St. Bernadette School 1060 White Clover Way, Mississauga, Ontario L5V 1 K9

St. Bernadette School
1060 White Clover Way,
Mississauga, Ontario L5V 1 K9
TEL: 905 501 9498 FAX: 905 501 9501
"Faith, Discipline, Excellence"
O C T O B E R ,
2 0 1 3
M.J. Vowles
M. Trigiani
It is good to begin school in Autumn
When farmers are bringing in their harvest of good
things to eat.
Just as the work of the farmer
has produced fruit,
So our work in this school will bring us
The nourishment of God’s word.
D. Amaral
905 890 1221
Peter Ferreira
[email protected]
God, our Creator, you provide
food for our bodies,
Ideas for our minds,
and your love for our hearts.
Bless the fruit that we share
As a symbol of the time and
Friendship that we will share during this
Thanksgiving time.
Be with us now and forever.
St. Martins of Tours Church
Fr. J. Pottackal
905 279 5742
C.S.C. Co-Chairs:
P. Gaspari
J. DeCosta
School Hours
8:30 - School Entry
10:30- Recess
11:00-Kindergartden Dismissal
11:30 - Lunch
12:30 -Afternoon Start
3:00 Dismissal
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The month of September has flown by. We were fortunate to have very little reorganization at St. Bernadette School. Our Kindergarten registration was sufficient to allow for an additional Kindergarten class in
the morning. We were lucky to welcome back Ms. Azevedo to the role of Kindergarten teacher. She is also
teaching planning time subjects on two afternoons. Students in all the classes are hard at work. We want
to thank you for the important role you play in their education. Each day you receive communication in the
agenda. You support your children and the school by reading over the agenda each evening and ensuring
homework is complete. Thank you for setting aside time in your very busy schedules for this important role.
It is in working together that your child will maximize their success in school.
Your cooperation and patience have eased the transition to the locked doors that now keep students safer.
Though sometimes inconvenient it limits access to strangers. When you come in or leave the school please
ring the doorbell located beside the door. It may take a few minutes to respond if we are occupied. Thank
you to the parents who drop off lunches on the lunch table by 11:15. This ensures are sitting in their seats
and ready to begin eating at 11:30. Students are not allowed to head out the doors to pick up lunches.
Remember you are always welcome to take your child home for lunch. Just put a note in your child’s
Our Catholic School Council met for the first time on October 2, 2013. We have a wonderful team that plan
events for our students and their families. Please consider becoming involved in the council, “many hands
makes for light work”.
As we approach Thanksgiving let us each take a moment to appreciate all the gifts God has given us. We
have so much to be thankful for here in Canada: religion, freedom, education, health care, opportunity.
Take an afternoon to appreciate the Fall colours as a family. Enjoy a walk at a local park. Have a very
Happy Thanksgiving.
We congratulate and
welcome our new Associate Director Sheila
MacWatters who was appointed to her new position in
June 2013. We wish Mrs. McWatters all the best as we
continue to be blessed with her guidance and wisdom.
The Fall is a time when weather changes a great deal. Some
days begin cold and get extremely hot while others begin with
sun and suddenly change to rain. Please be sure to include a
windbreaker and sweater with your child’s knapsack each
day. A raincoat is also a great idea for this time of year.
Monthly we will celebrate and showcase virtues at the Virtue Assemblies. In the October assembly we will highlight the Virtue of
Faith and introduce our monthly focus: the Virtue of Empathy.
We are always in need of volunteers accompany us on trips and
to assist or supplement the excellent work and teaching that occurs at our school. You may wish to volunteer by helping our
Catholic School Council with pizza days or fundraisers. You may
want to read with children or assist on class trips. All volunteers
now require an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check even for
trips. Please pick up a CRC application form at the office.
If your child is going to be
away or ill please contact the
school and leave a message.
When your child returns to school he/she should feel well
enough to participate in all school activities including recess.
In accordance with Ministry regulations, three fire drills are
conducted in the Fall and three in the Spring each school
year. While we hope that a real fire situation never arises,
this practice helps prepare students in the event of a real fire.
In addition, our School Board has established lockdown procedures should a high risk incident involving weapons occur
in the school, or on school property, that could endanger the
lives and safety of students and staff. We have practiced both
Emergency Lockdown Procedures and fire drills with students.
Thank you to parents who send their children daily with lunches.
For the few times your child “forgets” his or her lunch please drop
off lunches labeled with your child’s name on the lunch table before 11:15 a.m. This ensures your child will have enough time to
eat before heading out for recess at 11:50.When packing your
child’s lunch remember we are promoting “Healthy Schools”.
