2020

  • November

    Commencement Address - Thomas Goldstone '86

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  • Christmas Carols in November

    The annual St. Bernard’s Carols, where the entire school community gathers in the Church of Heavenly Rest to sing in celebration of the holiday season, cannot be held this year for obvious reasons.  But never fear, the Music Department has come up with a fabulous idea to continue this treasured tradition in a safe way.
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  • St. Bernard's Chess Tournament

    Chess has always been very popular at St. Bernard’s.  In a typical year, over half of the kindergarten boys play in an after-school program, and many continue playing competitively in tournaments and clubs.  To keep the chess enthusiasm alive this fall, the Parents Association organized the first ever virtual family chess tournament. 
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  • Sidewalk Appreciation

    On what felt like a summer day in November, the boys of the 8th grade spent part of their recess decorating the sidewalk out front of school to show their gratitude for the faculty and staff.  
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  • October

    A Socially Distant Halloween at St. Bernard’s

    COVID-19 has changed many of the rituals of a traditional Halloween.  Trick-or-treating, gathering with friends - these all need to be modified in 2020.  But the simple joys of the holiday are very much alive and well in the halls of St. B’s this week, providing a welcome reprieve from the world around us. 
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  • The Study Hall

    Boys in grades V-IX are on a hybrid schedule this year, and over the summer, the school came up with the concept of a “study hall,” which would be a place for boys to work during their remote weeks.
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  • Science Teacher Mr. Manczuk on the Drums

    This morning in Friday Assembly, the boys were treated to a performance on the drums from science teacher Mark Manczuk.  Mr. Manczuk answered a few questions for us before his gig.
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  • The St. Bernard’s Lunch: 2020 Edition

    For St. Bernard’s boys, lunch usually means barreling down the stairs to the dining room where a class sits together with their teacher or another faculty member.  This year, it looks very different.
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  • Grade VI Visits the Graffiti Hall of Fame

    Ramon Rodriguez
    Mr. Rodriguez describes one of the first field trips of the year - a visit to the Graffiti Hall of Fame in Harlem. 
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  • September

    2020 Community Book: Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

    Each spring, the librarians choose a community book which is then read by students and faculty in grades V and up over the summer.
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  • New Faculty

    We are pleased to introduce nineteen new faculty and staff members who have joined us this year.  We wish them a warm welcome to St. Bernard’s.
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  • June

    Knights’ Magic in 2020

    Ms. Milstead and Ms. Loree organized the first Knights' Magic in June of 1997 with the school’s very first kindergarten class.  Who would have dreamed then that the 2020 Knights' Magic would be online? 
     
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  • May

    Video of I Passero Virtual Class Play - May 22, 2020

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  • Delivering Meals and the Neighbors Assistance Fund

    Over spring break, many in our community were thinking of the hospital workers who were sacrificing so much to fight this pandemic on the front lines.  We were also concerned about our neighborhood restaurants that lost the majority of their business seemingly overnight.  The Neighbors Assistance Fund was created in late March to help.
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  • Faculty Appreciation Video

    Over the last few weeks, the Parents Association organized a very special video for the St. Bernard’s faculty and staff.  It is a heartwarming tribute that is indicative of the close-knit St. B’s community.  We are all in this new adventure together and supporting one another through the challenges of being apart.  
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  • April

    Friday Assembly

    This morning, we held our second online all-school Friday Assembly. 
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  • An Update from the Nurse

    By Mary Porter
    My virtual Nurse's Office is in full swing, offering the St. Bernard’s community health services and information to help all its members cope and hopefully even thrive during this pandemic.
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  • Distance Learning Begins

    It is hard to put into words what has happened over the last several weeks in New York City and around the world.  The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has wreaked such havoc on our lives, and we seem to be at the tip of the iceberg.  At times like these, it seems wise to focus on things we can control.  And although we are physically apart, the St. Bernard’s community has pulled together in amazing ways over the last several weeks to support our boys.
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  • March

    A Visit from Peace Corps Volunteer Tommy Jorgensen ’09

    by Erika Figuereo
    Today the entire Upper School gathered for a special visit from Old Boy Tommy Jorgensen, class of 2009, to hear about his experience serving as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years.
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  • American Ballet Theatre

