October First

Bruin Press October 1, 2019 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT



Tuesday, Oct. 1st - Tuesday Night Bites - Spring Creek Barbecue (Mesquite)

Thursday, Oct. 3rd - 8 AM - School Mass, led by 2nd Grade - St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, Oct. 3rd - 9 AM, Back Parking Lot - Blessing of the Pets

Thursday, Oct. 3rd - 6 PM, Cafeteria - 8th Grade Parent Meeting about Pines Trip

Monday, Oct. 7th - 6:00-7:30 PM, St. Rita School - Catholic High School Preview Night

Monday, Oct. 7th - 6:00 PM, Library - Home & School Board Meeting (All Welcome!)


Wednesday, Oct. 9th - Friday, Oct. 11th - 8th Grade Pines Trip

Friday, Oct. 11th - NO SCHOOL, End of 1st Quarter

Saturday, Oct. 12th - 7:00-11:00 PM, KC Club - H&S Parent Social

Monday, Oct. 14th - Friday, Oct. 18th - ITBS Testing

Thursday, Oct. 17th - 9:00 AM, Church - 1st Quarter Awards

Friday, Oct. 18th - Deadline to Register for SBS Golf Tournament


Tuesday Night Bites at Spring Creek Barbecue (Mesquite) - TODAY - Tuesday, October 1st

Who doesn't love Texas barbecue? Spring Creek Barbecue is hosting our Tuesday Night Bites this month. COME HAVE DINNER WITH YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER TONIGHT! The class with the highest attendance will receive a prize package including a tee shirt, cup, pen, and $10 gift card for the teacher and every student in the class, so be sure to sign in under your homeroom teacher's name!

Want to see when your teacher is signed up to wear a Spring Creek Barbecue apron and pass out bread? Hoping to grab one of the few slots remaining to pass out bread yourself and get that free meal? Check out this link:


Blessing of the Pets - Thursday, October 3rd

Fido and Fluffy get their chance to come to school this Thursday, October 3rd, for the ever-popular Blessing of the Pets, as we celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. This event will take place after Mass in the back parking lot of the school. Please bring your pets on leashes or in cages, so as not to overwork God's grace.

Home & School Board Meeting - Monday, October 7th

We hope everyone enjoyed the recent Home & School Potluck Dinner, and we have more fun events planned. Did you know we plan events such as Mom's Night Out and Junior High Dances, set up fundraisers such as tonight's Spring Creek Barbecue dinner, and try to spoil our teachers with Faculty Lunches like last week's catered lunch from Campisi's? What would you like to see us do? We need your ideas and help planning and coordinating. Come turn your best ideas into reality by joining the Home & School Board. Pick your area of interest - Social Activities? Fundraisers? Teacher Appreciation? - and join others in making this year fun for students, teachers, and parents!

Our next meeting is Monday, October 7th at 6:00 PM in the school library. Everyone is welcome to come and see what opportunities we have available. No commitment required - just check us out. We'd love to see you there!

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Parent Social - Saturday, October 12th

Have you purchased your tickets? The Parent Social is now less than 2 weeks away, and the excitement is building for 70s Disco Night. What better way to spend a Saturday night than with your SBS friends and family enjoying an Italian dinner, music and dancing, a photo booth and costume contest (optional), a silent auction and prizes, and best of all, lots of companionship, laughter, and the making of great memories. Check out the website below for more details, and to purchase your tickets today (keep in mind that tickets will not be sold at the door).

70s Disco Party Website

SBS Golf Tournament - Friday, October 25th

The 5th Annual SBS Community Golf Tournament is only a few weeks away now! Starting at 8 AM on Friday, October 25th at the Tenison Park Golf Course, it will be a wonderful opportunity to support St. Bernard students while enjoying a beautiful golf course with all your SBS friends. If you own a business or know someone who does, this is also a great opportunity to become a sponsor and receive significant publicity. See the website below for details and registration information.



Virtue of the Month - Reverence

The virtue of the month for October is Reverance, and we will be focusing on that with our students throughout the month. Visit the link below for suggestions for home projects focusing on Reverance.

Home Projects on Reverence for October

Bubb Recycling Rescheduled

Our Bubb Recycling day has been rescheduled to a later date - TBD.

News & Photos

We need your help! We love including photos and news from sporting events and school activities, but we can't attend everything ourselves. Do you have great photos from a sports event or SBS outing? How about news or announcements you'd like to see in a future newsletter? Please send them to us! We may not be able to include every photo every week, but we'd love to have great pics from which to choose. You can also email us any additional emails you would like added to our mailing list. Submit to St. Bernard Bruin Press via email sbsbruins@gmail.com.

Lifetouch School Photos

Have you ordered your student's class pictures yet? If not, use the link below with the school code to order your package now.


School ID Code: TX079077Q0

8th Grade Pines Trip and Parent Meeting

Our 8th Grade students are looking forward to their upcoming Pines Awakening Retreat on October 9th - 11th. In preparation, there is an informational meeting for parents this Thursday, Oct. 3rd, in the cafeteria, at 6:00 PM. We will discuss required forms, recommended packing list, costs, financial assistance, and more. Please attend, and bring any questions you have.

