A Letter from the Principal

                                                                                 October 4, 2020

Fall Greetings,

We have had a very successful five consecutive days of school.  The students are eager to learn, the teachers eager to teach, so we are moving forward quickly. As you noticed from the calendar, when we were delayed in starting school, I extended the first quarter one week, so the quarter ends next Friday, not this Friday.  This will give the teachers time to assess student growth that is recorded over a typical time frame.  I am continually so impressed with our student body and their constant awareness of helping one another. They are learning to serve one another at an early age which will carry them through 8th grade and beyond as they learn to become servant leaders, leading with their faith.

There are two components to this letter; Lucky Hearts and an update on work in our PreK and kindergarten classrooms.

Our PTO Lucky Hearts fundraiser has always been a very important part of fundraising at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  This particular fundraiser creates funds for the teachers to enhance their teaching.  For examples, these funds are used to create classroom libraries which supplement our growing library for all of the students. The money is also used to fund the literature circle and book clubs that occur in grades 3-8, along with supplemental material for Story Works and Journeys in grades K-2.  Technology enhancement subscriptions for math, writing and music are also supported through Lucky Hearts.  Flexible seating has been possible because of Lucky Hearts and I know firsthand, this is very popular and successful for our younger children. This year I would also like to purchase some playground equipment that will fit nicely into our smaller playground space.

Names are pulled weekly so you have a chance of winning $100 or $50.  You can win more than once.

Consequently, your support of the PTO Lucky Hearts allows your child to have enrichment activities that are not supported through tuition alone. As of today, we have 41% support of this wonderful and fun program.

 I realize many of you are facing financial difficulty as a result of hurricane Sally and consequences of COVID restrictions.  However, I am asking you to please reconsider your participation, as we are accepting donations through Friday, October 9, 2020.   The advantage for your child is they are allowed to be out of uniform one day per month, along with a mask of their choice to be worn that day (except for political masks).  As the administration is conservative about out of uniform days, this is a nice perk for your child in thanksgiving to your dedication to this program.

As for an update on the PreK and kindergarten classrooms.  Yesterday, the team from Cason successfully removed any asbestos in the flooring in both classrooms, including the bathroom.  The abatement was a success and the school is completely safe. During this process, no one was exposed to asbestos.  However, you will see the plastic on the walls, encompassing the rooms.  This will remain in place until the new floors have been completed and the room once again sanitized. Once the plastic walls are removed, our 8th grade will once again, help to move the belongings back to the original classrooms. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Blessings to you and your families as I am continually humbled by your support so I can serve this wonderful school community.

Elizabeth

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

Principal’s News & Notes

Easter Greetings,snow

Blessings to you and your family as we continue to celebrate the Easter season.  While we were at different ends of the state, country and world, we are all blessed to be able to celebrate our faith together. Welcome back as we begin our final journey for this last quarter.

Our virtue this month is justice. Student council and the classroom teachers will continue discussions on how justice can be applied to ourselves, our friends, family and school.  Please enter into a discussion at home about this.

April brings many new happenings.  I will be out of town next Friday until Sunday as I attend a seminar and retreat in South Bend, Indiana. I am delighted as I will be once again at my daughter’s alma mater, so while I will miss being with you Friday and Sunday at Mass, I will be praying for our school families at Notre Dame.

Please mark your calendars for the following dates.

  • Tuesday, April 10th – “To Kill a Mockingbird” Field Trip (Monroeville, AL)
    • Mr. Elting / 7th Grade
  • Monday, April 16th – Cedar Farms Field Trip
    • Pre-K
  • Tuesday, April 24th – Flight Adventure Field Trip (Middle School)
  • Wednesday, April 25th – Flight Adventure Field Trip (Middle School)
  • Thursday, April 26th – Flight Adventure Field Trip (Middle School)
  • Friday, April 27th – 8th Grade Class Trip
  • Saturday, April 28th – SHCS Golf Classic
    • 9AM – Scenic Hills Country Club
  • Friday, May 4th – 8th Grade Ribbon Mass
    • 8AM – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
  • Sunday, May 6th – First Communion
    • 8AM – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
  • Monday, May 21st – 8th Grade Graduation
    • 5:30 PM – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

The Ribbon Mass is a highlight of the 8th grade in that is a recognition of the life of these young people as they have evolved in their faith during their time at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  By tradition, the 8th graders are pinned with a ribbon from their 2nd grade buddies.  Following Mass, a brunch is held in Ave Maria Hall for both the 2nd and 8th grade students.

