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Update September 24, 2021

Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.

~ Kailash Satyarthi

Thank you to our students and staff for your continued efforts as we stress the importance of physical distancing during outdoor mask breaks!

Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring that you and your child are wearing a mask when they enter the school yard each morning!

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

Photo Day is postponed at this time – we will update you as soon as a date is confirmed.

Friday October 8 – PA Day – Staff will be taking part in Faith Day activities.

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

We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving!

St. Matthew Catholic Parish Information – POSTPONED CELEBRATIONS

Final preparation and review meetings were held this week for families of those children who prepared for First Communion and Confirmation last year but opted to defer celebration due to the pandemic. All families are expected to complete the registration and dateselection process outlined in the many communications sent out by our pastoral team. Recordings of the meetings, as well as all the pertinent information, can be found on our website. Visit: We begin celebrating liturgies next week, and they’ll continue until just before November.

Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

Orange Shirt Day

On Thursday, September 30th, 2021 Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling. The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters”.

We look forward to observing Orange Shirt Day with our students with an Orange Shirt Civvies Day – please ensure dress code is followed.

This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

Virtual Celebration of Learning (Curriculum Night) – Thursday September 30th

We kindly request that you save the following date for our Celebration of Learning/Curriculum Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 30th between the hours of 6:30-7:30pm.

Please note, this event will be held virtually as directed by Public Health. Parents will have an opportunity to view a presentation from their child’s teacher, followed by a Q & A format.

  • 6:30-6:40 pm              Principal’s Message
  • 6:45-7:05 pm              Session #1 10-minute Presentation / 10-minute Q & A
  • 7:10-7:30 pm               Session #2 10-minute Presentation / 10-minute Q & A

Catholic School Council 2021-2022

A very special thank you to the following parents for volunteering their time to serve our community as members of our Catholic School Council:

  • Roger Alfaro
  • Francesca Di Paolo
  • Eden Haugland
  • Diana Palalas
  • Betsy Philip
  • Christine Phillips
  • Kelly Sanford
  • Sukkie Steve-Fagbemi
  • Carol Stubits
  • Diane Tassone
  • Nathalie Winkels
  • Gloria Yana

Our first council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 4th @6:30pm via Microsoft Teams. All parents are welcome to attend. A link will be emailed out on the day of the meeting.

Wearing of Masks at School 

  • Medical masks will be worn by all school staff.   
  • All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. All considerations for mask exemptions must be reviewed and discussed with the school principal.
  • Students will have ‘Mask Breaks’ during outdoor time and lunch. Students will be permitted to take their masks off in class while eating and when they go outside for recess/lunch and for outdoor class time. Please note, that students must wear their face mask in the hallway, while heading outside for recess and lunch. Please discuss and practice a routine with your child regarding wear they will keep their mask when they are outside (i.e. pocket, pouch, Ziploc bag) Upon entering the building, after outside recess & lunch, students will sanitize their hands and then place their mask on before entering the hallway. All students must have their mask in place when entering the school building in the morning and for dismissal.

We ask that parents take some time to review and practice this routine with your child.

Family Information and Consent 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.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required. If you need your child’s OEN – please call Ms. Lemon at the school – 905-827-7235.

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 – 5 Ways to Well-Being

  1. Be Active: Physical activity improves your fitness level and can enhance your mental wellbeing.
  2. Connect: Having strong, healthy relationships can improve your sense of belonging and connectedness. 
  3. Give Back: Helping, sharing and just generally being nice to others promotes a sense of self-worth, strengthens community and helps you maintain a positive attitude.
  4. Learn: Learning something can increase your confidence and can also be a lot of fun. 
  5. Take Notice: Being mindful of your surroundings and your experiences enhances self-knowledge and self-understanding which contribute to fostering positive mental health. 


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

Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 29 all day
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
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate September 24, 2021