Reminders for the Week for March 7 to 11

“I want to be like a sunflower; so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” – Unknown

Our hearts are heavy, and we continue to pray for peace and all those affected by war and violence throughout the world. It is important to remember that while we may feel helpless in the midst of such pain, each of us can provide aid and comfort to those in need in our own way.

It is worth contemplating that in a world that is too often beset by darkness, pain and despair, we can take comfort knowing that our Catholic school offer hope. I want to thank our staff for all they have done and continue to do to bring hope to the students and families we serve. Our school is grounded in the truth of God’s unconditional love for each of us, and the promise of our Lenten journey – eternal life fulfilled through Christ’s death and resurrection.

Please keep all students, families and staff in our thoughts and prayers as we hold close the people of Ukraine, and all who have been devastated by war and violence in other parts of the world.

Please see the information updates below:

 

As we continue to pray for Ukraine, please note that today is the last day for donations…

WCDSB Schools Raising Funds for Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief: Last Day

Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools have begun a campaign to raise funds to assist humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

 

This campaign will end March 11, 2022.

 

Funds raised will be collected at St. Clements through CASH ON LINE, then they will be forwarded by the school board to the Canadian Red Cross on behalf of all students, staff and Trustees.

 

Families who wish to donate privately may do so via the Canadian Red Cross website at:

https://www.redcross.ca/

School Screener/ Masking, etc. for return to school on Monday March, 28th:

Please see the letter that was Newswired out yesterday from Loretta Notten and attached here.

March School Update to WCDSB Parents March 10th 22

Monday, March 21 –

  1. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination | United Nations
  2. Week of Solidarity with Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination. In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a program of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. On this occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on March 21st, would be organized annually. Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination – Education for Justice | Education for Justice
  3. On March 21st, 2022, the Waterloo Wellington Down Syndrome Society will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day along with millions of others around the world. Every year we celebrate on 3/21, because individuals with Down syndrome have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. Bringing awareness to Down syndrome is really important as it can lead to more opportunities for people with Down syndrome and a more inclusive society that benefits everyone. This year 3/21 falls on the first Monday after March Break. Saints are encouraged to participate in our school wide initiative to wear their colourful or mismatched socks on Monday, March 21st. Colourful socks look a little like chromosomes and are a fun way to celebrate. Whatever the colour and design, whether mismatched or matched, socks are socks and people are people, with or without Down syndrome.

Lenten Liftoff

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee(CPIC), is pleased to present Lenten Liftoff, a series of faith formation activities to support parental engagement funded by the Ministry of Ontario Pro Grants.

We are once again excited to present the series “Formed” which will be the foundation of activities supporting our deeper understanding of the season of Lent. The subscription will feature Friday Night Faith Flicks along with resources to support family discussion. Lenten booklets will also be available shortly and more information will follow soon.  Please join us in sharing the message of these free resources and content to support our families over the winter months.

Parents who are interested in receiving a free subscription to Formed and to receiving weekly Lenten Liftoff faith activities, can sign up by registering their name and email HERE.

HOLD THE DATE: St. Clements Catholic School Advisory Committee would like to invite you to a Virtual Parent night featuring Dr. Jen Forristal of the Umbrella Project. : April 12, 2022

The Umbrella Project & St. Clements CES

The Umbrella Project (UP) is excited to continue their partnership with St. Clements CSS to empower their community to build a shared understanding of how to tell a more powerful story about their wellbeing, and celebrate a culture of positive coping.

UP will provide 1 live virtual parent session on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. to the parent community of St. Clements. Session will be hosted by The Umbrella Project

Summary of Session

Parenting to Build Resilient Children

Presented by: Dr. Jen

In this workshop, Dr. Jen will provide five simple steps to build and sustain strong and resilient children. This will include strategies and activities to further enhance a child’s understanding of their coping skills and how to put them to practice. These methods will specifically consider the unpredictable and challenging nature of our current environment.

(Virtual Meeting Link will be sent out closer to the date)

 

Grade 7 – CAT4 – National Standardized Achievement Test

Students in Grade 7 in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be administered the Canadian Achievement Test, Fourth Edition (CAT-4) between April 19th – 26th, 2022.

The CAT-4 is a national standardized achievement test designed to measure achievement in the basic skills commonly taught in schools across Canada. The specific skill areas in which your child will be assessed include Language Arts, Reading and Mathematics. The CAT-4 takes approximately four hours to complete over a three-day period.

The CAT-4 will provide information for parents/guardians, students, teachers and administrators about how well students perform in the basic skill areas. This information will be used to provide direction for curriculum and program delivery at the system, school, and individual student levels.

If you wish your child to not participate in the testing, please notify your child’s classroom teacher by April 8, 2022.

