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January 18, 2019

Feastday of St. Volusian

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: Good and gracious God, we humbly bring forth our prayers to You. We may feel we know what we want but only You know what we need. Please give us the courage to accept whatever path You have chosen for us and to walk by faith. Amen


No School: Monday, January 21 - MLK Day

2019-2020 Re-Enrollment and Tuition Information: is now available.  The 2019-2020 Tuition Policy is attached to the BB email.  New this year...NOTHING is needed to register your child/ren!  Instead ALL current students will be rolled forward and automatically re-enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year.  The payment plan you have chosen will also rolls forward. (You may always make changes by logging into your FACTS Account or notifying Mary in the business office at  FACTS accounts will be charged the appropriate registration fees on March 1, 2019. If you wish to dis-enroll your child/ren please notify the school office by March 1, 2019.  

Diocesan Tuition Assistance: The Diocesan Tuition Assistance program offers need-based financial assistance to families with K-12 students attending a Catholic school in the Diocese of Cleveland. These funds are raised through the generosity of many donors and the work of the Catholic Community Foundation. The program also funds several scholarship opportunities, offers assistance designated for teachers and others working in a Catholic Diocese of Cleveland school, as well as an emergency assistance fund for families facing unexpected hardships.  “For the current 2018-2019 academic year, over 3,500 students received nearly $2.5 million in tuition assistance from diocesan-raised funds,” said Melanie Galizio, tuition assistance coordinator for the Office of Catechetical Formation and Education.  While the Diocesan Tuition Assistance program – also called DTA — is separate from local tuition assistance, which is processed by individual school or parish financial aid, applying at the diocesan level often opens the door for families to receive assistance from additional sources.

The application process opens ahead of the upcoming school year. Funds are distributed in two rounds. The deadline for round one is March 15. The deadline for round two is June 1.  Families must apply each year with their most recent tax information. Financial awards for the student’s tuition are provided to the student’s school via a one-time payment from the diocese in the month of October.  Families must complete the Diocesan Assistance request in order to be considered for Parish Assistance.

Wrap Around Care Services for PS and PK: will be offered students enrolled in one of our Early Learning Programs 2019-2020.  Care will be available from 7:00 a.m -6:00 p.m. following the SBS school calendar. Costs include all meals and snacks.  PS 3’s and 4’s = $35/day (as needed) in addition to tuition and fees. PK = $22.50 /day (as needed) in addition to tuition and fees.

New Student Referral Program:  Current St. Barnabas students and parents are by far our best ambassadors, sharing positive experiences through simple word of mouth. St. Barnabas wants to reward current families for promoting our school to their family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues with our Partners In Faith Referral Program. This referral program rewards current families with a $250 tuition credit for each new student (Preschool-8th) they get to enroll at St. Barnabas Catholic School!  

Check out our FAQs to learn more about how it works.


  • The New Student Referral Program awards a current St. Barnabas Catholic School family with a $250 tuition credit for each new student in a new St. Barnabas Catholic School family that is referred to, enrolls in and attends St. Barnabas Catholic School.


  • The referral program is open to parents or legal guardians who are paying tuition for currently enrolled students (Preschool through grade 8) at St. Barnabas Catholic School at the time of credit distribution.

  • Current teachers and staff (with the exception of the Principal and Admissions staff) are also eligible to participate.  


  • There is no limit to the number of students that a current family may refer! Refer a new family to St. Barnabas Catholic School who enrolls two students and receive a $500 tuition credit; refer a new family that enrolls three students and receive a $750 tuition credit, etc.


  • To qualify, the student must be from a new family to St. Barnabas Catholic School, and cannot have had any children previously attend St. Barnabas Catholic School.


  • To make a referral, email prior to, or concurrently when the New Family makes initial contact with St. Barnabas School.  

  • The New Family must also acknowledge who referred them either in the “How Did You Hear About Us” section of their paperwork or thru direct communication and confirmation to the Marketing and Admissions Coordinator. (Mrs. Farber)


  • The New Family must also acknowledge who referred them to St. Barnabas in the “How Did You Hear About Us” section of their paperwork.


  • Tuition credit for the family who made the referral will be applied to their FACTS account once the new family is enrolled.  Families who have an outstanding balance will receive their credit, less any outstanding balance owed.

For questions on the New Student Referral Program, please email

Catholic Schools Week:

January 27 - 10:00 Mass (great news SBSS will be celebrating with us at this Mass!) / 11:00-12:30 Open House

January 28 - Opening Assembly/Prayer Service - Community Member Appreciation Day 9:30 a.m.

