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Update September 25, 2020

 Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.

~ Kailash Satyarthi

Thank you to our students and staff for your participation in our Virtual Code of Conduct Assemblies ~ we stressed the importance of physical distancing during outdoor mask breaks!

Thank you to our staff for all your thought & energy in preparing for our 1st Virtual Celebration of Learning!

Thank you to our parents for ensuring that their child has all the belongings that they will need for the day prior to coming to school (lunches, water bottles, snacks & clothing)!

Thank you parents for completing and returning September forms to school. Agendas have gone home and payment is due via School CashOnline.

Orange Shirt Day – September 30th

Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt (with uniform bottoms) on Wednesday, September 30th.  Orange Shirt Day is celebrated annually in recognition of our indigenous community. It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all. Thank you to Mrs. Pullman and her class (aka the Peace & Justice Club) for organizing the virtual liturgy at 11:45 am vis MS Teams and all their initiatives that bring peaceful and mindful awareness to social justice issues.

Rowan’s Law Day – September 30

In 2018, a new law called Rowan’s Law was passed in Ontario. It helps protect people who play sports, or play active games in schools, and helps teachers, parents/guardians, and coaches learn about preventing concussions. Rowan’s Law also helps people who get concussions to recover. Have you ever bumped your head or body? Probably! We’re all at risk of getting a concussion but because some bumps can hurt our brains and our brains may need a lot of time to heal, Rowan’s Law was created. Thanks to Rowan’s Law, all sports organizations and schools in Ontario will have new rules in place around concussions. Even when we do our best to prevent injuries there is always some risk. Rowan’s Law will help coaches, teachers, and parents/guardians, know when a child has suffered a suspected concussion, let the child know that they should immediately stop participating in physical activities, and be able to help the child identify when it’s safe to play again.

Catholic School Council 2020-2021

A very special thank you to the following parents for volunteering their time to serve our community as members of our Catholic School Council;

  • Elaine Buzzell
  • Francesca Di Paolo
  • Betsy Karnick
  • Diana Palalas
  • Christine Phillips
  • Eleanor Riva
  • Carol Stubits
  • Kathy Ventresca
  • Nathalie Winkels
  • Gloria Yana Motta

Our first council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 5th @6:30pm via Microsoft Teams. All parents are welcome to attend ~ if interested, please email the principal, Mrs. DM at by 9:00am on Tuesday, September 29th, and you will receive an email invite via MS Teams.

Daily Self-Screening

  • Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving for school, using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. ​
  • If a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​
  • Parents are able to access the Daily Self-Assessment for HCDSB students HERE.
  • Staff can access the Daily Self-Assessment for HCDSB Staff HERE.

UPDATE: On September 16, 2020, the Ontario Government released a new COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for Schools.

COVID-19 Symptoms/Exposure Protocol

  • Students or staff with symptoms BEFORE the school day begins
  • Students or staff who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 before the start of the school/workday should:
    • Stay at home
    • Seek medical advice, including the recommendation of testing for COVID-19 as appropriate or as advised by their medical provider
    • In some circumstances, special efforts may be needed to facilitate access to COVID-19 testing to meet the needs of some staff or students/families
    • Remain isolated and excluded from school until test results are received as per COVID-19 Class Order.

UPDATE: As of September 16, 2020, household members and close contacts of a symptomatic individual are no longer required to self-isolate. Siblings of a symptomatic student do not have to be sent home or miss school while awaiting test results for the symptomatic student. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, Halton Region Public Health will notify the individual, the close contacts and the school. Parents are able to access the Daily Self-Assessment for HCDSB students HERE.

What happens if your child feels unwell at school? 

It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school.  Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s ‘isolation room’ and we will contact the parent or guardian to come and pick them up. It is very important that we have current contact information for all of our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information.  

When can a student or staff with symptoms return to school/work?

If the student or staff member is assessed by their health care provider and cleared to return to school, he/she can return to school 24 hours after symptoms have resolved. Medical notes are generally not required for return to school. If the student or staff member is recommended for COVID-19 testing by their Health Care Provider, and the tests come back negative*, he/she may return to school after symptoms are resolved for at least 24 hours, providing:

  • There is no known high-risk exposure
  • The student or staff member is not advised by Halton Region Public Health or health care provider to self-isolate
  • If a symptomatic student or staff member was recommended for testing by their Health Care Provider but has refused testing, he/she must self-isolate for 14 days and be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • *Proof of negative tests should not be required for return to school.

Lunch Time

For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods. 

As we limit visitors to our school throughout the day, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day. We would ask that parents and guardians provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building.  

Visitor Protocol 

This school year, in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitor access to our school.   

  • All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.  
  • Visitors who are granted approval will be required to book an appointment and complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.  

Reminder about Lunch and Snacks

We have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

Thanksgiving Day

Monday October 12 is the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school on Thanksgiving Day. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving.

Promoting Well-Being – 5 Ways to Wellbeing

  1. Be Active: Physical activity improves your fitness level and can enhance your mental wellbeing.
  2. Connect: Having strong, healthy relationships can improve your sense of belonging and connectedness. 
  3. Give Back: Helping, sharing and just generally being nice to others promotes a sense of self-worth, strengthens community and helps you maintain a positive attitude.
  4. Learn: Learning something can increase your confidence and can also be a lot of fun. 
  5. Take Notice: Being mindful of your surroundings and your experiences enhances self-knowledge and self-understanding which contribute to fostering positive mental health. 


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Wishing you a wonderful weekend ~ the Staff of St. Bernadette CES

Catholic School Council Nominations Due
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all day
Safe and Caring Schools Virtual Assemblies
Sep 24 all day
Concussion Awareness Day
Sep 30 all day
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day

Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt (they are to wear uniform bottoms) on Wednesday, September 30th.  Orange Shirt Day annually in recognition of our indigenous community. It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all.

World Teachers’ Day
Oct 5 all day
Peace & Justice Virtual Meeting
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Catholic School Council – Meeting #1
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thanksgiving Liturgy
Oct 9 all day
Elementary PrincipalUpdate September 25, 2020