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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Principal Communication

pdot.JPGDear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), 

It is hard to imagine that the school year has come to an end. It just seems like yesterday that I was introducing myself to the community as the new Principal at St. Clement Catholic School. My first year here at St. Clement has been a special one, due in large part to all of the wonderful events and activities that made the school a wonderful environment for all of our students. With our Board honoring this year as the Year of the Parish, it has also been fulfilling to observe the amazing bond between our own Parish and our school. Truly a relationship that has helped strengthen our community’s Catholic Faith. Thank you to Msgr. Zimmer and Susan Ciufo for all of their dedication and support for our students throughout the year. Although it was my first year at the school, I learned very quickly that St. Clement was a very active place. Activities such as presentations on Anti-Bullying and Self-Esteem, Book Talks, QSP Fundraisers, Jump Rope For Heart, Athletics, Chess, W5H, MeToWe Initiatives, Advent Mass, Monthly Masses, Sacramental Celebrations, Graduations, CSPC Parent and Family Engagement Activities, and so much more. Yes, a very busy place. But these activities just enrich the environment of St. Clement, making it that special place to be. I briefly eluded to our school’s CSPC, but it needs to be said that our school’s Parent Council has done amazing work throughout the year, volunteering their time with fundraisers and family activities that help support our academic and extra-curricular activities. These efforts allow our school to benefit from many presentations and student experiences that otherwise would not be possible. Special thank you’s go out to our CSPC Executive (Co-Chairs: Katie Piccininni and Jenn Casuccio; Treasurer: Lisa Lippa; Secretary: Didy Perugini) who were able to support the initiatives of the school, as well as support me in my first year at St. Clement. On behalf of the St. Clement community, I would like to thank our CSPC for all of their efforts. The culture of Christian Service that is embedded in this community is amazing. The support that this community offers to initiatives like the Knights of Columbus Family Christmas Drive, Covenant House and the Angel Foundation consistently displays the spirit of giving that permeates through the St. Clement community. Our MeToWe Team is another example of service and stewardship. Their leadership enabled our school’s focus this year to be on fundraising activities for “Getting Girls to Graduation in Kenya”. Other initiatives that they were able to promote or support were Cram the Cruiser Food Drive, Socks For Souls, Old Battery Collection Drive, Pop-Top Can Drive, and so on. Our WeTeam is extremely active, which allows them to develop their leadership skills in support of social justice initiatives. They were an incredible group of students to work with, and I thank them for their dedication. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish our Grade 8 graduates all the best as they enter High School for the 2017-18 school year. Your leadership throughout this past year was felt by students, Staff and Parents throughout our community. As you will be the first class to graduate in my first year as Principal of St. Clement, you will always have a special place in my heart. I wish you nothing but success as you enter into the next phase of your educational journey. I want to end this Newsletter by saying thank you. Thank you to the dedicated Staff of St. Clement that help make our school such a wonderful environment. Thank you to the parent community that have made me feel welcomed and supported throughout the year. Thank you to the students, who everyday made me proud to be their Principal.​ 

S. Peters (Principal)​