Fair Day Friday!

Bruin Press September 24 2019 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT


Message From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to give thanks for the many blessings that have been showered on this amazing community. Over 40 families and friends donated to SBS on North Texas Giving Day, providing funds that directly support campus initiatives. Bingo was also a huge success! This was evident in the smiles and laughter heard throughout the packed room all evening. The Parish Carnival was an incredibly successful event - beautiful weather, lively music, fun games, and delicious food combined to make a perfect day. A special thanks to Lino Gonzales, the Carnival Committee Chair, and the other dedicated volunteers for their time and endless energy. They worked many hours behind the scenes to make this day special for everyone in attendance. The annual School Mass completed the week and served as a spiritual and visual reminder of the work of Catholic schools in teaching and guiding each student toward God.

We are truly blessed.

Again, thank you to all the volunteers that work tirelessly to support our school and parish. May God bless you.


Laurie Senecal, M.Ed., LDT, CALT


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School


Tuesday, Sep. 24th - 6-9 PM, Smoky Rose - Mom's Night Out

Wednesday, Sep. 25th - 8 AM, Cafeteria - Coffee & Conversation with the Principal

Thursday, Sep. 26th - 8 AM - School Mass, led by 3rd Grade - St. Vincent de Paul; Christian Witness Awards & Teacher Commissioning for Ministry Pledge

Friday, Sep. 27th - HALF DAY, Dismissal at 12:10 - Fair Day; Bear's Den closes at 3:00 PM


Tuesday, Oct. 1st - Tuesday Night Bites - Spring Creek Barbecue (Mesquite)

Thursday, Oct. 3rd - 9 AM, Back Parking Lot - Blessing of the Pets

Saturday, Oct. 5th - Bubb Recycling Day

Monday, Oct. 7th - 6:00-7:30 PM, St. Rita School - Catholic High School Preview Night

Monday, Oct. 7th - 6:30 PM, Location TBD - Dad's Club Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 9th - Friday, Oct. 11th - 8th Grade Pines Trip

Friday, Oct. 11th - NO SCHOOL, end of 1st Quarter

Saturday, Oct. 12th - 7:00 - 11:00 PM, KC Club - H&S Parent Social


Mom’s Night Out - Tuesday, September 24th

Mom, you deserve a night off after a busy weekend. Come join other SBS Moms at the Smoky Rose tonight from 6 - 9 PM for $5 drinks and appetizers, a cozy spot on the patio, and plenty of laughter. We'll have a Spanish-themed event to celebrate Spanish Heritage Month, and we'll even provide some free appetizers! With luck, homework and dishes will all be done by the time you get home...

It's not too late to RSVP - see below

Moms' Night Out

Tuesday, Sep. 24th, 6pm

8602 Garland Road

Dallas, TX

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Tuesday Night Bites at Spring Creek Barbecue (Mesquite) - Tuesday, October 1st

Who doesn't love Texas barbecue? Spring Creek Barbecue is hosting our Tuesday Night Bites next Tuesday, and it's a big deal! They will donate 20% of all sales from 5 - 9 PM to our school if at least 15% of our student body attends. In addition, the class with the highest attendance will receive a prize package including a tee shirt, cup, pen, and $10 gift card for the teacher and all students (even those not in attendance).

Spring Creek Barbecue does ask for 2 volunteers to pass bread to guests in 30 minute shifts throughout the time period (a total of 16 volunteers). However, all volunteers will receive a free meal and a gift card, which is a pretty sweet deal. We will be posting a sign-up genius for volunteer slots, so be on the lookout and sign up quickly!

Blessing of the Pets - Thursday, October 3rd

Fido and Fluffy get their chance to come to school on Thursday, October 3rd, for the ever-popular Blessing of the Pets, as we celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. This event will take place after Mass in the back parking lot of the school. Please bring your pets on leashes or in cages, so as not to overwork God's grace.

Save the date

Parent Social - Saturday, October 12th

The Parent Social is approaching quickly! It will be held at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, October 12th, from 7 - 11 PM, and we can promise it will be a great time. The theme is 70s Disco Night, with a costume contest, so start preparing those outfits. In addition to a spaghetti dinner and drinks, there will be a live DJ, dancing, and photo booth for entertainment, as well as raffles and prizes. And the silent auction will feature a membership to the KC pool!

Cost for the social is only $35/person. Buy your tickets in the front office or contact Cindy Coronado at cindybustillos@att.net or 214-621-6386.

Remember, this event is adults only - you must be over 21 to attend. So line up your babysitter!

SBS Golf Tournament - Friday, October 25th

The 5th Annual SBS Community Golf Tournament is only a month away, and it's time to mark your calendar, assemble your groups, and secure your sponsorships! We have a large number of sponsorship opportunities this year, including the Student Recognition sponsorship - showcase your student's name and picture on one of our hole signs! Non-golfers, don't be left out - there are other opportunities to be involved in the Golf Tournament. See the website below for details and registration information.



