Monthly Archives: June 2020

St. Bernadette WCDSB Summer Programs

Headstart is a two day, Gr. 8 orientation program that offers students a sneak peek into the academic, physical and social realm of high school!  The program is still offered in-person with a reduced schedule, with COVID-19 cleaning protocols in effect. Headstart is offered Wednesday and ThursdayAugust 26/27 OR Monday and TuesdayAug 31/Sept 1. 

Learn to:

  • Open your lock / find your locker
  • Follow your timetable, find your classes and meet your new peers who will join you – ahead of time
  • Navigate around other parts of the school and how to access people resources
  • How to physical distance in a school setting
  • What does in-class, online and remote learning look like in a high school setting
  • Feel a part of a new school community before the first day of school

    NOTE: If the Ministry of Education, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and local Public Health authorities do not deem it safe to host this program, HeadStart could be cancelled with little notice.

Please visit the link below for further information and registration.  Students do not need to re-register if they have done so already.  Registration closes June 19th

Is your child currently in Grade 6, 7 or 8…. going into Grade 7, 8 or 9 this September?  Does your child need help with reading, writing, math and technology skills?  Are there gaps in their learning due to Covid-19 school closures?  Are they losing interest in school because they just aren’t doing as well as they used to?

Explore a free, 10-day learning journey to further develop their literacy and numeracy skills:

  • Coding
  • Writer’s Craft
  • Minecraft for Education
  • MathLibs
  • Google classroom

Summer Expedition 2020 won’t be as interactive as it would be in-person, however the learning will be fun and engaging and educational. Something NEW Every Day!

SUMMER EXPEDITION will start on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please visit the link below for further information and registration. Students do not need to re-register if they have done so already.  Registration closes June 19th.

Below is a link to all wcdsb summer programs.

Below is a link to all WCDSB summer programs.


St. Bernadette Newswire: Joanne Quirion Is Retiring

Good Evening,

It is with mixed emotions that I am letting our St. Bernadette Community know that our beloved Education Assistant Mrs. Quirion will be retiring at the end of this school year.  We are very sad to see her go but we are happy that she will now have more time to spend with her family.  Mrs. Quirion has devoted many years of service to our students, families and staff at St. Bernadette.  She has performed her duties with professionalism and dedication.   Her wonderful sense of family and her caring, considerate demeanor has enabled her to deal with happenings at our school.  She will truly be missed!

We hope Mrs. Quirion will continue to take care of our front gardens.  Mrs. Quirion has been instrumental for many years by offering her own time to ensure our front entrance looks inviting and beautiful for our students.  She takes much pride in this and it really shows.

There will be more information to follow as to how you can share your thoughts, stories and well-wishes for Mrs. Quirion.  For now, we want to let her know that we are so thankful for the opportunity to have her at our school,  we wish her the best in her next chapter and that we will miss her greatly in the halls of St. Bernadette.

St. Bernadette Newswire: Theresa Hawley is Retiring

Good Morning Bears!

It is with mixed emotions that I am letting our St. Bernadette Community know that our beloved Grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Hawley, will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Mrs. Hawley has been an invaluable part of the St. Bernadette team for many years, touching the lives of many students and families.  She has earned everyone’s respect and admiration for what she does each and every day – making it all look so easy!

There will be more information to follow as to how you can share your thoughts, stories and well-wishes for Mrs. Hawley.  For now, we want to let her know that we are so thankful for the opportunity to teach with her, we wish her the best in her next chapter and that we will miss her greatly in the halls of St. Bernadette!

Thank you Bears!



St. Bernadette Newswire: Family Pick Up Information of Student Belongings and Grade 8 Graduation

Good morning Bears;

As we embark on another week of distance learning, please know that many plans are being put in place to wrap things up for the school year.

Please find attached a letter regarding picking up your child(ren’s) belongings and required health protocols to ensure everyone’s safety.  Your family has been scheduled a time to come to the school.  Please note that some items in the coat rack area are not labelled and we ask you to check with your child(ren) if they have items that will need to be packed up as well.  If you are graduating or leaving St. Bernadette School, we would like to get any Chromebooks returned as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child(ren)’s teacher or myself.

St. Bernadette Parent Letter Regarding Personal Belongings

Also attached is the Graduation Letter for our Grade 8’s & their families: Graduates and Families Letter

Please reach out to your teachers or myself if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you on June 22nd or 24th.


St. Bernadette Newswire: Week 10 Update

Good Morning Bears,

On behalf of the St. Bernadette staff and myself, I hope that you and your families are safe, healthy and well during these continuing, different times of remote learning and remaining at home for school and work. Please continue to communicate with your classroom teachers. We all want our students and their families to be healthy, happy, and productive for the balance of this school year and into the summer months ahead. Please continue to visit WCDSB Learning at Home and WCDSB Website, where it continues to keep us updated on recent communications and resourceful information, including opportunities for summer learning.