Grade 8 students and parents

Please visit the following link to questions and answers regarding de-streaming: De-Streaming-FAQ-1.pdf and De-Streaming-ML-Translations-1.pdf

Please see the registration information for transition to high school

https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/summer-programs/headstart-to-grade-9/

HeadStart to Grade 9 – St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education

SESSIONS Reminder: HEADStart is a summer program and not mandatory, however participants have registered separately for this summer program.. Morning Group OR Afternoon Group. 4 days at end of August to be determined / time frames to be confirmed. Get a HEADStart to Grade 9 is offered at all five Catholic Secondary Schools with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

stlouis.wcdsb.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

 

WCDSB Updates

Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information.  Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/

 

Families 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/

Lent
Our Lenten Journey began with Ash Wednesday.  In this Sunday’s gospel, we find ourselves with Jesus in the desert.  He was tempted with wealth (stone to bread), power (offered Kingdoms of the world) and popularity (to top of the temple in Jerusalem), yet he remained faithful to his mission and his calling. As we start our journey through Lent, this Sunday’s Gospel calls on us to be confident in the face of temptation, trusting God’s word, protection and love for us.

During the Season of Lent, we are called to FAST, PRAY and GIVE ALMS.

Our fasting is about “giving something up.” Consider fasting from those emotions that break relationships with others and lead us away from God (e.g., jealousy, anger, holding grudges). Challenge yourself to not just “say prayers” but to living a life of prayer in all you do. Almsgiving involves considering the needs of others and reaching out to give without question when called upon and in times of need.  Now more than ever, we resist temptations, we realize the power within and how we can care for humankind.  Part of this journey is asking Jesus with faith and humility to walk with us, to guide us and to protect us and to lean on the prayers of others.

THINGS A FAMILY CAN DO TOGETHER DURING LENT

1.       Daily Prayer Time | It’s important that kids grow up feeling that prayer is a natural thing. Each evening spend time in prayer on a certain topic of your choosing. (ex. the health of loved ones, members of your church, people groups close to your heart, etc.)

2.       Find Something to Give Away | As a family, go through your possessions and find gently used (or well-loved but still good quality) items, then pray about how you can bless others with those things.

3.       Encourage One Another Daily | At a mealtime together, go around the table and take turns saying something nice or encouraging for each person present. Not just compliments but work to build each person up.

4.       Reach out to someone else | Whether by text, email, or handwritten card, choose a person today and send them a line or two of encouragement. An “I’m thinking of you” or “we’re praying for you” can mean more than you know.

March 15, 2022, is World Social Worker Appreciation Day!

“World Social Worker Appreciation Day” is March 15, 2022, which this year, falls over the March Break.  The staff and students at St. Clement would like to take the opportunity, today, to say a huge THANK YOU to all our Social Workers, but especially Ms. McDonald Reis!   Your commitment to our students when they are at their most vulnerable and your willingness to support the many families, demonstrate that you are here for us all!

 

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 March: Purpose

 

This month we are going to work with students to learn about purpose and their meaningful contribution to the world. As we always say at the Umbrella Project, all of the skills are important and work best together! The happiest kids are able to understand their own needs and their contribution to the bigger world around them.

 

Make your child a participating member of the family

The ultimate goal of parenting is to help your child develop into a person who can independently self-regulate, make good decisions for their wellbeing and care for themselves without you. Like it or not, when your child becomes an adult, they will have the independence to make whatever choices they want for their lives. A big part of our role as parents is supporting the development of our child’s capacity for good decision making.

One of the best ways to guide your child to healthy independence and purpose is to give them a voice in your family as early as you can.

Here are some examples of how you can make their voices heard:

  1. Ask them how to best solve the parenting difficulties you face.  Here’s an example of this from my life: How can we get out the door in the morning without me having to give the kids so many reminders? Their solutions: No leisure reading until all morning tasks are complete, checklists on the fridge with everything that needs to be done, and getting dressed for the day before coming downstairs. By getting kids involved, they are learning to solve problems, are more likely to comply and feel more like participating members of our family.
  2. Get them involved in travel planning.  This one can be a lot of fun. If you are a family who likes to travel, start to include your child in the decision making. Tapping into a kid’s intrinsic curiosity about the world builds purpose and really helps them to feel engaged.  You could alternate through each family member getting to pick your final travel destination (after narrowing down the list to reasonable options) or let them plan one of the days while you are away. If you don’t travel, you can use this when planning out your weekend or weeknights when you have family time. Make sure everyone feels like they have a say.

Giving kids a voice is empowering and feeds the development of their sense of purpose.  When everything is planned, scheduled and reinforced for them, they miss out on the development of some of these critical skills.

You’ve got this!

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 participate in virtual liturgy for the first week in Lent. 

March Madness. Jersey day for Saints to cheer on their favourite team

International Women’s Day celebrating all of the achievements of the amazing women in our lives! #WCDSBAwesome

Saints pray for PEACE. #Ukraine️ 

 

MARCH Madness: twin day!

March Madness : colour competition day! Team Blue beat out Team Gold! #SaintsGoldBlue

Saints show their support for 🇺🇦 Ukraine with SUNFLOWERS , the symbol of peace and solidarity.  #PrayForUkraine

 

Saints enjoyed looking green for or March Madness :  Early St. Patrick’s Day! 

 

Saints enjoyed a comfy day of Pajamas for March Break Madness.

 

 

School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/  (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).

March 13th – Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day – students are invited to wear “Funky” socks on the first day back to school after the March Break on Monday  and – welcome back

March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Teachers will be discussing and doing activities in their classrooms

March 21- Week of Solidarity with Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination.

March 23 – Hot Lunch Day

March 24 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!

March 25 – St. Clement Earth Hour (Saturday, March 26th is International Earth Hour)

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