Coffee and Conversation with the Principal - Wednesday, September 25th

Haven't met the new principal yet? Need your morning coffee and pastry fix? Combine the two tomorrow morning and stop by the SBS Cafeteria after morning drop-off. Principal Senecal will be available to meet parents and chat informally, answer questions, or listen to thoughts you may have about this academic year. She is looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Special Mass this Thursday, September 26th

Acknowledging that all human wisdom and knowledge has God at its source, teachers in Catholic schools are tasked with putting faith into practice, both inside the classroom and within God’s entire classroom—their communities.

Jesus commissioned his disciples after his death and resurrection, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). He linked teaching to service of all humanity, and as a result, ministry was born.

When Catholic school teachers are commissioned, they are publicly authorized and affirmed as ministers of the Church: forming God’s people in faith, promoting academic excellence, and guiding students along the path to heaven. Please join us in praying for all the teachers of St. Bernard’s School as they accept their role as witnesses to the Gospel inside and outside the classroom. Also, at the end of Mass we will be awarding the Christian Witness Award to one student in each class.

Below is the pledge that the teachers will give at the end of the homily:

~As Ministers in Catholic Schools, we will~

  • Forgive others and each other—be reconciling
  • Recognize the value that each person has—be thirsty for justice
  • Accept human frailty—be respectful of the weak, and raise up the hesitant
  • Open our eyes to the good in each student and family~ we are not blinded to love
  • Pull the broken toward us—be agents of healing and compassion
  • Not reject what we do not understand—we are open to the possibility of learning another’s ways
  • Be servant leaders: charitable, responsive, involved, and committed to the greater good
  • And always give primacy to peacemaking: loving others without resentment, and with a constructive spirit.

Bear's Den Early Release This Friday, September 27th

As Friday is an early release day, Bear's Den will close at 3:00 PM. Please send a lunch with your child Friday if they will be attending Bear's Den. Thank you!

Fair Day Tickets

Fair Day is Friday, and free student tickets will be going home this week, so check your student's backpack! Remember, too, that Friday is a half day, so pick-up is at 12:10, giving plenty of time to get to Opening Day at the Fair and enjoy the food, games, and rides!

North Texas Giving Day Update

Thank you to all the donors who contributed to SBS during North Texas Giving Day! All donors of $100 or more were entered into a raffle for two Gala tickets on Feb. 22nd at the Anatole. And the lucky winner is...........MONICA ANDERSON!

Thank you, Monica, for your donation, and congratulations on winning the Gala tickets!

NTGD Raffle for two free gala tickets

Carnival Raffle Ticket Update

The final tallies are in, and 4th Grade finished strong to win the class pizza and ice cream party. In addition, 4th Grader Max Nady won the individual award in a landslide for selling the most tickets, and was awarded the $200 Visa gift card and the Championship belt at the Potluck Dinner. Who will take the title belt away from him come Gala? We shall see...

The Carnival Ticket winner was announced at last week's H&S Potluck. There was also a prize for the class with the highest attendance at the Potluck Dinner, and the winning class was...Mrs. Appelman's 4th grade! THEY ARE KILLING IT THIS YEAR! They will be awarded with a pajama day. Date to be announced soon.

In addition, our 2nd grade student Elizabeth Neifert sold the 5th place winning ticket in the Raffle. Congratulations to all the winners!


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Sports Concession Booth Sign-Up

St. Bernard's is hosting volleyball games this weekend! We will need volunteers for this coming Saturday, September 28th, from 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM to man the concession stand. We are really short-handed, and rely on our parent volunteers. And the kids definitely look forward to an open concession stand!! Please help if you are able.


Cross Country

In preparation for the season, coach DD Gonzales took her cross country team to view the movie "Overcomer." A Christian movie about faith, forgiveness, and redemption, it centers on a basketball coach reluctantly coaching cross country, and the asthmatic teen girl pushing her limits to compete. A truly inspirational movie, it was the perfect lesson for our young athletes about attitude, hard work, and overcoming obstacles.

Fortified by the message of "Overcomer," our team is ready for its first meet this weekend! We have been practicing hard, so come on out and cheer us on. The meet starts around 7:30 AM, or as soon as the sun is up, at Norbuck Park. Run like the wind, Bruins!

September 28th, Norbuck Park

Flag Football

The Flag Football Team defeated St. Patrick 20 - 18 on Sunday to open their season - and the DPL flag football program. Our game was the first ever DPL flag football game, and DPL photographers were on hand to document the historic event. Great job, boys!

