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Update January 22, 2021

There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

~ Amanda Gordon

Thank you to our St. Bernadette CES community for their remote learning work as we continue to stay safe at home.

Thank you to our artistic students for dropping off their Hope Stones in our front garden! They are beautiful!

Thank you to the Mrs. Pullman and Peace & Justice Team for the ENCORE Virtual Craft Night this week – stay tuned for more opportunities for creative sessions with the team.

Virtual Family Game Night – Wednesday January 27th at 7:00 pm – see the school messenger email of January 20th for details!

Ministry Updates – Remote Learning EXTENDED

On Wednesday January 20th, Ontario Directors and Chairs received a memo from the Minister of Education that provided an update on the period of school closure and teacher-led remote learning.  It indicated that in-person learning will resume next week in schools that fall within 1 of 7 public health units listed in the memo.

Halton Region was not on this list, and therefore HCDSB schools will remain closed for in-person learning until further notice.  The Ministry has not provided a date when our Halton schools are expected to reopen for full in-person instruction.  

What we know at this time:

  • Elementary and secondary students will continue to learn remotely until further notice.
  • Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules. 
  • The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until schools re-open for in-person learning.
  • Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
  • Childcare centres will remain OPEN for the duration of these time-limited public health actions.  
  • All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED until in-person learning resumes.

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


Thank you for your ongoing 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.

Virtual Class Etiquette

  • Courtesy and Respect are key
  • Students use the designated platform to join meetings that are led by their teacher
  • Recording and/or posting any content from virtual meetings is NOT allowed

Participating in a virtual meeting

  • Know when to join your virtual meeting
  • Wait for your teacher before joining the virtual meeting
  • Always use your real name

When you are in a virtual meeting, you should behave like you are in the classroom…

  • Sit in a well-lit room, facing a light source 
  • Please keep your video on
  • Be fully present, sit still and focus
  • Don’t eat or drink
  • Be dressed appropriately
  • Raise your ‘virtual hand’ and wait to be recognized by your teacher if you have a question or comment
  • Keep your microphone muted unless you are called on to talk
  • Make sure your background is professional or use the blur option
  • Use appropriate language, academic language in spoken and written questions and comment

Using the CHAT feature

  • Use the chat as directed by your teacher
  • Always use appropriate language
  • The chat bar is NOT for posting gifs, pictures, random words or comments

What if a student does not follow virtual class etiquette?

  1. Teachers teach and review expected virtual etiquette.
  2. If a student does not follow expectations, teachers give corrective feedback.
  3. If behaviour continues, teachers will conference with student and contact family.
  4. If behaviour persists without good faith effort to correct, student is removed from the online environment.
  5. Student may return to online environment after conference with administrator and family.

Virtual Meeting Non-negotiables

  • Courtesy and respect
  • Constructive participation
  • Positive intent

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:  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
  • 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.

Holocaust Memorial Day – Wednesday January 27

Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides, which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is “Be the light in the darkness.” It encourages everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to, but also the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

Family Literacy Day – Wednesday January 27

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 https://abclifeliteracy.ca/all-programs/family-literacy-day/

Bell Let’s Talk Day – Thursday January 28

Bell Let’s Talk Day is Thursday, January 28 and here at St. Bernadette we are joining in the conversation around mental health to help break the stigma and create a positive change. This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign shines a light on the actions that we can all take, because now more than ever, mental health matters. Staff and students will be participating in activities and conversations next week to increase their knowledge and awareness on mental health and learn healthy coping skills to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every FacebookInstagramPinterestSnapchatTikTokTwitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.

McCarthy Uniform

We are pleased to announce that McCarthy Uniforms is our new official school uniform provider. Many of you may be familiar with the reputation for quality and the time-tested McCarthy tradition that will provide our families with exceptional uniform products. In addition to a superior quality garment, this new partnership with also provide our families with more flexibility when ordering, improved availability, and reduced costs. Some of you may recall that McCarthy Uniforms used to be our uniform provider and we are excited to rejoin their program as of February 1st, 2021, with over 60 years of proven, dedicated service to schools across Canada.

We encourage you to register early to be notified of invitations to webinars, access to a ‘launch gift’ and updates on your shopping options. 

If you have any questions about our new uniform program, you can contact the McCarthy customer service team at customerservice@mccarthyuniforms.ca. We look forward to seeing our students in their new attire!

Promoting Well Being: Self-Care 101

Self-care is an important part of wellness. Take time and discover what helps you to feel good and recharge. Eat, Sleep, Hydrate, Move, Enjoy, Connect, Pause, Recognize, Reflect, Repeat!

Self-care is like saving up for a rainy day! It’s about nurturing yourself so that when difficult situations happen, you will have energy and strategies to help you get through it! It can feel hard to practice all the self-care tips that we know are important, pick a few to focus on and congratulate yourself on what you’re able to accomplish and continue to set goals for yourself.

See more information at https://smho-smso.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Self-Care-101.pdf

Follow us @stbernhcdsb to view learning in our community as well as some great community and parent information.

Looking Ahead:

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
Feb
2
Tue
Virtual Craft Night
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feb
5
Fri
PA Day – February 5, 2021
Feb 5 all day
Feb
15
Mon
Family Day
Feb 15 all day
Feb
16
Tue
Shrove Tuesday
Feb 16 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate January 22, 2021