2019

  • December

    Video of IV Davis Class Play - December 9, 2019

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  • Faculty vs. Student Soccer Game

    The faculty vs. student soccer game is held every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Here are accounts of a gripping game written by a player from each team.
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  • Avenues and St. Bernard’s Water Testing Project

    Old Boy Somers Harvey ’19 is now at Avenues: The World School in Chelsea.  He and his classmates are studying the quality of drinking water, and they invited St. Bernard’s fifth graders to collaborate on the project.
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  • Junior Old Boys Lunch 2019

    Kate Fiscus
    Kate Fiscus, Director of Old Boys, describes the Junior Old Boys Lunch, which took place on November 27.
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  • November

    Fathers Dinner 2019

    As has been the tradition for almost 100 years (since 1922), fathers of St. Bernard’s boys and the school’s faculty gather for dinner on the Monday before Thanksgiving.
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  • Grade VI’s Excursion Across the Brooklyn Bridge

    Mr. Landesman and Mr. Moraitis led a brigade of young Grade VI patriots across the Brooklyn Bridge and over to lower Manhattan where they marched in George Washington’s footsteps.
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  • Mercury Transit

    Lev Parsons, Science Teacher
    To celebrate last week’s Mercury transit, the St. Bernard’s astronomy club put together a slew of activities to involve the entire community in this rare celestial event: live viewings, activities, good heart lessons, and a special guest speaker.
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  • Justin Brown ’96 Returns to St. Bernard’s

    Old Boy Justin Brown ‘96 visited St. Bernard’s last week.  Justin is a co-founder of MASS Design Group, a non-profit architecture firm with an inspiring mission, to promote social justice and human dignity through the built environment.  Justin gave a presentation of his work to the Upper School boys and then visited a fifth grade social justice class.
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  • Community Gathering Event: A Private Velázquez Tour at The Met

    As you may recall, this year’s school-wide community book was I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño.  The students and faculty have discussed the book, but last week, the St. Bernard’s parents had a chance to take a deeper look.
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  • Buddy Program

    The St. Bernard’s buddy program gives boys a chance to connect across different grades.  This morning kindergarten and Grade I met their buddies for the first time.
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  • VI Moraitis: "Don’t Look Back"

    Midway through the fall term, the class plays begin.  Each class in grades I-VII performs a play during the Friday assembly.  As has been the recent tradition, the lineup begins with Mr. Moraitis’s sixth grade.
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  • St. Bernard’s and Spence Sixth Graders Join Forces for Hoops 4 Hope

    Written by Win N., Class of 2022
    The Hoops 4 Hope 6th grade Middle School Alliance event that we did with Spence last week was fun and educational.  Hoops 4 Hope is a great organization that donates basketball supplies (including sneakers!) and teaches basketball and life skills to kids in very poor communities in Zimbabwe and other African countries.  
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  • October

    Grade IX Visits the Guggenheim

    On a crisp fall afternoon, Grade IX took a short walk down Fifth Avenue to the Guggenheim Museum to take in the Basquiat exhibit.
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  • The Dragon School Exchange Program

    St. Bernard’s participates in a student exchange program with the Dragon School in Oxford, England.  
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  • Kindergarten Visits the Apollo Theater

    The Kindergarten North class visited the Apollo Theater for their first field trip of the year.  
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  • Mummification

    In this morning’s assembly, the boys were treated to a visit from one of the great scholars of ancient Egypt.
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  • A Pilgrim’s Visit

    Grade VI spent the morning with a visitor from 17th century Plymouth.  
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  • Songs of St. Bernard's

    St. Bernard’s has many unifying threads that carry on year after year and one of those is the singing of a familiar song. 
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  • Happy 115th Birthday St. Bernard’s School

    by Janine St. Germain, School Archivist
    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.
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  • Faculty Diversity Workshops

    by Megan Reitzas
    The faculty had the opportunity to work with Dr. Gene Batiste, a leading diversity consultant, for two days before the boys returned to school in September.  
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  • Mr. Clements’s Spare Change Basket

    In Mr. Clements’s Grade VIII homeroom, on his desk, sits an inconspicuous item.  A silver-colored woven basket was given to Mr. Clements by a student, Jelani Day ’00, twenty years ago.
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  • September

    Grade III Recorders

    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.
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  • Community Book: I, Juan de Pareja

    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.
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  • Citymeals on Wheels

    The PA Community Service Committee and the Community Service Club have organized a new volunteer opportunity for boys and their families with Citymeals on Wheels on various Saturday mornings.
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  • A Good Heart Assembly

    On Friday, September 13, the morning assembly was dedicated to the Good Heart program. 
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  • Community Gathering Committee Donates Books to the Library

    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.