The Indemnity (Hold Harmless/Parent Release) Form Link

Packing List

Catholic High School Preview Night

Are you the parent of a 6th or 7th grader, and wondering where to send your child for high school? Or an 8th grade parent still weighing your options? Come to Catholic High School Preview Night to get a focused view of all the Catholic High School options for your child. You will have the opportunity to hear about all the local Catholic high schools, and more importantly, ask questions about each school, their financial aid and admissions processes, and more. With two nights and two locations to choose from, you can attend when it's most convenient for you!
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Sports Concession Booth Sign-Up

Thank you to all volunteers who helped man our concession stand on Saturday. The next date for hosting the volleyball games and thus the concession stand is October 12th. We only need a few more volunteers, so please sign up if you can, especially those of you who will be there for the games.


Cross Country

Cross Country participated in its first meet Saturday under gorgeous skies. Our team ran their hearts out and we are looking to see significant improvement each week. Thanks to all who came out to Norbuck Park to cheer us on!

October 5th - Norbuck Park, around 7:30 AM start time

Flag Football

The Flag Football team remains undefeated with a convincing 31 - 13 win against St. Joseph on Sunday. Keep up the hard work, boys - we are proud of you!

NEXT GAME: Good Shepherd (Home) - Sunday10/6/19, 2:30 PM - St. Joseph Football Field

Boys Football

The Boys Football Team played down to the wire on Sunday, with a chance to take the win in the final minute of the game. Although they came up short with a final score of 24 - 22, they showed outstanding effort against a varsity Christ the King team. Way to go, boys, and thanks to all who came out to Bishop Lynch to cheer them on.

NEXT GAME: St. Rita SRS Varsity (Away) - Sunday 10/6/19, 2:00 PM - Jesuit Football Field

Girls Volleyball - 7th Grade

The 7th Grade Volleyball team had a stellar day Saturday, defeating both St. Thomas and Bishop Dunne in two sets to start conference play. With a current record of 4-0, 2-0 conference, our Lady Bruins are off to a great start! A game has been added to the schedule for tonight; Saturday will be a well-earned bye for the girls.

Note: Next game is TONIGHT; team has a bye on Saturday.

NEXT GAME: CKS (Away) - Tue. 10/1/19, 6:00 PM - Christ the King School

Girls Volleyball - 8th Grade

The 8th Grade Volleyball team won on Saturday by forfeit for the start of conference play. The team is currently 3-2, 1-0 conference, and looking forward to next week's game!

NEXT GAME: St. Rita SRS (Away) - Sat. 10/5/19, 3:00 PM - St. Rita SRS Gym


Pre-K and the Maker Space Classroom

How do our pre-K students learn best? The answer to that question can clearly be seen in our Maker Space Classroom, where a rich environment stimulates brain development and creative thinking - exactly what our youngest students need to become bright, successful, productive world citizens.

Mrs. Baldock or Mrs. Kenyon take our Pre-K students weekly to the Maker Space Classroom, and had this to say: "During enrichment in the Maker Space Classroom, we first listen to a story. Afterwards, we work together to build all sorts of things using manipulatives such as blocks, linking cubes, pattern blocks, and plastic cups. We are the architects, engineers, technicians, and mediators of the future! We love our new STEAM classroom! Thank you to all the parents who worked so hard to make it happen!"


Cheryl D'Ostrophe - PreK3

Ms. D’Ostroph grew up in Northeastern Ohio and graduated from the University of Akron. She has lived in Rockwall for the past several years. She has 2 grown children with whom she loves spending time.

She enjoys reading, gardening, relaxing on her patio, and walking her dog “Buddy” along the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard while taking in the beautiful sunsets!

“I’ve had the pleasure of working here at SBS for 17 years. It’s very exciting to take part in the beginning of a child’s educational journey! I enjoy providing the children with age-appropriate, multi-sensory experiences to help them develop academically, socially, creatively, emotionally, and spiritually. I feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful school community!”


What is your dream vacation? And who would you take with you?

My dream vacation would be a trip to Hawaii with my children.

What famous person would you like to meet some day?

I would like to meet Michelle Obama. I think she's an inspiration. She's a good role model, she carries herself with grace, and she cares a great deal about others and making their lives better.


Week 7

Students had a surprise last Tuesday, with the teachers putting on a three episode skit about faith, bringing lots of laughter while pointing out ways in which faith enters our daily life. Moms had their own entertainment Tuesday night at Smoky Rose, while teachers enjoyed a catered lunch from Campisi's on Thursday. Thursday also saw the commissioning of our teachers at Mass, as well as the presentation of a Christian Witness Award to one student in each class for living the virtue of faith. We are very proud of all the winners! The weekend started early with a half day so students and teachers could enjoy the Fair - and many of them certainly did. Yesterday, our 8th graders visited Bishop Lynch, as they continue evaluating Catholic high schools in the area before making their final decisions.



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