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Update December 10, 2021

Thank you to our incredible St. Bernadette CES community for your generous support of our Advent Outreach Initiatives – Toiletry Drive for the Society of the Saint Vincent de Paul – Saint Matthew  Conference, Food Drive for FOCUS Youth Oakville Branch – Fare Share Food Bank Oakville ( and the Mitten Tree – mitten, gloves and socks for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society.

Thank you to our extraordinary students and staff for their proposals for various clubs. What great initiative, “Student Voice” and leadership! We have the following planned:

  • Mondays – ASL Club for Grade 5&6 (thank you Meagan L., Vicki L., & Ms. Lemon)
  • Tuesdays – Chess Club for Grade 6 (thank you Ethan B., Enzo C., Carter J., Michael P., Finn R. & Mrs. Boss)
  • Wednesdays – Craft Club for Grade 3 (thank you Celina A. & Mme Paré)
  • Thursdays – Movie Club for Grade 4 (thank you Gabi G., Caoimhe H., Alex L., Cayden N.)
  • Fridays – Art Club for Grade 1&2 (thank you Nicholas A., Rishi D., Veronica F., Ava P., Julianna R. & Mrs. Russo-Rocha)

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Ms. Fernandes, Mrs. Casciaro, Ms. Cvetkovic, Mme Manes for all their work on the Christmas Concert and to each class and staff member for their preparations of songs and dance for this virtual masterpiece! We will be emailing a link to families before the Christmas Break.

Thank you to Mrs. Yana for organizing our Family Trivia Night – hope you can join us on Tuesday December 14 at 7:00 pm! the link will be shared through school messenger on Tuesday!

EARLY DISMISSAL DAY – Friday December 17th

Friday December 17th is an Early Dismissal Day – the school day ends at 2:05pm.

Celebrating Advent as a Family

  • The 3rd Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.

St. Matthew Catholic Parish News – Farewell to Father Patrick…

Many thanks to Fr. Patrick, who has been ministering here since the summer months. With his reassignment to St. Benedict Parish, Milton coming closer and closer, we certainly wish him well as a community and assure him of our prayers. Fr. Patrick jumped eagerly into the role of Associate Pastor here, and has proven himself a devoted, capable, and generous priest. Any community that receives him will be blessed indeed. He’ll be with us for one more weekend, giving us all an opportunity to express our gratitude, but moving day is December 13. ~ Father Allen Varlaki

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Rapid Antigen Screening Kit 

During the week of December 13th – 17th, your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Christmas Civvies Week!

Our Student Ambassadors have been busy planning a Christmas Civvies Week filled with seasonal activities!

  • Monday, December 13Winter Wonderland – Blue and White Day
  • Tuesday, December 14Christmas Red / Green / White Day
  • Wednesday, December 15Christmas Hat / Headband / Christmas Hair Day
  • Thursday, December 16Christmas Sweater Day
  • Friday, December 17Christmas Movie and PJ Day

Winter is here!

  • Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Inclement Weather

  • As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Update Contact Information

If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office. Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.

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Promoting Well-Being – Outdoor winter safety: Staying safe during winter activities

By SickKids staff

Information for parents on helping kids stay safe while skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or tobogganing.

Key points

  • Check the weather forecast before going out for a day’s activity.
  • Dress appropriately for the temperature and the activity you will be doing.
  • Use well-maintained, well-fitting equipment, including the appropriate safety helmet for your activity.
  • Keep activities suited to children’s age and abilities and stay alert for hazards.

For more information see the entire article at

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

Fare Share Food Bank Oakville – Food Drive
Dec 6 – Dec 10 all day
MADD Presentation “Wrong Turn” – Intermediate Students
Dec 9 all day
MADD Presentation “Wrong Turn” – Intermediate Students
Dec 10 all day
Winter Wonderland – Blue and White Day
Dec 13 all day
Christmas Red / Green / White Day
Dec 14 all day
Christmas Hat / Headband / Crazy Christmas Hair Day
Dec 15 all day
Loyola HAWK Spirit Day – Grade 8s
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Christmas Sweater Day
Dec 16 all day
DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate December 10, 2021