Letter from the Principal

Lenten Blessings,snow

Thank you to our faculty, staff, parents, and students who participated in our annual Lenten family dinner.  The faculty and staff cooked their favorite red beans and rice recipes, made specialty salads and other goodies, and served our families.  It is always a special evening together.

Track practice is in full swing and I am grateful to Coach Kelly and our volunteers for making this possible.  Thank you for all you do to make Sacred Heart Cathedral School truly a family.

As we move forward in our Lenten journey, here are some upcoming dates and events.

Stations of the Cross

We meet on Fridays for Stations of the Cross.  Please plan to join us Fridays at 2 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 11 at 1:30 for Living Stations.  The second grade traditionally present the Living Stations.

PTO Meeting

The PTO Meeting is next Wednesday, April 5th at 6 p.m.  One LUCKY FAMILY will win back their Registration Fee!

  • $105 Returning Student
  • $155 New Elementary Student
  • $205 New Middle School Student

We will have drawings for gift cards to local restaurants and businesses! One of our lucky teachers will also receive a gift card! Please mark your calendar and join us!

Chrism Mass

A favorite celebration, the annual Chrism Mass will take place at the Cathedral at 10 a.m on Tuesday, April 11th.  Our 8th-grade students attend this Mass and then enjoy a lunch after with other local area Catholic schools.  Our 8th graders then play an annual basketball with the seminarians.  A great day is planned for our 8th grade.

Ribbon Mass

Please remember to mark your calendars for Friday, May 8th 8 a.m.  This is the Ribbon Mass for our 8th grade.

Poetry Month and Poetry Night

Your students are immersed in poetry as April is Poetry Month.

Our Second Annual Poetry Night is Wednesday, April 12th at 6 p.m. Please consider joining us if you would like to share your favorite poem, or if you are an author.  Please contact Mr. Elting for more information.

Early Dismissal and Easter Vacationkimbell

We will dismiss on April 13, Holy Thursday, at noonTHERE WILL BE NO EXTENDED CARE.

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 14, Good Friday.

Students will return to school on Monday, April 24th.  Happy Easter!


Elizabeth and Dave

Sacred Heart Cathedral School PTO Nominations & Elections

Download the PTO Nomination Form here.vote

As we welcome spring and thoughts of the end of the school year it is time to plan for the leadership of the 2017-2018 PTO Board of Directors. It has been my privilege and honor to serve as President of the Sacred Heart Cathedral School Parent Teacher Organization (SHCS PTO). My sincerest gratitude to our PTO Board members and Committee members and the SHCS Community volunteers who so generously devote their time, talent, and treasures to our school. The children of SHCS see each day in school, at every sporting event, academic competition, and at the Pumpkin Run the volunteer efforts of their family members, and church and community members in action all working to provide for the mission and vision of SHCS; to educate hearts and minds for God.

In the 2017-2018 school year SHCS needs your help in serving as Board Members and Committee Members of the SHCS PTO. Please answer the call to serve as a leader of the school, in our community and of your family.

The mission of the SHCS PTO is to build a stronger Sacred Heart Cathedral School by promoting communication, community, education, spiritual growth and resource development among parents, teachers, staff and parishioners.



Vice President





Presides at all meetings of the PTO and PTO Board

Has a vote in all PTO Board decisions

Serves as one (1) of two (2) signatures required for expenditures from the PTO operating account

Keeps informed and is in constant communication with other officers and standing committee chairpersons

Keeps informed and is in contact with the school Principal and Rector and reports at the School Board meetings

Directs the overall actions of the PTO and PTO Board

May call special meetings of the PTO and PTO Board


Attends all PTO and PTO Board meetings

Has a vote in all PTO Board decisions

In the absence or incapacity of the President, preside at the meetings of the PTO and perform all duties assigned to the President

Assists the President as needed

Shadows the President to learn the duties of the office for the subsequent year

Provides the PTO with timely and informative guest speakers at the general meetings


Attends all PTO and PTO Board meetings

Has a vote in all PTO Board decisions

Publicizes meetings and functions of the PTO to the general membership.

Records and makes available to the member’s minutes of PTO and PTO Board meeting

Presents copies of the previous meeting minutes for consideration and approval

Keeps attendance records and minutes of all meetings for five (5) years

Assists the President with any and/or all PTO correspondence

Maintains copies of the By-Laws to be available at all general meetings


Attends all PTO and PTO Board meetings

Has a vote in all PTO Board decisions

Maintains accurate records of receipts and expenditures for the operating account of the PTO, which is funded through membership dues

Serves as one (1) of two (2) signatures required for expenditures from the PTO operating account

Presents a treasurer’s report at all PTO and PTO Board meetings

Ensures that all approved bills are paid

Helps the Fundraising Chair plan and organize the annual PTO’s fundraising objectives

Keeps copies of the Treasurer’s reports for five (5) years

Assists the President as needed



Attend all PTO and PTO Board meetings

Have a vote in all PTO Board decisions

Direct activities relevant to their committee area as directed by the President

Are directly responsible for all duties of their respective committee, but with the privilege of recruiting as many members to the committee as deemed necessary


Fundraising :

This committee oversees the Lucky Hearts program, SHCS Brick Pavers, and the sale of SHCS merchandise (Hats/visors, Tervis tumblers, car magnets & stickers). As a growing school with growing needs the PTO needs volunteers to assist with creative and diverse fundraising initiatives and to provide assistance with alumnae outreach.


This committee creates a welcoming atmosphere at meetings and events throughout the school year. From the first greetings of new families as they register their students and are matched with a SHCS family, annual Boo Hoo Breakfasts that continue to grow, annual parent mixers the community of SHCS is ever present. This committee also oversees the wildly successful Trivia Night basket raffle coordinated in conjunction with the Room Parent Chairperson.

Volunteer Coordinator: (Pumpkin Run, Trivia Night etc…)

Assist with our school’s major fundraisers that provide for significant funding of scholarships, building upkeep and construction and educational support of our students. Let’s not forget the fun you’ll have working all the way to the finish line of the Pumpkin Run and until the last question is called at Trivia Night!


If you are interested in serving as the Chairperson of the Hospitality Committee or Room Parent Committee or in serving as a volunteer for any of the PTO Committees please email the 2016-2017 PTO Vice President Bronwyn Hindman at Bghindman@hotmail.com


Nominations (self-nominations and in support of a SHCS registered family member) for the 2017-2018 PTO Board positions of President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer will be accepted until Friday, March 31, 2017. All nominations must have the express consent of the nominee. Nominations must be returned to the SHCS front office in an envelope marked PTO Board nominations or by email to Dyna Boland at Dboland@shcs.ptdiocese.org by Noon on March 31st. Late nominations will not be accepted.

PTO Board Elections will be held by SHCS School Reach on Monday, April 3, 2017. The 2017-2018 PTO Board will be announced at the PTO General meeting being held on April 5, 2017 at 6 pm in the school gymnasium.

For any questions about the PTO Board positions and elections please contact 2016-2017 PTO President Scarlett Henson at (850) 380-0428 or Scarlett.henson@gmail.com

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 https://www.stepupforstudents.org/logins/

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