Please refer to the attached Canada Food Guide to assist your
child with making nutritious choices.
Our Thanksgiving Mass will take place on Tuesday, October 8th
at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
Please remind your child of the importance of silence in both
procedures so alternate instructions can be heard.
Please note that the DPCDSB has purchased the rights to Britannica Online. Students, staff and parents can access this electronic
resource either from the school or at home via username and
password which will be sent home with your child in the form of a
Britannica bookmark.
This resource has been made available through our Board’s Library Information site located at
Please ensure the school has updated information with regards to emergency contacts and phone numbers.
Dates To Remember
Oct. 3:
Oct. 4:
Oct. 8:
Oct. 9:
Oct. 10:
Oct. 11:
Oct. 14:
Oct. 15:
Gr. 5, am Scientists in School
Gr. 6, am Scientists in School
9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Mass in gym
Gr. 4, am. Scientists in School
Pyjama day (bring a non-perishable item)
9:00 a.m. Assembly for Chocolate Drive
Pizza Day Starts
P.A. Day, no school for students
Thanksgiving Day, school is closed
Gr. 2, am Scientists in School
Gr. 7, pm Scientists in School
Oct. 16: Gr. 8, am Scientists in School
Gr. 1, pm Scientists in School
Oct. 17: Gr. 3, am Scientists in School
Oct. 23: Sub Day
Oct. 29: Picture Retake Day
Oct. 31: Halloween
Nov. 1: All Saints Day
Nov. 2: All Souls Day
Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10: Confirmation Rite of
Enrollment @ St. Martin of Tours Parish
Although it may seem early in the school year, we would like to
bring to your attention a problem which occurs from time to time
in each school. This problem is an infestation by head lice also
known as pediculosis. Unfortunately, head lice has become
common throughout North America in humans for centuries.
They are in no way connected with poor hygiene or dirt. Anyone can become infested. In order to control these pests we
will follow these procedures and request your full cooperation
and understanding. If cases are found in the classroom, we
shall inform the parents of that class. Also, if there are siblings
then their classes will be informed too. We would ask that you
check your children’s hair and if you find them to be infested
please notify the school and we will advise as to treatment. If a
child is infested he/she will be kept out of school until they have
been treated with the correct shampoo and they’re entirely clear
of both lice and nits (eggs). Information on head lice may also
be obtained from your family doctor or pharmacist.
Clubs, teams and intramural activities for the 2013/2014school
year have been planned. Intermediate volleyball, junior and intermediate cross country, and choir are currently well underway.
Students should listen to morning announcements regarding
information meetings and signing up for tryouts.
On Friday September 27, 2013, the staff and students of St.
Bernadette School walked in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. Our annual Terry Fox walk always generates a lot of excitement and support. Students walked through the neighbourhood to bring forward cancer awareness and to raise funds for
cancer research. A special thank you to all the parents that
were able to volunteer and walk with us.
We will be holding our annual food drive of non perishable
items. These will be donated to St. Martin of Tours parish to
support the needs of our community. We will also be holding a
pyjama day on Wednesday, October 9. Students are asked to
contribute a non-perishable food items to support this cause.
Consider sending these much needed items.
Cold Cereal
Canned kids pasta (Chef Boy-r-Dee,
Condensed Soup
Chunky Soup
Instant Coffee
Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, Salad dressing, salsa,
BBQ sauce etc.
Juice ( large cans or bottles)
Toilet paper, paper towels
Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, toothpaste
We thank you in anticipation of your kindness and generous
spirit that is so often found amongst all of us at St. Bernadette.
In keeping with the excitement of the time students in the
Primary grades JK-3 may decide to wear a costume on October 31. Students should be able to remove the costume at
recess for safe-keeping. For safety, students may not
wear masks or carry weapons. Students in Junior/
Intermediate grades are encouraged to wear black & orange.
Students activities for the day will be linked to Halloween/
All Saints/All Souls theme.
Halloween is just around the corner. In school we will remind
students about the safety rules so that they can both enjoy
the evening and stay safe and well. Here are some suggestions to keep it safe for all our children.
Choose brightly coloured costumes
Use face paint instead of masks
Plan a safe route with child
Remind your child of road safety rules
Accompany your children
Remind children not to enter homes
Check the treats before allowing your
Children to eat them
In addition, we will also be stressing the fact that the most important aspect of our activities at this time of year is the celebration of two Feast Days. On November 1st, we honour All Saints
Day and we are encouraged to pray that we might emulate their
example in our daily lives. On the following day, November 2nd,
we remember all those who have gone before us in faith by celebrating the Feast of All Souls. Again we are reminded that while
those who have died are out of sight, they are not out of mind or
beyond our prayers.
