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Update June 25, 2021

A school’s mission is to develop the sense of the true, the sense of the good, the sense of the beautiful.”

~ Pope Francis

Happy Summer Break!

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to our staff, parents and students for all their support, kindness and efforts this year at St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School. I wish you a relaxing and restful summer break. I hope you can spend with your families and friends as restrictions are lifted. The St. Bernadette CES staff look forward to seeing all our students in the new school year. Our office will open the week of August 30th. New families coming to St. Bernadette CES are encouraged to register online over the summer. The first day of school for students in GRADES 1-8 is Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.

THANK YOU to our amazing parents for your ongoing support ~ you have ALL gone above & beyond this year~ please know how much we value your collaboration and commitment!

THANK YOU to our students & their families for organizing the return of school resources/textbooks ~ We greatly appreciate your assistance in ensuring that all our students have the necessary items for their learning in the new school year!

THANK YOU to all our families who have returned either the SEA Equipment or Technology that was loaned out during Remote Learning.

THANK YOU to our fabulous staff for their ongoing commitment & care that you demonstrate daily to all our students through your words and actions all driven by a love of teaching!

THANK YOU to our wonderful Grade 8 students for sharing your gifts & talents with our community over the last ten years ~ please know you will always have a special place in our hearts! We wish you the very best as you begin this next exciting phase of your lives!

THANK YOU to the incredible St. Bernadette CES staff for all their work organizing Graduation 2021! Here is the Virtual Ceremony Video for you to view –

Behind you, all your memories.

Before you, all your dreams.

Around you, all who love you.

Within you, all you need.

Best wishes on your graduation!

THANK YOU to Miss. Pizzimenti’s Grade 8 class for the beautiful year end liturgy and summer blessing – Go with God!


Goodbye to the families that are moving over the summer! We wish you well at your new school communities.  We wish the following staff farewell and all the best as they embark on the next chapter in their careers – Ms. Copeland, Ms. Gage, Mrs. Giordano, Mme Knez, Ms. Marajh, Ms. McInnes, Ms. Pizzimenti, Mrs. Pullman, Ms. Wallis and Ms. Walsh. We thank you for all your dedication and contributions to our St. Bernadette CES community.  We hope our paths cross again soon! We will miss you all!

SAINT MATTHEW PARISHFrom the Pastor’s Desk…

It was a pleasure to celebrate Mass for our graduates on Monday, even if we couldn’t all be together in person. The end of the school year is always a hectic time, and I’m sure it’s more so this year. Thank you all for your patience and flexibility. It’s our solemn hope around the parish that things will look substantially more normal in our pastoral plan next year, but even if they don’t, we’re all getting much better at scrambling together new and exciting ways of accomplishing things.

To get a head start on Sacramental Preparation, we ask parents to correspond directly and exclusively with the parish regarding these celebrations, we’ve prepared our online registration pages for the 2021/2022 Academic Year ahead of time. They’re linked to the homepage of our website ( and it is simple for parents to find and use. Again, this coming year, the parish will not be accepting any paper forms (every parent must complete the online registration).  Copied below, you’ll find the links to our easy-to-use registration pages. Parents with children currently in Grade 1 and Grade 6 are asked to view these forms. The more that register over the summer, the better situated we’ll be to communicate effectively in September. We’ll still certainly have a “registration drive” once school resumes in the Fall.

Thanks again for all your help this year, and may God continue to bless and keep you!

~ Father Allen Varlaki

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

PICKING UP & RETURNING SCHOOL ITEMS – SEA Equipment / Technology / Textbooks

If you have not had an opportunity to return SEA Equipment, technology or textbooks, we are still receiving returns on the following dates & times:

  • Monday, June 28th between either 9 am – 3 pm
  • Tuesday, June 29th between 9 am – noon

Please ensure that you leave all equipment/technology/textbooks with a staff member.

