Accreditation – Parent Letter

Greetings,
Thank you for your continued support as we move through our Lenten season, anticipating Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and a much anticipated spring break for our families and friends.

During this year, we have evaluated our school in preparation for our three-year review for accreditation. Thank you to those of you who completed the parent satisfaction survey at the beginning of the year. The results exceeded our expectations as we are continually humbled by your support and willingness to volunteer.

This past year, our faculty and staff have divided and into the four different Domains of the accreditation process. We have completed a self-study and analysis of everything we do at Sacred Heart Cathedral School within the four Domains. The Domains include Catholic identity and mission, governance and leadership, academic excellence and operational vitality. The head of each Domain has written and submitted a report to the accreditation committee for approval. This means, as a faculty and staff, we have compared what we have accomplished to the standards set by the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC). This is a rubric, requiring we have evidence to support our own internal rating.

The accreditation committee, consisting of Ms. Mary Camp, FCC director, along with superintendent, Mr. Michael Juhas, and Dr. Dan Guernsey, a humanities specialist, will be at our school, Tuesday, April 30, to review what we have submitted.

The committee has reviewed the evidence that has been submitted and our action plan for improvement. They will observe throughout the school and review our action plan. Our action plan is our plan to continually improve our school for the next three years. The committee will meet with the faculty and staff at the end of the day, explaining their findings. We will share their finding with you.

Blessings,
Mrs. Elizabeth Snow
Mr. Dave Kimbell
Mrs. Mary Adams

Child Safety Matters

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Gulf Coast Kid’s House is grateful to be able to provide Monique Burr Foundation’s Child Safety Matters at your school. This program is trusted by parents and educators across the state and follows proven best practices for keeping children safe.

MBF Child Safety Matters offers an age appropriate and safe learning environment for children age K-6. This program provides students with the tools they need to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, and child abuse. The program is interactive, using both a power point presentation and a specially trained facilitator.

GCKH wants to partner with parents and educators to keep children safe. We are happy to host a parent night in which we will go over the key concepts of the program with any concerned parents.

The MBF Child Safety Matters program addresses the critical safety issues faced by children today including bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse, and all types of child abuse. The program teaches these topics to children in easy to understand language, and engages children in a fun classroom program with activities, games and appealing take-home reinforcement items.

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Children learn that adults are responsible for their safety, the MBF Child Safety Matters Safety Rules, and other strategies to help adults keep them safe. Schools, communities and society benefit from safer, healthier children who perform better academically and enjoy healthier, happier, more productive lives.

For more information about the program please visit www.mbfchildsafetymatters.org.

LEARN MORE / CONTACT US / REPORT ABUSE
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children is dedicated to protecting children from bullying, cyberbullying and all types of child abuse and exploitation by providing prevention education. For more information, visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org or contact us at mbf@moniqueburrfoundation.com. Every Florida citizen is a mandatory reporter. Report suspicions of abuse or neglect to 1-800-96-ABUSE or reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us.

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IF YOU DECIDE YOU “DO NOT” WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM LESSONS, DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE LINKED FORM & RETURN TO SCHOOL.

Principal’s News & Notes

News and Notes from the Principal,

As we move into our fourth and final quarter of the school year, there are a few events you will want to note on your calendar.

A reminder that there is a First Communion meeting for the second grade parents this Sunday, March 31 from 9:15 am-10:45 am. Please note this is a mandatory meeting if your child is planning on receiving the Sacrament on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Dyna has sent out many schedules and reminders for Student Led Conferences. Please note your day and time as we will see all families at the end of the week.

Science Olympiad is this weekend in Orlando. Safe travels to all who are traveling. We are so proud of our young people who have worked so hard in their areas of competition.

I am going to an accreditation visit in Clearwater this next week so I will be out of the office part of next week. The accreditation begins on Monday and ends Wednesday afternoon.

Our mid-seven year accreditation visit will be the Tuesday after spring break, April 30. Mr. Juhas, Mary Camp from the FCC and Dr. Guernsey from Ave Maria will be the committee evaluating our school. The accreditation visit gives us an opportunity to evaluate what we are doing and how we can continually meet the needs of our families, both academically and spiritually. Mr. Nicholas Lahr is the faculty representative who is heading the steering committee along with Mr. Patrick Schmitz, Mrs. Leighann Roberts, Mrs. Marie Stills, Mrs. Whittington, Mr. Dave Kimbell and Mrs. Snow.

The Chrism Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday, April 16. It is a tradition that our 8th grade attends this special Mass.

Please note we have a noon dismissal on Holy Thursday (April 18) with spring break following. Students will return on Monday, April 29.

The traditional Ribbon Mass for our 8th grade is Friday, May 3. This is always followed by a brunch with the second grade buddies. Once again, Mr. Redding is planning a retreat following brunch at Bayview Park. More details coming for the students and parents of the class of 2019.

We are planning an elementary spring concert with the theme of the 1960s. This will be held in May. Details and date will follow.

The CYSL track meet is at Catholic High School on Saturday, May 4.

First Communion on Sunday, May 5.

Please mark your calendar to join us for the Crowning of Mary Mass on Friday, May 10.

The athletic banquet will be on Saturday, May 11.
Lenten Blessings,
Dave, Mary and Elizabeth

World Epilepsy Awareness Day

Families,

Join us in recognizing World Epilepsy Awareness Day tomorrow, March 26th.

Wear PURPLE tomorrow with your uniform shorts, skirts, pants or jumper (may be worn over top of the jumper).

We will have a guest speaker at morning prayer and assembly.

International Epilepsy Day seeks to raise awareness and educate the general public on the true facts about epilepsy and the urgent need for improved treatment, better care, and greater investment in research.