Bruin Press November 19, 2019 Edition
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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,
“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.”
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
DATES & DETAILS
Book Fair - Sunday, Nov. 17th - Friday, Nov. 22nd
Grandparents & Friendsgiving Breakfast - Friday, Nov. 22nd
SAVE THE DATE
Dad's Club Christmas Gathering - Saturday, Dec. 14th
Look for further details and a sign-up genius to RSVP in upcoming newsletters.
Chess Club Begins Tomorrow!
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
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
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.