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Even when it may appear to be insignificant, we inform parents of all reported head injuries that happen
at school. We do this in recognition of the potential
danger of any injury involving the head area. Our
intent is not to alarm you, but to keep you informed.
Please remind your child to let a staff member know if
they bump their head or if they get hurt at school.
Your child’s safety is our number one priority.
The Scholastic book fair is returning to St. Bernadette. The book fair will
begin on Tuesday, November 5th and end on Friday, November 8th. We
will be hosting a Family Event Night, where you and your family can enter
a draw to win $25 in book fair merchandise. The family event night will be
on Thursday, November 7th from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then will re-open
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering for the book fair, please contact Ms.
Silveira at the school, (905) 501-9498. Just a gentle reminder, all volunteers must have a current criminal reference check.
Book fair dates and times:
Tuesday, November 5th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 7th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, November 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The book fair will be closed at all recesses and lunches. Thank you very
much for your continued support.
We are always looking for dedicated parent volunteers to make our Kiss ‘n
Ride program run smoothly. We want to ensure a safe arrival and departure for our students. We want to thank the parents that use the Kiss ‘n
Ride for following the guidelines as set out in the September newsletter.
Please remember to pull right up to the front before allowing your child
(ren) to get out of the car. Also students must exit their car from the right
side only. Children must have their knapsacks and belongings with them,
they should not be getting things from the vehicle’s trunk as this is not only
unsafe, but also slows down the process. If you are using the Kiss ‘n Ride
in the morning or the afternoon, it is imperative that you never leave your
car unattended. Please do not idle your car. Please note that the
morning Kiss ’n Ride program will not begin before supervision begins in
the yard at 8:15 a.m. The safety of our students is our number one concern!
The first meeting of the St. Bernadette School Council was held on
Wednesday October 2, 2013.
We are pleased to announce our council members:
Chair: Paola Gaspari
Co chair: Jesse DeCosta
Treasurer: Cristina Manudoc
Parent Rep: Sandra DeCosta
There are openings for additional members. Please consider becoming
involved in our council. We continue to welcome new members and have
positions we that would benefit from your support.
The meetings for this year will be:
Wednesday October 2, 2013 (already taken place)
Wednesday November 27th, 2013
Wednesday January 29, 2013
Wednesday April 23, 2013
St. Bernadette School is happy to Introduce Barracuda Bites! Starting October 7 at 1:40pm daily, we will
be selling healthy snacks. If you are hungry and need a
Children will love this twist on a favourite food. Play it up!
boost to get you through the afternoon bring your
money. Our Barracuda Bites store will be offering
healthy snacks such as milk, cheese, popcorn, and
cookies. Everything is under $ 2.00. Barracuda Bites
will be in Room 104 and open for business every day!
New items for sale will be advertised in the school on
posters and our store sign so be on the lookout. Swing
on by and boost your belly!
1 small whole wheat pita (about 4 inch / 10 cm diame-
1½ tbsp (22 mL) light spreadable cream cheese, plain or
¼ cup (50 mL) chopped fresh fruit (blueberries, bananas, cantaloupe, apples, grapes)
Toast pita on light setting.
Spread with cream cheese.
Top with fresh fruit. Cut in pieces and serve.
Lunch Expectations
Students are to remain in their own classrooms
Students are to remain seated while eating and drinking.
Students are to eat and drink quietly.
Students need to raise their hand and ask permission to
get up from their seat for any reason.
Students must have permission from the adult on duty to
go to the washroom 3-5 minutes prior to the bell, only when
given permission (at the end of lunchtime) students will
clean desks, throw out garbage, tuck in chairs, get dressed
appropriate to the weather and line up in the classroom
Students are to remain in the classroom/hall until dismissed
by the teacher/lunch monitor.
Inclement Expectations
Students are to remain in their
own classrooms.
Students are to remain seated and play activities.
Students are to use quiet voices.
Students are not to be eating at recess time.
Students are to raise hands and ask permission to go to
the washroom or to get up for any reason.
Nutritional information per serving
Calories: 147
Protein: 5.4 g
Fat: 5 g
Saturates: 3 g
Dietary Cholesterol: 13 mg
Carbohydrate: 22 g
Dietary Fibre: 5 g
Sodium: 216 mg
Potassium: 113 mg
Nadine Day is a registered dietitian specializing in menus for
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