Hi Saints Families!

Welcome to the first week of March. As we continue to journey through Lent we will look for ways to support our mission of prayer, fasting and almsgiving through different community support initiatives, daily prayers and reflection on the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Lent is a beautiful period of reflection that helps us understand what it really means to be loved. When we truly understand our values, we are able to give more to others and practice our faith in practical ways.

COVID-19 Update:

As per the letter sent out from the Director of Education regarding COVID-19 enhanced Protocols, please read the following to ensure that you understand the process that will be followed moving forward until we receive different directions from the Ministry, Public Health, and the Board:

What Do I Do If My Child HAS/DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS?: If your child has a symptom that is found on the COVID-19 School Screening Assessment found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/  your child (and siblings) need to stay home.

Here is a list of the symptoms:

Fever and/or chills

Cough

Shortness of Breath

Decrease or lost taste/smell

Sore Throat

Runny/Stuffy/Congested Nose

Headache

Nausea

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Tiredness or Muscle Aches

Furthermore, if ANYONE in your household is staying home because of any symptoms (even just one), then EVERYONE in your household stays home and should isolate.

This isolation period for the symptomatic individual can end when ANY of the following happens:

  • There is a negative COVID-19 test
  • There is an alternative diagnosis from a doctor/medical professional
  • 10 days have passed since the symptom started and it has not gotten worse, however, the remainder of the household must isolate for 14 days after the last contact with the symptomatic individual

The isolation period for the asymptomatic family members can end when ANY of the following happens:

  • The negative test results are received and confirmed
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 14 days have passed since the last contact with the symptomatic family member (if there is no test result or alternate medical diagnosis)

This is a change, Saints! Please know that this applies to our students, their siblings and their families as well as our staff and their families. This could present significant challenges over the course of the next few months and we thank you for your patience and support in advance.

In the meantime, please continue to practice proper handwashing, sanitizing, masking and social distancing so that we can work together to keep everyone safe, healthy and in school.

What do I SAY WHEN I AM CALLING MY CHILD IN SICK?

If/When calling your child in ILL from school, please describe the symptom and let the office know which of the following you will seek:

  • A COVID-19 test
  • Going to the doctor, or
  • Self-isolating your family (siblings included)

STUDENT AND SIBLINGS may not return until the parent has confirmed one of the above to the office.

Please ensure that you are completing the SELF-ASSESSMENT EACH MORNING for EACH child. A reminder that if one of your children has a COVID symptom ALL siblings from the school must stay home as well.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

Be well, Saints! Stay Safe! Stay healthy!

Student (old) March Break Madness: In celebration of what was the “old March Break” we thought we would do a theme Day EACH DAY OF THE OLD MARCH BREAK WEEK (March 15-19)! (We will be playing music in line with the theme of the day as students arrive in the building!)

  1. Monday, March 15 Madness Theme: BEACH DAY! – Get your Hawaiian shirts on and picture yourself at the beach!
  2. Tuesday, March 16 March Madness Theme: DRESS LIKE YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK CHARACTER! – Who do you admire or would want to be? What is one of your favourite or despised storybook characters?
  3. Wednesday, March 17 March Madness Theme: Patrick’s Day – WEAR GREEN DAY! And enjoy some classroom activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
  4. Thursday, March 18 March Madness Theme: THROW BACK THURSDAY DAY! DRESS IN RETRO…WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ERA…50s? 60s? 80s?
  5. FRI-YAY, March 19 March Madness Theme: SUPERHERO DAY! Who are your superheroes? Nurses? Doctors? Wonder Woman? Spiderman?

 

Tiny Homes: Our Saint’s Lenten Project

Take a few minutes to watch this powerful video of how local heroes have helped the homeless community in Kitchener-Waterloo with your students.  https://vimeo.com/486941338/b087a1c51a

A Better Tent City: Tiny Homes are located on Lot 42 in Kitchener. It is currently the site of more than 50 structures constructed for the homeless community. This  project is possible through the grace of local donations and the work of people like Fr. Toby Collins, who is a tremendous support to this initiative. These homes have drastically changed the lives of our homeless community and restored a sense of dignity and self-worth for residents.

Our Catholic Faith calls us to help those in need. We believe when you view this video it will change the way you see the plight of our most vulnerable people. The video ends with this compelling quote “We are people who support our homeless brothers and sisters, while collectively tackling homelessness in practical ways. Help us evolve into an organization that drives social entrepreneurship, education, healing and change.”

