“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou

As we begin a new week, we look forward to cooler days, the changing colours of the fall season and we take time to reflect upon all that we are thankful for in our lives.

Here are some Reminders:

Daily Screening: Thank you for your continued diligence in completing the COVID-19 screening for each child(ren) every day. 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.

Septic System repairs: Please note the date for the work on the Septic system HAS BEEN CHANGED by the board to Nov. 1st  due to an issue obtaining parts. Therefore the buses will stop at the normal spot for the month of October and then on NOV. 1st, for 3 days, the buses will stop at the top of CHARLES as previously communicated. See below for more details.

“WCDSB is coordinating investigative work for the septic system at St. Clement.  This work will require that a section of the asphalt play area at the north end of the school (near the Charles Street / Church Street intersection) is cordoned off.  Students will not have access through this area where they normally access the play yard. This means that bus pick up / drop off will have to be relocated to the beginning of Charles Street (using the sidewalk to walk across the front of the school) starting Nov. 1st for approximately 3 days while the work is underway.  Students would have access to the play yard via the driveway which runs between the church and school. Please see the map below that indicates the new bus drop off and pick up for those three days. Many thanks for your understanding.”

Halloween Excitement: On Friday, Oct. 29, students are most welcome to show their Halloween spirit by wearing costumes to school. Students are to wear non-violent costumes/clothing.  We also ask that students not wear full face masks as all students are required to wear their personal protective face mask due to public health regulations.

For students who do not wish to wear costumes on this day, they are invited to wear black and orange for a Halloween color theme.

Due to the global pandemic we continue to remain in, please do not send Halloween Treats to school for students to share. Thank you for your understanding during this unique time.

Student Council, which is comprised of Intermediate students are getting ready for the judging of our CLASSROOM DOOR DECORATING CONTEST! The doors are setting a spooky tone for the excitement to come on the 29th!

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!

Childhood Wellbeing: One of the most fundamental and well-researched predictors of childhood wellbeing and resilience is the quality of the relationships that children have in their lives. As the busyness of the school year picks up, remember that strong relationships need time to nurture and build. Before you add homework and extracurriculars into your child’s schedule, be sure to prioritize time in your weekly schedule for family bonding, friends, play and other important relationship-based activities as they are critical components to support your child’s wellbeing. It is recommended that you add these into your schedule as you would swimming lessons or piano so this time doesn’t get overlooked and forgotten.

Here are 2 ideas that pop up regularly in the research as big builders of relationship skills for your child:

  1. Find time for family meals together as often as possible. This seemingly simple activity improves parent-child connectedness and supports positive behaviours and health, especially as your child reaches their teen years.
  2. Have unstructured playdates. Unstructured play helps kids build relationships and important social skills. Book time for your child to spend time with friends that isn’t based on a prescribed activity like video games or sports but is free time where they have to create their own experience.

This low-key, fun time will help your child develop the relationships skills that will positively impact their lifelong wellbeing.

Every Thursday is Spirit Day! We are excited to await the arrival of the complementary t-shirts from CSAC!

In addition to this, St. Clement CES is pleased to offer staff and families an opportunity to purchase school spirit wear if interested, please see attached flyers for online purchasing.

All Spirit wear orders are due by Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 2021 directly to Pardon Promotions (See order info below). Should you wish your items to be a surprise and/or Christmas present, please indicate this information when you order.

St Clements 2021 Spirit Wear Order Form (3) (for any price discrepancies, refer to pricing on the order form not the flyer)

On Your Feet Challenge: Active transportation is free, easy, and a great way to move more every day.
Sign your up family online at Join the On Your Feet active transportation challenge (onyourfeetchallenge.ca) From October 11 to 29 count your active transportation kilometres and keep entering them on onyourfeetchallenge.ca. Your family could win a participation prize or a Grand Prize.

REQUEST FOR NAMES FOR OUR St. Clement BOOK OF LIFE 2021: Each year, we ask staff and families to submit the names of those that have passed on so we can add them to our school’s BOOK of LIFE for All Soul’s Day. The names will be honoured during prayer time each morning. If you would like to submit a name, please let your classroom teacher know and they will be remembered and honoured during our morning prayers. Kindly submit your names before Oct. 29th so that we have time to add them to our list.

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!

Dress for the Weather: Please ensure your child is dressed for all types of weather. Due to the need for regular mask breaks and fresh air, we will be going outside in the cold, misty or light rain conditions. Although we sometimes close the field with wetter conditions some students may still require a change of clothes. Please feel free to pack/send an extra set of clothes just in case it is needed and then the school will not need to call and interrupt your day for drier apparel.

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.

Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of October: Empathy

Help kids see what they have in common with others. Having high empathy is linked with increased happiness and scholastic achievement.

To build this important skill, help kids see what they have in common with others. One of the biggest predictors of prejudices and a failure to empathize with members of other groups, is having little or no contact with people who aren’t like you.

Research shows that schools can boost empathy by fostering an inclusive, warm attitude towards cultural diversity and you can do this at home too.

Take stock of how often your kids play with others who are different from them. Do your girls play with boys and vice versa? What about other cultures? What about the adults around them?  How wide is your child’s perspective? Encourage diversity to learn about and empathize with others.

For a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building empathy, click here to read a blog post on empathy.

Until next time,

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).

Oct. 21 – Early Childhood Educators Day

Oct. 27- Hot Lunch for those students that ordered (Lunch Lady)

Oct. 28 – St. Clement Saints Spirit Wear Day – show your pride!

Oct. 29 – Halloween at St. Clement CES

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

The door decorating has started. The halls are getting spooky! Can’t wait to see who wins!


Happy Early Childhood Educators Day, Ms. Burtenshaw, Ms. Good and Ms. Robles. We are so thankful to have you on our team!


We are so thankful to our bus drivers! Happy Bus Driver Appreciation Day! #SchoolHeroes