Reminders for the Week

 

Our Second week back to in-person learning was another great success. It continues to be wonderful to have the school come alive again with all of the energy and positivity our students inevitably bring! We shared in laughter, waves of hello and smiles – along with a renewed excitement with a focus on learning and ‘snow’ much fun outside too. Thank you for sending your children to school with warm winter clothing this week. It can feel pretty cold in the open field with -20 weather. Well done!

Please see the information updates below:

 

Screening Each Day Requirement:

:Please continue to go through the screening tool with your child(ren) before each school day.  The Jan. 12, 2022 updated screener can be found here: COVID-19 school screening (ontario.ca).  A paper screener attestation form was sent home on Tuesday for parents to sign each morning that will be checked daily at school. Please know that this date has been extended beyond the two weeks and the board/ministry will let us know  Please ensure you are completing the screener in its entirety, reading all the way to the bottom of the screen pages for direction.

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.

YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED

YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

Bus Notifications

If your child rides the bus it is critical that you sign up for notifications through Student Transportation Services. This is how you will know that your child’s bus is late on a given day.

Below, you will find a link to the subscription service as well as the video which explains the Inclement Weather process from STSWR.

Parents have the option of using STSWR’s subscription service: Subscription Service Instructions (Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region) (stswr.ca) to receive delays and cancellations via email or follow them on Twitter: @STSWR.

Inclement Weather Video from STSWR: STSWR Inclement Weather Video CC – YouTube

Additionally, as previously communicated, Bus operators are now experiencing an increase in driver absences due to COVID-19 isolation. As a result, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will need to cancel some routes for a short period of time when driver absences cannot be covered effective Tues. Jan. 25 – Fri. Feb. 18, 2022. Families will be informed the day prior to any cancellation and cancellation will be posted on the STSWR website with an expected return date.

Check your Email every Morning

One of the challenges that will be present in the next short while is managing and maintaining our full staffing levels. Given the requirements to isolate as a household contact or if symptomatic, we could have high levels of staff absenteeism.  We will continue to monitor staffing on a daily basis and while it will be a last resort, parents should be aware that on short notice we may have to temporarily close or pivot class to remote due to operational concerns. At this time, this is not necessary, but I want to provide you a “heads up,” as this may be a reality in the near future.   Please check your emails every morning prior to sending your child(ren) to school.

Masks from the Ministry

Masks from the Ministry were sent home this week. Although 3-ply masks are encouraged, students may also wear their own cloth masks that fit them well provided from home. As a precautionary measure, we have encouraged students to mask outside and if they feel they need a mask break to socially distance and take it off. Most students are wearing them as it is cold outside and the masks keep them warmer. However, masks do get wet with perspiration, so please send extra masks.

 

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies will become available for you to purchase on CashOnLine  from February 7th – February 28th. It will have all of the sizing information included.

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/

 
   
amilies 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/

Bell Let’s Talk Day

This day was engaging for students! Classroom teachers and students worked on understanding the importance of taking care of their mental health and the mental health of others. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. However, tools are available to support ourselves and each other. Since 2010, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and inspire one another to take action and help create a Canada where everyone can access the mental health support they need. In a recent survey conducted by Nielson Consumer Insights, 82% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012. By joining in and taking action, we are all helping to make a real difference. This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign highlighted the ways that we can support ourselves and those we care about through actions like listening, being there and talking. Every Canadian can play a part in their communities, workplaces, schools and at home.

 

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 January : Authenticity

Stop focusing on perfection

Remind your child often, and in as many ways as you can, that the goal of life isn’t perfection.

This important conversation builds almost every skill in your child’s umbrella, and authenticity is no exception. We dove into this when we discussed growth mindset and it’s worth a mention again, as we work towards developing a child who feels comfortable being themselves.

We are all climbing a mountain in life that doesn’t have a top and when we imagine that there is a summit to climb, it can lead to a life of struggle trying to get somewhere that doesn’t exist. Striving for perfection can create a set of unattainable standards and this often leads to covering up imperfections with a false exterior, instead of being comfortable with who we are as humans, imperfections and all.

Start by normalizing life’s challenges for kids: relationships have bumps, sometimes we do poorly on tests, get injured and have tough days. When your child truly believes that these things are a difficult (but normal) part of life that everyone experiences, their authentic selves will have a chance to shine. Set goals for small incremental improvements instead of trying to get as close as possible to perfection.

Parents of high achieving kids take note: these are the kids I’m seeing most in my practice for anxiety. Remember that just because your child can achieve at a level of excellence now, doesn’t mean they won’t face challenges down the road. As these kids hit harder and harder challenges, they will often sacrifice all other aspects of their wellbeing to continue to achieve success including sleep, friendships and relationships with their loved ones. We know that these are critical to wellbeing and their absence takes a toll.

Make sure your children really understand that they don’t need to maintain a high level of success at all times for love, acceptance or self-esteem. This false belief can become deeply ingrained in their minds and cause a lot of anxiety when they can’t hit a desired target; so teach self-acceptance now, in advance of these challenges.

Mistakes are an important part of learning and the fear of making mistakes might just be what is holding your child back from being their true selves.

See this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building authenticity.

Until next time,

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:

 

 

 

Thank you, Mrs. Brenner for volunteering during our St. Clement Hot Lunch days! #GiftOfTime

 

Bell Let’s Talk Day: We’re here for you, Saints, to listen if you need to talk!

   

   

Saints show their pride every Thursday! #SpiritWearDay #WCDSBAwesome

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

Feb. 2 – Hot Lunch

Feb. 3 – Saints Spirit Day – show your colours – blue and gold!!

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

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