2017 May Parent Guide


Bellarmine Community Mourns the Loss of Tim Milnes

Read a statement from President Rob Modarelli regarding the tragic of faculty member Tim Milnes.

Full statement from President Modarelli

Message from Principal Cindy Davis to Bellarmine parents regarding support for students

Parents Invited to Academic Awards Assembly May 17

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the annual Awards Assembly on Wednesday, May 17 in the St. Ignatius Loyola Center from 9:30-10:50 a.m. The assembly is an opportunity for the student body and parents to honor students who earned special recognition this year.

Bellarmine Vocalists Shine at State Competition

40 Bellarmine students competed in nine ensembles and five solo spots the weekend of April 28-29 at the Washington State Music Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.

Read the full story

2017 Academic Readiness Summer Program

Bellarmine’s Academic Readiness Summer Program uses a blended instruction format. A blended learning approach combines face to face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities to form an integrated instructional approach. Classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday’s instruction from home will be supported through our Moodle program. Enrolled students will have access to the Moodle resource and are expected to complete on-line assignments on time, and to have completed the iPad orientation prior to the fist day of class Monday, July 17th.

More details and registration information here.

Kim West Named Girls Varsity Basketball Coach

Kim Butler West B'01 has been hired as the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, taking over for Kevin Meines who resigned after 14 years as head coach to focus on his health and his new administrative position which he will begin next school year.

West, an assistant under Meines, was a standout player at Bellarmine, and went onto play at Santa Clara and Oregon State. She also played for Great Britain in the London Olympics in 2012.

Bellarmine Announces Installation of Sculpture at New Campus Center

Bellarmine announces the installation of “Maternal Bond” by Timothy Schmalz, a sculpture located in a small reflection space outside of the school’s new Connelly Campus Center.

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Bellarmine Hires Director and Assistant Director for the Learning Resource Center

Bellarmine has hired Dr. Kelly Goodsell to serve in the new role of Director of the Learning Resource Center beginning at the start of the 2017-18 school year.  She will work closely with school administration and faculty to implement inclusive education practices to increase access and support for students with diverse learning needs. Jennifer O’Loughlin, Bellarmine’s current Learning Specialist, will serve as Assistant Director.

Read the full story here

Important Announcement Regarding Change in Weekly Schedule for the 2017-18 School Year

Bellarmine will be making a change to it's weekly schedule next school year.

Read the full story here

Lion Summer Camps Registration

Bellarmine is proud to offer a number of athletic camps for students throughout the summer of 2017.

Note that many of the camps sell out and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep checking back as updates are made when camp details are finalized.

Not all camps are available to sign up for yet. Please check back often as we release more camps, and this year we are excited to offer online registrations to our summer camps.

See the Lion Summer Camp details here.

AP Exams May 1-11

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are offered May 1-11, 2017 for students who are interested in earning possible college credit if they score well in certain subject areas. The exams will be given in the Booster Gym. Each AP student will register for their exams on April 19th during community period. If students are absent on April 19th, they should come to the Counseling Office prior to May 1st and see Mrs. Irving to complete the paperwork. Students must be in the room a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of the exam. Actual testing begins promptly at the listed times below. The exam administrators cannot wait for latecomers.

Detailed AP Exam Information

Annual Plant Sale: May 4 - June 17

Do your spring plant and flower shopping early this year. The Wiegand Nursery and Greenhouse Plant Sale is open from May 4-June 17 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (excluding Sat. May 26). If you've never attended, you'll be amazed at the quality and quantity of beautiful plants and flowers in Bellarmine's greenhouse.

Full Plant Sale Details

Crowning of Mary Mass - May 11

Remind your students to attend this wonderful annual Mass, where the statue of Mary is crowned at the end of Mass.
More information on the WSDOT website


Late Start - May 15

There will be 9:30 a.m. late start on Monday, May 15.

Pot Blessing Scheduled for May 16

Bellarmine’s Pot Blessing Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African American students who have successfully completed their requirements for a Bellarmine diploma. The ceremony is representative of African and African American culture and heritage, embraces the value of community and scholarship, and culminates with a Kente Stole presentation.

More details on this great annual tradition

Farewell to Seniors Concert - May 18

Join us in the McAstocker Theater on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. for our annual Farewell to Seniors concert.

Music in May Concert - May 23

Join us in the McAstocker Theater on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. for our annual Music in May concert.

