Sunny September

Bruin Press September 10, 2019 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT



Thursday, Sep. 12th - 8 AM - School Mass, led by 5th Grade - Exaltation of the Cross/Holy Name of Mary

Friday, Sep. 13th - Fourth Turn In Date for Raffle Ticket Contest

Friday, Sep. 13th - 2:30 PM, Gym - Fall Pep Rally

Saturday, Sep. 14th - 6:15, Grand Salon - SSVM Presentation, Tour of Convent, Potluck Dinner


Wednesday, Sep. 18th - Ursuline/Jesuit Visits by 8th Grade

Thursday, Sep.19th - North Texas Giving Day

Thursday, Sep.19th - 6:00 PM, Cafeteria - Home and School Potluck Dinner

Friday, Sep. 20th - 6:00 PM, Cafeteria - SBS Carnival Bingo Night

Friday, Sep. 21st - 12-9 PM - SBS Carnival

Monday, Sep. 23rd - School Photos

Friday, Sep. 27th - HALF DAY, dismissal at 12:10 - Fair Day

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

Saturday, Oct. 5th - Bubb Recycling Day

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


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Fall Pep Rally - Friday, September 13th

The first Pep Rally of the year is this Friday at the end of the school day, during which we will announce and celebrate all of our young athletes in Fall Sports Programs - Let's Go, Bruin Athletes! Come show your School Spirit! Athletes will be allowed to wear their team jerseys and parents are welcomed to attend.

Convent Tour, Presentation, Potluck Dinner - Saturday, September 14th

We give thanks to God for having been with St. Bernard's Community for two months now! We would like to thank everyone for their gracious hospitality and generosity in receiving us into the community! September 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, a major feast day for our Religious Community. All are welcome to join us Friday, September 13th at 6:00 PM for the Vigil Mass of Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

We would also like to invite you to join us on Saturday, September 14th at 6:15 PM for a bilingual presentation about our community Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matata, SSVM, followed by an open house of the convent and a potluck dinner in the Grand Salon Room.

We hope you will be able to join us for all or even part of the celebrations!

Mother Servant of the Cross and Sister Angeles

Scheduled Giving is Now Open!

North Texas Giving Day is just 9 days away! Did you know you can schedule your online gift today? Now through September 18th at midnight, just go to

All those who donate at least $100 will be entered in a raffle to win two free Gala tickets to the Adolphus this year! This is an outstanding opportunity to support our school and get free tickets to the event of the year!

Why support SBS through North Texas Giving Day? Read the Pagels' testimonial below about how SBS was such a wonderful gift for their son, Stevie. And there are many more stories of how your funds - large and small - truly help transform our students from eager young children into the bright, motivated, and faith-filled adults our world needs.


"St. Bernard of Clairvaux created a safe learning environment where my son, Stevie Pagel, was valued, and his love for others and for learning was truly fostered. We give because we want to ensure that the same positive experiences that we had will continue to pave the way for future generations. We give because we want to make sure that SBS' most valuable resources - our teachers - are adequately recognized for their dedication and hard work.

Stevie attended St. Bernard’s for 10 years. He started as a pre-K baby and ended up an amazing, intelligent, and kindhearted young man! As a Catholic family, our goal was to have our son in a religious school where he could learn his Faith and become a man of morals. I thank St. Bernard’s for helping us educate our son to become just that. St. Bernard’s is our parish and our Catholic home. We will be forever grateful for the kindness of the teachers, staff, and clergy who guided our son on this journey. Ms. Sally Walsh is a shining star of St. Bernard’s as she walked with Stevie and helped him grow in knowledge and independence!! Thanks to everyone at St. Bernard of Clairvaux who participated in Stevie’s education! He is a great kid!!!! Y’all did a great job!! And this is why we give!"

Polly Hendler Pagel, mother of Stevie Pagel, a former SBS student who now attends Bishop Lynch

Home & School Potluck Dinner - Thursday, September 19th

Our annual H&S Potluck Dinner is approaching, and the date coincides with North Texas Giving Day! Besides great food, important announcements, door prizes, and fellowship. Don't miss this exciting event!

Classroom dish assignments are as follows:

Main Course - 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th

Side Dish - PK4, Kinder, 1st, 8th

Dessert - PK3, 3rd, 5th

The main course will be centered around chicken dishes, with corresponding sides. Bring enough to feed 4 - 8 people per dish.

Church Carnival - Friday, September 20th - Saturday, September 21st

Friday Evening - 6 PM, Cafeteria - Bingo Night

Saturday 12 - 9 PM - Food, Games, & Entertainment

Eager to see Mr. McCormick in the Dunk Tank? Eat your favorite carnival food and win fun prizes? Here is your chance for the whole family - and all your friends and neighbors - to enjoy a festive and fun-filled day. So mark your calendars now and look out for your sign up sheets.

The carnival raffle ticket competition is heating up as we enter the final week! See Bruin Business for the latest tallies.


Parent Participation Needed at St. Bernard Community Carnival

Do you know what game booth your class is in charge of? Have you signed up for your time slot to man that booth? Each grade is responsible for manning its booth from noon-6pm, and for the prizes for the booth as well. There will be a contest for best decorated booth, so bring your ideas and creativity. Parent Bears are in charge of sending out a sign up sheet for time slots, so please contact them for further details.

Carnival Raffle Ticket Update

That pizza and ice cream party for the class selling the most raffle tickets is not far off now, with just this week and next to sell those tickets! Tickets are $5 apiece, or 5/$20, and more can be obtained from the office if you have sold all those you have.

