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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

Weekly Update

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: https://www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/ 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

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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

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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

Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program.

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system.  Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses

Weekly Update

Update May 28, 2021

The strength of the family lies in its capacity to love and to teach how to love. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to all our @stbernhcdsb May Virtual Family Trivia Night participants and congratulations to the Winkels Family, aka “Team Winks”! Thank you to our Catholic School Council parents for their support this year –

We Are All Wonderfully Made

HCDSB Celebrates Pride Month

June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.  This June, and each day of every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming and

Weekly Update

Update May 21, 2021

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11 Thank you to all our @stbernhcdsb supporters of the Catholic School Council Fundraiser MacMillan’s Simply Batters 2021! Items will arrive in early June – happy baking! Thank you to our new Kindergarten 2021 families for joining us for our Virtual Orientation – if you

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fifth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past few months, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

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Join us for a Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening!

HCDSB is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools.  Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel. The information evening is open to all parents, students, and

Weekly Update

Update May 14, 2021

May our communities be oases of peace. ~Pope Francis Thank you to our @stbernhcdsb community for participating in Dress LOUD Day on Thursday May 13 to raise awareness for the deaf and hard of hearing community in our school! Thank you to ALL of the AMAZING NURSES in our community!!! Please know how much we

School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools. The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe

Staff Appreciation Day ~ May 7, 2021

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates Staff Appreciation Day on May 7, 2021! Staff Appreciation Day is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments and exceptional work of all 5700+ employees in our schools and in our workplaces. Thank you to all HCDSB staff for going above and beyond to support our students

Weekly Update

Update May 7, 2021

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~ Plato Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers, grandmothers, and mother figures. “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux Thank you to our students and staff for showcasing how they “Nurture

Journeying Together in Jesus

Journeying Together ~ Annual Walk with Jesus

A Liturgy in honour of HCDSB’s Annual Walk with Jesus will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, with greetings from Bishop Crosby. Don’t forget to follow along and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCWWJ! A Message from Father Con O’Mahony 

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to Host Speaker Series

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series to discuss inclusivity and diversity, and how to better support children with additional needs. SEAC’s mandate is to make recommendations to the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) in matters affecting the establishment and development of Special Education programs and services

Catholic Education Nurturing Hope: May 2 - May 7, 2021

Nurturing Hope During Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 2 to May 7, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins school boards in celebrating the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to our community and across the province of Ontario!  The province-wide theme of this year’s Catholic Education Week is Nurturing Hope, reminding us that our Catholic schools exist to inspire students to cultivate their faith; so that they may prosper in hope by our

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HCDSB Participates in Mental Health Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designates the first week in May as Mental Health Week. This year, it runs from May 3-7, 2021, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join organizations across Canada in raising awareness about mental health.  The HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Get Real About How You Feel as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week. Daily Mental Health Themes The HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week: Monday: Naming Our Emotions

Weekly Update

Update April 30, 2021

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta Thank you to our students and staff for their creativity and collaboration – “Stronger Together in Faith 2020-2021”   Thank you, Mme Knez, for your leadership and work to create this wonderful masterpiece! Thank you

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Fourth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

For the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools).  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required

Student Awards of Excellence

HCDSB Announces the Student Award of Excellence Recipients!

Each year, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates exceptional students across our school district at the Annual Student Awards of Excellence Ceremony. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions in place, we are recognizing and congratulating our student recipients virtually! Congratulations to Marcus Luong who won the Student Award of Excellence for our school! About Marcus Marcus was selected as our school’s recipient because, as a steward of

Weekly Update

Update April 22, 2021

“All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful, brings us to God.” ~ Pope Francis Thank you to our students, their parents and our staff for ALL of your efforts & especially PATIENCE in a SUCCESSFUL return to Remote Learning! Thank you to our St. Bernadette CES families for your efforts

Provincial Announcement: All Schools Moving to Remote Learning After Spring Break

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here.  According to the Ministry memo received, the decision to move to remote learning has been made to reduce mobility, and support as many households as

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent is required from parents or guardians.   Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available to: All students and their families All school staff and their household members All Child Care

Weekly Update

Update April 9, 2021

We are the guardians of creation. ~Pope Francis, Laudato Si Thank you to our families for your patience and diligence at drop off and pick up times. Please remember to slow down, to respect the kiss and ride expectations and to watch carefully for the children as you park when necessary to assist your child

Weekly Update

Update April 1, 2021

Let us ask for the grace to be amazed. ~Pope Francis Thank you to our St. Bernadette Grade 8 students and their teachers for the amazing Stations of the Cross Virtual Presentation. Thank you to our Student Ambassadors for the March Virtual Assembly recognizing our Collaborative Contributors! Thank you to our community for following the

Weekly Update

Update March 26, 2021

Let us allow God to fill our hearts with His goodness and mercy. ~Pope Francis Thank you to our community for following the Halton Public Health directives – updated information can be found at https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Information-and-Guidance; Thank you to our St. Bernadettefamilies for your efforts to stay home and stay healthy so we can be healthy

Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions

The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change. For the health and safety

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day – Wednesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 is School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day! On School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, let’s show our gratitude for the people that ensure active and safe travel for students and families to and from our schools. Here are some ways we can show our appreciation year-round: Guard signals you to stop; all cyclists

Weekly Update

Update March 19, 2021

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. ~ Romans 15:13 Thank you to our community for following the Halton Public Health directives – updated information can be found at https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Information-and-Guidance; Thank you to our St. Bernadette families for your efforts to stay home and stay

Weekly Update

Update March 12, 2021

Pray, hope and don’t worry. ~ Saint Padre Pio Thank you to our St. Bernadette families for your efforts to stay home and stay healthy so we can be healthy and safe at school; Thank you to our community for following the Halton Public Health directives – updated information can be found at https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Information-and-Guidance; Thank

Final Change to Learning Environment Request Form Now OPEN

The final Change to Learning Environment Request Form is now OPEN. Request to Change Learning Environment  If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form. Important notes before you complete the online form:  You are asked to submit a separate form for each child.  You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request.

SPIRIT WEEK – March 15-19, 2021

Thank you to our St. Bernadette CES Ambassadors for planning our SPIRIT WEEK from March 15-19! It may not be March Break but it will be a great week full of SPIRIT! We hope you join us for the following theme days. Check out the poster Ms. Cvetkovic created – Spirit Week March 2021 Mismatch Monday – March

Parent Poll: Help Us Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year

We are currently in the early stages of planning for the next school year and are seeking your input to help us determine our staffing needs for September 2021. Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year Although we have not yet received direction from the Ministry of Education regarding what will be required of school boards

Weekly Update

Update March 5, 2021

I come as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope. ~ Pope Francis Thank you to our St. Bernadette families for ensuring you are using the Daily Screening Tool and following the Isolation Requirements as per the message below; Thank you to our community for following the Halton Public Health directives – updated

COVID-19 Testing for Schools

Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing for Schools

The Ontario Government is requiring school boards to offer voluntary, targeted COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students.  Who Can Be Tested? Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.   This voluntary testing is offered only for HCDSB students and staff who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).  At this time, this testing is not being offered to family members, but if this option

Halton Food for Thought Providing Healthy Snack Bags to all Students in Halton

Halton Food For Thought (HFFT), in partnership with Food for Life Halton, is providing Healthy Student Snack Bags to all students in Halton.  Weekly Healthy Student Snack Bags  Healthy Student Snack Bags contain a minimum of 3 nutritious snacks per student per school day. The snack bags contain both perishable and non-perishable food items – i.e., fresh fruit, granola

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