New Family Information

Welcome to the Bishop Dunne Family! We are so excited that you will be joining us as the newest members of our joyful Falcon community.

We know there is a lot of information to take in as you begin your transition to Bishop Dunne. We invite you to use this page as your main resource to answer your questions about enrollment, course selection and placement, summer reading, summer camps and activities, upcoming events for new families, and so much more.

If you were not able to join us for our New Parent Orientation on July 27, we invite you to view a recording of some sessions from the meeting.

New Parent Orientation, July 27, 2017

General Information

2017 - 2018 Parent Guidebook

Access to Online Enrollment

ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS

1) Click on the following link to visit your family's Enrollment Portal: https://bdcs.schooladminonline.com/users/sign_in

2) Create a new account using the same username and password for your child's online admissions checklist.

3) Once you login, you must "authenticate" to verify that you are the individual listed on the account. If the system is requesting an authentication code, you will need your family's "authentication code" which was emailed with online enrollment instructions.

4) Click on the blue "Continue Enrollment Process" button below your child's name.

5) Click on the blue "Complete Form" button for each item on the checklist.

Athletic Participation Forms

Every student-athlete who participates in a sport, drill team, cheerleading, or band must have a current athletic physical completed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant utilizing the TAPPS form, as well as an updated immunization record, on file.

Athletic Physical Form

Bus Information

There are several bus stops available to families:

    • Duncanville - Holy Spirit Catholic Church
    • Downtown Dallas - Holy Trinity Catholic School
    • East Dallas - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
    • Irving - St. Luke Catholic School
    • Kessler Park - The Kessler School
    • North Dallas - St. Monica Catholic School

Calendar Dates for 2017-2018

New Student Orientation
August 7, 2017

First Day of School
August 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Break
November 20-24, 2017

Christmas Break
December 21, 2017 - January 9, 2018

Spring Break
March 12-16, 2018

Easter Break
March 30 - April 2, 2018

Falconer

The Falconer is our weekly newsletter that is emailed to parents every Thursday during the school year. New families will receive it via email starting in the fall. The most recent Falconers are available via the following links:

July 31, 2017

June 12, 2017

May 25, 2017

May 18, 2017

May 11, 2017

May 4, 2017

April 27, 2017

April 20, 2017

April 12, 2017

April 6, 2017

March 30, 2017

March 23, 2017

March 9, 2017

March 2, 2017

Health Clinic

Texas law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized against certain vaccine preventable diseases. Getting these required vaccines at the earliest possible time is encouraged to avoid the back-to-school immunization rush that occurs every year during the month of August. Please be aware that students without the required immunizations will not be allowed to attend school.

Below is a list of the required vaccines for students:

For students entering 6th grade:

  • 3-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td); 1 dose must have been received on or after the 4th birthday. However, 4 doses meet the requirement if the 4th dose was received on or after the 4th birthday. For students aged 7 years and older, 3 doses meet the requirement if 1 dose was received on or after the 4th birthday. Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 1 dose of varicella

For students entering 7th grade:

  • 3-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td); 1 dose of Tdap is required if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella
  • 1 dose of meningococcal

For students entering 8th grade:

  • 3-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td); 1 dose of Tdap is required when 10 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella
  • 1 dose of meningococcal

For students entering 9th - 12th grades:

  • 3-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td); 1 dose ofTdap is required when 10 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists.
  • 4 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella

Students with specific health considerations may be required to have additional paperwork completed by a physician; for example, any medication, asthma, or allergies.

Laptops, E-books, and Supplies

All e-books and most text books will be supplied by Bishop Dunne, along with art and science supplies and school planners. Students will receive codes for e-books in each class during the first week of school. We recommend that all students bring notebooks, writing utensils, and other organizational materials starting on the first day of school. All students are required to have a laptop that is able to connect to the internet via wireless access. For more information and machine recommendations, contact Paul Wood at pwood@bdcs.org.

Computer Recommendations

Parent Portal Access

Login and password information will be emailed to parents in August of 2017.

Student Schedules

Official schedules will be emailed in early August. Please see the grade-level information below for specific details on course offerings for each grade level.

Contact Mrs. Charleen Doan if you have questions regarding placement into pre-AP or AP courses.

Student Orientation

We are excited about the upcoming year and looking forward to meeting our new students and welcoming back our returning students. Our welcome back orientation camp for middle school students, freshmen, and transfer students is on August 7, 2017. The faculty and administration is committed to making this year’s orientation camp a fun-filled day as well as one of vital information. Students will participate in team building exercises that focus on relationship building and become familiar with school procedures and culture, allowing for a great first day of school and a successful year. Students will also be able to compete for the first orientation camp Spirit Award.

We are asking that all students arrive by 8:00 a.m., enter through the gym foyer, and then gather in the cafeteria for a hot breakfast where camp information will be shared. Lunch will be served as well. Students are to be dressed comfortably - please see the dress code below.

Middle school students are to be picked up at 12:10 p.m. and freshmen and transfer students are to be picked up at 12:35 p.m.

