This Week - Short and Sweet
Bruin Press September 3, 2019 Edition
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Each month from September to May, there will be a school-wide focus on a specific virtue we would like to see in our students and all members of the St. Bernard community. The virtues are based on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit which characterize all who follow Christ by imitating His life and virtues. To put it simply, a virtue is a good habit. When we practice these virtues we strengthen them and thereby make the presence of God more and more visible in the world around us. The SBS school community will study the same virtue each month, to provide a whole-school (and at home, whole family) focus with a common language to move and celebrate through the year. The Virtues in Practice program provides vocabulary and milestones for a continuous school-wide conversation about how we can creatively maintain and strengthen a safe school community that reflects the values and teachings of Jesus Christ. By recognizing each month's virtue when it is observed, our goal is to strengthen that virtue throughout the school community. The students hear about each month's virtue during our daily morning prayer, in their religion classes and throughout the day. The students who consistently demonstrate this quality will be acknowledged by their homeroom teacher and earn special recognition at the end of the month during the student Mass. Recipients will receive the Christian Witness Award. As each name is read, the particular reason that the student was selected will also be announced in order that they can be an example to the other students. Parents will be notified if their child is chosen so that they can attend this special celebration.
During the month of September, we will focus on the virtue of faith. Faith is believing in God and all He has revealed. I encourage you to talk with your child about the virtue of faith and how they can demonstrate Christ-like behavior to their classmates, teachers, and others they encounter each day.
To learn more about Virtues in Practice, please visit the parent link:
Thursday, Sep. 5th - 8 AM - School Mass, led by 6th Grade - Nativity of Bl. Virgin Mary
Thursday, Sep. 5th - 9 AM - All School Professional Photo
Friday, Sep. 6th - Third Turn In Date for Raffle Ticket Contest
Friday, Sep. 6th - Deadline for Cross Country Registration
Friday, Sep. 13th - 2:30, Gym - Fall Pep Rally
Wednesday, Sep. 18th - Ursuline/Jesuit Visits by 8th Grade
Thursday, Sep.19th - North Texas Giving Day
Thursday, Sep.19th - 6:00pm, cafeteria -Home and School Potluck Dinner
Friday, Sep. 20th - SBS Carnival Bingo Night
Friday, Sep. 21st - 12 - 9 PM - SBS Carnival
Bruin Bits - Dates & Details
NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th
Home & School Potluck Dinner - Thursday, September 19th
Classroom dish assignments are as follows:
Main Course - 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th
Side Dish - PK4, Kinder, 1st, 8th
Dessert - PK3, 3rd, 5th
The main course will be centered around chicken dishes, with corresponding sides. Bring enough to feed 4 - 8 people per dish.
CHURCH CARNIVAL - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
Friday Evening - Bingo Night
Saturday 12 - 9 PM - Food, Games, & Entertainment
The Carnival is an important fundraiser for our school and church community, as well as being fun for the whole family. But a successful Carnival needs volunteers to assist with the activities. This is an easy and entertaining way to earn those volunteer hours, so mark your calendars now.
Carnival Games will be assigned to each classroom; be on the lookout for an email from your Parent Bear for details.
See What's Bruin... for updates on the carnival raffle ticket competition.
Spirit Shirts Are In!
If you just need a badge, you will need to see Elizabeth Torres in the Parish Office to have your photo taken and badge created.
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 http://dallas.setanet.org/classes.php to find parishes with available classes.
If you have any questions, please contact the Safe Environment office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.321.0454, ext. 2010.
A new innovation this year for the younger grades is the Maker Space, designed to encourage and enhance creativity in hands-on activities. Students have been eager to get to the Maker Space classroom each week, looking forward to the various STEM Challenges. Whether engineering tall buildings using only pencils, or constructing boats out of foil and counting how many pennies they would hold while floating on water, the challenges have been both fun and instructive. PreK3 – PreK4 recently completed an experiment on “Sinking and Floating” using various objects and predicting if they would sink or float. There has also been plenty of opportunity to play with blocks, Legos, and puzzles.
What a blessing to have a dedicated space where children can be free to create, explore, and investigate!
Carnival Raffle Ticket Update
After a full week of sales, 4th Grade is now in the lead, but 3rd Grade is in close pursuit, and 2nd Grade is not far behind.
Ashley Appelman, Fourth Grade
Are you a dog or a cat person? What are your pets' names, if any?
I am definitely a dog person! I have one Pomeranian named Colby.
What is the most interesting place to which you have travelled?
The most interesting place I have travelled to is Aruba.
What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is taking a 2-3 week tour throughout the Northeast to visit all the historical landmarks of the events that occurred around the time of the American Revolution.