2017 August Parent Guide


First Day of School Schedule
Click here for the schedule for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 30.
Letter from Principal Davis
Read an important letter from Principal Davis regarding the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Student Handbook Changes
Policy changes have been made to Bellarmine's Student Handbook. The changes are in regards to discipline, attendance, drug and alcohol infractions, and the school's dress code policy.
View the changes in the Student Handbook.
Houston Kraft on Campus to Speak to Bellarmine Students
Bellarmine weclomes Houston Kraft to our campus for our opening day assembly on Wednesday, August 30th. Houston Kraft is a professional speaker, leadership consultant, and kindness advocate who speaks to middle schools, high schools, colleges, and businesses across the country.
Read more details about Houston Kraft and the opening day assembly.

Class of 2021 Breakaway

August 18th, 19th, or 20th:  Class of 2021 - Breakaway.
Breakaway is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to begin their 4-year journey of friendship by meeting new people and having common experiences in the beautiful setting of Camp Gallagher. The day is comprised of fun, food, and building friendships.

Your child will meet at Bellarmine between 10:00 – 10:20 a.m. to check in and board the bus - drop-off and pick-up will be located in the student parking lot. We will arrive back to Bellarmine between 10:15 – 10:30 p.m. Please have your child pack the following items for the day: water bottle, towel, sunscreen, swimsuit, change of clothes, sweater/light jacket, and water shoes. If you have any questions, please contact Cari Harrison at 253-879-9771 or harrisonc@bellarmineprep.org.

Download the Breakaway 2021 Brochure.
Textbooks and Books for 2017-18
MBS Direct is the primary source for Bellarmine textbooks for the 2017-18 school year. Click here for information on Bellarmine's new Summer Reading Program. You can also sell your used books. Click here for the details on fall textbooks and books.
Student Activities Information
    First try-out for football (all age groups) - August 16th
   Fall sports (other than football) - August 21st
   Physical forms due - August 11th
   Get more details about fall sports tryouts here
Band:  Band Camp August 7th-11th
Clubs:  Club Fair will be held during Community Period on October 9th.
Team Social & Pizza Party: Sunday, August 27th Laser Quest in Federal Way 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. RSVP by Friday, August 25th to gm@frc360.com
Parent Information Session: Tuesday, September 5th Snyder Room 207 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Peak Performance Competition: Saturday, September 23rd Seattle Christian School (Transportation provided) 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
* More information at the Robotics webpage
* For more information contact John Chase or Joy Taylor.
Fall Musical
The Bellarmine Drama Department is thrilled to announce our Fall Musical Theater production, Radio City Entertainment’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL … an exciting musical version of the Charles Dickens classic given the full Broadway treatment! Opportunities abound for student actors, singers, and dancers of all levels of experience in this spectacular re-telling from the team of Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Anastasia, Seussical.)

Auditions will be held for SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, and SENIORS after school on August 30th and 31st. Auditions for FRESHMEN will be held after school on September 5th and 6th. Call back auditions will be held on September 7th and 8th.

AUDITIONS ARE FOR PLACEMENT ONLY. All interested students will be placed in the show. All Bellarmine students should watch for an email in the coming weeks with an invitation to audition, rehearsal information, and a direct link to schedule your individual audition appointment online.

Rehearsals will be held Mondays-Thursdays from 3:15-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. beginning September 11, 2017.  Students are only called for those rehearsal dates where their material is being rehearsed. The entire cast can expect to be called for all scheduled rehearsals the last three weeks before opening night. A schedule will be provided at the first rehearsal.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL is an enormous show with opportunities for all members of the Bellarmine community to become involved. Faculty, Staff, family members, and students are all encouraged to find a place on the production team. Interest is all it takes. Even those with little time or limited resources can find a way to join the Bellarmine Drama family.

For questions concerning auditions, please contact Mr. Lewis at lewisf@bellarmineprep.org
For inquiries about joining our team, reach out to Mrs. Minjares at minjaresm@bellarmineprep.org
Sports Physical Form
All athletes must have a valid pre-participation physical evaluation report form on file in order to participate in Bellarmine athletics. If you already have a physical form on file at Bellarmine, you must update it every two years from the date of the physical for it to be valid. Please complete the physical/student health report form and mail or deliver it to Athletic Director Ed Ploof in the main office no later than one week prior to each season's first day of tryouts  Please direct questions regarding physicals to Ed Ploof at ploofe@bellarmineprep.org.
Summer Assignments
All students have summer reading for English classes and a summer assignment for math. Other advanced and AP courses also have required summer work. Please summer assignments located here.
Bellarmine Reads
The Bellarmine English Department requests that during the summer months our students stay active as readers. In the past, we have asked students to read different books by grade level. In an effort to encourage our whole school community to engage together in the joy of reading, reflection, and discussion, we are now asking all students, grades 9-12, to read one new book each summer. The book title will change from year to year, so students will have the opportunity to read and discuss four different books with the entire school community during their four years at Bellarmine.

