We are the guardians of creation.~Pope Francis, Laudato Si
Thank you to our families for your patience and diligence at drop off and pick up times. Please remember to slow down, to respect the kiss and ride expectations and to watch carefully for the children as you park when necessary to assist your child from the vehicle. The safety of our students is our priority! Please do not pass other cars as they are stopping to drop off.
Thank you to our St. Bernadette families for your efforts to stay home and stay healthy so we can be healthy and safe at school;
Thank you to our students and staff for your thoroughness with covid-19 protocols each day;
Wishing our St. Bernadette CES community a healthy and relaxing Spring Break!
From Saint Matthew Catholic Parish – From the Pastor’s Desk…
People often ask me what my favourite part of the Holy Week/Easter marathon is, and it’s hard to answer because each of the liturgies is so beautiful in its own way. I was particularly struck this year by our celebrations of the Stations of the Cross. Simple, yet profound, they provided a deepened opportunity to reflect upon the Lord’s sacrifice that I didn’t think possible on a day that already included three Good Friday liturgies. The line in the reflection “Is my soul worth really worth this much?” struck me. For God, that question is not rhetorical, and he answers resoundingly in the affirmative. To him our souls, and our friendship, really is worth that much. Next to the news of the resurrection itself, I can’t think of a more joyous piece of information in the Gospels. That’s why the mysteries we celebrate—regardless of how we have to celebrate them this year—should still put us in a state of joy. The Lord is Risen, let’s us rejoice and be glad! ~ Father Allan Varlaki, Pastor
Message from Director Daly
I wanted to take a few minutes to share some information that we received from the Ministry of Education for circulation to families in advance of the Spring Break.
As you know, for the past several weeks, we have offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff, students and their families. Over the Spring Break, we will continue to offer targeted testing in schools to support the safe return to in-person learning after the break.
Targeted COVID-19 testing is voluntary and offered only to the following individuals, as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms:
- All students and their families
- All school staff and their household members
- All Child Care staff and their household members
- All Child Care families
During this round of testing, we will expand the testing to allow students and their families to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your child’s school). Click here to view the Testing Schedule.
More information about the Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools is available at: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/voluntary-targeted-covid-19-testing-for-schools/
In addition to the Voluntary, Targeted Testing available for school staff, the Ministry of Education has informed us that for the week of April 12-18, pharmacies that offer testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing.
On-site Confirmation of Self-screening on Monday, April 19th
Currently, confirmation of self-screening is mandatory for all school staff and secondary students. On Monday, April 19th, all schools, including elementary schools, will be expected to use on-site confirmation of self-screening for all students and staff. This additional step will help ensure that students and staff with symptoms do not enter schools. More information about how the confirmation of screening for elementary students will follow.
Preparing for All Possibilities
At this time, our schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 19th. Although we have not received any information to the contrary, we recognize that the situation continues to evolve, and it is prudent to be prepared for the possibility that, at any time, we may be directed to move to remote learning.
In light of this, I would ask that you remind your children to take home all personal belongings and any materials that they may require for remote learning before they leave school for the Spring Break.
We will continue to monitor all Ministry announcements, and share information with families as it becomes available.
Mental Health Resources
As we go into the Spring Break, with a necessary third stay at home order to curb the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, we hold families and students in our thoughts and prayers. The ongoing nature of this pandemic may have an impact on student mental health. Please keep the lines of communication with your child open and know that it is okay to seek support if you have concerns.
Here are some resources that are available to families:
- Kids Help Phone 1.800.668.6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.
- ROCK’s confidential crisis line is available 24/7 at: 905-878-9785
- Black Youth Helpline: https://blackyouth.ca/
- School Mental Health Ontario: https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/parents-and-families/
- In cases of emergency, you can also contact your medical provider, 911 or the local hospital.
This has been a very challenging school year as we live, work and learn through a pandemic. Please continue to follow the health and safety measures that have been put in place by the Province, leading into and during the break, as well as when returning to school.
As always, I hold all students and their families in my thoughts and prayers and wish you a very safe break.
Director of Education
Family Paint Nights ~ Learn about Indigenous Art
HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in 3 virtual family paint nights to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!
The 3 online sessions will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved! However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.
Family Paint Nights:
- Monday, April 12th – Geese Returning to Nest
- Wednesday, May 5th – Sugar Moon, Representing the Maple Syrup
- Wednesday, June 9th – Strawberry Being the First Fruit of the Season
Each session will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A link to the live sessions will be available on Grandmother’s Voice YouTube channel on the scheduled time and day.
If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: email@example.com.
If you are aware that you will not be returning to St. Bernadette CES in September, please let the office know. We are starting preliminary planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful when we look at class organization.
Student Class Placement – September 2021
Although it is only April, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2021-2022 school year. As such, in the coming months, teachers will be organizing student class placements. As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students. When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria:
- Balance of ability – academic skills
- Learning style – how the learner learns
- Teaching style – how the teacher teaches
- Social blending – who gets along with whom
- Parental input – re: learning style of the student
Please note, that parental input is important to us and is weighed with other criteria. Specific teacher requests cannot be considered. Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of a letter/email to the Principal, Mrs. R. DeLuca Malette (firstname.lastname@example.org). This letter/email should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment the student best learns in. Letters/emails should be submitted to Mrs. R. DeLuca Malette by Monday, May 3rd. Please remember that many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process. We will have approximately 400 students in September, and we do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful!
Your trust in our professional judgment is greatly appreciated.
EARTH DAY – April 22, 2021 – Blue and Green Civvies Day!
In view of the current exceptional global health situation, outdoor gatherings and activities are prohibited. But it is still possible to celebrate Earth Day! Use this slowdown to organize environmental activities at home, alone, or with your family!
Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas of practical, creative, and fun ideas for all tastes and ages – https://earthday.ca/april-22/campaign/earthdayathome/
Here at St. Bernadette CES we invite you to wear Blue and Green for our Civvies Day!
CANADA BOOK DAY – April 23, 2021 – Character Theme Day – Wednesday April 21st
Canada Book Day is observed on April 23, 2021. Canada Book Day is a yearly event celebrated in Canada to promote reading and books. The week surrounding April 23 is celebrated as Canada Book Week. This day aims to create public awareness on Canadian Writers and the Canadian English language.
Students are welcome to dress as a character from your favourite book on WEDNESDAY APRIL 21st as Friday April 23rd is a PA Day!
Promoting Well-Being – Stress
One in five children will struggle with poor mental health. Stress is often a contributing factor.
Simple steps to help calm your child
- Spend time with your children: Laughing and having fun together as a family is a great stress buster.
- Be a good role model: Show your children how to stay calm, even when you are feeling stressed.
- Maintain routines as much as possible: Morning routines get the day off to a good start while bedtime routines help kids relax. This is often the time when kids will want to chat about their day.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle: Healthy food, physical activity and adequate sleep helps the body cope more easily with stress.
- Check in with your child frequently: Ask about things that they may be worrying about.
- Limit extra-curricular activities: Running from activity to activity creates stress on the whole family.
- Reserve free time: A calendar can help your family stay organized. If you are having trouble finding down time, schedule it in.
May is Speech and Hearing Month and the Halton Chapter of VOICE for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is launching their annual DRESS LOUD DAY! Dress Loud is a school spirit day that encourages all participants to dress in their loudest, wackiest outfits to create awareness about the impact of hearing loss.