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Update June 4, 2021

It’s not about how much you do, but about how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

Thank you to our amazing @stbernhcdsb resource team for the wonderful liturgy this week demonstrating dignity, kindness and respect each and every day!

Thank you @stbernhcdsb student ambassadors for a beautiful May liturgy honouring Mary and congratulations to all our award winners. We recognized our Self-Directed, Responsible, Lifelong Learners and our Stewards of Creation this month.

Thank you for your support of our MacMillan’s Simply Batters fundraiser. We raised $552.00 to use towards technology upgrades @stbernhcdsb.

Thank you to Mrs. Ritacco, Ms. Wallis, Mrs. Yana Motta, Mrs. Karnick and Mrs. Winkels for all their support with ordering, receiving and distributing of the cookie and muffin dough and thank you to MacMillan’s Simply Batters Staff!

Thank you to our @stbernhcdsb Catholic School Council parent representatives for their support this year.

Thank you to our staff and students for persevering through remote learning and demonstrating resilience each day!

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

St. Matthew Parish – From the Pastor’s Desk…


Registration began last Sunday for upcoming celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation in our parish. Preparation for these sacraments has remained ongoing throughout pandemic lockdowns and restrictions. Communication with families has been constant, and we’ve offered a variety of options. Many will proceed with celebrations in July and August (spaces are still available), while others will wait for alternate dates in the Fall. Please keep the children and their families in your prayers.


Sunday, June 6 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Everything about the weekend’s liturgy points us to the mysterious gift from on high that stands at the very centre of our faith: the Eucharist. Christians the world around have longed for a return to our celebrations of this sacrament, limited by the pandemic. God sees that longing.

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.

Please find the following guide to support you in praying the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for 2021-2022 school year.   

You may recall that in March we reached out to all parents and guardians with children attending an HCDSB Catholic Elementary School to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year. This information was gathered early to help us determine how many teachers will be required to staff our Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning.  Understanding that the health situation would continue to evolve over the next few months, we told you that we would come back to you again in June to confirm your decision.

Specifically, we are asking you to confirm your plans for September 2021:

  1. Will your child(ren) attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR
  2. Will your child(ren) attend the Virtual Elementary School and participate in remote learning.

At this time, we are asking that you confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.

Complete the Online Form Now to Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School
Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.

 Some important notes before you complete this online form:

  • If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
  • An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.   


This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Please direct any technical questions regarding this form to:

About the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School

  • Read the Parent Handbook to gain a better understanding of our virtual school learning model for September 2021. 
  • Take a few minutes to meet the school administration team and learn more about the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School by watching the Parent Information Video.

A Note to Parents with Children in Secondary School

If you also have one or more children registered to attend an HCDSB secondary school, please note that we will once again be offering a hybrid learning model in our secondary schools for the 2021-2022 school year. More information about this hybrid model will follow in a separate email over the next week. Parents and guardians will have an opportunity over the summer months to select which learning format (virtual or in-person) their secondary school-aged children will attend.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. We know this is a difficult decision for many families, and we appreciate your assistance as we plan for a safe and healthy return to instruction in September 2021. 

~ Halton Catholic District School Board

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold 

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses. 

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and the Board will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. 

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at:

Free Family Paint Nights

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. 

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.


How do you know if you should be concerned about your child/teen’s mental health and well-being? (Please note this Tip sheet is not a replacement for a consultation with a regulated Mental Health Professional but offers some guidance to parents/caregivers about how you might know when to access professional supports)

This pandemic has lasted longer than many of us anticipated. While we have adapted and coped as best as we can, many parents or caregivers may be concerned about the mental health and well-being of their child or teen. For many children it has been a long time since they have seen their friends, participated in social and recreational activities, especially if they have continued to learn remotely. Mental health professionals, have reassured us that children experiencing some sadness, worry, or even anger is natural during these challenging times. But some parents are worried that their child or teen may be suffering more – so how do you know? Do not forget you still know your child/teen best. You have the most important role to notice when your child is experiencing distress that can result in changes in their thoughts, their feelings or the way they behave. Check out this tip sheet – How Do You Know if You Should Be Concerned –

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

Looking Ahead:

PA Day – no school for students
Jun 4 all day
Indigenous Art – Family Paint Night
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate June 4, 2021