2021 is Off to an Amazing Start

Bruin Press January 8, 2021 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT



Monday, Jan. 4th - Teacher In-Service Day

Tuesday, Jan. 5th - HALF DAY (dismissal at noon)

Friday, Jan. 8th - Spirit Day - Jeans and a SBS Spirit Shirt

Saturday, Jan. 9th - Bubb Recycle 9am to Noon

Saturday, Jan. 9th - 8:30 am - FTLOTL/Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce Up

Thursday, Jan. 21st - Diocesan Spelling Bee (virtual)

Friday, Jan. 22nd - HALF DAY (dismissal at noon

Saturday, Jan. 23rd - St. Bernard Church Community March for Life

Wednesday, Jan. 27th - Start of the Quarter

Thursday, Jan. 28th - Christian Witness Awards

Sunday, Jan. 31st - SBS Open House and Start of Catholic School's Week



"Be living witnesses of the greatness and beauty of Christianity."

~St. Gianna Beretta Molla

As we begin the new year with resolutions and hopes for a better year, St. Bernard students will learn about the virtue of Fidelity. This virtue, modeled by God, is about keeping our promises and commitments to God and each other. We will study the examples of saints who were faithful to God in seemingly ordinary lives. Our saints this month: St. Jacinta and Francesco; St. Andre Besette and St. Gianna Molla showed their fidelity to God even when struggles of daily life were overwhelming.


Bubb Recycle - SATURDAY, JANUARY 9TH, 9AM- 12 NOON

Time to channel our inner Marie Kondo and purge our homes! Bubb Recycle will be coming on Saturday Morning, Jan. 9th to take all your items away. Bring your old appliance, toys, computers, games...office equipment! Bubb writes us a check that day for all of our donations. This is the easiest fundraiser ever. Let's make this one count!!!

They will be parked in the front parking lot. For a list of approved items please reference their website at https://bubbfundraising.com/bubb-fundraising-item-list

FTLOTL - Adopt A Shoreline Program - SATURDAY, JANUARY 9TH, 8:30 AM

Behind on volunteer hours? Bundle up and Pick up your supplies at the FTLOTL office and meet us at our designated spot! It can be accessed from the north via the parking lot below Winfrey Point or from the south via Garland Road. We hope to see you there!


Please join the St. Bernard Church Community in the March for Life on January 23rd. We will be caravaning to the State Capital in Austin. The day's events begin with Mass at 7:30 am at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church. All are welcome.

You can also join North Texas faithful as they remember those lost and pray for a day when all children are protected and their mothers are supported on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Saturday, January 16th. The schedule of events can be found on https://www.prolifedallas.org/calendar__view?id=3509

Catholic Schools Week - SUNDAY, JAN. 31 - SATURDAY, FEB.6

What is National Catholic Schools Week?

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2021 is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. We will kick off Catholic Schools Week with an all-school Mass at 11 am on Sunday, January 31st and an Open House to follow. The themes for each day are listed below.

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week Themes

1/31 Celebrating Your Parish

2/1 Celebrating Your Community

2/2 Celebrating Your Students

2/3 Celebrating the Nation

2/4 Celebrating Vocations

2/5 Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers

2/6 Celebrating Families


SEL during Unprecedented Times

This week our teachers participated in a virtual training on Social Emotional Learning presented by Layne Pethick. This training emphasized how critical mental health is to children’s success in school and life and how the "Current Normal" can affect our children. Parents are the MOST important adult in a child's life and can help drastically improve a students’ sense of connectedness and well-being. Here you will find the power point used during our presentation with some helpful information and exercises.

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Tricore Math Competition Round 1 Results

Congratulations to the Bruin Math All Stars in Contest #1.Round 2 is February 10th. Encourage your child to study throughout the month of January to prepare for Contest #2. IXL is a great resource! Great Job, Bruins!

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Kennedy Foundation Grant

Our school has received a check for $10,000 from the Kennedy Foundation. These grant funds are designated for new gym lights. We will soon have state of the art gym lights. This will enhance the experience not only for our students on a daily basis, but also be a source of pride during sporting events and more.

Yay us! Go Bruins!


New Family Applications – We are currently accepting NEW student applications. Please let your family, friends, and neighbors know about St. Bernard School. If you refer a family and they enroll and stay for at least 2 quarters, you will receive a $500.00 tuition credit for the 2021-2022 academic year, which will be applied to your FACTS account on January of 2022.

Current SBS Student Re-Enrollment – Current families can re-enroll their student(s) for the 2021-2022 school year now.

Remember that Grant & Aid applications through FACTS are now open - Every family who would like to be considered for any tuition assistance, whether from the diocese or the school, should complete an application through FACTS. (Remember to use your same email and login information each year!)

Current families AND new families are eligible to apply during the Regular Application Round which is January 6, 2021-April 1, 2021. Please be aware of the dates as they are firm.

Don’t hesitate to contact Guille Luna at gluna@sbdallas.org if you have any questions.


Artist Outreach Program is at SBS!

Starting this month of January, Artist Outreach will be sending several "creatives" to work with our students PreK-5. The purpose of the Artist Outreach program is to use the creative arts to empower, innovate and educate.Through inventive practice, TAO builds connection between the arts and everyday life, giving youth a more dynamic education through our teaching system while inspiring educators to think more creatively and encourage self-discovery through the use of our practitioners.

Stand-alone classes for Grades 2-5: Audio Story Book Subject: History and Creative Writing

TAO Artists use Foley design (sound effects) to build a story or poem from current events or a history lesson about which they are learning. During the exercise, students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their peers as they work together to formulate creative literature and poetry.

Pre-K thru Grade 2 class concepts: Rhythmic Vocabulary Subject: Rhythm and Fluency

TAO artists create drum circles with students and use rhythms and drums to help students pronounce their current vocabulary words (provided by teachers). As well, it helps build rhythm and rhyme for necessary fluency skills. This program is best performed in a repetitious format over several weeks. Similarly, to practicing musical scales: if this program is practiced regularly, it has been proven to enhance fluency speed, speech, inflection and articulation. along with word association songs to help students use movements to identify the words and math concepts with music and mnemonics.

To learn more about this innovative program you can visit their website here https://theartistoutreach.org/recommendations/

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Teacher of the Year Award

Congratulations to Ms. Cheryl D’Ostroph who has been chosen by her colleagues as SBS Teacher of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. D’Ostroph has served St. Bernard families for 20 years. She has dedicated her life to students’ academic, spiritual and moral development. Forming scholars and saints has been her lifelong work. Ms. D, as she is affectionately known by her students and parents, has touched the lives of countless students and is loved by all members of the St. Bernard family. Please join the faculty and staff in congratulating Ms. D’Ostroph on this well-deserved honor.

Ms. D’Ostroph will represent St. Bernard as our nominee for the Diocesan Halo Educator of the Year Award at the April 27, 2021 Ceremony.



Supporting SBS

Get your family and friends to sign up and help participate!

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Scrip Program - https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Support/shop-earn/myscripwallet SBS enrollment code is BEA56AD18433

Kroger: School #90640
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Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program: School #2009
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