25. January, 2022Buzz

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21. January, 2022Weekly Buzz

Important Dates    

January 30  Catholic Schools Week Open House, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

January 30 – February 4  Catholic Schools Week

February 4   NOON DISMISSAL: Teacher Appreciation Day

February 18   NO SCHOOL: Pastor’s Holiday

February 21   NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day


The second quarter ended today and report cards will be published next week.  For our Pre-K and Kindergarten students, it will be their first report card of the year, so reach out to the office if you need assistance logging on to the ParentPlus Portal for access.  Rediker also told me yesterday that they still have not resolved issues with the daily health screening.  If this affects your family, let me know what messages you receive when trying to log on each morning.

We closed out this week with all classes in-person although we continue to see some individuals test positive or have exposure to positive Covid-19 cases.  Therefore, I stress again the importance of following our best practices and the necessary mitigation steps such as providing quality masks to your children and keeping sick students at home so we can avoid additional disruptions to in-person instruction.

The School Advisory Board met last night to review the budget for the 2022-2023 school year.  I am grateful for the commitment of these parents who advocate for each of you as we work to keep tuition manageable while improving our education offering.  Once finalized with the parish finance committee, I expect to announce our tuition rate next week.

Let me repeat two items from the last Buzz.  We need a team of database management committee volunteers to further build our alumni fundraising base.  See below for more information on this.  Also, we are a week away from our Open House for prospective students that kicks off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 30.  If you know someone whose children would thrive in our rigorous, faith-based school, I hope you would encourage them to attend the open house or to contact Erin Fridley, our Enrollment Manager, at admissions@saintbernadetteschool.org to arrange a tour of Saint Bernadette School! 

 

Finally, the Youth Rally and Mass for Life were held today in Washington, D.C., and I’m sharing a prayer below that we said in school today.  Please pray for all those marching for life this afternoon.  Have a great weekend and get ready for a tremendous third quarter!

 

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

Heavenly Father, touch our hearts with your compassion that we may
care for and respect every person, especially the unborn and the elderly,
knowing that every life is a gift from you.  Amen.

 

 

 


 

Help Our Advancement Team with Marketing

The marketing team needs volunteers to join a Database Management Committee and earn 1-3 tier credits.

  • Year round role 

  • Work can be completed on your own time

  • Enter, clean and manage our constituent database

  • Create targeted lists for communication

  • Experience using Excel, Little Green Light or other donor management tools is a plus!

Email Alison Whitty at awhitty@saintbernadetteschool.org  if you are interested and note if you would like to lead this committee. 

 

14. January, 2022Weekly Buzz

Important Dates    

January 17 NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

January 18  MLK Day of Service Project (See below)

January 21  NOON DISMISSAL: Last Day of the Second Quarter

January 30 Catholic Schools Week Open House, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

January 30 – February 4 Catholic Schools Week (Schedule to come)

February 4  NOON DISMISSAL: Teacher Appreciation Day

February 18  NO SCHOOL: Pastor’s Holiday

February 21  NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day


It’s nice to get in one full week of school this month as we are nearing the end of the second quarter.  Please take time this weekend to review the progress of your students so everything can be completed by next Friday, January 21.  For those with children in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten who have yet to receive a report card this year, report cards will be published to the Parent Plus Portal the week of January 24, so reach out to the office if you need assistance logging on to this platform.  Also, we have heard from many parents this week who could not access the daily health screening, and Rediker is working to identify and correct the cause.

While we navigate the current surge of the Omicron variant throughout the DMV, we have had to make difficult decisions to limit our events.  The Echo Dinner for this month and the Gala scheduled for February are both postponed until later in the year.  In the meantime, our development team is working on new events for the spring, so stay tuned for announcements about a golf tournament, Fun Run, and parent event to be added to Spirit Week slate featuring Field Day and the Powder Puff!

If you were counting on the postponed events to earn tier credits, we have another opportunity for you: We need a team of database management committee volunteers to further build our alumni fundraising base.  See below for more information on this!

