Dress Code Policy Reminder

As we move into the midpoint of first semester, we want to highlight the policy of the Student Dress Code. While we have seen an improved compliance with the expectations of student dress, it seems like a good time to remind everyone in the community the expectations and clarify questions that have come up. The focus of the dress code is eliminating athletic or workout attire. The top that accompanies leggings must be a sweater or blouse that completely covers the torso. Regardless of gender, shirts must offer complete coverage of the torso. T-shirts or sweatshirts worn with leggings are unacceptable. Belts must be worn with all pants, there are belts available in the student services office to borrow for the day. Students out of dress code WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND CLASS until changing into appropriate attire. This will count as an unexcused absence from class and if the student cannot find suitable clothing within 20 minutes it will result in the assigning of a five hour JUG for the absence. No work will be allowed to be turned in for an unexcused absence, per the student handbook. Please encourage your student to dress appropriately for school and help create a more positive environment for student learning and growth. The full dress code can be found in the Student Handbook on pages 35-36.

Lions Share Raffle

Lions Share Raffle as two more weeks. Please remind your student to sell their 15 tickets and return stubs along with payment to Orton Hall by November 14th. The raffle helps support both Bellarmine's own financial aid program and 10% of the ticket proceeds directly support the upcoming Adopt-a-Family service project. Great cause and a lot of great prizes! 

Upcoming Activities

Bellarmine has many opportunities to be involved and engage with the community. We hope you will join us at some or all of these upcoming activities.

  • Athletic Playoffs: Many of our Fall Sports teams are beginning post-season play. For information on when and where the teams will be playing, please click here.
  • Fall Musical, November 10-12 and 16-19: Bellarmine's Drama Department is performing A Christmas Carol - The Musical. To purchase tickets to the Fall Musical, click here.
  • Sip and Paint with PRIDE, November 30: The Bellarmine PRIDE Auction Board invites the women of the Bellarmine community to join them for a unique evening of fun, food, wine, and artistry. This year’s Sip & Paint will be held Saturday, November 30 from 5-9 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Loyola Center. Make your reservations early, as this event is sure to sell out fast. Tickets purchased by November13 are $65/person and $75/person after that. Attendees will enjoy two glasses of wine, appetizers and their very own painted masterpiece. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Thanksgiving Mass and Pie Social, November 22: Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Eve Mass in the St. Aloysius Chapel at 7 p.m., and stay for a social gathering featuring great pies immediately following the Mass.

Parent-Teacher Conferences 

Parents are encouraged to utilize the communication tools of FamilyLink and Moodle to stay current with student course expectations and progress. In addition to Family Link and Moodle, families are offered a personalized model of additional communication at Parent-Teacher Conferences.  This is an opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss academic, behavioral, and emotional progress of their student(s).  Bellarmine has two fall opportunities:

Wednesday, November 8th,  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 9th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

And one spring opportunity:
Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Both the evening and afternoon conferences are designed in arena format. We ask that teachers and parents limit this time to five minutes for a brief conversation and academic update. If you need a longer conversation, please email or call the teacher to schedule that conference.

Both the evening and afternoon conferences are located in the Names Gym and Connelly Campus Center. Please use the student parking lot and enter on the lower floors as those are the areas where the conferences will be held. Parents will receive a mid-semester report card (mailed October 31st). Please bring your report card to locate the teachers you wish to see.

Faculty will be located by department: English, PE/Health, Religion, Social Studies, and World Language in the Names Gym; Art, members of the Learning Resource Center, Math, Music, and Science in the Connelly Campus Center.  Any faculty member unable to attend either day will have a sign up for a return phone conference or email correspondence within the next two school days.

Veteran's Day

November 10 - No School

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.

Tryouts for winter sports begin on Monday, November 13.   

Winter Sports Physicals Due Nov. 9

Students who are planning to participate in a winter sport and do not have a valid physical on record must submit their paperwork to Mr. Ploof by Nov. 9.

If you have any questions, contact Athletic Director Ed Ploof.     

Operation Keep 'Em Warm and Fed Blanket Drive

Operation Keep 'Em Warm and Fed is having a blanket drive to help keep the homeless warm this winter.

