Bruin Press October 15, 2019 Edition
LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I wanted to take this time to share some important news and updates that are taking place at SBS- there is a lot to celebrate. Last week, I attended the Mindsteps Builders Lab Intensive which focused on the values, mission and vision of the participants’ campuses as well as the “Mindstep Model”. This model focuses on the purpose, people, pathway and plan to build success. I learned some valuable tools to support successful leadership and cannot wait to implement them on our campus. All faculty and staff members attended the UD Ministry Conference and enjoyed a day of fellowship and professional development. A personal favorite was Sr. Miriam Heidland’s keynote speech, “Your Life Matters: Transformation from the Heart”. She was incredibly inspirational. Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together, can be found on iTunes and her book, Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. If you want to learn more about Sr. Miriam and her mission, check out her podcast and/or book.
The 8th grade students enjoyed a three day retreat at The Pines. They strengthened their relationships with one another and embraced the opportunity to deepen their faith with our Lord. There are loads of pictures on our Facebook page for you to enjoy and see highlights of their trip. We are signed up to participate in PSIA this year. SBS students in grades 6-7 can participate in 4 different competitions. Information about PSIA will be shared shortly by Mr. Gerecke, the sponsor. SBS has started a Flag Club! Pat Thompson and Ashley Appelman have embraced this new club and will serve as leaders. Students in grades 4-8 may join this new club which will meet once a month. More information to come! We are excited to announce that SBS will join Junior Assembly next year. Junior Assembly brings eighth graders together to get to know each other before high school through organized dances and programs meanwhile, on campus the Safety Committee is busy planning to ensure that SBS is the safest campus possible. SBS is hosting “Prepping for High School” on October 22nd. This is a great chance for 7th and 8th grade students and parents to learn more about perspective high schools from SBS alums. Parent conferences are Friday, October 25th . Sign-ups went out earlier this week.
We have a new member of the SB parish, Sister Maria Filotea. Sister Filotea was born and raised in New York City. Her parents are natives of Puerto Rico and she is the fifth of six children in her family. Sister has been a sister with the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara for 10 years. She has missioned in Maryland and New York before coming to Dallas, TX. Her favorite sports are baseball and football and as a native New Yorker she will remain true to the Pinstripe blue of the Yankees and the blue and grey of the Giants but she is willing to embrace all others of different teams! Please welcome Sr. Filotea to St. Bernard.
We should always make time to celebrate our school- a place where students discover and develop their God-given talents and experience success through learning, faith and service. I hope you will join with me and spread the word about our community and why we are known as the Gem of East Dallas.
Laurie Senecal, M.Ed., LDT, CALT
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School
Monday, Oct. 14th - Friday, Oct. 18th - ITBS Testing
Thursday, Oct. 17th - 8:00 AM - School Mass, led by 8th Grade - St. Luke
Thursday, Oct. 17th - 9:00 AM, Church - 1st Quarter Awards
Thursday, Oct. 17th - 5:00 PM, Bishop Lynch Gym - Future Friar Night (Volleyball)
Friday, Oct. 18th - Deadline to Register for SBS Golf Tournament
Friday, Oct. 18th - 6:00 PM, Knights of Columbus - Trunk or Treat
Monday, Oct. 21st - 6:00 PM, St. Elizabeth of Hungary - Catholic High School Preview Night
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd - PINK Day for Breast Cancer Awareness
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd - 6:30 PM, Cafeteria - Prepping for High School Night
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd - 8th Grade Visit to Cristo Rey
Friday, Oct. 25th - 8:00 AM, Tenison Park Golf Course - 5th Annual SBS Golf Tournament
Friday, Oct. 25th - 12:10 PM, EARLY DISMISSAL
Friday, Oct. 25th - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, Oct. 25th - Deadline to Register for Basketball
Friday, Oct. 25th - Future Friar Night Clinics & Tours (Cheer, Band, Football)
Sunday, Oct. 27th - 11:00 AM, Church - School Mass
Friday, Nov. 1st - 8:00 AM - School Mass, Holy Day of Obligation - All Saints
BRUIN BITS - DATES & DETAILS
KC Trunk or Treat - Friday, October 18th
In addition, donations for food pantry, coat drive, shoes, etc. will be accepted, as well as items for the pro-life pregnancy centers. So come on out to the KC, bring those donations, and enjoy a fun family outing!
