Lenten Notes


            As we recognize that Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, February 14th, we invite you to participate and begin our annual journey with Jesus as we prepare for Easter. I invite you to join us for our Friday liturgies, stations of the cross on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., and our parish fish fries on Friday evening.

The traditional disciplines of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Traditionally, as Catholics, we refrain from eating meat on Friday.  While this does not include all school-aged children, I realize families honor this tradition.  As a result, we will include two non-meat options with our Friday lunches ordered on-line.  These options  are a cheese pizza and vegetarian sandwich, both from Schlotzky’s  Deli.



Cathedral Youth Ministry


All Middle School & High School students are invited to join us on Sunday evenings  in Ave Maria Hall, following 5:30PM Mass.  We will start with a meal, followed by fellowship and prayer.

All are welcome to join, even though the program is underway.  Registration material will be available.

6:30 – 8:00 PM


8th Grade Exam Schedule

  • Friday, May 12th – Math (2 periods) and Spanishkeep-calm-exams

  • Monday, May 15th, Social Studies (8S) and Literature (8E)

  • Tuesday, May 16th, Social Studies (8E) and Literature (8S), and Science (both sections)

  • Religion is a take-home test due on Friday, May 12th

    • will be given out one week in advance

  • English is a take-home test due Monday, May 15th

    • will be given out one week in advance.

Ms. Drummond will begin collecting laptops on Monday, May 15th – as soon as the English take-home tests are turned in.  Please make sure that your child brings the laptop, charger, and cord to school on Monday, May 15th.  

If the charger is not turned in, you will be billed for the cost of a replacement at $79.00.  

Only Apple branded parts are acceptable – no third party replacements will be accepted.

Letter from the Principal

April 9, 2017

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

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 grace.  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 qualified to compete at the state level and placed 15 overall in the state with team members earning medals.  Our middle school students spent the day at NAS and learned what is involved in aviation. Our fifth graders spent the day studying environmental issues while some of our other grades are looking forward to their upcoming field trips. Our second graders are busy preparing for their first Communion in May.

Before we look forward to our anticipated spring break, there are a few important events planned for this week.

  • In tradition, the eighth-grade class will attend the Chrism Mass on Tuesday at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and an afternoon of basketball/sports with the seminarians.
  • Our second-grade students have been practicing for the Living Stations of the Cross that will be presented on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., in the Cathedral. Please plan to join us for this.
  • Our annual poetry night is this Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. If you wkimbellould like to present a reading or have an original piece of work, please contact me.

Whether 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.

Prayers for a Blessed Easter,

Elizabeth and Dave

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