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Bruin Press October 22, 2019 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT



Tuesday, Oct. 22nd - 6:00 PM, Church - Mass, St. John Paul II, followed by Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd - 6:30 PM, Cafeteria - Prepping for High School Night

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd - 8th Grade Visit to Cristo Rey

Thursday, Oct. 24th - 8:00 AM - School Mass, led by 6th Grade - St. Anthony Mary Claret

Friday, Oct. 25th - 8:00 AM, Tenison Park Golf Course - 5th Annual SBS Golf Tournament

Friday, Oct. 25th - 12:10 PM, EARLY DISMISSAL; Bear's Den Closes at 3:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 25th - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, Oct. 25th - Deadline to Register for Basketball

Friday, Oct. 25th - Future Friar Night Clinics & Tours (Cheer, Band, Football)

Sunday, Oct. 27th - 11:00 AM, Church - School Mass


Tuesday, Oct. 29th - Tuesday Night Bites - Monster Yogurt

Thursday, Oct. 31st - Costume Contest

Thursday, Oct. 31st - NO School Mass

Friday, Nov. 1st - 8:00 AM - School Mass, Holy Day of Obligation - All Saints Day

Friday, Nov. 1st - Opening Day for Financial Aid Applications

Monday, Nov. 4th - 6:00 PM, Cafeteria - Home & School Board Meeting

Monday, Nov. 11th - Picture Retake Day

Masses and Feasts

Feast of St. John Paul the Great - Tuesday, October 22nd

The life of a saint is one in which the Gospel is luminous. In this way, the Church has received an inestimable gift in St. John Paul II. Through his life, he has shown the radiation of the fatherhood of God in humanity, or what St. Paul calls the "newness of life in Christ" (Cf. Rom. 6:4). Learn more about St. John Paul II's remarkable life and impact on the world!

Please join us this evening for a Mass in honor of St. John Paul II at 6 PM. There will be a potluck dinner immediately following in the reception room. All are welcome to attend!

School Mass at St. Bernard's - Sunday, October 27th

St. John Paul II reminds us even today that "a family that prays together, stays together." This coming Sunday, October 27th, is the School Mass at St. Bernard’s at 11:00 AM. Please mark your calendar to join us in prayer with our school and parish community. In anticipation of All Saints Day on November 1st, our Kindergarten and 1st grade students will come to Mass dressed as their saint! We will also have donuts immediately following Mass. We hope to see you there!


SBS Golf Tournament - Friday, October 25th

Hooray! The Golf Tournament is Friday! There are many ways to be a part of this fun event. Signed up to play? Great, we will see you there! Boss gave you an unexpected day off? You can still register to play until all slots are filled - just click on the website or contact David Sutton or Peter Casiano (see contact info below).Not a golfer? We need volunteers! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4fadaf283-golf2

For more information, or to donate, please visit http://www.sbsgolfclassic.com

If you have any questions or issues, contact David Sutton at (469)682-8495 or Peter Casiano at (214)208-9143.

Join the Future Friar Club

All kindergarten through 8th grade students are eligible to join Bishop Lynch's Club Friar, which is free and grants members special privileges and offers. Besides a free t-shirt and stickers, students also receive complementary admission to on-campus sporting events, half-price admission to shows and musicals, early registration for summer camps, and more. Perhaps the benefit most enjoyed by students is attendance at Future Friar nights throughout the year.

This Friday, October 25th, is a big evening for Future Friars! Sign up for a Cheer & Dance Clinic (preK - 5th), Band Clinic (6th - 8th), and/or Football Tours (5th - 8th), including running through the tunnel with the team before the football game!

See the links below to register for Club Friar or sign up for the clinics on October 25th.

Club Friar Registration

Future Friar Clinics - Friday, October 25th

Chili Cook off and Bingo Night - Friday, November 15th

Back by popular demand- BINGO NIGHT! and Chili Cook off!

Spicy or not? Meat, beans, or both? As the days grow cooler (we hope), our thoughts turn to...chili! Chili Cook-off and Bingo Night is scheduled for Friday, November 15th (please note that this is a change from the original date). So decide on a recipe to prepare and enter the chili cook off contest- You may be the big winner!


Prepping for High School Night

Parents of 7th - 8th graders, tonight is the night! St. Bernard is hosting a "Prepping for High School Night" tonight with guest speakers including former SBS students and teachers. Topics will include selecting a high school, taking the ISEE test, dealing with accommodations for high school testing, filling out applications, interviewing strategies and techniques, and more. Parents and students - you can't afford to miss this meeting!

There will be a presentation starting at 6:30 PM, then former SBS students will share their individual high school experiences. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Students from Booker T. Washington, Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet, Bryan Adams, Bishop Lynch, Jesuit, Ursuline, and Cristo Rey will all participate in this forum. So bring all your questions!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Friday, October 25th in the afternoon (it's a half day for students). Conferences last about 10 minutes. Please use the SignUp Genius link below to sign up for your desired time slots.


Costume Contest

Get your creative juices flowing - we are having a costume contest on Thursday, October 31st! There will be prizes in all categories, as well as a $20 gift card for the best overall costume. Costumes cannot be gory, scary, or demonic, and masks/weapons are not allowed.