In summary:

All Student Arrivals

8:00 a.m. - Enter through gym foyer; hot breakfast will be provided for all students

Middle School Student Lunch and Pick Up

11:20 a.m. -11:50 a.m. - Middle School Lunch

12:10 p.m. - Middle School Pickup

Freshmen and Transfer Student Lunch and Dismissal

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Freshmen and Transfer Lunch

12:35 p.m. - Freshmen/Transfer Student Pickup


DRESS CODE
GIRLSBOYS
Pants/Shorts

Jeans, capris, casual shorts, or khaki pants

No athletic shorts

No ripped jeans

Jeans, khaki pants, or casual shorts

No athletic shorts

No ripped jeans

Shirt

No Tank Top

No Tank Top

Shoes

Full (closed-toe, closed-heel) shoe

OR

athletic shoes (no boots or slippers)

Full (closed-toe, closed-heel) shoe

OR

athletic shoes (no boots or slippers)

Summer Academy

Students may select from either Session I or Session II. The content is the same for both sessions.

English Academy

Level I: Incoming 6th through 7th Grade
Session I: July 17-20 (Monday – Thursday) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session II: July 24-27 (Monday – Thursday) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Level II: Incoming 8th through 9th Grade
Session I: July 17-20 (Monday – Thursday) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session II: July 24-27 (Monday – Thursday) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $100 Currently enrolled Bishop Dunne student

Students attend only one of the sessions

In the Bishop Dunne Summer English Academy, students learn about the types of essays and writing expected of a student at Bishop Dunne. In addition to review of grammar and sentence structure, students learn how to analyze a writing prompt, use a graphic organizer to plan their essay, and how to turn a rough draft into a correctly formatted final draft according to MLA standards. Students also learn how to read and annotate literature. In addition to a review of literary terms and genres, students learn ways to improve their reading comprehension and speed, as well as how to respond to multiple-choice and essay questions about literature. This camp is highly recommended for some incoming students who have been informed via email, and other students are also welcome to attend.


Math Academy

Level I: Incoming 6th through 7th Grade
Session I: July 17-20 (Monday – Thursday) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session II: July 24-27 (Monday – Thursday) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Level II: Incoming 8th through 9th Grade
Session I: July 17-20 (Monday – Thursday) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session II: July 24-27 (Monday – Thursday) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $100 Currently enrolled Bishop Dunne student

Students attend only one of the week long sessions

Bishop Dunne Summer Math Academy will serve to reinforce mathematical skills taught in prior grades. Students will engage in grade appropriate reviews of order of operations, fractions, decimals, integers, algebraic concepts, problem solving skills, and more. As a result of this course, students should be better prepared to handle the rigors of upcoming grade-level courses. This camp is highly recommended for some incoming students who will be informed via email, and other students are also welcome to attend.

Summer Academy Registration

Summer Camps

Summer is a busy, fun, and productive time at Bishop Dunne. Students can choose to take courses in academic subjects, strengthen foundations, work ahead to be ready for rigorous classes, learn something wonderfully new just for enjoyment, or develop athletic skills.

Summer programs are also an excellent way for new students to make new friends and learn their way around campus.

We hope you can join us for one or more of our summer camps!

Summer Camp Registration

Summer Reading

Summer recommended reading lists and resources for math and language practice can be found at the link below. All students are required to read over the summer, and the World Language and Math assignments are recommended, but not required for our new students. Assignments are designed to help keep your skills sharp over the summer, so you are best prepared to start the new school year.

Tuition Payments and Financing

FINANCE OPTIONS:

Option 1 - Tuition and Fees paid in full to BDCS due June 15, 2017, paid to the Business Office by cash, check, money order, MasterCard or VISA.

Option 2 - Tuition and Fees financed through the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union to be paid in 10 or 12 month payments. All TDECU paperwork is to be completed and forwarded to Bishop Dunne by April 15, 2017.

Option 3 - Partial Payment paid to BDCS is due April 15, 2017, the remainder of the balance will be financed through TDECU and paid in 10 or 12 month payments. All TDECU paperwork is to be completed and forwarded to BDCS by April 15, 2017.

Option 4 – Your Tuition Solution – Upon approval, paying for your child’s tuition and fees is convenient and flexible. Click here to apply online. Payout to reach Bishop Dunne Catholic School by June 15, 2017.

Uniforms

The official uniform policy can be found in our School and Family Handbook. Please refer to our Quick Reference Guide for a new family's guide to daily dress requirements for all students.

Uniform Quick Reference
Our main vendor is Risse Brothers, located at 15048 Beltway Drive, Addison, TX 75001. The Spirit Store on the Bishop Dunne campus also offers a wide selection of the required uniforms, as well as additional Bishop Dunne clothing and spirit items.

Used Uniforms: There is a limited supply of used uniforms for both boys and girls available at Bishop Dunne at a nominal cost. These may be purchased from the Falcon Store on campus from June to August during summer hours. Used uniforms will be on sale until supplies are exhausted.

On-Campus Sale: Risse Brothers will be on the Bishop Dunne campus on Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (located next to the baseball field).

Uniform Sale Flyer

Volunteering and Safe Environment Program

Parents are welcome and encouraged to get involved in various ways at Bishop Dunne. For example, volunteers are needed during athletic events, in the Advancement Office to assist with mailings, fundraising events, and educational programs, to help with office donations, to serve on committees, etc.

