the end of the day today (Thursday Oct. 7th). This initiative is supported by our school council so the EVERYONE can have a shirt to show their school spirit.

Please note that later in the fall we will also have other school spirit apparel on sale more information to follow.  

Congratulations Grade 8s and Saints Grade 9 students: Students in our Grade 8 class and last year’s graduating class celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation this week with Father Irenaeus as the officiant. Congratulations Confirmandi.

October is Cyber Awareness Month: Cyber Awareness month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October. Teachers will be doing lessons each week in October to bring awareness to students and how to stay secure online by teaching them simple steps to protect themselves.

Cell Phone Use: A reminder that student cell phones are only to be used under staff supervision. They are for academic use or in case of emergency and a student needs to call home. In both circumstances, a staff member must supervise their use. Please do not text or call your child on their phone during the day. If you need to give them a message, please call the office and we will make sure they receive it. Thank you for your co-operation.

Emergency Drill Success: The overall safety of the students and staff at St. Clement always remains a top priority. Even the procedures this fall for conducting emergency drills (Tornado, Lock Down, Fire) aligned with Public Health advice and the advice of the Ontario Fire Mashal. We had all of our fall emergency drills and teachers went over safety with their classes.

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 your child must stay home. The symptom list found on the screening is the same symptom list we are looking at in order to help us to determine whether to send a student home during the day. 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. Please notice that although 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.

Pizza Fundraiser is Back- who doesn’t love PIZZA! With the amazing success last year with our Pizza fundraiser, CSAC has decided to do this fundraiser again. On Nov. 8th, 9th and 10th from 4 PM to close (9 PM) Saints are encouraged to go out for dinner that night to New Orleans Pizza – our local pizza establishment. During that time, a portion of sales will be donated back to the school. We thank you in advance for your support of fundraising initiatives and supporting local at the same time – it’s a win-win!

Nutrition for Learning: Nutrition for Learning runs weekly. Students have the option of picking a small snack item from a bin. Each classroom receives a bin of items. Please be sure to notify your child’s teacher if there is something that your child can not eat.

Hot Lunches: Hot lunches are back and ordering is now open! Students will be able to choose from our local New Orleans Pizza, Boston Pizza, Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady every Wednesday starting on Wednesday, Oct. 13 (please see our school calendar for the details: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ . )

If you wish to order hot lunches for your child(ren), please register for an account with Lunchbox by visiting lunchboxorders.com, click “Order Lunch” at the top right of the webpage, then click “Create Account” to register (you can also try logging in using the same login as your School Cash Online account, as Lunchbox and School Cash are connected). You can then add multiple children to your account- please ensure you enter the correct teacher and grade for each child to avoid any delivery errors. Vendors have been prearranged and will alternate each week between New Orleans Pizza, Boston Pizza/Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady. Lunches can only be ordered via your account on this website before the set deadlines- the school is not responsible for ordering or changing deadlines.

Please note that for our first hot lunch delivery on Wednesday, October 13, the deadline date is Sunday, October 10 at NOON. 

You can view this document for more information including contact information for Lunchbox if you have any questions or concerns: St. Clement Catholic School 2021-22 (1).pdf

Thank you Ms. Brenner for all of your efforts in organizing hot lunches for our students.

Students going off property for lunches: Resuming Pre-Covid Lunch Protocols: Grade 6-8 students only – starting Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 2021

In the instance where a Grade 6, 7 or 8 student would like to visit the eateries across the street from the school, the following should be noted:

  • Only Grade 6, 7 and 8 students may leave the property at lunch time to visit the restaurants
  • Students must have a signed and dated note from their parents giving them permission to leave the property. Students will show their teacher the note and bring the note to the office at lunch bell
  • Students are to consume the food off site. Bringing food back on the property is not an option for a variety of reasons (policy related to no food on the yard for healthy and safety, bees/wasps, and there is no supervision to eat the food in the building during lunch recess)
  • Students are encouraged to use the cross walk / crossing guard to cross the busy road of Lobsinger Line
  • Students are to buzz the office to sign back into the school immediately upon arrival to the school

Thank you for your continued support of school safety

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!

Halloween: Halloween is an exciting time of year! And we really know how to celebrate it at St. Clement School! Please note the following:

  • Our school will have our annual virtual Halloween parade! We welcome students in costumes OR students wearing black and orange if you prefer! Remember that students will be outside for the recesses.
  • If students choose to dress up, please be conscious of the type of costume they are planning on wearing to school. Costumes must be in line with our Catholic values – no violent or excessively scary costumes, students may not bringing weapons, or other inappropriate costumes. Costumes that violate our Catholic Values will need to call home for a change of clothing. If students are unsure they can consult with their teacher. Masks are not permitted for safety reasons – kindly use face paint instead.
  • Kindly do not send Halloween treats into the school as teachers are unable to distribute them. If you wish to have a treat , bring one for yourself for the day.

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: Theme for the Month of October: Empathy

End your day with “High low high”

This is a quick exercise you can do around the dinner table or as a family before bedtime.

Have each member of your family recall a high point, a low point and then another high point of their day or week. Take time to listen to each person and ask questions if you want. In order to practice empathy for someone else, we need to understand their journey.

For your kids, it’s very beneficial to hear what went well in your day, what you are proud of and also the challenges you are working through. For parents, this is a great way to get your kids talking about the specifics of their day and improve your parental empathy for the daily rain they face.

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Friday Oct. 8th is a PA Day! Just a reminder that Friday Oct. 8th is a PA Day. Staff will be working on Ministry Initiatives and Health and Safety. No school for students.

For these dates and all others please visit our School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/  (please

Here are some great things that happened recently at our school:

What a blessed day for our Grade 8 Saints and our newly graduated Saints who celebrated Confirmation recently. #WCDSBAwesome #GiftsOfTheHolySpirit

 

Saints focus on the Umbrella Project Skill Empathy. Students will be recognized at the end of the month for these skills. #WCDSBAwesome #UmbrellaProject #Empathy

 

It’s spirit day today and Saints wear a sea of blue and gold! Don’t forget today is the last day to order your complimentary Saints spirit wear t- shirt on School Cash Online! #GoSaints #WCDSBAwesome

 

Saints participate in a Thanksgiving liturgy. So much to be grateful for.

 

Saints participate in a virtual assembly for the Umbrella Project theme of the month: Empathy!