Please consider participating in our annual Golf Tournament.  The date is Saturday, April 28th.  This is a great time to put together teams that involve father/son, father/daughter.  Athletes, please come together and participate in a great day of fun and fellowship.  The tournament is going to happen at Scenic Hills Golf Club. Many of our parents are actively involved in making this event happen and it has become a major fundraising event for our school.  This is not a competitive event, but rather a time to come together and celebrate our school and families.kimbell

Finally, a new swing set will be arriving soon and installed where the present swing sit exists.  We are very excited for this added piece of playground equipment that is safe and up to date.

Blessings,

Elizabeth & Dave

The Solar Eclipse at SHCS

Dear Friends and Family of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,
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As you know, there will be a solar eclipse visible over most of the United States on Monday, August 21.  While our school is south of the complete blackout zone, we will still experience much of it.  This is an excellent opportunity to teach our students about science and the wonder of God’s creation.  With guidance from our Diocese, this is what will be happening at Sacred Heart Cathedral School on Monday.

The eclipse will occur between 12:03 and 3:02 with 1:35 being the maximum coverage.  Depending on cloud cover, it may be very visible or just dark.  Students will be reminded in their classes they should not look directly at the sun, as this can cause serious damage to their eyes or even blindness.  Please reinforce this at home.

Proper eye protection (approved NASA eclipse glasses) is the only safe option.  Sunglasses do not work.  Proper eye protection has been purchased for our students in grades 3-8.  If you are allowing your child to participate in this you have signed and returned a permission slip.  If you do not sign the permission slip your child will stay inside until dismissal. Students in grades 3-5 will go outside for a ten-fifteen minute viewing around 1:25. Middle school students will also go outside around 1:25 for a 20-30 minute viewing.

All students are allowed to wear caps/hat when they are outside.  Younger students may wear ball caps during the day as they will not be participating in the eclipse. PE classes and our recess will not go outside after 11:45.

Dismissal will be delayed 10 minutes, with dismissal starting at 2:50.  The walkers will be escorted across the street at the end of dismissal, so please plan accordingly. Extended care does not begin until 3:15-3:20 so the students will be fine since this is after the eclipse.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.

Blessings,

Elizabeth and Dave

News & Notes

Advent Greetings,Advent Wreath for Week 1

Thank you to all the families that participated in our Second Annual Advent Family Dinner last evening.  The teachers cook their favorite chili recipes and serve which is something we feel is very important, especially during this Advent season.  The Lessons and Carols that followed was magnificent.

There are many happenings in December so please mark your calendar.

  • The students will participate in an Advent Reconciliation Service
    • Monday, December 12th at 9 a.m.
  • The middle school Christmas play is
    • Tuesday, December 13th at 6 p.m. in the gym.
  • The elementary Christmas program is
    • Wednesday, December 14th at 5:45 p.m.  in the gym.
  • The last day of school is
    • Friday, December 16th  – Noon Dismissal
    • NO EXTENDED CARE that day.  Please make provisions.  Thank you.

Thank you to those of you who have already responded with generosity for our staff and faculty donation letter from the PTO. It is such a blessing to be part of this wonderful family,

Advent Blessings,
Elizabeth & Dave

News & Notes

Greetings,snow

Please join me in wishing Jean McCormack the best as she begins her new position with Brown Helicopter.  As the kindergarten aide, Jeanne has worked at Sacred Heart Cathedral School for 16 years with Mrs. Jennifer Haines. While we will miss Jean’s friendly smile and gentle spirit, we wish her well as she begins her new venture.  Fortunately, Ms. Williams, mom to Mariah in third grade and Estrella in pre-K, will be joining Mrs. Haines as the new kindergarten aide.  Ms. Williams has a degree in education and has been spending time with Mrs. Haines preparing for her new position.

We are going to begin a new tradition here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. On Tuesday, November 22nd, our school will gather together as a family for a Thanksgiving meal which will be served in the gym.   Because our school has grown to 300 students, we will have two shifts.  The children will eat with their buddies so they can spend some time together. The first lunch shift will include Pre K- and 5th grade, K and 6th, and 3rd grade.  The second shift will include 1st and 7th grade, 2nd and 8th grade and 4th grade.  Room moms will be serving the meal which will consist of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and green beans, rolls, and dessert.  Water, milk, and lemonade will be served. I realize some of our children have specific food allergies, so please let me know what we can do to accommodate your child.

Please join us for our Veteran’s Day Celebration tomorrow morning at our 8 a.m. prayer gathering.  We are thankful and reminded of our veterans’ continual service to our country.

kimbellThank you to Patti Salvaggio and Wendy McIntosh-Holmes, Dyna, Dana, and the countless volunteers who brought in water, made pumpkin bread and helped serve on Saturday.  As always, this race is a great family event.  It was so nice to see so many of our families participate.  We could not have had this race without your support.  Thank you, once again, for being part of our family here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.