    This year marks the tenth consecutive year St. Bernard’s has worked with the American Ballet Theatre, the world-renowned dance company.  ABT held several workshops with the third grade which introduced the boys to the wonders of ballet.
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  • CGC Jewish Museum Tours

    by Grace B. and Jenn G., co-chairs of the Community Gathering Committee
    The Community Gathering Committee is pleased to report the Jewish Museum visits were a success.  Located just down the street from St Bernard’s School, the Jewish Museum sits at the intersection of art and Jewish culture by educating through themes that are relevant to the shared human experience.  
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  • February

    The Raffle

    On this blustery winter morning, the students of St. Bernard’s were only thinking about one thing: the Raffle.  For the month of February, boys have been buying raffle tickets for themselves, their family, and their teachers in the hopes to win one of over two hundred prizes.  The culmination was a rousing ticket drawing in Friday Assembly.
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  • Faculty vs. Student Basketball Game

    Fitz S., Grade VIII
    At the end of the basketball season, the varsity teams take on their toughest (or at least oldest) opponent: the faculty.  The seats in the seventh floor gym were filled to capacity as the rest of the school cheered on both sides.  Eighth grader Fitz S. gives us a summary of the nail-biting game.
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  • Upper School Concert

    Roughly one-third of St. Bernard’s boys play a musical instrument outside of school, and during the winter term, several recitals are held to showcase their talent.  This morning the Upper School musicians performed in front of the entire school assembly.
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  • Junior School Parents Visiting Day

    Junior School Parents Visiting Day made for a sweet start to Valentine’s Day this year.  Parents of boys in kindergarten through Grade III spent the morning with their boys at school.
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  • Kronengold Lecture: Jack Gantos

    In 2016, a group of Old Boys established the Kronengold Fund in honor of their second grade teacher Susan Kronengold.  The Fund brings an author to the school each year to speak to the boys.  This year the Middle School had the pleasure of spending an hour with author Jack Gantos.
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  • Grade III Egyptologists

    Third grade St. Bernard’s boys spend their winter term studying ancient Egypt.  On February 10, the three Grade III classes took a walk down Fifth Avenue to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take in its impressive collection of Egyptian art, artifacts, mummies, and of course the Temple of Dendur.
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  • January

    The 2020 Fencing Season

    The first St. Bernard’s fencing class was in 1924.  The 1925 budget describes fencing as an “exceptional demonstration of a sport which is pre-eminently delightful in its dignity, its history, and its picturesqueness.”
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  • The Great Skate

    The annual St. Bernard’s family skating party was held on January 28. Known as “the Great Skate,” this event is always popular with the boys (and their families too).
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  • Speakers Bureau: The Self-Driven Child

    The St. Bernard’s community was fortunate to hear from William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson, authors of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.  The authors met with the faculty in the afternoon and in the evening, spoke to over one hundred parents in the small gym.  
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  • Old Boys Dinner 2020

    Kate Fiscus, Director of Old Boys
    The Old Boys Dinner, held on January 16, 2020, welcomed a new decade of Old Boys events.  
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  • Grade VI Visits West Point

    One of the most memorable field trips of a St. Bernard’s education is the Grade VI trip to West Point.
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  • Kindergarten Trip to the Museum of Modern Art

    Our kindergarten classes visited the Museum of Modern Art this week. They arrived before the museum opened to the public, which made for a special private tour.
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  • Donald Phelan’s Family Comes to Visit

    In December, family members of one of our school’s great masters, Donald Phelan, visited St. Bernard’s to reminisce about what the school meant to their father and grandfather, and also what he meant to St. Bernard’s.
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  • A Conversation on Impeachment

    On the 9th of January, the St. Bernard’s Speakers Bureau presented “A Conversation on Impeachment” with St. B’s parent Philip Bobbitt and Old Boy Benno Schmidt ’55.  Over one hundred people filled the small gym to hear these two constitutional law experts discuss a topic that is on everyone’s minds.
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  • Old Boy Profile: John Rubinstein ’60

    St. Bernard’s has almost 5,000 Old Boys who have each followed their own unique path after their days on 98thStreet.  John Rubinstein, a loyal Old Boy from the class of 1960, is an accomplished actor, composer, director, and teacher.  As he fondly describes in this charming letter, John’s career in theater began at St. B’s.
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