Hi Saints Families,
It is hard to believe that we are down to the final weeks of school. What an incredible year this has been. I have marveled in the wonder of the children in our care and their ability to persevere and stay strong in this year that has brought so much upheaval. I want to thank every one of you for the support, the patience, the understanding, and the joy, you and your children have continued to bring each day. The staff and I are so appreciative!
As we approach these last few weeks, I continue to ask for your support in staying the course, having your children online each day, reporting absences when necessary, and continuing to promote the positive attitude you have displayed all year.
As always, please know that we are here for you if any needs arise. Do not hesitate to contact the school anytime.
Please see below for important reminders and updates for the rest of the year.
Our Grade 8 Graduation: THURSDAY, JUNE 24th
All information has been emailed directly to the parents and guardians of Grade 8 students and posted on Mr. Ouellette’s platform. Mr. Ouellette has posted the schedule for the Grad Caravan on his platform as well.
Please note this opportunity for Grade 8 Graduates . . .
Rogers tv is giving you the chance to celebrate your 2021 graduate during our Virtual Graduation Celebration!
All you need to do is click on the link below, fill out the form and then upload a picture of your graduate by Friday, June 25. All grades/ages welcome!
Your local tv station will then feature all graduates in a special program airing on Rogers tv, cable channel 20 and streaming on rogerstv.com at the end of June.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many celebrations and ceremonies. Rogers tv wants to show our graduates how proud we are of them and their accomplishments.
Graduating during a pandemic is hard! Our local students deserve to be celebrated in a BIG way as we wish them luck in the next step of their academic life.
While we recognize that this is not the graduation celebration we would have liked, we will make sure it is a special occasion that recognizes the truly exceptional students we have at this school. Grade 8’s have worked so hard this year and demonstrated such resilience. Congratulations on your graduation, Grade 8’s!
Parents, please continue to report absences up to Thursday, June 24th by calling the office or emailing Mrs. Williams if your child is going to be absent or late. We still need every absence and late verified even though it is remote learning as per board protocol. Please note that there is no need to report their attendance after June 24 as the final days are asynchronous learning days. Thank you!
Yearbooks are In!
Yearbooks are in and will be ready for pick up when your child returns/retrieves items and their report card on June 28th. Thank you to School Council who paid for and will be providing one Yearbook per family. The oldest in the family will be receiving the yearbook from their teacher.
Retrieval of Student Items/ Return of School Learning Materials: June 28th
The letter from the Director of Education was sent out to families on Wednesday. Further communication was sent out about the details of this St. Clement school. Please refer to that email for details and a copy of the schedule has been copied below.
Students will be picking up their Report Cards. Please note that families do not need to return the third page for report cards as per the board COVID policies.
We look forward to seeing Saints on June 28th and thank you for your continued patience and support while we navigate these challenging times. Please complete the COVID-19 assessment prior to coming to the school that day, for every person entering the building (one parent/guardian per family where necessary) and a staff member will confirm with you that it has been completed prior to entering. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/context
Schedule for Monday, June 28th:
8:35 – 10:00 – Family Last Names: A-C
10:00-11:30 – Family Last Names: D-K
11:30- Staff Lunch Break
12:15-1:45 – Family Last Names: L-N
1:45-3:15 – Family Last Names: O-Z
St. Clement Staffing Updates
It is bitter sweet as we say a sad good-bye to some staff and welcome some new staff. We say good-bye to Ms. Bennett who will be placed at another school and welcome Ms. Cornfield as our Child and Youth Care Worker for St. Clement school. We say good-bye to Ms. Gies who will be teaching at St. Isidore in a remote learning setting and welcome Ms. D’Arcy who will be our Planning Time teacher for next year. We are also sad to say good-bye to Ms. Diemert, Ms. Soobir, Ms. Plourde and Ms. McCartney who were filling in for staff on leave of absences. Staff for these positions will be announced in September.
Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information. Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/ .
- Keep your child(ren) reading with Sora this summer. From May 5 – August 20, 2021, Sora Sweet Reads will offer a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks for free to WCDSB elementary and secondary students. The Sweet Reads collection is prominently displayed in Sora for quick and easy unlimited access. Sora can be accessed during summer through the Virtual Learning Commons. Please see the flyer below
- This summer, University of Waterloo’s Engineering and Science Outreach are proud to partner with BrainSTEM Alliance and the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region to address the increasing need to create more inclusive and accessible opportunities in STEM education for Black youth.
Please refer to the attachment for the registration link and more information on this FREE summer camp opportunity. You may also contact the University of Waterloo at email@example.com
Umbrella Project: June Theme: Mastery
Encourage learning over proving yourself
One of the biggest mistakes we make in learning is to imagine we need to impress people and prove ourselves instead of being able to accept that we don’t know everything… That’s why we are learning. It is distracting and tiring to feel that we need to be constantly proving how much we know and undermines the actual learning process. Kids who feel this way are likely to quit at first sign of failure or when someone comes along who is more experienced as if that person or experience is a threat to their identity.
To help your children master skills with an open mind and humility, teach them “The Terrible 10 Rule”, which is as follows: expect the first 10 times you try something new to be terrible.
A simple but a clear message about expectations for the learning process.
Why would we expect to be good at things we haven’t learned or practiced yet?
By setting our expectations of ourselves as absolute beginners it allows our egos the space to relax through the first few attempts at anything new. It also allows us to learn from those around us with more experience instead of finding ourselves in a mental competition for who is better. Explain to your children that time and experience are the critical ingredients to mastery, not some natural talent we are simply born with and ready to display on the first attempt.
Until next time,
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project
Upcoming Important Dates
June 20th – Happy Father’s Day
June 21st – National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 23rd – Wear Orange – to signify your grief, reflection, and remembrance of the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School.
June 23rd – School-wide Year End Virtual Liturgy
June 24th– Grade 8 graduation (this is a change in date due to the recent announcement from the board)
June 25th – Friday Fun theme Day: Pyjama Day – wear those comfy ‘jammies. Asynchronous Day – work off-line (teachers will post work)
June 28th – Term 2 Report Cards / personal items pick up & Chrome book/Library Book/text book/classroom items drop off – more information was sent as an email to parents and a Newswire. Asynchronous Day – work off-line (teachers will post work)
June 29th – Last Day of School- Asynchronous Day – work off-line (teachers will post work)
We pray for the Muslim Family from London. ( Please note that Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments (including schools) across the province will be flown at half-mast on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.)
God of justice, In your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception. Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family. Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors, and speech which demean others. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change. Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history. And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish peace and equality for all in our communities. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
We pray for all dads or Father figures on June 20th.
Here are some of the things that happened lately at St. Clement School…