October Parent Guide

2016 Homecoming

Thursday, October 27
Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony in Connelly Campus Center, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 28
Pre-Game Booster BBQ, 5:30 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game, 7:00 p.m.
21-and-over Post Game Social in the Connelly Campus Center, post -game
Saturday, October 29
Saturday, October 29, 8:00-11:00 p.m., Names Gym
$15.00 for individual tickets.
Theme is fairy tales.
Tickets and guest forms go through Jessica Achziger in the Student Services Office.  Tickets will be sold the week of October 28.  Forms can be picked up anytime.
Students need to bring their ASB card to get in.  Dress code and dance expectations apply. 

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

Japanese Language Trip - Summer 2017 - Torgerson/Une sensei - email for more info
French Language Trip - France - Summer 2017 - Mrs. Heiser/Mrs. White - email for more info
Spanish Language Trip - Columbia - Summer 2017 - Prof. Bryan/Sra. Diaz - email for more info
History Trip - Italy - Summer 2017 - Mr. Brown - email for more info
Marine Chemistry - Hawaii - Summer 2017 - Mr. DeGroot/Mrs. Andresen - email for more info
Ignatian Teach-In - Washington DC - November 2016 - Ms. Scanlin - email for more info
Shirts Across America - NOLA New Orleans - Spring Break 2017 - 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 them 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, obtain 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! Click here for more information.

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.

Campus Ministry

A Message from our Director of Student Ministries, Josh Barnes

Here at Bellarmine, we feel retreats are an integral part of our mission. As we strive to education the whole person, retreats allow us to focus on ensuring our students are developing rich spiritual lives just as they are developing mentally and physically. Our retreat program connects Bellarmine to our Jesuit and Ignatian heritage, and calls our students to find God in all that surrounds them, particularly the Bellarmine community, their peers, and themselves. Our goal is to encourage our students to engage with their faith, and invite them to walk with Christ during their four years of high school and the rest of their lives.

As a school founded in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, we at Bellarmine believe the Mass to be a crucial aspect of our identity. Weekly mass allows our students to come together and celebrate this identity on a regular basis. By sharing in the Eucharist and listening to the Scriptures, we hope to strengthen and encourage the faith lives of our student body. Students of all faiths and denominations are welcomed at the weekly Masses with the desire of making our community ever stronger in the light of Christ.

Lions Share Raffle

Bellarmine's all school student fundraiser the Lions Share Raffle kicked-off on September 26. Click here for more information on this very important fundraiser for the school.

National Honor Society Installation

Tuesday, October 25
Bellarmine's National Honor Society members are available to tutor other students in need of acedemic help. For more information contact Leslie Gould.

Picture Re-Take Day

Wednesday, October 12

Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony

The community is invited to a special ceremony on Thursday, October 27, in the new Connelly Campus Center to celebrate the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners and the 2016 St. Robert Bellarmine Award winner. The evening's events will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a presentation of awards. Click here for more information.

Blood Drive

Friday, October 7, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Fall Musical Update

We are in need of a couple of experienced sewers/tailors/seamstresses to help with costumes for White Christmas.

Can you help?

Please contact Melissa Minjares.

Culture Night

Friday, October 21st - Loyola Center @ 6:00 p.m.
For more information contact Barbara Henderson

Parent or Guardian of the Class of 2020!

On Wednesday,  October 19th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. we will have the opportunity for the Class of 2020 to get together again - an ENCORE! We will meet in the Loyola Center at 8:30. Please encourage your child to wear Bellarmine gear - uniforms, Class of 2020 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 2020 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 19th, please contact Cari Harrison.
Harrisonc@bellarmineprep.org or 253-879-9771


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 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.

Freshmen Parent Meetings

President Rob Modarelli and Principal Cindy Davis will be hosting information meetings for Freshmen Parents based on their student's school "House." Below are the dates and times for each "House" meeting.

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

October 12
House: M Kolbe
Community Periods: Casey and Gross-Shader

October 20
House: A Rodriguez
Community Periods: Levesque and DeGroot

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:
The theme for freshmen is "My Place in This World."

New this year for Freshman is the "Freshman Seminar." The first seven CP classes of the school year will focus on what it means to be a student at a college preparatory Catholic, Jesuit high school. Lessons include introduction to formational and academic opportunities for students.

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

Freshmen Liturgy

Friday, October 14

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 Urban Plunge

October 22-23
The Sophomore Service Plunge is a retreat that asks our students to move out of their comfort zone and grapple with the hunger and poverty that exists here in Tacoma and our world. Students will be given opportunities to look inside the situation of hunger and poverty through activities, discussion, challenges and reflection.

Ultimately, exploring these issues impacting our local community will lead to students’ personal reflections about how they feel called to participate in service and be more deeply a person for and with others. Students will be given the opportunity to hear responses of charity and justice and listen for their own call to use their gifts for the betterment of others and the world. This is an experiential retreat with students reaching out in our community to serve. Click here for more information.

L'Arche Trips

Upcoming dates Sophomore trips to L'Arche Farms are Sept 30, Oct 5 and Oct 10. Contact Allison Scanlin at scanlina@bellarmineprep.org for more information.

PSAT Testing for Sophmores

PSAT - Sophomores - Wed. Oct. 19, 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. 19, 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 19th. 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, 2016 - Registration Deadline for Nov. SAT Test
Oct. 19, 2016 - PSAT Test
Oct. 22, 2016 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine

Financial Aid Night

Parents of seniors who are applying for college financial aid, as well as interested parents of juniors, are encouraged to attend the College Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, October 11 from 7-8:00 p.m. in the Campus Center. Information regarding financial aid, the FAFSA and scholarships will be provided.

Questions? Contact Counseling Department Chair Erik Michels.

Financial Aid Night

Parents of seniors who are applying for college financial aid, as well as interested parents of juniors, are encouraged to attend the College Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, October 11 from 7-8:00 p.m. in the Campus Center. Information regarding financial aid, the FAFSA and scholarships will be provided.

Questions? Contact Counseling Department Chair Erik Michels.

ACT and SAT Important Dates

Oct. 7, 2016 - Registration Deadline for Nov. SAT Test
Oct. 22, 2016 - ACT 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 October 24. For more information, click here.

October 19

Seniors do not have school on Wednesday, October 19.

Graduation Party Being Planned for Class of 2017

Graduation this year is Sunday, June 4. In keeping with tradition, the entire senior class has the opportunity to enjoy one another's company at one last class event. The 2017 Senior Graduation Party is a safe, memorable all-night graduation party. We are organizing this party now and are hoping that your senior student is planning to attend. Click here for more information.