2018

  • November

    Video of VI Landesman Play - November 9, 2018

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  • Third Grade Visits the Tenement Museum

    by Mr. Hagon, Head of Junior School
    On Thursday, November 1, the third grade traveled downtown to New York City’s Tenement Museum.  We arrived a little early, but the weather was glorious: blue skies and a temperature of around 60 degrees, so it was fine for us to line up and wait outside. 
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  • A Fall Filled with Community Service

    Fall at St. Bernard’s is bustling with activities, many of which are focused on community service.
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  • St. B’s Cross Country Completes a Strong Season

    by Coach Eric Hill
    The 2018 St. Bernard’s cross country team worked hard and did well throughout the season.  Fifteen boys participated on the junior varsity team, and twelve boys participated on the varsity team.
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  • October

    Community Gathering Committee Hosts Historic Tour of the Apollo Theater

    by Grace B., Community Gathering Committee co-chair
    A group of 40 parents, students, and siblings, met at the Apollo on Friday, October 26, for a tour of the historic theater guided by Mr. Billy Mitchell (Mr. Apollo himself). 
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  • Mindfulness at St. B’s

    Many St. Bernard’s students have welcomed the routine of meditation into their school days.  Teachers throughout the school are giving their students tools to check in with themselves and create a meditative practice that works.
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  • Kindergarten Visits MoMA

    Kindergarten students visited the Museum of Modern Art for their first field trip of the year.  They were lucky to arrive at the museum before it opened and enjoyed a private tour of some highlights in the permanent collection.
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  • Letters to Veterans

    The community service club wrote letters of appreciation to local veterans receiving medical care at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  They plan to deliver these letters in person on Tuesday, November 6, and spend time with the local veterans.
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  • A Visitor from 1627

    Sixth graders took part in a special assembly which complements their study of American history this year.  They were transported back in time to the year 1627 and heard from Susanna Winslow.  
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  • Inside St. B’s Kitchen

    St. Bernard’s students, faculty, and staff rave about the delicious, healthy dishes that are offered to them for lunch each day.  Chef Wells and her team arrive at 6:30 a.m. each day, and within a few short hours, serve hot and cold dishes to almost 500 hungry St. B’s boys, teachers, and staff. 
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  • Collecting for St. B’s Archives

    by Janine St. Germain, school archivist
    As sad as it is to see a teacher retire from St. Bernard’s, it is most often a time when true gems find their way into the stacks of the archives.
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  • Community Service Movie Night

    By Oliver G., Dima G., and Miles M.
    On Friday, September 28, the Community Service Club hosted a movie night in order to help buy Nathan, a teenage Jamaican boy suffering from cerebral palsy, a new wheelchair.  
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  • Happy Birthday, St. B’s!

    October 4, 2018, marks St. Bernard's School 114th birthday. To toast this special occasion, we share with you a “Recipe for St. Bernard’s Cocktail,” which was published in The Budget in 1925.
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  • Team Building and Fun Outdoors

    On Thursday, September 27, the entire fourth grade took a break from city life and ventured into the woods upstate. They traveled to the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Fahnestock Memorial State Park, also known as the “The Four Season Park,” for a day of games, problem solving, and team-building exercises.
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  • September

    St. Bernard’s Community Book

    St. Bernard’s selected a book for students and teachers to read over the summer.  Boys in Grades V-IX and teachers in all grades read Refugee by Alan Gratz.
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  • Eighth Grade Trip to Ecuador

    by Virginie de Haugoubart
    The eighth graders finished the year on a high note by traveling to Ecuador a few days before Commencement this past June.  They enjoyed being together and were eager to discover a new country.
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  • The First Weeks in Third Grade

    St. Bernard’s Junior School is full of learning, growing, and fun, but don’t take our word for it.  This week we spoke with some third graders to learn the inside perspective, and fun was a word that every boy used when describing third grade.
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  • New Computers School-wide

    St. Bernard’s technology department embarked on a massive hardware and software upgrade over the summer.  All of the computers throughout the school (over one hundred and fifty) were replaced.
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  • New Faces at St. B’s

    We are pleased to introduce five 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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  • Summer Improvements at St. B’s

    As boys burst through the front doors on the first day, they may have noticed some of the many improvements that happened throughout the school building over the summer. 
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  • July

    The Dragon School Exchange Trip

    by Mr. Schwartz
    England’s green and pleasant land welcomed eight St. Bernard’s boys, twelve Nightingale-Bamford girls, and four chaperones during the third week in June for the annual Dragon School Exchange. 
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  • June

    Farewell and Fond Wishes to Mrs. Leness and Coach Muñoz

    On June 7, 2018, the St. Bernard’s community gathered to bid farewell to Jean Leness and Hector Muñoz.  With over eighty years of teaching and coaching at St. B’s between them, it is hard to imagine the school without them.
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  • Grade V Explores Lower Manhattan

