11. November, 2021Weekly Buzz

By now, first-quarter report cards are finalized and you should have gotten them by email and also can see them in the e-locker on the Parent Plus portal.  We are looking forward to productive parent/teacher conferences this afternoon and tomorrow, and please remember that there will be no school for students tomorrow due to these conferences.

My update on Covid-19 in the school is not so positive since our case count has quadrupled in a week, one classroom is shut down for 10 days, and a staff member has tested positive.  If we all do not step up our efforts to get Covid-19 out of the school, I worry about the impact on us at school and on families that will need to stay home with children during quarantine.  With about half of our student body not vaccinated, we must rely on those who are to be mindful of still following best practices to prevent the spread of this virus.  In particular, students are to remain masked in school all day and after school until they are in their cars or until the walkers have crossed Woodmoor Drive.  Parents who are not masked at dismissal are requested to stay by their cars.  We have no tolerance for mask abuse in the school, and students who ignore this will not be allowed in the building.  

We expect everyone to follow physical distance, mask, and hygiene guidelines, and I also want to impress the importance of vaccination now that the vaccine is available to most of our students.  Pope Francis and Cardinal Gregory have encouraged everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, teaching that vaccination should be viewed as an act of charity that promotes the common good. Here are several resources for your consideration: 


The Thanksgiving Food Drive began this week and your support has been magnificent!  In addition to these food donations, we have a tagged day planned for the McKenna Center next Thursday.  Thank you to all for your commitment to helping those in need around us!  

Finally, a few more notes of thanks are in order.  First, the faculty and staff were thrilled for the breakfast provided to them today by the Home School Association and all parents, so thank you for brightening our morning!  Next, tomorrow I will have the pleasure of seeing Meaghan Corrado and Brian Dewey honored by the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County as our school’s volunteer of the year and business partner of the year, respectively.  I am very grateful for both of them and all of you whose work has kept Saint Bernadette School thriving over the past year.  To close, I share below a Veterans Day prayer that we said in school this morning. May everyone have a blessed weekend!


In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw


A Prayer for Veterans

Father, bless our veterans and all who serve our nation defending our freedom.

For those who bravely gave their lives, grant them eternal rest.

For those who are serving, give them courage.

For those who served, we offer our gratitude.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


 Source: Catholic Digest



Important Dates Ahead

November 8-18  Thanksgiving Food Drive-More information below

November 11     NOON DISMISSAL– Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 12    NO SCHOOL–Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 18    TAG Day–Fr. McKenna Center $1 minimum donation

November 20   ECHO Dinner to benefit Fund-A-Scholar

November 22      Picture retake day–regular uniform

November 24-26    NO SCHOOL–Thanksgiving Break

December 1       HSPT test–8th Grade



From the Health Office

Parents, please be aware that you are expected to notify the school as soon as possible of any absence due to illness, a student testing positive for COVID-19, and when a student has had close contact with a person with confirmed or probable COVID-19. Please know that we are mandated to report any communicable disease of a student or staff member to the county health department (COMAR 10.06.01). This is a vital part of keeping our entire school community safe.

As a reminder, our school illness policy states that you should not send your child to school if they:

  • Have had a fever in the past 24 hours (they must be fever free without the help of medication)

  • Are vomiting and/or have had diarrhea in the past 24 hours

  • Have strep throat (they must no longer have a fever and have taken antibiotics for at least 12 hours before returning to school)

  • Have head lice (they must be treated before returning)

  • Have conjunctivitis (pink eye) with drainage 

Please remember that your child should be able to wear a face mask comfortably while they are in school. If your child attends school with a runny nose or cough and is unable to keep their mask on, we will ask you to pick your child up. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread their illness to other children and staff.  Please make a plan ahead of time for childcare in case you are called to pick your sick child up from school. Pick up of an ill or injured child should be arranged within a timely manner.  


Please call the school’s health room at 301-593-5611, Ext. 123 if you have any questions or concerns.