NEXT GAME: St. Joseph (Away) - Sunday 9/29/19, 2:30 PM - JPII High School

Boys Football

While the Boys Football Team lost to a more experienced St. Monica team on Sunday, they continue to improve and really played quite well. Thanks to all who came out to Bishop Lynch to support them!

NEXT GAME: Christ the King (Home) - Sunday 9/29/19, 2:00 PM - Bishop Lynch

Girls Volleyball - 7th Grade

The 7th Grade Volleyball team played St. Paul on Saturday, winning 2 of 3 sets to claim the victory. Next week's games will be the start of conference play, and will be held here at St. Bernard's, so come on out and cheer on the team!

NEXT GAMES: St. Thomas (Home) - Sat. 9/28/19, 9:00AM - St. Bernard Gym

Bishop Dunne (Home) - Sat. 9/28/19, 2:00 PM - St. Bernard Gym

Girls Volleyball - 8th Grade

The 8th Grade Volleyball team played a strong St. Joseph team on Saturday in a well-fought game, ultimately losing the third set and the game. Next week's game will be the opening of conference play for the 8th grade team.

NEXT GAME: Christ the King D2 (Away) - Sat. 9/28/19, 3:00 PM - CKS Gym


¿Habla Español?

Spanish classes have been a lot of fun this year with our new Spanish teacher. Here is what Mrs. Baldock has to say about Spanish at St. Bernard's:

"During Spanish class, I have been interviewing my students and featuring each of them as “La persona especial del dia.” After each interview, we write a summary about the person in Spanish on a large piece of paper and then display it on one of the walls in my room. The other students in the class also copy the summary into their Interactive Notebooks.

This week the students learned about the significance of 16 de septiembre (Independence Day in Mexico). They learned that on September 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo rallied “the troops” against brutal Spanish rule and so began the Mexican Revolution which ultimately lasted for eleven years. Students learned how the holiday is celebrated in Mexico, beginning with the President ringing the bell, just as Father Hidalgo did over two hundred years ago. As a class, we wrote a brief summary about 16 de septiembre and again, the students copied it into their Interactive Notebooks in Spanish.

As the year progresses, students will learn more about the Spanish culture. We will learn using Comprehensible Input, which research shows to be the best approach to learning a second language. Please ask your children to share what they are learning with you and reiterate how valuable it is for them to be learning a second language! I realize that some of them have come to school with a strong grasp on Spanish already, but I hope that learning to read and write it will be something they learn to do well during my class. They are also leaders during class, as their non-Spanish speaking peers tend to rely on them heavily!"


Liz Baldock, Spanish and Technology Teacher

Liz Baldock is the Spanish and Technology teacher for all SBS students this year. She is so excited about starting her 30th year of teaching by being at St. Bernard this year! Mrs. Baldock grew up in Brownsville, Texas, where she learned Spanish while attending twelve years of Catholic school at St. Mary's and St. Joseph Academy. She earned her degree in Elementary Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. She and her husband, Grady, raised a son, Hayden, and daughter, Ellie, in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. They moved to Dallas three years ago and now live in Lake Highlands. Grady is the Director of Technology for St. Rita Catholic Church and School and they are members of St. Rita Parish. The Baldocks are expecting their first grandbaby at the beginning of December and couldn't be more thrilled, especially since son Hayden and daughter-in-law Megan only live six blocks away from them! Mrs. Baldock is enjoying working with and getting to know everyone at St. Bernard.


What would be your dream vacation, and with whom would you share it?

My dream vacation would be to go to any beach in the South Pacific or along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I would go with Mrs. Senecal and her sister, Lynda. We would do nothing but lay on the beach for at least a week, eat delicious food, and laugh from sun-up until sundown!

Do you have an item on your bucket list you would like to share with us?

One thing on my bucket list is to walk the Camino de Santiago beginning in France and ending in Santiago de Compostela. I want to walk it with my sweet husband in the summertime when the weather is nice and warm.

What is your favorite movie, and why?

My favorite movie is My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I have a good friend who is Greek and the movie is truly the story of her life! Everything about it makes me laugh!


Week 6

Week 6 was a busy one for all our SBS students and families! The 8th grade class went on their first high school shadow day to Jesuit (boys) and Ursuline (girls) on Wednesday. Thursday evening was the H&S Potluck Dinner, where families enjoyed a wonderful chicken dinner with some fabulous desserts. Raffle ticket contest winners were announced, and fourth grade students cheered their victory. NTGD brought in much needed funds. Friday's Bingo Night and Saturday's Carnival were well attended, and the Dunking Booth was a major hit. Students and teachers got in the spirit of the event, with students dunking the principal, nuns dunking each other, and everyone dunking Mr. McCormick. Of course, everyone ate well from Thursday through Saturday. The week ended with a school Mass on Sunday at 11 AM to close out a successful and fun-filled week!


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