Scholarship Deadlines

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Step Up for Students FTC applications are now open for both new and renewal families for the 2017-2018 school year. The deadline to apply for the Step Up for Students scholarship is May 1st.  They have already awarded 70,000 scholarships for next year, and expect to award 105,000, so apply ASAP.

Please be aware – they do give priority to lower-income families, but they have begun awarding scholarships to families with higher income levels, so go ahead and apply – all they can do is say no.

Gardiner Scholarship for Students with Disabilities (PLSA):

Applications are open for both new and renewal families for the 2017-18 school year.  They anticipate funding at least 7,000 students next year with the hope of serving significantly more depending on the outcome of this year’s legislation.  The deadline to apply and receive 100% of the award amount is August 1, 2017.  For those currently on the scholarship, reimbursement turnaround is averaging five days.

To complete your application, you can go to

2nd Annual Poetry Night

JazzNightIn celebration of National Poetry Month, we look forward to our second annual poetry night on Wednesday April 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Ave Maria Hall.

The premise is a casual, coffeehouse style reading with students, teachers and parents (maybe you?) simply getting up and reading a published poem that they love, has inspired them etc.

Parents, if your student is a good reader and has a flair for the dramatic please insist they participate. If YOU love reading poetry or have written some original poetry and would like a venue to read it aloud, I’ll put you on the list to read. If you have a friend or neighbor who loves poetry– get ’em involved. I am also looking for acoustic guitar players to provide music for the evening. Musical renditions of poetry are also welcomed!

Coffee, cocoa, and cookies (check out my alliteration) will be served. I appreciate in advance your kind help in volunteering to do a polished recitation and/or reaching out to friends, RSVP today- Please send me names of anyone interested in participating. Hope to see you cool cats on the 12th! Beanies and berets optional.

Dig it man!

Stephen Elting

Letter from the Principal


Thank you to everyone who supported Trivia Night.  We not only had a great time together as a school community, but we raised over twenty-three thousand dollars.  Thank you to the primary organizers, Mr. and Mrs. Fredriksson and Mr and Mrs. Comerford. Thank you to the entire Trivia Night Board:

  • Alice Caldwell – Donations,
  • Janet Garrett – Dinner Chair,
  • Richard & Kathy Howard – Volunteer Coordinators,
  • Nancy Young – Printing & Sponsor Logos
  • Sidney Poller – Sponsorship Coordinator
  •  Alita Fisher – Room Basket Chair

Thank you also to all of the room parents who coordinated the individual donations for the classroom baskets as well as all of those who made donations.  A special thanks also to all those who pitched in during the event in the various duties of setup, ongoing and final cleanup, raffle ticket sales, trivia judging, money counting, etc.

A huge thank you to Michelle and Paul Robinson who brought Trivia Night to Sacred Heart Cathedral School seven years ago, before my arrival and they made a special trip to support us this year. The Robinson’s have four children who have graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral School and Matthew would have been in 6th grade this year. While they relocated to Louisville, Kentucky this past summer, they returned to Pensacola, to Sacred Heart Cathedral School to support this Trivia evening.  They are such an example of the dedication our parents have towards our school.  Michelle and Paul, thank you so much for your continued support of Sacred Heart Cathedral School. These two individuals embody what it takes to support Catholic education. I so enjoyed talking with them Saturday afternoon, and while I miss their contribution to Sacred Heart Cathedral School, I realize they are doing so much to make a difference in our world by helping others in the non-profit sector.  It has been an honor to work with both of these individuals.

Finally, thank you to the Remington family and their table who so graciously donated their award money back to the school community.  As part of this donation, the fourth-grade class is in for quite a treat at the end of the year.

Thank you for your support on Iowa Assessment.  We had fewer tardy students than in previous weeks and all seemed to be ready for their assessment.

We are once again preparing for our student-led conferences.  This is always my favorite time of year when the students themselves reflect and talk about what they have learned and set goals for the final nine weeks of the school year.

Our annual Ribbon Mass for the 8th grade is Friday, May 5th at the 8 a.m. liturgy, followed by a brunch with their buddies and then a retreat at Bayview Park.  Mrs. Forte, youth director at the Cathedral, is planning the retreat.  It is always a nice day of reflection as these students prepare for life beyond Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  Please plan to join us for this liturgy and ceremony.

Mrs. Kimmel will be taking the 6th, 7th and 8th-grade math class to the Naval Air Museum in early April.  If you are able to drive, please volunteer.  This is a special opportunity for our students and they are very excited for this event.

We are gearing up for state Science Olympiad competition. The state competition is in two weeks as our families and students will travel to UCF in Orlando for competition.  This is quite an honor as we compete with the best teams from the state of Florida.  Last year we placed 6th in the state and were only one of two Catholic Schools to enter the competition.  Our students are the best and they have learned so much through this competition.  I bring out my high school and college texts to help these students in this competition.  That says volumes about the ability and determination of our students.

As we journey through this Lenten season, I would like to invite you to attend one of our Friday 8 a.m. Mass.  Under the direction of Mr. Tom Baroco, a group of students from 5th-8th grade have filled our Cathedral with beautiful singing which comes from their heart.  I am so impressed by these students’ dedication, love of music, and internal desire to incorporate song and prayer.  This is a tribute to your child’s desire to make a difference and a thank you to Mr. Baroco.

Lastly, I continue to thank you for being the best school community who continues to gather together as a family. If you have not participated in the fish fry, I extend the invitation.  It is a great way to share fellowship.  I wish I would have had the opportunity to talk with everyone at the Fish Fry last Friday, and for those of you I didn’t talk with, please know I am with you in spirit.  We are a community of belonging and just gathering kimbelltogether reinforces this fact.   It was so great to see alumni families.

Mark your calendar for our annual Family Lenten dinner.  This will take place on Wednesday, March 29, at 5 p.m. in the gym.   Following dinner, you are welcome to join the parish in Taize Evening Prayer at 7 p.m.  RSVP to Mrs. Boland…



Elizabeth & Dave




Track & Field

Come train with Coach Mike Shaw to continue Sacred Heart’s streak and earn our 6th consecutive Track & Field Championship.  All eligible students are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Numbers are our strength; together we win.

  • Meet is May 6th (All Day) at Catholic High.
  • Grades 3rd – 8th Girls & Boys
  • Cost:  $20

Paperwork:  Download and turn in the 2016-2017 CYSL Form (unless you played another sport for SHS this school year).


Every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Thursday March 16th at the park on Moreno & 11th Ave.

  • 3rd – 5th Grades – after School until 4:30pm
  • 6th – 8th Grade – 4:30 – 6:00pm

*6th-8th Grade Study Hall Available on practice days – check in with Coach Kelly in the 8E classroom. 


Coach Kelly