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Update June 18, 2021

Just be a good person, love who you can, help where you can, give what you can.

~Saint Teresa of Calcutta
A Happy Father’s Day Blessing from Llerrah Ecards. Bible quote Numbers 6:24-26 – May the Lord bless you and protect you.

Thank you to the @stbernhcdsb parents that have already signed up for the Social Media and Internet Safety Presentation with Paul Davis – please see the school messenger emails of June 13 and June 17 for details on how to register for this important and informative presentation. This session is available to all St. Bernadette parents and guardians and grade 7 & 8 students with their parents.

Thank you to Ms. Pizzimenti’s Grade 8s for our Virtual School Year End Liturgy – families are welcome to join us at 11:45 am on Friday June 18 by selecting – Click here to join the meeting

Thank you to Father Allen for hosting a virtual Saint Matthew Parish Schools Graduation Mass and Blessing for our Grade 8 graduates on Monday June 21, 2021 at 9:00 am. It will be live on the Saint Matthew Parish YouTube Channel – all are welcome to join us and view it at

Thank you to our @stbernhcdsb families for your assistance with picking up student personal items and dropping off textbooks, school resources and technology loaned out for remote learning.

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

CONGRATULATIONS to Francesca R. our 2021 St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School Grade 8 Valedictorian!

SAINT MATTHEW PARISH – From the Pastor’s Desk…

Sunday, June 20 is the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. God’s power is on full display in this selection of readings. His ability to order all things according to his will is mighty indeed, but it’s the storm that gives us the perspective needed to see that. The stormy periods of our lives, then, are not total losses. If we pay careful attention and allow the Spirit to enlighten us, we notice in them the hand of God reaching out to us, sustaining us, calming the whirlwind. We advance the cause of building trust in the Lord more in times of trial than in those of tranquility; it’s a fact. The Christian doesn’t hearken to be put to the test, but when we are, we use those experiences to occasion more confidence in the God who loves us.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

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


If you were assigned a device during this last remote learning session or if you have a device as a virtual learning this year the device can be returned to school at the following times:

  1. During the designated pick-up/drop off time assigned to your child.
  2. Friday June 25 – 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  3. Monday June 28 – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

We ask that the device, charger (and box in some cases) you received be returned to the office.

Thank you to Mr. Fredette, Ms. Wallis, Mrs. Alihodzic and Mrs. Bitondo for overseeing the return of technology. Thank you to the HCDSB IT Department for their support with our IT inventory.  Please contact Ms. Wallis at the office if you need to make alternate arrangements for returning devices.

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is excited to offer Special Education Summer Learning Programs for students in Grades 4-12+!

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). 

#RollUpYourSleevesHalton! – Community Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

The Provincial Government will be operating two pop-up clinics in Oakville offering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to help us stop this pandemic. The vaccine protects you and helps build immunity across our community.


  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, 124 Dorval Dr. Oakville

Dates and Time:

  • Saturday, June 19 from 9 am to 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 20 from 9 am to 6:30 pm

Eligible age groups:

  • 12 years of age and older (must have had 12th birthday by the date of appointment).

How to book:

  • Book your appointment online at starting Wednesday June 16. *(some walk-in appointments may be available; last walk-in appointment at 6 pm)

What to bring:

  • Your health card
  • A bottle of water

What to expect at your appointment:

  • The pop-up clinic is outdoors. Please come dressed for the weather.
  • You will be at the vaccine clinic for about 30 minutes.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior (and not earlier) to your appointment for registration.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others at all times.
  • If you require support, please only bring one person with you.
  • Eat a meal or snack before your appointment.

To book an appointment or for information on additional options for vaccination, please visit


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 have a summer filled with independent play

 ~ Heather Dixon  June 2, 2021  

An article in the New York Times spoke to me recently. As a busy, full-time working parent of three young kids, I couldn’t resist clicking on Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own.

Early last summer, when most camps and activities were cancelled, I worried about how I would keep my kids entertained all day for two long months. And then I quickly realized something: I can’t. And I didn’t have to. The reason? They could play on their own. But I needed to do something first.

I had to let go!

Summer 2020 was the season of independence. It was forced upon me.
Because I had to work, and my kids needed something to do, at the start of each day, I took a deep breath and let my kids loose into the outdoors for a full day of unsupervised, unscheduled play. 

As a parent who was nervous about letting my kids go, I’m not sure I would have given them so much freedom at such a young age if I didn’t have to. But the result was that my kids survived and, in fact, they had one of the best summers of their young lives.

This summer, no matter what happens, I plan to do it all over again. As the New York Times article states, “Independent play is a skill your kids will use for the rest of their lives — and a way to claim some time for yourself during quarantine.” If you’d like to know just how to achieve that kind of freedom, here are a few tips.

Start together and start small

In the article, Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen has advice for any parent with a child not naturally inclined to play on their own. Cohen recommends starting the day with some high-quality connected play.

“Set a timer for 20 minutes, put away your phone and say to your children, ‘I’ve got 20 minutes just for you. What would you like to do?’” The idea is, after spending time together the connection will give your kids the confidence to continue on their own. The takeaway will be that Mom or Dad enjoys being with them, and that they’re good at what they’re doing. And, if you tell your kids you can do it again later, you’ll likely be able to slip away to do your own thing for a while.

Get creative with presentation of toys

When the same toys are left out for kids, they can appear boring. When those toys are put away for a while, or presented in a new manner, suddenly they’re enticing. Try rotating out a few toys to keep things fresh. Or present them differently: Lego that’s half-started, for example, smaller toys put out on a baking sheet, or an empty muffin tin for them to fill.

Go outside and make a mess

If you can, take your chores or work outside with you. And if you have the space, let your kids make a mess. Messy play is so fun and engaging, your kids might just entertain themselves for ages before you know it. Try water with soap suds, sand, paint, or even a dash of colour

Create space for movement

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, try building an obstacle course, pitching a tent, or setting up some sleeping bags for them to tumble on. With a bit of imagination, you can bring the outside indoors. Clear a bit of space, add some household items like some pillows and let your kids enjoy. 

Give them ideas to choose from

Although we want them to be independent, your child might equate your request for them to try independent play with being shoved out the door and being told to go figure it out. Cohen suggests that instead, you should try challenging your kids to do activities you can take part in later, like creating a piece of art for you or building their own obstacle course using cushions and chairs.

If you ask them to come show you once they’re done, it’s still about connection, even though they’re playing independently. Even better, you can tell them you’ll time them in the activity for a fun challenge. Here are 30 activities they can get started with on their own, but you can participate in later.

If you’re still stuck for ideas, the articles below will get you going. And while it may take time for your child to be ready for independence, once you get there, you’ll be helping them build an important life skill, while also having fun. Good luck! 


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Wishing you wonderful Father’s Day weekend ~ the Staff of St. Bernadette CES

Looking Ahead:

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
First Day of School for Grades 1-8 with surnames L-Z
Sep 8 all day
New to Kindergarten Interviews
Sep 8 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate June 18, 2021