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

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

Mentor of the Year

MrHoward&StudentsCongratulations!  Our very own Stephan Howard has once again been recognized as Mentor of the Year at an area high school.  Last year, Mr. Howard was recognized as Mentor of the Year at Escambia High School.  This year, Mr. Howard is being recognized as Mentor of the Year at Pensacola High School.

When not teaching at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Mr. Howard spends time with a young man at an area high school encouraging excellence, choosing and explaining short and long term goals, and just helping him forge a path for himself in the world in which we live and make decisions regarding our commitment to self, others and God.  Thank you, Mr. Howard, for sharing yourself with others in this community.  It is an honor that others recognize not only your love of teaching but the commitment you have to help others be successful in their chosen career and personal path.

We are thankful for everything you do here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School,

Elizabeth Snow, faculty and staff