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Update May 14, 2021

May our communities be oases of peace.

~Pope Francis

Thank you to our @stbernhcdsb community for participating in Dress LOUD Day on Thursday May 13 to raise awareness for the deaf and hard of hearing community in our school!

Thank you to ALL of the AMAZING NURSES in our community!!! Please know how much we VALUE your dedication, care and perseverance!

Thank you to our incredible Resource Team for your support and love of our most vulnerable students!

Thank you parents for monitoring your child’s online presence especially during the school day. Students should not be on their phones during the school day and lessons, just as we would expect at school.

Thank you to our @stbernhcdsb community for your commitment to treating everyone with dignity, kindness and respect each and every day.

SAINT MATTHEW PARISH – From the Pastor’s Desk…

Sunday, May 16 is the Ascension of the Lord.  St. Luke begins the Acts of the Apostles by reflecting that “in the first book” he wrote about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ himself. The book he’s referring to is the Gospel that bears his name, and he’s implying that what’s to follow is a continuation of it. From very early on, the Church understood that her mission was to be Christ’s continue presence on Earth, and that’s still her understanding today. It’s the driving force behind the common baptismal vocation of all Christians. What have we been doing to ensure that when the world sees us, it sees Jesus Christ the Lord?

~ Father Allan Varlaki, Pastor

Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.  


Recognizing that the extension of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff.  Here is a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time: 


HCDSB’s Thomas Merton Centre for Adult and Continuing Education is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting registrations for Literacy and Math Summer School courses for students in Grades 6-8.

When is Summer School?
Summer school will begin on July 5, 2021 through July 30, 2021, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. Like last year, both session 1 and 2 for the 2021 Summer School courses will be offered in a virtual/remote format.

Some important notes about summer school:

  • Each day, students will participate in both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) lessons provided by their instructor.
  • Students cannot miss more than 3 days within one session, which is a total of 10 days.

It should be noted that participation in summer school is completely voluntary and is not a mandatory component of regular track programming.

Which Courses Will Be Offered This Summer?
For program details, please review the following information sheet:

Register Now!

Online registration is available for our summer programs to help make the registration process more convenient for parents! You may register your child for one or both sessions by following these instructions:

  1. Click HERE.
  2. Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
  3. Press the green button to ‘Create an accountor sign in with your existing account.

Once you have created an account, you will be able to log on with your username/email and password and complete the form. The online form to register your child is due by Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Please be advised that all HCDSB student registration submissions must be approved by your child’s home School Principal before students can be officially enrolled in a summer school course.

Student E-mail Accounts and Parent Contact Information

Some important information for students and parents:

  • We are asking that parents encourage their children to become familiar with their Office 365 and Google accounts (logins and passwords).
  • Summer students will receive start-up instructions and will be able to access their D2L Brightspace courses through their Office 365 account.
  • Parents are also encouraged to update their contact information with their child’s home school to receive email communications from the Thomas Merton Centre.


In an ongoing effort to promote safe, inclusive, and accepting schools, we are writing to invite you to complete the School Climate Parent/Guardian Survey

About the Parent/Guardian School Climate Survey
School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

Some important notes about the parent survey:

  • The survey is completely voluntary.
  • You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified. 

Access the Survey Here! 

Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by visiting:

Once you access the website, you will be asked for the following password: ParentSchoolClimate2021

The survey should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 

For more information about the School Climate Survey for Parents, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services at: We value your input and greatly appreciate your participation in the School Climate Survey!

Halton Catholic District School Board
802 Drury Lane, Burlington ON  L7R 2Y2


Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham.  This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art.  All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.

  • Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season

Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session. 

PROMOTING WELL-BEING – Free and Fun Challenge Inspires Kids to Get Outside and RUN

Heather Dixon  May 10, 2021  

There’s no doubt that it’s been a long, tough year for everyone. And while there may be light at the end of the tunnel, right now, kids in many parts of Canada are still unable to participate in the team sports or physical activities that they love. What we could all use now is a little inspiration. And this month, we’ve got it, thanks to a Canadian track star and a 14-year-old Montrealer. A recent CP24 article reported that Canada’s Andre De Grasse and teen Jesse Briscoe have started up an initiative that invites and encourages Canadian kids coast-to-coast to join the RACE WITH ME! Virtual Challenge. Briscoe said he was tired of sitting at home playing video games after his team sports were cancelled due to the pandemic, so he and his dad reached out to De Grasse. Luckily, De Grasse was up for the task of inspiring kids to get active and to hopefully find joy in getting outside and moving again. As a result, the virtual racing challenge was brought to life. 

Here’s how to participate in the RACE WITH ME! Virtual Challenge:

From May 1 to June 25, go to your local 400m track and run one lap as fast as you can. Then go back weekly to improve your time. It’s that simple! Siblings and/or parents can record times and capture photos and videos to be shared online. Registration is free, although any donations will go to youth mental health initiatives such as Kids Help Phone. The beauty in this challenge is that running is something we can all safely do, by ourselves or together as a family. If you’ve got a pair of running shoes and some time to get out there, you can take part. But if running isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to get active outside during the pandemic, while also gearing up for the excitement of the Olympic games. 

Read more about kids and running:


Looking Ahead:

May 13 all day
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.
Halton STEM Club Session – Grade 5 & 6
May 17 all day
Halton STEM Club Session – Grade 8
May 21 all day
Victoria Day – No School
May 24 all day
Africville Author Shauntay Grant – Grade 8 session
May 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Africville Author Shauntay Grant – Grade 7 session
May 26 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Asian Heritage Month – HCDSB Kahoot Night
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

When: Wednesday May 26, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Meeting via Teams – Kahoot Leanring Games

To register: Call cell: (905) 802-1876 or email:



May Virtual Family Trivia Night – “Famous Places”
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Halton STEM Club Session – Grade 7
May 28 all day
St. Ignatius of Loyola Hawkeye Mentors visit with Grade 8
May 28 @ 1:10 pm – 1:45 pm
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate May 14, 2021