Reminders for the Week for April 18 – 22
It is hard to believe that it was only 40 days ago that we began our Lenten Journey, on Ash Wednesday, and end with great joy in the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Throughout Lent, our school community has been focusing on the importance of this liturgical season and the holiest days of the year. Lent exists so that we can prepare ourselves for the Easter Triduum. Triduum comes from a Latin word meaning “three days.” The three-day observance begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the evening of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil and ends with evening prayers on Easter Sunday. These liturgies of the Triduum are the most important liturgies of the Church year. These liturgies teach us the meaning of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. We hope that together with your families, you were able to be part of the parish celebrations at St. Clements Church, or your parish church during this time. Together with the St. Clement School community, we extend our very best wishes to all families for a happy and Holy Easter. May the peace of the risen Christ bless your homes, your hearts, and your families.
Please refer to this week’s information and reminder updates below:
Daily Student Screening Protocols / Rapid Antigen Test Kits
Please continue to complete the COVID screening each day and should your child experience any symptoms, they should remain at home and check the online class platform for work. The screener is updated and will help to guide decision making and can be found here: COVID-19 school and child care screening tool Please be sure to follow the instructions in the screening tool. While families are not required to provide confirmation of screening results to the school each day, please continue to complete the school screening tool daily, follow its advice, and keep your children home if they are sick.
A reminder to parents and guardians that Rapid Antigen Tests are still available in our school office, upon request. As outlined by the Ministry of Education, Rapid Antigen Tests are a voluntary option for students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. To request a Rapid Antigen Test Kit, please contact the school office.
Hot Lunch Message from the Hot Lunch Committee
Our Lunch volunteers are excited to celebrate Spring and have added an extra hot lunch day for the month of April. On Thursday, April 21st, Lunch Lady is offering a Pancake lunch (in addition to our regular hot lunch days every Wednesday). If you would like to order the Pancake Lunch please visit the website before noon on April 17th.
|Promoting Well-Being: Countdown To A Healthy Lifestyle!
It’s easy to countdown to a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few easy tips for children ages 5 to 17. Remember, 10-5-2-1-0!
- 10 or more hours of sleep – Create a calming bedtime routine, listen to quiet music, read books or practice deep breathing. Keep electronic devices out of bedrooms and avoid caffeinated food and drinks.
- 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables – Fill half of your plate with vegetables at dinner. Try a new vegetable every week with a variety of colours. Focus on increasing vegetable servings as children are more likely to eat fruit than vegetables.
- 2 hours or less of screen time per day – Replace screen time with physical activity, games, puzzles or cooking a healthy meal together. Eat meals together at the table, not in front of the TV.
- 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity – Provide a time and space for kids to be physically active. Take a family walk, use active transportation to get to school, play active games outdoors as a family. As a parent, model an active lifestyle for your children.
- 0 sugar-sweetened drinks – Sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest source of sugar in most kids’ diets. Eliminate sugary drinks and replace with water or plain milk. Bring a reusable water bottle when away from home.
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
Spring Testing Dates
In the upcoming months, three tests will take place for some of our students. Below are the dates and we would ask that you mark your calendars and avoid booking appointments on these dates, if at all possible, to avoid interruptions during these testing dates.
GRADE 7—CAT-4 (CANADIAN ACHIEVEMENT TEST) – APRIL 19-21, 2022
CAT-4 is a standardized test which measures achievement in the basic skills generally taught in schools across Canada. CAT is a set of tests on reading, mathematics, language, writing and spelling. The results of students tested with CAT are compared with those obtained from large, representative samples of students from across Canada. Their results can also be compared to curriculum expectations. CAT is the only Canadian owned and Canadian designed national test. In addition to its use by schools, part of CAT has been chosen by statistics Canada as the basis for tracking achievement over time. If you wish your child to not participate in the testing, please notify your child’s classroom teacher by April 8, 2022.
