Monthly Archives: October 2019

Umbrella Project – October Theme Empathy

The Umbrella Project is a wonderful school-wide program that teaches our students strategies to develop skills to encourage their overall well-being and to be resilient in life.  Yes, a little rain falls in our lives and when we have an umbrella (a set of strategies and life skills) to pop open to protect us from the rain, we endure and move through these bad weather moments with greater ease and resilience.

The first theme we will explore for the Umbrella Project for the month of October is Empathy, which was introduced to the students on September 30th. Empathy is defined as the ability to share and understand the feelings of another. This is an important skill for students to develop. Please see the attached article on how to help your child(ren) with this skill at home. 

Please see the attached letter from Dr. Jen introducing Empathy.  Empathy Parent Letter

Here is a video courtesy of Sesame Street explaining Empathy:

Remember to follow Dr. Jen on social media for information and parenting tips.

St. Bernadette Newswire: Schools are OPEN on Monday, October 7th, 2019

Great News! Schools open Monday

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools are OPEN on Monday,
October 7, 2019

As a result of the agreement reached between the government of Ontario, the Trustee’s Associations and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7th 2019 – all programs and services will continue running on their regular schedules.


St. Bernadette Newswire: Week At A Glance October 7th to 11th


Good Afternoon BEARS families and friends;

1.  As we begin the season of Thanksgiving, we are reminded of all the blessings God has given to us.  We are also reminded of the many that struggle to provide for their families.  Please consider giving generously to support our neighbours who are in need.  Here are some items that are in need:  pasta, macaroni and cheese, cereal, cans of tuna, chicken, pasta sauce, canned stew, canned pastas, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup, etc.
2. As many of you have heard, there is a possibility of a CUPE strike starting tomorrow, October 7th.  Please make sure to stay tuned to the latest information regarding the strike via the WCDSB’s Board Website at the following address:
3. Umbrella Theme for October: Empathy.  Please see the attached article on how to help your child(ren) develop empathy: }
4. At the last minute, more donations came in for our Terry Fox Walk/Run.  I am happy to announce some of our staff members will be receiving pie in the face!.  Yes we reached our goal of $700.00  Thank you for your support.
5.  Next week we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph.  Your son/daughter should have received the permission form.  Please return it to school: October 16th Bussing Thanksgiving Mass          October 16th Walking Thanksgiving Mass
6.  Attachments for you to review…. FamilyLanguageandLearningTemplate Fall 2019       Welcome_to_Kindergarten_Infographic_FINAL_ACCESS
7.  We are hoping to run a Mad Science Program for our students in Grades 1 to 6 over lunch hour.  Information was sent home about it.

Have a great week!


St. Bernadette Newswire: Potential CUPE Labour Action – STRIKE on Mon, Oct. 7th

Dear Bears Families:

In the event of a CUPE strike on Monday, October 7th, all school in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be closed.  Parents are asked to check their normal media outlets for notification as they would in the event of an inclement weather school closure.

Bus cancellations and school closures notices affecting the schools within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be given at 6:00 – 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

Please refer to the WCDSB website (, the WCDSB social media feed, or listen to the following radio stations for school closure information:

  • KFUN FM 99.5
  • KOOL FM 105.3
  • CKGL AM 570
  • CHYM FM 96.7
  • DAVE FM 107.5
  • CJOY “Magic” FM 106.1
  • CKWR FM 98.5
  • KICX FM 106.7
  • CKBT “The Beat” FM 91.5
  • FAITH FM 94.3
  • CTV – Southwestern Ontario

Please stay tuned!

St. Bernadette NewsWire:WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat – Oct 9th Cancelled

WCDSB "Called to Belong" Twilight Retreat – Oct 9th Cancelled

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the WCDSB “Called To Belong” Twilight Retreat.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the date below will be cancelled until further notice:

Kitchener – Wednesday, October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr. Kitchener, Ontario

Thanks for your understanding.
System Faith Formation Team

St. Bernadette Newswire: Interruptions

Good Morning

As you may be aware Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing workers across the province have begun a province -wide “work to rule” campaign beginning today.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our school and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of services has caused some disruption.  This includes interruptions with our Nutrition For Learning Program.  We can not promise the program will be offered every day during the work to rule campaign. Please ensure your child(ren) are well nourished in the morning.   In addition, our staff adult crossing guard in front of our school will not be available to support our students crossing the street prior to the beginning of school and the end of school until further notice. Please be aware the school buzzer may not be monitored at all times.  This may result in delay in entry.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hope a freely negotiated agreement will be in place.