Principal’s Christmas Message

                                                                                                           December 15, 2017

Christmas Greetings,

At this time of peace may we take time to reflect on the blessings and values that permeate our Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  Thank you for your continued support, loyalty and dedication to our mission. Thank you for your generosity in volunteering, for always being available, and answering the call to serve.  It is truly a sacred privilege to serve you and I thank you for your support as we move forward.   May you enjoy this Christmas time with peace and joy.  Our prayer is that peace and joy is ever present in our learning, our dedication to our families, and our love for one another.

Mr. Kimbell is directing the choir for the 4 p.m. Mass, December 24th at the Cathedral.  The choir is composed of our Sacred Heart Cathedral School students. Many children and families have committed to be present. Please join us for this very special liturgy as we join together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

May the New Year bring you continued blessings as we continually work together in achieving the mission of our school.

Christmas Blessings,

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Elizabeth Snow
Principal

David Kimbell
Assistant Principal

Principal’s Note

Advent Wreath for Week 1I  will be traveling to College Park, Maryland on Sunday and returning to Pensacola on Tuesday evening.  I  will be reviewing a curriculum along with the superintendent, Mr. Michael Juhas, and three other principals from the diocese.  I  will be back in school Wednesday morning. If you need to reach me, I will be available via email.  Thank you for understanding.

Blessings to you as we enter into this Advent season.

Elizabeth

Letter from the Principal

Fall Greetings,snow

Thank you for everyone who enthusiastically supported our student-led conferences.  As research supports, these conferences help to enable your young person to be accountable for their learning.   We all learn differently through different avenues and this process helps young people understand how they learn.  It also allows us to learn how to best serve you and your young person so they are successful. Thank you for your continued support.

The new lights were installed in the gym October 9th.  Please stop by and admire the efficient lighting in our gym.

We are coming to a close in the month of October.

Friday, October 27

  • 4:00 PM – Friday Night Lights at Catholic High
  • 6:00 PM – Seat ‘N Treat at SHCS

Sunday, October 29

Please join the parish celebration of Octoberfest this weekend.  The parish will supply the meat; please bring a dish to share.  It is always a wonderful time as many of our families come together for this event.  It begins after the 11 a.m. Mass.

Tuesday, October 31

Our Fall Fest will be held for our school community on Tuesday, October 31st.  The students will be in uniform except for the students that are in charge of the event.

With the festivities of October behind us, we turn our prayers and thoughts toward November.

As we commemorate All Saints and All Souls day, we will continue our remembrance of the Wall of Holy Souls.  You may submit your request via a paper copy or through our online process this year.  Your loved one will be published on the wall and remembered in our book of prayers throughout the month of November, including our monthly rosary on the first Friday of the month.

Saturday, November 4

Please join me in supporting our annual Pumpkin Run.  This is not only a huge fundraiser for Sacred Heart Cathedral School but it is also a way to showcase our wonderful school and community.

Pumpkin Bread – Download the recipe here

Fire up the ovens and make that pumpkin bread! We rely on your assistance to help make this run a success.  If you do not like to bake, Publix, Fresh Market and Apple market have bread you can buy and bring to school.  Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Friday, November 17

  • 11:00 AM – Thanksgiving Feast

As a reminder, the second annual Thanksgiving Feast will be Friday, November 17 at 11 a.m.  This is our time to serve you, our young people and families.  We have a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, bread and cookie, along with a drink. I work with Publix to cater this event, as we did last year. Thankfully, our room moms make this a reality as they serve our students.  Our students eat with their buddies and we celebrate that we are a family, united together.

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We are helping to stock the food pantry at the parish for Thanksgiving.  All grades have been asked to bring in specialty items to make Thanksgiving special for families in need. Thank you for your support.

Blessings,

Elizabeth Snow                                                           David Kimbell

Principal’s News & Notes

Fall Greetings,

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Elizabeth Snow, Principal

It is hard to believe we are reaching the end of the first quarter here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. There have been many accomplishments as students have had the opportunity to learn and master new concepts, create and renew friendships and live true to our mission of educating hearts and minds for God.

Our first session of MAP testing is complete and the faculty and staff are learning how to interpret the results. As soon as training is complete, we will give everyone an explanation of this test. We are one of a few pilot schools that have been asked to participate in this testing. The advantage of MAP is that it is more of a diagnostic test, listing strengths and weaknesses so we can specify learning to the individual needs.

Please remember those Lucky Heart tickets. This fundraiser provides the opportunity to
enhance our academic programs for our young people. You have the opportunity to win $50 or $100 and your child earns a free dress day every month. The deadline has been extended to next Friday. Please consider participating.

There are a few happenings this month that we would like to share with you.