Everyone is included, so encourage your teachers too! Categories are Faculty, Pre-K - 2nd, 3rd - 5th, and 6th - 8th.


Basketball Registration is Open!

Basketball registration is now open for all SBS students in Grades 5 - 8. The deadline for registering is Friday, October 25th, and the participation fee is $105 (paid through FACTS). Practices will start November 13th, and current physicals must be turned in prior to the first practice. Registration and physical forms are below.

2019-20 SBS Basketball Information

2020 Basketball Registration Form

SBS Physical/Health Form for Athletics

Christmas Fundraiser

Home and School Association is launching their Christmas fundraiser - Poinsettia Sales! Everyone loves Poinsettias! Sales forms are going out to students this week; if you would like to get another order form, you can click HERE . Costs of the plants are $10 each. . Decorate your home or office or donate to church altar in honor of a loved one.

You may also purchase them online at our H&S online store www.thesbsstore.com/store

Virtue of the Month - Reverence

The virtue of the month for October is Reverance, and we will be focusing on that with our students throughout the month. Visit the link below for suggestions for home projects focusing on Reverance.

Home Projects on Reverence for October


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Cross Country

Cross Country had its third meet on Saturday, and our Bruins ran hard! Our last meet is this Saturday, so come out to see us compete.

NEXT MEET: Saturday, October 26th - Norbuck Park, around 7:30 AM start time

Flag Football

On Sunday, the Flag Football team played Mary Immaculate (5th Grade) in a hard-fought game, suffering a difficult defeat despite a great effort by our team.

NEXT GAME: St. Mark (Home) - Sunday10/27/19, 12:00 PM - JPII High School

Boys Football

The Boys Football Team played St. Thomas on Sunday, with one of our players going out with an injury in the losing effort. Our final game will be this coming Sunday against Bishop Dunne.

NEXT GAME: Bishop Dunne (Away) - Sunday 10/27/19, 3:00 PM - Bishop Dunne High School

Girls Volleyball - 7th Grade

Saturday saw yet another decisive victory by our 7th Grade Volleyball team, who swept the MIS team in two sets to remain undefeated! They will finish their regular season this weekend with 3 games before heading into the playoffs.

NEXT GAME: Prince of Peace (Home) - Sat. 10/26/19, 2:00 PM - St. Monica Large Gym

Highlands (Home) - Sat. 10/26/19, 3:00 PM - St. Monica Large Gym

St. Monica White (Away) - Sat. 10/26/19, 5:00 PM - St. Monica Large Gym

Girls Volleyball - 8th Grade

The 8th Grade Volleyball team had a well-earned bye this past weekend, with many of the players taking the opportunity to see the Bishop Lynch - Ursuline volleyball game on Thursday. They will finish out their season this coming weekend with two final games.

NEXT GAME: Highlands (Away) - Sat. 10/26/19, 9:00 AM - Highlands Gym

St. Joseph (Away) - Sat. 10/26/19, 10:00 AM - Highlands Gym


Lessons in Pumpkin Carving

It's a tricky business, creating the perfect jack-o-lantern, and our third graders were eager to learn this new skill. After researching and writing up the steps in pumpkin carving, it was time for a hands-on demonstration. Students labeled the pumpkin with SBS, then worked diligently on removing the pumpkin top using the appropriate pumpkin carving tools. Once completed, they participated in the messy chore of removing the pumpkin fiber and seeds from inside. Judging from their expressions, the demonstration was both instructive and lots of fun! Now...pumpkin pie, anyone?


Jessica Heintz - Third Grade

Jessica has been living in Dallas for almost three years now. She loves traveling and spending quality time with friends and family. This is her first year teaching at St. Bernard, but already she feels so blessed to be teaching here. Before St. Bernard, Jessica was teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. She has a degree from Oklahoma State University and added certifications in English as a Second Language and Special Education.

"St Bernard’s community is unlike any other. I have already seen the outpouring of parent volunteers and students' eagerness to learn. I’m very enthusiastic about working here with the new administration and working in a Christ-led environment."


What is your dream vacation, and with whom would you take it?

My dream vacation right now is to visit Israel. I would love to see places mentioned in the Bible in real life! I would take my mom with me. She has great faith and it is something that we would always remember together.

What is the most interesting place you have travelled?

The most interesting place I have traveled is Italy. It is my favorite place to visit. I love the weather, scenery, and food! I love to travel abroad when I can.

What is your favorite book or movie and why?

My favorite book is Wuthering Heights. I remember reading it in high school and falling in love with books after. Now, I read all the time and it is one of my favorite hobbies!


Week 10

Last week was a relatively quiet week for our Bruins, who spent much of their time doing ITBS testing. Teachers rewarded students for their diligent efforts with extra recess time, movies, and fun events in the afternoons after testing was complete. The first quarter award ceremony was held Thursday morning after Mass, with "A Honor Roll" students being announced and receiving certificates. "A/B Honor Roll" students later received their certificates as well. Meanwhile, athletes continued their practices and games as regular season play winds down and playoffs loom on the near horizon.



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