April Showers Bring May Flowers

Bruin Press April 28, 2020 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

The guiding philosophy of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School is to recognize the individual spiritual moral and intellectual needs of each student in an atmosphere rich in Catholic truths and values. We are committed to academic excellence by providing a challenging curriculum with high expectations for success. We consider it essential to teach the student to live in accordance with the spiritual, moral and ethical principal exemplified in the life of Christ.


See further details on events by scrolling down to "Dates and Details" or "Reminders."

Wednesday, Apr. 29th - 10 AM, Rear Parking Lot - Mobile Food Pantry

Thursday, Apr. 30th - 11 AM - Dedication Mass for Catholic Schools

Friday, May 1st - Thursday, May 14th - SBS Book Fair

Monday, May 4th - Friday, May 8th - Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 5th - North TX Giving Day (Tuition Assistance Support)

Friday, May 8th - 2 PM - Virtual May Crowning


Mobile Food Pantry - Wednesday, April 29th

On Wednesday, April 29th, our parish will host a MOBILE food pantry in the parking lot located behind the church. It will begin at 10:00 AM and continue while supplies last. For further details, please click here.

Dedication Mass for Catholic Schools - Thursday, April 30th

Please join with parents, students, educators, and friends of Catholic Schools across the Diocese of Dallas for a live stream bilingual Mass as we dedicate our schools to St. Anne and St. Joachim, parents of Mary, during this time of distance learning.

Thursday, April 30th, at 11:00 AM, the Mass will be streamed live from the Cathedral at www.csodallas.org/mass or on our Facebook page, Catholic Schools Diocese of Dallas!

SBS Book Fair - Friday, May 1st - Thursday, May 14th

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! And what better way to use your time in quarantine than reading a good book? Here's a great opportunity to fill out your home library for summer. Online shopping is available from May 1-14, 2020. Our SBS library benefits from every online order, and all book-only orders over $25 will ship free to the shipping address that you designate. So please support the Book Fair and SBS library.

Preview books now and get ready to read:


Teacher Appreciation Week - Monday, May 4th - Friday, May 8th

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up on May 4th - 8th! Although we have been away from school for almost 6 weeks, we still want to show our teachers how much we appreciate all their hard work during the school year, especially during this distance learning adventure we’ve all been on. And we have all certainly developed a deep appreciation for what are our teachers deal with day in and day out! Watch out for an email from your parent bear soon on how we can virtually show our SBS teachers all the love and support they deserve.


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Bruin Press Survey

Have you enjoyed reading this year's Bruin Press? Do you find it informative and fun? Are there improvements or new ideas you would like to see incorporated in the future? Now is the time to speak up.

We would like to get feedback on this year's newsletter - format, content, timing, or anything else. So we have created a short survey about the newsletter. We ask everyone to please take a few moments to thoughtfully complete the Bruin Press survey.

In addition, this year's editor in chief is the parent of an 8th grader, and will be moving on next year. We will need new volunteers contributing to the newsletter. Do you enjoy writing, editing, and playing with fonts, colors, and backgrounds? Are you a sports fanatic who loves keeping up with Bruins athletics? Do you like to research and write about human interest stories? Bring these talents to the Bruin Press next year. If you are interested in helping out, you will be able to let us know through the survey below:

Bruin Press Survey

Invitation to Marian Consecration

During these days of worldwide suffering, we turn confidently to our Heavenly Mother Mary. The month of May is a most fitting time to deepen our trust in God’s protection especially through his Mother. Daily meditations and prayers will be sent through Resound, the email mailing list of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. For those who would like to participate, go to www.iveamerica.org and click on the ‘subscribe’ button.

May Jesus and Mary reign! Viva la Virgen!


New Family Applications

We are currently accepting NEW student applications. Please let your family, friends, and neighbors know about St. Bernard School. If you refer a family and they enroll and stay for at least 2 quarters, you will receive a $500.00 tuition credit for the 2020-2021 academic year, which will be applied to your FACTS account on January of 2021.

Remember, word of mouth is the best form of advertising - and the strongest advocate for our wonderful school. So spread the word about our priceless Gem of East Dallas!

North Texas Giving Day - Tuesday, May 5th

We are reaching out during this time to ask for help with tuition assistance for our families in need for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, as well as unrestricted funding assistance through the 2020-2021 school year. If you are in a position to help, please consider a donation to a special NTGD fundraising day on May 5th to support the St. Bernard Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund. Donations can be scheduled any time before or on May 5th at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/stbernardofclairvauxcatholicschool.

Virtue of the Month - Justice

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Our 8th graders have come a long way - from adorable infants to attractive young men and women. Through the years they have developed their own interests, talents, motivations, dreams. As this very unusual school year comes to an end, they are looking forward to high school, new experiences, and a bright future. But for a moment, let's take a look back at each of our graduates, and see if we can guess which Bruin Cub picture and bio matches today's confident, talented 8th grader.

Each week's newsletter will highlight a group of 8th graders for the remainder of the year. See how many you can guess correctly!

Bruin Cub #6

This Bruin Cub has attended SBS for 4 years now. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Grisham. Her favorite sports are volleyball and soccer.Her hobbies include painting and photography. She is a member of both NJHS and Student Council. Who Am I?

Bruin Cub #7

This Bruin Cub has attended SBS since kindergarten. His favorite sport is basketball. His favorite teacher is Sister Filotea and his favorite subject is History. His last vacation he went skiing with his friends Gerardo and William. He is a member of both NJHS and Student Council. Who am I?

Bruin Cub #8

This Bruin Cub has been at SBS for one year. She loves the theatre, having performed in plays since the age of 4. She has had roles in The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, and Matilda. Her last vacation was a trip through Europe, including Paris, London, and Spain. Who am I?

Bruin Cub #9

This Bruin Cub has attended SBS for 3 years. She has a passion for sports, and has played basketball and volleyball as a Bruin. She loves to be with her family and friends, and took her most recent vacation in Rosemary Beach. She is so excited to be a Bishop Lynch Friar next year! Who am I?

Thank you, parents, for sharing your 2020 Bruin Cub pics with us. Stay tuned and we will post the answers in a few weeks. Send in your pics to Charity or Claudia to be highlighted in next week's newsletter.




The Catholic Family Conference

Register here for the Catholic Family Conference being held Friday, May 1st - Sat., May 2nd:


Kidz 'N Biz Online Camp

Does your middle schooler need a stimulating new activity? STEM Connextion Academy (next door to SBS) is offering a Kidz 'N Biz Online Camp May 6th - May 28th. The sessions will be a fun, interactive, and engaging time for kids in 7th grade and above to get excited about learning while applying what they're learning in the classroom to the real world.

Students will be partnering with a local business in East Dallas called Hippos and Hashbrowns to solve problems related to their business. They will even eat yummy pound cake from Hippos and Hashbrowns, and ice cream on their presentation day (online, of course)! During the camp, kids attend "business meetings" and build skills such as collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. And they will have a blast doing it!

Click the links below for a complete program description and/or to register for the camp.

Session Description

Registration Link


This past week we celebrated National Volunteer Week, National Kindergarten Day, and Earth Day. We wish to thank all those who participated in the National Volunteer Week school project. See the video below in which we honor our SBS volunteers!
National Volunteer Week 2020
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