Monthly Archives: February 2020

St. Bernadette Newswire: Buses and Taxis Are Cancelled Today

Good Morning,
Due to current and expected weather conditions, all school buses and taxis are cancelled today. St. Bernadette school is OPEN today however there will be no transportation available for our students in the morning and afternoon.  Our extended day program is OPEN.

To receive alerts regarding delays and cancellations to your email address or via text message find instructions to enroll online at

Thank you


Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 – Pink Shirt Day – Lift Each Other Up

From its humble beginnings in 2007 in small-town Nova Scotia, Pink Shirt Day has spread across the globe as a way to simply encourage us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people. Last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.

On February 26, 2020, we encourage everyone at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to practice kindness and wear pink to school or work to symbolize unity in inclusion. The focus for 2020 is “lift each other up.”

St. Bernadette NewsWire: Thank You Volunteers and Catholic School Advisory Council!

One pancake, two pancake, three pancake . . . 700 pancakes served (2/student)!  This enormous challenge was accepted and met by the wonderful volunteers in our St. Bernadette school community!  Our students were fed and smiling, and our kitchen was cleaned up by 12:00 p.m.  

Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, a time of going without indulgences so that we may prayerfully remember Jesus’ sacrifice. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent.  

As Lent begins tomorrow, our Catholic School Advisory Council has maintained its tradition of cooking and serving pancakes to all students on the morning on February 25 in celebration of Shrove Tuesday.  We thank the many parent volunteers that made this day so successful!

Thank you to those that continued to support our eco-initiative and brought in their own reusable plate!

Well done BEARS!

St. Bernadette Newswire: Week At A Glance February 24th to 28th

Good afternoon Bears Families:

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of February is Purpose. Please read the article attached in the following link to learn more about this important Umbrella Skill:

This year, we will be offering our school community a yearbook which will be a wonderful keepsake from this school year.  The price of the yearbook is set at this time $15.00 and will contain thirty six pages full colour.  The price may be lowered with additional revenue generated from donors and advertising.  At this time, we have begun our Yearbook colouring contest.  We are encouraging our students to enter.  For more information about the contest, open the following link: Colouring Contest 2020

1.  There is none for this week.

St. Bernadette Newswire: Shrove Tuesday, February 25th

Dear Parent/Guardians,

This Tuesday, February 25th, parent volunteers will be serving pancakes to the entire school for Shrove Tuesday.  Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.  Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration and day to feast before Lent starts.

It has been a tradition at our school for many years, we have begun the Lenten season by preparing this special treat.  Pancakes will be served with syrup.  Each class will be invited into the gym , where students will be served at different times of the morning.  The pancakes are a “treat” not a lunch replacement.  Students who bring a lunch to school need to bring a lunch on this day as well.  If you child has an allergy to pancake mix and/or syrup, please be sure to inform their classroom teacher to make alternate arrangements.

We are asking all students to bring in a reusable plate/container and utensils for their pancakes.  By reducing the amount of garbage, we can continue to be stewards of the environment.

We are looking forward to another delicious pancake morning for the students to enjoy.  Thank you to our volunteers including Mike O’Toole and Lisa McKay (coordinators) for continuing this wonderful school activity!

St. Bernadette NewsWire: WCDSB Newswire: Schools Closed Fri., Feb. 21 and Mon., Feb. 24

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA)
has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.  

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24th.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced job actions will remain in effect before and after February 24th.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

St. Bernadette Newswire: Week At A Glance February 17th to 21st

Good Evening Bears Families:
I hope you and your family had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the time with loved ones.

Our community is invited to attend  Parent Night Flyer    which will be held on Thursday, February 20th at St. Anne Catholic School in Kitchener beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Learn more about the Umbrella Skills from Dr. Jen Forrestal. If you will be attending please send an email to for number purposes. 

Kindergarten Registration has begun.  For more information please review the following letter: Kindergarten Registration 2020.

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St. Bernadette Newswire: Report Cards

Good Morning,

We hope you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying your Family Day together.

The following is a correction to the memo that you received in your child’s report card(s);

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Enclosed is your child’s report card, which is an important reflection of the work done throughout the school year, and the mark, learning skills and teacher comments traditionally give us a fulsome picture about a student’s learning.

In early January, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) directed its members to withdraw certain administrative services due to the failure to reach a new collective agreement with the government of Ontario. OECTA’s direction to their members includes the following:

  • OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills.
  • Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
  • Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
  • OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.

You will notice that the report card your child has brought home reflects these directives.  With that said, Our teachers remain committed to the WCDSB’s strategic direction to nurture a culture of innovation and foster maximum opportunity for success for all. Reporting student achievement (of which report cards are one component) is the result of thoughtful and ongoing assessment and evaluation practices. Teachers continue to display professionalism in this regard and value your role and partnership.

We would encourage you to please read the report card, with care, along with your child, and discuss how it might foster goal-setting as the school year progresses. We join you in hoping for a speedy resolution to the current labour situation.


Albert Simoes, Principal

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