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Update February 26, 2021

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

~ Dalai Lama

Thank you to all our students & staff for your support with Pink Shirt Day! It was wonderful to see and hear about all the different ways that we can “Lift One Another Up!” – Remember to be KIND every day!

Thank you to our Student Ambassadors for the amazing February Virtual Assembly with gospel reflections, Pink Shirt Day messages and recognition of our “Caring Family Members” Award winners!

Thank you to our wonderful resource department staff for going above and beyond every day supporting our students!

Thank you to Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Paniak and Mr. Costanzo for keeping our school so clean and SAFE!

Thank you to Mrs. Ritacco for all her support in welcoming our new Kindergarten families to our community!

Thank you parents for your support and kindness in our Kiss n’ Ride area ~ there has been a GREAT improvement! Remember to park your vehicle if your child needs assistance.

Thank you to Gloria Yana Motta for another great Family Trivia Night and congratulations to our winners – the Ortega Marquez family!

Thank you to Mrs. Kastelic for coming back for a short leave after just retiring – we are so grateful!

Welcome back to Mrs. Russo-Rocha – we missed you!

From Saint Matthew Catholic Parish News – EASTER ON THE HORIZON

The beginning of Lent is the annual time each year for clergy and parishes to begin feverishly planning for Easter. It’s a big task in ordinary circumstances, and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic makes it even more challenging. Rest assured, as soon as word has been received from the Diocese about how the bishop would like us to proceed this year, we’ll let you know. Some things we know already with certainty: Registration in advance will be required for all Holy Week and Easter celebrations; Mass times may be different to account for added gatherings; masks, physical distancing, and all our other pandemic-control measures will be mandatory; and we’ll have a robust online component for those unable to join us in-person.

OAPCE – Ontario Association of Parents in Education

Vision: OAPCE is the voice of parents that promotes and protects publicly funded Catholic Education in Ontario.

Mission: To Engage, Advocate and Enhance through the strength of Our Collective Voice.  Through our connection to home, school and church, OAPCE collaborates with local and provincial education partners to strengthen the parent voice.

Parent Engagement & Education Webinar SeriesWebinar Series in March 2021 –

UPDATE! Changes to Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements 

1. Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool 
The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until:

 They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR 

  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR 
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better. 

The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of this afternoon. 
Parents and guardians are reminded to complete theCOVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school or child care: 

2.Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household 
The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

The following isolation requirements now apply: 

  • All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual: 
  • Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
  • Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. 
  • If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:   
  • This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND 
  • All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member. 

Remote Learning Survey

This school year, in order to address health and safety concerns due to COVID-19,  we implemented remote (online) learning as an option for instruction delivery for students. 

At the elementary school level, we launched a Virtual Elementary School that offers remote learning for elementary school students for families who do not want their children attending school in person.   

At the secondary school level, we implemented a hybrid instructional model that offers a blend of in-person and remote learning for secondary students. 

On January 4, as per the direction of the Minister of Education, all schools moved to teacher-led remote learning. The period of remote learning remained in place until Friday, February 4, 2021. 

At this time, we would like to hear your feedback on the remote learning experience for your children and family.  

About this Survey  

This survey will help us to better understand how remote learning is going so far, from your perspective. The feedback we receive will be used to inform us about areas that are going well and the areas that may need improvement so we can continue to build on our practices. 

The survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and responses will be kept confidential. Although we hope to hear from all HCDSB families, responding to this survey is entirely voluntary

If you have more than one child attending an HCDSB school, please think about your youngest child as you complete the survey. You may complete additional surveys for your other children once you have submitted your responses, if desired.  

Complete the Remote Learning Check-in Survey  

Here is a link to the Remote Learning Check-in Survey:  

The survey will remain open until Tuesday, March 2, 2021.   

 If you have any technical questions while completing the survey, please email

The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The third and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

Thank you for sharing your feedback. Your input is valuable to us and will help us improve our practices so that we can continue to provide a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging.  ~ HCDSB

Inclement Weather

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.

Dressing for Winter 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. We kindly request that all students wear snow pants for recess and outdoor lunch time. All students are asked to bring their winter boots each day, as all students will be on the field over lunch hour or recess ~thank you for your support with this!

New to Kindergarten ~ Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions 

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Have a Question about Your Child Starting School?
Parents who have questions about their child starting school in September are invited to submit their questions through an online form: Submit Your Questions ~ Ready, Set, Go! The form will be available for input prior to the virtual information sessions.HCDSB Curriculum staff will be answering the frequently asked questions during the live sessions in March. 

For more information about Kindergarten and the upcoming Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page.
We hope you are able to join us on March 9th or March 11th!

Promoting Well-Being – Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health

There is no health without mental health. Mental health is the ability to think, feel and act in ways that help us to:

  • Cope with life’s ups and downs
  • Make good decisions
  • Have meaningful relationships

Mental health shows in how you think, feel and act in life. It affects how you see the world, handle challenges, relate to others and make choices.

Current research shows that 1 in 5 children will suffer from poor mental health. For most, these problems will be brief. Experiences with stress, sadness or low self-esteem are a part of growing up. However, when it begins to interfere with school, family or everyday living, it is time to ask for help.

Early intervention is key. Children and youth need to be taught coping skills and need to know they are not alone.

Here are some excellent links:


Looking Ahead:

Virtual Fire Station Tour – Kindergarten Classes
Mar 3 @ 1:20 pm – 1:50 pm
JERSEY DAY for the Saint Matthew Conference of the Society of SVDP
Mar 12 all day

The Saint Matthew Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has been very busy with giving help to our neighbours in Glen Abbey these past two months.  Families are really struggling through this pandemic.  Money is what we need so that we can purchase grocery cards and pay for items like mattresses, household goods, Chrome books/laptops for students, medical costs, utility bills and rent. As our Lenten Initiative at St. Bernadette CES, we will host a Jersey Day Spirit Day on Friday March 12 to support our parish community. Donations can be made on School CashOnline only as we attempt to be a cashless school. Thank you for your support of our community needs.

Mismatch Monday – March 15
Mar 15 all day

Wear your craziest mismatched outfit and show off your new style!

SPIRIT WEEK – March 15-19, 2021
Mar 15 – Mar 19 all day

Thank you to our St. Bernadette CES Ambassadors for planning our SPIRIT WEEK from March 15-19! It may not be March Break but it will be a great week full of SPIRIT! We hope you join us for the following theme days. Check out the poster Ms. Cvetkovic created – Spirit Week March 2021

  • Mismatch Monday – March 15

Wear your craziest mismatched outfit and show off your new style!

  • Totally Cozy PJ Tuesday – March 16

Dress in your most comfortable pajamas and feel relaxed all day long!

  • Wear Green Wednesday – March 17

Wear green to celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland!

  • Thrilling Hair Thursday – March 18

Thrill your class with the wackiest and craziest hair style you can think of.

  • Favourite Hat Friday – March 19

Wear your favourite hat to school and for this day only, you can wear it in class too!

Totally Cozy PJ Tuesday – March 16
Mar 16 all day

Dress in your most comfortable pajamas and feel relaxed all day long!

Wear Green Wednesday – March 17
Mar 17 all day

Wear green to celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland!

Thrilling Hair Thursday – March 18
Mar 18 all day

Thrill your class with the wackiest and craziest hair style you can think of.

Favourite Hat Friday – March 19
Mar 19 all day

Wear your favourite hat to school and for this day only, you can wear it in class too!

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Mar 24 all day
Epilepsy Awareness Day – Purple Shirt Day
Mar 26 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate February 26, 2021