January 29 - Service Project Day

January 30 - Parent Appreciation Day - Bingo will begin at 1:30

January 31 - Teacher Appreciation Day

February 1 - Student Appreciation Day - Pep assembly 1:30, 8th grade v. Staff Volleyball game 2:00 and Very Special Surprise Lunch! Cost $5.00 will be charged to your child’s school account if they choose the surprise lunch.  An alternate lunch will still be provided and students may pack, then choose to order or not. We won't be revealing the surprise until Friday morning on SBTV! (the special lunch meets the school peanut allergy policy.)

If your school/parish organization would like a table at Open House, please email me at  We would love to show off ALL that we have to offer.

Catholic Schools Week Sign up links:

Mass Sign up: We need your child’s help at 10:00 Mass Sunday, January 27.  Please use the following link to register your child. I will contact you the week of January 24 with assignments.  Students who participate in mass will be serving as readers, greeters and offertory processors. Students will be asked to wear either their I AM ST BARNABAS SHIRT, basketball jersey or warm-up as directed by the coach or mass uniform with their regular uniform bottoms.

Open House Servers (4th grade only) 4th grade we need your help serving our guests in the Cafe during Open House January 27 from 11-12:30.  Please consider volunteering for a 30 minute shift. Duties include, clearing tables, wiping down tables, assisting with drinks, greeting guests.

Starting Soon!  St. Barnabas Reader’s Theater Club: Reader’s Theater is a strategy used to improve and strengthen a reader’s fluency and presentation skills.  Working in small groups, students will orally read parts from grade level scripts and perform for one another in a relaxed, informal setting.

This club is for students currently in grades 2, 3, and 4 and will be held Wednesday, February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6 from 3:15-4:00 PM.  Cost is $5.00 per student.

Please see one of the club leaders:  Mrs. Travaglianti, Mrs. Kennedy, or Mrs. DiPronio for questions or a permission slip.  Slips are due back January 23rd.

Extended Day Announcements: Please send an email to if you would like a statement for tax purposes for Ex. Day dates: 1/1/18-8/21/18.  

A payment summary can be found on FACTS for tax purposes for Ex Day 8/22-12/31/18.

-Log into FACTS Account

-View Details

-View Payment Summary

REMINDER: Verizon customers will need to download the mobile app for REMIND or enable email notifications starting January 28th. Contact Mrs. Majoros with questions.

Save the Date Bolt Like a Blazer 5K and 1 Mile Walk: to be held on April 13, 2019.  Please stop by our table at Open House on January 27th and reach out to Amy Frackelton and Becky Griswold with any questions or if you are interested in volunteering.  Further details regarding registration will be shared in the coming weeks.

News From SBAA:  Blazer Apparel Store .  ttention 8th grade parents and Students:  Download:  Athlete of Character Award $500…for 8th grade athlete…due by Friday May 3, 2019.

St. Barnabas Athletic Association Night at the Races 2019:

Please join us for St. Barnabas Athletic Association's Annual Night at the Races on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Dinner, open bar and good times will be served at Gambitta’s Party Center for $40 per person. Purchase and name a horse for $20, the owner and horse names are listed in the event program. If your horse wins the race, you win $50! To purchase tickets or horses turn the NATR form with payment into the school or rectory.

The CYO athletes need your support, for just $150 you can be the proud sponsor of one of the 10 races at Night at the Races. Your name and logo will be featured in the event program and will be announced at the event. We also need donations for the Chinese Raffle and Silent Auction. Advertising opportunities still available. Please contact Jenny Taraba at with questions. To volunteer please sign up at


We need YOU!!  Catholic Schools Week Tour Guides: We are looking for parent volunteers to help with tours for open house on January 27th. Please sign up at this link if you can help show off St. Barnabas to new and prospective families on Sunday as we kick off CSW after the 10 am mass.

PTU Blazer Bookstore: The bookstore is open for business Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45-8 AM.  Located at the end of the first floor hallway, we sell all the necessities for your student in a pinch.

We are in need of JH volunteers to help with the bookstore in the morning.  See the sign up below.

SAVE THE DATE(S): PTU General Meeting 7pm March 7th; Father/Daughter Dance - March 9th 6:30 PM ; Mom / Son Cosmic Bowling @ Roseland Lanes - March 10th 2-4 PM ,  Coffee and Conversation - March 26 (PK-3) and 27 (4-8); Bolt Like A Blazer 5k - April 13th

Looking ahead:

1/21 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/27-2/1 - Catholic Schools Week

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