Happy Thanksgiving!

Bruin Press November 19, 2019 Edition


Dear Parents and Guardians,

The faculty and staff of St. Bernard wish you and your loved ones a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Everyone at SBS gives thanks for the generous support of our learning community by our parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors. We are thankful for the gift of time and talent of our volunteers who fill our classrooms and hallways every day. We are thankful for the kind words that keep us going at the end of a long day. We are thankful for the prayers that flood heaven on our behalf. We are thankful for parents, who entrust their children to us. Most importantly, we are most thankful for our students. It is the reason we are here and the reason we love our jobs. We love their energy, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, imperfections, strengths, weaknesses, mindset, perspective, sense of right and wrong, innocence…all the things they bring to school each day. They bring us so much joy.

To show our thanks, we hope you will join us at our First Annual Grandparents and Friendsgiving Breakfast this Friday, November 22nd, from 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM. Everyone is welcome. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our many blessings together as a school community.

With love and appreciation,

Laurie Senecal

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17


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

Thursday, Nov. 21st - 8:00 AM - School Mass, led 7th Grade - Thanksgiving; Christian Witness Awards

Thursday, Nov. 21st - 6:00 PM, Cafeteria - Thanksgiving Play

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

Friday, Nov. 22nd - 2:15 PM - Classroom Fall Parties

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


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

The Book Fair is here for 3 more days, so hurry in! You can even stop by Thursday evening while at the Thanksgiving Play. Beat the holiday rush - books make wonderful Christmas gifts! And extended family members and friends can order books online. Check out the link below for further details.


Thanksgiving Play - Thursday, Nov. 21st

Our 2nd and 3rd graders will be putting on a Thanksgiving performance not to be missed! Come up to the school on Thursday evening (6 PM) to applaud their theatrical efforts.

Grandparents & Friendsgiving Breakfast - Friday, Nov. 22nd

Come one and all! Thanksgiving is for families, and we want to celebrate ours at school this Friday morning. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and special family friends are all invited to share in this "Friendsgiving" Breakfast as SBS expresses its gratitude for our students' families and friends. Please RSVP using the link below:

Grandparents & Friendsgiving Breakfast E-vite


Dad's Club Christmas Gathering - Saturday, Dec. 14th

The Dad's Club is hosting a Christmas Party! Come mingle with your fellow SBS parents (it's not just for Dads!!) at this fun Christmas gathering. We will be meeting at The Lot on Saturday, Dec. 14th, from 7 - 10 PM. Crazy Christmas sweaters are optional but encouraged, and for some extra fun, we are asking each couple to bring a "White Elephant Gift" ($25 value or so). Could get interesting, so mark the date in your calendar now!

Look for further details and a sign-up genius to RSVP in upcoming newsletters.


Chess Club Begins Tomorrow!

The afterschool Chess Club begins tomorrow! Register now to join - 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.

Virtue of the Month - Stewardship

Thanksgiving Break is the perfect time to discuss all our blessings, and the ways in which we can share those blessings with others through stewardship. Check out the link below for some excellent age-appropriate suggestions, and consider enacting some of them during this holiday season!

Home Projects for Stewardship in November


Theatre Arts Elective

One of three new middle school electives this year, the Theatre Arts Elective is taught by Mr. Gerecke. He has this to say about his class:

The students in the Theatre Arts Elective have learned about the areas on a stage and stage terms. They have participated in pantomime activities and Improvisation activities. Presently they are learning about Musical Theatre. They have been watching an actual stage musical (Disney’s Newsies) filmed on Broadway. Their project following this will be to create their own individual mini musical – complete with song – to be performed by themselves in class sometime after the Thanksgiving Break.

Sounds like the Theatre Arts students are having a great time in this class!


Michael Gerecke - Middle School Language Arts

Mike Gerecke graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. In 2017 he moved to Dallas from the Austin area. He has a 25 year old daughter who still lives in Austin. He has been teaching for 25 years for Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, Arlington Classics Academy, and now in the Diocese of Dallas. He has taught a variety of subjects during this time. In his free time he likes to read, watch movies, travel, and perform from time to time on stage in local theatre.

Special Note: Today is Mr. Gerecke's Birthday! Happy Birthday, Mr. Gerecke!


What is your dream vacation? And who would you take with you? My dream vacation would be to travel to Australia and see Sydney, Brisbane, and the outback. I would go by myself since that’s my preferred way to travel.

Are you a dog or cat person? Deep down I am a DOG person. I like that they are a little more needy than cats. Cats are okay, but can be highly independent – and don’t get me started on dealing with their litter box.

What is your favorite memory from elementary or middle school? Did you have a favorite teacher? Having gone to Catholic schools my entire life – even college – I have many memories. I started being in plays in the local community in 5th grade (Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I) and it helped me to become more confident and able to handle most life situations during that time. My favorite teacher of all time was a high school teacher of mine. Her name was Susan Sikora (Mrs. Sikora!). She was my English teacher. She encouraged my involvement in theatre and acting and even came to some of my performances.

What famous person would you like to meet some day? I’ve met a number of famous people in my time – mostly in the 1990s. I think I’d like to meet Sandra Bullock one day and maybe Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, or Bette Midler. And of course the Queen of all that is acting: Meryl Streep.


Week 14

As the weather turned colder and holiday plans ramped up, students continued their hard work. Progress reports were sent out this week, as we are now halfway through the second quarter. Families came out on Friday evening to enjoy chili and bingo and camaraderie. Many students showed up at the school-led Mass on Sunday morning, participating in the Mass, and then enjoying donuts in the courtyard. Afterwards, families wandered over to the Book Fair, getting a head start on their students' book lists and holiday shopping.


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT