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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Principal Communication


May 2019

pdot.JPGDear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), 
 
  As we enter the month of May, we are now officially into the home stretch towards the end of the school year.  However, we still have many exciting and important activities for our students over the next few months.   Next week, we will be celebrating Catholic Education Week, which highlights the importance of Catholic education in the lives of our children.  Later this month, we will be once again celebrating Mass together as a school community.  As always, parents and family members from our community are welcome to attend this monthly event.  Remember as well, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th.  Please make sure you are doing something special for Mom. 
  As we begin the month of May, our Grade 8’s are already on their year-end trip to Quebec City.  They left yesterday, (April 30th), and  the trip will allow our oldest students to take in the French language and culture in one of the most beautiful cities in North America.  At the end of the month, our Grade 7’s will be off to Blue Mountain for two days and one night, participating in several cooperative and interactive activities and games.  Blue Mountain is an amazing Outdoor Education facility, and our students will have an amazing time on this excursion.  Track and Field Meets begin this month as well.  Our student athletes have already begun their training for these Meets, with the first Meet taking place at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium on May 9th.  Our Choir will be participating in the Woodbine Arts Festival on May 8th, showing their talents in front of the many other schools that will be in attendance for this great performance.   ‘Welcome To Kindergarten’ is set for our new JK students and their families towards the end of the month.  On May 28th, 29th, or 30th, these new JK families will have an opportunity to meet next year’s Kindergarten teams and get acquainted with their new surroundings as well as the new expectations for their new school.  EQAO and CAT/4 Assessments will take place on various days throughout the month.   Our students have always been encouraged to just do their best on these assessments, and I am confident they will do the same for this year’s assessments.  Our Parent Council has coordinated a Guest Speaker for the evening of May 14th for our parent community.  Karen Skinulis will be speaking to interested parents about Childhood Anxiety.  She is a registered Psychotherapist and Director of the Parenting Education Centre.  Parents of our community are strongly encouraged to attend this wonderful presentation, put on by our CSPC.   Last, but not least, our Trustee for Ward 2 (Mr. Markus de Domenico) will be having a Town Hall Meeting at our school on the evening of May 30th.  The meeting will take place in our school gym, and all families in our community are encouraged to attend.   A very busy month of May for all of us here at St. Clement. 
 
 The St. Clement Staff continues to focus on supporting and developing our students’ skills and proficiency in the area of Math throughout the year.   Our focus continues to be on improving our understanding of Application and Thinking-type questions, while also continuing to provide our students with strategies to be successful.  We are also going to continue modelling the Growth Mindset of “Mistakes Are Valuable”, as well as highlight the importance of there being “More Ways Than One To Solve a Problem”.  Please view another video clip below from Carol Dweck (a leading advocate for developing Growth Mindsets in our students).  As a community, we can all help develop the idea that Growth Mindsets are important, both at school and at home. ​
                                                        
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUWn_TJTrnU&t=169s  
 
 
Regards,

S. Peters 

Principal 

St. Clement Catholic School​
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