Congratulations to the 4th Level for winning this year's Bernie Cup Challenge! They were the first grade level to reach 100% participation in the SBA Annual Fund and celebrated with a make-your-own Ice Cream Sundae Bar! They will also get to display the Cup in their classrooms for the rest of the year and a student even won free tickets to see Mary Poppins at the @nashrep!

Thank you to ALL of our families who made a donation to the SBA Annual Fund as part of this challenge – we are so grateful for your support! To view more photos from the ice cream party, visit our social media page here. 

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On April 29 we celebrated the dedication of The Grainger Garden at St. Bernard Academy. The funding for this garden was generously donated to SBA in 2020 by Bill, Kathy, Elizabeth ’05, and Anna ’08 Grainger.

On this beautiful Friday afternoon, several SBA faculty, staff and students, along with the Grainger family, gathered near the grotto area to dedicate the space. After an opening prayer, students from the SBA Earth Club read prepared statements about what the Grainger Gardens means to them and how it helps SBA care for our Earth. They also organized a butterfly release, which was a beautiful way to commemorate the occasion. Shane Cortesi, past SBA Board president and current SBA parent, read aloud a tribute to the Grainger family. The passage is included below.


"The Grainger Family began their journey at SBA in the fall of 1996, when Lizz entered Kindergarten. She was joined by younger sister Anna three years later. Both girls excelled at academics and in their extra-curricular activities. Lizz attended Tufts University in Boston and is now a producer for the History Channel, and Anna earned a scholarship to swim for the University of Notre Dame.

Mom and Dad, Kathy and Bill, became involved with St. Bernard early on in their daughters’ attendance. Both have served the school in various capacities, including the Home and School Association and on the Board of Trust, with Bill’s most recent engagement as the Finance Committee Chair for the Board of Trust.

In dedicating this space for the garden, the Graingers were very excited for SBA students to have a hand in growing some of the food that will be used for lunch in the dining hall. In addition to the growing beds, their donation has enhanced the area around the grotto, including a 12’ x 19’ in-ground version of the Mercy Cross."

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