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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Principal Communication

November 2017
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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), 


  As we turn the calendar page to November, we are now seeing the initial stages of construction in our school yard, which is exciting for all of us.  A lot of time and effort, from many people in our community, has gone into making this moment possible.  We thank them all for their efforts.  There will be some challenging times to come due to the necessities of construction, forcing us all to adjust our normal routines.  However the end-goal will ultimately be worth it when the addition to our school is finally complete. 

  The month of November brings some new and exciting activities to the students at St. Clement School.  Ballroom Dancing begins for our Grade 2 and 3 students, while the Swim To Survive program begins for our Grade 4’s.  Intermediate Volleyball has already started, with our athletes practicing hard for their upcoming tournaments.  Craft Club will be returning to our school during the month of November for all of the students that have that artistic flare, while we also welcome back the volunteers that lead our students with reading the Rosary on the last Thursday of every month.  All of this, plus the normal class trips and excursions that occur every month will make November an active time for all of our students. 

  The recent release of our school’s CAT/4 and EQAO results showed our students once again performing well with their achievement levels.  The goals for our school this year are to maintain and continue our successes, as well as identify the areas that require improvement and to develop strategies to support these improvements.  Math will be the main subject our school will focus on throughout this coming year, especially in the areas of computation and problem solving.  As I did last year, I have added some video clips for parents to watch and support your child at home in the area of Math.  The one I have included below is from one of my favourite Math innovators, Jo Boaler.  She is a fabulous speaker, consistently speaking in support of a tangible change towards a “Growth Mindset” in Math.  The link below supports the importance of the Mindset that “Mistakes are Valuable” when working on Math, as well as other strategies to improving how we learn in Math.  I encourage you to watch. 

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3icoSeGqQtY 

 

Sincerely, 

S. Peters 

Principal ​

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