As of the end of last week, 4th Grade is in first place, with 3rd Grade close behind. However, 8th Grade is now coming in strong. Will there be a dark horse winner next week?

Concession Stand Signup Genius

An important note from Coach Weaver:

SBS Athletics and the Athletic Committee are looking for volunteers to help man the concession stand while our Bruins are playing at home. If you are interested in obtaining FUN volunteer hours please click on the Sign Up Genius link below and select the times that you wish to volunteer. NEXT DATE NEEDED FOR CONCESSION VOLUNTEERS IS SEP. 28TH.

Concession Stand Sign Up:

Catholic High School Preview Night

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REMINDER: Virtue of the Month is Faith

Did you take the time out of your busy week last Tuesday to read about our Virtue of the Month - FAITH? No worries, if you didn't here is a friendly reminder.

Click here to download the Parent Guide to our Virtues in Practice.

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Cross Country

Cross country practices have begun! Our runners meet Saturdays at 10 AM at Norbuck Park. There will also be 4 meets at Norbuck Park beginning Sep. 28th and running through October. For further information, please see the DPL site on Cross Country:

Cross Country Information

Flag Football

Flag Football Schedule - Click here

The flag football team will be playing its first game of the season on Sunday, Sep. 15th at the STA Football Field at 1:15 PM. They will be playing the MIS 6th Grade team in their first outing. Go Bruins!

Boys Football

Boys Varsity Football Schedule - Click here

The boys varsity football team (which is listed under St. Patrick in the schedule above) will be playing their first game of the season this coming Sunday, Sep. 15th at Bishop Lynch at 2:00 PM. They will be playing a non-conference game against STA. Come on out and cheer them on!

Girls Volleyball - 7th Grade

7th Grade Volleyball Schedule - Click here

The 7th Grade volleyball team will be starting its season with a non-conference game against St. Mark at the St. Mark Gym on Saturday, Sep. 14th at 1:00 PM. Let's go, Bruins!

Girls Volleyball - 8th Grade

8th Grade Volleyball Schedule - Click here

The 8th Grade volleyball team began its season with non-conference games against POP and Holy Trinity this past Saturday at the St. Bernard gym, splitting the games with a win against POP and a loss to Holy Trinity. Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Lady Bruins!

They will be playing a non-conference game against All Saints next Saturday, Sep. 14th, at 12:00 PM at All Saints.


Middle School Religion

Middle school religion teacher Sr. Angeles is introducing the Mark Hart Middle School Bible Study series for our 6th - 8th graders this year. In this series, dynamic teen presenter Mark Hart makes the Bible come alive for modern Catholic teens by unpacking God’s Word in a way they can relate to, allowing them to come face-to-face with the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

For example, 7th Grade is doing the series on Thy Kingdom Come, which takes an in-depth journey into the authentic life of Jesus as seen in the Gospel of Matthew. In Matthew 6:20,24, Jesus says, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon." Students discussed the concept of mammon - a term used to describe gluttony, excessive materialism, greed, and unjust worldly gain - and were asked, "What is your mammon?" Answers were both honest and thought-provoking: cell phones, social media, x-box, sweets, sleeping - and led to further discussion on the role of these items in their lives as young Christians.

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Mother Teresa

Did the name of Mother Teresa come up this past week? Canonized as a saint on September 4, 2016, her feast day is celebrated on September 5th, as she died on that day in 1997. Sister Angeles spoke this week with her classes about meeting Mother Teresa, and about her life and work.

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Southeastern Europe in 1910. She lived in India for most of her life, working as a nun among the destitute people of the Calcutta slums. She founded the Missionaries of Charity religious order, which has grown to over 4500 nuns active in over 100 countries today. Winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, she traveled the globe, meeting popes, presidents, and royalty. But she never forgot her mission of serving the poorest of the poor, always willing to take on the most menial tasks. In fact, she often said she was simply "God's pencil - a tiny bit of pencil with which he writes what he likes."

Mother Teresa stressed the importance of prayer, love, humility, kindness, forgiveness, compassion - all traits we hope to inspire in our SBS students on their journey through life.


Sr. Maria de los Angeles Garcias, SSVM, 6th-8th Grade History and Religion

I joined the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, the female branch of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word, on March 19, 1988. After my novitiate, I professed my first vows on March 19, 1990 and my final vows on October 20, 1996. After my formation years in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina, I was assigned to the community of Sisters serving at a school there. Recently, I served at Saint Joseph Academy in Santa Clara, California as a teacher in 3rd-8th grades, Assistant Principal, and Principal from 2008 to the spring of 2019. I enjoy singing and playing the guitar, cooking, hiking, and outdoor activities.

Sister Angeles was captured diving into teaching her first few weeks of school in this featured picture in The Texas Catholic Newspaper.


What is the most interesting place you have travelled?

The Holy Land and Rome - when I was there, I wished I could have stayed there to live. It left me speechless.

What is your favorite book or movie and why?

One of my favorite books is Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Caussade, S.J., because it keeps me focused on doing the will of God no matter what.

What famous person would you like to meet some day?

Saint John Bosco, because he is the patron of the youth and the children.


This past week was short but busy, as the SBS community gears up for North Texas Giving Day and the Carnival, both important fundraisers for our school and community. Many of our students had the opportunity to interact with Bishop Lynch students this week as the BL students began volunteer service hours helping out at SBS. Meanwhile, extracurricular activity ramped up this week, with the After School Drama Program beginning Thursday, and sports teams all hard at work practicing for the start of the fall season.


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