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Update November 13, 2020

Let all that you do be done in love.

1 Corinthians 16:14

Thank you to our St. Bernadette staff, students and families for all your efforts to keep our community healthy and respecting the Halton Public Health Guidelines during this pandemic;

Thank you to Ms. Cvetkovic, Mme Manes and the intermediate students that have come forward to be student ambassadors – we look forward to your leadership;

Thank you to Father Paul for the following welcome video for our grade 3 students celebrating their First Holy Communion at Saint Matthew Church this coming week

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Saint Matthew Conference – Christmas Angel Tree Program

  • We ask, if you are able, to contribute towards our Christmas Angel Tree program.  We are requesting cash/cheque donations that we can use to purchase grocery and gift cards in bulk at a discount.  Cheques can be made out to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St Matthew.  There is also an online donation portal that you may access on our website: Should you wish to purchase a grocery/gift card yourself, we require $25 grocery cards from Metro, Sobeys, President’s Choice and Walmart, and $10 gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and Tim Hortons. Envelopes can be dropped off up until December 4, 2020, at the church office and there is also a locked drop box outside both entrances of the church that can be used as well. Please address the envelopes to SSVP – Saint Matthew.  Should anyone have questions, they can be directed to Jennifer Monte at or that of the conference: Distribution will begin the week of December 7, 2020.

The Culture Club at St. Bernadette CES

  • At St. Bernadette the staff and students value diversity and demonstrate respect for others and a commitment to establishing a just, caring society. An equitable, inclusive school encourages and enables all students to learn and to fulfil their God-given potential. This is the mission statement for the Culture Club and our goal for the school year. 
  • The Culture Club has been meeting virtually every week to develop opportunities and events that celebrate the cultural diversity in our school. To help us plan, we are asking families to complete the following informal “Cultural Diversity Survey” before November 16, 2020.
  • The results of our survey will be shared with staff and the community.  We appreciate your continued support!

~ Culture Club members 

Halton Food for Thought – Grab and Go Healthy Food Boxes

  • More than ever, Halton students need access to nutritious food to fuel a full day of learning.  Thank you to Halton Food for Thought for providing Grab and Go Healthy Food Boxes to our school. This provides students with access to a nutritious snack to help keep them focused throughout the day. When we feed students at school, we are offering them their best chance for success.  We want students to reach their full potential and lead healthy, active lives.

Key information:

  • Grab & Go Healthy Food Boxes contain pre-packaged, non-perishable food items for example granola bars and apple sauce.
  • Boxes will contain enough bulk snacks for 1 classroom for 1 month.
  • In accordance with ministry guidelines teachers can distribute snacks from the Grab and Go Healthy Food Box as needed. This is not a self-serve model for students.
  • Halton Food for Thought programs are free of charge to all students

Parental support/volunteer

  • Packing over 5600 food boxes for schools each month is a huge undertaking. If you are interested in supporting the program financially (any amount is appreciated) donations can be made directly on the Halton food for thought website. If you would like to volunteer or have a connection to a local business that could help support the Grab and Go Healthy Food Boxes please contact Together we #FeedTheirFuture!

Bullying Awareness Week

During the week of November 15 – 21, Halton Catholic schools join school boards across Ontario to recognize Bullying Awarenenss and Prevention Week –  (Ontario Ministry of Education Link) each year, to develop awareness and understanding of the factors that contribute to a safe, inclusive, caring and accepting school climate. Building a positive and inclusive school climate is a necessary condition for student success. Thank you to Ms. Marajh and our school ambassadors for organizing the activities and announcements during this week. More information and links can be found on the HCDSB website at

YMCA Peace Week – November 15 – 21, 2020

We cannot expect to live in a world of peace if we are unable to live in peace with those close to us – even those who differ from us….

~ YMCA Statement on Peace

YMCA Peace Week is a time when we celebrate the presence of peace in our communities and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.

As we navigate through 2020, YMCA Peace Week takes on new meaning, illustrating how the ongoing work of building peace needs to continue now more than ever. COVID-19 and the urgent calls for action to address/support anti-black racism are challenging us, as individuals, as communities, and as a country, to reconsider where we’ve been and where we want to go.

YMCA Peace Week calls people to: Build Community. Act for Peace.

When we act for peace, together we build stronger and healthier communities.

Act for PeacePeace is an active state of being, not a passive one.

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Promoting Well-Being – Free Ways to Enhance Your Well-Being

  • The good news is health and wellness doesn’t discriminate and is available for all levels of income. The following suggestions are for anyone interested in strengthening one’s wellbeing—without weakening the wallet… we will highlight one of 12 ways in our updates:

Social Connectionvirtually

  • Organizing a virtual social group or physically distant chatting with a friend on the street corner are examples of social connection. A ten-year study of 1,500 older adults was conducted at the center for Aging Studies at Flinders University. The findings demonstrated that those who enjoyed a large network of friends outlived those with the least social connection by 22 percent.
  • The body of research that supports a positive link between social support and health is large. One study found that women who had a large support group while dealing with cancer had a better result after treatment than those that were less connected. In a nutshell, social support reduces our stress and increases our health and quality of life. Increasing our social connection is free of charge and the return on investment is priceless!


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

Rescheduled First Holy Communion – Grade 3s @ St. Matthew Church
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rescheduled First Holy Communion – Grade 3s @ St. Matthew Church
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rescheduled First Holy Communion – Grade 3s @ St. Matthew Church
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Parent & Teacher Interviews
Nov 26 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Parent & Teacher Interviews
Nov 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Socks for Souls – Peace & Justice Team Christmas Outreach
Dec 7 – Dec 14 all day

Socks for Souls – We are collecting new, adult sized cotton socks that will be donated to the homeless at a local shelter in the GTA. Why socks you ask?

  • Socks are the most needed but least donated item of clothing to homeless shelters.
  • Over 30% of medical problems experienced by homeless people are related to foot care.
  • New socks minimize the possibility of frostbite, and reduce the risk of cellulitis, impetigo, fungal infection, trench foot and skin breakdown. ​​
  • Since walking is the primary form of transportation for homeless people, good foot care allows them better access food, shelter, medical and housing services.

Please send your donations of socks to school with your child by December 14th.

Catholic School Council Meeting #3
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Family Trivia Night
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate November 13, 2020