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Update December 11, 2020

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.

 ~ Romans 12:12

Blessings to our grade 2 students as they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Saint Matthew Church on Friday December 11 at 6:30 pm;

Thank you to our Peace and Justice Team for their Christmas Outreach Initiatives – see below for more info;

Thank you to our Student Ambassadors for organizing a fun-filled Christmas Civvies Week and our final Christmas Outreach Food and Toiletry “Drive Thru” for Kerr Street Mission;

Thank you to all who participated in our first virtual Family Trivia Night and congratulations to the Bernal Family – our first-place winners;

Thank you to Monastery Bakery for their generous Family Trivia Night prize;

Early Dismissal Reminder – Students will be dismissed at 2:05 pm December 18th

Celebrating Advent as a Family

  • The 3rd Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus. Read from more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning (information taken from the Catholic Company).
Advent Wreath

Peace and Justice Team Initiative

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 17th

For more information ~ https://www.socks4soulscanada.com/

Thank you for your continued support! ~ The PJs

St. Bernadette Student Ambassadors

Our last Christmas Initiative for this Advent Season – Food and Toiletry Products for the Kerr Street Mission.  They are low on stock right now as more individuals and families are reaching out for help during these difficult and uncertain times. Donations of the most urgently needed products would be very helpful.  Thank you to our Student Ambassadors for your leadership and thank you to the St. Bernadette CES community for your generosity and compassion.

Food and Toiletry Items:

  • Please ensure that all food items are non perishable and not past expiry dates.
  • Food Items include: Pasta Sauce, Canned Vegetables, Healthy Breakfast Cereal, Healthy Sides (quinoa, couscous, tabbouleh) *Canned soup is not needed at this time
  • Toiletry Items include: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Kleenex, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Razors, Soap and Hand Sanitizer

 Drive Thru Procedures:

  • Please ensure that the food items are in plastic bags and that they are not too heavy for our student volunteers to lift.
  • Have the bags in your trunk.
  • Once you have arrived please open your trunk and remain in your vehicle. A volunteer will come by to remove your donations and close your trunk.

**Feel great that through your donation, you did a wonderful thing to help those less fortunate!

As well, our Student Ambassadors have been busy planning a Christmas Civvies Week filled with seasonal activities!

  • Monday, December 14 – Christmas Sweater Day!
  • Tuesday, December 15 – Christmas Hat / Hair Headband Day!
  • Wednesday, December 16 – Winter Wonderland Blue & White Day – Door Decorating

**The Ambassadors and Teachers will vote on the best Christmas door on Thursday with the winner announced on Friday. The winning class will receive popcorn to enjoy with their movie on Friday!

  • Thursday, December 17 – Christmas Festive Attire – wear red, green and white day!
  • Friday, December 18 – Christmas Movie and PJ day

Winter is here!

  • Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

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 maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

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Update Contact Information

  • If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office. Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.

Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?

  • If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.
  • If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf

Gr. 7 & 8 Immunizations

  • Public Health will be offering immunization catch-up clinics by appointment only for Grade 7 and 8 students who have missed their vaccines. Appointments will be available in December for students attending school in Burlington.
  • Please review the following letter from Halton Region Public Health for more details and to book an appointment for your child: ImmunizationClinics-Dec2020.pdf 
  • To learn more about immunizations, visit halton.ca/immunize or call 311.

Keeping Our School Community Healthy & Safe

As you may know, Halton Region is in the Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
  • Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.

Checking for Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19

Please continue to check for symptoms of COVID-19 in your children, and remember to conduct a self-assessment for each child every day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

NEW! Halton Region Public Health is now asking students to conduct a daily self-assessment EVERY day, even on weekends. Please follow the instructions on the school screening tool. 

COVID-19 Test Results
 If your child has been tested for COVID-19,they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do NOT send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.

If any member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the family must stay home and self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.

Promoting Well-Being – Outdoor winter safety: Staying safe during winter activities

By SickKids staff

Information for parents on helping kids stay safe while skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or tobogganing.

Children skating.

Key points

  • Check the weather forecast before going out for a day’s activity.
  • Dress appropriately for the temperature and the activity you will be doing.
  • Use well-maintained, well-fitting equipment, including the appropriate safety helmet for your activity.
  • Keep activities suited to children’s age and abilities and stay alert for hazards.

For more information see the entire article at –  https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=1954&language=English

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Looking Ahead:

Dec
7
Mon
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.
Dec
11
Fri
First Reconciliation – Grade 2 @ St. Matthew Church
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dec
14
Mon
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
Christmas Sweater Day
Dec 14 all day
Peace & Justice Team – Christmas Cards for Seniors in our Community
Dec 14 all day
Dec
15
Tue
Christmas Hat / Hair / Headband Day
Dec 15 all day
Dec
16
Wed
Door Decorating Day – Winter Wonderland – Blue & White Day
Dec 16 all day
Dec
17
Thu
Christmas Festive Attire (wear red, green and white day)
Dec 17 all day
Dec
18
Fri
Christmas Movie and PJ Day
Dec 18 all day
Early Dismissal
Dec 18 @ 2:05 pm – 2:05 pm
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate December 11, 2020