Message from the Principal 1.23.23

Please read this important message from Principal Davis.
Dear Parents and Guardians,

We began our year focused on, “Imagination - Building a hope filled future.”  Our theme provided both a challenge and an opportunity.  It is important for us to pause and reflect on our first semester and examine our progress - where do we see growth?  Do we see our theme reflected in our daily practice?   St. Ignatius introduced a reflective prayer called the Examen and as a school community, we pray the Examen everyday at approximately 1:15 p.m.  It is during this time of prayer, we ask our community to consider where they have witnessed growth in themselves and in our community.  

We are excited to begin our second semester celebrating Catholic Schools Week.  We have designed a week of activities for your students and an evening event for you, our parents, and guardians (see below).  In addition to celebrating Catholic Schools week, we will spend time on our Jesuit values.   A Catholic Jesuit education provides students with skills and knowledge so they can be change agents in our world.  Our attitudes, actions, and beliefs influence others and if we are to build a Hope Filled Future we must challenge ourselves to be open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious and committed to creating a just world.  Our students are introduced early in their freshman year to the concept of AMDG - All for the Greater Glory of God.  This is Bellarmine’s purpose and we are honored to be part of the formation of your children so they can be servant leaders in our world.  

The following are a few updates:
  • Catholic Schools Week
    • Bellarmine will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week, January 30 - February 3.
    • Dr. James Knight will be on campus on February 2, 2023.  He will speak to our school community during formation.  We are also providing an evening presentation in our Campus Center from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  
    • Dr. Knight is an educator in a Catholic School in Cleveland Ohio.  He is the author of, Heart: A Journey Toward Cultural Humility.
    • The  Seattle Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools introduced Dr. Knight to presidents and principals earlier this fall.  Together we have invited him to the Seattle-Tacoma area.  Bellarmine is honored to host one of his presentations.  We are excited to have parishes and schools join us for this important presentation. 
    • Dr. Knight’s message is rooted in his Catholic faith and focuses on the importance of building safe environments where everyone can thrive.  Dr. Knight sees himself as a servant leader and his personal mission is “education + empowerment = elevation.
    • Please visit his website: About Us — Lead With Humility
    • We will send out more details and a registration form for the evening
      presentation later this week.
  • Campus Safety and Security 
    • Our focus this month in January is on our response to medical emergencies on campus.  We have first aid providers in every building and our staff have been educated on our protocol should there be a medical emergency involving a student.  
    • Parent role, please make sure your child’s emergency and medical forms are current.
  • myBellarmine
    • Blackbaud → myBellarmine: Same System, New Name. What is myBellarmine? myBellarmine is our school information system through Blackbaud. Although it is still the same Blackbaud product, Bellarmine will be referring to it as myBellarmine starting second semester. The overall system will not change and this will not affect logging into your account. We are adopting this clear name to replace Blackbaud so students, families, and employees know that myBellarmine is the place to go for Bellarmine information.
    • Please click here to see some of the changes/focus areas taking place within myBellarmine. 
  • Important Dates
    January 23: Office Hours, Semester Exam Readiness
    January 24: Semester Exams, Periods 1-2-3
    January 25: Semester Exams, Periods 4-5
    January 26: Semester Exams, Periods 6-7
    January 27-30: Semester Break
    January 31: Freshman Retreat; Unified Schedule for grades 10-12
    February 1: First Day of Black History Month
    February 2: Dr. Knight presents during Formation and 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.  Please RSVP to achzigerj@bellarmineprep.org

Take Care and God Bless

Cindy Davis
Interim President