Blessing of the Animals – Wednesday, October 4th, 2:00 PMsacred-heart-pinellas-park-animal-blessing-1080x675
In recognition of the Feast of Saint Francis Assisi, Father James will bless the animals at 2 p.m. in the parking lot. If you are available and have an animal you would like to have blessed, please bring them to the parking lot by 2 p.m. We welcome all members of
our parish community to participate. Dogs must be on a leash and all other animals need to be in some sort of crate/carton. This is always such a special day for our parish community. I realize many will want to check out their child(ren) after this, so please check with Mrs. Boland and arrange for dismissal. Dismissal will be the same as always.

Mass with the Bishop – Friday, October 6th, 8:00 AM

Bishop Wack will be celebrating Mass with us, Friday, October 6. Please plan to attend.
Members of our student council will be planning the Mass.

Student Led Conferences – October 19th & 20th

Student-led conferences are planned for the 19 th and 20 th of October. As a result, we will have a noon dismissal on those days, but we will have extended care.

8th graders visit Catholic High – Tuesday, October 24th .

Students are asked to please report to the CHS Gymnasium at 7:45.  Students do not need to bring a snack or lunch.  Parents are asked to please pick-up their student at the Football parking lot, located on the corner of Scott and “W” Street, at 12:00 p.m.

Dress code for girls is knee length skirts or long pants, with shirts that cover the collarbone and have sleeves.  Dresses may be worn but must be knee length, have sleeves, and cover the collarbone.  Dress code for boys is long pants, shirt, and belt.  All shoes must have a back, no flip flops or slide shoes.  Jeans and shorts are not permitted.

Pensacola Opera Visits – Wednesday, October 25th.

There will be two performances; one for our younger students and one for middle school.

Mrs. Snow Out of Town – October 25th, 26th & 27th.

I am the chairperson for the accreditation of St. Michael Academy in Fernandina Beach. I will be out of the office October 25th , 26th and 27th .

YMCA Special Needs Halloween Party – Friday, October 27th

The 8th grade has once again been asked to participate in the special needs Halloween party that is sponsored by the YMCA.

Fall Festival – Tuesday, October 31st.

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Dave Kimbell, Asst. Principal

Our 8th grade students are planning a fall fest on Halloween for the rest of the school. This tradition of serving others is once again instituted at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. The 8th grade has once again been asked to participate in the special needs Halloween party that is sponsored by the YMCA.
Blessings,
Elizabeth Snow & Dave Kimbell

Principal’s News & Notes

Greetings,snow

As we prepare for our final liturgy this morning and reflect on our year, I want to thank you for your support to continue to make Sacred Heart Cathedral School truly a family where we continually live our mission to serve others and reach for academic excellence. From the many volunteers who continually help at our school, to those who offer their assistance financially to continue to develop our school, I sincerely thank you for all that you do. Our children are the best; they are bright, articulate, kind and loving. However, most of all, they utilize their faith to make a difference in our world. There are so many stories I could share from a young student who gave away his money for a great cause, to the student who volunteered to spend his summer helping others. This community of families is the best. Everyone who visits our school comments on how friendly the students are and how happy they seem. That is such a tribute to you, our parents, and the teachers who work with our students daily. It is truly a special privilege to be part of this community.

As we end our year, we end on a very special note. Our first-grade teacher, Miss Sarah Payne, will be married at our 8 a.m. Mass. The first-grade students are very excited as they are the honorary “attendants”. You are all welcome to join us at our liturgy. Cake will be served after the Mass in Ave Maria Hall. We will all miss Sarah as she begins her married life in San Diego. However, she promises to return to visit.

There are a few other teacher positions that will be changing for the 2017-2018 school year. While we have interviewed and chosen candidates, the candidates are in process with the diocesan screening procedures. Consequently, I will write to you when all of the candidate positions are finalized.kimbell

Blessings to you and your family for a safe and faith-filled summer,

Elizabeth and Dave

Letter from the Principal

Greetings,snow

Thank you for all of your support and assistance this year as we worked together as a family for the successes of our wonderful young people.  We could not have accomplished what we have done without the many hours you have offered as a volunteer, whether it is the help you have provided in the kitchen or coaching a sports team.  For every moment you have spent as a volunteer being involved at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, I sincerely thank you.  It has been a privilege to work with everyone, and I am grateful for this opportunity.

A special thank you to Coach Kelly and Coach Shaw for the awesome track victory on Saturday.  I also thank all the parents and students who came to support our team during this event.  You really are the best and you will celebrate your accomplishments as team members during the sports banquet this Saturday evening.

The Ribbon Mass was a beautiful event as our 8th graders wrapped up their day with a retreat planned by Mrs. Jacq Forte.  They certainly enjoyed the setting at Bayview Park and we had a wonderful day.

First Communion is always memorable as these young people move forward in their faith journey. We are looking forward to tomorrow when students, led by the second grade, will bring flowers and recognize Mary as we do every May.

On the academic side,  we are looking forward to middle school finals, some great field trips for the elementary students and two graduations. kimbell

Our 8th grade will graduate on Thursday, May 18th at 5:30 p.m., and our kindergarten students will graduate on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Blessings,

Elizabeth and Dave

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!

Blessings,

Elizabeth and Dave