SBS Advisory Board eNewsletter

Where students become stars

Upcoming Events and Updates

October 30 -- Halloween Party with DJ

November 1 -- First Friday Mass @ 10 am

November 8 -- TACHS Exam Day

December -- Christmas Concert (Time TBD)

Enrollment Increases

St. Brigid School continues to build momentum and enrollment continues to improve. Last year's student population of 207 saw a 11% increase in September, giving St. Brigid School an opening enrollment of 231. This should, however, also not overshadow the most exciting development over the summer--the expansion of yet another Pre-Kindergarten classroom. In stark contrast to last year's sole Pre-K classroom that combined the 3 and 4 year olds. St. Brigid School hopes to draw from the community demand for early childhood classes. There are now three separate Pre-Kindergarten classes, one for Pre-K 3 and two for Pre-K 4. During the first few months, SBS continued to register new students, while some families dropped out for various reasons. The current enrollment at SBS is 226.

ICSF Junior Volunteers Beautify the Playground

On September 5, members of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund Junior Committee generously spent 4 hours to help prepare and enhance the school's playground. Their dedicated work included the following:

  1. Installation of a privacy screen
  2. Painting of a chess board on the playground floor
  3. Re-painting of the flower boxes and benches
  4. Landscaping and cleaning of the entire area

St. Brigid School remains grateful for the committee's dedication and continued interest in our school.

Robotics Demonstration and Illustration Workshop

Eighth graders at SBS received a robotics demonstration from TEQ on October 4. The presentation gave students the opportunity to write basic programming code for the NAO robot. On October 14, meanwhile, SBS students were invited to a free Columbus Day workshop given by illustrator, Sean Addy. Students learned the process of illustrating for a children's book, while also creating their own stories. At the end of each of the two sessions, students were also given signed copies of Sean Addy's books.

Teacher Spotlight -- Mr. Michael Bodnyk

Mr. Bodnyk (Director of Music and Italian Language teacher) earned the Bachelor of Science degree in performance from Mannes College of Music, the Master of Church Music degree in conducting, and the Master of Arts degree in performance from Hunter College. He is active as a tenor soloist in opera, operetta, and oratorio throughout the country. He is on the professional music staff of Saint Patrick's Cathedral where he serves as a cantor, soloist and choral section leader. He sings well over 400 Masses and special concerts and liturgies throughout the year. On most weekday mornings he can be heard live as the cantor for Holy Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral broadcast on Sirius XM Radio's "The Catholic Channel" and on television. He is the co-founder and co-director of Camp Rhythmo, an interactive health and wellness program that integrates science, music, movement, and the creative arts into an engaging experience for children. He is the former director of The Lehigh Valley Lutheran Chorale and KinderChor, and assistant director of the Cathedral of St. Patrick Young Singers.