Dear St. Bernard School Community,
I hope this letter finds you all happy, healthy, and ready to get back to school. I know by now all of our students have completed the summer work that was assigned for specific grade levels or you have stayed sharp by reading and practicing school related skills. If you have not, you still have some time. Please know we will be starting the school year with the expectation that all summer work assigned is done. Don’t be that student that is not prepared to start the year off well.
I am very pleased to announce the hiring of an outstanding teacher to take over our Middle School Reading and Language Arts program. As many of you may know Mrs. Rodriquez decided not to return to St. Bernard. Thanks to a coordinated effort with the Diocese of Dallas I was able to find a young and energetic replacement for her. Miss Catherine Pike comes to us as a graduate of Texas State University. She has experience working Bishop Kelly High School in Tulsa along with time spent as a tutor with Sylvan Learning Center. While at Sylvan she concentrated on working with advanced level students preparing them for the ACT and enhancing their study skills. Miss Pike is a lifelong Catholic. She attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School before graduating from Bishop Lynch. I am excited to have Miss Pike join our team and bring her love of reading and language arts expertise to our campus.
Another change you will see at St. Bernard this school year is the addition of Karina Garcia as our new counselor. Many of you are aware of the great work Mrs. Garcia did with our computer technology program last year. She will continue to assist in this area, but will also add the responsibility of helping our students and teachers with a fresh new counseling program. This change has allowed us to increase the responsibilities of our favorite cafeteria manager. Mr. Douglas will not only continue to run the finest cafeteria in the entire diocese, he will now also be helping with our technology program.
This summer was filled with differing types of news throughout our school community. Some of the news was joyous and happy while other happenings are going to require our continued prayers and kind thoughts. Congratulations to Mrs. Kendall…Baby Catherine was born this past July. All reports are that mommy and baby are doing great. Mrs. Kendall will be out to start the year on maternity leave. Mrs. Torres will be here helping us out in Middle School. Also, Mr. Douglas got married this summer at a small wedding in Colorado. He and his new bride are happier than ever living here in Big D. Finally, wedding bells were also ringing for our much loved and very talented music teacher Ms. Baca. Congratulations to all of our St. Bernard faculty who celebrated milestones this summer.
Please keep our fabulous librarian in your thoughts and prayers. Ms. Walsh took a nasty spill while walking her dog and broke her ankle. She is currently at home resting from her surgery. Her plan is to be here for the start of the school year. Understandably, her mobility will be very limited and we will all need to chip in to help. Another very sad piece of news to share is that of one of our former students and sibling to one of our current students, Julianne Martin, Class of 2015, was in a horrific boating accident while on vacation. She remains in hospital in Arkansas where she was recently moved from the ICU and is being treated for multiple injuries to her back and head. Please keep Julianne, her brother Jeter, and her entire family in your prayers.
I know you will all marvel at the beautiful new gym floor that was completed this summer. We were also able to fund further technology with a generous $20,000 Grant from the Kenedy Foundation. The church will be moving into their new space very soon. This should allow for a little less wear and tear on our campus facility. Mike Meza, our facilities manager, will continue to coordinate some much needed electrical work and a massive school clean-up. This school year will very busy as we begin to prepare for our TCEED Accreditation visit that is scheduled for the fall of 2017. This process might require community involvement and expertise as we gather information and complete the writing process. More news will follow as the year progresses.
Our back to school events begin on Monday, August 15th. Our Home-and-School have planned an exciting and informative night to kick-off the school year. Please join us at 4:00 PM on this day to meet your child’s teacher and stay for fun times filled with fellowship and community bonding. The first day of classes is Wednesday, August 17th. Please remember this is a half-day of instruction.
This is a very exciting time to be a member of the St. St. Bernard Catholic Community. The Church and school continue to work together under the leadership of Father Gaston to continually do what is best for the parish, school, and most importantly our children. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus very soon.
Michael Davies, Principal