Hi Saints Families!

It is truly amazing to see our students so engaged in our Remote learning this week. I am humbled and very proud, of our staff, our students and our community. Making the change to virtual learning again is not easy, now what everyone wants, but is something that we have sone without a hitch!

Well done, Saints! You rock!

Please see below for important reminders and updates for the week.

School Calendar Changes

It is so unfortunate that the dates in the front of the student agendas are no longer relevant as the school calendar was changed after the agendas were printed (i.e. March Break, Report Card distribution, P.A. Days and the last day of school). Please note the following: the next board holiday is May 24th (Victoria Day), June 4th – P.A. Day and the last day of school is June 29th. The elementary school calendar is posted on the board website: https://www.wcdsb.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/08/SYC-2020-21-Elementary-1.pdf

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any confusion.

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.

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Disadvantages of a Late Arrival

In many classrooms, the first 30 minutes is a math or language lesson.

Please consider the following if your child(ren) is late 10 minutes daily:

• 50 minutes of curriculum instruction a week is lost – almost 2 math periods lost.

• 1940 minutes of curriculum instruction is lost over the course of the year – almost 65 math periods lost.

This accounts for a significant amount of precious instruction that students are missing. Staff want to give your children the best chance possible to succeed. Please support the school and your child’s learning by making arriving on time a priority.

School Code of Conduct/Safe Schools: Personal Electronic Devices

For safety reasons, parents/guardians may need to send a cell phone or other communication device to school with their child(ren). It is understood in these cases that these devices must be turned off while you are in classes, hallways and on the yard at recesses.

Personal electronic devices may only be used when directed by the teacher, and only in conjunction with a school related project Our students will be asked to put the device in their backpack or maybe asked for it to be given to the teacher for safe keeping.

In the case of misuse, the device will be turned off by the student and sent to the office and returned to the student at the end of the day. If this happens on numerous occasions the student may be asked to keep the electronic device at home. Thank you for your understanding on this very sensitive matter.

Google Hangouts and Google Meets

We are asking parents to please talk to their child(ren) about the use of Google Hangouts and Google Meets outside of school hours. Google Hangouts and Google Meets are strictly for school use and not to be used outside of school especially for socializing. Students have access to Google Meets if school switches to remote learning. Students should only be using Google to check their homework or complete their homework and not for any other purpose.

Administrative Assistant Day

On April 28th we will celebrate Administrative Assistant’s Day at St. Clement. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Williams for all that she does in keeping St. Clement front office in top notch working order. We would not be able to manage without their continuous support working so carefully with our staff, students, and parents. Please be sure to thank Mrs. Williams for all she does.

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.

Create a learning environment at home

It isn’t always easy to create a love of learning, but studies show that if we can create a learning environment in our homes, it will build our children’s academic intrinsic motivation and engagement with their education. The greater the emphasis on learning opportunities and activities at home, the more motivated children are to learn.

This week, observe your house with an eye on learning. What kinds of books, activities and opportunities are available for your child to learn new things around the house. This could be anything from science experiments, to a vegetable garden, fiction books that explore other peoples experiences, art supplies or games that encourage math skills or strategy in a fun way. This shouldn’t be forced upon them and is more about allowing for opportunities to explore the intersection between intrinsic motivation and learning.

Dr. Jen describes how to create a learning environment at home

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates

Wednesday, April 28th – Administrative Assistant’s Day

Thursday, April 29th – Spirit Wear Day or wear blue or gold to show Saints spirit

Friday April 30th – Friday Fun Theme Day: Wear your favourite colour (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)