Remembrance Day

On Wednesday, November 11th classes will have a virtual assembly and a moment of silence to reflect and remember the people who fought and lost their lives for us. This year in place of an assembly, we will be commemorating Remembrance Day on November 11th using virtual platform. We will begin after first recess, where students and staff will listen to our own students take us through a commemorative ceremony and one minute of silence.  Our JK/SK students (Ms. Kirby, Ms. Robles, Ms. Good) are doing a book reading “God’s Dream”, JK/SK (Ms. DeLeo) are doing a poem “Hug O War” and song “Wonderful World”, Grade 1 (Ms. Hehn) is dong a choral reading of poem “Poppy, Poppy What Do You Say “Grade 2 (Ms. Kittel) is doing the song “Highway of Heroes” followed by a poem, Grade ¾ (Mr. Soobir/Ms. Vecchio) are doing “What is Peace/” where students depicted peace through art/writing, Grade 4/5 (Ms. Dunn) is doing “In Flanders Field” (poem and art), Grade 5/6 (Ms. Spiak) is presenting a prayer for Remembrance Day, Grade 7 (Ms. McCartney) are doing a visual presentation in the form of a slideshow and Grade 7/8 (Mr. Ouellette) are coordinating the one minute of silence with the playing of trumpets at 11 AM.

Book of Life

St. Clements will once again do a “Book of Life” for All Souls Day (Nov. 2) again this year but virtually. And so for the month of November students and staff may submit names of those that have departed. Our faith gives us strength to remember loved ones, community members, and honour the lives of people who have departed through prayer. It is a way to pay our respects We will remember those resting in peace as a prayer intention on our announcements. In lieu of forms sent home as per past practice, during COVID, classroom teachers will be following up with communicate to you via their platform.

New Furniture/ Generous Donation: Natasha Martin and Family

New furniture was purchased for the school chairs, stools and student “rocking chairs”.  Some of the new furniture was not allowed to be put out and was put into storage because it was not compliant with COVID regulations (i.e., Café tables with bar stools -distancing issues). 2 Standing desks were also purchased and paid for by the Martin family. We are deeply appreciative to Natasha Martin and her family for their generous donation.

Dressing for the outdoors

I hope you were as excited as I was to see the snow on the ground on Monday! We are so blessed to live in Canada where we get to receive God’s gift of seasons. However, the white snow is also a good time to remind everyone of a few essentials when coming to school in the wet, snowy weather. Please make sure to have a pair INDOOR SHOES. We will be changing our shoes when we come inside the classrooms so that we can help to keep our spaces clean and dry. Wet socks make for a long day!

Please make sure to wear a HAT and MITTENS! We will be outside for recesses including the 40 minutes at lunch. Dress warmly! Please bring a jacket or coat. It is so important to dress appropriately for the weather and know that we WILL be outside on days like today.

As always, we do not throw snow at each other and we leave the snow on the ground. We have gone over this during announcements.

Dress warmly, Saints!

Cancellations/Bus Information

Seeing the snow on Monday, it is a good idea to review cancellation notices and where to find them. For up to date information on school closures and bus cancellations, visit our School Board website at www.wcdsb.ca and click on the “CANCELLATIONS” link on the right hand side.

The other online location for cancellation news is www.570news.com. Click on the STORM CENTRE button in the top right hand corner. Bus cancellation notices affecting our school will be given out between 6:45am and 8:30am to the following media resources:

CHYM FM 96.7                                                  OLDIES AM 1090

KOOL FM 105.3                                                  DAVE FM 107.5

FAITH FM 94.3                                                   THE BEAT FM 91.5

If morning bus routes have been cancelled, they are cancelled for the day. If you bring your chid(ren) to school, you are responsible for picking them up at the end of the school day.

In the case of Early School Dismissal, bus student may be dismissed at any time during the school day as determined by the Student Transportation Services. Non-bus students will be dismissed only at normal dismissal times, either at lunch or end of the school day.

In all cases, we will be handling the dismissal of each child based on the information you provided to us at the beginning of the school year. Please notify the office immediately when there is a change to be made to your early dismissal instructions.

The Umbrella Project

Educating and preparing children for their future involves developing skills necessary for them to achieve their full potential. It is important to develop a child’s emotional well-being skills as well as their literacy and numeracy skills.

Students enjoyed a virtual assembly about this month’s skill, Grit, which will give students the opportunity to begin to develop these skills of emotional wellbeing, and ultimately lead a happier and more successful life. Grit isn’t just about perseverance. Passion for your goals goes a long way in helping you stick with something long term. The guru of grit, Angela Duckworth, has found that introspection isn’t going to give your kids the passion they need for developing grit.  They can’t just sit around thinking about what they care about. To truly follow the path of passion and purpose they need to get out there and try lots of different stuff. This will allow them to really understand what motivates them, what gets them out of bed in the morning and down the road, this is one of the most important bits of sustained grit.  We’ve all had the experience of thinking we would love a sport, subject or job much to our dismay when we actually get a chance to try it and find it’s not what we thought it would be.

When you see an opportunity for your child to try something new, jump on it.  Let action be their guide in finding that long term goal, job or pursuit they can really get behind.  Take time to debrief with them after new experiences so you can support them in doing more of what they are passionate about. You can watch a short video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBPcFnpnA20&feature=youtu.be

You are invited to follow along with your child’s learning journey for each new skill by going to The Umbrella Project website and subscribe to the weekly newsletter to receive information, stories, challenges and tips about fostering the skills your child is focusing on in class. Caregivers have a powerful impact on childhood wellbeing and your participation will help to deepen your child’s understanding of these important skills.

School Picture Day – Friday, November 27th

We have been given the green light to move ahead with school photos. We are pleased to announce that Lifetouch is coming on Friday, November 27th to take individual pictures of students and staff. There will not be any class photos, just individual student photos and they will be standing to reduce surface contact. We will have one class in the gym at a time and Lifetouch has clearly defined safety protocols that will be followed . Please see the Lifetouch video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LevtvXI9l2Q&feature=youtu.be

which shows the steps they are taking to ensure Picture Day is safe for everyone.

Students Leaving School Property for Lunch

Please be reminded that, if students leave school for lunch, they may only go to their own home. Students are not permitted to leave the school at lunch to go to the plaza, to a friend’s house, etc. Requests for such outings will not be approved. The reason for this rule is to reduce the contacts students have over the lunch hour and for contact tracing.

Thank you, Parents

Just a quick thank you, parents, for your ongoing support of our school during this global pandemic. We have made it through two months of school with a unified focus on health and safety, well-being, and learning. We appreciate your patience and support of our staff as we adapt to the times we are in and reinvent our jobs so we can keep your children safe and happy while continuing to deliver a high-quality educational experience. We are so very grateful for the strong home-school partnership we have with you!

Important Dates:

  • Thursday November 12 – Spirit Day – wear blue, yellow or spirit wear
  • 11th – Remembrance Day Virtual assembly