School is Back in Session
Bruin Press August 20, 2019 Edition
Note from our Principal
I am delighted to say that we had a wonderful first week of school and are well on the way to an amazing 2019-2020 academic year! At St. Bernard, the faculty and staff are passionate about Catholic education and look forward to partnering with you as we continue to provide students with an engaging, rigorous, and high-quality faith-based education. Parents are every child’s first teacher and by working together, we can ensure that your child’s spiritual, social, emotional, and academic needs are met. I welcome you to engage with us in this unique partnership. To that end, I would encourage you to attend Parent Orientation on August 22nd from 6PM-7PM. This important meeting is set aside so that teachers have dedicated time to share their routines, procedures and student expectations for the year.
We recognize the sacrifices you make to send your children to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School. The faith-based education you have chosen provides an atmosphere warmed by the powerful presence of our loving and faithful God. I urge you to support our school through your prayers and continued dedication. The close ties between family and school reinforce our shared academic goals of college and heaven and nurture our faith tradition.
May God Bless you!
Thursday, Aug. 22nd - 8 AM, Church - Mass (led by 8th Grade)
Thursday, Aug. 22nd - 6-7 PM, Parent Orientation (parents only; note that there will not be a general session - see details below)
Friday, Aug. 23rd - 3:15 PM, School Playground - Kona Ice (bring $ to pickup)
Thursday, Aug. 22nd - Saturday, August 24th - SBS Gym - 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament
Monday, Sep. 2nd - Labor Day - No School!
Thursday, Sep.19th - North Texas Giving Day (see details below)
Thursday, Sep.19th - Home and School Potluck Dinner
Friday, Sep. 20th - SBS Carnival Bingo Night
Friday, Sep. 21st - 12 - 9 PM - SBS Carnival
Save the Dates
NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th
CHURCH CARNIVAL - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
Friday Evening - Bingo Night
Saturday 12 - 9 PM - Food, Games, & Entertainment
The Carnival is coming soon, and volunteers are needed for planning this fun family event. Please contact Lino Gonzales at email@example.com to help. Meeting tonight Aug 20, 7pm in the Grand Salon.
See Bruin Business for more information on carnival raffle tickets, which are being sent home this week.
ADULT SOCIAL - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th
Buy your tickets in the front office or contact Cindy Coronado at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-621-6386.
GALA - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd
We have a date and a location for this major fundraiser. This year's Gala will be held at The Adolphus on February 22nd, and we are already beginning to plan a spectacular event. There are many ways to contribute your time and talent, so please contact Gala Chair Maree Sutton (email@example.com) to help make this Gala the best ever!
Parent Orientation - Important Details (Please Read Carefully)
There will not be a general session
Teachers will host two 20 minute sessions. This will allow parents to attend/meet with two grade levels as well as specials/elective teachers.
Assignments for Meetings:
- PreK-3 parents will meet with teachers in homeroom classrooms
- 4th & 5th grade parents will meet in Ms. Appelman’s room
- 6th-8th grade parents will meet in the cafeteria
- Specials/elective teachers will be in the Art Room to meet parents
- Session 1 - 6:05-6:25
- Session 2 - 6:30-6:50
Do note that this event is for parents only; please do not bring your children with you.
Carnival Raffle Tickets
You can avoid service charges by dropping off a check/cash at the office. You can also add money to the account online, but there is a small charge for the convenience.
See the flyer for further details and contact information.
Please see the flyer for further details and contact information.
Spirit Shirt Deadline - Thursday, Aug 22nd
Note from Coach Weaver about the Volleyball Tournament:
SBS Athletics will be hosting volleyball games this week (Aug. 22-24). See Schedule
Volunteers are needed for concession stand help and other duties during the tournament. If you are interested in obtaining FUN volunteer hours, please click on the Sign Up Genius link and select your times that you wish to volunteer. I hope to see many Bruins this week.
Girls Volleyball Tournament Aug. 22-24
Being Bruins - The Spotlight is on...
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Patron Saint of our Parish & School
In Technology, the students are being reminded of the importance of practicing internet safety. We are using a resource which is built upon the shoulders of Jesus’ parable about The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). During class, each grade is exploring the meaning of one verse as it relates to being an online citizen while completing five lessons specifically related to the challenges found at each grade. The curriculum is designed to develop students’ understanding that their citizenship and efforts to live gospel values extends to their presence in the digital world.
In the Gospel narrative of the Good Samaritan, the listener asks Jesus, “Who is My Neighbor?” Undoubtedly, this question has even more significance when our neighbor is somewhere out there in cyberspace. Never before have we had the ability to reach out to so many and cross huge distances and barriers. With this new freedom and possibility of communication comes the need for a gospel approach. The Good Samaritan story told by Jesus reminds us to be compassionate, treat others with dignity, and take care of our neighbor, a lesson we all need to remember and apply whether our neighbor is someone we see daily, or an acquaintance on social media.
Sally is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to Dallas 35 years ago and lives in East Dallas. She loves the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, and is a devoted follower of all things Pittsburgh. In her spare time she reads, cooks, swims, gardens, and follows her teams.
Sally has a B.S. in Elementary Education, and an M.S.Ed in Reading and Language Arts, both from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Post Masters Graduate coursework has included Texas Women’s University for ESL courses, and SMU and Scottish Rite for Dyslexia training. She has taught K, 1st, 2nd, mixed age, ESL, and pull out reading programs. This will be her 7th year at SBS. This year she will be teaching Kindergarten and managing our library. There are lots of fun things planned for the year! Be on the lookout for Kinder/Library happenings!
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