    A Middle School rite of passage is Mr. Demeny’s downtown trip.  St. Bernard’s fifth graders were excited to experience this for themselves on May 30, 2018.  Mr. Demeny introduced the downtown trip to the boys with a quote from Heraclitus, “The only thing that is constant is change.”
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  • St. B’s Animal Protection Club

    An oversized jar filled with gummy bears appeared in the lobby last week.  This mysterious jar was placed there by the newly founded Animal Protection Club and was an important part of their first fundraiser.
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  • May

    Kindergarten Visits The Met Cloisters

    St. B’s kindergarten boys took a trip back in time on their recent visits to The Met Cloisters.  After learning about knights and medieval times the boys were eager to explore the four cloisters, chapels, halls, and gardens.
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  • The 2018 James D. Held Book Award

    The James D. Held Book Award is a beloved tradition at St. Bernard’s.  Each year eighth and ninth grade students receive a hardback copy of a biography to mark their graduation.  
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  • American History in Grade VI

    Sixth grade boys have spent the school year studying American history.  Their curriculum in the classroom has been complemented with field trips exploring Revolutionary War battlefields in Brooklyn, Alexander Hamilton’s grave in Trinity Church Cemetery, Federal Hall, and historical sites in Philadelphia and Gettysburg.
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  • Seventh Graders Enjoy French, Spanish, and New York Restaurants

    On Friday, May 11, 2018 the seventh graders went out on the town for lunch.  The grade went to three different restaurants:  some to Benoit on 55th Street with Madame Boyer-Robert, Mr. Bowcock, and Madame de Haugoubart; some to La Nacional on 14th Street with Messrs. Rodiño, Barrientos, and Kitson; and others to Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side with Mr. Merrill.  
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  • The Weather Balloon Report

    By Mr. Jacala
    On May 13, while many people celebrated Mother’s Day, Mr. Parsons, Mr. Jacala, and a group of ten fifth grade boys set out on a mission to better understand the weather patterns of our Mother Earth.
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  • St. Bernard’s Visits California

    By Kate Fiscus, Director of Old Boys
    Stuart Johnson, Dean Kripalani, Kate Fiscus, and Megan Reitzas traveled to California to visit the St. B’s west coast family.  On April 30, twenty-five Old Boys, past parents, grandparents, and friends gathered in Los Angeles to hear news of the school and share fond memories.  This reception was generously hosted by Sara and Mario Rodriguez.  
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  • Kindergarten Boys and Seventh Grade Boys Visit the Met

    St. Bernard’s is fortunate to be located within walking distance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Over the years teachers have taken advantage of this rich resource and exposed their students to historical objects, artwork, and special exhibitions that are related to their curriculum.  This year is no different.  In recent weeks, kindergarten boys and seventh grade boys visited the Met and explored specific wings of the museum.
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  • A Conversation with Angela Duckworth

    Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and founder of Character Lab, visited St. Bernard’s on May 3, 2018.  Current parent, Samantha B., led a discussion with Ms. Duckworth focused on the concepts of grit, practice, and character.  
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  • Sixth Grade Trip to Philadelphia & Gettysburg

    St. Bernard’s sixth grade class traveled to Philadelphia and Gettysburg from Tuesday, April 24, to Thursday, April 26.  The boys learned about the important documents and events that shaped the country in which they live.
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  • April

    Community Gathering Film Screening

    by Dennis P., St. B's parent
    On April 11, 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.  
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  • A Journey to Mannahatta

    Second graders took a walk to the Museum of the City of New York this week and were transported back in time.  Through careful observation of artifacts, including a three dimensional map of the tip of Manhattan (created in 1660), the boys learned about the early history of New York City.  
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  • St. B’s Rallies for the Earth

    In celebration of Earth Day, St. Bernard’s School joined other independent schools for a “Student Rally for the Earth” on Sunday, April 22.  They gathered to celebrate the Earth, to educate others, and to inspire New Yorkers to care for the Earth. 
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  • Grandparents Visiting Day 2018

    St. Bernard’s welcomed grandparents to school this week for Grandparents Visiting Day.  Over 370 grandparents joined their grandsons for a morning of classes.
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  • Class of 2009 Party

    By Kate Fiscus, Director of Old Boys
    On Tuesday, April 17, we welcomed back to the school parents and Old Boys from the class of 2009.  Former faculty members, including Ms. Kronengold, Mrs. FitzGerald, Ms. Walton, and Mr. Neff returned to St. Bernard’s to catch up with their former students.
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  • Foreign Policy Expert Speaks with Upper School Boys

    Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, visited St. Bernard’s on April 11, 2018.  He spoke with Upper School boys about his areas of expertise, including United States defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy.
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  • Multicultural Fair 2018: JAPAN, Tradition Meets Modern

