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Update December 18, 2020

Joy, prayer and gratitude are three ways that prepare us to experience Christmas in an authentic way.

~  Pope Francis
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Thank you to all our @stbernhcdsb families for your ongoing support and patience over the last several months ~ we ALL made it safely to the Christmas Holidays ~ #Community!

THANK YOU to our INCREDIBLE STAFF for all of your efforts, energy and commitment in making this school year safe and engaging!

Thank you to our @stbernhcdsb community for your generosity supporting our Advent Outreach Initiatives – Socks for Souls, Food and Toiletries Drive Thru for the Kerr Street Mission and our parent volunteer drivers – Mrs. Chychota and Mrs. Pires!

Thank you to the Ambassadors for organizing our Christmas Civvies Theme Week and Door Decorating Event.

Thank you to Ms. McInnes for this wonderful video of our Door Decorating entries – https://vimeo.com/492560628

Advent Wreath

Celebrating Advent as a Family

  • In this Fourth Week of Advent, our final days of preparation before Christmas, we ask Christ to forgive us for our sins and, through His grace, to create us anew when He comes. When we look at the fourth candle, we remember God’s promise of peace. We recall the words of Jesus in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” As we approach Christmas, let’s remember that God’s intention is a place of peace.
  • I Wish for Peace – https://carfleo.com/2020/11/30/i-wish-for-peace-advent/

THANK YOU from the PEACE & JUSTICE Team

  • The Peace and Justice Team is proud to share that our Socks for Souls and Cards for Seniors in LTC was a HUGE success!  Thank you to our school families and staff for all of your donations.  Through our kindness and generosity we were able to donate almost 200 pairs of socks and over 500 cards for GTA seniors in isolation while in LTC homes.  All of this was accomplished with safetry protocols in place.  As a school community we should be very proud of these accomplishments and relish in the love that we have put forth towards those in need during this Christmas season.  “The heart of God is LOVE!”

~ Merry Christmas from the PJs and Mrs. Pullman 

THANK YOU from the STUDENT AMBASSADORS

  • It is absolutely remarkable what can be achieved when we work together as a community. The outpouring of love and support on Tuesday was a perfect example of this!  Christmas is the season of giving and making a difference.  WOW!  What a difference this community has made!  Kerr Street Mission is both in awe and humbled by our school’s overwhelming kindness and generosity.  Not only have we assisted with food and toiletry items for families in need, we have provided hope and happiness to these families this holiday season. Thank you very much!  May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the joy of Christmas give you faith and the warmth of Christmas grant you love!  Joyeux Noël!

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.
  • 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.

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.

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  

Promoting Well Being: 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season

Changes to holiday traditions can keep everyone safe. Try some of these fun activities this winter season.

  • Plan virtual holiday gatherings or events with family, friends or coworkers. Spread holiday cheer, not COVID-19. Make a tasty hot chocolate hack to drink while you’re chatting.
  • Build a snowman, go on a sleigh ride with people you live with or try another outdoor activity you can only do while it’s cold. If you live near an Ontario Park, consider exploring the outdoors in the park.
  • Visit Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or their elves outdoors or take photos with fun cardboard cutouts. Remember to maintain 2 metres physical distance from other visitors to Santa’s workshop.
  • Watch a holiday or winter movie with the people you live with. If your kids are under 17, try a made-in-Ontario activity or video to help everyone learn at home.
  • Decorate your doors or put up lights around your home. Take a walk or drive around your neighbourhood to check out other peoples’ decorations. Be a wildlife detective while you’re out and about.
  • Bake holiday treats at home. You could even try a new recipe.
  • Donate to your favourite holiday charity or toy drive. You can make a difference this holiday.
  • Send cards or gifts in the mail and give the gift of good health.

Stay Safe this Holiday Season

  • Winter holidays may look a little different this year, but they can still be a lot of fun. We all must make changes to our holiday traditions to help keep everyone safe.
  • The safest way to celebrate in-person is with the people you live with, or with one additional household if you live alone. Celebrate virtually with everyone else.
  • To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, you should:
  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • keep 2 meters of physical distance from everyone you don’t live with, including family and friends
  • avoid travelling to lower transmission areas, unless it’s essential (for example, do not travel from an orange zone to a yellow zone unless you have to)
  • not host or attend gatherings with more people than are permitted for your area
  • wear a face covering inside public spaces, outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or if wearing one is required
  • wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • consider a self-quarantine for two weeks before travelling if you are a student who is planning to go home for the holidays
  • download the COVID Alert mobile app

~ www.ontario.ca

Merry Christmas

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May you have the gift of FAITH, the blessing of HOPE

and the peace of His LOVE at Christmas and always!

~ The Staff of St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School

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
Dec
18
Fri
Christmas Movie and PJ Day
Dec 18 all day
Jan
26
Tue
Virtual Craft Night – Tuesday January 26
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join us for the Peace and Justice craft night on Tuesday from 5-6pm! We will have a story time about the Rosary, play a Kahoot and enjoy each time together as we create a simple Rosary craft! All the materials required are listed in the picture attached. We hope to see you there!

Jan
27
Wed
Family Literacy Day
Jan 27 all day
Holocaust Memorial Day
Jan 27 all day
Virtual Family Games Night
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jan
28
Thu
Bell Let’s Talk Day
Jan 28 all day
Feb
1
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting #4
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate December 18, 2020