Looking ahead to the end of the month, I want to draw your attention to our Open House for prospective students that kicks off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 30.  If you know someone whose children would thrive in our rigorous, faith-based school, I hope you would encourage them to attend the open house or to contact Erin Fridley, our Enrollment Manager, at admissions@saintbernadetteschool.org to arrange a tour of Saint Bernadette School! That’s enough for now, so I will close with a reminder that there is no school on Monday, but please consider supporting the MLK Day of Service project also detailed below.  Have a blessed weekend and keep our students safe and healthy.

 

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

 


Tiering Up With Marketing

The marketing team needs volunteers to join a Database Management Committee and earn 1-3 tier credits.

  • Year round role 

  • Work can be completed on your own time

  • Enter, clean, and manage our constituent database

  • Create targeted lists for communication

  • Experience using Excel, Little Green Light, or other donor management tools is a plus!

Email Alison Whitty at awhitty@saintbernadetteschool.org  if you are interested and note if you would like to lead this committee. 

 


Support Shepherd’s Table with MLK Day of Service Project

Greater Love is asking you to join us for an MLK Day of Service Project. We are answering a call of need for The Shepherd’s Table. Your family can join in the project by making a bagged lunch or a casserole to donate, which we will collect and deliver to them next week. Below is the bag lunch list and the two most requested casserole recipes but you also can make your own! Deliver the lunches and casseroles on Tuesday morning, January 18, starting at dropoff through 8:30 a.m. There will be carts out front of the school by the office to drop off food items. If you have any questions please reach out to Lisa Collins at lmgitt@hotmail.com or Meg McNally at megjohnsonskc@gmail.com.

MLK Day of Service is a day for service that empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”  Thank you for your support of this Greater Love initiative.

BAGGED LUNCHES

A much-appreciated bag lunch generally consists of items such as a sandwich or two, a piece of fruit, a bag of chips or cookies, and a juice box or water bottle.

Sandwich Guidelines: As far as sandwiches go, we like to go with:

– peanut butter and jelly, or

– any combination of turkey/ham/roast beef/cheese (clients usually prefer these as they are more filling)

Please do NOT add condiments to the sandwich as they make them soggy. If you have condiment packets, feel free to add them in with your donation.

 

CASSEROLES

11 ¾” × 9 ¼” Casserole/Lasagna Pan(s). 

Zippy Beef

Ingredients needed:

• 1 lb. Ground beef

• 8 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked

• 1 can cream of mushroom soup (10 ½ oz.)

• ¾ cups milk

• 2 tbsp. Instant minced onion

• 2/3 cup ketchup

• ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

• ¼ cup green pepper, chopped

• 1 tsp. Salt

Cook and stir meat until browned. Drain off fat. Mix together all remaining ingredients, except cheese, into a casserole pan. Stir in meat. Top with cheddar cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes at 350-degrees. Cool, cover with wax paper then cover with aluminum foil and record date and casserole name. Freeze.

 

Macaroni and Cheese (VEGETARIAN)

Ingredients needed:

2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked

1/2 cup margarine

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Pepper

1/2 cup Flour

2 cups milk

10 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup bread crumbs

Cook macaroni according to directions on the box. Drain and set aside. Sauté onions in margarine, and add salt and pepper. Slowly stir in flour. Cook over low heat until the mixture is smooth and bubbly. Stir in milk. Add in cheese and continue stirring until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked macaroni and pour into the casserole.

Here’s a link to additional recipes from Shepherd’s Table:  Shepherd’s Table Sandwich & Casserole Call to Action

7. January, 2022Weekly Buzz

Important Dates    

January 22      ECHO Dinner postponed

January 30      Catholic Schools Week Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

January 30-February 4      Catholic Schools Week (Schedule to come)


Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! 

Yesterday was January 6, the traditional date for Epiphany, and therefore is remembered as Little Christmas in many cultures. I remember celebrating it with my Ukrainian grandfather as a youth, so it was nice to hear many students wish me a Merry Christmas during my classroom visits throughout the day and I share the same with you. It is a blessing to be part of a Catholic school community where Christmas is evident past boxing day and where our mission is guided by Christ’s promise of peace to the world.  I reminded the students this week that it is our calling to do this work.

