Monthly Archives: January 2021

Support for Learners Government Grant

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Provincial government is providing parents and guardians with financial support to help with additional cost during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID- 19.  Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of :

$200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12

$250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

Use the link below to access the government application form

PD day – Tomorrow Friday Jan. 22- No school for students

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I wish to remind you that tomorrow, Friday Jan. 22  is a PD day for teachers.  There will be no classes for all students.   Teachers will be involved in Professional Development activities and will not be available on line.  Virtual instruction will continue on Monday Jan. 25th.


Vic Longo – Principal

St. Isidore Virtual School Registration Jan. 26th- Jan. 29th

Attention Parents and Guardians,

I wish to provide a reminder for registering your child for the St. Isidore (virtual School).   Registration opens on Jan.2 6th and closes on Jan. 29th.  If you wish for your child to transfer into the virtual school you must make your request during this time period.  You can register by going to the WCDSB website and using the posted link.  The link will not be open until the 26th.


There will be another reminder sent to you on the 26th.



Vic Longo- Principal

Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021

WCDSB is now welcoming Kindergarten Registrations

CHILDREN BORN IN 2017 are eligible for Year 1 of the Kindergarten Program and CHILDREN BORN IN 2016 are eligible for Year 2 of the Kindergarten Program.

On-line Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year is available for all new families within the St. Bernadette school boundary as of January 2021The parent/legal guardian of the child registering for Kindergarten is asked to visit our Waterloo Catholic District School Board website at to register their child(ren) for Kindergarten. Click on the tab at the top of your screen that says, “Register” and then scroll down and select “Kindergarten Registration”.  Upon completion of the online registration, please call our school at 519-743-1541 to complete the registration process with our school  Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Ciupa.


Vic Longo – Principal

Week at a Glance

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know we are not returning to school until the 27th of January due to the Provincial government’s announcement extending the school closure for face to face instruction.  Virtual/remote learning will continue.  Please make sure that your child logs onto their teacher’s google classroom each day.  The teachers are providing live instruction as well as giving students assignments and activities to complete.   This is valuable learning time and students are required to participate in daily lessons.  Teachers are available to support their students throughout the school day.   Chromebooks are available for borrowing should families need one.  They must be returned to the school once face top face in school instruction begins.

We are very proud of our students for their commitment and hard work during this challenging time.  It is amazing how they have adapted and shown resilience.    The teachers and staff continue to show their commitments to your children.  Please reach out to them if you have any questions.

Please remember that teachers are taking attendance at the beginning of each of the day 9:10am and 12:55 pm. IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ATTENDING, PARENTS NEED TO CALL THE SCHOOL TO REPORT THE ABSENCE AND INDICATE THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE.



Vic  Longo – Principal






January Umbrella Skills Resilience


Resilience is a skill and takes practice.

Over time everyone will face obstacles and difficulties: it’s part of life.  Resilience allows us to adapt or even feel stronger and happier after these times.

Resilience is…

  • The ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after something bad happens.
  • Responding and adapting to adversity on positive and healthy ways
  • Bouncing back from hardship as a stronger more resourceful person
  • The ability to keep going in the face of challenges
  • Dealing with disruptive life events in a way that provides us with additional coping skills that we didn’t have prior to the event
  • Adapting well to challenge and new situations

The difference between Grit and Resilience

Grit is the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals.   Grit is about sustained, consistent effort toward a goal even when we struggle, falter, or temporarily fail.  Resilience is the ability to bounce back after we have struggled, faltered, or failed.

What Research tells us about Resilience

  1.  Helps us graduate from school
  2. Allows us to see bad times as temporary
  3. Prevents us from feeling like a victim
  4. Helps us to manage pressures positively
  5. Improves life satisfaction
  6. Increases our feelings of self worth



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