For more details, please see the KC website: https://www.kc799.org/trunk-or-treat-4/
Pink Day - Tuesday, October 22nd
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Bernard's is showing its support with a Pink Day on Tuesday, October 22nd. Students will be allowed to wear PINK if they donate $1. Donations will go to Bridge Breast Network (https://www.bridgebreast.org), a local organization that provides diagnostic and treatment services to low-income, underinsured, and uninsured individuals. So let's support Bridge Breast Network and all breast cancer patients and survivors with a sea of pink at St. Bernard's!
SBS Golf Tournament - Friday, October 25th
Please click on the link below to register - the deadline is this Friday, October 18th!
Flyers about the golf tournament will be going home with students, so check those backpacks! If you have any questions or issues, please contact David Sutton at (469)682-8495 or Peter Casiano at (214)208-9143.
Join the Future Friar Club
This Thursday will be the first Future Friar night during the Women's JV and Varsity Volleyball games versus Ursuline. Future Friars can obtain autographs, watch the game in a special section behind the team, and go on the court for contests and giveaways. Friday, October 25th is a big evening for Future Friars! Sign up for a Cheer & Dance Clinic (preK - 5th), Band Clinic (6th - 8th), and/or Football Tours (5th - 8th), including running through the tunnel with the team before the football game!
See the links below to register for Club Friar or sign up for the clinics on October 25th.
Prepping for High School Night
Information will be presented from 6:30 - 7:00 PM, with a question-and-answer session immediately following from 7:00 - 8:00 PM.
Catholic High School Preview Night
Virtue of the Month - Reverence
Basketball Registration is Open!
NEXT MEET: Saturday, October 19th - Norbuck Park, around 7:30 AM start time
NEXT GAME: MIS 5th Grade (Home) - Sunday10/20/19, 3:45 PM - STA Football Field
NEXT GAME: St. Thomas (Away) - Sunday 10/20/19, 2:00 PM - STA Football Field
Girls Volleyball - 7th Grade
NEXT GAME: MIS D2 (Away) - Sat. 10/19/19, 10:00 AM - MIS Gym
Girls Volleyball - 8th Grade
Bye next week!
NEXT GAME: Highlands (Away) - Sat. 10/26/19, 9:00 AM - Highlands Gym
St. Joseph (Away) - Sat. 10/26/19, 10:00 AM - Highlands Gym
Do you remember taking Iowa Tests in school growing up? The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS, now renamed the Iowa Assessments) was first developed and administered in 1935, and is still used today throughout the country as a tool to improve student instruction. Given to students in kindergarten - 8th grades, the tests generate a profile of a student's academic strengths and weaknesses. This profile provides valuable information to teachers, schools, and parents.
But how do you interpret that ITBS report? What do all those numbers mean, and what information do they really provide? Click on the link below to see a document on Interpreting Reports from the Iowa Assessments to get a better understanding of what these tests reveal about a student's abilities and academic performance:
Now that you know what to expect, remind your student(s) to sharpen those #2 pencils and do their best this week!
Melissa Wortham - Administration
"I was a stay at home Mom for several years until Witt enrolled at SBS and not long after that I began working in the office. People often say “It’s a God thing,” but I truly believe that we were led here by God. SBS made a huge difference in my son’s life and for that I am truly grateful and will always be SBS' biggest fan! And the rest is history!"
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
My favorite movie is Steel Magnolias, because you laugh and cry.
What famous person would you like to meet some day?
I would like to meet Bono from U2 or Bruce Springsteen.
Do you have a bucket list item you would like to share?
I would like to go to the Vatican.
People would be surprised if they knew what about you?
I would like to retire on our farm!