27. August, 2021Weekly Buzz

We reached the final weekend before school begins, and everything is coming together nicely as we prepare to welcome your students on August 31.  Our new teachers and the veterans have their rooms sparkling, with books waiting to be opened.  The last of our summer work concluded today with windows repaired, blinds installed and light bulbs replaced and floors buffed and shined!

As of today, we have 325 students enrolled!  On Tuesday, we will have 82 new students from 52 families join us on the parking lot, weather permitting, to launch the 2021-2022 school year.  As is the tradition at Saint Bernadette School, the students begin to gather on the playground by the basketball courts around 7:45 for a greeting and blessing before being led into their classrooms by the teachers at 8:00.  Families should park behind the church and school if accompanying children to the playground and the HSA will have coffee and refreshments available afterward.  With so many students and parents gathering outdoors I ask that we all respect that the majority of students will not be vaccinated and use our face masks if we are not maintaining sufficient social distance from each other.

I reported last week that our teaching staff is complete with the addition this summer of  Mr. Brown in 4th grade, Ms. Calice in 6th grade, and Ms. Goudreau in 1st grade, but we still are seeking an instructional assistant to work with our Kindergarten team.  Please reach out to me if you are up for the joy and challenge of working with these children, or if you know someone who might be! Also, we will have one temporary staff change to begin the school year as Mrs. Sallah has returned to her hometown for a family matter.  Please keep her family in your prayers, and until she returns, Mrs. Baravechia will be teaching middle school language arts.

While we now have waiting lists in both Pre-K and Kindergarten, we will accept applications in the other grades and will be hosting our first Open House on Wednesday, September 8, from 4:00 to 6:00.  If you know someone whose children can benefit from our rigorous and faith-filled education, have them reach out to Ms. Fridley in our admissions office (efridley@saintbernadetteschool.org) or pass their name onto her and let them know about our Open House.  If you have not yet registered for our extended day program, which begins on Sept. 1, you should contact Mrs. Nguyen in the business office (tuition@stbernadetteschurch.org).  

I urge you to read Nurse Perrotta’s email from this morning as it contains many important items about the school’s protocols for Covid -19 as we begin the year, and she also included information about required student health records and other procedures.

In closing, this is not the last you will hear from me or the office before Tuesday, but if you have any questions or concerns about the start of school, please reach out to us or your children’s teachers at any time.  Have a wonderful final weekend of summer, and stand firm in the faith!  (State in Fide)

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw


Important Dates Ahead

August 29:   New Family/Mentor reception after mass 

August 30:   Supply Drop Off from 1:00 to 3:00 

August 31:  FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2021-2022 

September 1:   Extended Day Program begins 

September 6:   Labor Day, NO SCHOOL 

September 8:   Open House for Prospective Families from 4:00 to 6:00 

September 8:   Home School Association meeting at 7:00

September 9:   8th Grade Parent meeting at 7:00 

September 14:  Back-to-School night for Grades 1 and 3

September 15:  Back-to-School night for Grades 2 and 4

September 16:  Back-to-School night for Grades 5 and Middle School

October 11:   Columbus Day, No School