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Blazer Blast 12/8/2017

The Blazer Blast

December 8, 2017

Feastday of The Immaculate Conception

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: Please pray for the intentions written in our prayer book located in the breezeway.  If you have special intentions needing prayers,  please feel free to write them in the prayer book or contact Cathy LaGuardia at or 330.858.2095 to have them added to the book or to pray during the Rosary. Thank you

Immaculate Mary... We praise you... We adore you... You give us strength and guidance and showed us the love of a mother and how everlasting it is... Thank you for being Our Mother... May we always show honor and respect to you in our actions and words... Oh most gracious Virgin Mary... Amen

Christmas Welcoming: We would like to extend a sincere welcome for everyone who visits St. Barnabas Church this Christmas. Your help is needed. You are needed before Mass to welcome, and after Mass to distribute bulletins and gifts. If you can help, there are sign-up sheets and more information in the Gathering Space, or go to the parish website We invite individuals and families to participate. Even our youngest students can participate. What a wonderful way to share the Christmas Spirit!

5th Grade Service Project: The 5th Graders will be collecting donations for The West Side Catholic Center.  All donations are needed at school by Tuesday, December 12th. Please consider donating this holiday season any of the following NEW (only) items: Adult and children: sweatshirts, hats, gloves, socks, underwear, toiletries.   Baby and Toddler: sleepwear, socks, diapers, wipes, ointment.  Items can be dropped off outside the 5th grade classrooms.  Thank you in advance for your generous contributions.

Academic Challenge Team Championship Bound: Congratulations to our Junior High Academic Challenge Team, which qualified for the Championship Round! They finished the regular season in the St. Mary’s League in 3rd place, earning 315 points, enough to qualify for the Championship Round for the 4th year in a row!!! Team members are:   Raymond Conley, Andrew Lastovka,  Maddie Mlachak, Stella Naymik, Mallory Palagyi, Joey Passerallo and Katherine Shaw and alternates Dominic Bellini, Abby Dotson and Cassie Shaw.

We would also like to wish good luck to our Middle School Academic Challenge Team who will be competing at Copley High School tomorrow, Saturday, December 9. Our team finished second at the Our Lady of the Elms Tournament last month. Team members are: Maddie Binder, Jonathan Conley, Megan Crowe, Annie Fuhrer, Brianna Garey, Logan Mackey, Tommy Passerallo, Grace Scullion, Andrew Stamp, Rob Thrash, Kenichi Wachtl, Nick Wurst and Emily Ziegler.

Christmas Spirit Week: December 18-21.  Monday: Accessory Blowout Day - embellish your school uniform with accessories - hair bows, socks, headband, christmas hats etc. Prizes to the most accessorized in each grade level. Tuesday- $1.00 Christmas White Out Dress Down Day - dress head to toe in white in anticipation for Santa’s Arrival.  Wednesday: Polar Express Day - wear your PJ’s to school and bring your slippers plus bring a small blanket to cozy up and watch the Polar Express.  Treats will be delivered to all classrooms thanks to Student Council.     Thursday - Red, Green and/or Ugly Sweater Dress Down Day - bring it on.  Prizes awarded to the ugliest sweater in each grade level.  

Advent is Here: In celebration of the Advent Season each Friday, students are asked to embellish their school uniforms with the colors of the season.  December 1 and 8, students may wear purple accessories; December 15, students may wear pink accessories with their school uniform. (ex: socks, dress shirts, polos, ties, hair bows, nail polish, shoes etc.)  Wearing the colors of Advent is one way to remind us that we should be preparing our hearts to welcome Jesus on Christmas.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Tuesday, December 12.  Students grades 3-8 will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Fr. Ralph, Fr. Chuck and Fr. Joe along with several area priests will be on hand to hear confessions in preparation for Christmas. Our SBTV crew is planning a beautiful prayer service that will air at 9:10 for all before heading to the church to receive the Sacrament.

Christmas Concert: The annual Christmas Concert is quickly approaching on Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 pm .  Please note that the date has been changed so it would not conflict with the Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  This year’s concert will include students in grades 2, 4, 6 and 8.  (Kindergarten will perform in the Spring Concert this year.)  Students will need to be in their homerooms no later than 6:15 pm and will be returned to their homerooms to be picked up by a parent after the concert is concluded.   We look forward to seeing you there.

Band Concert: All are welcome to attend our annual Christmas Band Concert on Wednesday, December 20th at 7 PM in the gym.  Band students in grades 4 through 8 will also need to remember to bring their instrument and music to school that day because they will perform a concert for the school community at 1:30 PM.  For the evening concert, band students should arrive at 6:30 PM and report to the cafeteria to get ready for the concert.  Band students should dress up for both concerts.  We hope you'll join us for a fun evening of holiday music and to support our hard-working band students!

