2021

  • June

    Commencement Address, June 8, 2021

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  • Last Day of School

    Today marks the final day of one of the strangest school years in our school’s history.  But it turned out to be one of its finest.  The strength and determination of the St. Bernard’s faculty, staff, parents, and most of all, students brought us through the challenges of the pandemic to finish the year with pride and optimism for what lies ahead.
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  • May

    Macbeth: From the Stage to the Screen

    The Shakespeare play has been performed by the eighth grade each year since 1910.  The school was determined to keep this tradition alive despite the pandemic.
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  • Grade IX Visits the Met

    Last week the 9th grade boys, along with teachers Madame de Haugoubart and Dr. Mitchell, were treated to a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The museum was closed to all visitors so the group had the entire space to themselves.  
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  • A Virtual Spring Concert and Art Show

    The Spring Concert and Art Show was held online this year.  Ms. Nelson created a website to celebrate the artistic and musical talents of St. Bernard’s.
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  • Grade VIII Curiosity Project

    Robin Clements
    The Curiosity Project was created this year for our 8th grade boys.  Mr. Clements describes the impetus for the new endeavor and how it turned out.   
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  • April

    St. B's Names New Head of School

    On Monday evening, it was announced that Joy S. Hurd, IV, will become the next headmaster of St. Bernard's School, beginning in July 2022.  Mr. Hurd is currently the head of school at Lake Forest Country Day School, in Illinois.
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  • Visions: Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Rohan V., Grade VI
    Sixth Grader Rohan V. shares his experience reading to the visually impaired and blind with the Community Service Club.  
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  • March

    2021 Raffle

    The theme of this year’s raffle was “St. B’s loves NY,” a tribute to the city we call home. 
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  • Ukuleles in Grade III

    St. Bernard’s boys usually learn to play the recorder in third grade.  But with all of the COVID restrictions around musical instruments, the Music Department went down a different path and are teaching the boys to play an instrument that lifts everyone’s spirits: a ukulele.
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  • 5th Grade Terrariums

    Mr. Parsons and Mr. Jacala have been teaching the fifth grade about the earth’s atmosphere and climate change.  To complement this study, fifth grade boys are now proud owners of their own terrariums which they made themselves in science class.
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  • February

    Melissa Sweet Visits the Junior School

    As part of the Kronengold Lecture Series, illustrator and author Melissa Sweet visited St. Bernard’s yesterday via Zoom.
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  • Fourth Grade Trip to Seneca Village

    Mr. Kiok, Grade IV Teacher
    Over the weekend, a group of St. Bernard's fourth graders joined Mr. Kiok and Mrs. Cunningham on a walk through snowy Central Park to visit an important New York City landmark. 
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  • Kronengold Lecture: Dan Gemeinhart Speaks to the Middle School

    Author Dan Gemeinhart spoke to the Middle School boys this week about his journey to being a writer.  It was an enjoyable hour that offered important lessons on never giving up on one’s goals.
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  • Zoom Recitations

    Grade VI spends the year studying American history.  In a typical year, the boys visit historic sites in New York, West Point, and Gettysburg.  While those trips are not taking place this year, there is much to learn in the classroom.  And as we witnessed in this morning’s assembly, the rest of the school absorbed a great deal from watching the boys give recitations from the Teaching Theater pulpit.
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  • January

    Marshmallow Construction Project

    Our third grade scientists are in the middle of a unit on plate tectonics (the study of the plate movements beneath the earth’s surface).  The boys built structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows with the goal of building a tower that can withstand an earthquake.
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  • Virtual Old Boys Dinner

    The Old Boys Dinner has been held every year since 1916.  The pandemic kept Old Boys from gathering in the school gyms this year, but a virtual Old Boys Dinner proved to be a fine bridge to keep the tradition going through these unusual times.
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  • Discussions on Civic Engagement with the MCNY and a MLK Assembly

    Mid-December, Middle School and Upper School students attended sessions with educators from the Museum of the City of New York to discuss civic engagement and the Civil Rights Movement in New York City.
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  • Old Boys Speak During Virtual Assemblies

    Kate Fiscus, Director of Old Boys
    During the usual fall semester, St. Bernard’s plays host to class reunions and the Junior Old Boys Lunch.  We often travel to other cities for receptions which keep Old Boys outside of New York City engaged with what is happening on East 98th Street.  While our in-person Old Boys events are paused, one silver lining of connecting virtually is the ability to invite Old Boys back to Friday assembly as guest speakers.  Four Old Boys across different professions showcased their skills to St. Bernard’s boys, participating from their homes here in the tri-state area, and as far away as California and France.
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