Reminders for the Week

We are in a winter wonderland! We hope your family is enjoying some fresh air family time in this beautiful season that is such a gift from God! Again, thank you for your cooperation and partnership. All the best to you and your family as we continue in our winter months!

Please see the information updates below:

School Screener: Complete the form each day

Completing the daily screener for each child before coming to school is a Ministry requirement.

We ask that you complete the confirmation form, so we know that staff and students are safe.  Please note that if you do not complete the screener, your child(ren) should stay home.  If the confirmation form has not been completed and returned, our staff must go through the form with your child to ensure that your child/ren are not exhibiting any symptoms.

If your child(ren) have symptoms and/or test positive on the RAT test, please update the school by calling the office. If you have run out of RAT tests, we are expecting a new shipment and can send a test home for symptomatic children.  Just connect with the office if needed.

We thank you for your on-going support as we continue to navigate these challenging times.

Yearbook Contest Winner!

The Yearbook committee would like to thank Saints for all of their wonderful yearbook submissions. We sure are blessed with so many talented students at our school.  This year’s yearbook will feature the cover art submitted by Taylor in Ms. Fedy’s class! Congratulations, Taylor! And thank you Saints for all of your submissions!

Valentines Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, as previously messaged out, the Board, in consultation with Public Health has changed their decision and students will be permitted to exchange Valentine’s Cards if they wish. Please know that the staff will be planning Valentine’s activities on that day (no treats or food items). We will also be celebrating  Your child(ren)’s teacher can answer any specifics to how their classroom will celebrate Valentine’s Day! School wide we will have RED, PINK or WHITE day where students are encouraged to wear one/all of these colours in celebration.

WCDSB Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) Survey: Grade 4 – 8

Before March Break, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) will be conducting a variety of school climate surveys to collect information from students, staff, and parent/guardians.

Kindly see the attached updated letter for more information and a link is provided if you wish for your child(ren) to opt out of the survey: : WCDSB-MDI-Notice-of-Collection-2022-Parent-Notice-updated-002.pdf

 Report Cards

Term one report cards will be sent home Thursday, February 17th. These reports are the assessment and evidence of learning collected and documented from September until now. Letter grades are given for students in grades 1-6 and percentage marks are given for students in grades 7-8. Teacher comments focus on your child’s strengths and next steps for learning improvement. Kindergarten students will also receive their term one Kindergarten Communication of Learning highlighting key learning and next steps in learning. If your child has an Individual Education Plan, the IEP will be sent home along with the term one report card. Although formal interviews occurred in November, please feel free to connect with your child’s teacher if you have concerns or questions about your child’s progress.

 

Winter Weather

Although weather-predicting groundhogs called for an early spring, right now it is still winter. It is cold and we have lots of snow on all our outside play zones at school. We enjoy the fresh air and being active outdoors many times throughout the day. Students may be outside for morning and afternoon recess, lunch break, and possibly even physical education class. Please dress properly for the weather. Hat, mittens, scarf, snow pants, and a warm pair of boots are necessary. Items that are labelled will be easier for your child to track down, as many boots and mittens look very similar.  A number of items make their way to the Lost and Found and are often not claimed. We ask that each child have indoor footwear too. (e.g., running shoes to wear in the school and boots to wear outside).

Monday, February 21st is FAMILY DAY!

Do you sometimes feel like there is no time left to just enjoy and be with the family in our busy days? Since 2008 Family Day has been celebrated in Ontario on the 3rd Monday of the month. There is NO school this day! This is a day to step away from other duties and distractions for a moment and just be together. Embrace the time and find joy in the small but beautiful moments with your family.

Rapid Antigen test Kits

As you know, two-packs of rapid antigen tests were sent home with all students in January. They are to be used by students when symptomatic at home. If you need additional tests for your child, please inform your child’s teacher and we will send home another two-pack.

Remote Learning:

If the decision is finalized that we are to expect all students to be present for in-person learning effective Tuesday, February 22nd, we will collect all Chromebooks that have been signed out on that same day.

Junior Kindergarten Registration: 

Is your little one school aged and ready to come to school?  Registration is now open.  Please register online or call the office to set up a virtual appointment to walk you through the online registration process.

  Kindergarten registration for the 2022– 2023 school year is happening now! No experience needed  
  Children born in 2018 are eligible for JK/Year 1 Kindergarten  
     
  Children born in 2017 are eligible for SK/Year 2 Kindergarten. (*You do NOT need to re-register if your child is already at St. Clement.)  
  Once you have completed your online registration please contact the schools main office 519-699-5271 to finish your registration  
   
  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 and receive a BRAG TAG for their backpack.

  Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of February : Self-efficacy

Create an environment for your child that is rich in mastery opportunities

Mastery experiences provide our children with one of the most powerful inputs for building their self-efficacy. Mastery experiences can range from tying shoes to solving difficult puzzles and everything in between. They are the evidence we provide ourselves that we are capable. This “I can do it” attitude is critical for future success.

arents who arrange more opportunities for their child to master different tasks raise children who are more efficacious. The more we try and succeed, the more we believe in our ability to succeed. Set your child up for success by creating an environment where they are free to explore, to try new things, build on the old and to slowly master the world around them. Take note of the natural parenting tendency to “over-help” our children, especially when we are rushing through our busy days. These can take away from their opportunities to build self-efficacy and instead leave them feeling dependent on others.

Here’s a recent example of this from my life:

Over the weekend my son and I were working on building a robot he received as a gift. The Saturday morning hours ticked away as we got to the final step – the track assembly. This involved a fiddly and repeated step that we were both working away at. My son made a few attempts and then turned to me and asked me to do it for him, clearly frustrated with the process and noticing that I had mastered it.

It would have been so easy for me to quickly finish the job so we could all move on with our day but instead here is how we approached it: I started by verbalizing my process for him, showing him specifically how I held my hands and where to apply pressure (see last weeks tip for building self-efficacy). We then did the steps together, repeating out loud the main action “Click and flip, click and flip.” By the end, it was a race to see who could complete their section first and we had added one more data point to his “I can do it” bank.

Self-efficacy is built through slowly accumulating the evidence that we are capable of many, many things!

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Here are some great things that happened recently at our school, please follow us on Twitter @stclementsaints for more information about these and other exciting news:

I was so excited to be invited to our Grade 8 Poetry Cafe! These intermediates have incredible creativity!

Thank you to our parent volunteers…because of you our students get to enjoy hot lunch on Wednesdays!

It’s Spirit Wear Day today! Saints are proudly sporting their blue and gold! 

 

School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/  (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).

February – Black History Month – teachers are doing activities in the classrooms followed by school wide presentations on Feb. 18 and Feb. 28

February –  Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 School year Begins during the month of February

Feb. 7 – 28 – Grade 8 Graduation Hoodies for sale on Cash On Line

Feb. 14 – Valentines Day. Wear RED/PINK/WHITE.  Classroom teachers will be having fun activities in the class and will be recognizing “Have A Heart Day” to stand up for love and fairness and reconciliation for First Nations children. Your child’s teacher will communicate details to you.

Feb. 16  – Hot Lunch

Feb. 17 –  Saints Spirit Day – show your colours – blue and gold!!

February 17 – Term 1 Report Card Distribution

February 21 – Family Day – no school – enjoy your family time together

Feb. 25 – Black Heritage Month – Virtual Assembly School Wide: Dr. Suzan Snaggs-Wilson to present

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

February 21 – Family Day – no school for students

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

June 3 – PA Day –  no school for students / Ministry Directed priorities for teachers.

June 27- Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 29 – Last day of school