 

Jumping to today, I am grateful for the snow days this week because they help us limit any further spread of Covid-19 in the school.  While many students have tested positive since Christmas break began, only one has been in the building in 2022 and all close contacts have been notified.  Thank you to everyone for taking the necessary steps of providing quality masks to your children and keeping sick students at home.  The students are especially vigilant at school and are helping us keep in-person instruction going strong.  Still, if the Omicron surge gets too entrenched, our staff is ready to handle any form of hybrid instruction or virtual learning.  We hope that’s the last resort, so let’s keep doing the right stuff!

 

That’s all I have for now.  This is a very short Buzz, but I reserve the right to update you tomorrow or Sunday if warranted.  Have a great weekend, stay safe, and let me and the nurse know immediately of any Covid-19 exposures or incidents. Thank you.

 

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

3. January, 2022Buzz

17. December, 2021Weekly Buzz

At Mass this morning our students heard the beginning of the Gospel according to Matthew in which the genealogy of Jesus Christ was listed over 42 generations, thereby giving them an idea of how long the faithful were preparing, and today also marks the beginning of the “O Antiphons” of Advent proclaiming Christ’s coming over the next seven days (click here for the link).  So with this backdrop and since the next Buzz will be in January after Epiphany, on behalf of all the faculty and staff of Saint Bernadette School along with Monsignor Smith and the rectory staff, today I wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas and Glorious New Year!  

 

Many of my cherished childhood Christmas memories included singing carols at Christmas Eve Mass with snow often falling outside.  My favorite remains “O Holy Night” and I think that song holds strong importance again this year because we still encounter a “weary world” following several challenging months of keeping our students healthy and prospering in the classrooms. Yet, our faith reminds us to trust in Divine Providence at Christmastime and to greet it like the “thrill of hope” it is.

 

This is my simple prayer for everyone at Christmas: Rejoice in the promise of Christmas, which is the Resurrection.  Embrace the love and peace of Christ and share it with others as we counter the challenges of the weary world by spreading the thrill of hope.  May God bless you this Christmas and always.  

 

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

 

O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

 

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

O night divine, O night, O night divine!

 

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

Here come the wise men from the Orient land.

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;

In all our trials born to be our friend.

 

He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,

Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

 

Truly He taught us to love one another;

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.

 

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

 


 

Important Dates    

December 20         Christmas Store–TBD

December 22        Free TAG Day!  Wear your Christmas Best.

December 23-31   NO SCHOOL–Christmas Break

January 3               Free TAG Day!  Wear something from Christmas.

January 6               Epiphany

January 6              TAG Day St. Camillus Food Pantry $1 donation recommended

January 22             ECHO Dinner to benefit Fund-A-Scholar

  

Christmas Mass Schedule    

Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. for Children with Choir, 9:00 and Midnight

Christmas Day at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Click here for more information.

 

Travel Guidance for the Holidays

Travel increases your chance of exposure and spread of COVID-19. The CDC continues to request that travel be delayed until a person is fully vaccinated. Please see below for travel requirements for this upcoming holiday season: 

  • If your child is NOT fully vaccinated and travels outside of Maryland and its adjacent jurisdictions,      they must get a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of returning and self-quarantine while awaiting results. 

  • If your child is NOT fully vaccinated and travels outside of the continental USA, they must get a COVID-19 PCR test within 3-5 days of returning and they should be quarantined for a full 7 days after traveling (even if they test negative!). 

  • If your child is fully vaccinated and travels anywhere within the continental United States, they are not required to test or quarantine but they should still self-monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days after traveling.

  • If your child is fully vaccinated and travels outside of the continental USA, they are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic but they must still get a COVID-19 PCR test within 3-5 days of returning and they should still self-monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days post-travel.

 

Greater Love Builds Bridge with Books

Thank you to all who donated books or money to help ensure that the students of St. Francis International School have reading materials at home to enjoy during Christmas break and beyond! On Monday, 30 bags of donated books — approximately 500 books in all — were delivered to the school, and Tuesday’s tag day generated $375.25 to further support the school’s fund for books to gift to the students. Additionally, on Friday morning, a few SBS parents and students helped distribute the books to the students at the invitation of the school librarian.

