Course Registration for 2017-18 Will Begin February 14
Course registration for the 2017-18 school year will begin in Community Period on Tuesday, February 14. Click here for more details.
Attendance Reminders from Dean of Students
Every day at Bellarmine is an important academic time for your student. Parents should make every effort to schedule doctor and dental appointments, family vacation and other absences around the academic calendar. Please read a letter from the Dean of Students here about our Attendance Policy.
Spring Sports Physicals Due Feb. 16; Tryouts Begin February 27
Monday, February 27 is the first day of spring sports tryouts for baseball, fastpitch, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys & girls track and field, boys soccer and girls tennis. Click here for more details.
For information about adding or dropping a class for the second semester, click here.
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.
Reservations Due by Feb. 16 for Grandparents' Day on February 24
Last year's Grandparents' Day was incredibly successful, and we are expecting this year's event to be that and much more. This is a wonderful afternoon in which students can introduce their grandparents to the Bellarmine community. We ask that you encourage your student(s) to invite their grandparents to join them for lunch and a special visit to the Bellarmine campus. We also ask that you pre-purchase lunch for your parent(s) and student to better coordinate lunches and assure we have enough seating. This event typically sells out, so we encourage you to make reservations early. Reservations are required by Friday, February 16. We also need parent volunteers to make this day possible.
Learn more and make your reservations today.
MLK Junior Day Assembly - January 17
Bellarmine will hold it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Assembly on January 17th at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Loyola Center. It will feature Dr. Michael Benitez, the Chief Diversity Officer and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Puget Sound. Click here for more details.
Announcing the 2017 Bellarmine Gala March 18; Unlocking the Future
Preparations are underway for our annual PRIDE Auction, which we have rebranded the Bellarmine Gala. It will be an evening filled with excitement and festivities--but we need your help. The success of the auction relies heavily on the generosity of parents like you. Through the support of our community, our annual auction has become one of Bellarmine’s largest fundraisers. Proceeds from the auction help us to meet our operational budget, but most importantly allows us to provide a superior educational experience for the young men and women of Bellarmine.
Each family’s participation is critical to the success of the Gala. We invite you to make personal donations of cash, goods or services and/or reach out to your community of friends, family members and businesses you frequent for donations and return completed procurement forms by February 6. We thank you in advance for your generous gifts of time, talent and treasure. For donation ideas and volunteer opportunities (we’d love your help), please see the link below.
Find out more and how you can help.
Spring Play Auditions
Information regarding audition dates for the Spring Play, as well as information about the play will be released in January.
Learning Resource Center Update
We are excited to share with you the library construction project began over Christmas break. Last spring our Pride Auction raised approximately $190,000 for the Learning Resource Center, specifically to support the facility needs of the LRC (located in the library). You will now notice the main entrance into the library, located on the east side of Orell, will not be accessible as the construction project includes a redesign of the that entrance. Instead, students and employees will enter the library through the exterior door located on the north-west side of Orell. There is almost always some disruption related to a construction project, but the construction company is working diligently to minimize the disruption. We are so excited for the completed projected and the opportunities the LRC will offer to our current and future students.
We will continue to keep you informed about the project.
Experience Bellarmine Days
Do you know a student who you think would love to be a Lion? Invite them to come and experience the Bellarmine community first-hand during one of our Experience Bellarmine Days! Our future Lions have the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in classroom settings, obtain answers to questions they may have, and learn valuable information about our admissions process. Invite your future Lion to register for an Experience Bellarmine Day today! Click here for more information.
Game Day Week - January 10 & 12
We are inviting prospective students and families to attend the basketball games on Tuesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 12th. There will also be a free pizza dinner in the Campus Center from 6-7 p.m. for these families, as well as prizes and giveways during the games. If you have a prospective student, please join us for this fun and exciting evening, or if you know anyone who might be interested, please invite them as well.
Note: Free entry limited to four individuals.
More information contact Kim Schulz at email@example.com
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.
• 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
High School Placement Test and Parent Information Meeting
All applicants to the ninth grade are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which covers English, math, reading and a timed writing sample. Students need to set up an online account to register for the exam. The last exams will be offered at Bellarmine in the Administration Building on January 13 from 3:30-6:45 p.m. and on January 14 from 10:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Parent Information Meetings will be held while students are testing. Please help spread the word and share this with families you know who might be interested in Bellarmine.
Find out more here.
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.
Financial Aid Deadline - January 17
The deadline for Bellarmine families to apply for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year has been extended to January 17th.
Click here for more details on Bellarmine's financial aid program.
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:
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.
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.
How Bellarmine Communicates with Students
Students at Bellarmine receive information about what is happening at the school in a variety of ways.
The two main platforms are:
- Lion Tracks – These are daily announcements which on B days are read to the students by their Community Period Teacher, and are also emailed to the students. Lion Tracks are the best way for students to stay up-to-date on school information.
- Campus Center Screens: The screens in the campus center display the daily announcements, which students can view during lunch time, passing periods, and before and after school.
Students wishing to make an all-school announcement must provide the information to Ms. Achziger for approval by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person in the Student Services Office in the Campus Center.
It is the responsibility of the student to read the announcements, and we encourage you to remind your student of this.
Class of 2020: "Tailgate" & Basketball Game
Friday, January 20th 6:00 - 8:30 PM
All freshmen are invited to attend the pizza "tailgate" prior to the boys' basketball game on Friday, January 20th. The evening festivities will begin in the Connelly Campus Center at 6:00 PM - pizza, salad, and cookies will be served, along with some fun that the ASB have planned for the Class of 2020! Students will attend the boys' basketball game together and cheer on the team! Please have your child sign up for the "Tailgate" & Game during lunches on Wednesday, January 18th - Friday, January 20th. We are asking that the students give a donation when they sign up. The donations will be sent to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School. (In August 2016, just after 4 days of school, the flood waters that ravaged Louisiana forced the closure of the school, and many of their students and staff lost their homes and all their possessions). We are hoping that the Class of 2020 is able to raise at least $1,000 to send to Baton Rouge!
If you have any questions, please contact Cari Harrison, Enrollment Management Director, at 253.879-9771 or email@example.com.
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 p.m. 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.
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.
Sophomore Parent Night
February 7, 2017
7-8 p.m. - McAstocker Theater
Tuesday, February 7 is Sophomore Parent Night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in McAstocker Theater. The Counseling Department will address the college search process including the continued use of our Naviance College Search tool, standardized testing (including interpreting PSAT results), and summer opportunities. Our guest speaker for the evening is Dave Gunovich, Director of Admissions at Pacific Lutheran University.m
Sophomore Class Liturgy
Bellarmine's sophomore class liturgy is on Thursday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m.
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.
Junior Parent Night - January 10
Junior Parent Night is scheduled for Tuesday, January 10 at 7 p.m. in the McAstocker Theater.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Tony Rehberger (email@example.com ). This amazing program needs your help, and now more than ever these young men need examples of maturity and adulthood.
Senior Capstone Presentations
Senior Capstone Presentations have been reschedule for Wednesday, January 11 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