2017 March Parent Guide
Dean of Students Reminds Parents About After-School Parking
The beginning of the busy spring sports season warrants a reminder about after-school parking. Parents and students should park in lined parking spaces only. Do not park in the clearly marked fire lane or other non-parking areas, even if waiting for a student to finish practice. Unattended cars left in a clearly marked fire lane may be towed at the owner’s expense. Your student’s safety is a high priority for Bellarmine; blocking or otherwise impeding law enforcement or first aid providers by parking in a fire lane outside the gym (Lot A) is a significant risk. Thank you for your attention to this request and don’t hesitate to contact Dean of Students Bill Baerg if you have any questions or concerns.
Spring Sports Information
Spring sports began on February 27th. if your son or daughter is still interested in participating this spring, Track and Field is a no cut sport, meaning they can still turn out. Also, sometimes other teams are in need of players after the beginning of practice. These coaches will let the student body know through announcements if they are in need of more players. Athletes must of have an up-to-date physical to participate in a sport at Bellarmine.
Tickets are now available for Bellarmine's Spring Play - Metamorphoses.
For more information on the play or to buy tickets, click here.
Supporting our Teens Emotional Well-Being Seminar
Teens today are faced with a variety of challenges. We invite you to join us the evening of March 15 to hear from local professionals about trends in teenage mental health. Topics include: national and local statistics, teen brain development and stressors, signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as an array of resources. Sponsored by the Counseling Department, the program will be in the Connelly Campus Center from 7-8 p.m.
Join us on Saturday, March 18th for the Bellarmine Gala! In addition to weekend getaways, trips for large groups, restaurants, signed sports memorabilia, unique experiences, we have the hottest tickets in the country, HAMILTON in NYC - complete with boutique hotel, air, restaurants and experiences. All money raised at this year's event will go to fund scholarships and financial aid, which makes it possible for 37% of Bellarmine's student body to attend. We will sell out, so register soon!
Spring Choir & Orchestra Concert
Bellarmine's Spring Choir and Orchestra Concert will take place on Monday, March 20 at 7 p,m, in the McAstocker Theater.
Spring Band Concert
Bellarmine's Spring Band Concert will take place on Tuesday, March 21 in the McAstocker Theater.
Save the Date - Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday, April 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Save the Date - Booster Crab Feed
Tickets are now on-sale for this year’s Bellarmine Booster Crab Feed on Saturday, April 29. The popular annual event will include delicious crab, side dishes, beverages, socializing with Bellarmine alumni and friends, and dancing to songs from the band Baking With Julia. Get yours before they’re sold out. Proceeds benefit Bellarmine athletics.
Click here for details.
Save the Date for Bellarmine Casino Night May 5
Put May 5 on your calendar for this year’s Bellarmine’s Community “Cinco de Mayo” Celebration & Casino Night. We want to deal you in for an evening of casino games, community, and a Cinco de Mayo fiesta to benefit Bellarmine clubs, activities and financial aid. More details and tickets will be available soon. .
Preparing for Next Year
This is the time of year when freshman and freshman parents should be preparing for sophomore year, specifically looking at more ways to get involved, and how they can achieve their future goals. There are many leadership and service opportunities for sophomores to get involved in, and now is good time to research what those are.
Freshmen Retreat Information
A Message from Director of Student Ministry Josh Barnes:
As I am sure you have heard by now, our Freshman Retreat is taking place on Monday, March 6th - Tuesday, March 7th. Originally, this retreat was planned as an overnight, on-campus experience. Given that the bulk of the retreat material will happen on the second day, however, we have decided that the freshmen should sleep in their own beds on Monday night. To that end, the retreat will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. on Monday the 6th and 8 a.m.-2:50 p.m. on Tuesday the 7th. Students are still expected to attend the retreat in its entirety, as to miss any part of it would decrease its value for your daughter or son.
Because this retreat is no longer an overnight, we will no longer need any parent volunteers. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who contacted me to help. It was greatly appreciated. Second, the retreat builds upon itself. Each activity of the first night helps to set the context for the discussions and activities which will take place on the second day. As such, to miss either day would be highly regrettable, and we are hoping your student will feel more a part of the Bellarmine community by the end.
Finally, I would like to thank you, the parents, for your support of this program. It is our first year with this retreat, and I personally greatly appreciate your flexibility and patience as we implement it. My leadership team and I are extremely excited about the program we have designed, and cannot wait to work with your students during this experience. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can most easily be reached via email at email@example.com. Within the next week your student should be receiving a list of what to bring with them to the retreat, as well as a brief introduction the program. They will receive this via email, and I will encourage them to share it with you.
Family Housing Network
Family Housing Networks is a great way to get involved with a very important and meaningful ministry. Every year Bellarmine houses families in need of shelter for a week in Weber Hall. We are in need of parents to help with meals, staying with the families, and more. If you are interested in helping with March 4-11, please contact Robert Payne.
L'arche Service Trips
Sophomores will be taking two trips to L'arche Farms - March 23rd and 30th. For more information on the sophomore's service work at L'arche, please contact Alison Scanlin.
Junior College Admission Program in April
The Third Annual Puget Sound Catholic Schools Case Studies program will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien. Nine schools from the Puget Sound area worked together to create this unique college admissions program exclusively for juniors and their families.
More information and registration information.
Junior Class Liturgy
Please remind your students about the Junior Class Liturgy on March 23rd. This is a great opportunity for the entire junior class to worship together.
ACT Registration Deadline for April
The registration deadline for the April ACT test is Friday, March 3rd.
Learn about all the activities planned for seniors and their families. The Graduation Activities page features pre- and post-graduation information and may be updated as events draw nearer. See the Graduation Activities page here.
The Manresa "Silent" Retreat is March 4-6. The Manresa is a two-night, Ignatian-directed, silent retreat.
The MAGIS invites students to encounter Jesus through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. For more information on this retreat for Bellarmine Seniors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.