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Update October 1, 2021

It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way.

~ Pope Francis

Thank you to our students & staff for the conversations on “Orange Shirt Day” and for your reflections and discussions – “EVERY Child Matters”

Thank you to all our families for joining us at the virtual Curriculum Night – Celebrating Learning at St. Bernadette CES!

Thank you to Ms. Cvetkovic, Mme Manes and Mlle Vieira-Troke for their work with the St. Bernadette CES Ambassadors – grade 7 &8 students a reminder that applications are due Tuesday October 5th.

Thank you to our staff for creating their online classroom platforms to support our students.

Thank you to our parents for ensuring that their child has all the belongings that they will need for the day prior to coming to school (lunches, water bottles, snacks & clothing)!

World Teachers’ Day – October 5, 2021

The Theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”. The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teachers’ day in respect of their determined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

~Thank you St. Bernadette CES Staff~


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It’s a day to reflect upon the injustices faced by Indigenous Peoples, and to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools. For our parish, it’s also a day to consider with regret the role played by faith communities in acts that transgressed the Gospel of Jesus Christ as clearly as they did the core values of human decency. Mass that morning will be offered for the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, as will my own prayers throughout the day. As a priest, I will pray also that day for my brothers, who should have known better and loved more fully. I’ll also set aside the faculty to preach that day, and we’ll take a few moments of silence after the proclamation of the Gospel. Parish staff will be observing the day as a statutory holiday, so the office will be closed. -Fr. Allen


On Friday October 8, staff will be participating in Faith Day. Our hope is to renew our spirits and rehumanize our communities after a long season of virtual and remote learning.  There is no school for students on Friday October 8, 2021.


Monday October 11 is the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school on Thanksgiving Day.

We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving long weekend. We will have our virtual Thanksgiving Liturgy on Thursday October 7, 2021. Thank you to Ms. Cvetkovic’s grade 8 students for leading this liturgy.


Our first Catholic School Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday October 4 at 6:30 pm via Microsoft Teams – the link will be emailed via school messenger on Monday.


All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

tests negative for COVID-19; OR

are cleared by your local public health unit; OR

are diagnosed with another illness.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health.

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)


Thank you to all our families who have successfully completed the electronic consent forms. Please note, we still have families who have not completed the electronic consent form. If you have more than one child, the browser needs to be refreshed before completing each form. Please look for a note in your child’s agenda if their consent form is outstanding.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.

Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.

You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.

Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.

The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

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PROMOTING WELL-BEING – 10 Growth Mindset Questions to ask your child at dinner table

  1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
  2. What challenge or problem have you worked on today?
  3. Can you think of something new you tired today? What was it?
  4. Was there anything that made you feel stuck today? … Great! What other ways might there be to solve this?
  5. What did you learn today outside of school?
  6. Can you think of a mistake you made today? … Great! How can you use this mistake to do better next time?
  7. Is there anything you are struggling with? … Excellent! What new strategies can you try next?
  8. Can you think of something you could have done better today? … Great! Who can you seek feedback from to make it better?
  9. What would you like to become better at?
  10. Did you do anything today that was easy for you? … How can you make it more challenging for you?

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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of St. Bernadette CES

Orange Shirt Day – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
Sep 30 all day
World Teachers’ Day
Oct 5 all day
Thanksgiving Liturgy
Oct 7 all day
PA Day – Faith Day – No School for Students
Oct 8 all day
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 11 all day
Grade 8 Parent Night – International Baccalaureate Information Night – St. Thomas Aquinas CSS
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Grade 8 Parent Night – Advanced Placement Information Night – Holy Trinity CSS
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Grade 8 Parent Night – St. Ignatius of Loyola CSS
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate October 1, 2021