Hi Saints Families!
This week we joyously welcome the liturgical season of Easter with the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, marking the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Easter symbolizes hope, renewal, and new life; all of which are especially poignant and uplifting reminders during these challenging times.
Please see below for important reminders and updates for the week.
Health and Safety Reminders!
Thank you to staff, students and families for working so hard to follow our COVID 19 safety protocols. While I recognize that this has been an exhausting year, we must continue to be vigilant about following public health directions. We have noticed that with the nice weather students are returning to the school after hours to use the area. Please keep in mind that WCDSB Extended Day Care uses the space for our after-school program until 6:00 p.m. For students using the area after hours, we ask that they remain masked when congregating with anyone outside of their own family.
Students have been reminded that cell phones must remain in their backpacks at all times when on school property unless they have the expressed permission and supervision of their teacher. We ask for your support in reinforcing this message at home and discussing the importance of digital citizenship and respect when using technology. As always, please contact the school office at 519-699-5271 if you need to get in touch with your child(ren) during the school day.
Please be reminded that all adults and all students must wear a face mask while on any part of St. Clement’s outdoor school property. Please be diligent as arrival and dismissal times inherently have more people moving about.
Students must check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. You can screen your child or yourself by taking the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
April Family Spring ParticipACTION events!
New! WCDSB parents are welcome to attend April events from yoga to drumfit! Attend a session and be entered to win a $75 restaurant card! Brough to you by CPIC and Ministry of Education PRO Grants.
April Break Stem Camp
An April Break Stem Camp is being offered. Please see the attached poster for details. AprilBreakSTEMCamp.pdf
School Messenger Communicate System
The School Messenger Communicate system currently uses telephone and email to notify parents/guardians and staff of URGENT information related to school activities, parent engagement activities, or emergency messages. School Messenger utilizes the parent/guardian contact information from Aspen to send a phone call to the home number and/or an email to the student’s main contact. At St. Clement these messages will be sent via email. This system is intended to augment and not replace other methods of communication such as Newswire, letters, social media, and websites.
Due to the importance of these emails, we are requesting that parents/guardians DO NOT BLOCK this address: email@example.com from your contact list as this may result in you being unaware of important information related to St. Clement School.
Spring Emergency Drills
Spring brings us the opportunity to practice our emergency preparedness. In the coming few months we will hold three spring fire drills, one CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response) drill and tornado drill as part of our school emergency response plan. It is very important for students to please bring and wear their indoor shoes.
Umbrella Project: April Theme: Intrinsic Motivation
This month at the Umbrella Project we are excited to be focusing our energy on Intrinsic Motivation. Intrinsic Motivation is motivation that comes from inside you instead of from external rewards like money or grades. It’s the pleasure you get from doing something because it is interesting, challenging and absorbing.
When we are intrinsically motivated we do activities simply for enjoyment, and we don’t worry as much about the reward at the end. Failing to hit the goals, marks or
achievements we are hoping for can be tough, especially when the outcome was the only thing we cared about. When we enjoy the process, it takes some of the stress off
the end result and makes us feel happier overall. In fact, being intrinsically motivated increases our wellbeing and our success at the end of the day.
Be on the lookout for the flow state
Flow state is that state of existence when we are completely engaged in what we are doing. Coined by researcher, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, it describes the feeling of being energized and fully absorbed in a task. You might see this state in a high level athlete as they execute an extremely difficult skill for example or in our children when they are so absorbed in what they are doing that they lose all sense of time. You’ve probably felt it yourself when you have been so absorbed in something you look at the clock and realize hours have passed without realizing it. Flow state is a great indicator of intrinsic motivation and an enjoyment of the process.
Flow state exists just a step beyond our current ability levels and usually requires us to recruit all of our attention to complete the task. Often referred to as goldilocks tasks, these activists are not too hard, not too easy… just right! The tasks that elicit this state help us work up to our potential, challenge ourselves and build confidence in our abilities. In a learning environment, the lessons that fall in this sweet spot are usually the ones that keep our children the most engaged – preventing boredom from tasks that are too easy and anxiety or procrastination from tasks that are too hard.
Be on the lookout this month for the activities that put your child in this state of flow and help them find opportunities to practice these activities. Identifying the natural flow states our children experience is a great way to learn about what type of activities, learning methods, and environments intrinsically motivate them. With this information we can teach our children how to move towards this flow state more often, practicing their intrinsic motivation and prioritizing engagement with the process instead of just the outcome.
You’ve got this!
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project
Upcoming Important Dates
April 12-16 – Spring Break (the former March Break) – board holiday – no school for staff or students.
Note: April 23rd is no longer a PD day. Students are expected to come to school.
Tuesday, April 20th – CSAC Meeting 6:30 PM – all are welcome to join. A link will be sent out to join the virtual meeting.
Thursday, April 22nd – Earth Day and Spirit Wear/Blue & Gold Day
Friday, April 23rd – Friday Fun Theme Day – Backwards Day – what can you wear backwards?
Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well. Here are some of the great things that happened this week at St. Clement School! Follow us on Twitter for more @stclementsaints
Saints participate in a virtual Easter Liturgy on Tuesday morning
Saints staff and students wore blue on Tuesday in support of Autism and to raise awareness
Saints participated in the Intrinsic Motivation Umbrella Project Virtual Assembly
Friday was Hat Day! Saints wore their favourite hats today
Saints Staff Survivor…. our first place winner is… MRS. KIRBY FROM OUR JK/SK ROOM! Mrs. Williams came in second place!
Congratulations to our winners and all our staff for participating in this fun activity!