This Week - Short and Sweet

Bruin Press September 3, 2019 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT


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:

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This Week

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

Upcoming Events

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


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School is part of North Texas Giving Day! We are gearing up for North Texas Giving Day with exciting promotions! You can support SBS by visiting our fundraising page and creating a FUNdraiser to share with your network, as well as directly donating to SBS. And all those who donate at least $100 will be entered in a raffle to win two free Gala tickets to the Adolphus this year! Come on, Bruin supporters, get ready to donate and help us meet our goal of $50,000!

Home & School Potluck Dinner - Thursday, September 19th

Who doesn't love a great potluck dinner? Our annual H&S Potluck Dinner is approaching, so scour your cookbooks for the perfect dish to bring. Important announcements, door prizes, and great fellowship. Don't miss this exciting event.

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.


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.

Mom's Night Out

Calling all SBS Moms! Do you need an evening away from home to relax and hang out with other fun SBS Moms? We will be starting up our Mom's Night Out events soon, so be on the lookout for dates and details in the near future.

Bruin Business

Spirit Shirts Are In!

T-shirts will be delivered to your child's homeroom class no later than Thursday.

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 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 to find parishes with available classes.

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


For those who have yet to set up their student's lunch account, please click on the link below for instructions on creating an account and depositing funds:

2019 - 2020 E&E Account Instructions

The September menu is available as well:

September Menu

Bruin Athletics

Cross Country

The deadline to join Cross Country has been extended to Friday, September 6th, so students in grades 5 - 8 who are interested in joining should register by this Friday. The coach will be Dee Dee Gonzales, and practices will be Saturdays at 10 AM at Norbuck Park starting Sep. 7th. There will be 4 meets at Norbuck Park beginning Sep. 28th and running through October. Don't miss the deadline to signup. Download your registration form here.

Boys Football

The boys football team, comprised of players from St. Bernard, St. Pius X, and St. Patrick, has begun practices, and had their first scrimmage last week against St. Thomas. The first game of the regular season will be September 8th.

Flag Football

The flag football team is comprised of our fifth and sixth graders, with the season beginning on September 15th.

Girls Volleyball

The 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball teams have been practicing for several weeks, participating in some pre-season tournaments. The 8th grade team played in a second tournament this past week, recovering from an early loss to win three straight games on Saturday and take the third place trophy. Way to go, Bruins!

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Prayer Partners

A cherished tradition at SBS, the Prayer Partners program pairs students in grades 4 - 8 with younger students in grades PK - 2 to help foster their development of the Catholic faith. Prayer partners sit with each other during school Mass every Thursday, interact during school-wide religious assemblies, and get together during various times of the year for other school events. Shown here is 4th grade getting paired and introduced to their PK3 partners for the very first time this year! Grades paired together are: 8th with 2nd, 7th with 1st, 6th with Kinder, 5th with PK4, and 4th with PK3.

Maker Space

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

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, which is pretty awesome!

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.

Teacher Feature

Ashley Appelman, Fourth Grade

Ashley has been part of the St. Bernard community since 2010. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Elementary Education. She lives in Wylie with her husband, Jeff, and son, Caiden, whom she is excited to bring to SBS this year as part of our Pre-K3 class! Ashley has found her true passion in teaching fourth and fifth grades. She is dedicating to helping shape young minds into respectful, responsible, and well-rounded citizens who show their love of God and others daily. Ashley loves being a part of this wonderful SBS family and looks forward to the years to come!


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.

Bruin Flash Backs!

Week 3

Students settled in to the third week of school, enjoying the new spaces such as our Maker Space and STEM labs. Our youngest students were busy exploring the Maker Space, while middle school students were creating bridges out of popsicle sticks and glue, then testing how much weight they could hold. Outside school, athletics were beginning in earnest, with football's first scrimmage, a second volleyball tournament, and practices for most sports in full swing. Tuesday Night Bites at Dugg Burger was a great meal out for many of our SBS supporters. By Friday, though, everyone was looking forward to the long Labor Day weekend and a chance to relax with friends and family.

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