15. October, 2021Weekly Buzz

We’ve had another great week of school and I hope you see that reflected on the faces of your children each night at home.  It’s pretty evident to me every morning when I see their smiles whether they’re walking to school or being dropped off.  The students are happy to greet the teachers and I can attest that the classrooms are engaging and great work is being done!  As I wrote last week, sometimes it takes years to see the results of the many jobs we do, so it’s important to enjoy these memories in the making.  

Honoring Tony Zanger

This morning I had the pleasure to attend the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery Country Hall of Fame breakfast as our former CYO coach and commissioner Tony Zanger was inducted.  He is the sixth member of our community to be so honored, and it was great to see someone recognized for their commitment to our children.  It’s also important to share that Tony said he felt humbled and was simply doing the job that was in front of him.  I think that is wise advice for our children and us adults as well.  Let’s keep doing what we must to ensure our students are well-formed by the time they leave our halls, whether by coaching CYO, volunteering at school or parish events, or encouraging the children to grow in confidence and faith through other opportunities and challenges that they encounter.  Thank you, Tony, for all you have done and for the example set.

 

 

8th Grade Adventures

Among other highlights this week were a team-building trip on Tuesday to Terrapin Adventures for our 8th graders, and, in keeping with the turtle theme, today our kindergartners learned about the lives of turtles with our newest teaching assistant, Mrs. Goldthorpe, whose lesson featured her son’s box turtles Sheldon and Tiny Tim!

 

 

To wrap up the week, it looks like we will be able to enjoy another wonderful Friday Night on the Field this evening, so please come back later for Snack Shack dining and treats plus the bonus of fellowship with other school families!

 

Looking ahead, we will host the Class of 1971’s 50th reunion tomorrow, the Chipotle Dine-Out night is next Tuesday, the Scarecrow Festival is next Saturday, the Parish Fall Festival is next Sunday, the 24th, and the Greater Love Coat Drive runs through next week, so please support it if you can.  There will be many more events like these in the months ahead, and if you’ve not jumped in yet to do the job that presents itself, keep checking the HSA and school SignUp Genius pages for more opportunities.

 

I will see many of you on the field later, and I hope you all have a glorious weekend!

 

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

 


Important Dates Ahead

October 16    50 year Reunion, Class of 1971 and 1970
October 19     Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser 4-8 PM 
October 23    Scarecrow Festival  2-4 pm
October 24    Open House 10-12 pm
October 24     Used Uniform Sale 10 am-12 pm
October 24     Fall Festival 1-5 pm //Coat Drive Collection. //Used Shoe Donations
October 29      ADW Teacher Collaboration Day, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS  
November 4    TAG day for St. Camillus Food Pantry $1 minimum donation
November 5    NOON DISMISSAL–End of 1st Quarter
November 11    NOON DISMISSAL– Parent-Teacher Conferences
November 12    NO SCHOOL– Parent-Teacher Conferences
November 20   ECHO Dinner to benefit Fund-A-Scholar

 

Answering the Call and Getting Credit!

The HSA needs you to volunteer now:

1. HSA Table at Fall Festival (1 tier)- Sunday, October 24, show the community why you love SBS!  We are in need of 1-2 additional volunteers to man the HSA information table during the Fall Festival.  You will meet and greet attendees throughout the event and share fun experiences you have had being a part of this community.  

2. Bingo Chair (2 tiers)- This is a great event for the entire family!  We will be planning a Bingo night in January of 2022- may sound far away but will be here before you know it.  Don’t worry — this has been a favorite event for years so previous chairs are available for guidance.  

3.  Winter Parent Social Chairs (2 tiers)- 2 spots available.  Help plan a fun night out for the parents- close to home- in the school hall.  This was a favorite back in the day, and we look forward to bringing it back.  

4.  Sneaker Drive Chair (2 tiers)- 2 spots available.  This is a new fundraiser for us.  Help us make it a great one and start a new tradition.  Email Meg Lewis for more information.  mlewis@saintbernadetteschool.org

Please reach out to any of the HSA members for more information- 

Meaghan Corrado- President  meaghan.corrado@gmail.com

Meg Lewis- Vice President  mlewis@saintbernadetteschool.org

Jessica Marconi- Treasurer jessb914@yahoo.com

Erica O’Neill- Secretary   elsinclair@gmail.com 

 

Below is the signup genius- please take a look and sign up – WE NEED YOU! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aada72ba64-volunteer1

 

8. October, 2021Weekly Buzz

I’m reminded today of the phrase, “You had one job to do…,” but we all know better.  We each have many jobs to do, and sometimes we all have the same job to do, such as when the school, church, and parents join together to educate our children.  The goal is to nurture them, teach them, and at some point send them on their own way, which in our case is when they graduate 8th grade and become alumni.  With that in mind, today I want to focus a little bit on our alumni.

