24. September, 2021Weekly Buzz

Good afternoon Saint Bernadette School families,

I like to mark milestones in the Buzz with today being the end of our fourth week of school, and as the 18th day in session, it means we’ve completed 10% of the school year!  We are nearing the midpoint of the first quarter so you should be paying more attention to student progress on the Parent Plus portal and helping your children start the year strong.  

Tag Day Results

During the past week, we held our first Tag Day, which brought in almost $500 for refugee resettlement efforts.  I told the students today that they should be proud of their role in helping our brothers and sisters in need.  We will have more Tag Days for special causes and undertake many service projects in the months to come through our Greater Love initiative.  Please continue to model compassion for the students.

Distance Learning Plan

The distance learning plan was shared with everyone last week and I want to reiterate the intent and purpose of this plan.  Our school is operating in a full-time face-to-face mode this year, meaning that our teachers are focused on in-person instruction so that we can continue to make up any ground lost during the prior 18 months of the pandemic.  It’s been challenging to a point that teachers are working almost non-stop to address the children’s academic needs.  We can only succeed if we all are partners in keeping our students in the building, so the distance learning plan is a small accommodation for any students who must quarantine due to direct exposure to a positive Covid-19 case.  

This plan, however, is not intended to accommodate other absences, including travel, so I am asking families to respect this as you consider hosting or visiting family and friends this year.  The state and county continue to direct us to follow CDC guidelines on travel, which Nurse Perrotta and I have shared several times and I am providing a link to them again here: CDC Domestic Travel during Covid-19 .  If we are to keep our doors open and minimize the potential inconvenience of families having to quarantine with students, our best course of action remains to keep our students, families, and staff Covid free, so I ask you to be considerate of all teachers and students as you make decisions that might impact our community.  As a reminder, if you need to report any Covid-19 exposure or travel, contact Nurse Perrotta: nurse@saintbernadetteschool.org 

SAB Meeting This Wednesday

Looking ahead to next week, the School Advisory Board will have its first meeting of the year on Wednesday.  While membership is full, we will be working on our strategic plan this year and will need committee members to tackle that project.  If you’re interested, please email me with a summary of your background so the SAB can put the best team together.  My email is: tewanciw@saintbernadetteschool.org 

Volunteer to Help HSA

WE NEED YOU!  The HSA is looking for volunteers. Please reach out with any questions to Meaghan Corrado.  meaghan.corrado@gmail.com 



To wrap up this week, the morning patrols and greeters ask that you help us with arrival by doing the following:  

  1. Complete the health screening at home before leaving for school

  2. Have students fully dressed with their mask in place at dropoff

  3. Wear your mask while our staff is greeting your car

  4. If your child is not ready to depart your car, pull into a parking space and walk them to their entrance when they are set

Thanks for reading this far but keep going for more news below, and I pray everyone has a blessed weekend!


In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw


Important Dates Ahead

September 29 School Advisory Board

October 1   Scrip Buy Out option due 

October 1    HSA Movie Night  (Rain date is October 15)

October 11   Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL  

October 23    Scarecrow Festival  2-4 pm

October 24   Fall Festival

October 29    ADW Teacher Collaboration Day, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS  


Keeping Buzzed on the Go

Mobile App

Please consider downloading the ParentPlus mobile app from Rediker Software. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/parentplus/id648334615

The app is an easy way to complete the daily health questionnaire. It also has a calendar with important school dates and allows you to view all email messages in one place. You don’t need a new login, use your existing login for PlusPortals.


Google Calendar

Underneath the school calendar is a button to sync it to your google account and calendars.



Coffee Walks & Talks

It’s officially FALL, the best time of year to get outside, and the HSA is bringing back the Grade Level Coffee Walk & Talks!! Meet and greet other parents who have children in your child(ren)’s grade(s), while getting some fresh air and exercise! BYO coffee! 

On the given dates, after morning dropoff at 8 AM, grade level parents can meet in the back parking lot, behind the church, off of Woodmoor Drive and walk the Woodmoor neighborhood together. 

If the weather doesn’t agree, don’t worry, each grade level has two dates planned, and feel free to informally organize more for your classes! See below for our schedule: 

9/29, 10/14  – PreK

9/30, 10/15  – Kindergarten

10/1, 10/18 – 1st Grade

10/4, 10/19 – 2nd Grade

10/5, 10/20 – 3rd Grade

10/6, 10/21 – 4th Grade

10/7, 10/22 – 5th Grade

10/8, 10/25 – 6th Grade

10/12, 10/26 – 7th Grade

10/13, 10/27 – 8th Grade


SING to Shine Under the Stars!

Join us under the stars next Friday, October 1, for our annual Movie Night!! This year the HSA is excited to debut SING, premiering on the SBS field at 7:30 pm.  With SING 2 being released this December, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy this fun and lighthearted film with family and friends.  

*HSA movie night rain date will be held on Friday, October 15th.


SING stars the ensemble voices ofMatthew McConaughey,Reese Witherspoon,Seth MacFarlane,Scarlett Johansson,John C. Reilly,Taron Egerton, andTori Kelly. Koala Buster Moon (McConaughey) presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. He loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. He takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine proving the message that anybody can dream big!