Labor Day on the Horizon

Bruin Press August 27, 2019 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT


This Week

Tuesday, Aug. 27th - Dugg Burger - Tuesday Night Bites (see flyer)

Wednesday, Aug. 28th - Student Handbook Agreement Forms Due

Wednesday, Aug. 28th - 6pm, Library - H&S Board Meeting - all volunteers welcome

Thursday, Aug. 29th - 8 AM, Church - School Mass, led by 7th Grade

Friday, Aug. 30th - Second turn in date for raffle ticket contest

Monday, Sep. 2nd - Labor Day - No School!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Sep.19th - North Texas Giving Day

Thursday, Sep.19th - Home and School Potluck Dinner

Friday, Sep. 20th - SBS Carnival Bingo Night

Friday, Sep. 21st - 12 - 9 PM - SBS Carnival

Bruin Bits - Dates & Details

Tuesday Night Bites - Tuesday, August 27th (Tonight!)

Tired of figuring out what's for dinner? Tuesday Night Bites is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a meal out with your family while also supporting our school, as 20% of the proceeds from your order will go directly to St. Bernard's. This week's event is at Dugg Burger in Casa Linda, so show up anytime between 11AM - 9 PM with the accompanying flyer, mention you are with St. Bernard's, and everyone wins! Dine-in, takeout, and online orders all qualify.


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School is part of North Texas Giving Day! Let's show Dallas our Bruin spirit and our love for and support of this great school! You can help support our school by visiting our fundraising page and creating a FUNdraiser to share with your network, and also by designating some of your Giving Day funds to SBS. All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to the school. Thank you for your support!

Home & School Potluck Dinner - Thursday, September 19th

Our annual H&S Potluck Dinner is approaching, so scour your cookbooks for the perfect dish to bring. Classroom dish assignments are as follows:

Main Course - 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th

Side Dish - PK4, Kinder, 1st, 8th

Dessert - PK3, 3rd, 5th


Friday Evening - Bingo Night

Saturday 12 - 9 PM - Food, Games, & Entertainment

Carnival Games will be assigned to each classroom; be on the lookout for an email from your Parent Bear.

See What's Bruin... (below) for updates on the carnival raffle ticket competition (sneak peak - 3rd grade is in the lead).

Bruin Business

2019-2020 Student Handbook

Please read the new student handbook. There are several changes from last year. Download the handbook agreement form below, sign, and return to the front office by Wednesday, Aug. 28th.

This is a required form!

Safe Environment

All volunteers must be Safe Environment cleared to volunteer in any capacity at St. Bernard. Please review the accompanying information on how to obtain your Safe Environment clearance.

If you have previously been cleared, you may renew your training online by going to the following site, viewing a training video on relevant topics, and passing a short quiz.

New volunteers will need to attend a training class to complete paperwork, get a badge, and obtain their clearance. Click on to find parishes with available classes.

If you have any questions, please contact the Safe Environment office at or 214.321.0454, ext. 2010.

After School Drama Program

"Mom, I'm booorrred!" Are your kids just hanging out at home after school? Give them the gift of drama, so they can learn confidence and creativity in speech and action. See the information below from Julie Osborne Watts, the Education Director of Shakespeare Dallas:

We are excited to start our after school drama program on September 5th from 3:15- 4:15 pm. All classes will take place on Thursdays and class dates are September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, and December 5 with a final performance on December 5th during the class time.

Based on the level of interest I am estimating that the cost of the class will be between $85 and $133 for the 12 sessions but now we need to get a firm count of how many students will be signing up to give you a final total. I am attaching our registration form for the class. You can sign up for this class by filling out the attached registration form and scanning and emailing the form back to me You can also call our office at 214-559-2778 and ask for Julie or Meagan to sign up for the class. Please note we will not charge your card until we have confirmed the final payment amount of the class with you. Let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way!


Julie Osborne Watts

Education Director

Shakespeare Dallas

It takes a Village - H&S invite

Many hands make light labor - especially when running the Home & School Association. A successful year needs the help of many hands - and many talents. We would love to have the help of your time and talent in ways that work for you. Some of our events and tasks are quick and easy; others involve more effort. We do know that not everyone can attend meetings or events, but perhaps you can help with making a flyer/poster, or chaperoning a dance, or bringing snacks to teachers. All help is so appreciated - and it all counts toward those required volunteer hours as well!

