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Update November 12, 2021

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

Thank you to our School Ambassadors for organizing our beautiful Remembrance Day Liturgy!

Thank you to Ms. Cvetkovic, Mme Manes, Mrs. Russo-Rocha and Mlle Vieira-Troke for all their support of our Student Ambassadors.

Thank you to all who have contributed to our Donation Campaign – we are still working towards our goal to ensure we can support STEAM, curriculum and technology upgrades for our students this school year.

Thank you to Mrs. Chychota, Mrs. Liu, Mrs. Montano, Mrs. Sanford and Mrs. Yana for their help with our first Thursday Pizza & Cookie Day – it was great! We are in need of a few more volunteers for our alternating Thursday schedule – please contact the office if you can help!

Thank you to Ms. Lemon for all her work organizing the pizza and cookie orders.

Thank you to Mrs. Doherty, Mr. Moreira, Mr. Rosha and Mlle Vieira-Troke for the intramural and interschool volleyball start up.

Thank you to Mrs. Cvetkovic for the Dance Club opportunities.

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News – WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

Pope Francis has declared November 14th, 2021 the fifth World Day of the Poor, a day in which we are encouraged to consider those less fortunate than ourselves and to give generously what we can.  As stated by Pope Francis in his address this year, “The poor are not people ‘outside’ our communities, but brothers and sisters whose sufferings we should share, in an effort to alleviate their difficulties and marginalization, restore their lost dignity and ensure their necessary social inclusion.”

We are slowly seeing the light at the end of the very long tunnel of this pandemic. As we emerge into better times, let us not forget those whose struggles continue. According to the Food Banks Canada latest report, “low and stagnant incomes, rising food costs, and an unrelenting housing market driving up market rents across the country have created a level of need not seen since the aftermath of the 2008 recession.” Sadly, one third of food bank users are children (Hunger Count 2021: A Tale of Two Trends).

In the coming weeks, the SSVP invites you to consider your own good fortune and how this good fortune allows you to assist persons in need. We hope that you will consider donating and volunteering not just in honour of the World Day of the Poor, but year-round to help your friends and neighbours in need.

To make a donation, volunteer, or learn more contact us at or leave a message at (905) 825-0219 press 2. To make an online donation directly to our conference, visit our donation portal at Cash and cheque donations addressed to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St Matthew may be dropped off in the parish office.

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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:

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website:

In Search of Instrumental Music Materials and Resources

Do you have any St. Bernadette CES instruments that may not have been returned due to the first COVID-19 school closure (March-June 2020) at home? We are now looking at the instruments with the hope that we can start up the Instrumental Music Program at some point this year. Our new Instrumental Music Teacher, Ms. Casciaro, is conducting an inventory, but instruments and mouthpieces are missing. We would have to replace these pieces if we cannot locate them. If you have any St. Bernadette CES musical instruments or materials at home, please drop them off to the main office Monday to Friday 8:00 – 4:00 pm – thank you for your assistance!

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!
Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLY
To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries:
 December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.  
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

Courtesy Bus Seats

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022. 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.
Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form 
The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.
Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 
Visit the HSTS website for more information: 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week

This year’s theme for Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week 2021 is One Kind Word.

Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. This is one of the reasons that ‘One Kind Word’ has been chosen as the theme of Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week taking place from 15 to 19 of November 2021. On Friday, November 19th we will be having a Spirit Day ~ all staff & students will be encouraged to wear BLUE to show that we support and promote kindness, inclusivity & positive relationships!

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance – Pepler & Craig (2014)

Types of Bullying:

  • CYBER: The targeting of someone using technology, it is quickly outpacing the traditional forms of bullying.
  • SOCIAL: Sometimes referred to as Relational Bullying. This involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationship.
  • VERBAL: Saying or writing mean things
  • PHYSICAL: Involves hurting someone’s body or possessions
Critical QuestionTeasingAggressionBullying
Is this behaviour reciprocated?Usually
The teasing is shared equally
Usually Not
There is usually only one aggressor
There is a person who bullies and a person who is victimized
Do both people look like they are having a good time?Usually
It takes place within a strong, positive, relationship
One person is the aggressor
One person is in distress or being harmed
Is the behaviour fun?Usually
Both people enjoy the banter
Usually Not
It can alienate and be embarrassing
The person bullying intends to cause fear
Has this happened before with these individuals?Yes
It occurs when there is a familiarity
may be a one-time event
Bullying is typically repeated behaviour
Is there a power differential?No
It illustrates closeness and affection
It can happen within a weak relationship
There is always a power imbalance

Throughout this week, we as a school community, will be discussing strategies to promote a safe and kind school environment!

Promoting Well-Being – Anxiety 101: What You and Your Child Need to Know About Anxiety

  1. Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It alerts us to threats, protects us from danger and helps us reach important goals. For example, it is normal to feel anxious when encountering a bear on a hike, or before taking an important exam.
  2. Anxiety is not dangerous. Although anxiety feels uncomfortable, it is temporary and will eventually decrease. The sensations we experience in an anxious situation are designed to alert and activate us. They are normal and part of our body’s natural response mechanism. Our body is smart enough to know when to “amp up” and when to “calm down.”
  3. Anxiety is adaptive. Anxiety helps us prepare for real danger, such as crossing a busy street. It can also help us perform at our best and motivate us to study for an exam or practice for a big game. When we experience anxiety, it triggers our “fight-flight-freeze” response, and prepares our body to react. For instance, our heart beats faster to pump blood to our muscles, so we have the energy to run away or fight off danger. Without it, we would not survive. We need some anxiety.
  4. Anxiety is part of life. Trying to eliminate anxiety from your child’s life is almost impossible, and even if it were possible, we are not sure you will have created a life worth living for your child. As a result, this website has been designed to provide you and your child with information, tools, resources, and more, to help your child become an expert on coping with anxiety. Since anxiety is everywhere, one of the greatest gifts you can give your anxious child or teen is the confidence and skill to tolerate anxiety whenever it occurs, and to continue living his/her life anyway!
  5. Anxiety can become a problem. Small doses of anxiety in certain situations are useful. However, when your child is worrying much of the time, avoiding fun activities, or refusing to go to school because s/he is scared or worried, anxiety has become a problem. Think of anxiety like fog: if it covers everything, makes it hard to see, stops you from doing what you usually do, and generally gets in the way, then it has likely become a problem.

For more information on how to explain anxiety to your child, see “How to talk to your Child about Anxiety”


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Wishing you an amazing weekend – the Staff of St. Bernadette CES

Veterans Week – November 5-11
Nov 5 – Nov 11 all day
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
Parent – Teacher Interview Night
Nov 25 @ 4:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Parent – Teacher Interviews
Nov 26 all day
“Wear Your Favourite Colour” Civvies Day
Dec 3 all day
Fare Share Food Bank Oakville – Food Drive
Dec 6 – Dec 10 all day
National Mitten Tree Day
Dec 6 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate November 12, 2021