• 2017-18 Preliminary One-page Calendar
  • Admissions Testing
    January 28 and February 4

    Admissions testing for prospective students for the 2017-2018 school year will take place on Saturday, January 28 (incoming Forms I and II) and Saturday, February 4 (incoming Forms III and up) beginning at 8:40 a.m.

    Late Applications will be accepted through February 3, 2017.

    . There is still time to send prospective families our way!

  • La Puerta by Roberto Munguia

    Roberto Munguia: Buscador/Descubridor
    An artist's retrospective

    When Picasso stated: "I do not seek, I find," he was referring to the artist's arduous journey of constant exploration, discovery, and revelation through art. Artists experiment, find what is new, and share it with the world.

    I have spent my entire life in this endeavor and want to share my discoveries with you. Please come to my exhibit surveying the past 38 years of my artwork opening this month at Dallas' Latino Cultural Center.

    The opening reception is at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas 75204, Friday, January 27, 6-8 p.m. The exhibit is free, and there will be refreshments served. It would be wonderful to celebrate this important night with the Cistercian family and especially my beloved students.

  • Speech League Reminder

    Mark your calendars and get ready! The final and official Speech League Tournament is on Saturday, February 4. Make sure to attend the Speech League classes on Fridays, so we can continue to prepare for this fun event. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Magill.

  • LiteraryFest 2017: Always a Great Cistercian Tradition
    Sunday, March 5, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p m.

    Mark your calendars and plan to attend this exciting family celebration highlighting the Cistercian Library and community. The festivities begin with 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Cistercian Abbey and continue with lunch, new book sale, art fair, special guest speaker, raffle, blood drive, bake sale, bounce house, and much more!

    LiteraryFest (formerly Book Fair) invites all Cistercian families to participate. Here's how:
    • Start collecting used books (children and young adult titles, adult fiction).
    • Donation drop-off dates: February 21, 23 and 28. Time: 8:00-8:30 a.m.Volunteers will receive donations at the Library.

    Please note: do not donate other categories of books, CDs, DVDs, games, or puzzles. Drop off donations in a box marked with your son's Form. The Middle School Form and the Upper School Form that collect the most books will each win a pizza party.

    • Watch for sign-up requests from Form Parents and volunteer to help.
    • Join in the fun on Sunday, March 5!
    • Watch "Friday Notes" for more details!

    Questions? Contact LiteraryFest Chair Anita Harrison.

  • Spirit Store News

    The Spirit Store is a fun place to volunteer. You can volunteer as much or as little as your schedule allows. If you would like to be a Spirit Store volunteer, please email Ruthy Lopez and Bridget Upchurch at You will be glad you did and we would really appreciate your time and energy!

    Upcoming Spirit Store Hours

    Date Time Location Event
    Friday, March 3, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
    Sunday, March 5, 2017All dayWest GymSpirit Store Open at LiteraryFest
    Friday, March 10, 2017All daySpirit StoreSpirit Store Closed
    Friday, March 17, 2017All daySpirit StoreSpirit Store Closed
    Friday, March 24, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
    Friday, March 31, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
    Friday, April 7, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
    Friday, April 14, 2017All daySpirit StoreSpirit Store Closed
    Friday, April 21, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
    Friday, April 28, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
  • Loyalty Programs Benefit Cistercian

    Doing any shopping on Amazon? If so, you can help Cistercian at the same time! You shop. Amazon gives.

    Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice when you shop at AmazonSmile for Cistercian. Same products, prices and service.

    AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know with the added benefit of supporting charitable organizations. You can use your regular Amazon account, and if you bookmark the Amazon Smile page you can easily use it every time you shop with Amazon.

    Check out the Loyalty Programs page for many other ways to benefit Cistercian as well. Learn all about the new loyalty card key-ring app for your smartphone! With this app you can save all your loyalty card information, easily and quickly accessed whenever needed. No more fumbling for loyalty cards. To learn more, visit

    If you have questions or need more information, please contact Brenda Saldana.
  • Rosary Group & Moms-in-Prayer

    Moms in Prayer International (MIPI): Cistercian Prayer Group

    Please join other Cistercian moms as we pray for our sons, our school, and our community. Moms in Prayer International (MIPI) encourages mothers to meet and pray for their children and schools. Cistercian has two active prayer groups that meet weekly for one hour to pray for our sons and the needs of Cistercian. We have one group that meets in Dallas on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. that is led by and meets at the home of Iona Fernandes. Another group meets in Irving on Thursday mornings around 9:00 a.m., and is hosted by Mirna Hernandez.

    MIPI groups are interdenominational and follow a specific format every week. Each hour long prayer session includes praise, silent confession, thanksgiving and intercessory prayer for your son and the school and community needs. We welcome everyone who has a desire to pray, or needs prayers.

    For more information, please contact Iona Fernandes, and/or visit the MIPI website.

    Rosary Group

    We will be continuing our Rosary Group this year. The Rosary Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in Dallas, and on Thursdays after drop off in Irving. They are both conveniently held before our MIPI weekly meetings. Everyone is invited to attend the Rosary Group (approximately 30 minutes long) and/or the MIPI meetings on a weekly basis or as often as you would like. It is an open-ended group throughout the year. Please feel free to attend either or both at any time.

    Please email or call Iona Fernandes if you have any questions.

    We would love to have you pray with us for your family and our school.

  • The Catholic Foundation: Work of Heart Award

    Each month, up to twenty $500 awards are granted by the Catholic Foundation to deserving Catholic educators, administrators, and employees. And, over 800 awards have been distributed over the seven years of the program. Please consider submitting a nomination on behalf of a deserving faculty or staff member from Cistercian. Details of the award can be found here.

  • Notes from the School Nurse
    Medications, medical conditions, screening

    Vision/Hearing Screening will take place on Opening Ceremonies day. Please make sure your son wears his contacts/glasses to school for proper screening. Parents will be notified of any positive findings. Vision/hearing screening is required for all students in Forms I and III, and for any students new to the School.

    Parents and guardians should administer medication at home whenever possible. If a student must take medication during school hours, a parent must complete the Medication Permit Form. Please bring the completed form, along with the medication, to Mrs. Nevitt.

    Do not send the medication with your son. Please refer to the Parent/Student Handbook for medication guidelines.

    If your son has been diagnosed with asthma, please bring a copy of a complete Asthma Action Plan from your physician along with his medication and a signed Medication Permit Form to Mrs. Nevitt. (Please note that students may carry their own inhalers for use during school hours if a parent signs the Self-Administration of Asthma Medication Form). If you choose to have your son carry his inhaler, it is requested that an additional inhaler be kept at the nurse's station.

    If your son has been diagnosed with a food or insect allergy, please make sure that you provide the school with a written action plan signed by his physician, along with all appropriate medications and a signed Medication Permit Form. State law allows students to self-carry epinephrine injectors. If a student chooses to self-carry an epinephrine injector, the Self-Administration of Epinephrine Auto-Injector Form must be on file with the School. If you choose to have your son self-carry/administer his epinephrine auto-injector, it is required that an additional auto-injector be kept at the Nurse's station. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Nevitt, R.N.