EQAO TESTING – GRADES 3 & 6
This year’s cohorts of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will participate in the Primary and Junior EQAO testing. The testing is spread over 3 school days. EQAO’s Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions are curriculum-based standards-referenced large-scale assessments. They measure student learning of the knowledge and skills that are defined in the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Language (2006) and The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics (2020). We will be forwarding our specific dates of testing for St. Clement School once confirmed. Sample Assessments: Students, parents and educators have the opportunity to become familiar with the digital assessment and its platform through EQAO’s online Grades 3 and 6 sample assessments. Grade 3 Sample Assessment: https://d3d9vqrpii4nuo.cloudfront.net/#/en/student/primary-assessment Grade 6 Sample Assessment: https://d3d9vqrpii4nuo.cloudfront.net/#/en/student/junior-assessment
May 12th: Moosehide Campaign:
St. Clement will be participating in a school-wide Moosehide Campaign on May 12th to support reconciliation and help end violence against all women and children. On Moose Hide Campaign Day, we will participate virtually and hear from inspiring speakers and workshop facilitators, take part in ceremony and the #FastToEndViolence. We will wear and share the moose hide pin and teachers will be participating in activities with their classes. moosehidecampaign.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|
Social Media Presentation
The WCDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be hosting guest speaker Paul Davis presenting on Social Media Safety on May 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Paul is a well known speaker that has presented at multiple schools, corporations and law enforcement organizations in four provinces and five states on topics of Online Safety, Social Media and Cyber Security. He is the author of the book Online Safety for Grade 3/4/5/6.
For more information about Paul please see attached flyer.
If interested, please register for this virtual event using REGISTRATION LINK before May 5th, 2022.
Summer Learning For Students
Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning. In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support and challenge student towards success and preparation for the next grade. Find the programs listed by date and grade that best suit your child’s needs https://www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning/
Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information.
Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/
This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility.
Use picky eating to build cognitive flexibility
Cognitive flexibility is all about having an open mind and being able to shift our perception of something. Nothing could be better practice for this than eating. Kids are notoriously stubborn when it comes to ruling foods in or out in a very black and white fashion. Instead of accepting these decisions as the food rules you will obey, instead help them think flexibly about food.
There are millions of ways to prepare each food. In fact, there is an entire industry built around new ways to prepare the same foods. Even the foods we love can be prepared in ways we don’t like and likewise, you can find preparations of most foods that can shift your child’s perception of a food from black and white to grey.
Here’s an example in my house: my kids will often profess to dislike zucchini. While they don’t like it stir-fried, they love the zucchini chocolate chip muffins we make. When they try to rule out zucchini forever, I remind them that they just don’t like zucchini prepared that way but they do like zucchini in our muffins (i.e.: it’s about preparation, not the food itself). This way, when we encounter a new preparation of zucchini they are much more likely to put it in the grey category and open-mindedly give the new dish a try.
The best part is, the more new things they try, the more cognitive flexibility they will build. The more cognitive flexibility they have, the more new things they will be willing to try, and the cycle continues. As a parent, you just have to get the snowball rolling and it will gain its own momentum, even when you step out of the equation. The eventual goal of parenting is to create adults that can make good decisions for themselves and this is a great place to start when it comes to food and flexibility.
Read this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building cognitive flexibility.
Until next time,
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project
Year Books Are on Sale!
To order your copy please go to the Lifetouch website, https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca/Order/SelectJob, using the Yearbook ID code 14376822. The cost is $20. Order Deadline is April 30th, so don’t delay, order today! For details please see the attached flyer
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:
The WCDSB building bridge has now left our school. Thank you to Kassie, Alexander and Lily for their creativity! #SentToBuild
Saints reflect during the Stations of the Cross presented by our Grade 8s.
It’s spirit wear day today!! Saints are wearing it proudly!
Saints participate in their Easter Liturgy.
School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).
April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday
April 19 – 21 – GRADE 7—CAT-4 (CANADIAN ACHIEVEMENT TEST)
April 20 – Hot Lunch Day
April 21 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!
April 21 – Hot Lunch Day – special order : Lunch Lady: pancakes – in celebration of Spring
April 24 – First Holy Communion – 11:30 AM – contact the parish for further information
May 2-6 Catholic Education Week
May 4 – June 24 – EQAO TESTING – GRADES 3 & 6
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 27 – Grade 8 Graduation and Awards at the church – 6 PM
June 29 – Last day of school & Year End Mass at 10:30 AM