2017 October Parent Guide

2017 Homecoming

Homecoming week is October 16-21, and this year's theme is Hollywood.

Leading up to Homecoming on the 21st, we will be holding our Spirit Days:

Monday: Favorite star on the Walk of Fame - Dress up as your favorite celebrity
Tuesday: Twin Day
Wednesday: Class Distinction

  • Freshman-Babies
  • Sophomores-Nerds
  • Juniors-Cowboys
  • Seniors-Togas

Thursday: Favorite Movie Character
Friday: Blue and White

Friday, October 20
Pre-Game Booster BBQ, 5:00 p.m.
Bellarmine Quad
Featuring $5 hamburgers/$7 meal, $4 hot dogs/$5 meal

Bellarmine vs. Graham Kapowsin, 7:00 p.m.
Bellarmine Campus, Memorial Field
This year, the halftime festivities will include Homecoming Court crowning by the Class of 1967 Homecoming Royalty.

Post-Game Social
Connelly Campus Center
Following the game, those 21 and older are invited to continue the celebration with friends and classmates at the Post-Game Social. Enjoy beverages and light snacks catered by Ram International Catering. A suggested donation of $5 or more is appreciated at the door.

RSVP online here to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.
Saturday, October 21
Saturday, October 21, 8:00-11:00 p.m., Names Gym
$15.00 for individual tickets.
If your student is planning to attend the dance on the 21st, tickets are $15.00 per student. The time of the dance is 8-11 p.m. in the Names Gym, and students need to make sure they bring their ASB card. Guest forms will be available in the Student Services Office. Tickets will be sold during both lunches the week of Homecoming in the Campus Center.

Click here for more information regarding Homecoming week activities

Family Housing Network

Family Housing Network (formally Phoenix Housing) is coming to Bellarmine on October 8 - 15, 2016. We are in need of evening dinner hosts and overnight hosts. FHN is a fun and easy way to get involved in the generous spirit of giving here at Bellarmine. So do please consider giving a little of your time and energy to this worthwhile cause.

If you would like to sign up or if you have any questions, please contact our host site coordinator Robert Payne. Thank you.

Robert Payne
752-7701 ext. 762
253/202-6925 cell

Global Study and Service Trips

History of Australia Trip - Summer 2108 - Mr. Brown - More info here
Costa Rica Trip - Summer 2018 - Ms. Diaz - email for more info
Marine Chemistry - Hawaii - Summer 2018 - Mr. DeGroot/Mrs. Andresen - email for more info
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


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.

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.

Experience Bellarmine Days Start in October!

Do you know a student who you think would love to be a Lion? Invite him or her 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, get 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.

Booster Pre-Game BBQ

Before every football home game from 5:30-7:00 p.m. you can grab dinner and also support the Girls Basketball team at our annual pre-game Booster BBQ. This year the girls basketball program is hosting the BBQ, and with all proceeds supporting them.

Lions Share Raffle

Bellarmine's all school student fundraiser the Lions Share Raffle kicked-off on September 29. Click here for more information on this very important fundraiser for the school.

National Honor Society Installation

Tuesday, October 24, 7-8 p.m.
Bellarmine's National Honor Society members are available to tutor other students in need of academic help. For more information contact Jennifer O'Loughlin.

Picture Re-Take Day

Friday, October 6

Parent or Guardian of the Class of 2021!

On Wednesday, October 11th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. we will have the opportunity for the Class of 2021 to get together again - an ENCORE! We will meet in the Loyola Center at 8:30 a.m. Please encourage your child to wear Bellarmine gear - uniforms, Class of 2021 shirts, vintage sweatshirts, etc... We are going to be doing some fun, crazy things that require the students to be in Bellarmine garb. If your child did not receive his/her Class of 2021 t-shirt, please have your child see Mrs. Harrison as soon as possible.

One part of the day is a TALENT show, featuring the freshmen! Please encourage your child to share his/her talent! Sign up outside Ms. Solbakken's classroom, located in S103.

If you have any questions about October 11th, please contact Cari Harrison,
Harrisonc@bellarmineprep.org or Barbie Solbakken, solbakkenb@bellarmineprep.org.


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.

Family Link

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.

Digital Citizenship

Click here for Bellarmine's Technology update, focusing on digital citizenship for our students. We ask that you please review this information, and encourage you to discuss with your son or daughter.

Volunteer Opportunities

As a way of keeping costs down and involving parents in the school, Bellarmine offers a number of opportunities to volunteer in several different areas. Click here to find out more information on how you can volunteer at Bellarmine.

Bellarmine Parent Partnership Meetings

Parents from both the Freshman classes will receive an email invite along with a reservation link for your assigned date.  All meetings are organized by your student’s CP teacher.

All meetings will be in the Campus Center from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Complete details here.

Community Period Information

Community Period is a program designed to meet our students’ needs in advisory, formative, and functional capacities. The goals of CP are as follows: Faith formation (Campus Ministry and CP formation activities); Leadership development (ASB, service and formation activities); Academic advising

Usually CP activities will also allow for some “library quiet” study time. The acceptable use policy for technology applies in CP as well as the classroom. iPad use is for educational purposes.  

A Grade level “curriculum” has been designed to focus on a specific theme:

For more information contact Kevin Meines at meinesk@bellarmineprep.org.

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.

Sophomore Women's Retreat Oct. 8-9

The Sophomore Girls Retreat retreat is a chance for the young women of the sophomore class to come together and discuss issues surrounding female identity, friendships and self-worth. Apply here

L'Arche Trips

The next sophomore trip to L'Arche Farms will be Oct 3. Contact Allison Scanlin at scanlina@bellarmineprep.org for more information.

PSAT Testing for Sophomores

PSAT - Sophomores - Wed. Oct. 11, 8:15am-11:30am , Admin. Bldg.

Bring two #2 pencils and a scientific/graphing calculator and be on time.

Sophomores take the PSAT for practice in standardized testing and so they don't go into Junior year not having experience with the PSAT.

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.

PSAT Testing for Juniors

PSAT - Juniors - Wed. Oct. 11, 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. , Admin. Bldg.

Bring two #2 pencils and a scientific/graphing calculator and be on time.

Students are required to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 11th. The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT. The PSAT is an aptitude exam that looks at a student's reasoning and problem-solving ability. In the junior year, it is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Practice tests, video tutorials, and more information regarding the PSAT can be found at collegeboard.org

ACT and SAT Important Dates

Oct. 7, 2017 - SAT on Campus
Oct. 28, 2017 - ACT on Campus
Nov. 4, 2017 - SAT on Campus

ACT and SAT Important Dates

Oct. 7, 2017 - SAT on Campus
Oct. 28, 2017 - ACT on Campus
Nov. 4, 2017 - SAT on Campus

Grad Ads

To recognize your senior with an ad in the Yearbook, submit a favorite photo (often a baby picture), greeting, and check (made out to Bellarmine) and we'll do the rest. Please be very clear with your instructions for cropping photos, if you only want to use certain parts of the picture, and please print your message. Check the Yearbook from last year for ideas or examples. Grad Ads are due by November 13. For more information, click here.

October 11

Seniors do not have school on Wednesday, October 11.