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Update January 15, 2021

Above all, love each other deeply.

~ 1 Peter 4:8

Thank you to our Peace & Justice Team for our first virtual craft night and the many participants who joined us! If you missed it, check out the info below for the encore session this Tuesday January 19th.

Thank you to our students for all their work online – it was great to see everyone this week “in class”.

Thank you to our amazing Resource Department for their ongoing support of our students both in-school and online.

Thank you to our St. Bernadette CES teachers for their remote learning synchronous and asynchronous work.

Thank you to Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Paniak and Mr. Costanzo for keeping the school clean for those that are in each day and ready for when we come back to in-school learning.

Thank you to our families for your support and wonderful feedback. Please email your child’s teacher if you have any questions as we continue to work together in remote learning and check out the board link  for Learning at Home.

Thank you to the HCDSB Strategic Communications Department for their endless support in keeping the HCDSB community up to date!

Ministry Updates and Additional Information 

As communicated by the Ontario government yesterday, teacher-led remote learning will be extended until January 25, 2021 for elementary students in Southern Ontario. This decision was made to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across our province. Read the News Release here.

We will continue to share any new updates as they become available, in the following ways:

Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we work with the Ministry of Education and our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe for all.

Student Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. 

As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.  Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

Teacher Absences

There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted in D2L.

Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Social Studies/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.

We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned.  

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.

Family Literacy Day – Wednesday January 27

Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. ABC creates free learning and promotional resources for anyone that wants to get involved. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

Check out this year’s theme – Travel the world together! at

Virtual Craft Fun with the Peace & Justice Club!

  • Join us Tuesdays for our virtual craft night from 5-6pm!

Thank you to the students that joined us for our first Craft Night this week.  We will continue the Hope Stones Craft on Tuesday January 19 week and hope you can join us.  Materials required are a medium sized rock (smooth surface is best) which can be gathered during a family walk. You will also need paint, brushes or markers. This will be a fun opportunity to listen to peaceful music, creating inspirational artwork and for us to join together as a school community. A link to the virtual event will be sent via email shortly before 5pm on Tuesday!

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registrations

Although we accept registrations at any time throughout the school year, this year, in light of the health and safety protocols in place in our schools due to COVID-19, we have set aside three weeks for advanced Kindergarten registration for children in Year 1 (Junior Kindergarten) or children new to our school in Year 2 (Senior Kindergarten). 

Parents interested in registering their child in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year are asked to complete Part 1 of the registration process online.  

UPDATE! Due to the extension of the remote learning period, Part 2 of the registration process will be rescheduled after schools reopen for in-person learning.

NOTE: You will be contacted by your home school to complete Part 2 once schools reopen for in-person learning.

Promoting Well Being: How can parents help students learn online?

Online Physical Education Tips from Brian Devore

With schools across the country dismissing for weeks due to COVID-19, parents and students have been thrust into the world of online or virtual learning. While not every student is a fantastic candidate for online learning, this will be the “new norm” for many. If you have never experienced online learning before, you may have some questions and fears. Here are some tips for parents to facilitate online learning in their homes.

  • Create a workspace – Your student needs a workspace that is comfortable and is free from distractions. Be sure things like lighting, internet connection, and supplies are readily at hand. Keep the workspace consistent to develop the “I’m in school now” mindset.
  • Post a calendar – Put a calendar on or near their workspace to track assignments and due dates. It is easy to get confused when multiple teachers have multiple assignments and due dates. This also minimizes the chances they miss an assignment and you can assist with time management.
  • Determine your technology supplies/needs – It’s best to have a desktop or laptop computer and a printer available. However, you may have to be flexible and utilize tablets or personal devices to complete assignments. It’s possible you may have to redesign some of your space at home to give your student access to the technology they need. Other helpful accessories would be headphones, flash storage drives, and an ethernet or “hard wire” internet connection.
  • Communicate with the teacher(s) – Unlike being in the classroom, teachers cannot read body language so they cannot see a student nod in agreement or a face of confusion. Your student is going to have to communicate with the teacher in ways other than speaking. Allow your student to communicate with the teacher, but feel free to guide them in that communication. It should not read like a text message using abbreviations if it is an email. If you have trouble with technology, an assignment, or understanding a concept, contact the teacher immediately!
  • Allow for breaks – Online learning takes tremendous focus and brain power, so you are going to need to allow for breaks. These breaks should provide some physical activity. Activity can be simple, such as stretching, going for a walk, or using one of OPEN’s Active Home or Active Classroom activities! Remember younger students will need more frequent breaks.
  • Eliminate distractions – Keep the learning environment free of as many distractions as possible. Cell phones, personal devices, pets, televisions, and other potential disruptions should be kept to a minimum.
  • Be flexible – This opportunity allows students to explore how and where they learn best. If the weather is nice, think about an outside learning day. Younger students may enjoy “pajama day” for school. Think creatively to keep the learning fun and engaging!

OPEN National Trainer Brian Devore spent three years supervising online health and physical education teachers and students for Cobb Virtual Academy in Marietta, GA. He was also a contributor to SHAPE America’s Guidelines for K-12 Online Physical Education Guidance Document. In addition, two of Brian’s children have utilized online courses to complete a part of their public-school education.


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Looking Ahead:

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!
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
Bell Let’s Talk Day
Jan 28 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting #4
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Craft Night
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PA Day – February 5, 2021
Feb 5 all day
Family Day
Feb 15 all day
Shrove Tuesday
Feb 16 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate January 15, 2021