 

We’ve had thousands of students graduate from Saint Bernadette School since the first commencement in 1951.  Some are names you still recognize locally such as the Magnolia family with their plumbing and heating business prolific in our region, or the Coakleys of real estate fame, or NCAA lacrosse champion Caileigh Sindall, or WJLA meteorologist Eileen Whelan.  Some are your neighbors or current Saint Bernadette School parents guiding the next generation through our halls.  They all share that bond which I will never have (but my children do!) of being one of our alumni, and if you ever have a chance to visit with a few of them, you will see that bond is strong.  It’s what makes guys 15 years past graduation come back regularly for pick-up games or makes parents of alumni keep showing up for Friday Nights on the Field.  It’s what makes our Classes of 1970 and 1971 band together to plan a joint 50th reunion for next week.   It’s what I hope will bring your children and you back for many years after they graduate.

Volunteer to help with Echo Dinner

Last year I had the privilege of speaking to one of our alumni from that first graduating Class of 1951, and she informed me that she still keeps in touch with many of her classmates, which didn’t surprise me.  In 2019, the Fund-a-Scholar program was launched by a group of alumni from the Class of 1962 with such strong bonds holding them together that they felt an obligation to help more present-day students enjoy the same experiences they had, so they started a scholarship program and we created the ECHO Dinner as a way to promote their commitment and give all alumni an excuse for another homecoming!  While we were not able to host that dinner last year, it will return next month, and I hope some of you can volunteer to help us make this a special night for many alums.  This year we will be honoring our alumni who have dedicated their lives to frontline service in healthcare, law enforcement, and the military, so if you know of any graduate who fits, please pass their name along to Meg Lewis, our development director by email at mlewis@saintbernadetteschool.org.  I’m looking forward to a month of fun homecomings!  

Greater Love Coat Drive

The first monthly tag day to support the St. Camillus Food Pantry raised over $400!  Thank you to all the students for their generosity. Although an email was sent earlier this week detailing Greater Love initiatives for the year, I want to remind everyone that the Coat Drive began today and will run for two weeks.  Thank you for your continued support of all their efforts and for modeling compassion to the students.

No School on Monday 10/11

Like you, I didn’t just have one job to do today, but writing the Buzz is now complete, so I can move on to the next task.  Please remember that we have NO SCHOOL on Monday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and if I don’t catch you on the field tonight or at mass over the weekend I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

 


Important Dates Ahead

October 11   Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL  
October 12    8th Grade Terrapin Adventures Trip
October 16    50 year Reunion, Class of 1971 and 1970
October 19    Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser 4-8PM 
October 21    Coat Drive Begins
October 23    Scarecrow Festival  2-4 pm
October 24.    Open House
October 24     Used Uniform Sale 10 am-12 pm
October 24      Fall Festival 1-5pm
October 29      ADW Teacher Collaboration Day, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS  
November 4    TAG day for St. Camillus Food Pantry $1 minimum donation
November 5    NOON DISMISSAL–End of 1st Quarter
November 20  ECHO Dinner to benefit Fund-A-Scholar

 

Answering the Call and Getting Credit!

The HSA needs you to volunteer now:

1. HSA Table at Fall Festival (1 tier)- Sunday, October 24, show the community why you love SBS!  We are in need of 1-2 additional volunteers to man the HSA information table during the Fall Festival.  You will meet and greet attendees throughout the event and share fun experiences you have had being a part of this community.  

2. Bingo Chair (2 tiers)- This is a great event for the entire family!  We will be planning a Bingo night in January of 2022- may sound far away but will be here before you know it.  Don’t worry — this has been a favorite event for years so previous chairs are available for guidance.  

3.  Winter Parent Social Chairs (2 tiers)– 2 spots available.  Help plan a fun night out for the parents- close to home- in the school hall.  This was a favorite back in the day, and we look forward to bringing it back.  

4.  Sneaker Drive Chair (2 tiers)– 2 spots available.  This is a new fundraiser for us.  Help us make it a great one and start a new tradition.  Email Meg Lewis for more information.  mlewis@saintbernadetteschool.org

Please reach out to any of the HSA members for more information- 

Meaghan Corrado- President  meaghan.corrado@gmail.com

Meg Lewis- Vice President  mlewis@saintbernadetteschool.org

Jessica Marconi- Treasurer jessb914@yahoo.com

Erica O’Neill- Secretary   elsinclair@gmail.com 

 

Below is the signup genius- please take a look and sign up- WE NEED YOU! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aada72ba64-volunteer1

 

1. October, 2021Weekly Buzz

It’s been an angelic week at school with the students learning about Archangels during Wednesday’s Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and then learning about tomorrow’s Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels during school mass this morning. Throughout the week, I get to visit every classroom and enjoy the children’s angelic ways, so I hope they’re the same way for you at home!

