Giving Thanks

Bruin Press November 5, 2020 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT



Friday, Nov. 6th - 9 am, Duck Creek Golf Club - SBS Golf Tournament

Friday, Nov. 6th - SBS Spirit Day (First Fridays only)

Friday, Nov. 6th - 8:00 pm - Midnight, Church - First Friday Eucharistic Adoration

Wednesday, Nov. 11th - Veterans Day

Thursday, Nov. 12th - 8 am, Church - Mass (St. Martin of Tours)

Friday, Nov. 13th - Picture Day

Friday, Nov. 13th - HALF DAY (dismissal at noon)

Saturday, Nov. 14th - 8:30 am - FTLOTL/Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce Up

Friday, Nov. 13th - Friday, Nov. 20th - Reception Room - Book Fair

Thursday, Nov. 19th - 8 am, Church - Mass, Christian Witness Awards (Thanksgiving)

Tuesday, Nov. 24th - HALF DAY (dismissal at noon)

Wednesday, Nov. 25th - Friday, Nov. 27th - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Sunday, Nov. 29th - 1st Sunday of Advent



We are more than a third of the way to our goal of $30,000, but we can do better! The 6th Annual St. Bernard Community Classic is this Friday, and you can still participate.

If you are all registered, set your clock for a 9:00 am start, and gather your sunscreen and water - it's looking like a beautiful day for some golfing.

If you are interested in volunteering for the event, there is still time to sign up! Here is our Sign Up Genius link: Sign Up Link

If you can't attend, but would like to donate, check out the site below for further information:

St. Bernard Community Classic

Book Fair - Friday, Nov. 13th - Friday, Nov. 20th

Want to travel to beautiful lands and explore different cultures? Give your children countless unforgettable adventures? Even during a pandemic, books can open up the world. Give your child plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy a variety of books at our Book Fair, all while helping SBS expand its library as well. This year, the Book Fair will be held in the Reception Room, and with eWallet, you can shop in a safe, cash-less way. In addition, you can shop online and still benefit SBS. For further information, check out the link below:

Book Fair Information

FTLOTL - Adopt A Shoreline Program - Saturday, November 14th

Great news! SBS has been given a designated shoreline by the For The Love Of The Lake (FTLOTL) organization. We are on a 3 month probationary period monitoring participation and results.

Regular minimum care is on the Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce Up each month; however, depending on special events, adverse weather, and heavy use times at our shoreline, we should monitor between events. It may be necessary at times to schedule an off Second Saturday clean-up.

Our designated spot is located near and south of Winfrey Point, and west and below the Dallas Arboretum property along East Lawther Drive. This is a prime and heavily traveled section and would be very visible to the public. It can be accessed from the north via the parking lot below Winfrey Point or from the south va Garland Road. See the aerial map below.

Remember, newcomers are always welcome! As always, service hours are obtained for participation, and all supplies are provided by FTLOTL. We hope to see you there!

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SBS Student Council

Is your middle school student a natural leader? Does he have creative ideas for student activities? Would she enjoy representing her classroom? If so, applications are here for Junior High Student Council positions. Please see the description of Student Council responsibilities and requirements below, and encourage your student to complete the application provided.

Faculty involved in Student Council are Adrian Garcia, Marcie Kenyon, and Mrs. Senecal. Applications must be turned in to Mr. Garcia by Tuesday, November 10th. Students must also obtain teacher recommendations, so get started on those applications now!

SBS Student Council Information

MS Student Council Application

Picture Day - Friday, November 13th

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Great news! Priority Round Applications for tuition assistance for the 2021-2022 school year are now open. They will run through January 5, 2021 and then they will open for new families. Apply early.

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. Click here to apply. Have these documents ready to expedite your application.

  • 2019 Tax Return
  • 2019 Supporting Tax Schedules if applicable (business, rental property, etc.)
  • 2019 W-2 and/or
  • Non-Taxable Income Verification (Child support, SNAP, employer letter)

Applications that are submitted after January 5th will require 2020 tax forms.

