School is Back in Session

Bruin Press August 20, 2019 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT


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!

Laurie Senecal

This Week

Tuesday, Aug. 20th - St. Bernard of Clairvaux Feast Day (see bio in Spotlights)

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Aug. 27th - Dugg Burger - Tuesday Night Bites (mention SBS, and part of proceeds go to SBS- download flyer here)

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


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School is part of North Texas Giving Day! Let's show Dallas our Bruin spirit and our love for and support of this great school! You can help support our school by visiting our fundraising page and creating a FUNdraiser to share with your network, and also by designating some of your Giving Day funds to SBS. All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to the school. Thank you for your support!


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 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.


Ready for a Date Night, or just a chance to relax with your fellow parents? Put Saturday, October 12th on your schedule for a fun evening at the Knights of Columbus. We are planning a 70's Disco Night, so drag out those old clothes and come ready for a great time. 21 and over only, so line up your babysitter now.

Buy your tickets in the front office or contact Cindy Coronado at or 214-621-6386.


Once the heat wave dissipates, it's time to up your golf game. We have a date for the annual golf tournament, and will be looking for sponsors. Put it on your schedule now!


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 ( to help make this Gala the best ever!

Bruin Business

Parent Orientation - Important Details (Please Read Carefully)

Parent Orientation is this Thursday, August 22nd, from 6-7 PM. Please make every effort to attend, as you will have the opportunity to meet your student's teacher(s) and learn about classroom plans and expectations for the year. ARRIVE EARLY. There will be a volleyball tournament Thursday night and the first game is at 5:50. There are multiple schools participating so parking might be an issue.

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 Times:

  • 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

Carnival raffle tickets will be sent home with students this week. Please ask your students or check backpacks for the tickets. The top selling class will win an ice cream party, so get motivated and get selling!

Bears Den

Bears Den is back in business! Our afterschool program runs from 3:30 to 6:00 PM in the Library, with 3rd grade teacher Jessica Heintz ( in charge. While the drop-in cost is $15/day, those who register in advance and pay for at least 3 days a week receive the reduced pricing of $10/day. Please see the flyer for more information. Download registration form here.


It's time to set up lunch accounts for your student(s). Refer to Melissa's email sent 8/15/19 and the email from E&E sent Monday morning (8/19) for all the details, but remember that you must have money in your account so your student can buy lunch, snacks, or drinks. You will be able to look each day at what they have purchased.

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.

Shakespeare Dallas

Does your student love drama? Now is the time to hone in those acting skills. St. Bernard is pairing with Shakespeare Dallas to present after school drama classes! Classes will take place on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 PM for twelve weeks, beginning September 5th. Students of all ages can participate, but the class size cannot exceed 25 students, so join now! Registration will be available at Parent Orientation. Table will be set up in the front.

See the flyer for further details and contact information.


This year, St. Bernard's is offering Band as one of three electives (Band, Choir, Drama), with the partnership of the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Schools and Bishop Lynch. Instruction in one of 5 different instruments is being offered, and students of any experience level can join. The students will receive instruction twice a week in school, and perform in concerts and festivals throughout the year. We are all looking forward to hearing our musicians play in the near future!

Please see the flyer for further details and contact information.

Spirit Shirt Deadline - Thursday, Aug 22nd

Bruin Athletics

Ramping Up

Many sports have already begun practicing as the fall season begins. This year we have both 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams. Our girls have a preseason tournament starting this Thursday - see details below. Good luck girls! We also have a 5th-6th grade Flag Football team; their season will begin Sep. 15th. In addition, Cross Country practices will be starting soon. Their season begins Sep. 28th, with practices at Norbuck Park.

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.


Coach Weaver

Girls Volleyball Tournament Aug. 22-24

Being Bruins - The Spotlight is on...

This section of our newsletter will highlight different grades, special classes, and even interviews - a look at the many aspects of being a Bruin this year at St. Bernard's. We hope you enjoy it!

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Patron Saint of our Parish & School

St. Bernard of Clairvaux was born in 1090 and died at Clairvaux in 1153. Today is his feast day (August 20th). He led the foundation of 163 monasteries in different parts of Europe; at his death, they numbered 343. His influence led Alexander III to launch reforms that would lead to the establishment of canon law. He was the first Cistercian monk placed on the calendar of saints and was canonized by Alexander III January 18, 1174. Pope Pius VIII bestowed on him the title "Doctor of the Church." He is also labeled the "Mellifluous Doctor" for his eloquence. He is the patron saint of candle makers and bee keepers.


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.

Teacher Feature

Sally Walsh

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!

Bruin Flash Backs!

Week 1

It was a busy first week of school but we got off to a great start to the 2019-2020 school year. Students arrived Tuesday to a school freshly painted and prepared for a wonderful learning environment, and teachers eager to meet their students. Bruno even made an appearance to welcome our students! This week saw a visit from our superintendent, the opening Mass of the school year (led by our teachers), and the traditional blessing of the backpacks. With the ceremonies out of the way, students got down to learning, with lots of excitement over our new STEM lab, Maker Space, and junior high electives in Band, Choir, and Drama. We finished the week out with a Return to School Bash at The Lot, where families gathered to chat, eat, and win raffle prizes, while the kids enjoyed the sandlot and hanging out with friends.

Welcome Back, Bruins!

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