    You may see all of the Community Gathering Books in the St. Bernard's Online Catalog
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  • St. Bernard’s New Faculty

    We are pleased to introduce twelve 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

    Video of Commencement - June 11, 2019

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  • Highlights from the 2019 Track Season

    by Coach Hill
    The 2019 St. Bernard’s track teams worked hard, had fun, and did very well in their respective competitions.
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  • Environmental Heroes

    In science this semester, third graders looked closely at potential threats to the environment, such as pollution, non-renewable energy sources, deforestation, plastics, and climate change.
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  • May

    Second Grade Trip to Museum of the City of New York

    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.
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  • 2019 James D. Held Book Award

    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.
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  • St. Bernard’s Spring Concert and Art Show

    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.
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  • A Refugee Talks About Her Passion to Help Others

    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.
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  • Ñam Ñam & Miam Miam

    by St. Bernard’s language department
    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.
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  • Yankees Pitcher Adam Ottavino Visits St. B’s

    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.
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  • Perge Sed Loquere: Mothers of Junior Old Boys Gather at the River Club

    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. 
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  • Sixth Graders Visit Philadelphia and Gettysburg

    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.
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  • St. B’s Explores Chinatown

    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).
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  • Fifth Grade Science at the American Museum of Natural History

    On April 24 and 25, fifth graders took a break from the classroom and visited the American Museum of Natural History.
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  • April

    New York City FC Match with Coach Miceli

    New York, Oh New York
    Oh City said I
    I’ll stand here in the bleachers, until the day I die
    Take me to the Bronx, that’s where I want to be
    Because I follow New York, New York City!
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  • Maps from Memory

    by Mr. Clements, Grade VIII and history teacher
    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.
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  • St. B’s Documentary Screening: The Millionaires’ Unit

    by Kate Fiscus, Director of Old Boys
    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.
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  • The Good Heart Program

    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.
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  • A Metadata Party in the Archives

    by Janine St. Germain, school archivist
    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.
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  • Kindergarten Visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    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.
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  • The Multicultural Fair Celebrates Australia

    On Friday, April 5, St. B’s boys were transported to Australia for the annual Multicultural Fair. 
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  • St. B’s 2019 Science Fair

    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.
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  • Fifth Graders Explore Midtown Manhattan

    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.
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  • March

    Grade IX Visits Cuba

    by Mr. Bowcock
    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.
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  • A Rich History of Dance at St. B’s

    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. 
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  • The Great Skate 2019

    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.  
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  • February

    Fourth Grade Visits the Liberty Science Center

    By Alexi M., Grade IV
    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. 
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  • St. B’s Kindergarten Visits the United Nations

    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. 
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  • Grade IX Visits the Guggenheim

    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.
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  • Roxie Munro Visits St. B’s

    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. 
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  • Captain Fry Book Collection

    By Janine St. Germain, St. Bernard’s archivist
    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.
     
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  • St. B’s Buddies

    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.
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  • 2019 Old Boys Dinner

    By Kate Fiscus, Director of Old Boys
    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.
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  • January

    St. B’s Annual Basketball Tournament

    By Adrien B., St. B’s sixth grader and basketball player
    I glanced at the clock on the score board. The score was tied, and the bright red lights on the board glowed with the fearful number of five seconds. 
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  • Third Graders Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    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.
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  • Illustrator and Author George O’Connor Visits St. B’s

    St. B’s students were treated to a visit from illustrator and author George O’Connor on Friday, January 18. 
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  • St. B’s 2019 Math Team

    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. 
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  • Fifth Grade Volcanoes

    In the final days before winter break, fifth graders finished up their unit on volcanoes with a science class period filled with volcanic eruptions. 
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  • St. Bernard’s and Chapin Host a Networking Event

    by Jonathan Perez ’96
    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.
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  • Much Ado About Nothing

    On December 18, 2018, the eighth grade took part in a St. Bernard’s tradition established in 1910 and performed a play written by William Shakespeare. 
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