10. September, 2021Weekly Buzz

Good afternoon Saint Bernadette School families,

Next week will be the first big test.  Can we handle a full five-day week of school?!  The answer is yes, of course.  The teachers and students have hit a good stride already, and instruction is happening at a steady pace.  You’ll learn more about what’s going on in the classrooms during Back-to-School nights next week.  For each child, only one parent is asked to attend each session since these meetings will be held in the homerooms.  During this time, you’ll learn the expectations for the students this year.  These meetings will be in person.

Home School Association

You should have gotten by email earlier today the presentation from the HSA meeting held on Wednesday.  Thank you to the HSA Executive Board of Meaghan Corrado, Meg Lewis, Erica O’Neill, and Jessica Marconi for a wonderful launch to a year that promises to keep everyone engaged.  The SignUp Geniuses referenced in the presentation will be published next week, so you have not missed any opportunities to participate yet.

Family Survey–Please return Monday!

However, the Family Survey mentioned has already been mailed to your homes, and we need to submit this report early next week.  Much of our state and other funding relies on the full completion of this survey, so please help us maximize this funding by getting your survey into the office on Monday!

Health Screening

I hope most of the snags in the health screening tool have been eliminated.  Since we are seeing a higher incidence of positive Covid tests in our community, we need this completed diligently for all students.  So far, the revised screening is working well, but I continue to advise that we are counting on you to follow the correct protocols each morning and to keep Nurse Perrotta aware of any student health concerns.   

Staff Updates

Today we bid farewell to Ms. Belknap as she heads to the Baltimore School for the Arts, but I am happy to introduce you to Mrs. Siena Baker, who begins as our music teacher on Monday.  Mrs. Baker has been the lead soprano with our parish choir for the past seven years, so many of you already have heard her sing, and she most recently taught at Christ Episcopal School in Rockville. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Catholic University and a Master of Education degree from Loyola University.  I am excited that our students will be transitioning from one highly talented music teacher to another!  While I’m on the subject of music, have you signed your child up for instrumental lessons yet?  That form is attached to this Buzz.  One last staffing note is that we still need an aide for Kindergarten.  Please pass this link on to anyone that might be interested:  https://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=3670239

Enrollment for Current School Year Still Open

Our school continues to attract new families, with another new student starting today, so I want to repeat my enrollment pitch:  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 registered for our extended day program yet, you should contact Mrs. Nguyen (tuition@stbernadetteschurch.org).  

That’s it for this week from me, and as we head into a weekend marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11, please join us in continued prayer for peace in our world. I hope everyone has a glorious weekend, and I’ll see you at Back-to-School nights next week!


In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw



Important Dates Ahead

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

October 23   Scarecrow Festival  

October 24  Fall Festival


News from the HSA

Here is your first newsletter of the year from the Home and School Association! Click the link to view: https://mailchi.mp/d50cfcc6d966/hsa-fall-newsletter-2021


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