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January 18, 2022: All Schools Closed to Students and Staff

All school bus transportation is CANCELLED to and from school today and all schools are CLOSED to students and staff. Students will be able to access asynchronous learning materials/tasks in their classroom learning platforms by 10:00 a.m. Educators will be available to support students during regular school hours.

Jan 17, 2022: All Schools CLOSED & Classes CANCELLED

Monday, January 17, 2022 All HCDSB schools and workplaces are CLOSED today due to inclement weather. All school bus transportation is CANCELLED. All in-person and virtual (online) classes are CANCELLED. 

Weekly Update

Update January 14, 2022

Thank you to our students for your efforts & energy during the period of remote learning ~ We are excited to see you Monday morning and welcome you back in person! Thank you to Mr. Daniels, Mr. Costanzo and Mr. Vasquez for ensuring our school is ready for the return to school on Monday January

Grade 1 French Immersion Program Registration Opens January 19!

Registration for the Grade 1 French Immersion Program begins on January 19, 2022! Online Registration Coming Soon! The online registration form will be available on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 until Friday, February 18, 2022. A direct link to online registration will be available on the HCDSB French Immersion page, and can also be accessed on the homepage of

Save the Date! Student Census Parent Information Session on January 13th

HCDSB elementary families are invited to a virtual Parent Information Session on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., which will discuss the Student Census Survey, available from February 28 through April 4, 2022! The Parent Information Session will be live-streamed and available on the Board’s YouTube channel at the scheduled time on January 13th.

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Update January 7, 2022

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. That’s the beauty of being alive. We can always start all over again. ~St. Bernadette Soubirous Thank you to all our amazing students, staff, and families for all your support as

Change to Learning Environment for Elementary Students – Request Form Now Open!

The online form to request a change to your child’s learning environment in elementary school (i.e. virtual or in-person) is now open.  As per Ministry of Education direction, we have moved to remote learning for all students until at least January 17, 2022. NOTE: Any requested changes will come into effect on January 24, 2022, however,

Important Update

All Schools Moving to Remote Learning on January 5, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians, Earlier today the Premier of Ontario announced that at 12:01 a.m. on January 5, 2022, our province will temporarily move to a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen Ontario to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern. Read the News Release here.  The Premier also announced that all schools will move to teacher-led remote learning on January 5, 2022

Weekly Update

Update January 1, 2022

“At the beginning of the New Year, I wish everyone peace, which is the synthesis of all that is good.” ~ Pope Francis Welcome Back to our staff, to our St. Bernadette Families and to our students (in person) on January 5th to a new year filled with hope and promise! Thank you to our

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Update December 17, 2021

Joy, prayer and gratitude are three ways that prepare us to experience Christmas in an authentic way. ~  Pope Francis It is absolutely remarkable what can be achieved when we work together as a community! The outpouring of love and support the past 3 weeks has been a perfect example of this!  Christmas is the season of

Rapid Antigen Test Kits

Voluntary Rapid Antigen Test Kits for In-Person Learners

During the week of Monday, December 13th to Friday, December 17th our school will be distributing Rapid Antigen Screening Kits 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,

Weekly Update

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

Kindergarten student outdoor playground

Register Your Child for Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten? To register your

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Update December 3, 2021

Thank you to our St. Bernadette CES community and our School Ambassadors for donating, collecting and organizing the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St. Matthew Conference Toiletry Drive and thank you to Mrs. Stephenson and Mrs. Monte for arranging the pickup of the items! Thank you to Celina A. and Mme Pare for

HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities 2021

Students and staff from the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities on Friday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 29 – December 3, 2021). HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities next week to raise awareness, and support the rights and

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Update November 26, 2021

Thank you to our St. Bernadette CES community and our School Ambassadors for donating, collecting and organizing the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St. Matthew Conference Toiletry Drive – donations will be accepted until Tuesday November 30th. Thank you to Meagan L., Victoria L. and Ms. Lemon for coordinating the ASL (American Sign

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program 5-11 year olds

COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year olds

Calling all Halton Heroes! First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine

Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 2021

November 21-27, 2021 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario, and HCDSB will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all,

Weekly Update

Update November 19, 2021

ONE KIND WORD… Thank you to Ms. Welland, CYC and our School Ambassadors for organizing our beautiful “One Kind Word can Brighten Someone’s Day” display! 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

Apply to the HCDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students

Registration for Extended French ~ Opens December 1!

We are happy to announce that St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School will offer the Extended French Program for the 2022-2023 school year. The Extended French Program is an exciting, fast-paced, optional French program. Students must be entering Grade 5 in order to be eligible to participate in the Board’s Extended French Program. How to Register

Weekly Update

Update November 12, 2021

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

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its 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

Weekly Update

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

Student Census 2022

Coming Soon! February 28, 2022 The Student Census 2022 will be implemented February 28 and April 4, 2022 (inclusive). All students will be invited to complete the Student Census on a voluntary basis, as follows: Kindergarten – Grade 8To be completed by parents and guardians Why is it important to collect identify-based information? Identity-based data

Weekly Update

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

Equity and Inclusive Education: Halloween Costume Selection

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity. We recognize that all people are created equal, in the image of God, each with inimitable characteristics deserving of dignity. Ensuring equity is a central goal of

Weekly Update

Update October 22, 2021

Hope opens new horizons and enables us to dream of what is not even imaginable. ~Pope Francis Thank you to our Early Childhood Educators for all the wonderful work they do each and every day in support of our Kindergarten students – we are blessed to have Mrs. Lecanda, Mrs. Galvan and Mrs. Landry with

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Update October 15, 2021

Let us never forget to pray for each other. Prayer is our greatest strength. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to Edge Imaging for the quick turn around on school photos – proofs went home with your child this week – please follow the directions provided for ordering school pictures. Thank you to the Catholic School

Weekly Update

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.

