Hi Saints Families!

Welcome to the first week of May.

Just a little note to let you all know that we continue to be so proud of our students (and you too parents!) for your dedicated efforts to remote learning. We realize it is a huge change and that this is a daily challenge! We are getting pretty good at it, and it is becoming almost second nature, but that does not take away from the fact that it is a huge shift and we could not be more proud of each of you! Thank you, once again, to students, parents and staff for your continued efforts in online learning. Thank you to the wonderful Saints community for their continued patience with us as we tweak our processes, provide work and look to answer your questions. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Keep up the amazing work, Saints! You rock!

Please see below for important reminders and updates for the week.

Return to School!

School Boards have not received any updated information for returning to school. As of today, there is no projected return to school date. Please continue to listen to news media and check https://www.wcdsb.ca/ for the most recent news on potential return dates. Stay Strong Saints!

Catholic Education Week and Mental Health Week

Catholic Education Week and Mental Health Week begins Sunday, May 2nd. We are so very blessed to live in a province where we can celebrate our faith daily, while we learn. This year’s theme is Nurturing Hope, something we very much need this year and it could not be more fitting given the challenges of the global pandemic. Staff will find various ways to recognize the week for Catholic Education and mental health.

Suggested Family Activities for Nurturing Hope: Suggested-Family-Activities-for-Nurturing-Hope

Mark Your Calendars for May 19th!

St. Clement Community is invited to attend the virtual practical parent Workshop OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHLEM which is presented by Susan Crawford of Meraki Inspired Coaching & Consultation.

Description: We are living in unprecedented times and the impact of the global pandemic has hit parents hard! Now more than ever, we are expected to juggle the demands of work and home while managing the collective impact of grief, uncertainty and fear on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. This workshop will help parents identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and provide practical strategies using self-compassion, emotional intelligence and resilience to help you cope and show up powerfully for yourself and others, even during difficult times.

Time: 6:30 PM

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A BIG THANK YOU to CSAC chair, Mary Craiovan who applied for the grant in order that the St. Clement community.

Time to “Raise some Dough”, Saints!

Do you love pizza??

St. Clement School is partnering with New Orlean’s Pizza in St. Clements – keeping it local – for our fundraiser this year. Just order pizza(s) on Monday, May 17th and HALF OF ALL OF THE PROCEEDS made that night will be donated to the school. It’s as easy as that! We look forward to supporting a local company and our school on May 17th.

WCDSB Updates

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

1. Help-Seeking Flyer: Help-seeking-flyer-Waterloo-Region-resources

2. Transition Planning: Oh! The Places You’ll Go!!! Oh-The-Places-Youll-Go-Waterloo-Region-2021-virtual-presentation

3. WCDSB Extended Day: The Extended Day Program Flyer April 16 2021: The-Extended-Day-Program-flyer-April-16-2021-draft (1)

4. Tech Support: https://stisidore.wcdsb.ca/tech-support/

5. Considering Purchasing a Chromebook/Learning Device for Your Child? The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/chapter-1b.html#s-0 provides financial support to families with young learners to help with additional costs during COVID-19 Pandemic. Starting on April 26th, the government will begin issuing payments of $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. If you received the payment through the Support for Learners program https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners , you do not need to apply for this additional payment. If you missed applying for the Support For Learners Program, you will have the opportunity to apply. Applications will be open from may 3rd to 17th.

6. April Showers Bring May Flowers: Students, families and staff: From April 19th to May 28th we will be running an April Showers Bring May Flowers campaign with our partner organization The Umbrella Project. We will be focusing on five Umbrella Project skills during the campaign: Gratitude, Kindness, Mindfulness, Optimism and Resilience. Building on the #Harbouring Hope initiative families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed/grown this past year. Submission can occur via email at bloom@wcdsb.ca or #WCDSBblooms. Student submissions may be produced in a April Showers Bring May Flowers postcard (digital version) that will be forwarded to the school and students can share it with others to pass on their ‘May Flowers’. Visit our website for details and to submit entries: https://www.wcdsb.ca/april-showers-bring-may-flowers/

7. Summer Course Credit for Grade 8s: The WCDSB is offering an Online Distance Learning Sumer school credit course for Grade 8 students entering Grade 9 at Waterloo Catholic Secondary Schools in September 2021. Check out the Bridge To Success Flyer: BRIDGE-TO-SUCCESS-Flyer-2021 (1)

8. How to Care For a Child Who Needs to Self-Isolate- Fact Sheet. Here is an updated fact sheet from Ontario Public Health as to taking care of a child in your household who may be required to self-isolate. Please continue to observe all Public Health guidelines in terms of the requirements: Self-Isolation-of-a-Child

May ParticipACTION Parent Events

More free events open to parents of students in the WCDSB. Visit the KPL virtually and learn of the resources and cool events they have. Join us for yoga, paint night or motivational speaker Nancy Revie. Sign up here.

Shakespearience Spots Open Gr. 3-12

Spots are still open for the 2021 Shakespearience Summer Experience. This will occur virtually starting July 5 to July 30. Application form and details attached. For Gr. 3-12. Capture the experience by visiting youtube. SP 2021 Promo Package Application Star Story

Umbrella Project: May Theme: Integrity

This month at the Umbrella Project we are excited to be focusing our energy on Integrity. Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match that set of positive values. If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’, when the things that we say and do match up with what we value.

Having integrity means that we can feel good about our choices all throughout life. It helps to bring the other Umbrella Skills together as well. Here’s a short introductory video from Dr. Jen about Integrity.

Find models of integrity.

Many studies have shown that humans learn through modeling others. One great way to build integrity in your child is to help them find positive role models who help them believe that it is possible to succeed without compromising our values. Having positive role models helps our children learn strategies for achieving their goals, decide what is socially acceptable and make a difference in the world. That’s why the Umbrella Project is filled with stories and examples of people using all of the Umbrella Skills to take on life.

Examples of integrity are everywhere so when you notice them in books, movies and stories be sure to talk about it with your kids. Look for examples of integrity in the people your children already admire and discuss them. Make integrity something that has value in and of itself. For example, there is value in not cheating on a test even though your friends did and got a better mark because of it. It’s choices like that that can make integrity difficult to use and it’s important that children see those they admire making these difficult decisions. Making choices with integrity is not always the easiest choice and our kids need lots of examples of integrity to understand why it is the better choice.

Learn from Dr. Jen why modelling is so important in this 2 minutes video.

Chat soon,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates

Saturday, May 1 – National Principal Appreciation Day – Thank you to Mrs. Dafoe for being an awesome Principal and for everything you do! Your dedication does not go unnoticed and we are so lucky to have you at St. Clement!

Monday, May 3 – 7 – Catholic Education Week and Mental Health Week

Friday, May 7th – Friday Fun Theme Day: Crazy/Ugly or mismatched footwear/sock day (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

Sunday May 9th – Happy Mother’s Day

May 17th – Pizza Fundraiser Night with New Orleans

May 19th – Overcome your Overwhelm Parent Workshop 6:30 PM

Have a wonderful week! Stay Safe and be well. I prayer for every family to stay healthy and safe. Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can all return to school safety in the near future.

Last Friday, we celebrated Backwards Day for our Friday Fun Theme

Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day, Mrs. Williams. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and positivity! We are so blessed!