Please take a look at the signup genius below, which lists many of the needs we have, and see if any of them match your available time and talents:!/showSignUp/10c0c4caba62da5fe3-general

Lastly, in an attempt to be better communicators, we want to invite you all to attend our next Home and School Board Meeting in the library at 6:00pm on Wednesday, August 28th. Open to all families who may want to get involved, or just want to see behind the scenes, and discover what it is that Home & School really does. We hope to see you there!

Bruin Athletics

8th Grade Volleyball Tournament

The 8th grade volleyball tournament was a great success, and both our 7th and 8th grade teams played hard and showed plenty of Bruin spirit and talent.

Thursday evening, the 7th grade team, led by Coach McCormick, lost their first game to St. Joseph, but rallied to defeat St. Monica (White) in the second game to make it to the playoffs.

Friday evening, the 8th grade team, led by Coach Southivong, lost to a strong St. Monica (Blue) team, then played a tough game against Holy Trinity, narrowly losing the 3rd set.

Saturday saw our 8th graders defeat St. Monica (White) in the consolation game for the third place trophy, while our 7th graders came up just a bit short against St. Monica (Blue) in the semi-final round. Congrats to both our SBS volleyball teams - you made us proud!

What’s Bruin...

Carnival Raffle Ticket Update

Carnival raffle tickets were sent home with students last week. Tickets are $5 apiece or 5/$20. The top selling class will win a pizza and ice cream party, so get motivated and get selling!

After just a few days, 3rd grade has jumped into the lead, with preK3, 2nd, and 4th tied for second. Let's see some results from the other classes this week!

What Lifts You Up?

Have you noticed the wonderful collection of angel wings in the SBS front hallway? A collaborative project involving the entire student body, it serves as an inspiration for all who see it. Here is the story behind the artwork, by the art teacher who made it happen (Marcie Kenyon).

"I was so excited to have helped the students of Saint Bernard create a beginning of the year collaborative art project. Mrs. Senecal approached me and asked if we could do a schoolwide art project inspired by the angel wing public art seen around the world. I immediately jumped on board and thought it was a great way to start our year. I explained to all the students that we would be creating angel wings to hang up in the SBS hallway. We began our lesson by talking and sharing about some things that uplift us or makes us happy. Students were asked to write on the back what uplifts them and on the other side they could design their feather using markers, crayons or colored pencils. The kids were so excited to see their artwork hanging in the hallway and it was a great way to start our year together!"

St. Bernard mourns a class pet

Hazel the Guinea Pig passed away on Thursday, August 22nd. She was found by the 8th grade class after Mass, who planned a burial service with music and a eulogy. Hazel was then laid to rest in Mr. McCormick's pet cemetery in the garden behind the school.

Hazel first belonged to Mrs. Kendall, a former science teacher at SBS, and she was a classmate to SBS students for four years prior to Mrs. Kendall's departure. Mrs. Kendall could no longer keep her and gave her back to SBS. She was in Mr. McCormick's classroom for two weeks getting to know the junior high students before she passed away.

RIP Hazel.

Teacher Feature

Marcie Kenyon, Art Teacher

I was born and raised in Dallas and graduated from Bishop Lynch High School. I earned my BA degree from Southern Methodist University and I will be going on my 20th year of teaching. I have been married for 24 years to my wonderful husband, Charlie, and we have 3 amazing children. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, playing with my 3 dogs, traveling, and of course, creating my own art whenever I can!


What is the most interesting place you have traveled?

My husband and I backpacked in Europe the summer after graduating from college. We traveled through England, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy. We had so much fun and I was excited to see some of the amazing museums and artwork that I had studied while in college.

Are you a dog or cat person?

I am definitely a dog person. We have three dogs: a lab mix named Scout, a basset hound named Penelope, and a dachshund named Peggy. I also have a tarantula named Harriet and a hermit crab named Marilyn.

Do you have a bucket list item you would like to share?

I would like to sell everything and just travel all over the world.

Bruin Flash Backs!

Week 2

Our second week of school was a busy one, as the students settled into classroom routines. Thursday was a particularly full day, starting with Mass led by the 8th graders, and later a special funeral service for Hazel the guinea pig. Thursday evening saw the start of the 3 day volleyball tournament here at SBS, as well as Parent Orientation. Raffle tickets for the upcoming carnival were handed out to students this week as preparations for the SBS Carnival ramp up. Last but certainly not least, Kona Ice in the back parking lot after school on Friday was a big hit for students, staff, and parents alike.

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