Hi Saints Families,

We hope that you were able to enjoy a safe and relaxing long weekend. The weather was beautiful, and we hope you took advantage of it with outdoor time and physical activity.

Congratulations to all for making it to the week in June in what has been a most trying year. Your continued patience, dedication, and flexibility are so appreciated by the staff of St. Clement. Taking advantage of the natural breaks of snacks, recess, and lunch to get outside, get bodies moving and soak in a little vitamin D and helps to focus back at school and is a good way to break up the day. Thank you to all for your continued assistance.

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 week.

Final Transition Survey for the 2021-2022 School Year:

Face-to-Face Learning or St. Isidore Virtual School May 31- June 3, a survey will be made available by the board that will ask you to choose between attending St. Clement Catholic Elementary School face-to-face or attending St. Isidore Catholic Elementary School virtually for the 2021-2022 school year.

Even if you completed the survey in March, you are asked to complete the survey again to confirm your choice. If you do not complete the survey – we will assume your child is returning to face-to-face learning. A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June. If you register for St Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year). You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023). It is our hope that all students will feel comfortable in attending St. Clement School face-to-face, but understand any hesitation you may be feeling.

It is our hope that with increased numbers of staff and students being vaccinated and the necessary and appropriate safety protocols in place, we can continue to provide a safe and consistent learning environment at St. Clement for all students.

We are in very challenging and uncertain times. Have confidence that whatever your decision is, you will make the right one for your family and for your children.

Please stay tuned to Newswire and the WCDSB Board website for updates and release of the survey. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at any time.

WCDSB Updates

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

  1. WCDSB is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning. In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support, and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade. All Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Learning options can be found here: https://www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning/
  2. At this time, there is no news about if we will be returning to face-to-face learning. We will continue with our online learning and let you know if there are any updates.
  3. Pre-registration for COVID-19 Vaccination is now available for all Waterloo Region Residents 12 years old and up. Please take the time to sign up for all family members 12 years and older. https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccination-pre-registration.aspx

Grade 8 Graduation – Save the date

Plans are underway to celebrate our Graduation Class of 2021. This year, our Grade 8 Graduation will take place on Monday, June 28th, 2021. Details for this event will be finalized once we know about our return to school for this year. Grade 8 parents should continue to look for emails with updated information. We pray for our Graduates, as we prepare to celebrate them and all of their accomplishments!

Welcome To Kindergarten Night!

This week we welcomed some new Saints to our school community! It was so great to see the parents and students who are ready for learning to get stated in the fall. We hope you enjoy the presentation we sent to you yesterday via email. We look forward to seeing all of our newest Saints in September!

Parish Update – Sacraments

With the current ever-changing restrictions on gathering during the Pandemic and the uncertainty of government directives which may be forthcoming, the Diocese of Hamilton has recommended that the celebration of the Sacrament Confirmation is to be re-scheduled for the late fall. They will be notifying us of the new dates via email in early fall. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Umbrella Project: June Theme: Mastery

Welcome to June and Mastery month in The Umbrella Project. Mastery is a great way to wrap up the year because it requires us to use many of the skills we have learned about over the year.  Mastery is our ability to work towards excelling at something – our craft, our relationships, our jobs and many others. The early stages of mastery requires many of our Umbrella Skills to push through the boredom, fear, impatience and other difficult emotions of the learning journey. Over time, we build strength and confidence and are able to accomplish great things.

Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Help your child discover their natural inclinations and curiosities

The best masters start with a deep interest and curiosity in the area they are working towards mastering. The journey to mastery requires time, patience and overcoming obstacles so this interest (see intrinsic motivation skill tips) is paramount in persevering through the learning process. You may have a vision for your child but if this doesn’t align with their personal interests it is unlikely that they will go on to master this path while building their well-being.  Trying to master something you don’t care about is arduous, requires lots of will power and depletes our energy and happiness.

When you start with your childs’ natural interests, they are much more likely to engage with the process of learning and mastering their chosen activity. Start by helping your child notice the subjects they are most engaged in and the problems they most want to solve. Try to be specific when having these conversations ie. What unit in science did you like the most and why instead of what subject do you like…  For example, this year my daughter noticed that she really loved learning about energy in science and is also concerned about the environment which led her to thinking about the jobs that might exist in sustainable energy.  She is far from having to make these types of life decisions but reflecting on things that peak interest will help her engage and learn when opportunities present themselves.

Chat soon,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates

May 31st – Welcome to Kindergarten Bag pick up 4-5 (for our newly registered Kindergarten families)

May 31 – June 3 – Final Transition for families will be available to indicate their preference for St. Isidore Virtual School for 2021-22.

June 2nd – Virtual Jump Rope for Heart Day

June 4th – PA Day – no school for students and EA/CYCW Appreciation Day

June 8th – Last Catholic School Advisory Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM – all are welcome; a virtual link will be sent out closer to the meeting date

June 11th – Friday Fun theme Day: Sunglasses Day – wear your favourite pair of shades (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 18th – Friday Fun theme Day: Work Out Gear Day – wear the closes that you work out or play sports (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 25th – Friday Fun theme Day: Pyjama Day – wear those comfy ‘jammies (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 28th – Term 2 Report Cards go home

June 28th – Grade 8 Graduation

June 29th – Last Day of School

Final Thought
“Appreciation is like a secret sauce.  You need only a few drops of it every day…in combination with other key habits and dispositions…to create a rich resilience. That’s because feeling and expressing appreciation strengthen social connections, deepens our emotional intelligence and self-confidence, and heightens our ability to focus on the positive.” 
 – Elena Aguilar

Have a wonderful week! Stay Safe and be well. I pray 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.

Here are some of the things that happened lately at St. Clement School…

Last Friday was career day at St. Clement!