Memorial Day - May 29

School is closed in observance of Memorial day on Monday, May 29.

Lunch Menu

You can now access our weekly lunch menu online.

Lions Den – Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Parents – do you have a couple of hours during the day to assist in the Lions Den? Waiting for an hour or two before end of school to bring your student home? Consider volunteering in the Lions Den! It is a great opportunity to meet other Bellarmine parents, and allow us to stay open for the students and community. Students/staff are able to purchase their snacks, and parents/families can stop by to purchase Bellarmine apparel.

We would like to keep our hours of Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 3pm, but need more parent volunteers. If you are interested, please contact us here.

The Lions Den is parent volunteer driven, and is Philomathea’s fundraising arm. Philomathea supports our students through STEM scholarships, provides refreshments/hospitality at school events such as Open House, Parent Information Night, Grad Mass & Breakfast, etc.

I-5 Tacoma City Center Exit to Close for 7 Months

Although we don’t know the impact, the I-5 Tacoma City Center Exit closure starting in mid-April may affect Bellarmine commuters. Please read the information provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation.  We recommend viewing both linked videos on the WSDOT website to see exactly what is going to be done.

Bellarmine Teams with Paystation for Additional Tuition Payment Option

We are excited to announce a new tuition payment option for Bellarmine families. The program uses paystation.com and allows families to make payments by echeck or credit card. (Please note that there is a convenience fee charged for echeck and credit card payments.) Families can use a new “Pay Tuition” button on the Bellarmine website homepage or tuition page.

This service is in addition to all other modes of payment (cash, checks, checks to our Lockbox, etc.) and we still offer monthly payment plans using checks, credit cards or the Automated Clearing House (ACH).  Please contact Mary Graves, at gravesm@bellarmineprep.org if you are interested in a monthly payment plan.

Class of 2020 Link Up

The Freshmen Class came together for the Class of 2020 Link Up, formerly known as Freshmen Night Out. Activities included a game truck, inflatable obstacle course, open mic, open gym, and great food. Everyone had a great time!

View pictures from this fun event

Bellarmine's Home Team

Next year's sophomores have the opportunity to join the "Home Team," a group of students dedicated to helping with prospective Bellarmine students. Home team members will help with activities such as Experience Bellarmine Days, Open House, Shadow visits, and more. Applications to join the Home Team will be available in early September. If you would like more information, you can contact Cari Harrison at harrisonc@bellarmineprep.org.

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.

AP Exams

AP exams will be beginning the first of May. You can see a schedule of which exams are on which day on the Bellarmine Calendar.

Junior Prom

This year's Junior Prom is on May 6 at 8:00 p.m. More details here.

AP Exams

AP exams will be beginning the first of May. You can see a schedule of which exams are on which day on the Bellarmine Calendar.

Graduation Activities

May 15 - Cap and Gowns Distribution: Caps and gowns will be distributed by a Josten's representative to seniors on May 15th, during both lunches in the Campus Center. Seniors must complete the Graduation Survey (emailed to them on May 1st) in order to pick-up their cap & gown.
May 18 - Farewell to Seniors Concert
May 21 - The Senior/Parent Dinner, which is the kickoff for graduation activities, will be held Sunday, May 21st from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Bellarmine campus. This dinner is limited to senior students and their parents/guardians. It is a fun evening with great food and a senior DVD. An invitation and information will be mailed to parents/guardians in April.
May 23
- Graduation Practice will be held in the St. Ignatius Loyola Center. All seniors are expected to attend the practice.
May 25 - Last day of class for Seniors.
May 30 - Senior Exams, Periods 5,6,7
May 30 - Graduation announcement orders will be distributed by a Josten's representative to seniors on March 30th during both lunches in the St. Ignatius Loyola Center foyer.
May 31 - Senior Exams, Periods 1,2,3,4
June 1 - Senior Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 1st in the St. Ignatius Loyola Center is a service for seniors and their families and friends. All are welcome. Following Mass will be a senior continental breakfast sponsored by Philomathea. For the continental breakfast, each senior may invite two adult guests.

See the Graduation Activities page here.

Junior Prom

This year's Junior Prom is on May 6 at 8:00 p.m. More details here.

AP Exams

AP exams will be beginning the first of May. You can see a schedule of which exams are on which day on the Bellarmine Calendar.