• 2017-18 Preliminary One-page Calendar
  • Third Quarter Report Cards

    Third Quarter report cards will be given to students on Monday, March 20, to take home.

  • 2017-2018 Re-Enrollment
    Due Monday, March 20

    Thank you to the very many of you who have turned in completed enrollment documents.

    Enrollment contracts and other paperwork are due to the school no later than Monday, March 20. The registration fee for re-enrolling students will be collected only through FACTS automatic debit on April 21. It is not necessary to send a check for registration to the school. For detailed information about FACTS, please click here.

  • Summer Programs!
    Information and registration now available on website

    Making plans for summer?Cistercian's Summer Programs begin June 12 and there's something for everyone!

    • Strength & Conditioning for both MS and US
    • Enrichment classes in artillery, flight, construction and computer programming
    • Academic courses for new and current students as well as friends from other schools
    • Recreation Day Camp for grades 3-6
    • Check out the website, plan so friends can attend together, and feel free to ask questions.
  • Spring Coffeehouse: BraveArtLIVE
    Chaperones needed

    This year's spring coffeehouse, now referred to as BraveArtLIVE, will take place on Friday, March 24, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Dust off the guitar case, dig out those old poems, write some jokes, make a band with your friends--anything is welcome during this night of sharing talents and interests! Send an email to the Upper School Arts Board with information about your act. For more information, please contact Mr. Magill.

    Parent chaperones are needed for this event. Those who would like to volunteer are invited to sign up through the link sent in Friday Notes.

  • Varsity Cheerleader Try-Outs!
    For the 2017-18 school year

    All Ursuline and Hockaday students, as well as girls who have a Cistercian relative (alumni or current sibling) are eligible to try out for the Cistercian Varsity Cheer Team. We appreciate your help in spreading the word! Register online here.

  • A LiteraryFest Thank You

    Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the new LiteraryFest and extend our community's commitment to literacy and sharing beyond the Cistercian campus. Thousands of books were sorted to benefit Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Irving ISD schools, and non-profits, with the gift of literacy. veryone enjoyed delicious Raising Cane's chicken, the Art exhibit, face painting, balloon artist, bounce house, and the precious puppy petting area!

    Thank you is also in order for Mr. Munguia and the Form III Art Exhibition, Fr. Stephen and the Reflections table, Fr. Thomas Esposito, Br. Raphael Schaner, and Rose Schaner for their talks and book signing.

    Special thanks also to the Book Fair Committee and to the countless other volunteers who contributed their time and energy towards planning and working the event as well as providing baked goods. Aided by your efforts, it was a tremendous success!

  • Common Ground Tickets Available to Parents
    Area private schools collaborate

    Together with Dallas area private schools, Cistercian is participating once again in the Common Ground Speaker Series. Common Ground is a collaborative effort between 15 area private schools. It is designed to inform, engage, and connect our communities through an annual speaker event.

    As in past years, each school has a specific number of tickets for their families. The means you can reserve tickets via a registration system which the Hockaday School is managing this year. Here is the link for Cistercian's registration form. Cistercian's registration will close on Thursday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m.

    On Thursday and Friday, April 6 and 7, award-winning Harvard-trained physician, expert in human motivation, best-selling author and mother of three, Dr. Shimi Kang provides a guide to the art and science of inspiring children to develop their own internal drive and lifelong personal aspirations.

    Whether as a parent or educator, Dr. Kang shows how pushing/hovering "tigers" and directionless/permissive "jellyfish" models hinder kids' internal drive and adaptability. She proposes a powerful new interpersonal model for raising the next generation: the intelligent, strong, joyful, and highly social "dolphin" approach.

    Dr. Kang will be speaking at The Hockaday School, 11600 Welch Road, Dallas TX 75229.

    • Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Nasher-Haemisegger Family Theater
    • Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Nasher-Haemisegger Family Theater

  • Two Faculty Members Awarded "Work of Heart" by the Catholic Foundation

    Ms. Nancy Obels-Robinson and Mrs. Lisa Richard have each received the Work of Heart Awardfrom the Catholic Foundation.

    Work of Heart recipients are selected from written nominations submitted to the Catholic Foundation and judged based on traditional merit criteria including tenure and leadership, acts of kindness or charity, Christian example, mentoring and simply going the extra mile for an individual student, family or the community.

    "Serving children is an honorable and important vocation, and we are fortunate to have so many exceptional individuals serving our children in Dallas-area Catholic schools," said Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation. "The Catholic Foundation is humbled to present Work of Heart Awards to a few of those individuals who have elevated their callings to an even higher level, serving as inspirational examples to us all."

    Throughout the school year, the Foundation presents local Catholic school employees with the award and a $500 grant for personal use based on nominations from students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members.

    Ms. Obels-Robinson, in her second year at Cistercian, serves as French teacher in the Upper School; she also teaches a French Seminar. Mrs. Richard is in her sixth year at Cistercian and serves as Assistant to the Headmaster and Registrar, as well as Assistant to the Director of Admissions.

  • 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 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
    Friday, May 5, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
    Friday, May 12, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
    Friday, May 19, 20172:30 p.m.Spirit StoreSpirit Store Open
    Friday, May 26, 2017All daySpirit StoreSpirit Store Closed
    Friday, June 2, 2017All daySpirit StoreSpirit Store Closed
  • 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

    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.