Monthly Archives: December 2019

St. Bernadette Newswire: Director’s Annual Report 2019

 

Please click here to view the Director’s Annual Report from Waterloo Catholic DSB.  It is a proud reflection of all of the incredible, inclusive, faith-filled work that characterizes our system day in and day out.  It celebrates our many accomplishments against our articulated goals from our Multi-Year Strategic Plan, which was renewed and launched in January of 2019. It bears witness to our strong relationships with parishes, parents and our community.

St. Bernadette Newswire: Christmas Concert

St. Bernadette Annual Christmas Concert for Kindergarten to Grade 8

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
The front door to the school will only open at 12:30 p.m. for entry into the gym.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents and students should be aware that those attending the event may take photographs or videos, which is beyond the control of the school or the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Families are requested not to upload images on social media sites for privacy reasons.

 No parking available on school property. We ask you to be mindful of City By-Laws when parking on side streets.

St. Bernadette Newswire: WCDSB Schools OPEN on Wed. Dec. 18th

WCDSB Schools OPEN on Wed., Dec. 18th

The potential one day strike announced by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) will not affect WCDSB elementary and secondary schools. Our school will be open as usual on Wednesday and running on a normal schedule.

St. Bernadette Newswire: Week At A Glance December 16 to 20th

Good evening BEARS Families and Friends,
This third week of Advent is focused on the theme of Preparing the Way of the Lord~Joy! At this time, we remember the need for patience in those awaiting the rebirth of Jesus in their hearts and lives.  To express our joy in the coming of Jesus as our Savior, we light the rose candle. Besides, this joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose coloured,’ and the ‘rose coloured’ vestments are often used at the Eucharist, because they represent a lightening of the dark violet of the rest of the penitential season of Advent. They remind us of the colour of the sky at the very brink of morning, when the sun is just beginning to come up. The horizon takes on a pale rose colour that gradually gets redder and brighter as the sun rises. For faithful Christians, life is like a “long sunrise,” and death is the entrance into the bright, “everlasting day” of eternal life.
The Vatican News https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2019-12/sunday-reflection-vatican-news0.html

The Umbrella Project Theme for the month of December is Cognitive Flexibility. Cognitive Flexibility is the ability to: change our strategies when we face new and unexpected conditions in the environment; solve problems in new situations; make sense of the unexpected; switch tasks easily; shift and change our thoughts as needed in a situation; and being able to think flexibly. This is a very important skill to master in order to be innovative. Cognitive Thinking is further explained in the video attached in the link below  https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/divergent-thinking/

What a spectacular performance it will be this Thursday afternoon.  Our students and staff will be entertaining the masses with their Christmas Concert.  All students will put on outstanding performances and should be proud of their hard work in learning their songs and dances. Thanks goes out to Ms. Bruni and Ms. Achenbach for her hard work in planning this great afternoon of music and dance, and to our teachers for their hard work in preparing our students. Please read the letter regarding our concert:  Christmas Concert 2019

Reminders/Announcements…..
1.  News from the Mill Courtland Centre:  Winter 2020 Newsletter MCCC
2. St. Bernadette Angel Tree Project and Christmas Food Drive 2019 … thank you for
your donations!  We are still accepting non-perishable food items.
3. Christmas Concert 2019
4. Happy Birthday Jesus – St. Joseph Catholic Church
5. Please check our lost and found for any missing items.
6. Our school will re-open on January 6th at 9:10 a.m.
7.  Our Grade 8s and parents are reminded about the upcoming
Grade 9 information night: SAVE the Date SMRY

 

St. Bernadette Newswire: Week At A Glance December 9th to 13th

Good evening BEARS Families and Friends,
This second week of Advent is focused on the theme of PEACE. When we light the second candle on our Advent Wreath, we are invited to call to mind the many ways the PEACE of the Lord is with us always.  In times when conflict, power and the fight for control dominate our daily discussions, invite PEACE into your heart.  Speak kindly. Love deeply. Forgive easily. Share PEACE with those around you so that we might make our families, community and world a better place to live.

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of December is Cognitive Flexibility. Cognitive Flexibility is the ability to: change our strategies when we face new and unexpected conditions in the environment; solve problems in new situations; make sense of the unexpected; switch tasks easily; shift and change our thoughts as needed in a situation; and being able to think flexibly. This is a very important skill to master in order to be innovative. Cognitive Thinking is further explained in the video attached in the link – Cognitive Flexibility 

Our annual  St. Bernadette Christmas Dinner 2019 is this Tuesday.  We are asking if you each student can bring $3.00 to help with the cost.  We look forward to this event where we can all sit down and enjoy the Christmas spirit.   Thank you to our Catholic School Advisory Committee for their support and ensuring this wonderful event always takes place.

Reminders/Announcements…..
1.  News from the Mill Courtland Centre:  Winter 2020 Newsletter MCCC
2.  St. Bernadette Christmas Dinner 2019
3. St. Bernadette Angel Tree Project and Christmas Food Drive 2019
4. Christmas Concert 2019

Have a great week!

St. Bernadette Newswire: WCDSB schools OPEN December 4th, 2019

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.

PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.