Reminders for the Week

 

Welcome to February;, a month when we are encouraged to demonstrate our love for one another, particularly around the celebration of Valentine’s Day. It is also a wonderful “look ahead” month as we encounter the mid-point, not only of the winter season, but of the school year. As the hours of daylight become longer, we look forward to the promise of spring and so much to celebrate. This year – the Year of the Tiger, begins on February 1st. The Tiger ranks third among the animals of the Chinese zodiac and is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, and bravery. It is also Black Heritage Month in Canada which is a time to learn more about Canadian stories and the many other important contributions. We also want to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day which was designated by the United nations. It is a time to reflect on and honour the lives of  victims of Nazi persecution.

 

When I reflect on the first part of the school year, I cannot help but feel proud of the efforts of the entire school community to make this year as positive as possible. We have been thrown curveball after curveball. Thank you to all of our families and staff for the resilience you have shown this month. Together we will continue to work hard to provide the best education as possible for our children.

Please see the information updates below:

 

 

Screening Each Day Requirement:

Please complete the online daily screening (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/) for your child(ren) every day before sending them to school.

 

Once the screener is complete, sign the declaration sheet that was sent home on Friday and return it with your child to school every day. The classroom teacher will review it daily.  This is required for the next few weeks.

 

Please keep your child home if he/she is feeling ill for any reason, and let the office know your course of action.
When Should I Keep My Child Home?
Students with one or more of the symptoms from the list below are now presumed to have a COVID-19 infection, MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL and must self-isolate as per the direction of the COVID-19 School/Childcare Screening Tool:
  • Fever and/or chills; OR
  • Cough; OR
  • Shortness of breath; OR
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
Any student with two or more of the following symptoms below, are also now presumed to have a COVID-19 infection, MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL and must self-isolate as per the direction of the COVID-19 School/Childcare Screening Tool: :
  • Runny nose / nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches / joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)
Any student with one of the symptoms from the list below MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL until it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (48 hours for nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea) and as long as they do not develop any additional symptoms.
  • Runny nose / nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches / joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)
Families of students that are observed to be symptomatic at school will be contacted and will be required to pick their child up from school and must follow the applicable public health direction regarding isolation and school attendance.

 

Please note that isolation requirements have changed. Some individuals, as per the guidelines above, may only need to isolate for 5 days. Also, at this time, we have been told that Public Health will no longer be dismissing classes when there has been an exposure to a positive case.

 

You may also refer to the following two flow charts that can help you with next steps should your child(ren) experience COVID symptoms OR if you or your child(ren) have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVOD.  DEBBIE INCLUDUE THE TWO ATTACHEMENTS HERE: ‘You have been exposed’ & ‘you have symptoms’

YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED

ST CLEMENTS SCHOOL WON FOR OUR BOARD!!!!! : Bell Let’s Talk Day!

Here was the message from the board! : Fabulous job WCDSB, taking time on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2022 to raise awareness of the importance of caring for our Mental Health. Engaging in conversations and activities about the importance of prioritizing our mental wellness and reaching out and supporting others reduces stigma, increases awareness and builds bridges to trusting relationships where students will feel comfortable asking for help. Across the board, teachers, staff and students engaged in in a day filled with creative, engaging activities and conversations and shared them across Twitter. Check out so many incredible moments here…

A special congratulations this year to St Clement CES who won the Twitter Contest! St Clement students displayed countless uplifting and supportive messages to each other as Bridge Builders to show each other that they are there, opening up space so others can speak, and choosing kindness.

Valentines Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is with disappointment that I share as per Board instruction, we are unable to have any exchanges between students (cards, treats, pencils, etc.) Please know that the staff will be planning Valentine’s activities on that day. I know this is disappointing, but the staff will do our best to make it a special day for your children. 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.

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.

 

Thinking of Travelling During March Break?

Please note the information below provided by the government, stating that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children under 12 cannot come back to school for 14 days post return. The board will not be offering a remote learning option, instead students would participate in some asynchronous work during those 14 days.

COVID-19: Requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and unvaccinated children less than 12 years of age

 

January, 2022

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/fully-vaccinated-travellers-without-covid-19-symptoms-returning-canada.html

Requirements for an unvaccinated child less than 12 years of age

For 14 days after arrival, the child must not:

  • attend school, camp or day care
  • attend a setting where they may have contact with vulnerable people (e.g., long-term care facility), including people who are immunocompromised, regardless of that person’s vaccination status or public health measures
  • travel on crowded public transportation that does not ensure physical distancing and masking
  • attend large crowded settings, indoors or outdoors, such as an amusement park or sporting event

Further information on what your child can and cannot do can be found on the mandatory quarantine or isolation page.

Take COVID-19 tests

The child must take COVID-19 molecular tests as instructed (see separate handout for information), unless you have evidence that the child had a positive COVID-19 test taken 10 to 180 days prior to arrival in Canada or the child is under 5 years of age.