Parent Council has committed to donating some money towards this worthy cause. However, donations are requested for all Saint’s families to support the construction of 10 new private, secure indoor living quarters and the costs of wiring and heating the outdoor cabins. You can donate through School Cash on line from February 19th until March 31st. This continues our annual Lenten project to support the homeless people in our region.

Thank you for considering this very worthy cause.

 

Eggo-gram Donation from 2020 to Tiny Homes

Last year, parents were able to purchase Eggo-grams per child at the rate of $2 per Eggo-gram. Then Covid-19 hit before we were able to hand them out; however, the grade 8’s that graduated did receive theirs.

We were hoping that this year, we could hand the Eggo-grams out to the rest of the students. However, due to the current Covid-19 protocols we are unable to do so.

We collected a grand total of $506.25! In keeping with our Lenten promise, we would like to donate this money towards our Tiny Home project. However, if you wish to have your money back, please contact the main office before Wednesday, March 3. All monies that are not requested will be donated on your behalf.
Thank you for your continued support during this Lenten season.

Virtual Book Fair: SAVE THE DATE

St. Clement is thrilled to announce that our 1st ever VIRTUAL book fair will start on Monday, March 1st!

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place on March 1 -15

It’s time to pre-shop, visit the Virtual Book Fair

site using this link: http://scholastic.ca/bookfairs/resources/parents

Our school’s Virtual Book Fair link is https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5153648 This unique shopping link will NOT BE LIVE until the date our Book Fair begins on March 1st.

Thank you in advance for supporting us in our 1ST VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR!

 

Winter Weather

We have certainly seen our share of winter weather and snow over the last week. At this time it is important to remind you that students will be outdoors every day for at least one hour unless the temperature falls below -20. Students in Kindergarten to grade 4 need to be in snow pants and boots to play in the snow and on the field. Grades 5 and up need to wear boots to be in the snow. Students are encouraged to bring extra mitts and socks to make sure they stay dry.

 

Umbrella Project: February Theme: Mindfulness

Stay present and cultivate awareness of your emotions in conflict

Parenting elicits strong emotional reactions. Very strong emotional reactions!! Our kids are capable of being our greatest source of joy and at the same time a steady source of rain and challenges to get through. I’m probably not telling you anything new here. To say parenting is easy would be the understatement of the century.

It’s okay and normal to feel angry, frustrated, stressed and the other feelings that come along with raising a small human with a mind of their own. These feelings are normal and expected. We don’t need to get rid of them or make them different. The challenge is to have these feelings and not let them unconsciously take over and undermine our parenting practices. We cannot allow these feelings to cause us to have unpredictable responses, based on our current mood.

Mindfulness is a great parenting tool because it builds our capacity to a) become aware of our feelings; and b) accept our feelings, good and bad, without judgement. This is incredibly helpful in stopping our automatic reaction and instead noticing our feelings and responding more intentionally.

Start by accepting that life will rain, conflicts will happen, your child will push your buttons and start expecting these experiences to mix themselves in with the easier days. When they happen, notice your emotional response in these different situations. Tune into your child’s emotional response as well. You may be surprised to see the different layers of fear, hurt, disappointment that exist under the behaviour or emotion being expressed.

Try to stay present with the experience and give it the attention it deserves. Note that your feelings are just feelings and that they don’t need to be immediately expressed. After walking through this process with presence you will often see a natural downgrading of the conflict as you become more attuned to the true feelings occurring on both sides and catch issues before they escalate. If needed, take a few deep breaths or a few minutes of space to calm down the emotion you are experiencing before reacting to particularly hurtful or triggering situations.

Listen to Dr. Jen as she describes this skill.

Until next time,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, March 1st – World Autism Month Begins

Mar. 1- 15 – Virtual Book Fair for St. Clement School – (commissions go back to the school)

Feb. 19 – March 30 – Tiny Homes – Lenten Promise school wide continues

Thursday, March 4th– Spirit Wear Saints spirit wear or colours: blue and gold

Friday, March 5th – Friday Theme Day: Wacky Hair Day

Monday, March 8th – Change to St. Isidore or St. Clement Day

Tuesday March 9th – Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m.  (virtual meeting) All are welcome to join, link to the meeting will be sent out via Newswire closer to the date

Here are some of the great things that happened this week at St. Clement School!

Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day. All our Saints including students and staff wore pink to stand against bullying!

“Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. Inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia, CKNW Kids’ Fund, working with partners Boys & Girls Clubs and 980 CKNW, was inspired to raise funds to support anti-bullying programs.” pinkshirtday.ca/about 

 

We also celebrated Jersey day today!