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Update November 20, 2020

Be kind to one another.

~Ephesians 4:32

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 Mr. Daniels for getting the lockers ready for student use starting Monday November 23rd.

Thank you to Ms. O’Mahony for the donation of additional utility balls for our cohorts to use at recess times.

Coming Soon!!! A Virtual Trivia Night brought to you by our Catholic School Council – December 9th – save the date!

Blessings to our Grade 3 students on receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion this week at Saint Matthew’s Church.

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.


Beginning on Monday November 23, 2020, students from grades 1-8 will begin using lockers at school. Lockers will be used for outerwear only. Please note that we will have very specific protocols for locker usage:

  • We have a new routine to help us enter the building safely and place outerwear (boots, hats, mittens/gloves, coats, outdoor shoes) into lockers.
  • No student is permitted to put a lock on their locker
  • Students will not be permitted to keep personal belongings in their lockers other than their outerwear – this is to avoid the need to make repeated visits to the locker and to shorten the time spent at the lockers
  • Students will continue to have their backpack and lunch bag with them in the classroom
  • Teachers will stagger the times students are sent to the lockers to retrieve their outerwear in order to avoid congregating in the hallways
  • Students will only be permitted to go to their locker when they transition in and out of the building
  • Students will be asked to ensure that all belongings in the locker go home each afternoon

Technology at School

We are reminding students that take a phone to school that the phone is to remain in their school bag or collected by the teacher as per the daily classroom expectations and routines. Phones are not to be accessed during the lunch hour.

  • Please note our technology contract states that phones must be off/silent during the instructional day except when used for valid instructional or school related purposes as determined by the teacher
  • Students may use cell phones before and after school ONLY
  • Students are to come to the office for help and use of the landline
  • Students are not to use their cell phone during the day inside the school (classroom, hallways, offices, including washrooms) without permission from a school employee
  • Students are not to use cell phones during school assemblies, including virtual or other special events
  • Students are not to take any pictures using a cell phone at school that infringes on the privacy of any person
  • Parents please refrain from texting your child during the school day
  • The misuse of technology will result in the student not being able to continue to use their personal device at school, will be reviewed by administration and could result in further consequences.

Thank you for your support.

Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Progress Reports will be coming home on Tuesday November 24th.  Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students will take place the evening of Thursday, November 26th and during the PA day on Friday, November 27th.  You will receive your Interview Team meeting invitations by Wednesday November 25th.

PA Day – Friday, November 27th– no school for students on this day.

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map:  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Promoting Well-being – Help Your Child Love Who They Are

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Positive self-esteem means liking yourself, feeling content most of the time and feeling proud of who you are.

Children with healthy self-esteem are more likely to be happy, cooperative, and successful at school. They make friends easily and are fun to be with because they enjoy challenges, are eager to learn and enjoy success. They are also more likely to cope positively with stress and are less likely to develop behaviour problems. As a parent you have the greatest influence in helping your child to be confident and develop healthy self-esteem.

How can you build positive self-esteem in your child?

  • Praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
  • Tell your child you care.
  • Help your child make friends.
  • Encourage your child to set goals, do things for themselves and evaluate their own achievements.
  • Encourage your child to express their ideas and make decisions.
  • Help your child manage their feelings, think realistically and be optimistic.
  • Teach your child to solve problems for themselves.
  • Use the 40 developmental assets to help build self-esteem in your child.


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

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
First Reconciliation – Grade 2 @ St. Matthew Church
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Christmas Civvies Week – December 14 – 18
Dec 14 – Dec 18 all day

  • Monday December 14 – Christmas Sweater Day
  • Tuesday December 15 – Christmas Hat / Hair / Headband Day
  • Wednesday December 16 – Christmas Door Decorating Day – WInter Wonderland Blue and White Day
  • Thursday December 17 – Christmas Red / Green / White Day
  • Friday December 18 – Christmas PJ & Movie Day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate November 20, 2020