Year after year, the St. Bernard’s Admissions department prides itself on accepting exceptional boys from a wonderfully diverse group of families. The current year’s crop of new families is no exception. One of the parents in the kindergarten class, Jane G., had an extraordinary childhood, and she was delighted to tell her story to our Upper School boys.
by Belinda N., Community Gathering Committee co-chair 2018-19
On a beautifully warm and sunny day, Saturday, April 13, approximately fifty St. Bernard’s boys, siblings, and parents traveled downtown for a historic walking tour of Chinatown, one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods, led by the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).
On Friday, April 5, 2019, St. B’s boys were transported to Australia for the annual Multicultural Fair. Keeping with tradition, the day began with an all-school assembly. Everyone sang a special song, Waltzing Matilda, and then enjoyed a Kindergarten performance of a song about the Kookaburra.
On the first Sunday of the year, January 6, Chapin and St. Bernard’s hosted a professional networking event at the New York Academy of Medicine. Attendees filled the room for a panel discussion followed by one-on-one tabling with leaders in various career fields.
Musicians from the Dominican Republic Visit St. B’s, March 6, 2018
Boys in kindergarten, first grade, and seventh grade enjoyed special performances from musicians visiting from the DREAM Project’s Bachata Academy in the Dominican Republic. St. B’s Old Boy Benjamin de Menil ’88 established the tuition-free academy in 2013 in an effort to help preserve the country’s musical tradition and to teach and encourage young musicians.
Community Gathering Committee Hosts Historic Tour of the Apollo Theater
by Grace B., Community Gathering Committee co-chair 2018-19
A group of 40 parents, students, and siblings, met at the Apollo on Friday, October 26, 2018, for a tour of the historic theater guided by Mr. Billy Mitchell (Mr. Apollo himself). The group was led to front row seats in the theater, while our tour guide took to the stage to give us a colorful look back into the past when the Apollo was the heart of the Harlem Renaissance and beyond.
The ninth grade had a fascinating trip to Cuba. Our itinerary started in Havana and involved travel to the Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Santa Clara. In General Knowledge and geography classes, we had already learned about the history of Cuba: its years of Spanish rule and subsequent independence, the Batista years, and Castro’s rise to power. To ninth graders, the Cold War is a distant abstraction, but visiting Cuba gave a clear example of that era and its influence.
The Old Boys Diversity Council’s Night (Club) of Diversity and Inclusion Networking Event
by Nadine Thomas, Diversity Coordinator
Some of our warmest memories can be linked to the place we call home. Home is usually a place where you have a special bond that is thought of with fondness and security and sometimes summed up as “home is where the heart is.” Many places may make us feel at home, like the house we grew up in, the city where we have positioned our roots, or the school that sits snugly between Madison and Fifth.
Multicultural Fair 2018: JAPAN, Tradition Meets Modern
by Miya Y., Multicultural Fair Committee co-chair 2017-18
On Friday, April 6, 2018, St. B’s boys celebrated Japan with the annual multicultural fair. Boys received their customized multicultural fair passports and took a trip to Japan, embracing this year’s themes of matsuri (festival) and old meets new Japan.
On April 11, 2018, the St. Bernard’s community came together for a screening of the new documentary, The Workers Cup, which was produced by St. B’s parent, Dennis P. The film premiered on opening night of the Sundance film festival, and will have its theatrical premiere on Friday, June 8, in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Theater.
Boys in the fourth grade enjoyed a special presentation about Ramadan during this holy month. Ammad’s mother, Haya, visited the boys in IV Davis to teach them about the holiday. She explained that this year the holy month lasts from May 26 through June 24. Muslims around the world commemorate this time by fasting from dusk until dawn the entire month. Ramadan fasting in New York lasts from sunrise at approximately 3:40 a.m. through sunset around 8:25 p.m. It is one of the longest in the world.
Fifth graders have been learning about the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy and were able to try their hands at it during recent field trips to the China Institute. Mr. Clavel and his class visited the China Institute on April 19, 2016, and Mr. Brady and his class made the journey on May 9, 2016.
Libyan Refugee Speaks with Middle and Upper School Boys
On May 9, 2017, boys in the Middle and Upper schools had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Hassan Aslili, a medical student who spoke about his experience as a refugee. Dr. Aslili opened his talk by differentiating between immigrants and refugees. He explained that a refugee is someone who is forced to flee for his or her safety, leaving everything behind.
LYNDA BLACKMON LOWERY, AUTHOR OF TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM, SPEAKS TO ST. BERNARD’S BOYS
Lynda Blackmon Lowery and Susan Buckley brought history to life for Middle and Upper School boys last week. Susan Buckley is a historian who collaborated with Elspeth Leacock in 2006 to write Journeys for Freedom: A New Look at America’s Story.
by Nita V., Community Gathering Committee Co-chair 2017-18
Last week, the Parents Association and the Community Gathering Committee hosted an evening at St. Bernard’s with a conversation focused on stereotypes and perceptions. Panelists discussed how and why stereotypes start. They explored whether there are any positives to having stereotypes and, most importantly, how to talk to our children about the stereotypes and perceptions others may hold.
Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian, felt passionate about his mission to celebrate the history and accomplishments of black people in the United States. While working to see his dream come to fruition, Woodson set the foundation for what is now known as Black History Month or African American History Month. It is observed annually every February. Since the 1970s United States presidents have issued national decrees with a theme each year. This year’s theme for African American History Month is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”