Media reports recently remind us of our call to stand against the injustices that we see in our world today. We continue to strive towards a community that lives out our pastoral plan to be: People of Love, People of Hope and People of Faith. Please continue to hold close in your thoughts and prayers all in our community who are suffering during this time. Let us be sources of peace, comfort and healing to one another as we work together to create a world that is free from all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred.

Tomorrow a separate Newswire will come to you regarding picking up your child’s personal belongings including detailed Health and Safety protocols we must maintain. The notice will also be sent out to you in your child(ren)’s Google and D2L virtual platforms. As well, we can’t wait to celebrate with our grade 8 grads – virtually. A letter will also be sent to families regarding our graduation process tomorrow using the same communication method. Please ensure you look for it.

Remember, we still have 3 weeks left of school and we encourage you to continue engaging in your distance learning.  We want to ensure that learning can continue, so that when we are back to school, it is like we never left!  I realize it is a challenge with the current status of the school year, and the nice weather, but it is important!

Please stay safe, healthy and well. Best wishes with continued remote learning.
Mr. A. Simoes

Kindergarten Registration is STILL OPEN! Sign up for School Today!
Several years ago, the WCDSB established a very easy to use online pre-registration portal to make the registration process as convenient as possible. Parents of children scheduled to begin JK in September 2020 are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process as soon as possible. There will still need to be some in-person contact with the school, but that will be handled at an appropriate time after the COVIC-19 crisis has passed. For non-Catholic families wishing to register, please reach out to the Principal for a required interview process. Please CLICK HERE for all the information you need to start the registration process.

Please visit our NEW “Welcome to Kindergarten” website where you will find valuable information and resources. We look forward to beginning this journey with your child in Catholic education. See the following link Getting Ready For Kindergarten

Message From Our KPL Partners Regarding Summer Reading Club and Tween Summer Challenge.
Please see the attached flyer for the different offerings from the public libraries in the area.  For example, today at 3:30 there is a virtual event for Tween Minecraft (click on the link in the flyer)!  Check it out! SRC Flyer – 4 Libraries

St. Bernadette Newswire: June 6th CTV Presentation: WE Got This! Celebrating the Class of 2020!

Dear Graduates;

There will be a very special TV broadcast today (Saturday, June 6th, 2020) on CTV   WE Got This: Celebrating the Class of 2020  

The event will feature educational leaders, musicians, sports icons and celebrities, including host Lilly Singh, with special appearances by Selena Gomes, Nathalie Portman, Shawn Mendes, Jos Jonas, Shay Mitchell, the Muppets, Meghan Trainor, Alessia Cara, Winnie Harlow, Drew Scott, Linda Phan, Jonny Orlando, Arkells, JP Saxe, Julia Michaels, P.K. Subban, Jacob Tremblay, Brett Kissel and many more.

WE Celebrate Globe and Mail Preview

St. Bernadette Newswire: Summer Programs Update

Good afternoon Bears!

If you are in grade 8 and heading to high school, this WILL be of interest to you!  Please read the following information below in regards to credit-bearing summer courses!  Getting a credit now may open up another option for an elective course in the future!

“Bridges to Success – Your Future Begins Now” is going online.   H1F101 – Exploring Family Studies is a summer school course for Gr. 8 students entering Gr. 9.  Students can reach ahead to earn a Gr. 9 credit that counts towards their compulsory credits required for Graduation.  Normally offered as an in class, summer program, the course will be offered through distance online learning.

The link to register is: Registration closes June 19th.

Also, check out this link for information about the Head Start program!

If you’re in need of any additional information or have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Thank you!  Enjoy the beautiful day!

St. Bernadette Newswire: We Want To Hear From You

Thinking about our St. Bernadette school community, we are interested in learning about your thoughts, feelings and any questions about distance learning. Your participation is voluntary and your feedback will be very important in helping us at St. Bernadette to make sure that we are providing the needed supports for our students, staff and community members

Once you have shared your thoughts, you can “STAR” the thoughts of others.  You will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of others and assign ‘stars’ based on how much you agree:  5 strongly agree, 1 stronger disagree.  This helps us to determine which ideas are most important to the school community.  Please refrain from using any personal names or the comment will have to be removed.

We encourage you to respond to as many thoughts as possible and responses are anonymous.  All information gathered is strictly for Mr. Simoes.

This exchange will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.
Here is the link and only takes a few minutes to complete!

Many thanks for your participation!