Dear St. Bernard School Community,
We hope everyone has enjoyed a fun filled summer with much activity and great memories. This year promises to be another outstanding year of learning at our “Gem” of a school. We will start the year off with a bang as the team of educational professionals will arrive on our campus on September 26th to conduct our very important TCCBED Accreditation Visit. This time will be very exciting and a touch stressful, however, I have no doubt they will find our school to be as wonderful and welcoming as we do every day. The visit concludes on Friday, September 29th, which just happens to be a half day for students, and a time to celebrate for staff.
We are very pleased that we will have three outstanding teachers joining our St. Bernard Team this fall. Jordan Hale is joining us a new full time Art teacher. Christine Drumm will take over our Middle School Reading and Language Arts, and finally Molly Cathcart will be working with Ashley Appelman in the 4th/5th Grade. Each of these fine individuals brings very special gifts to the profession. We know they are really looking forward to joining our dynamic faculty and making our school a wonderful place for students.
With the addition of new teachers it obviously means we are saying goodbye to others. Mary Jo Reding, Karina Garcia, and Catie Pike will not be returning to St. Bernard. Please join us in wishing them all the best as they travel onward and upward to new endeavors and challenges.
One other change you will see is us having to say goodbye to long time St. Bernard staff member, our beloved Susan. Mrs. Mastervich, after much prayer and discernment, is following her heart and God’s guidance to embark on a new challenge as Religious Education Coordinator at her home parish in Forney. This opportunity will allow her to fulfill her dream of overseeing a much bigger faith based program while staying close to her family. It has been a prayerful decision and there has been no other reason for leaving us –as she expressed it- than to follow God’s will in her life. Sadly we wish her the best. Please join us in thanking her for 18 years of service to our school community.
Mrs. Cynthia Jordan, our much loved Pre K teacher with several years of quality work with our current students was approached by us to see if she would be willing to take on the challenge of teaching second grade and joining the religious education leadership team at school. Mrs. Jordan has a wealth of experience and is a strong Catholic. She gladly accepted the position and will be working closely with Mrs. Mastervich, Ms. Weis, and Mrs. Alvizo to make the transition as smooth as possible. We are currently looking for a qualified educator to teach in our Pre K 4 class. If you know of anyone please have them contact the office.
Other news from this summer, is we had a bit of a setback with our Restroom Renovation Project. With the rash of bad weather and strong storms in June we found a major leak in our roof over the cafeteria and restrooms. In order to provide a healthy and safe environment we were forced to fix the roof, at a cost of almost $50,000, so that the building will remain dry. Once the roof work is done we will reevaluate funding for our restrooms and start the process of completing the restroom renovations.
Our back to school events begin on Monday, August 14th. Our Home-and-School committee under the guidance of our new president Mrs. Jenn Tone and her trusty vice president Maree Sutton have planned an exciting and informative night to kick-off the school year. Please join us at 4:00 PM on this day for fun times filled with fellowship and community bonding. The first day of classes is Wednesday, August 16th. Please remember this is a half-day of instruction, with Bears Den open all day.
This is going to be a wonderful year for the St. Bernard Community and school. We have many exciting things planned and ready to begin. Every day will offer us a new chance to do something spectacular. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus very soon. In the meantime get some rest, enjoy a good book, and be sure to finalize all of your back-to-school shopping.
Michael Davies, Principal Fr. Gaston Giacinti, Pastor