Countdown to Christmas
Bruin Press December 10, 2019 Edition
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
During this Advent Season, students and staff in our school have been enthusiastically preparing for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Our faith traditions help us to think about Jesus’ humble birth in a manger. We continually work together to provide all members of our learning community with opportunities to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We are reminded to keep Christ close to us for He is our strength throughout our lives.
At SBS, I am happy to say that our students proudly display their faith in action on a daily basis. Whether it is by singing in Mass, organizing canned food drives and clothing collections for those most vulnerable, volunteering time at a nursing home, or celebrating the Eucharist, our students demonstrate the true meaning of the season.
Thank you for choosing a Catholic education for your child and for choosing St. Bernard. Thank you for your continued support, loyalty, and dedication to our mission. Thank you for your generosity in volunteering, for always being available, and answering the call to serve. Your support of our school is a blessing that allows our students and staff to grow in the love of Christ.
It is a privilege to serve you and I thank you for your support as we move into the New Year. May the spirit of Christmas fill your hearts and homes with peace and joy as you rejoice in our Savior’s birth. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Tuesday, Dec. 10th - 6:30 PM, Bishop Lynch - Band Christmas Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 11th - 6:30 PM, The Lot - Gala Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 11th - Thursday, December 12th - Poinsettia Delivery Date
Thursday, Dec. 12th - 8:00 AM - School Mass, led by 8th Grade - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Friday, Dec. 13th - Kinder through 5th Grade Field Trip to the Perot Museum
Saturday, Dec. 14th - 7 PM, The Lot - Dad's Club Christmas Gathering
Sunday, Dec. 15th - 11 AM, Church - School Mass; NJHS Bake Sale
Thursday, Dec. 19th - SBS Pajama Day (bring money by Dec. 18th!)
Thursday, Dec. 19th - 7:00 PM, Church - School Christmas Play
Friday, Dec. 20th - 11:15 AM - Class Parties
Friday, Dec. 20th - HALF DAY - 12:10 Dismissal
Monday, Dec. 23rd - Monday, Jan. 6th - CHRISTMAS BREAK
DATES & DETAILS
Band Christmas Concert - Tuesday, Dec. 10th
If you have a student in band, please have him/her arrive at 5:30 PM for warmup, in the regular SBS uniform (without the pullover); students may wear a Santa hat. Please ensure students bring their instrument and music.
Dad's Club Christmas Party
Saturday, Dec. 14th, 7pm
7530 East Grand Avenue
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
All School Mass and NJHS Bake Sale - Sunday, December 15th
SBS PAJAMA DAY
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 2020-2021 academic year, which will be applied to your FACTS account on January of 2021.
Current SBS Student Re-Enrollment – Current families will be able to re-enroll their student(s) for the 2020-2021 school year beginning December 16th.
Open House – January 26th, 12-3 PM & January 29th, 9-10 AM
Financial Aid Application
With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, I know we are all extremely busy getting ready for the holidays. Therefore, this is just a little reminder that the 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!)
You will find the application by logging into your FACTS account under GRANT & AID on the right hand side of the screen. Have these documents ready to expedite your application.
- 2018 Tax Return
- 2018 Supporting Tax Schedules if applicable (business, rental property, etc.)
- 2018 W-2 and/or
- Non-Taxable Income Verification (Child support, SNAP, employer letter)
Current families are eligible to apply during the Priority Application Round which is from November 1, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Apply soon!
Current families AND new families are eligible to apply during the Regular Application Round which is January 6, 2020-April 1, 2020. Please be aware of the dates as they are firm.
Also, see the links below for information on the Halo Initiative and the Jethusby Scholarship Fund:
Don’t hesitate to contact Guille Luna if you have any questions.
Student Council Canned Food Drive
Please see the Food Drive flyer for further details.
Virtue of the Month - Generosity
Thanks to all who donated to the pajama drive! Continue to encourage generosity in our students through the Student Council Canned Food Drive this month. In addition, consider a generous donation to The Home & School or Dad's Club for all they do - you can easily donate through the SBS Store link below:
The Christmas Story
Carrie Guerrero - PreK 4
“The wonderful teachers, and schools that I had the opportunity to work with have helped me grow as an educator and provided me with the tools needed in order to be successful. Being an effective teacher is an art that takes time and devotion. I cherish the time I have spent with ALL my students, faculty, families, as well as the St. Bernard Community."
Special Note: Ms. Guerrero celebrated her birthday yesterday (December 9th). Happy Birthday, and Blessings for the upcoming year, Ms. Guerrero!
What is the most interesting place to which you have traveled? Even though I have traveled to many beautiful places, I would have to say San Francisco is one of the most beautiful, interesting, and diverse cities I have had the fortune of living in. My roots may be in Dallas, but my heart belongs to San Francisco!
What famous person would you like to meet some day? The Pope
Do you have a bucket list item you would like to share? My bucket list wish would be to trek across Spain and follow Alejandro Saenz, attending all his concerts (Spanish musician, writer and composer).
Boys Varsity Basketball
The Boys Varsity will compete in the Holy Trinity Shoot Out Tournament this weekend. Their first game is Friday, Dec. 13th at 7 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic School. Go Bruins!
Girls Varsity Basketball
HOLY TRINITY SHOOT OUT 2019
The Girls Varsity team competed in the Holy Trinity Shoot Out Tournament last weekend, winning their first two games against St. Monica-White and Santa Clara, and moving on to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, they lost the next two games, but it was a great experience for the girls. Thanks to all who came out to support them!