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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Principal Communication

December 2017

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), 

  As we enter the season of Advent, our spiritual energies turn towards Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Christ.  Although there will be distractions as we get closer to Christmas day, it is important that we try to follow the Catholic Virtue of charity throughout this joyous season.  Our school community’s participation in the St. Vincent de Paul collection for needy families in our area, is one example of how we are displaying this wonderful virtue at St. Clement. 

  As many of you have already noticed, construction at our school is in full swing.  It is very exciting to see the progress that the workers have already been able to accomplish so far.  Good weather has assisted their progress greatly.  We still need to be patient with this process, since a stretch of bad weather can easily slow things down as well.  Our students have been adjusting wonderfully to the activity in our yard.  They seem to be very excited with the progress that has been made as well. 

  The month of December is filled with lots of activities and excursions for our students.  We have our Advent Mass scheduled for the evening of December 11th, while our final school Mass for 2017 is scheduled for December 18th.  Our Grade 2’s will be celebrating their First Reconciliation this month as well, in preparation for them receiving their First Communion later in the year.  Our Kindergartens will be performing their Christmas Concert on December 12th, while our Grade 2’s and 3’s will be performing for family and friends their Ballroom Dancing presentation on December 15th.   All of these great activities keep our students engaged and active throughout the year.  

  With the release last month of our school’s CAT/4 and EQAO results, showing once again that our students are performing well with their achievement levels, we as a school have focused our attention towards maintaining these successes while trying to support students that may need assistance.  Math will be the main subject our school will focus on throughout this coming year, especially in the areas of computation, problem solving, and descriptive feedback.  As I did last year, I have added some video clips in our Newsletters for parents to watch, providing families with suggestions as to how to support their child at home in the area of Math.  The first clip below was included in last month’s Newsletter, highlighting one of my favourite Math innovators, Jo Boaler.  The second clip takes a funny look at why we need to challenge our brains and that by saying “we can’t do things” is hindering our brains from receiving the exercise it needs.  The links below support 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. 





S. Peters 

Principal ​

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