Chili and Books

Bruin Press November 12, 2019 Edition


Wednesday, Nov. 13th - 9:00 AM - Open House for New Families

Thursday, Nov. 14th - 8:00 AM - School Mass, led 5th Grade - St. Albert the Great

Friday, Nov. 15th - 6:00 PM, Cafeteria - Chili Cook Off & Bingo Night

Sunday, Nov. 17th - 11:00 AM, Church - School Mass

Sunday, Nov. 17th - Friday, November 22nd - Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 18th - Picture Retake Day (rescheduled)

Tuesday, Nov. 19th - Vision/Hearing Testing

Thursday, Nov. 21st - 6:00 PM, Cafeteria - H&S Meeting, Thanksgiving Play

Friday, Nov. 22nd - 7:00 AM, Cafeteria - Grandparents & Friendsgiving Breakfast

Friday, Nov. 22nd - 2:30 PM - Classroom Fall Parties

Monday, Nov. 25th - Friday, Nov. 29th - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break


Chili Cook Off and Bingo Night - Fri, Nov. 15

Our Chili Cook Off and Bingo Night is just days away, and we want more chilis! Sign up now to enter your famous recipe and claim the title of the best SBS chili! We also need a few more bingo volunteers, a fun and easy way to pick up a few volunteer hours. Whether you make chili or just eat it, come on out Friday night for good food, socializing, and bingo fun!!/showSignUp/10c0c4caba62da5fe3-bingo

Book Fair - Sunday, Nov. 17th - Friday, Nov. 22nd

The Book Fair is nearly here! Starting Sunday morning, the Book Fair will run through Friday and will be open during the Home & School Program that Thursday night. The online fair has already opened for friends and family who live farther away. We do need more volunteers to help out, so please do so if you possibly can. Check out the link below for further details and to sign up for volunteer hours.

Grandparents & Friendsgiving Breakfast - Friday, November 22nd

Mark your calendars for our Grandparents and Friendsgiving Breakfast on Friday, November 22nd. Let's give thanks for all the Grandparents, Grand-people, Family, and Friends in our lives with a special breakfast in our cafeteria from 7:00 am to 8:30 am before we go on Thanksgiving Break.


Open House for New Families - Wednesday, November 13th

Spread the word about our wonderful school to family, friends, and neighbors, especially those with school-aged children. Tell them about our Open House tomorrow, November 13th, where they can visit our school and see all that St. Bernard has to offer their child(ren).

In addition, there will be a $500 tuition rebate applied to your 2020-2021 tuition if a family you refer comes to St. Bernard's next year! So talk to neighbors, put out a yard sign, and promote our East Dallas Gem!

Afterschool Chess Club Starts Next Week!

The afterschool Chess Club begins next Wednesday! Register now to join the new afterschool Chess Club starting November 20th, grades K-8. Classes will be held on 7 Wednesdays from 3:15 - 4:15 PM through Chess Wizards. Please see the flyer for further details and to register.

Sign Up for Sunday Masses!

Once a month, the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass is led by our school students, who serve as lectors, alter servers, choir members, greeters, and gift bearers. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the Mass in a special way. Please sign up students up for one or more slots on the SignUp Genius below. The next school Mass is this Sunday, and there are still a few slots available!


Poinsettia Sales

St. Bernard is selling beautiful red poinsettias for the holidays. Each poinsettia is $10 and will be delivered the first week of December. For added convenience, you can purchase poinsettias at our H&S online store

Volunteer here to sell poinsettias after weekend Masses:

Risse Brothers Uniform Sale

Now is the time to purchase SBS uniform sweaters, sweatshirts, and outerwear for the winter season! Or plan ahead for the next growth spurt, so you are prepared with uniforms that fit. Risse is offering 10% off all their inventory throughout November - see the flyer for further details and order now.

Virtue of the Month - Stewardship


Student Council

Student Council is up and running! Several weeks ago, students in grades 6 - 8 were asked to submit applications if they wished to be a Student Council Representative. After careful deliberation by faculty, 22 students were selected as Student Council Representatives. Last week, those representatives wishing to run for office campaigned and presented speeches to the student body prior to elections on Friday.

Congratulations to 8th grade student Austin Keith, who is our new Student Council President! Vice President is Alexa Lira, Secretary is Natalie Escobedo, and Treasurer is Max Mosher. Additional officers include William Boyce as Historian, Greta Wohlfeld as Publicity Director, and Miranda Churchill as Spirit Director. We will keep you updated on student council activities in the coming months.

F.L.A.G. Program

Led by Mrs. Pat Thompson and Mrs. Ashley Appleman, students at St. Bernard have the opportunity to take part in a patriotic activity: The F.L.A.G. Program. The Fly, Lower, And Gather Program was formed by retired Master Sergeant Jim Rodriguez to instill pride and patriotism in the students of today. We are the first Catholic grade school in the Diocese of Dallas to participate in this program, which is open to all interested students in grades 4 – 8. Students in the F.L.A.G. Program will be responsible for the daily raising and lowering of the flag in front of the school, and will receive a citizenship award at the end of the year. Encourage your student(s) to join - Mrs. Thompson is still collecting applications!


Pat Thompson - 5th Grade

Pat Thompson was born and raised in Dallas. She graduated from NTSU in 1975 and has been teaching ever since. She taught at Good Shepherd and St. Patrick before coming to St. Bernard. She has been an active Boy Scout leader since 1986, finally retiring from scouting this year. She has 3 sons and 2 grandsons who she truly loves.

Special Note: Mrs. Thompson's birthday is tomorrow - November 13th! Be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday if you - or your students - see her!


1. What is your dream vacation? I would love to visit the old Cathedrals and Castles of Europe with my husband.

2. What is your favorite book or movie and why? "It's a Wonderful Life" - because it shows that however insignificant we may think we are, we are really important to God's plan.

3. What famous person would you like to meet some day? I wish I could have met Joan of Arc.

4. Do you have a bucket list item you would like to share? I would love to visit National Parks, hike part of the Appalachian Trails, and sail on a Windjammer cruise.


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7th Grade Volleyball


Thanks to all who came out to cheer on our Lady Bruins during their semi-final volleyball game last Thursday. Down to only 6 players, they struggled against a large and strong All Saints team, losing both sets and the match. While they didn't go on to the finals, they had an absolutely fantastic season, and we are proud of them!

Flag Football


The first season of flag football came to a close Sunday with a playoff loss to Good Shepherd. It was a fun year for the team, and they are looking forward to next year! Congratulations, Bruins, on your 2019 season!

Boys Football


Our boys football team finished out their 2019 season with a playoff loss to St. Monica on Sunday, but they played hard despite injuries. Congratulations to each of our players for their hard work and persistence this year!


Week 13

Week 13 saw candidates for Student Council officer positions campaigning vigorously with candy, flyers, and a suggestion box. On Friday, speeches were given, and elections were held, with the winners announced by day's end. Also on Friday, the Magically Fit performance was held, to the delight of students. Earlier in the week, we received a check for our Spring Creek Barbecue Fundraiser - for $700! And 4th Grade students received their prizes for the class with the highest attendance at the event. Outside of school, playoff games for volleyball, flag football, and varsity football kept our athletes busy, as the fall sports season came to an end.


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT