Gearing up for Carnival

Bruin Press September 17, 2019 Edition

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School

Laurie Senecal , M.Ed., LDT, CALT


Message From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

September is off to a great start! The first pep rally of the year was a huge success. Thanks to our very own DJ, Mr. Coronado, the students enjoyed entertaining music along with dancing, a hula hoop contest, volleyball game, and of course, all things athletic. Go Bruins! The SBS band is now in its 6th week of formation. This elective is led by Mr. Balettie, Bishop Lynch’s Band Director. There is still time to join so if you have a 5th-8th grade student and want to learn more, please email me for more information. Shakespeare Dallas is in full swing. Students are learning the basics of acting and drama through theatre games, improvisation, creative movement, and theatre history. Clubs and organizations will be up and running soon now that school is in full swing.

This is a busy week for the St. Bernard school and parish community. Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter and mark important dates on your calendar. Don’t miss the Home and School General Meeting & Potluck Dinner on Thursday (9/19), Bingo on Friday (9/20), Carnival on Saturday (9/21), and the All School Student Mass on Sunday (9/22). I hope to see everyone at these SBS events. Your involvement and participation in these events is critical to their success. They provide a great opportunity for fun, fellowship, and shared experiences for our school and church.

Our first Coffee and Conversation is Wednesday, September 25th, at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. Join me in an open, informal forum where we’ll discuss what’s happening at SBS and answer any questions you may have. I hope you can make it!

May God bless you and all who contribute to the important work done on behalf of the children of St. Bernard School. Please continue to keep our school in your prayers.

Your Partner in Education,

Laurie Senecal, M.Ed., LDT, CALT


St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School


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

Thursday, Sep. 19th - 8 AM - School Mass, led by 4th Grade - St. Matthew

Thursday, Sep.19th - North Texas Giving Day

Thursday, Sep.19th - 6:00 PM, Cafeteria - H&S General Meeting and Potluck Dinner

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

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

Sunday, Sep 22nd - 11 AM - ALL School Mass

Monday, Sep. 23rd - School Photos

Tuesday, Sep. 24th - 6-8 PM, Smoky Rose - SBS Mom's Night Out

See Upcoming Events after Bruin Business this week.


Scheduled Giving is Now Open!

North Texas Giving Day is just 2 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? Your donation will help to continue the tradition of offering families an affordable quality, faith-based education in a safe and nurturing environment.Your donation will help with much needed campus improvements and our new STEAM initiatives.



H&S General Meeting & Potluck Dinner- Thursday, September 19th

Our First H&S General Meeting is this Thursday, we traditionally start our first H&S meeting with a potluck dinner. Bring your assigned dish and stay for school updates and announcements from our Principal and Committee chairs. Do not miss out on this opportunity for fellowship and good food!

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

Friday Evening - 6 - 9 PM, Cafeteria - Bingo Night

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

Feeling lucky? Start out this exciting weekend with Bingo Night on Friday. Food, Beer and Margaritas will be served at 6:00 PM, with bingo to follow at 6:30 PM.

After a good night's rest, come ready to enjoy the Carnival all day Saturday starting at 12PM. There will be face painting, bounce houses, and games for the kids; beer, wine, and margarita machines for the adults; and live entertainment and tons of food for everyone. Bring the whole family and plan to stay for the day!

Carnival Dunking Booth - Saturday, September 20th

The dunking booth is ready, and the brave have committed. Eager to try your hand at dunking the principal, the pastor, or your favorite teacher? Check the schedule below and plan your time accordingly!
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Carpool Changes for Thursday/Friday Due to Carnival!

With carnival set-up in progress Thursday and Friday of this week, carpool will be moved from the back of the school to the front drive for both days, before and after school.

Parent Participation Needed at St. Bernard Community Carnival

CALLING ALL DADS! We really need your help setting up for the Carnival Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 - 9 PM, and possibly Friday evening as well. In addition, we need help with last minute set-up from 9:30 AM - 12 PM on Saturday, manning the Dad's Club Booth during the carnival, and clean-up after 9 PM. Please be generous with your time and effort!!

See the signup genius below to secure your times:


Carnival Raffle Ticket Update

We are in the home stretch for carnival raffle ticket sales! Besides a pizza and ice cream party for the class selling the most raffle tickets, the top selling student will receive a $200 visa card! The overall lead remains 4th grade, but 5th grade is working hard to catch up. However, the leader in ticket sales for last week was kindergarten - good job, Kindergarteners!

There is still time to turn in last minute tickets before the contest deadline Wednesday at 3 PM, so stay tuned for upsets. Will Pre-K outsell 3rd? 1st and 2nd are neck and neck. 7th GRADE - WHERE ARE YOU!!?? Parents, don't let your class come in last place - bring those tickets in tomorrow!!!


