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Blazer Blast 11/8/18

The Blazer Blast

November 8, 2018

Feastday of St. Castorius

Developing body, mind and soul

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and in partnership with our parish community, we nurture

the seeds of faith and learning, cultivate the tree of knowledge and follow the path of Christ while serving others.

Here’s what’s happening…

Prayer Corner: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Amen

Did You Say Blazer Spirit Wear? We now have our own online store.  Orders can be made any time and delivered to school or to your home.  Check out the latest offerings at:

A Message from Mr. Bandiera and the Music Department: With the support of Mrs. Faetanini, we are excited to bring new, exciting, and positive changes to the music program at SBS. Please see our concert schedule and other programs we will be offering this year listed below. We are excited about these changes and look for parent support as well. Students will all have an opportunity to perform in the music department  through varying mediums appropriate for their level in general music. Junior High students elect to participate in a select choir and/or our talent show this year. It is my hope that all Junior High students will consider one or both of these options.

Christmas Program -Kindergarten - 3rd Grade: When:  December 13,  1:30 and 6:30 Where: St. Barnabas Church

Talent Show - 6-8 Grade: When: March 28 Where: PC

Spring Concerts: Recorder Concert- 4th grade, Full Class Choir/Accompaniment- 5th grade, Select Choir - 6th-8th grade When: May 8, 1:30 and 6:30 Where: PC

Calling all SBS Class of 2018 Alumni: You are all invited to our annual Ice Cream Social and yearbook signing Monday, November 26 from 6-7 p.m. in the JH Hallway.  Help us spread the word.

Friendship Club: is growing and we have outgrown our space!  Please join us Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, December 28 in Bedell Commons.

Children’s Weekly Giving Envelopes: If your child wishes to receive envelopes for weekly giving, please follow the link to request envelopes.

Works of Mercy Club Update: The next Works of Mercy Club Meeting for Grades 1-3 will be on Thursday November 15 from 2:45-4:00. Our St. Barnabas Life Teen friend Jaime will teach us a few songs and we will walk over to the Villa to sing for our senior friends. Each child is welcome to bring a favorite stuffed animal or small toy as a conversation starter, we will have a show-and-tell activity where we also learn about our senior friends’ treasured childhood toys.

At our last Works of Mercy Club meeting on November 1, we were wowed by a presentation by Joyce Hunt of the Emergency Assistance Center, a food pantry that is located across the street from St. Barnabas. Ms. Hunt explained the ways that EAC helps hundreds of children and families who are in need of food, hygiene items, and clothing right here in our own community. She gave us some ideas of how we can help them over the course of the year.

The Emergency Assistance Center has a special day for area families in need of Christmas gifts for their children, it’s called Christmas Lane and it takes place on December 13 this year. Parents who qualify for this assistance pick out items for Christmas gifts for their children from items donated to EAC. We invite Works of Mercy Club and St. Barnabas families to help create a happy holiday experience for families in need by donating an unwrapped new toy to this worthy cause. We encourage toys for various interests and age levels. This gives parents a similar experience to Christmas shopping in a store. Children can bring the toy in to the November 15 meeting or we will collect later in the month. Details to come… **** Please RSVP each month for activity and snack planning purposes to Mary O’Connor at or 330-819-7189 or Mary Bostelman at or 216-374-3826.  Next meeting for Works of Mercy Club Grades 4-8 is December 6!

TRIP Tuition Credit Deadline: Just a friendly reminder... The second half deadline for TRIP gift card purchases to be credited to your FACTS account is next Thursday, November 15. The Rectory has over 20 cards in stock for immediate purchase or you can check the school website for the master list and order online. Don't forget: you can purchase Giant Eagle cards here and then go buy whatever else you need off the rack. You get tuition credit and fuel perks while the school earns rebate money. We also stock $10 McDonald's, Chick Fil A, Dunkin' Donuts and Chipotle cards which make great stocking stuffers or teacher gifts. Thank you for your continued support.

Applebee's Dining to Donate: Join us Thursday, November 15 at Applebee's in Macedonia Commons for our second Dining to Donate event of the year. Applebee's will donate 15% of dine in or Carside to Go sales to our St. Vincent de Paul ministry to help families with food, utilities, gift cards, etc. for the holidays. Flyers will be sent home with students at the beginning of next week. You must show the flyer (paper or electronically) for us to receive credit. Thank you for supporting a worthy cause.

Handel's Thank You! Thank you to everyone who braved the chilly 40 degree weather and bought over $500 worth of ice cream at Handel's for our first Dining to Donate event. St. Vincent de Paul received a check for $110 to assist families in need. We will plan another ice cream day in the Spring when the weather is a little warmer.

DREAM Den Challenge: The Challenge is on… A parent donor will match all financial donations to the DREAM Den up to $1000 during the month of November.  Are you up to the challenge? Contact Mrs. Faetanini or send your donation made payable to St. Barnabas in a marked envelope to the school office.

DREAM Den Wish List:  Let’s shop together  buy a little or buy a lot, quantities are listed


Thank you for supporting the Enchanted Forest SCHOLASTIC Book Fair! Thank you to the fantastic BookFair committee especially Terri Kolo, Joanne Post, Megan Tillman, Jenny Barker, Liz Biel, Vickie Steinberger, Kim Fletcher, and Taryn Reagan!  Online purchases can still be made at All funds raised support the activities of the PTU, including providing new books to the school library!

PTU Bookstore is open for business Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45-8am  Located at the end of the first floor hallway, they are selling color changing 'mood' pencils, colorful erasers, a few fun items, and the usual supplies.  

* If your student needs an item last minute for school, have them stop at the bookstore!

Spirit Day at Chic Fil A - Wednesday, November 14th: Print out and bring the flyer or show it on your phone all day long and 15% of your purchase will go to St. Barnabas PTU.  Come out and visit with your St. Barnabas friends from 4:30-7:30 PM and spin the wheel or play Plinko to win a food prize, and enjoy a night away from the kitchen for a good cause!


December 9th - Thanks for sending in your extra Halloween candy to use for this event. Special thanks to Mrs. T for collecting it all as well!  Mark your calendars for this fun family event!


Please continue to send in all donations through November 19th. The students look forward to this event each year!


Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who’ve helped with cooking food, bookfair, movie night, coffee and conversation, career day, and staffing the book store. We are able to do all these things thanks to your generosity .

If you still haven’t filled out our Google Form for volunteers, please click here. It only takes a minute!  

Activities throughout the year are included and you will be contacted by individual committee chairs for activities in which you show interest.

**The Mother / Son Event originally scheduled for Nov. 17th is going to be postponed. Please check the Blazer Blast for the new date in the coming weeks.

Looking ahead:

11/14: Chick Fil A night

11/20: Early Release 1:00 p.m/ Thanksgiving Break begins

11/21-11/23: No School Thanksgiving Break

11/26 - Class of 2018 Alumni Ice Cream Social and Yearbook Signing

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