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, all parents are required to participate in the Safe Environment Program. Only parents who have received their annual Safe Environment clearance may actively volunteer throughout the year.

Please contact Mrs. Echavarria for more information.

FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE NEVER COMPLETED THE PROCESS

There are several steps required to begin the Safe Environment Program. Parents must:

  1. Complete a Screening Form (must complete and bring to class)
  2. Register for a personal interview
  3. Attend a training class

    View available classes online

FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO NEED UPDATE TRAINING

1. Please go to https://www.cathdal.org/Update_Training
2. Select a class, complete the quiz, and submit to Mrs. Echavarria via email

Grade-Level Information

6th Grade

6th Grade Course Offerings

The following courses are pre-set for all sixth grade students. The sixth grade schedule differs from all other grades in that Math and English are double blocked, meaning they are taken each day of the week.

  • Reading/Writing
  • Math 6
  • Science 6
  • Social Studies 6
  • Religion 6
  • P.E. 6
  • Music 6

7th Grade

7th Grade Course Offerings

The 7th grade schedule consists of the following core classes:

  • English 7
  • Literature 7
  • Math 7
  • Life Science 7
  • Texas History & Geography
  • Religion 7
  • Foreign Language (Choice of Spanish, French, Latin, or Russian)
  • Elective (Choice of Art & PE, full year of Band, or full year of Strings)

If your child has not already selected a foreign language and/or elective, please complete the following form:

7th Grade Course Selection

8th Grade

8th Grade Course Offerings

The 8th grade schedule consists of the following core classes:

  • English 8
  • Literature 8
  • Pre-Algebra 8
  • Physical Science 8
  • U.S. History & Geography
  • Religion 8
  • Foreign Language (Choice of Spanish, French, Latin, or Russian)
  • Elective (Choice of full year of Band, full year of Strings, or semester of PE and choice of semester of Athletic Conditioning, Intro to Art, Beginning Acting, Multimedia, or Choir)

If your child has not already selected a foreign language and/or elective, please complete the following form:

8th Grade Course Selection

9th Grade

9th Grade Course Offerings

The 9th grade schedule consists of the following classes:

  • English I
  • Theology I
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Math (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II)
  • Science (Biology)
  • Social Studies (World Geography or Human Geography AP)
  • World Language (Choice of Spanish, French, Latin, or Russian)
  • Elective (Choices in Physical Education, Fine Arts, Technology, or Humanities)

All families are encouraged to sign up for individual meetings with our Dean of Academics, Mr. Mario Root, to discuss your child’s academic plan for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact Mr. Root at mroot@bdcs.org to schedule a meeting. To prepare for the meeting, please review the high school planning power point below.

High School Course Planning

Students who would like to be considered for pre-AP or AP placement next year should complete the Placement Test Registration Form below. All incoming students may register to test for pre-AP placement in math and Spanish. Placement for English, history, and science will be based on a student's academic record and ISEE test, and will be reviewed by the academic department heads for approval.

Placement Test Registration Form

    Transfer Students

    An incoming transfer student's schedule is dependent upon current high school credits earned. For this reason, all families are encouraged to sign up for individual meetings with our Dean of Academics, Mr. Mario Root, to discuss your child’s academic plan for the 2017-2018 school year. Please email Mr. Root at mroot@bdcs.org to schedule an appointment.

    Students who would like to be considered for pre-AP or AP placement next year should complete the Placement Test Registration Form below. All incoming students may register to test for pre-AP placement in math and Spanish. Placement for English, history, and science will be based on a student's academic record and ISEE test, and will be reviewed by the academic department heads for approval.

    Placement Test Registration Form

    Who to Contact

    DepartmentContactEmail
    Academics (Course Selection)Mario Rootmroot@bdcs.org
    Academics (Course Placement)Amanda Yorkayork@bdcs.org
    Boys' High School AthleticsDelone Williamsdwilliams@bdcs.org
    Girls' High School AthleticsRebecca Sivinskirsivinski@bdcs.org
    Middle School AthleticsStephen Guerrerosguerrero@bdcs.org
    Business OfficeSandy Brookssbrooks@bdcs.org
    Financial AidSandy Brookssbrooks@bdcs.org
    Health ClinicNurse Price or Nurse Steigernurse@bdcs.org
    Summer Assignments and ReadingChristine Voigtcvoigt@bdcs.org
    Summer Camps, Courses, and LabsChristine Voigtcvoigt@bdcs.org
    TechnologyPaul Woodpwood@bdcs.org
    TransportationMyron Hawthornemhawthorne@bdcs.org
    UniformsAurora Owensaowens@bdcs.org
    Volunteering and Safe EnvironmentNorma Echavarrianechavarria@bdcs.org

    Important Dates for 2017-2018

    First Day of School
    August 10, 2017

    Thanksgiving Break
    November 20-24, 2017

    Christmas Break
    December 21, 2017 - January 9, 2018

    Spring Break
    March 12-16, 2018

    Easter Break
    March 30 - April 2, 2018

    Upcoming Events