2016 September Parent Guide

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.

Connelly Campus Center Updates

Campus Center "Frequently Asked Questions"
With the opening of the new Connelly Campus Center, we know that there will be many questions regarding policies, procedures, and services in the new facility. We hope this FAQ will answer many of those questions. We also want everyone to understand that while the building will be open for the start of the school year, like any new building, there will still be some work being done to finalize the construction process. Click here for the FAQ page.

Food Service in Campus Center
Bellarmine has partnered with X Group Restaurants and Catering for food service within the Campus Center. X Group is a locally owned business, with strong connections to Bellarmine.

Your son or daughter has no doubt seen a dramatic change in the food offerings at lunch, and we wanted to point out a few key details regarding the new services.
  • Variety of price levels and offerings - The Prep Kitchen offers varying levels of made from scratch food at different portion and price points. Students have the opportunity to bundle items or choose larger ones if they want. "Kinda Hungry/Really Hungry"
  • This is still a work in process - Food service has been open for four days and the X Group has already been making adjustments to pricing and offerings. They had a limited amount of time to get prepared and are adjusting to what's selling and what isn't. The portfolio of menu items available will develop over the next month or so.
  • Availability and convenience - As the Lion's Den opens, so will the opportunity for students to eat healthy and good meals before and after school providing them safe "home away from home" options.

School Lunch Menu for the week for September 12.

Campus Center Blessing and Dedication
The Bellarmine community is invited to a special Blessing and Dedication of the Connelly Campus Center dedicated to Saint Joan of Arc on Sunday, September 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• Doors to new Campus Center open at 10:30 a.m.
• Blessing and Dedication to begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.
• Open House and refreshments to follow until 12:00 p.m.

Kindly RSVP to Lynn Miller, Director of Special Events, by Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 253-761-3542, via email at millerl@bellarmineprep.org or online by clicking here:

Reserving the Connelly Campus Center
The Campus Center can be reserved for special events. If you would like more information on how to reserve this special space, please contact Kevin Kalal, Facilities Director, via email.

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 - Wednesday, September 14
Back to School Night - Thursday, September 15 @ 6:50 p.m.
St. Robert Bellarmine All School Mass - Thursday,, September 15

Booster 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.

Club Fair

Club Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 13 during Community Period.

Lions Share Raffle

Bellarmine's all school student fundraiser the Lions Share Raffle will kick-off on September 26. Look for more information from the Advancement Office on this very important fundraiser for the school coming soon.

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.  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.

Click here for full Back to School Night details.

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.

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.

September 21
House: T Lisieux
Community Periods: Brown and Meeker

September 27
House: F. Xavier
Community Periods: Parent and Diaz

October 4
House: K. Tekakwitha and Guadalupe
Community Periods: Heiser and Modarelli

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.

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 30, Oct 5 and Oct 10. Contact Allison Scanlin at scanlina@bellarmineprep.org for more information.

Now Accepting Home Team Applications from Sophomores

Sophomores who apply and are accepted to Home Team will:
  • Be ambassadors and spokespeople for the school
  • Welcome incoming 8th graders
  • Participate in the Prospective Family Open House
  • Perform other duties as assigned
There are only 25 slots available this year and we anticipate an outstanding year for the Home Team. To become a member, sophomores are required to submit the application form to Barbara Henderson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office in the Campus Center no later than September 20 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 10, 2016 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine
Sept. 16, 2016 - Registration Deadline for October ACT Test
Oct. 7, 2016 - Registration Deadline for Nov. SAT Test
Oct. 19, 2016 - PSAT Test
Oct. 22, 2016 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine

Important Dates

Senior Pilgrimage
Sept. 17-18

Senior Parent Night
Tuesday, September 20 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

ACT and SAT Important Dates
Sep 10, 2016 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine
Sept. 16, 2016 - Registration Deadline for October ACT Test
Oct. 7, 2016 - Registration Deadline for Nov. SAT Test
Oct. 22, 2016 - ACT Test @ Bellarmine

Financial Aid Night

October 11, 2016 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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.