2016 December Parent Guide



Bellarmine Sponsors Annual Adopt-A-Family Project; Help Needed Dec. 14th, 2016

Since 1991, Bellarmine has provided Christmas for families in need. This year, about 50 families will be adopted. Through the Adopt-A-Family program, volunteers provide Christmas day meals, a "stocked cupboard," and Christmas gifts for the families. The theme is to celebrate with others, not for them, therefore living out the Jesuit mission and honoring everyone's invisible talents and challenges.

They can sign up to help deliver through their student's CP. All parents who are delivery need to contact Di Martin to complete safe environment training.

Reminder: Finals Last Week of January

Final exams begin on January 24. With them occurring just three weeks after students return from break, we wanted to make sure you have the information needed to help your student(s) prepare for final exams. Click here for important information regarding the exams.

Christmas Break

Bellarmine will be on break from December 19 through January 2, returning to school on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Advent Prayer & Reflection

Please join us for an Advent Prayer & Reflection on Wednesday, December 14 in the St. Aloysius Chapel at 7 p.m. presented by Fr. Tom Lamanna, S.J. Click here for the details.

Holiday Hours for Bellarmine Offices

The main school office will be closed over Christmas break starting December 19 and the Business and Financial Aid offices will be closed starting December 23. Since many people like to make charitable gifts to Bellarmine at the end of the calendar year to obtain income-tax deductions, the Office of Advancement stands ready to assist during the holidays.

See details about holiday office hours here.

All School Advent Mass

Parents are invited to join us for our All School Advent Liturgy in the Booster Gym on Friday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Dress Code Expectations for All-School Liturgies

Click here for a letter from our Dean of Students Bill Baerg for dress code expectations at our All-School Liturgies. Please discuss this with your student(s).

Parent Volunteer Opportunities – Philomathea and Lions Den

Philomathea is a Bellarmine parent group dedicated to assisting the school community’s efforts and providing the students with an education in the Jesuit tradition.

Our history:
•    Did you know that the Lions Den is the main fundraising arm of Philomathea?
•    Philomathea, which is Greek for “Lover of Learning” is a Bellarmine Parent Service Organization to which all Bellarmine parents automatically belong.
•    It was started years ago as the Bellamine’s Mothers’ Club, which got together once a month, went to Mass, held luncheons, card parties and created fundraisers which included Christmas boutiques and Fashion Shows.
•    In 1985, they decided to start a student store and called it the Lions Den.
•    They began the endeavor with about 15 volunteers, a few sweatshirts, supplies, balloons, and candy, operating only 2-3 days per week.
•    Fast forward to today … The Lions Den is comprised of over 250 parent volunteers. Our store carries a variety of snack options, drinks, cup of noodles, and energy bars for our active teenagers.
•    The Den strives to be open EVERY day, because of dedicated, wonderful parents like you!

Including the Lions Den, Philomathea has parent volunteers that assist our school in a variety of ways: Football Concessions, Wreath Sales, Hospitality – Open House & Prospective Family Night, Grad Mass & Breakfast, and Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

To volunteer with any of the events above, please click here.

To volunteer at the Lions Den, please complete and submit Lions Den Volunteer Form

Christmas Shopping at the Lions Den!

Christmas shopping at the Lions Den!
* Outfit the students, parents, grandparents, and alums in your life! Visit us in our new location at the Connelly Campus Center.
•    kids LOVE our $5 punch cards
•    boxers, pj's, sweatshirts, hats, or scarves
•    license plate covers, water bottles, stadium seats
•    gift certificates are available in all amounts

Winter Sports Schedules

Schedules for Bellarmine Winter Athletics are now available online. With the change to a new league, we are still working through a few issues, thus schedules are subject to change. We appreciate your patience as we transition from the Narrows League to the South Puget Sound League.

Click here for the Winter Athletics homepage.

International Student Hosting Opportunities

Open your heart and home to a student from Japan. This is a great opportunity to learn about Japanese culture and make a lasting friendship. Bellarmine is looking for 1 more host family for a 16 year old Japanese girl. Hosting dates are January 28th - April 20th. The student will be attending classes at Bellarmine everyday. Hosting expenses will be reimbursed at $850/month.

Host a French student for 3 weeks! Bring French language and culture into your home. Hosting dates are February 11 - March 8th. Male and female students are available. French students will be attending classes at Bellarmine each day.

Contact Kristin Torgerson at torgersonk@bellarmineprep.org or 253-752-7701 ext. 781

Emergency Schedule – Inclement Weather

Please familiarize yourself with our emergency schedule for inclement weather. The principal or designee will announce school delays and closures by 6:20 a.m. at the latest. An announcement of a late start means school will start at 9:00 a.m. or at 10:00 a.m. If conditions worsen or predictions are poor, students and parents should listen again by 8:00 a.m. before leaving home to see if school delay has been changed to "cancelled."

Learn more here about the emergency schedule including radio and TV stations to listen to, website updates, assignments and activities.

Click here for a  page that details everything:

Service Opportunities at Bellarmine

Bellarmine graduates young men and women of competence, compassion and conscience, who are committed to leadership and service.

Bellarmine has many ways to get involved in service. From local opportunities such as L'Arche Farms and our Adopt a Family program to our global service trips, students have a wide variety of options when it comes to serving those in need. Also, in the classroom students are educated about service and compassion during their sophomore and junior years.
Adopt a Family
Since 1991, Bellarmine has provided Christmas for families in need. Through the Adopt-A-Family program, volunteers provide Christmas day meals, a "stocked cupboard," Christmas gifts and clothing for the families. The theme is to celebrate with others, not for them, therefore living out the Jesuit mission and honoring everyone's invisible talents and challenges.
Click here for more information.

