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Update November 5, 2021

Thank you to our School Ambassadors for organizing our Remembrance Day Liturgy.

Thank you to Halton Food for Thought for providing our Healthy Food Boxes for when children forget or run out of snacks;

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help with Thursday Pizza & Cookie Days.

Thank you to Mrs. Yana for organizing this committee.

Thank you, parents, for your donations of gently used uniforms and for stopping by today to pick up items you need from our inventory.

Thank you to Mrs. Flynn from the St. Ignatius of Loyola Guidance Department for the visit with our grade 8 to discuss the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9.  Parents for more information check out the Grade 8 Parent Night Presentation at

Thank you, parents, for your support of the SafeArrival system and reporting your child’s absence.

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News

From the Pastor’s Desk… By the grace of God and with no small amount of help from our parish volunteers and staff, we completed our “makeup” celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation this past Sunday. Taking a few days to catch our breath, Fr. Patrick and I were right back at it on Wednesday evening, hosting a ZOOM meeting with more than 200 Grade 7 students preparing for Confirmation next year. It was a refreshing change to prepare parents for an impending positive change in the pandemic restrictions we’ll face at these celebrations. It was also nice to debut a refreshed programme of sacramental preparation and a set of new resources. They seemed to resonate with the young people, and we’re looking forward to continuing the journey at meetings and retreats scheduled for the coming months. Grade 2 students will be here next week for in-person preparation for First Reconciliation…and some paper sheep-making. As part of our continued (and continuous) appeal for volunteers, we’d love to build a team of parishioners enthusiastic about working with young people to help with events like this. Reach out to myself or Fr. Patrick by phone, email or after Mass if you’re interested. We’d love to have you!

~ Father Allen

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Saint Matthew Conference – Christmas Angel Tree Program

We ask, if you are able, to contribute towards our Christmas Angel Tree program.  We are requesting cash/cheque donations that we can use to purchase grocery and gift cards in bulk at a discount.  Cheques can be made out to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St Matthew.  There is also an online donation portal that you may access on our website: Should you wish to purchase a grocery/gift card yourself, we require $25 grocery cards from Metro, Sobeys, President’s Choice and Walmart, and $10 gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and Tim Hortons. Envelopes can be dropped off up until December 3, 2021, at the church office and there is also a locked drop box outside both entrances of the church that can be used as well. Please address the envelopes to SSVP – Saint Matthew.  Should anyone have questions, they can be directed to Jennifer Monte at or that of the conference: Distribution will begin the week of December 6, 2021.

For more information please read the attached letter:

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The No Hate In Halton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will be launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region. Our intermediate students will be promoting this during our Morning Announcements, sharing the message that we believe that there should be #NoHateInHalton and that Halton region is diverse & that is what makes it beautiful and vibrant.

Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Thursday November 11, 2021 we will participate in a Remembrance Day Liturgy beginning at 10:50 am. All students will receive a poppy to wear on that day – donations are welcome. Thank you to the Student Ambassadors for preparing the liturgy.

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!

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!

The Use of Technology at School

When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

In the event that a student needs to contact their parent, they can do so, with teacher permission and supervision, using their own cell phone. However, we kindly ask that parents / guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

Progress Reports will be coming home on Wednesday November 24th. We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students virtually during the evening of Thursday November 25, 2021, and during the day on Friday November 26, 2021.  This year you will once again be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. More information on booking your interview will be sent home to families in a school messenger email.

Mental Health Update

Easy and Fun Mental Health Activities for Parents to try at Home:

School Mental Health Ontario has put together a series of 12 mental health activities designed for parents and families to try at home. They’re connected to six areas of social-emotional learning and are available as a PDF file or graphics. Check out the link copied below for access to these fun activities! 

Easy and Fun Mental Health Activities for Home –This is a series of 12 mental health activities designed for parents and families to try at home. They’re connected to six areas of social-emotional learning and are available as a PDF file or graphics. Download a PDF file with all activities. Manage stress How children cope with stress varies depending on their age and abilities.

Promoting Well-Being – 10 tips for non-sporty parents

 ~ Sara Smeaton

If you are like me and sports haven’t played a major role in your life, you might be having challenges figuring out how to raise active kids. Encouraging sports doesn’t always come naturally to a lot of us who are “rather curl up on the couch with a book” types, but when asked if we want our kids to be active for life, of course, the answer is an emphatic yes! So, here are my top tips for non-sporty parents to get you and your kids started down the road to physical literacy.

  1. You are probably sportier than you think. Do you walk, do yoga, garden? Can you remember what activities you enjoyed as a kid? Even if you weren’t a team sports guy or gal chances are that you liked something, maybe dance, karate, swimming, wall ball, or skipping?
  2. See it as a growth opportunity. Maybe you’ve looked at yourself one way all your life but it’s never too late to change your own perceptions.
  3. Introduce them to lots of different activities. Something’s got to stick! Your kids may or may not gravitate to team sports, especially when they are little, but you can help them find an activity they like that will give them confidence to try more and more.
  4. Encourage their interests. Sometimes catching the wave of enthusiasm can be a tricky manoeuvre. Pay close attention and be ready to jump in when they perk up at a certain activity, sport or game.
  5. Read kids books on sports with your children, or watch kids movies about sports. Do you have a little reader? Find some sports-themed books to stir their interest. And check out our list of 10 sports movies to watch with kids.
  6. Appoint someone as your kids’ “sports godparents”. Do you have a friend or family member that loves to toss the ball around or shoot hoops? Ask them to spend some time with your children; they’ll all probably end up having a blast!
  7. Start a group of like-minded non-sporty parents. You might be surprised how many of your friends feel the same way you do. Make a date with another family to go bowling, skating or for a group hike.
  8. Make a game out of it! Have all the family members earn “Physical Activity Points”: i.e., 10 points for walking to school, 15 points for biking, 20 points for dance class, 20 points for mom’s spin class etc. Then reward the family with a group outing somewhere fun on the weekend if the family achieved its goal.
  9. Set a good example. Spend some time each day walking, biking, etc. Just focus on being active and let your kids see you doing it.
  10. Don’t stress about it. Physical activity is about having fun and being healthy; don’t let this become another item on your “ways I’m failing as a parent” list.

And remember, knowledge is power. Equip yourself with the information you need to help your kids be successful in sports. You’ll find great information and tips by looking around Active for Life.


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

Looking Ahead:

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
Parent – Teacher Interview Night
Nov 25 @ 4:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Parent – Teacher Interviews
Nov 26 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate November 5, 2021