Blessings,
Elizabeth & Dave

News & Notes

Greetings,

SnowIconWe are off to a wonderful start to the new school year. Thank you for the wonderful feedback you have given me about the faculty, staff and beginning of our year. I feel so blessed to be here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School and I welcome the addition of Mr. David Kimbell as our part-time assistant principal and middle school teacher. The sense of family that permeates the school community is a testament to our Catholic identity. The students clearly live their faith. I have seen their faith in action from older children helping younger students during the first week of school to their prayerful participation at Morning Prayer and at our liturgies. Our Eucharistic procession was especially moving as our student body prayerfully followed Father James  in procession around the school.  Our children are our greatest blessing.

We were busy this summer making improvements to our building.  Our gym underwent its final renovation and there was new carpet installed in kindergarten and two new air-conditioners installed. Thanks to Mr. Kimbell’s suggestions, we are beautifying our school grounds and you will notice a few more changes in the near future.

While all of us have had professional development in using Haiku, we are still learning how to perfect our skills using this media for communication.  Please be patient as we learn from one another how to best navigate the network and provide you with the best information.

I thank you for your continued support of our school and the many programs we will offer to you and your family. Together, we are truly “educating hearts and minds” for God.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 23rd.  That is the night of our second annual Mixer.  It is an adult only event which gives new and returning parents a time to socialize.  We had a great time last year and am looking forward to another great evening.  Thank you to PTO for sponsoring this event.

 

Blessings,

Elizabeth and David

Mrs. Snow’s News & Notes

Dear Parents, Guardians and Supporters of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,alleluia

We have begun the Holiest of Weeks in the Church Year with the celebration of Palm Sunday. We are fast approaching the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. It is a time of great reflection but alto a time of great mercy. May this week be an opportunity for each us to stop, listen and reflect on the voice of our God.

We have been blessed with many events at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Our Science Olympiad team traveled to Orlando last weekend and competed at the state level. The team placed 6th competing in a field of 42 middle school teams. Congratulations to the students, teachers, parents, volunteers, and coaches. Our students are true scientists.

The eighth grade class attended the Chrism Mass this past Tuesday at 10 a.m. and enjoyed the luncheon following Mass. After cleaning the hall, the 8th graders played a game of basketball with our seminarians. A great time was had as this has become an 8th grade tradition for our students.

Our second grade students have been practicing for the Living Stations of the Cross that was prayed today at 1:30.

If you stay home this season or travel to relax or be with family, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you as we, united in our faith, go forward together to spread the good news of God’s love and mercy.

Blessings for a Blessed Easter,

Mrs. Elizabeth Snow

Mrs. Snow’s News & Notes

Greetings,SnowIcon

Our students and faculty are fully alive and moving onward and upward as we move into this second semester of learning.  Thank you for your support as you help your child/children achieve their highest potential. Through your partnership, we achieve excellence for these wonderful young people.
SAVE THE DATE:  Wednesday, February 17th  is our Spiritual Family Evening for our Lenten season.  Please mark this day on your calendar.  More information will be coming soon.
Catholic Schools Week:  Plan to join us for the 8 a.m. Mass on January 31st followed by a pancake breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus.  We will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair which funds books for our library.  Thank you for supporting both events.
On Monday February 1st, we will host our annual Grandparent’s Day at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Please invite your grandparents or special family friends to join us on this day.  The activities take place during the morning.
Thank you to everyone who is also participating in our annual Trivia Night.  This event sells out quickly so please reserve your tables early.
The gym is in process as they plan to lay the floor today and mark the floor with paint for volleyball and basketball on Sunday.  We are asked to stay off the floor for 72 hours after the paint has been placed.  I am confident everyone will agree this has been a progressive move forward toward providing a great facility for our young people.
Blessings,
Elizabeth

Mrs. Snow’s News & Notes

Blessings to each of our families, faculty and staff on this NeSnowIconw Year. We have many exciting events planned for January, but I would first like to thank everyone who generously contributed to our teacher, staff and faculty Christmas fund. Thank you to all of our supporters for being sure the students had wonderful parties, celebrations and were immersed in the festivities of our Christmas. Thank you also for the very generous gifts bestowed upon the office, staff and myself. From all of us, we appreciate and cherish your partnership as we move forward in educating “hearts and minds for God”.

The gym remodel is moving forward as they will begin laying the floor this next week. Catholic School’s Week begins with our opening liturgy on Sunday, January 31. Please join us for a pancake breakfast following the 8 a.m. Mass

Save the date: Wednesday, February 24 will be our second family spiritual evening. This time the theme will be Lent. More information coming….

Blessings,

Elizabeth Snow