School update for the week of Sept. 30th, 2018

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Greetings St. Bernard School Families,

We are already at the end of September which is just a crazy thought. The months of August and September always go so fast! I want to share that one reason I am supportive when families take vacation during the school year is because I understand that family time in our society is so precious and limited, and that sometimes, we need to take advantage of opportunities to travel and spend time with family even at the expense of a few days of missed class time. This last week my family and I were in California for my youngest brother's wedding. I have not traveled back to my home in San Louis Opispo, CA for over four years now, and doing so was so renewing for my spirit. Thank you to everyone on the staff and in the parent community for your understanding with this time off. I was equally happy to return to the children in our school and look forward to a fruitful school year. While I do miss my home in California, we are very much at home here in Green Bay now and it is a good feeling!  
(Moro Bay, CA)
Fall GRACE Newsletter - English and Spanish - Online
Click Here  Please take some time to read the newsletter so that you have a sense for the initiatives that GRACE is undertaking.
T-shirt Tuesday Shirts - Update
Shirts that were ordered usually take a few weeks to produce and deliver. If you have questions about your order, please feel free to touch bases in the office.
Security System Switch-over
We are getting there. You will see a security camera now installed outside of the main school doors and additional cameras are still being installed and connected. The installation is going well but it is not yet completed.
Request for Meeting of Families who Speak Spanish
Ms. Isabel Cabrera, parent to one of our intermediate level students, and I, will be hosting a meeting for our Spanish Speaking parents on Monday, October 15th at 6:30 pm in the school building. We are requesting one representative from each family. We are meeting to get input on events such as Dia de Los Muertos, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and to discuss planning a Posada for our families in December. 

SCRIP Forms and Updates
SCRIP has a few updates and I will send those in a separate message, but here is a link to their SignUp Genius page if you are considering volunteering:  Sign up Genius Link
Blessing of the Pets - Thursday, October 4th - Humane Society Collection
To celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Asisi, the Student Council will be hosting a "Blessing of the Pets" in the small, upper parking lot in front of the school, this Thursday, October 4th at drop off. Students will gather with their parents, classmates and pets to receive a quick blessing from Fr. Mark much like we did with the Blessing of the Backpacks. Teachers will then  line up with their students (sans the pets unless they are stuffed) and head into the building. Please support our Girl Scouts at SBS, and consider a donation to the Humane Society!  Donations can be brought in all week and placed in the box in front of the school office. Informational flyer here.

Volunteer Hours- You Can Now Log them Online!
Click Here For the Link - You can find it on your own at under "Resources" and then "Docs/Links."
Athletic Entrance Reminder
Please remind family and friends as we begin to start our basketball season, that the entrance to the gym after school hours is at the back of the school off of Mary Queen Dr. Thank you!

Have a wonderful week and may you find Christ in the little things. 

Sincerely in Christ,
Crystal Blahnik
Mrs. Crystal Blahnik
SBS Principal 

This year our teachers have provided all of their Back to School Night presentation content on their school websites. Everything you need to refer to for a successful school year should be on this website. If you are not finding what you need, please contact the classroom teacher via email, leave a phone message or feel free to make an appointment with them. Click Here for your teacher's Classroom Site: and go to the "My Teacher" tab at the top of the page.

Find your homeroom teacher and their contact information and presentation information will be accessible. 

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd - MAPS Testing Window Closes for Fall (only students who are identified for intervention will be taking the Winter MAPS test)  8th Grade Parent Meeting -7:00 pm all 8th grade parents are welcome, Youth Room at Parish
Thursday, Oct. 4th - Blessing of the Pets (8:30 am - Right at Drop off)
Tuesday, Oct. 9th - Site Advisory Council Meeting - 6:30 pm in Library
Monday, Oct. 15th - 6:30 PM Meeting for Spanish Speaking Parents (event planning) - Location at School TBD
October 23rd (4:30-8:00 pm) and October 25th (1:30-6:00 pm)- MANDATORY Parent/Teacher Conferences - Information for these Fall Conferences will be coming home very soon!
October 25th - 12:30 pm Early Release to make time for Conferences
*NOTE: Mass will be held with the students each Friday from 8:45 am -9:30 am unless otherwise specified. 
October 28th (Sunday) Trunk or Treat- 1:00 pm -3:00 pm School Parking Lot. This is an event meant for to provide trick or treating for the families who participate in the event. If the weather is cold and the kids are done, we will close the event early.

November 1st - All Saints Day School Mass, 10:15 am (grades K-4 can come to mass dressed as their favorite saint)
November 2nd - NO SCHOOL MASS - Dia de Los Muertos and All Souls Day - Altar/Table Blessing at 10:00 am in school hallway. Please bring a photo of your loved ones who have passed away.
November 3rd - Mother Son Event (Site Advisory Council)

Kindergarten Begins PLTW (Project Lead the Way)

The Kindergarten classes completed their first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) challenge of the year with their Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. Thank you to our amazing parents who serve our community as surgeons and who were able to come in to help with the project. Kids getting excited about math, science, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration is such an important part of a Catholic education. 

MySchoolAnywhere - School Directory Online

Parents, please expect an email from MySchoolAnywhere with the subject “St Bernard Catholic School Directory Confirmation."  This is our online directory. (These were sent out earlier this week.) You have until October 3rd to update information or opt out of being published. You may contact Pam Arndorfer at with questions.

Click here for the Tuesday Mailer (aka: Brown Envelope) Archive.

Check here for the flyer announcing upcoming volleyball and soccer games the season will be ending within the next two weeks.
We would love to have a great representation from St. Bernard Catholic School in the St. Cecilia Choir, hosted by GRACE. Please click on this link for details and interest form. Thank you!

6th Grade Camp Tekawitha

Our first Middle School Camp experience of the year has taken place! Each year, our 6th grade students attend an overnight camp at Camp Tekawitha for prayer, team building and class community. Here are a few photos from this fantastic trip!
St. Bernard School Website
St. Bernard Catholic School,
Member of the GRACE System 
2020 HIllside Ln. 
Green Bay, WI 54302
920-468-5026 (phone)

St. Bernard Catholic School is rooted in the life and works of Jesus Christ and our patron saint, providing a peaceful, prayerful community while inspiring each student to become a lifelong learner.