Q1 MIDPOINT
As we begin October, the students are at the midpoint of the first quarter, and parents and teachers should have a good idea of how each student is doing in a particular class, but if you have any questions or concerns at this point I urge you to contact the teachers directly. Today marks the final day of our baseline Scantron testing for the year, so the next step is that teachers will review this data for each student and work to cover any identified gaps in knowledge. You will receive these reports during conferences in November.

FIRE DRILLS
We had two fire drills in September and more will be held monthly for the remainder of the school year but we also must conduct safety drills including shelter in place and evacuation drills throughout the year. The teachers will have more training for these drills and procedures next week, and we will counsel the students on these drills beforehand plus inform parents in advance. Please contact me if you have any questions about these requirements.

GREATER LOVE
Our Greater Love support for the St. Camillus Food Pantry resumes next week with a tag day on Thursday, and going forward the first Thursday of most months is reserved for this tag day. Later in October, Greater Love will run a coat drive to help our neighbors prepare for colder weather. Thank you for your continued support of all their efforts and for modeling compassion to the students.

SAB
The School Advisory Board held its first meeting of the year on Wednesday and will be working on our 2022-2027 strategic plan throughout this year. A membership list is attached to this Buzz and you are welcome to reach out to any of them to learn more about the SAB. If you’re interested in supporting the strategic planning process as a committee member, please email me or Mr. Collins, the SAB chair, with a summary of your background so we can put the best team together.

Welcome to October, a month filled with many perfect days and wonderful weekends. Let’s make it a great one, and let’s keep our guardian angels close by to guide us always!

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw


Important Dates Ahead

October 1 Scrip Buy Out option due
October 1 HSA Movie Night
October 7 TAG day for St. Camillus Food Pantry
October 11 Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL
October 19 Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser 4-8 p.m.
October 21 Coat Drive Begins
October 23 Scarecrow Festival 2-4 p.m.
October 24 Open House 10 – noon
October 24 Fall Festival
October 29 ADW Teacher Collaboration Day, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

 


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:

10/14 – PreK

10/15 – Kindergarten

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 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!

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 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aada72ba64-volunteer1

 

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.

https://saintbernadetteschool.org/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!

17. September, 2021Weekly Buzz

It was good to see many of you this week at our three Back-to-School nights, especially those families with multiple students who seemed to be here as much as I was the few evenings!  The new format helped limit the time obligation to an hour, so I hope that was well-received even if you were here several nights.

Thank you for completing the family survey, which we submitted this week.  We appreciate you taking the time to provide vital information that translates directly to outside funding for our school.  Please know that we will pursue every possible source of revenue to improve our instruction while also limiting what comes directly from your pockets.  Keep that in mind as we step up fundraising efforts for the year, particularly if you work for a company that matches gifts, and especially if you have generous family, friends, and neighbors that might support our efforts!  

 

COVID Update

As you recall from last weekend, there was a positive Covid-19 case reported in the school, and our team was able to anticipate the directives of the health department in order to limit the disruption of instruction.  We have a plan in place for distance learning due to quarantine, which I have attached for your reference.  It will be revised throughout the year as we review each incident, with an eye toward minimizing the inconvenience of families having to lead learning at home while also maintaining the rigor of core subject instruction.  We all agree that in-person instruction is preferred, so while we will keep working to improve the distance learning plan, our best course of action remains to keep our students, families, and staff Covid free.

 

HSA Call for Volunteers

In follow-up to last week’s HSA meeting and our need for volunteers, the SignUp Genius link follows.  Please reach out to HSA president Meaghan Corrado if you have any questions:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aada72ba64-volunteer1

 

FREE DRESS DAY NEWS FLASH

The first Tag Day of the year will be next Thursday.  See below for more information.

 

The last item I have for this week is that room parents are being notified of their selection this afternoon, so expect correspondence from them shortly as they look to harness the excitement of our students in this first month of the school year.  I hope to see many of you on the field tonight, and may everyone have a blessed weekend!


In His service,

 

Mr. Ewanciw

 


 

Important Dates Ahead

September 17   Friday night on the Field

September 23  $1 Tag Day to support Homes Without Borders

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

October 11   Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL  

October 23    Scarecrow Festival  2:00-4:00 pm

October 24   Fall Festival

October 29    ADW Teacher Collaboration Day, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS  

 

SING to Shine Under the Stars!