Please contact Guille Luna if you need any further information or need help with the application.


As mentioned in a previous email from Mrs. Senecal, the school calendar has been changed just a little bit. We now have an additional 7 early dismissal days which are: 10/30, 11/13, 12/18, 1/22, 2/26, 4/30 and 5/21.


Christmas Fundraiser

Home and School Association is launching their traditional Christmas fundraiser - Poinsettia Sales! And this year, we especially need beautiful red flowers to brighten up our homes and lives. If you need another order form, you can click HERE . Plants cost $10 each. You may also purchase them online and avoid the hassle of sending in cash or checks to your homeroom teacher:


Check out our SBS Store inventory and purchase online, hassle free. Spirit wear will be delivered to your student.

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Treats for the troops

Please consider donating a bag of Halloween candy to send to our US Troops in Iraq or please consider donating some of the candy your children collected. Candy can be sent into school beginning Monday Nov. 9th — there will be drop off bins during carpool and at the main entrance during the school day. Packages will be mailed to our troops on Friday, Nov. 13th.

Virtue of the Month: STUDIOUSNESS

Studiousness may not be first in our minds when we think of virtues. But eight centuries ago, St. Thomas Aquinas taught about studiousness. He noted that all people have a natural desire for knowledge, but temperance must moderate curiosity. Studiousness is the moral virtue that attracts us to what is worth knowing (the true and good) and, conversely, repels us from what is not (the false and perverted). We must learn to use our desire for knowledge for good, for the search for and attainment of truth. We must also avoid undue curiosity that leads us to waste our time or pursue unhealthy avenues.

Here at St. Bernard, we strive in all we do to foster studiousness in our students, and in so doing, to create life-long learners for Christ.

“A Catholic school is a place where students live a shared experience of faith in God and where they learn the riches of Catholic culture...Catholic schools must help students to deepen their relationship with God and to discover that all things human have their deepest meaning in the person and teaching of Jesus Christ.” ~ Pope St. John Paul II


And in keeping with this month's theme of Studiousness, the following students were recognized at today's mass for their academic achievements in the first quarter:

3rd Grade A Honor Roll

Elizabeth Neifert

4th Grade A Honor Roll

Dylan Benavides

Layla Tokerud

5th Grade A Honor Roll

Mackenzie Scott

Natalia Vega

6th Grade A Honor Roll

Kathryn Cook

7th Grade A Honor Roll

Dylan Scott

Brittney Aldana

Edmund Weis

Andy Attia

Grant Benavides

8th Grade A Honor Roll

Miranda Churchill

Rita Gomez

John Bunge

Natalie Escobedo

Ryan Clark

M.P. Vasquez

In Memory Of Marty Norris

Dear St. Bernard Family Members,

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our long-time family member, Martin John Norris whom we knew as Marty, went to be with the Lord on October 30th. Marty and his family have been a part of the St. Bernard’s family for 47 years. Always willing to help, he was always involved with the church and school. Most recently, Marty served on St. Bernard’s Finance Council.

Marty will leave a huge void in our community. As we reflect on what Marty meant to our family and the impact of his loss, we find ourselves asking what was important to him. While there were many areas that he cared about, the school always held a special place in his heart. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to St Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School. Please help us honor Marty's wishes with your donation to St Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School.…

Funeral Details: Visitation will be held on November 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas. Rosary will be held on November 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX. Funeral Mass will be held on November 6, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Bernard's Clairvaux Catholic Church, 1404 Old Gate Lane, Dallas, TX. Graveside Service will be held on November 6, 2020 at 12:45 pm at Calvary Hill Funeral Home, 3235 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX.

Obituary Here

Donation Link Here



Supporting SBS

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Scrip Program - SBS enrollment code is BEA56AD18433

Kroger: School #90640
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