Welcome to a new week. It seems summer weather has finally come and with that comes a few important reminders. Staff and students take advantage of the beautiful weather to get outdoors and learn. Students should come to school with a hat to shade them from the sun and with sunscreen applied. I’d also like to remind everyone to bring reusable water bottles daily! Thank you to Saints community to parents who came out to St. David for our Track & Field event! The weather was perfect and the student athletes in Grades 4-8 enjoyed the competition and the spirit of the day!
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Victoria Day on Monday!
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.
|Revisions have been made to align with updated federal guidance https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions for fully vaccinated travelers who are exempt from quarantine.|
|Upon return from international travel, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to wear a mask when in public settings for 14 days after arrival in Canada or to maintain a list of all close contacts for their first 14 days in Canada.|
|Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who are exempt from quarantine (including unvaccinated children under 12 years of age who are exempt from quarantine due to accompanying a fully vaccinated adult) are still required to wear a mask in public settings (including school and child care) and maintain a list of all close contacts for 14 days after arrival in Canada. Exemptions for this masking requirement include individuals who need to remove their mask for security or safety reasons; children under the age of 2; and children age 2 to 5 who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask.|
|As always, thank you for your ongoing partnership and efforts as we work to keep schools safe and open.|
Spirit Days for May and June
Jump Rope for Heart
Our school will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, May 27th. Jump Rope for Heart is a great way for students to learn fun ways to get active while raising awareness and support for Heart & Stroke. The funds that kids collect will support research that helps other kids and families across the country. Jump is also giving back – 10% of net fundraising dollars goes back to our school. Our school’s fundraising goal is $1000. This year, 100% of the fundraising will be done online.
Additionally, each student will receive a water bottle on the event day and other prizes will be awarded.
Here’s how to donate:
- Go to jumpropeforheart.ca
- Scroll down and click “Join your school”
- Scroll down and search our school by typing St Clement (no period after “St” and no “s” after Clement)
- Scroll down to find our school and click “join” to make a donation
- Share the page by email or on social media with people you know
You can also find the page by copying and pasting this link into your internet browser http://support.heartandstroke.ca/goto/stclement
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|
Newly Registered Kindergarten Students
Please see the flyer below for our upcoming Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night on June 9th and the links to other information for parents.
We are so excited to have our new Saints join our community!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/15nubZVrZBKA1jTQHmAmE178TEtYA8W4r/edit – Extended Day at our school
https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/extended-day-program/ (include this as a link to the Extended Day programs for the WCDSB
https://www.stswr.ca/parents/kindergarten-information/ – Student transportation
https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/immunization-reporting.aspx# – Immunization reporting
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 Realistic Optimism.
This month we are taking on a skill that will help us look on the bright side, even when winter oversteps its seasonal timelines. That skill is Realistic Optimism.
How will realistic optimism help my child?
We often hear sayings about looking on the bright side of life. Turns out that looking on the bright side can actually improve your child’s mental and physical health. Mix that with helping them have a realistic look at the obstacles they may face, and you have a strategy for success. Achieving goals can be challenging and a negative outlook can defeat children before they even get started. Learning to be realistically optimistic will help your child link their dreams to the steps they will need to take to achieve them and help them take on life with a positive attitude.
Consider the way you explain your own life to your child.
We know that children are most likely to pick up their primary parent’s explanatory style. What does that mean? That means that if you are an optimist, your kids will likely be too. If you tend to put a negative frame on your life events, your children will also learn to interpret the world this way.
This explanatory style is changeable with some easy shifts in the words you use. To build your child’s optimism and their ability to see a path through tough times, think about these two key shifts in the way you explain the world:
1. Temporary vs. Permanent
When bad events feel permanent, it can hinder your child from believing they can change their circumstances. In contrast, when difficult events happen, as they will in every life, show your child that most of these are temporary and can be overcome with time. Start by avoiding “always” and “never” in your explanations. “This kind of thing always happens to me” feels pretty permanent. The more temporary your child sees challenging times to be, the more they will be optimistic for the future.
2. Specific vs. general/pervasive
It’s easy to see patterns in life and group them all together but this style of explanation can leave us feeling pessimistic about our chances to make change. Try to be specific about the issues you face. For example, if someone at the office is unkind to you, try to keep the issue to that person i.e. “John was unkind to me” instead of “people are unkind to me” or “men are always like this.”
Think about this when you describe yourself too. Everyone is lazy sometimes, but when we generalize a feeling to our whole character we become less optimistic for change. For example, after a lazy day with nothing crossed off the to-do list you were hoping to accomplish, try saying “I was feeling lazy today” instead of “I am lazy.” The latter is more specific to the situation at hand and leaves room for tomorrow to be different, while the former seems unchangeable. When we see our issues as pervasive to all areas of our lives it’s hard to be hopeful for something better. The more specific we can get, the more the situation will seem like something we can overcome.
Remember, to build optimism look at your own explanations of the world and aim for temporary and specific explanations over permanent and pervasive ones. Your child will follow in your footsteps.
Health & Happiness,
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:
Saints enjoyed a great day competing in Track and Field events at St. David High School
School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).
For the Month of May acknowledge: Asian Heritage Month, Canadian Jewish Heritage Month and Polish Heritage Month
May 4 – June 24 – EQAO TESTING – GRADES 3 & 6
May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday
May 24-30 – Grade 6 EQAO
May 25 – Hot Lunch Day
May 26 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!
May 27 – Spirit Day – Don’t burst our bubble – bring your favourite gum to chew in class for the day!
June 3 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry Directed priorities for teachers.
June 9 – “Welcome to Kindergarten” presentation for all newly registered Kindergarten students and their parent(s) for the 2022-2023 school year- 6:30 PM – please register with the school
June 10 – Spirit Day – Be Bright, Be Bold, Be You – wear bright colours, bold designs or just your favourite colour
June 17 – Spirit Day – Vacation Mode – Dress like you’re on your dream vacation, lounging on the beach, hiking through the mountains, going on Safari or kicking back in nature camping
June 24 – Spirit Day – Oh Canada Day – Show your love for Canada! Wear Red and white, t-shirts or clothing from places you have visited in Canada or wear your favourite Canadian brand or sports team
June 27- Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date
June 27 – Spirit Day – Congratulations Day! Your future’s so bright you gotta wear sunglasses. Congratulations Grade 8 grads as they head to high school. Wear your favourite sunglasses today in honour of their graduation.
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