Join us under the stars on Friday, October 1st 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!

 

There is no Greater Love than this…

Our greater love coordinators have been busy planning our service projects for the year, including Tag Days that support neighborhood food drives and other causes.  The first Tag Day is Thursday, September 23, to support Homes Not Borders with its Afghan refugee resettlement efforts.  Bring in $1 or more to participate in the f out-of-uniform day.  Stay tuned for more Tag Days, Charity Drives, and Service Project news!

 

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

(Sorry if you received this communication twice, once from the HSA and once from me. If you did not receive it directly from the HSA, consider subscribing for future event updates and newsletters, using the links in the newsletter or clicking here: tinyurl.com/sbs-hsa-email

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

 

(Sorry if you received this communication twice, once from the HSA and once from me. If you did not receive it directly from the HSA, consider subscribing for future event updates and newsletters, using the links in the newsletter or clicking here: tinyurl.com/sbs-hsa-email

3. September, 2021Weekly Buzz

Good afternoon Saint Bernadette School families,

We’re back!  Every year, it’s like we never left.  The weather cooperates so we can resume our traditional Opening of School greeting and blessing.  The children find their new classrooms, meet their teachers, and make new friends.  The teachers pick up doing what they do best.  The parents reacquaint themselves with the comings and goings of the school day.  Everything runs smoothly.  And then a tropical storm passes by!

The early dismissal on Wednesday probably caught me off guard more than the rest of you, because you and the students seemed to handle it in stride.  We got everyone home before the skies opened up, and thankfully we were spared the worst of it.  Still, others in Maryland have suffered more from this, so remember them in your prayers. 

COVID Precautions

Today we wrapped up the first week of school with our initial school mass of the year, and followed that with pizza lunch outdoors for most grades.  Both were hits in my book and I am grateful for all the parent pizza helpers.  We have to work on outdoor lunch logistics and I hope it can be a more regular occurrence.  On that note, we hope to find larger tents that can be installed permanently, but there are few to be had.  If you work with anyone in that business, let me know how their inventory is and we might be able to have outdoor lunch more frequently.

We like going outside because it gives the children mask breaks, but we nevertheless have to be aware to not gather too closely or in large groups even then.  Over 200 students still cannot be vaccinated, which is why wearing masks is mandatory in the school building.  Teachers are reaching out to families when this becomes a concern.  Please help us by making sure your children have several correctly-fitted masks with them each day, and make sure you coach them at home about the proper wearing of masks and why it’s so important to help keep your children healthy and to prevent them from infecting anyone else, whether with Covid-19 or with other illnesses.

Health Screening

I apologize for the snags in the health screening tool through the Parent Plus portal.  We are working with the developer to fix these as they arise.  Regardless of these bugs, we are counting on you to follow the correct protocols each morning.  Please keep Nurse Perrotta aware of any student health concerns.   

Staff Update

On the teacher front, I’ve heard from many of you how much the students are enjoying Mr. Brown’s, Ms. Calice’s, and Ms. Goudreau’s classrooms, and I want to tell you that these teachers also love having your children in their class, so everybody’s winning!  However, today I must tell you that we will have another new teacher joining us soon as Ms. Belknap will be leaving us after next week to join the Baltimore School for the Arts.  I’ve already interviewed several qualified candidates and hope to have her replacement lined up quickly.  Finally, I wrote last week that Mrs. Sallah had to leave for a family matter.  Her mother passed away this weekend and she will be returning to the classroom next week.  Please keep all the Sallah family in your prayers and pray for the repose of her mother’s soul.

Open House for Prospective Families

With Labor Day on Monday, we have another shortened week ahead, but with much in store.  We 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. 

Extended Day 

If you have not registered for our extended day program yet, you should contact Mrs. Nguyen (tuition@stbernadetteschurch.org). 

Upcoming Dates

The HSA meeting also is on Wednesday evening at 7:00 in the school hall, and the 8th-grade parent meeting will be on Thursday evening at 7:00.  Following this, we will have full weeks of school until Columbus Day in October.

We look to have a glorious weekend ahead of us, so I hope your family makes the most of it.  Drive safely if you are hitting the road, pray that all our children and families have had a great first week of school and will enjoy the long weekend, and stand firm in the faith!  I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday. 

 

In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw

 

Important Dates Ahead

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 10 Picture Day–Wear regular uniform, not PE
September 12 Used Uniform Sale
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

  

Gala Update

It’s taken a while, but we’re finally able to hold the Bourbon Tasting Gone A-Rye from our last gala next Friday, September 10.  If you did not take advantage of this sign-up party at the time, we’ve added a few more seats so click this link for more information: 

Bourbon Tasting Gone A-Rye

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