SBS Summer Newsletter

Bruin Press July 2019 Edition

Principal's Message

Dear St. Bernard of Clairvaux Community,

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the incoming principal of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School. It is truly an honor to become a part of the St. Bernard’s family and community.

I come to you with 27 years of collective experience as an educator and administrator. I have served 23 years as a classroom teacher in both public and private school settings and the last four years I have served as Head of Lower and Middle School at Dallas Academy.

This summer, I will work closely with Father Gaston and the amazing office staff to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. I will get to know the community, the building and familiarize myself with the unique needs of the school. It is an exciting time of growth and change for St. Bernard and I anticipate a wonderful year as we continue to offer students an outstanding education in a faith centered environment. Together, we will create a year of excellence for all the children at St. Bernard as we focus on making our mission the core of our daily work. Whether you are a new St. Bernard family or a returning family, the year ahead is sure to be a rewarding experience for your child. A commitment toward working with, understanding and nurturing every child are some of the reasons why St. Bernard is such an exceptional place for children to learn and grow.

As principal, it is my responsibility to ensure that each child feels welcomed and connected to the St. Bernard Catholic community. As instructional leader, my focus is to promote the learning and success of all the students through authentic instruction delivered by highly qualified teachers. I will work closely with teachers, parents and students to nurture each child’s learning, development and faith formation. I look forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure your child achieves their highest potential.

I am so thankful to be a part of the St. Bernard Catholic community and look forward to getting to know you and your children. I will be working most days during this summer so please call or stop by to say hello.

I look forward to meeting you soon.


Laurie Senecal, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Principal St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

School Office

Summer Hours


9 am -1 pm

Busy First Week of July for St. Bernard School and Community

St. Bernard of Clairvaux VBS

When: July 15- July 19

Hours: 9:00 am- 12:00pm

Where: 1404 Old Gate Lane, Dallas, TX 75218

St. Bernard Vacation Bible Study is for kids ages 4 to 12 years old

Register at this link below

H&S Board and Committee Meeting

Monday, July 15th, 6pm

1420 Oldgate Lane

Dallas, TX

Home and School is attempting to get a head start in planning the upcoming school year events. If you are interested in helping plan or participate in any of our committees please join us next Monday at 6pm in school library.

Risse Brothers School Uniforms WILL BE ON CAMPUS!

Save yourself a trip to Addison and in addition save 10%

When: Sunday, July 21st

Where: School Cafeteria

Time: 2pm-4pm

Note From Our Athletics Department:

  • Several SBS teams are in need of volleyball players (grades 5-7); please email Coach Weaver if your child is interested
  • Summer volleyball practices will begin week of August 5; more information will follow
  • NEW THIS YEAR FLAG FOOTBALL! will be offered this season by the DPL for both GIRLS and BOYS in grades 5th-6th. If interested please email Coach Weaver by August 5th.
2019-2020 St. Bernard of Clairvaux Band Program
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Are you Safe Environment Trained?


Wednesday, July 24th, 6pm

1420 Oldgate Lane

Dallas, TX

Class will be in the reception room. Adults only, no children. Please bring 3 emails for references.

It is required that all visitors sign in at the office and receive a visitor badge. If you are not Safe Environment Cleared, you will be escorted by a staff member.

If you have NOT completed your initial Safe Environment Training or have not completed your Annual Renewal, you may NOT VOLUNTEER at any school sponsored activity.

You are always welcome to come and support our school at any function but if you DO NOT have a CLEAR status, you may NOT volunteer in any capacity. (This includes and is not limited to church carnival, school festivals, class parties, class field trips, Parent Bear and Cafe.) If you have a question regarding a specific activity/function, please call the school office at 214-321-2897.

Save the Date

Meet the Teacher

Thursday, August 8th


1st Day of School

Tuesday, August 13th

Half- Day (12:15 dismissal)

Blessing of the backpacks

Thursday, August 15

8:00 am- school mass

Parent Orientation- no children

Thursday, August 22


North Texas Giving Day Thurs. Sept. 19

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Church Carnival is around the corner!

Sept. 20-21 2019

Friday evening- Bingo Night

Saturday 12pm-9pm Food, Games and Entertainment

if you would like to volunteer in the planning of this event contact Lino Gonzalez at

H&S wants your feedback!

please take this quick survey from the Home & School Board

One Of The Greatest Gifts You Can Give Is Your Time

Home and School Board members:

Claudia Vasquez- President

Charity Ybarra- Vice-President

Kelli Scott- Treasurer,

Secretary- Elena Barrera

Please contact anyone of our board members if you wish to help in any our fun school events

Together we work hard to accomplish our main goal of bringing the home, school, and church together into a closer relationship, to be a family. We need more volunteers than ever all working hard to support our community.

Some of the fundraising events or programs we will be involved with include:

  • Monthly H&S Meetings
  • Special Social Events
  • Staff Appreciation Events & Programs
  • Athletics Committee
  • Gala & Auction
  • Carnival
  • Book Fair/Art Fair
  • FUN- Raising Events (Chili Cookoff, Fish Fry)

Every little bit counts- How you can earn free money for your school

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Earn Cash For Our School- no more clipping all you need is a smartphone

Buy Box Tops Products, Download the App, Scan Your Receipt, Earn Cash For Our School. Its that easy! For a list of products see the link below

We Are Still Accepting Applications

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