10. December, 2021Weekly Buzz

Congratulations to our 65 middle school students who earned academic honors for the first quarter of this school year!  We saluted them as part of our school-wide morning prayer today with families joining in via Zoom.  Of these scholars, 26 posted a 3.9 or higher grade point average, and we presently have six eighth graders with a perfect 4.0 GPA for all of middle school.  We are proud that nearly two-thirds of our middle school students earned distinction today, and I applaud them for their hard work and am grateful to the parents and teachers for helping them achieve their best!

Our students continue to prepare for Christmas in the classrooms and in church.  This week we celebrated the mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception and our school-wide reconciliation service was this morning so the students are definitely getting ready for the Nativity during Advent.  You can get in on the action too by visiting HSAdvent tomorrow afternoon from 3:00 to 6:30, complete with food trucks, live music, and spirit wear sales along with the bonus of 5:00 Mass in the middle!  We look forward to the launch of this new Saint Bernadette tradition.

The Greater Love team continues to guide us to help those less fortunate this Advent, and we’ve already had a successful Tag Day for the St. Camillus Food Pantry this month along with a book drive that exceeded all expectations!  We have another opportunity to support the book drive with a Tag Day next Tuesday.  Beyond this, the school’s social justice program has been busy as well and is seeking parent and student involvement for our “No Place for Hate” committee.  Please see below for more information.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone that we continue to battle to keep our school free of covid-19 disruptions.  With more students getting vaccinated, these disruptions might lessen, but also keep in mind that we are trying to protect many people with underlying conditions, not just at school, but also possibly around your holiday dinner tables.  Be mindful of the health guidance from Nurse Perrotta below so that we all can celebrate a memorable Christmas feast in a few weeks.  That’s all for today and I pray you have a blessed weekend.

 

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

 


 

Important Dates    

December 11     HSAdvent!  3:00-6:30 p.m.

December 14    TAG day for the Book Drive,  $1 recommended donation

December 20     Christmas Store–TBD

December 23-31    NO SCHOOL–Christmas Break

January 22      ECHO Dinner to benefit Fund-A-Scholar

  

Live Social Justice through our No Place for Hate Committee

 

As Catholics we are called by God to reach out and build relationships of love and justice. This is taught to us by Jesus Christ, who served and identified himself with the poor, the injured, and marginalized in our world. One way our school works to promote social justice is through the ADL’s No Place for Hate program. 

The goal of the No Place for Hate program is to promote an understanding of the value and dignity of all members of our school community as well as encourage work towards greater justice and respect for those in our surrounding community. In the coming days, each classroom will be signing the No Place for Hate pledge. We also will be looking for parent and student volunteers who would like to help with No Place for Hate events and the committee. Please find information attached to this week’s Buzz on how both you and your child can serve on this important program. To learn more or to get involved with No Place for Hate® at Saint Bernadette Catholic School please contact Margaret Rodriguez at mrodriguez@saintbernadetteschool.org. With your help, we will continue to strive to walk in the example of Jesus Christ, to profess love for others, and to make our school community a safe and welcoming space for all.

3. December, 2021Weekly Buzz

DDW Catholic Schools Tuition Assistance Application Due 12/3

Before I go any further, I want to remind all current families that today is the deadline to apply for Archdiocesan tuition assistance.  Please visit the ADW site for more information about this program, or apply now by logging into TADS.  If you have any questions about the ADW program, please contact tuitionassistanceprogram@adw.org.

https://adwcatholicschools.org/tuition-assistance/archdiocesan-tuition-assistance-program/

We will remind you of several tuition assistance programs in the weeks to come and I encourage you to consider all of them.  Also keep in mind that our parish policy is to match any ADW awards, and this application is necessary to be considered for additional parish support including Fund-a-Scholar, so make sure you visit https://www.tads.com/.  While you’re there, please enroll your children for the 2022-2023 school year to take advantage of the $50 incentive if completed by December 31, 2021.  This will help us forecast teacher and resource needs during our budget meetings in January to set tuition for next year.  Thank you for your attention to this.

