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Update October 8, 2021

 Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

~ William Arthur Ward

Thank you to our amazing grade 8 students from Ms. Cvetkovic class for leading our virtual Thanksgiving liturgy;

Thank you to our incredible St. Bernadette CES staff for all they do, every day.

Thank you to all the students who have submitted their St. Bernadette Student Ambassador packages!

Thank you to the Saint Matthew Catholic Church and the Society of the Saint Vincent de Paul for their support of our school community.

Thank you to the Halton Food for Thought volunteers for the start up of the Grab & Go Healthy Food Boxes! – coming this month.

Thank you to the Food4Kids volunteers – this program begins this weekend!

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News

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SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION:

Please be reminded that the selection of dates for our current programme of Sacramental Preparation (Gr. 2 and Gr. 7) began online this past Saturday, October 2. Spaces are still plentiful; register online if you missed it.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Sunday, October 10 is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time and our readings from Scripture will be: Wisdom 7:7-11 Psalm 90 Hebrews 4:12-13 Mark 10:17-30

The text of the First Reading is exquisite in its form and content. Wisdom, a divine attribute of God, is personified in this book of the Old Testament, allowing all who read and meditate upon these words the opportunity to better glimpse how God guides our understanding. “Beyond health and comeliness, I loved [Wisdom], and I chose to have her rather than the light.” We all yearn to see the world and the human condition from God’s divine point-of-view. The Book of Wisdom beautifully expounds they why of this mission.

Thanksgiving Day

  • Monday October 11 is the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Reminder about Lunch and Snacks

  • We have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

SAVE THE DATE – Halloween Dance-A-Thon – Friday October 29th

When: Friday, October 29th, 2021

Where: St. Bernadette Playground                                        

All students are welcome to wear costumes. Students may decide not to wear a costume. Anyone so inclined may want to wear orange and black as an alternative. This event is a fulfilled morning for students to enjoy Halloween – NOT a fundraiser and NO prizes will be awarded.

Our major fundraiser will be a “Donation Campaign” – more info to follow next week.

Costume considerations to be safe at school:

Costumes must not:

– Impair vision or breathing, there are no masks as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol;

– Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander;

– Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”;

– Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school;

– Be revealing or suggestive;

– Include weapons or replica weapons;

– Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up

Costumes must:

– Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2.

– Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.

Promoting Well-Being

School Mental Health Ontario – Read Aloud

Mental health is an essential component of overall health. Learning about mental health from a young age and developing skills to support positive mental health throughout their lives will help students to be healthier and more successful.  

The SMH-ON read aloud videos can be enjoyed at home, or classroom use, as part of integrated learning supporting the Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum lesson plans, the virtual field trip series, or can be adapted in your own planning.

See a selection of Read Aloud books at – https://smho-smso.ca/blog/online-resources/student-mental-health-ontario-read-aloud/

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

Oct
7
Thu
Thanksgiving Liturgy
Oct 7 all day
Oct
8
Fri
PA Day – Faith Day – No School for Students
Oct 8 all day
Oct
11
Mon
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 11 all day
Oct
20
Wed
Grade 8 Parent Night – International Baccalaureate Information Night – St. Thomas Aquinas CSS
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
21
Thu
Grade 8 Parent Night – Advanced Placement Information Night – Holy Trinity CSS
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct
28
Thu
Grade 8 Parent Night – St. Ignatius of Loyola CSS
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct
29
Fri
Halloween Spirit Day
Oct 29 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate October 8, 2021