More information regarding Bellarmine Reads.

Student Picture Day
Picture Day is an important day for all students, as it represents the close of summer and the beginning of a new school year. All students are encouraged to sit for their pictures at the designated times  For more information regarding picture day, Click Here. Picture make-up day is currently scheduled for August 30th between 8-10 a.m, both lunches, and after school; please check the Bellarmine calendar for confirmation. Please direct questions regarding picture day to Kevin Meines at (253) 879-9814 or meinesk@bellarmineprep.org.  
Parking Permits
Parking permits purchased in June will be available in the Campus Center on August 24th between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  If parking spots remain unsold, students may purchase them at the parking permit table.  Students must present a current Washington State driver’s license with the completed parking permit application. To download the application and/or more information, Click Here. Please direct questions to Jessica Achziger at 253-879-9727 or achzigerj@belarmineprep.org
Locker Assignment
Locker assignments will be posted in the hallway of the Administration building and students can access their locker on August 24th. We strongly encourage students to place a lock on their locker if they intend on leaving any valuables. For more information regarding locker assignments, Click Here. Please direct questions regarding lockers to Melinda Michaelson at 253-756-3888 or michaelsonm@bellarmineprep.org.  
Schedule Change Information
Students have received their preliminary academic schedules and they will receive their final schedules on the first day of school in Community Period. If there is a required academic change, counselors will be available on August 24, 2017 during Picture day.
ASB Cards
ASB cards will be issued on August 24th. If not present on the 24h, students will need to see Kevin Meines, Dean of Students, to attend an event requiring an ASB card.  Students must have picture taken to receive ASB card. Refer to picture retake day if you are unable to have your picture taken on the 24th..
Year Book
All students will receive a yearbook unless they opt out. Contact Jennifer O'Loughlin at 253-879-9783 or oloughlinj@bellarmineprep.org if you chose to not purchase a yearbook.
Class of 2021 Orientation
Freshmen Orientation will take place on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 30th, from 8-10 a.m.
Transfer Student Orientation
Orientation for transfer students will be on August 24th from 2-3 p.m. Activities will include:
Campus Tour
Campus Ministry
Tech (iPad, Moodle,ect)
International Student Orientation
The International Student Orientation will be August 23rd 9 a.m. -3:00 p.m. and August 24th 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information contact Kristin Torgerson.
School Lunch Program
MealTime Online is the gateway to your student’s point-of-sale cafeteria account. 

To enroll your student, please go to: www.mymealtime.com to begin your enrollment, or to make an online deposit.  For more information regarding MealTime online click here.

The average cost of lunch at Bellarmine is between $5.00 and $6.00. Payments for MealTime can be made online, or in the Student Accounts Office in Orton Hall.  Please allow 24 hours for processing.  We no longer accept payments in the Cafeteria. If you have any questions regarding MealTime, please contact Mary Graves, Bellarmine’s Student Accounts Manager at 253-761-3529 or gravesm@bellarmineprep.org.
Morning Transportation Program
Bellarmine has a morning shuttle from Bonney Lake/Lake Tapps, Federal Way, Gig Harbor, Lacey/Olympia, and Puyallup areas to Bellarmine. We encourage all interested families to review the program, contract, and rider expectations. The program is dependent on a minimum ridership of five students per route and a maximum of 14. In light of insufficient parking on campus, increased traffic concerns, and individual family needs, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this unique opportunity. For complete details on this program, Click Here.
2017/18 Request to Restrict Release of Information
Download Form
First Day of School Schedule
Click here for the schedule for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 30.
2017/18 Student/Athlete Accident Insurance
Student Accident Program Information Letter
Student Accident Claim Form
Asbestos Compliance Letter
Download Letter
Menigogoccal Disease and Prevention Letter
Download Letter
School Dress Code Information
Click here to for Bellarmine's dress code guidelines
Click here to download Bellarmine's Student Handbook