Please donate used or new blankets or sleeping bags to help make this the most successful drive ever! You may bring donations to the Bellarmine main office or have your student bring them to Ms. Julie Campbell in Room A7. 

Our blanket drive runs through Tuesday, November 21 - a group of students and faculty will deliver blankets directly to the homeless that afternoon. Surplus blankets will go into Operation Keep 'Em Warm and Fed storage, for continued distribution during the cold weather. Your donations are greatly needed and can make a life-or-death difference for folks downtown. 

If you have any questions you can contact Julie Campbell at 253-761-3540.

National Merit Scholars

We are proud to announce that three seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists and 10 seniors have been named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Click here for detailed information and the names of the students. 

Financial Aid Applications Available in November

Bellarmine is using FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment for financial aid. Financial aid applications for the 2018-19 school year are now available and are due no later than Feb. 2, 2018. We will not be able to guarantee aid for anyone who has not turned in an application by the due date. If your application is postmarked after Feb. 2, 2018, you will be placed on a wait list for financial aid. If there is any financial aid remaining, completed applications will be handled in the order they are received.

See Financial Aid Update for more details and a link to the financial aid application form.

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. This year, about 45 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 goal 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 2017 - Ms. Scanlin - email for more info
Shirts Across America - NOLA New Orleans - Spring Break 2018 - Ms. Petit - 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
Nativity House - Mrs. Mary Campbell
Operation Keep 'Em Warm & Fed - Ms. Julie Campbell

Global Study Trips

Costa Rica Global Studies Trip
The History of Australia Trip

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.

Open House

Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:00-8:00 p.m.
St. Ignatius Loyola Center

The best way for parents and students to learn about Bellarmine is to come and visit us at our Open House. Our program is designed for you to tour the campus, meet teachers from each department and program, and have all of your questions answered.

Register for the Open House through your online account. Registration is not required to attend the Open House.

Our Open House will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Saint Ignatius Loyola Center.

The Bellarmine Open House provides a great opportunity to see the campus, meet with faculty and students and hear about our programs. We hope you’ll join us. If you have questions, please contact Cari Harrison at 253-879-9771.

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28is your chance to join with others to help celebrate philanthropy and at the same time support Bellarmine on this day of "giving back."  Find out how you can help here.

Lunch Menu

You can now access our weekly lunch menu online. 

Message from Head Chef of Bellarmine's Lunchroom

Read a message from Erika Keller who is the head chef in Bellarmine's lunchroom.

Marine Chemistry Christmas Tree Sale

The annual Marine Chemistry Christmas tree fundraiser is underway. Supporters of the fundraiser have their choice of size of either full-sheared Douglas fir or Noble fir trees. These quality trees range in price from $32-$62. Order forms must be received by November 13 and trees can be picked up at Bellarmine December 2 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Thanks for your support of the Marine Chemistry Program!. 

Download Order Form

Annual Philomathea Wreath Sale

Place your order for beautiful wreaths to don your home, office, and for gift-giving! Order forms can be downloaded here, or, new this year – you can conveniently place your order online.

Orders must be received no later than Monday, November 13. Pick up for wreaths is on Saturday, December 2 at the Connelly Campus Center between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Proceeds benefit Philomathea’s scholarship fund, providing opportunities for all students to attend Bellarmine.

Questions – please contact Jenevie Llanes, Philomathea President at 360-870-4241,

Freshman Class Lip Dub Video

Bellarmine's class of 2021 had an amazing day in October performing a "Lip Dub" video. 
Click here to view this great video.
                       

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. 

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 2-4 and February 24-26.  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.  

Dec. SAT Test

Dec. 2, 2017 SAT

Dec. ACT Test

Dec. 9, 2017 ACT

Dec. SAT Test

Dec. 2, 2017 SAT

Dec. ACT Test

Dec. 9, 2017 ACT

Graduation Party Being Planned for Class of 2018

It is time for the Senior Graduation Party Committee to begin planning and reserve venues for the 2018 Senior Graduation Party.  Although this is not a Bellarmine sanctioned event, Bellarmine supports the Parent Committee that coordinates this party to ensure a safe final activity for the Graduates.  It is a very special event.
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 Grad Ads Due Nov. 13

Click here for information on how to submit your seniors "Grad Ad."