Wednesday, Sep. 25th - 8 AM, Cafeteria - Coffee & Conversation with the Principal

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

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

Tuesday, Oct. TBD - 6:30 PM, The Lot - First Gala Meeting

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

Monday, Oct. 7th - 6:30 PM, Location TBD - Dad's Club Meeting


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Sports Concession Booth Sign-Up

Thanks to those volunteers who helped man the concession booth during our volleyball games on September 7th. We will next need volunteers for Saturday, September 28th, from 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM. The work is easy, the games are fun to watch, and the volunteer hours can add up!

Cross Country

FIRST MEET: September 28th, Norbuck Park

Flag Football

The flag football team was scheduled to play their first game against MIS 6th Grade on Sunday, but unfortunately, the game was cancelled due to the heat. Hopefully next weekend will be cooler!

NEXT GAME: St. Patrick (Away) - Sunday 9/22/19, 12:00 PM, St. Joseph Football Field

Boys Football

The boys football team against St. Thomas was also cancelled Sunday due to the heat, but rescheduled for Monday evening. Although the team lost the game, they gained valuable experience playing as a team of new players from three different schools. Thanks to all who showed up to cheer them on!

NEXT GAME: St. Monica (Home) - Sunday 9/22/19, 2:00 PM - Bishop Lynch

Girls Volleyball - 7th Grade

The 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated St. Mark's on Saturday, winning both the first and third sets. Definitely a promising start to the season!

NEXT GAME: St. Paul (Away) - Sat. 9/21/19, 10:00AM - St. Joseph Gym

Girls Volleyball - 8th Grade

The 8th Grade Volleyball team also won their game on Saturday, defeating All Saints in two sets. Great job, girls!

NEXT GAME: St. Joseph (Away) - Sat. 9/21/19, 9:00 AM - St. Joseph Gym


St. Bernard Unsung Heroes

St. Bernard of Clairvaux thrives on the tremendous amount of work and outpouring of love from our school and church volunteers. Behind the scenes is where much of this effort takes place, in the evenings after regular work days or during spare time on weekends. Pictured below is Louis, our facilities manager, hard at work putting together our Carnival games for this weekend, and Mark Vasquez, a 7th grade parent, helping assemble our donated greenhouse. Our community is blessed over and over again by the willingness of these unsung heroes to give of their time, effort, and talent.

Our students not only learn from their example, but also learn the importance of recognizing all the unsung heroes in our lives and communities. This past week brought remembrances of 9/11 and all those who risk their lives to keep us safe. Students Alexa & Ashleigh Sutton thoughtfully provided Engine 53 with some sweet treats from Henke’s Bakery on September 11th as a way to say “thank you” for their service, as well as to remember the sacrifices of those fellow emergency workers who lost their lives 18 years ago.

St. Bernard's salutes all the unsung heroes in our lives!!


Cynthia Jordan, 2nd Grade

Cynthia Jordan received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Oklahoma (Boomer! Sooner!). She lives in Lake Highlands with her husband, Kevin, to whom she has been married for 35 years. She spends her free time reading, cooking, but mostly spending time with family and friends. Before coming to SBS, she was a substitute teacher with the Diocese of Dallas for nine years, teaching Pre-school through 8th grade. She worked part time while raising her three boys: Chris, Matthew, and Nicholas. This is Ms. Jordan’s ninth year serving the St. Bernard parish community.

“I look forward to the upcoming school year with excitement! I love being a part of this great community! As the Second Grade Homeroom and Religion Teacher, I am blessed to help our students prepare for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. I look forward to it with excitement!”


1. What is your dream vacation, and who would you take with you?

My dream vacation would be to vacation at the Island St. John in the Virgin Islands and spend a week in the Caribbean on a yacht (with a chef!). I would love to spend the time with my family - Kevin, Chris, Matthew, and Nicholas. I would spend at least 14+ days!

2. What is the most interesting place to which you have travelled?

Two of my favorite places were Costa Rico, and while on a 7 day cruise with my family, we visited Antigua Island with 375 beaches (one for each day of the year) - sooo beautiful!

3. What famous person would you like to meet some day?

I think one person I would like to meet one day is President Jimmy Carter. He has great faith, is a great author, and is so knowledgeable about the Middle East.


Week 5

This past week our students kept busy with their studies, while Bishop Lynch students continued earning volunteer hours helping out throughout the school. The week ended with a rousing pep rally in the gym celebrating our athletes, including a spirited hula hoop competition between Mother Servant and Ms. Jordan. Watch the video below to see the winner!
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News & Photos

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