2017 September Parent Guide

Message from Academic Vice Principal

Students who elect a course and find that the course is not meeting their needs may request a schedule change before the end of the second week of the semester, September 12th. Courses may be added through the second week of a semester as available. Students are encouraged to initiate the process by meeting with their counselors in the Counseling Department.

Back to School night is scheduled for September 14th, beginning at 6:50 p.m.  Parents are encouraged to attend and "walk" the typical day of their student.  This is a great opportunity to meet teachers and to learn more about the classes your students are taking.  Schedules are available.

Additionally, on September 14th, new parents are encouraged to attend the New Parent Meeting at 6:15 p.m.  This is a good opportunity to learn more about the school, including important information regarding attendance and school policies and procedures.

Bellarmine Launches New Mobile App

As a way to better communicate with the Belarmine community, we are launching a mobile app, which allow for easy access to Bellarmine key dates, news, social media posts, and more.

Click here for information on how to download the app.

Bellarmine Parent Partnership

Freshman Parents:
Parent Partnership Evenings with President Rob Modarelli and Principal Cindy Davis are being scheduled for early October. Dates will be released soon. They will be organized by your student's Community Period and will give you the opportunity to meet the other parents in your student's CP as well as a chance for questions and dialogue with Rob and Cindy. We look forward to seeing you.

Sophomore Parents:

Sophomore year Parent Partnership Meetings will be scheduled later in October. Look for communication from us regarding your Sophomore year "check-in" evening with President Rob Modarelli soon.

Junior and Senior Parents:
You will be receiving a mailing in September asking for your consideration and support of the Parent Partnership for Bellarmine’s Financial Aid Fund. Financial Aid is one of the most important aspects of our mission and commitment to making Bellarmine affordable and accessible to all families.

As always, we wish you God’s blessings and thank you for your involvement and support.

Dean M. Hanks
Vice President of Development

Acceptable Use Policy

The primary purpose of technology at Bellarmine Preparatory School is to enhance and support the school’s educational programs. Information systems used at Bellarmine Preparatory School must be used in a manner that is consistent with the school’s educational purposes and environment. The use of Bellarmine Preparatory School’s technology is a privilege, not a right. The policy applies to the operation of any information and communication device at Bellarmine Preparatory, regardless of who owns it. Click here for the complete Acceptable Use Policy.

Attendance Policy

Every day at Bellarmine is an important academic time for your student. Parents should make every effort to schedule doctor and dental appointments, family vacations and other absences around the academic calendar. Students are required to attend assigned classes and to be in class before the final bell. Click here for the complete Attendance Policy.

MealTime

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.

Key Calendar Dates

Picture Make Day - Friday, October 6
Robotics Parent Information Meeting - Tuesday, September 5 @ 7 p.m., Snyder 207
New Parent Meeting - Thursday, September 14 @ 6:15 p.m.
Back to School Night - Thursday, September 14 @ 6:50 p.m.
St. Robert Bellarmine All School Mass - Thursday,, September 14

Booster BBQ

Before every football home game from 5:30-7:00 p.m. you can grab dinner and also support the school's athletic program.

Club Fair

Club Fair will be held during Community Period on October 9th.

Lions Share Raffle

Bellarmine's all school student fundraiser the Lions Share Raffle will kick-off in mid-September. Look for more information from the Advancement Office on this very important fundraiser for the school coming soon.

Philomathea Volunteers Needed

Philomathea is seeking parents to help at Football Concessions during home games. If you are interested, please complete the Volunteer Form or contact Jenevie Llanes at (360) 870-4241.

Football Concessions is a great way to meet other parents, raise funds for Philomathea-sponsored scholarships and school activities, and watch our Bellarmine Lions Football team under the lights, and on the new field!

Other parent volunteer opportunities include:
  • Lions Den – Sign up for shift by completing online or contact Colleen Anderson: bplionsden@aol.com
  • Open House, Nov. 2nd, 6pm - 8pm
  • Wreath Sale, Dec. 2nd, 9am - 12noon
  • Parent Information Night, Mar. 8th, 2018, 6pm - 8pm
  • Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon, May 2nd, 2018
  • Graduation Mass Breakfast, May 31st, 2018
Click here to sign up online.

Join the Bellarmine Ambassador Team!

Bellarmine is seeking parents or guardians that are willing to connect with families of prospective students, be advocates for the school, and share Bellarmine’s mission in the community and in local middle schools. The goal of Bellarmine’s Ambassador program is to encourage families to get involved in the admissions process and to recognize the great work they already do in attracting new Lions.

Come learn more at the Bellarmine Ambassador Information Night on Sept. 18 from 7-8 p.m. in the Connelly Campus Center. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Maddy Freeberg B’07, Manager of Outreach, at freebergm@bellarmineprep.org.

New Parent Meeting and Back to School Night

Freshman and transfer student parents are invited to attend a new parent orientation at 6:15 in the Loyola Center Booster Gym on Thursday, September 14.  School Life Administrators will share information about communication between school and parents, campus culture, and programs and activities.  Community Period advisors will then meet with parents at 6:50 to begin the Back–to-School portion of the evening.  They will distribute student schedules and discuss their role as advisors.

Back-to –School Night program for all parents begins at 6:50 in each Community Period.  Back-To-School Night is an excellent opportunity for parents to meet and hear each overview of course content and classroom procedures.

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.

Family Link

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 July 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.

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. 

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.

L'Arche Trips

Upcoming dates Sophomore trips to L'Arche Farms are Sept. 26, Sept. 27 and Oct 3. Contact Allison Scanlin at scanlina@bellarmineprep.org for more information.

Now Accepting Home Team Applications from Sophomores

Applications are now available for the 2017-18 Bellarmine Home Team! As a member of the Home Team, students will play a vital role in the recruitment of future Lions. Sophomores who apply and are accepted to Home Team will:
  • Be ambassadors and representatives for the school
  • Welcome incoming 8th graders at Experience Bellarmine Day
  • Attend the Prospective Family Open House on November 2nd
  • Participate in other activities that relate to prospective students
An application is required to become a team member. We only have 20 slots available this year and anticipate an outstanding year for the Home Team! Application forms can be found here and should be turned into Mrs. Harrison, Director of Enrollment, in the Campus Center, Room 209 or at harrisonc@bellarmineprep.org no later than September 8 at 3:00 p.m.

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.

ACT and SAT Important Dates

Sep 9, 2017 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine
Oct. 28, 2017 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine
Nov. 4, 2017 - SAT Test @ Bellarmine

Chaperones Needed for Sr. Pilgrimage

We are currently looking for parent volunteers to assist with the Senior Pilgrimage retreat. Parents are asked to get involved in one of two ways: They can hike or provide overnight supervision.
The hiking group is comprised of those adults who simply want to be present with the students and go with them on this journey. They will either ride the bus with us or meet us at the campground before 9 am.

Nighttime supervision is comprised of those adults who want to come down later in the day and ensure our students are safe and get a good nights sleep. They will have dinner with us and report directly to the nighttime supervisor, our Facilities director, Kevin. The bulk of that job will take place between 10pm and 1am or so.
We do not recommend adults do both, as it makes for a long and exhausting Saturday. The trip is Saturday, September 16 and will be concluded the following evening.

If you have any questions please contact Josh Barnes.

Important Dates

Senior Pilgrimage
Sept. 16-17

Senior Parent Night/Financial Aid Night
Tuesday, September 19 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

ACT and SAT Important Dates
Sep 9, 2017 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine
Oct. 7, 2017 - SAT Test @ Bellarmine
Oct. 28, 2017 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine
Nov. 4, 2017 - SAT Test @ Bellarmine

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.