October 4 marks the birthdate of St. Bernard’s School. On that momentous day, Francis Tabor sent a letter of good cheer and best wishes to Headmaster Jenkins to mark the start of what we now know to be an extraordinary 115 years that followed.
A highlight of the third grade at St. Bernard’s is learning to play the recorder. For many boys, it is their first time playing a musical instrument. And thanks to Ms. Fertel, the foray into playing music is a joyous one.
As a book club of sorts, St. Bernard’s chose one book for the faculty and boys in grades V-IX to read over the summer and meet in September to discuss. The conversations around last year’s book, Refugee, were very rewarding. This year’s selection was I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino.
The Community Gathering committee seeks to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse backgrounds and cultures within the St. Bernard’s community. The committee works closely with the school’s Diversity Coordinator to organize events and discussions on topics pertaining to diversity and inclusion as they relate to the boys’ experiences.
St. B’s second graders had the chance to be urban planners on recent trips to the Museum of the City of New York. Their final destination was the Future City Lab at the museum, where they were met by an educational guide.
The James D. Held Book Award is a rite of passage for St. Bernard’s eighth and ninth graders. The award was founded by Sharon Held in 2003 in memory of Old Boy James D. Held ’74, who loved St. Bernard’s and always found great joy in reading and especially enjoyed reading biographies.
As buds blossom and winter coats are cast aside, St. Bernard’s celebrates the beginning of spring with the annual Spring Concert and Art Show in early May. This year St. Bernard’s singers, musicians, and artists ushered in the season beautifully with musical performances and art, and their families, friends, and teachers were pleased to join in the festivities.
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.
On May 3, 2019, a group of seventh graders (“the Spaniards”) led by Mr. Rodiño, Mr. Kitson, and Mr. Barrientos enjoyed traditional foods from Spain at the newly renovated La Nacional restaurant on 14th Street and Eighth Avenue.
St. Bernard’s was thrilled to welcome New York Yankees pitcher, Adam Ottavino, to school this week. Mr. Ottavino spoke with Middle and Upper School boys in a special morning assembly and then met with Junior School students for their morning assembly.
by Charlotte Kingham, mother of William Kingham ’14
Conversation flowed freely at the River Club on Monday, April 29, at the annual gathering of St. Bernard’s Mothers of Junior Old Boys. Amid canapés and cocktails, mothers of St. Bernard’s graduates from the preceding eight years enjoyed conversation, camaraderie and, no doubt, the occasional reminiscence.
St. Bernard’s sixth grade class traveled to Philadelphia and Gettysburg from Tuesday, April 23, to Thursday, April 25. They visited historical sites and learned about important events that shaped the country in which they live. They had a terrific time, as they describe in their own words in a compilation of writing by Anders C., Brennan C., and Matteo H.
by Belinda N., Community Gathering committee co-chair
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).
St. B’s eighth graders embark on a cartographic journey that begins in late winter and extends into the spring. Each eighth grade student memorizes and draws a map of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the countries of the Caucasus, on a desk-size pieces of paper that are printed only with lines of latitude and longitude.
To whom much is given, much is expected. The tagline of The Millionaires’ Unit resonated with audience members during a St. Bernard’s screening on April 16. Over forty Old Boys, alumni parents, current parents, and students met to watch a special one-hour version of The Millionaires’ Unit.
Last fall St. Bernard’s piloted the Good Heart, a character development program that encourages self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness. The goal of this program is to formalize a curriculum around core values that are important to the school.
The St. Bernard’s Archives is a growing collection….especially when it comes to all things digital. Each year digital images make their way into the archives, including documents, news items from the school website, newsletters, and various items all fashioned from pixels.
Kindergarten boys took advantage of the sunny spring weather and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 10 and April 11. They visited the Egyptian collection and enjoyed customized tours created just for them by their Kindergarten teachers.
On March 13, 2019, St. Bernard’s celebrated science with the annual Science Fair. With nearly fifty Middle and Upper School boys participating and all 377 students in attendance, the small gym was bustling with activity all morning. Parents and teachers joined in the fun and visited the many booths throughout the fair.
Last month the entire fifth grade embarked on a visit to several iconic landmarks in midtown. Accompanied by their homeroom teachers and parent chaperones, they hopped on the 6 train and headed downtown.
Did you know that Merce Cunningham taught at St. Bernard’s? Ms. St. Germain, St. Bernard’s School archivist, found an excerpt from our school publication in 1939 that announced a new course taught by Mr. Mercier Cunningham.
For the first time in many years, St. Bernard’s Great Skate took place in March! Although the morning began with a snow storm, the evening of March 4 turned out to be perfect weather for our annual skating party.
On a frosty February day, the fourth grade and some selected parents went to the Liberty Science Center. The center is located in Jersey City and is an interactive museum where you learn science while having fun.
Kindergarten students visited the United Nations on Monday, February 25, 2018. Upon arrival, everyone gathered under the portraits of former United Nations Secretary-Generals and learned that the United Nations was founded in 1945 to prevent world war and keep peace among nations.
Last week the ninth grade visited the Guggenheim with their art teacher Ms. Meigs. They were lucky to enjoy a sunny day and walked from school to the museum. They arrived just as the doors were opening and met their educational guide in the rotunda.
St. Bernard’s welcomed beloved author and illustrator, Roxie Munro on February 13, 2019. Ms. Munro spoke with Junior School students about the non-fiction books she has written and illustrated for over thirty years.
If you have recently strolled through the stacks in the St. Bernard’s School library and have seen a curious collection of vintage books shelved elegantly amongst the others, you might have caught a glimpse of the Captain Fry book collection.
An important aspect of the St. B’s experience is the daily interaction between younger and older students. While much of this happens naturally in a school shared by all school levels, there are also some structured activities that encourage collaborations between different age groups. A favorite among many students is the buddy program.
In keeping with tradition, Old Boys, faculty, and former faculty come together to celebrate St. Bernard’s on the third Thursday in January at the annual Old Boys Dinner. On January 17, Old Boys near and far came back to St. Bernard’s for the most anticipated Old Boys event of the year.
On January 30 third graders visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and enjoyed guided tours through the Egyptian collection. The boys are currently learning about ancient Egyptian civilization and were delighted to see concrete examples of many things they have discussed in their classrooms.
On Tuesday, January 8, boys in grades VI, VII, and VIII took the MATHCOUNTS exam. While at first glance this appeared to be a typical standardized test, it was actually the first phase in a national math competition.
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.