Service Trips
Ignatian Teach-In - Washington DC - November 2016 - Ms. Scanlin - email for more info
Shirts Across America - NOLA New Orleans - Spring Break 2017 - Ms. Petit - email for more info
Courts for Kids - Costa Rica - Spring Break 2017 - Ms. Harrison - email for more info


Service Clubs
L'Arche Club - Ms. Matthew
Global Justice Coalition - Ms. Scanlin
Key Club - Ms. Parent and Ms. Lindstrom
LaTerra (Earth Corps) - Mrs. Pitt
TOP Soccer - Ms. Davis

Global Study Trips

Japanese Language Trip - Summer 2017 - Torgerson/Une sensei - email for more info
French Language Trip - France - Summer 2017 - Mrs. Heiser/Mrs. White - email for more info
Spanish Language Trip - Columbia - Summer 2017 - Prof. Bryan/Sra. Diaz - email for more info
History Trip - Italy - Summer 2017 - Mr. Brown - email for more info
Marine Chemistry - Hawaii - Summer 2017 - Mr. DeGroot/Mrs. Andresen - email for more info

French Language Trip

A student interest meeting will be held during both lunches on December 8th for any interested students. Contact Mrs. White by email for more info.

FamilyLink

Remember to check Family Link as the second grading period is at the end of October.

FamilyLink provides a convenient web service for checking students' progress. It displays current grades, attendance and demerits. It also shows a course history. Click here for more information on Family Link.

Lunch Menu

You can now access our weekly lunch menu online.

Notice of School Calendar Change

To accommodate the new Freshmen Retreat format:
•    Friday, March 3rd:  Unified Day
•    Monday, March 6th Faculty In-service/no school for students
•    Monday, March 6th: Freshmen Retreat begins at 6 p.m.
•    March 7th: Freshmen Retreat ends at 3 p.m.
•    March 7th: No school for students except freshmen attending retreat

Leadership and service opportunities are available for sophomores and juniors if they wish to help with the freshmen retreat. More information on these opportunities will be released after Christmas Break.

Year-End Giving Tips

Remember, only gifts made by December 31st can help reduce the amount of taxes you owe next April.  Please keep the following in mind and consult your tax advisor for specific details. Thank you for your support and have a safe and happy holiday season. Click here for more details on year-end giving.

Freshmen Retreat Scheduled for March 6-7

As a school which exists in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, Bellarmine Preparatory School strives to form young men and women both with and for others. To this end we have formed the Freshmen Formation program which began with the Breakaway days in August, followed by the Freshman Encore event in October, as well as the ongoing Faith in Formation classes in CP. During all of these activities the freshmen have begun to form bonds and friendships, while also gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a student at Bellarmine. This program will culminate in a freshmen retreat beginning at 6 pm. on March 6th and ending on March 7th at 3 p.m. All freshmen students are expected to attend this overnight retreat. We welcome parent support to help chaperone. More information will be forthcoming following Christmas Break.

Moodle

Bellarmine uses MOODLE as its course management system. Sign in for additional resources, online assignments and to stay in touch with your teachers and classmates. Click here to access MOODLE.

Service Learning

Bellarmine has a program for sophomore's called the Service and Justice blending-learning program. It is a two-year course which covers Catholic Social Teaching and direct community service. The program will not be reflected on the transcript until the end of the junior year. Progress in the Service and Justice program will be available on FamilyLink. For more information on this program, click here.

Encounter Retreats

Junior retreats, the Men's Junior Encounter and the Women's Junior Encounter, are voluntary. They are three-day, overnight retreats on weekends away from campus and are designed to build community, strengthen self and deepen one's faith in God. The Encounters are offered six times throughout the school year.

Please note, the first Men's Encounter was rescheduled due to weather. It will now be held January 14-16. Here is a note from the director of the Men's Encounter:
Hey Bellarmine families, we are looking for some adult males willing and available to attend the Men's Junior Encounter this year. The new dates are December 3-5, January 14-16, and February 11-13.  If you are interested or have contact info for someone who is, please contact Mark Modarelli (modarellim@bellarmineprep.org
) or Tony Rehberger (rehbergera@bellarmineprep.org). This amazing program needs your help, and  now more than ever these young men need examples of maturity and adulthood. 

Senior Capstone Presentations

Thursday, December 8 in the Connelly Campus Center at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more details on the event and the student presenters.

Graduation Party Being Planned for Class of 2017

Graduation this year is Sunday, June 4. In keeping with tradition, the entire senior class has the opportunity to enjoy one another's company at one last class event. The 2017 Senior Graduation Party is a safe, memorable all-night graduation party. We are organizing this party now and are hoping that your senior student is planning to attend.
Click here for more information.

Scholarship Season for Seniors

This time of year is when seniors should be actively seeking out potential college scholarships and grants. Seniors and parents should be proactive in searching for the many different types of scholarships and grants available.If parents are seniors have any questions, they should contact one of the Bellarmine counselors, as they are a strong resource in helping students seek out these opportunities

Senior Ball Information

“Journey Through Time” is the theme for this year's senior ball, scheduled for Friday, December 9th at the Tacoma Lawn & Tennis Club (TLTC). Bellarmine seniors are invited to attend individually or as couples. No underclassmen or guests are allowed.
Click here for details.