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Update October 29, 2021

Thank you to for your donations of gently used uniforms and the volunteers for sorting the items – a pick up opportunity will be scheduled for Friday November 5th (10:00-11:00 am and 1:30-2:30 pm).

Thank you to our Catholic School Council subcommittee on special lunch days – Little Caesars Pizza Days will be starting soon – info was shared in a separate email.

Thank you to all who have already contributed to our Donation Campaign – thank you for your support of our students! Reminders will be coming throughout the month of November as we strive to meet out goal!

Thank you to our student ambassadors and the work they are doing to support our school community!

Thank you to Ms. Lemon for all her work in the office each day!

Thank you to our Lunch Hour Supervisors for their support each day!

Thank you to our school bus drivers – it has been a difficult start up with a shortage of drivers and we are grateful for their patience and care of our students!

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News

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MASS REGISTRATION & ATTENDANCE – As many of our regular weekly Mass attendees are discovering, reserving space in our church on weekends is becoming increasingly competitive. Walk-in attendees and those who wait until late in the week (Friday or Saturday) are unlikely to find Masses with available space. Preference and privilege are shown to no one in this process; as it just, all available space is allocated through Eventbrite on a first-come-firstserved basis. If you’re concerned about making sure there’s room for you and your family, the best course of action is diligence! Please be reminded that as long as we are required to maintain physical distance between persons of differing households, the need to register for weekend Masses will remain resolutely in place. Thank you for your cooperation with the minor detail.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

Can Catholics Celebrate Halloween?


“Of course they can! The name Halloween comes from All Hallow’s Eve, meaning the day before All Saints Day — those we call hallowed or holy as we hear in the Our Father.

However, we obviously want to steer people away from things like dabbling with the occult, or seances, or other kinds of “black magic” that would be contrary to our beliefs.

By the same token, if we are dressing up for Hallowe’en, we indeed should notice our style of dress and check to make sure that we are chaste in manner.

But dressing up children and sending them trick-or-treating is fine (and fun!) to do and is not contrary to our Catholic principles.”

Check out this fine video by Fr. James Martin, SJ, that was produced here at Busted Halo.

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however, we cannot permit our students to share any food, candy or gift items with their classmates. Thank you for your understanding.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update

Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

  • Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;
  • Mingle masks
  • Mesh masks
  • Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.

Promoting WellBeing – Help Your Child Love Who They Are

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Positive self-esteem means liking yourself, feeling content most of the time and feeling proud of who you are.

Children with healthy self-esteem are more likely to be happy, cooperative, and successful at school. They make friends easily and are fun to be with because they enjoy challenges, are eager to learn and enjoy success. They are also more likely to cope positively with stress and are less likely to develop behaviour problems. As a parent you have the greatest influence in helping your child to be confident and develop healthy self-esteem.

How can you build positive self-esteem in your child?

  • Praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
  • Tell your child you care.
  • Help your child make friends.
  • Encourage your child to set goals, do things for themselves and evaluate their own achievements.
  • Encourage your child to express their ideas and make decisions.
  • Help your child manage their feelings, think realistically and be optimistic.
  • Teach your child to solve problems for themselves.
  • Use the 40 developmental assets to help build self-esteem in your child.


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

Looking Ahead:

St. Ignatius of Loyola Guidance Department Visit with Grade 8s
Oct 28 all day
Halloween Spirit Day
Oct 29 all day
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Veterans Week – November 5-11
Nov 5 – Nov 11 all day
Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 10:50 am – 11:15 am
One Kind Word – Spirit Day – wear BLUE to show that we support and promote kindness, inclusivity & positive relationships!
Nov 19 all day
Progress Reports go home today
Nov 24 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate October 29, 2021