St. Barnabas Ski/SB Club: Ski Club begins January 9, 2018, Tuesdays 3:30-7:30. Online registration closes December 22, 2017.  To sign up online, visit  Click “member registration” then: Club login: stbarnabas  Member password: member

To watch a video about the Club Program, visit  For more information or for questions, please contact club advisors Gina Springer or Mary Freilino  See you on the slopes!

PTU Search Committee: A new committee has been formed to gather nominations for the PTU Executive Board for the 2018-2019 school year.  All five officer roles are open for the board and include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary.  If you are interested in one of the board roles, you may contact the committee using the email  

Coats for Kids: SBS will be helping collect coats for kids this winter.  Look for the drop off bin in the breezeway.  New or gently used winter coats, sizes infant to adult are needed.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Clinic Reminders:  If your child has a medication in the clinic please send a recent photo so it can be attached to the medication administration form .  Thanks so much.

PTU Gingerbread House:  Come create a holiday masterpiece at the Gingerbread House Contest held Sunday, December 10th from 2:00-4:00pm in the school cafeteria.  This is a fun event for families with music, refreshments and lots of chances to win a great door prize. Plus our panel of "celebrity judges" will award some special prizes too.  Cost is $10 per family for one house; each additional house per family is only $5.  We have all the candy and supplies you need- we ask that you only use the candy and decorating items supplied at the event. First-come, first-served!gingerbread

Christmas Raffle Time is almost here! The PTU will be sponsoring its annual Christmas raffle December 11th thru December 14th.  This raffle is for all ST. BARNABAS students in grades K – 8.  The children will be able to purchase tickets for different prizes during the week, with the raffle actually occurring December 14th.  NO TICKETS ARE ALLOWED TO BE TAKEN HOME – THEY MUST BE FILLED OUT AT THE TABLE OR AN ENVELOPE WITH MONEY AND ITEMS LISTED FOR US TO FILL IN FOR THEM. Please see below for the list of prizes.  Thank you to all who helped to make this event so fun for our kiddos!


  1. Life Size Teddy Bear, 2. Basket of Candy, 3. Gingerbread Train Kit and $20.00 b.a. Sweeties Gift Certificate,            4.  Science Exploration:  Includes Science Experiment Book, Volcano, Mining Kit, Enviro Battery, Bug Casting & Cool Science Experiments, 5. Night of Family Fun : $50.00 Movie Gift Card AND $50.00 Applebees Gift Card,         6. Intuos Draw Creative pen Tablet: Spark imagination to draw, paint and edit with an easy to use pen tablet with ArtRage sketching and drawing software, 7. Slime Kit:  All the essentials to make slime along with directions (Gallon of glue, glitter & clear glue, saline solution and shaving cream) Recipes included, Theatre Pop Corn Popping Machine with kernels, butter oil and seasoning salts. Enjoy your popcorn with the following movies:  Home Alone, Home Alone2 and Elf, 8. Plantronics backbeat FIT 305 Sweat proof Wireless Sport Earbuds,               9.  $100.00 Gift Certificate to Old Station Cycle Bike Shop in Brecksville. Accessorize, tune-up or get a head start towards getting a new bike!, 10. Little Gym Birthday Party for 16 children for 90 minutes and Baby Monkey Fingerlings, 11. 24” LG LED TV – HDMI, Wide Viewing, Triple XD engine, Stereo Speaker, Flicker Safe and eye comfort mode, 12. SkyZone – (4) one hour Passes & Jot 8.5 eWriter boogie board, 13.  Laugh a Lot with Pie Face Showdown Game and (6) Fun-n-Stuff Coupons for Free Event or Discount on 4-Hour Unlimited Wristband.  (Expires 12/31/18), 14. Children's Books, Baby Monkey Fingerlings and Paddington the Movie, 15. Digital Camera Camcorder, 16.  Full HD Digital Video Camcorder, 1080p 24mp, 3” LED Flip Screen vlogging camera with wide angle lens and flashlight,  17. Sonicare EasyClean Sonic Electric Toothbrush and Jot 8.5 eWriter boogie board

Early Morning Care Reminders: Parents are to be parking and walking students to the designated Early Morning Care classroom.  Please be extra careful in the parking lot as students and parents are walking to and from cars and it is still VERY dark outside.  Thank you for helping to keep out kiddos safe.

Looking ahead:

Dec. 11-15 - Christmas Raffle

Dec. 12 - Reconciliation grades 3-8

Dec. 13 - TRIP DDD** note the change of date / PS Christmas Program 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 14 - Christmas Concert (Grades 2, 4, 6 and 8) 1:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 18-24 - SC sponsored Dress Down Week

Dec. 20 - Band Concert 1:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 21 - Prayer Service / Early Release 1:05

Dec. 22-Jan. 3 - Christmas Vacation

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