    Miya Y., Multicultural Fair Committee co-chair
    On Friday, April 6, 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.  
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  • Grade IX Trip to Spain and France

    Mr. Bowcock
    Towards the end of the winter term, the ninth grade — accompanied by Madame de Haugoubart and Mr. Bowcock — set off on a busy trip to Spain and southern France.  Half of the class is studying French and the other half Spanish, so this trip gave them an opportunity to practice their languages and to see some superb cultural sights.
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  • March

    St. Bernard’s Science Fair

    On March 14, 2018, the small gym was fully transformed into annual science fair.  Boys in grades IV through VIII presented their scientific research to fellow students, family members, teachers, and friends.
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  • Goals for Good

    Cheers could be heard throughout St. Bernard’s on Saturday, March 10, while over eighty boys in kindergarten through sixth grade participated in the annual Goals for Good soccer tournament. 
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  • Kindergarten Boys Recite Poetry

    St. B’s boys have many chances to perform and become confident public speakers.  Opportunities for public speaking begin in kindergarten, when boys step onto stage to recite poetry for their classmates and parents at a Junior School morning assembly.
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  • Musicians from the Dominican Republic Visit St. B’s

    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.
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  • February

    Counseling Department Launches Coffee and Conversation Program

    St. Bernard’s counseling department has launched a new program this year for parents called Coffee and Conversation.  This series was established to encourage more direct communication between parents and guidance counselors.  Ramon Rodriguez and Zachary Kahn have selected developmental, age-specific topics to present to small groups of parents in morning sessions, followed by a discussion. 
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  • Private Tour of Joseph Cornell Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Ninth graders enjoyed a special field trip on Tuesday, February 13. St. B’s father, Jason H., arranged a private tour of the current exhibition, Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell's Homage to Juan Gris, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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  • Student Faculty Basketball Game 2018

    Ms. Nealy
    Sunshine filled the seventh floor gym on Wednesday afternoon, February 21, as Coach Miceli welcomed everyone to the annual Student-Faculty basketball game.
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  • Kindergarten Boys Visit the FDNY Fire Zone

    Kindergarten boys took a field trip to the FDNY Fire Zone this week.  Fireman Ned taught the boys all about fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire emergency.
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  • Author Steve Sheinkin Speaks to Middle School Boys

    Middle School boys were treated to a visit from author Steve Sheinkin on February 14, 2018.  This lecture was made possible by the Kronengold Authors Fund, which was established in 2016 by sixteen Old Boys who wanted to honor their former second-grade teacher, Ms. Kronengold, who taught them how to write and inspired a lifelong passion for reading.  
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  • St. Bernard’s Math Team Places Seventh in MATHCounts Competition

    On Saturday, February 3, St. Bernard’s math team competed in the annual MATHCounts Manhattan competition at Baruch College.  The nine members of the team qualified by earning the highest scores on a preliminary exam that was given to all St. B’s students in Grades VI - VIII last fall.
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  • Exclusive Interview with the Editor in Chief of the "98th Street Post"

    Recently some signs have appeared in St. B’s hallways announcing the online publication of the Middle School newspaper, the 98th Street Post.  We chatted with Maximilien P., the editor in chief, in an exclusive interview.
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  • January

    The Great Skate 2018

    The Great Skate is one of St. Bernard’s beloved traditions.  Each year families gather together in Central Park to skate, catch up with one another, and have fun.
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  • St. Bernard’s Basketball Tournament

    by Bates B., St. B’s father
    St. Bernard’s hosted its 16th annual basketball tournament on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  Fifth and sixth graders representing eight different teams gathered to compete in the one-day tournament.
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  • Old Boys Dinner 2018

    On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the Old Boys gathered for the 102nd Old Boys Dinner.  Over two hundred Old Boys returned to St. Bernard’s to walk through the hallways, reminisce, and see the friendly faces of their childhood friends and former teachers.
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  • The Tradition of St. B’s Class Play

    Theater has been highly valued at St. Bernard’s since the school was founded in 1904.  In addition to the annual Shakespeare play, which is performed by Grade VIII, each class in Grades I through VII performs a class play in an all-school assembly each school year.
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  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Honored through Song, Poetry, and Performance

    Last Friday St. Bernard’s came together as a community to celebrate and honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in an all-school assembly.  It was the perfect way to set the mood leading into the holiday weekend.
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  • Ringing in the New Year with Creativity

    Over the holidays second graders delivered some special hand-made gifts to their loved ones.  The boys had been working on these projects in their craft class in the weeks leading up to the winter holiday.
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  • Grade VIII’s Performance of Julius Caesar

    Eighth graders followed in the footsteps of ninety-eight former St. B’s eighth-grade classes and performed a play written by William Shakespeare shortly before the Winter Holiday.
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