Weekly Update

Update October 1, 2021

It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to our students & staff for the conversations on “Orange Shirt Day” and for your reflections and

Celebrating Learning at St. Bernadette CES

It is my great pleasure on behalf of the staff of St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School to welcome you back to school!  Our staff are thrilled to have our students back in the building and are dedicated to make the most of this school year.  Our students have been outstanding in adapting to the routines

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day ~ September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be

Weekly Update

Update September 24, 2021

Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters. ~ Kailash Satyarthi Thank you to our students and staff for your continued efforts as we stress the importance of physical distancing during outdoor mask breaks! Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring that you and your child are wearing a

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Update September 17, 2021

Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past but looks towards the future. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to our entire community for a FABULOUS WEEK! Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring that you and your child are wearing a

Weekly Update

Update September 10, 2021

Having faith does not mean having no difficulties, but having the strength to face them, knowing we are not alone. ~ Pope Francis First Week Back! A BIG shout out to our community~ what INCREDIBLE TEAMWORK! We are blessed to live, love and learn in this special community! Thank you to our students for your

Smile Cookies to Support Oakville Students!

From September 13 – 19, all Smile Cookie purchases made at Tim Hortons locations in Oakville will directly support Food4Kids Halton! Food4Kids Halton currently supports more than 850 children in Halton by providing nutritious foods to ensure that children have access to healthy foods over the weekend and during the summer months. Smile Cookie purchases can be made

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Update September 3, 2021

“The love of Christ, welcomed with an open heart, changes us, transforms us, and makes us able to love.” ~Pope Francis A very special welcome to our new families that are joining our school community! Please join in me in welcoming the following new staff: Mrs. Fabiano, joining our Educational Assistant Team Mrs. Boss, replacing

Class Lists

Class Lists Available Friday, September 3rd

We are currently finalizing elementary class placements and making adjustments based on new registrations that have come in over the summer. Final placements will be available on Friday, September 3rd after 3:00 p.m.   Parents and guardians will be able to access the class placement for each child, using your child’s Office 365 email and password. You will

Welcome Back to School 2021

It is in humility that we build the future of the world. ~ Pope Francis We are VERY happy to welcome back all our returning students and those new to our school community! Staff are excited to be able to work in person with your children and can’t wait to hear the sound of children

Return to School Plan

Returning to School for the 2021-2022 Year

The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 is now available for review on the HCDSB website: The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 provides the protocols, guidelines and expectations that will be in place to help prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our schools and workplaces throughout the year.  This plan was developed in consultation with Halton

Dr. Meghani

Webinar: Preparing for a Safe & Healthy Return to School

Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to School: A Webinar with Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region Join us for a live webinar with Dr. Meghani as she shares important information with our HCDSB community on how to protect against COVID-19, and ensure a safe and healthy return

Update June 29, 2021 – Have a great summer!

Throughout this school year, I have witnessed the incredible strength of the St. Bernadette CES community. The 2020-2021 school year presented our students, staff members and families many challenges. We all know that this hasn’t been a typical school year, but regardless of the circumstances, I am confident that positive learning experiences have occurred for

Weekly Update

Update June 25, 2021

A school’s mission is to develop the sense of the true, the sense of the good, the sense of the beautiful.” ~ Pope Francis Happy Summer Break! I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to our staff, parents and students for all their support, kindness and efforts this year at St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary

Weekly Update

Update June 18, 2021

Just be a good person, love who you can, help where you can, give what you can. ~Saint Teresa of Calcutta Thank you to the @stbernhcdsb parents that have already signed up for the Social Media and Internet Safety Presentation with Paul Davis – please see the school messenger emails of June 13 and June

Weekly Update

Update June 11, 2021

“Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice” ~ St. Bernadette Soubirous Thank you to Ms. Pizzimenti for organizing the MADD Presentation “The Wish” for our grade 7 & 8 students. Save the Date! – Virtual School Year End Liturgy – Friday June 18 at 11:45 am – link to be emailed


Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) to Host Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June. CPIC is a group of parents, trustees and Board staff who actively support parent engagement and involvement throughout the Halton Catholic District School Board.  CPIC provides an opportunity for Catholic School Council members to network,

Monitoring Survey

How Are We Doing? HCDSB Seeking Input on Year 5 of the Strategic Plan

In September, 2016, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) launched a new multi-year plan. Each year, the Director of Education reports back to the Board of Trustees on the specific steps undertaken across our school system that align with the goals established in our strategic plan.  Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021 provides direction that guides the decisions and actions that

Responding with Faith, Hope and Love in the Face of Violence and Hatred

A statement from the Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to responding to racism and discrimination with Faith, Hope and Love. On Sunday, a family was intentionally struck by a driver in his motor vehicle as they were walking along their neighbourhood in London, Ontario. They were targeted because of their Islamic faith.

Weekly Update

Update June 4, 2021

“It’s not about how much you do, but about how much love you put into what you do that counts.” ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta Thank you to our amazing @stbernhcdsb resource team for the wonderful liturgy this week demonstrating dignity, kindness and respect each and every day! Thank you @stbernhcdsb student ambassadors for a

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