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Update June 11, 2021

“Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice”

~ St. Bernadette Soubirous

Thank you to Ms. Pizzimenti for organizing the MADD Presentation “The Wish” for our grade 7 & 8 students.

Save the Date! – Virtual School Year End Liturgy – Friday June 18 at 11:45 am – link to be emailed via School Messenger – thank you Ms. Pizzimenti’s Grade 8s

Thank you to our HCDSB Facilities Department for the new gym floor upgrade and the new paving of the north parking lot!

Thank you to our first responders as they continue to support us through this pandemic.

Thank you to our @stbernhcdsb community for your commitment to all our students!

Save the Date! – Our June Family Trivia Night will be on Wednesday June 16! We hope you can join us!

Saint Matthew ParishFrom the Pastor’s Desk…

Together with all citizens and residents of Canada, I have watched and read with horror the accounts of our increasing awareness of the injustices visited upon the First Nations of this land. The immensity of the harm caused by the racist and imperialistic policies of government is beyond measure; it is a scourge that will affect society forever. The fact that the state enlisted the help of Christian religious communities in carrying out these atrocities, and the fact that the latter complied, compounds the experience of shame and regret. The Gospel of the Lord was betrayed when it was used to extinguish culture. Christian community was debased when it became the seat of abuse. Realities like this can be crushing. These aren’t the values of the polity of which I am a part; these aren’t the values of the Church I serve. Like many of you, I’ve experienced a generous measure of mental, emotional, and spiritual paralysis in the face of this evil; the deep and abiding sense that something must be done combined with a humbling, and at times shameful, lack of knowledge regarding what that something might be. Leaders of church and state are working with members of First Nations communities to advance the cause of healing, and this work must continue driven by a genuine desire to ameliorate the condition of those suffering from the effects of these actions. Pope Francis met recently with Canadian Cardinals in Rome, in a step that can only be seen as indicative of the intention to respond further. We must all pray for this process to continue. For my part, as a priest of Jesus Christ and a servant of the Roman Church, I am ashamed of those who so abused their share in the same Sacrament of Holy Orders that I too have received, and I offer my apology to all those harmed by their conduct.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus Feast Day- Friday, June 11th

The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the celebration of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are part of our longstanding tradition in the Church.

A novena is an ancient form of prayer in the Catholic tradition consisting of nine consecutive days of prayer leading up to a particular feast day where a particular blessing or grace is sought.

Special Education Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Summer Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+ and is geared towards students who would benefit from enhancing functional literacy, functional numeracy, social skills and communication skills.  The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

 When is the Special Education Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from July 12 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Transition Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and will focus on social and communication skills development, closing gaps in skills development and learning, establishing routines prior to the return to school in September.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from August 23 – 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

For additional information and registration details about the Special Education Summer Learning Programs, please contact your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). 

You’re Invited! HCDSB Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June.  For the health and safety of our HCDSB community, all sessions will be offered virtually.

Disability Reframed ~ Monday, June 14, 2021

Join us for next week’s virtual session with Ashley Harris Whaley on Monday, June 14th at 7:00 PM. The presentation will discuss physical disabilities and will teach parents how to help their children interact with their peers and adults with disabilities in a respectful and inclusive way.

Register for the Session!

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form HERE by Friday, June 11 at 3:00 PM.

Parents will receive an invite to the session, which will take place on Microsoft Teams, closer to the presentation date.

If you cannot attend this virtual session on the scheduled time and day, a link to the recorded presentation will be available on HCDSB’s website and YouTube channel for later viewing.

More Information

To learn more about Ashley Harris Whaley, and upcoming speakers, please visit the HCDSB website.

COVID-19 Vaccination Community Pop-Up Clinics in Halton

Halton Region Public Health is offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to members of our community at outdoor pop-up clinics.

Beginning Monday, June 7, 2021, the Province of Ontario will be operating Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Oakville. Halton residents, 12 years of age and older, will be able to book appointments at these clinics using Halton’s online booking system.

