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.

General Information

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.

TAPPS will be moving to a new online system for health records. Please contact your coach or Coach Sivinski or Coach Williams for additional information.

Bus Information

We offer bus routes to the following locations:

  • North Dallas (St. Monica)
  • Downtown (Holy Trinity)
  • Irving (St. Luke)
  • East Dallas (St. Thomas)
  • Duncanville (Holy Spirit)
  • North Oak Cliff (The Kessler School)

Fees vary depending on bus stop and round trip versus one way travel. A late bus is available departing at 6:30 p.m. 

Online Bus Registration

Bus Schedule

Calendar Dates for 2019-2020

New Parent Orientation
July 30, 2019

New Student Orientation
August 9, 2019

First Day of School
August 12, 2019

Thanksgiving Break
November 25-29, 2019

Christmas Break
December 21, 2019 - January 6, 2020

Spring Break
March 16-20, 2020

Easter Break
April 10-13, 2020

 

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 by clicking here.

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 2019.

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 9, 2019. 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 our 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    
  GIRLS BOYS
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)

 

     

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 Mr. Brian Muth if you have questions regarding placement into honors or AP courses.

Summer Academy

Summer Academy Registration

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

NOTE: This course is not a credit recovery (summer school) class.

Session I Dates: July 22-25, 2019
Session II Dates: July 29 - August 2, 2019

English Academy

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

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

Cost: $200 Non-enrolled student
$150 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 will be informed via email, and other students are also welcome to attend.


Math Academy

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

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

Cost: $200 Non-enrolled student
$150 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.

Bishop Dunne Summer Camp is not a licensed child care facility and does not offer child care services.

Summer Assignments

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.

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 Information

 

Tuition Payments and Financing

FINANCE OPTIONS:

Option 1 - Tuition and Fees paid in full to BDCS. Payment may be made 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 (hereinafter TDECU) in 10 or 11 month payments. All TDECU paperwork is to be completed and forwarded to Bishop Dunne. 

Option 3 - Partial Payment paid to BDCS, the remainder of the balance will be financed through TDECU.

Option 4 - Your Tuition Solution - a third-party alternative to finance your child's tuition upon credit approval. Click here to apply online. 

If you selected finance option 1 or 3 above and wish to make your full or partial payment via credit or debit card, you may make your payment on the BDCS online payment portal

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

All tuition and fees payment plans must be settled with the Business Office by June 15, 2019.

All loan applications and paperwork through TDECU must be completed and forwarded to BDCS by April 15, 2019.

Enrollment contracts submitted after June 15, 2019 must settle payment plans with the Business Office before student will be scheduled for classes.

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 4452 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. Risse Brothers will offer 10% off uniform sales in-store only from Monday, July 8 – Saturday, July 13, 2019.

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.

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. Friesen 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
  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 afrisen@bdcs.org.

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 2019-2020 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 honors or AP placement next year should complete the Placement Test Registration Form below. All incoming students may register to test for honors 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 2019-2020 school year. Please email Mr. Root at mroot@bdcs.org to schedule an appointment.

Students who would like to be considered for honors or AP placement next year should contact Mr. Brian Muth at bmuth@bdcs.org. All incoming students may register to test for honors 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.

Who to Contact

Department Contact Email
Academics (Course Selection) Mario Root mroot@bdcs.org
Academics (Course Placement) Michael Kistner mkistner@bdcs.org 
Boys' High School Athletics Delone Williams dwilliams@bdcs.org
Girls' High School Athletics Rebecca Sivinski rsivinski@bdcs.org
Middle School Athletics

Delone Williams

Rebecca Sivinski

dwilliams@bdcs.org

rsivinski@bdcs.org

Business Office Sandy Brooks sbrooks@bdcs.org
Financial Aid Patty Salazar-Martel pmartel@bdcs.org
Health Clinic Nurse Flores nurse@bdcs.org
Summer Assignments and Reading Christine Voigt cvoigt@bdcs.org
Summer Camps, Courses, and Labs Christine Voigt cvoigt@bdcs.org
Technology Paul Wood pwood@bdcs.org
Transportation Myron Hawthorne mhawthorne@bdcs.org
Uniforms Aurora Owens aowens@bdcs.org
Volunteering Norma Echavarria nechavarria@bdcs.org
Safe Environment

 

Anna Lee Friesen afriesen@bdcs.org