 

It’s been a busy week with all grades returning to school following Thanksgiving, and it’s reassuring to note that the temporary shift to remote learning for the lower grades has worked so far.  Before Thanksgiving 28 students had tested positive for Covid-19, but there have been none this week, so we are grateful to all who are helping us keep the school open for in-person instruction!

 

We are wrapping up the first week of Advent and each day we are helping the students better prepare for the birth of Christ at Christmas.  There are 13 days of school remaining in Advent and in this calendar year, with many activities taking place in and out of the classroom.  First, Breakfast with Santa will be hosted by the parish Holy Name Society this Sunday, December 4, following the 9:00 mass.  Come enjoy coffee, donuts, and fellowship as Santa welcomes the children!

 

On Monday the school will mark the feast day of St. Nicholas.  I’ve attached a resource for families about this celebration that includes a link to the St. Nicholas Center for additional ideas to share with your family.  Picture retake day is Tuesday, and school mass will shift to Wednesday for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  We will present first quarter academic honors on Friday via Zoom after our rescheduled Morning Prayer at 8:05, and the HSAdvent pop-up shop happens late Saturday afternoon.  

 

We look forward to you joining us in these and other opportunities to teach the importance of Advent to the children.  I pray you will enjoy a blessed and restful weekend and I will end this Buzz with the Prayer for Advent that I shared with the faculty and School Advisory Board this week:

 

As we begin our Advent journey, guide us, dear God of Love.  Help us to recognize the great gift You have given us in Jesus, and may we prepare well for His rebirth in our hearts. 

On each day of this journey, may we move closer to Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the Light of the World.  Shine the light of Your grace upon us that we may follow Him faithfully.

In all our preparations for Christmas, may we always remember that Jesus is the reason for this blessed season.

Thank you, loving God for this time of joy and expectation.  Walk with us and show us the way today and every day of Advent.  

Amen.

 

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

 

 


 

Important Dates    

December 3    ADW Tuition Assistance Deadline: Click to APPLY NOW!

December 5      Breakfast with Santa in the school hall, 10:00-11:30

December 6-10  Greater Love Book Drive

December 7     Picture retake day RESCHEDULED –regular uniform

December 7      Dine-Out at Bear Brick Oven (15410 New Hampshire Ave.)

December 8      Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 10      1st Quarter Awards Ceremony via Zoom after morning prayer

December 11    HSAdvent!  3:00-6:30 p.m.

December 14    TAG day Book Drive  $1 minimum donation

December 20     Christmas Store–TBD

December 23-31    NO SCHOOL–Christmas Break

January 22       ECHO Dinner to benefit Fund-A-Scholar

  

Dine Out Night 12/7

Join friends and families for great pizza and other dishes next Tuesday at Bear Brick Oven to support the school and an alumni family!

 Please help support Saint Bernadette School by ordering from Bear Brick Oven (15410 New Hampshire Avenue Cloverly Village Center) on Tuesday, December 7, from 5-8 pm. Mention you are there to support Saint Bernadette School for dine-in or carry-out, and 15% of your order will be donated back to the school. You’ll also be helping to support this SBS alumni family-owned business. Thanks for your support!

https://www.bearbrickoven.com/

 

HSAdvent Pops Up Next Weekend

Join the Saint Bernadette Home and School Association for our HSAdvent celebration, December 11th, 3-6:30 PM. Let’s prepare for the birth of our Lord and gather together for a winter pop-up spirit shop. (This event will take place entirely outdoors.) 

During our CYO’s Christmas Tree & Wreath Sales that afternoon, the HSA will sponsor some food trucks and an SBS swag sale. The Urban Winery (owned by school parents!) will be setting up shop, along with local Lone Oak Brewery! Come buy your tree, mingle with old friends, meet some new friends, support local businesses, and enjoy the season!!

To increase the feeling of the Holy Spirit all around you, you can plan to attend the 5:00 PM mass before or after you visit HSAdvent. We hope to see you there!