COVID-19 News Updates for St. Bart's

Updated May 28, 2020

St. Bartholomew School's campus will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  Fortunately, the school administration and teachers have been prepared for extended distance learning and have sent all students home on 3/12 with a variety of resources, printable materials, and online learning tools to ensure the next few weeks are educational, engaging, and worthwhile to our students.

The mission of St. Bartholomew Catholic School is to develop life-long learners grounded in faith, critical thinking, and service to others. In a community of Christ’s love, we foster compassion, academic excellence, and leadership through community collaboration, rigorous standards-based curricula, and innovative instruction.  As such, we trust that you will find the distance learning experience to reflect this mission.   

In keeping with our mission to prepare our students to be active global citizens who live the word of God and who are ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we continued to follow the Lenten journey using CRS Ricebowl online, celebrated our third quarter honorees in a virtual hangout, continue to attend broadcasted Mass services and participate in prayer chains, and most importantly, regularly communicate with our families to ensure everyone feels supported and good about this process. 

With the increased reliance on distance learning, please know that ADW guidelines surrounding technology do apply.  An agreement has been signed by your child and yourself with the school. We consider their safety as the most important part of our job.  See Archdiocese of Washington Policy 3212 Technology Use.

We are so pleased by the overwhelming response and support by our families who note that the St. Bart's distance learning experience exceeded their expectations.  A combination of live classes, teacher recorded lessons, off-screen work, and opportunities to socialize were effective and valued.  Please know that while no decision about reopening our campus has been made by the Archdiocese of Washington at this time, we are preparing for a number of contingency plans that include a full return for all students and staff, a partial or staggered return (blended learning, which includes in-person classroom and distance learning) or continued campus closure with distance learning only. 

In uncertain times, St. Bartholomew offers students academics and the comfort of community.  Click the button above to read the full article as it appears in the May issue of Our Parish Times.

Going Beyond Top Test Scores & High School Placement

Written by Frank English, Principal and published February 4, 2020

Fifty seven years ago the parishioners of our newly established parish recognized a need to provide a Catholic education for their children and those in the surrounding neighborhood.


Catholic schools in America began because parents and Church leaders wanted to ensure that children receive the best in human and religious formation. Since then, Catholic schools have educated millions of children and inspired what is best in our society. As we reflect on society today, one can readily see the need and relevance of Catholic education more than ever. It is a gift and an opportunity you have here and now.


Over the course of my 30 years as a Catholic school educator and more recently 3 years as principal of St. Bartholomew School, I have witnessed the impact Catholic education has on every child and family that attends our school. Catholic Education is more than religious formation with academics on the side. It is a unique way to teach children to be curious about the world around them, challenge them to grow and discover their gifts, and nurture their faith. At the most fundamental level, this is the idea of taking care of the whole child.


Here at St. Bartholomew School our teachers are true partners in education, and parents know that when they drop off their child in the morning, their child’s mind will be challenged, their spirit will be nourished, and that child will be loved as a child of God regardless of race, creed, color, or faith.


One day these children will grow up to be authors, bankers, doctors, police officers, lawyers, lobbyists, presidents, priests, mothers and fathers-- decision makers for the next generation. Let us help you build the foundation they need.


While the "look" of Catholic education has changed over time, with teachers holding masters degrees and doctorates replacing nuns, collaborative working environments with Smartboards replacing rows of desks and rote worksheets, and more program offerings such as STEM and Minecraft, instrumental music, and social-emotional learning, the mission remains the same. We encourage children to strive for their maximum academic potential and spiritual growth. That mission is alive and well at St. Bartholomew School and we are looking forward to serving this community for another 57 years. 

Trailblazers in Education: CCSE Recognizes St. Bart's

Posted October 14, 2018;  updated August 19, 2019


This fall of 2017, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education (CCSE) awarded St. Bart's with a generous grant to support our efforts to offer an inclusive education to all children.  Our mission is to provide a top-notch Catholic education to any child who seeks it, and this grant has made it possible to add additional resource staff to support all of our learners, including those with Down Syndrome, ADHD, and dyscalcula among others.


Our Resource Team consists of department chair, Mrs. Barbara Brown (Zoey '20), Reading Specialist Laura Digges, Certified Special Educator Amanda McMurtrie Herndon, and assistant Jennifer Slater.  ​

On March 16, 2019 St. Bartholomew School was recognized as a Trailblazer in Education at the  CCSE Believe in Me! Spring Benefit and in August 2019 CCSE has committed to awarding St. Bart's a second grant award.

We are also fortunate to have been awarded support by Tribute 21, another wonderful organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support those with Down Syndrome.

Learn more about CCSE and their incredible work in the community. 



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