Limit the child’s contact with others

  • Stay in a place that allows the child to avoid all contact with any person that:
    • has an underlying medical condition that makes the person susceptible to complications related to COVID-19
    • has a compromised immune system from a medical condition or treatment
    • is 65 years of age or older
  • The child must remain with their fully vaccinated parent or guardian as much as possible.
  • The child must wear a mask and physically distance when in contact with non-household members.

Requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and unvaccinated children less than 12 years of age

For 14 days following entry into Canada, you and any unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who travelled with you must:

  • maintain a list of the names and contact information of each person with whom you came into close contact and a list of locations visited
  • wear a well-constructed, well-fitting mask in public settings
  • keep a copy of the following and provide them on request to the Government of Canada or government of the province or territory where you are located, or to the local public health authority:
    • all COVID-19 pre-arrival test results
    • all on-arrival COVID-19 test results, including results from random testing and results for children under 12 and
    • proof of vaccine
  • monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • if you start showing signs and symptoms, or receive a positive test result for COVID-19 before the expiry of the 14 day period, you must immediately:
      • report within 24 hours to the Public Health Agency of Canada by calling 1-833-641-0343 (the official will provide you with additional details and instructions)
      • isolate for an additional 10 days, even if your province or territory has a shorter isolation period
      • contact the appropriate public health authority

In addition, if you:

  • receive an indeterminate or invalid test result, you are required to take another test
    • please contact your testing provider within 24 hours of receiving your test result to make arrangements to complete another self-swab kit
  • travelled with a person who develops signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or receives a positive result for any type of test before the expiry of the 14-day period, you and the child must quarantine for 14 days starting the day you or your child were most recently exposed to the other person

Understand the common signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

School Climate Survey

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) is committed to providing safe, caring and inclusive places for everyone in our schools. To collect this information, we will administer the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) sometimes between February 22nd and March 11st. This is an opportunity for us to learn more about the students we support and to allow for student voice. All students throughout our board between grade 4 and grade 8 will be invited to participate. All students throughout our Board between grade 4 and grade 8 will be invited to participate. Any student may choose not to participate, to stop participating, or to skip a question at any time. Additionally, parents/guardians can ask that their child be exempt from participating in the MDI survey by notifying their child’s teacher. Click on the link below for more information about the survey: School Climate Survey – Waterloo Catholic District School Board (wcdsb.ca)

 

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

Welcome to Self-efficacy month at the Umbrella Project!

So you might wonder, what is self-efficacy and how will it help my child?

The easiest way to think about self-efficacy is as our “I can do this” or “I cannot do this” skill. It’s the belief in ourselves and our ability to succeed or manage situations. As you can imagine, self-efficacy has dramatic effects on our children’s behaviour, effort, learning and achievement.

When your child doesn’t feel that they can do something, they are unlikely to give the task a lot of their time and energy and thus are unlikely to succeed at that task.

Self-efficacy is a big part of motivation. This skill gets stronger the more we overcome difficulties and challenges related to our goals. As your child’s self-efficacy increases, they will feel a greater sense of positive control over their lives, which is a critical part of their wellbeing!

Provide regular positive encouragement 

One of the ways we can improve motivation and self-efficacy in our children is social persuasion. Social persuasion in the form of positive encouragement is the concept that your child can be persuaded to believe in themselves by others around them and this can be a powerful tool in parenting for wellbeing.

“Believe you can and you are halfway there” may sound cliche, but research shows it is true.  People who believe in themselves are much more likely to achieve their goals. When it comes to self-efficacy, we can actually help our child believe in their ability to handle new tasks or take on challenges, just by giving them regular positive encouragement. Your confidence in them will help your child overcome their self-doubt and grow this very important skill.

Small tasks and goals are a great place to start because they provide quick feedback to your child on their abilities and help them gather evidence that they can accomplish many different things.

Chat soon,

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:

So many great things to celebrate each month at St.Clement School. #SchoolSpirit #WCDSBAwesome

Kindergarten are making predictions … will he see his shadow? #HopefulForSpring

 

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. 1– Happy Chinese/ Lunar New Year – Year of the Tiger; Feb. 15 – Lantern Festival

Feb. 4 – Yearbook Cover Contest Entries due to the office (see your child’s classroom teacher for details)

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

Feb. 9 – Hot Lunch

Feb. 10 –  Saints Spirit Day – show your colours – blue and gold!!

Feb. 14 – Valentines Day. Wear RED/PINK/WHITE.  As per the board, students will not be able to hand out valentines cards/ treats however Classroom teachers will be having fun activities in the class. Your child’s teacher will communicate this with you.

February 17 – Term 1 Report Card Distribution

February 21 – Family Day – no school for students

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