SEPTEMBER 2021 OPENING PROCEDURES: Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

We know all our families and staff have many questions about what September will look like. Please know that staff at the HCDSB central office will be working all summer in preparing plans for our return in September in consultation with Public Health and the Ministry of Education. Please continue to monitor your emails from both the HCDSB and our school for up to date information.

Parents are asked to review the procedures for looking up their child’s class placement for September.

Please Note: All elementary student class placements will become live on Friday, September 3rd, 2021. Parents/guardians will need their child’s OEN number which can be located at the top of students report card to access their class placement.

Follow these steps to access this information:

  • Click on school tab-school listing
  • Click on Elementary school placement
  • Enter OEN, click search
  • Your child’s name, school year and placement will be displayed

Grade 1 – 8 First Day School Procedures: Grade 1 – 8 students and parents are asked to proceed to the school playground where they will meet their teachers. Please note, all lists are ‘tentative’ until final numbers of have been determined in September.

Kindergarten Students will have a staggered entry and DO NOT begin on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 as the Teachers and ECE’s will be taking part in interviews. Year Two (Senior Kindergarten) students begin on Thursday September 9th, 2021. An email to Year One (Junior Kindergarten) student information will be sent out with specific information as to interview times and staggered entry dates. 


The available supports will promote self-regulation and stress-management skills, and will help students as they transition into the new school year.

  • Transition Support Groups for students in Grades 1 to 12
  • Kids Have Stress Too! Groups for students in Grades 1 to 3
  • Stress Lessons Groups for students in Grades 4 to 12
  • The Art of Wellness Groups for students in Grades 9 to 12
  • Individual support to students and parents by request
  • Parent Webinars
  • Christian Meditation Webinars

For more information about the summer programs available, and to register, please visit the HCDSB Return to School website.


  • Don’t view reading as a chore – Create a positive environment for reading so that children look forward to it. You don’t have to read; you get to read!
  • Reading doesn’t have to only be books – Get a magazine about your child’s favorite hobby, turn on the captions and turn down the volume on the television, look for information on the web.  
  • Your day to day routines can provide reading experiences – cooking, using the phone book, reading instructions for a new game, and reading maps or brochures for your vacation spots are all authentic reading experiences
  • Read during transitions times – Get some more reading time in during the drive to Grandma’s house or while waiting for the dentist.
  • Keep reading those old favorites – Reading books that are a little easy or are even memorized build confidence and fluency.
  • Read to your child – You get quality time with your child; you are a great reading model and you have the opportunity to talk to your child.   
  • Talk about books – Ask your child open-ended questions such as “What do you think about that story?” “What would you have done if you were that character?”  
  • Visit the library – Not only can the librarian help you find good, interesting books for your child, but they probably have a summer reading program your child can participate in.  
  • Support your child’s writing – There is no better letter/sound practice than writing. Provide supplies and opportunities for your child to write – letters, lists, messages, vacation journal or scrapbook, etc. Don’t worry about spelling—just praise your child’s efforts.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: 21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach

~Susan Scandiffio

While beaches may not come to mind as Canadian tourist destinations, Canada is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, several of the most notable of which you can find in our list to the right. And that list represents only a smattering of the gorgeous beaches this country has to offer.

Beach holidays can be wonderful family getaways if you’re prepared. Of course, sand and water are a combination that invite free play and will trigger most kids’ imaginations to create fabulous, undirected games and activities.

But having a list of engaging ideas in your back pocket might mean the difference between them wanting to pack it in after only an hour at the beach and not being able to drag them home after several.

The following activities are fun and also help kids develop their basic movement skills.

Read more at –

Wishing you peaceful and relaxing summer!

~ the Staff of St. Bernadette CES

Looking Ahead:

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
All Grade 1-8 students attend
Sep 9 all day
First Day of School for All Year 2 Kindergarten (SK)
Sep 9 all day
Staggered Entry – Group One of Year 1 Kindergarten (JK)
Sep 9 all day
Staggered Entry – Group Two of Year 1 Kindergarten (JK)
Sep 10 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate June 25, 2021