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

Letter from the Principal

Greetings Parents,snow

I will be leaving Tuesday evening, February 21st, to attend the Florida Catholic Conference. The conference begins Wednesday, February 22nd , in Orlando.  The Florida Catholic Conference is held every two years.   All the superintendents and principals in the state of Florida meet for three days to plan and discuss the future of Catholic education in our state. We will hear from noted speakers, who will speak about the future of Catholic education, explain specifics on curriculum, and explain objectives we need to meet to continue to be a successful and vibrant school.

We will collaborate on aligning curriculum both vertically and horizontally and discuss best practices for professional development.  We also share best practices.  There is a special meeting for Morning Star, which I will be attending Wednesday. This is very important as we continually align our program with the other Morning Star programs throughout the state so we are in unison as we meet the needs of our special students.  This is a very exciting year as we meet with many new opportunities to grow for the future

I will return to school next Monday, February 27th.  However, I have been asked to be on an accreditation team for a school in Jacksonville, Florida.  I will be there March 1st, (Ash Wednesday) through Friday, March 3rd.  I will drive home on Friday afternoon to be home for our Trivia Night, March 4th. I can’t wait to see everyone there!

Thank you for your continued support as we move Sacred Heart Cathedral School forward to make great things happen which include involving families in partnership with our faculty and staff.  It is our objective to continually work towards building a relationship of partnership and family here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School and the Cathedral Parish.

Please know I am with you in prayer and as I will miss greeting you in the morning and in the afternoon when I am in Orlando and Jacksonville.  Along with Father James, I will miss walking our students across the street as they are greeted by parents as they walk home.  We are so blessed to have so many walkers that live within the community of the Cathedral Parish.

Thank you for all you have done to enrich this our school. You are the best and I feel blessed every day to have the opportunity to serve you.

Blessings,

Elizabeth

Letter from the Principal

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEKsnow

We had a great week for Catholic School’s Week as our faculty, staff, and students were involved in service projects.  Cards were made for our first responders, saint presentations were shared with buddies, we celebrated our nation and collected goodies for the pantry and to make baskets for the homebound.  It was especially touching having grandparents’ day on Friday this year so the students and grandparents or special friends could begin our day with the liturgy.  Thank you to our many volunteers who were able to attend the volunteer dessert/tea and to the students who performed.

STEP UP FOR STUDENTS RECOGNITION AWARDS

This past week Step-Up for Students presented students, parents, and teachers with recognition awards.  The program had over 600 applicants for these awards and only 36 awards were awarded.   I am very proud to say that two of our students, Jude Poller and Solomon Worlds were recognized as outstanding students.  Mrs. Terrie Campbell was recognized as an outstanding parent, and Ms. Jillian Bugos and Mr. Patrick Schmitz were recognized as outstanding teachers from Step-Up.  We had the most recognition at the awards event.  Thank you and congratulations to our students, faculty, and parents!   You are the best as you give of yourself for others

SPECIAL THANKS

We would like to offer special thanks to the following:

  • Alumni parents, Rick and Sarah Sanchez, for orchestrating a pancake breakfast following Sunday’s 8:00 AM Mass.  This is such a tribute to our alumni and their continual association with the school and parish.
  • The Knights of Columbus and SHCS PTO for assisting with the pancake breakfast.
  • SHCS students, Shelby, Donovan, David and Morgen for sharing their experiences at SHCS during weekend masses.
  • Fifth grade for organizing and serving at the volunteer recognition dessert party.

ONLINE REGISTRATION

The online registration is up and running for re-enrollment.  Please read Dyna’s diligent correspondence on this.  We are here to answer any questions you have.  If you have not received the re-registration material, please let us know.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Science Olympiad Competition
    Saturday, February 18th at UWF
    5th-8th Grade Science Olympiad team members
  • 8th Grade Volunteers @ Ronald McDonald House
    Friday, February 17th
    Friday, February 24th
  • Mardi Gras Parade
    February 28th
  • Ash Wednesday
    March 1st
    Mass – 8:00 am
  • Trivia Night
    Saturday, March 4thkimbell
    Ave Maria Hall

Our 8th-grade students will be planning meals, cooking and doing chores at the Ronald McDonald House on Friday, February 17th and 24th. They will also be participating in a service project at the Pensacola Humane Society.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication toward Catholic education.

Elizabeth & Dave

Letter from the Principal

 January 29, 2017

 

Parents and Supporters of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,

We were blessed this past Friday with the many grandparents and relatives of our students who joined us for Mass and then spent the morning with us participating in interactive activities, ranging from PE activities to reading, exploring the world of math and playing the classic board games.  A great time was had by all and I thank you for your support, grandparents and aunts and uncles and friends of our students.  It was a privilege to meet and talk with you.

Thank you to all of the families who participated in Mass last evening and this morning.   Our students greeted, read and reflected on their experience as students at Sacred Heart Cathedral.  The pancake breakfast was a great success. Thank you to everyone who volunteered.  We couldn’t have had this community event without everyone’s participation.  Thank you for setting the example of service to all.

Monday of CSW is celebrating Our Community.  We will be meeting with first responders in our community and thanking them for their dedication to keeping our community safe.  Students will be preparing cards and thank you notes of appreciation.  We will also be collecting can goods all week to supply our own local food pantry at the Cathedral.  Please be generous as we aim to re-stock a depleted pantry after Christmas. It is also our goal to supply goodie baskets for the homebound of the parish.  More on this during the week.

Tuesday is student day and while our students may wear crazy shoes and socks to show their uniqueness, we are always still aware of the memorial of Saint John Bosco and his contribution to Catholic education. We will end the day with a school-wide treat. We honor the sacred privilege of being able to work with and educate your children.

Wednesday we celebrate our nation as we recognize our veterans and all service men in our parish and community. Please join us at Morning Prayer as we recognize those who have served their country.  We also recognize and collect items for the homebound of the Cathedral Parish. Wednesday through Friday please send in a piece of fresh fruit, canned meats, soups and assorted candies.  Buddy classes will put together baskets for the homebound and they will be delivered by the weekly visitors who bring Communion to these homebound parishioners. STUCO will attend the annual Mass at Catholic High School. Father James will concelebrate the Mass.

As we recognize the Presentation of our Lord on Thursday, we recognize our volunteers.  There will be a 1:30 reception for our volunteers organized by our school faculty and staff.  The volunteers will be treated to a special presentation that will highlight the talents of some of our students.  We recognize that without you, our parent volunteers, our school would not be able to offer the services we offer to everyone.  You are the best as you constantly give of yourself in service to all.  You are the ultimate example of our mission statement.

Friday is the feast day of Saint Blaise.  We will conclude our week with Mass, blessings of the throats and a presentation to Father James and Father Dustin of a Spiritual Bouquet that has been designed by each class.  While we celebrate vocations, we celebrate the presence of Father James and Father Dustin in our school community. We will end the week with an all-school rosary at 2 p.m. The rosary will be prayed for Catholic Schools across our country.

I feel so very blessed with the privilege of working with you, our special families, as we all grow in our faith, under the guidance of Father James and in community with one another.  Together, we grow in faith; together we become stronger members of our community as we reach out to others.

Blessings,

Elizabeth