Dates and Location
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

2420 Sixth Line, Oakville

Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2021

9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Book Your Appointment

  • Members of the community 12 years and older are able to book their first dose appointment beginning today, Monday June 7th through the Halton Region’s online booking system:
  • Residents who require booking support can also call 311. Residents who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine are asked to avoid calling 311 or visiting the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
  • Bookings for Halton residents are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be redirected back to Halton’s system.
  • Booking an appointment in advance is preferred; however, there may be very limited capacity for walk-ins based on no-shows or cancellations (last walk-in appointment at 6 p.m.), which will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Important Notes About the Pop-Up Clinics

  • The pop-up clinics will be located outdoors. Individuals are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and bring a bottle of water.
  • To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a mask. Please note you will be required to bring proof of age and residency in Halton to your appointment.
  • When possible, residents are asked to attend their appointments alone in order to limit the amount of individuals attending the clinics and to maintain adequate physical distancing. You may bring one support person, if required (for example, a caregiver or interpreter).
  • Residents who need assistance with transportation (if transportation is a barrier to getting to the appointment) can contact 311. Halton Region continues to offer transportation services to and from appointments for residents who require support, free of charge.

More Information

Click here for more details about the COVID-19 Community Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics in Halton. Please watch a video about the Halton Youth Vaccination Program from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region:

For additional information, please refer to the Halton Region website at: Halton – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.

HCCF Golf Tournament

Being outside…check!  Spending the day at the golf course…check!  Helping HCDSB students & families in need…check!  Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!

All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at, 905-802-0918.

Promoting Well-Being: How to calm down when you’re stressed

Are you stressed out? These mindfulness tips can help you calm down right now.

If you’re stressed about school, work, relationships or anything else that’s going on in your life, you’re not alone. You may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious or upset about a problem — or even more than one. Whatever’s going on for you, it’s comforting to know there are things you can do to help yourself calm down. Here are some positive coping strategies you can use in the moment:

  • Ground yourself: grounding techniques can help you regain control of your mind and body. Try using your senses to feel more connected to your current environment. Focus on what you can see, touch, hear, taste and smell.
  • Breathe deep: breathing exercises can help your body relax and your mind focus on one thing at a time. Try taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Use your imagination: sit or lie down in a safe, comfortable spot and use your mind to go somewhere else. Close your eyes and imagine you’re in a favourite place or make up a game to play (like counting sheep) to distract yourself.
  • Open up: when you’re upset, you may want to spend time on your own. If you can, try to hang out with friends or family, too. Sometimes, talking about a problem with someone you trust can help you start feeling better.
  • Take a break: be kind to yourself and do something else for a while. You could play video games, watch a movie, listen to music, spend time with a pet, take a warm bath or meditate. Taking time out can help you move your mind off whatever is causing you stress.
  • Express yourself: you can try painting, writing, sculpting, singing, dancing or doing something else that helps you get your feelings out. Having an outlet to express yourself — and concentrate on a project — can help you feel some relief.
  • Have fun: look for something that makes you smile (e.g. a funny video, picture of friends/family, etc.) and take a few minutes to enjoy it. Laughing can help you unwind and focus on something fun.
  • Work it out: when you exercise, your body releases chemicals that can make you feel good (called endorphins). You could try going for a walk/run, playing a sport or doing yoga to channel your energy into something positive. You could always ask a friend to work out with you!
  • Take a nap: taking a few minutes to rest your mind and body can help you cope with stress. Sleep can also give your brain a chance to process and reset, making it a little easier to manage what’s on your mind.
  • Get support: if you’re struggling, it’s important to get support. Find someone you can talk to right away, such as a friend, parent/caregiver or teacher. Kids Help Phone’s counsellors are only a phone call away and available 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868. They can help you calm down, even if you’re really upset.

If you’re stressed out, remember there are always things you can do to feel better. When things get rough, taking a deep breath, giving your mind a break and getting support can help you calm down in the moment.


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Wishing you fantastic weekend ~ the Staff of St. Bernadette CES

Looking Ahead:

Feast Day – Sacred Heart of Jesus
Jun 11 all day
Pride Awareness Day
Jun 14 all day
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 all day
Social Media & Online Safety with Paul Davis – PARENTS & GRADE 7&8 Students
Jun 21 @ 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Grade 3 – 5 Session – 45 minutes & Q&A

Grade 6 – 8 Session – 50 minutes & Q&A

Parent  Session – 70 minujtes & Q&A

Grade 8 Graduation
Jun 22 all day
Report Cards go home
Jun 23 all day
Social Media and Online Safety with Paul Davis – Grades 4-6
Jun 24 all day
Last Day of School – Early Dismissal – 2:05 pm
Jun 29 all day
First Day of School for Grades 1-8 with surnames A-K
Sep 7 all day
New to Kindergarten Interviews
Sep 7 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate June 11, 2021