Catholic Schools Week Kickoff


Parents, please join us for the opening Mass.  Students attending Mass in uniform will earn a casual dress day in the future.  We will have a number of students participating, and all are invited to enjoy our Pancake Breakfast and visit the Book Fair following Mass.

  • Friday Schedule  – Grandparents’ Day
    • 8:00                Mass at the Cathedral
    • 9:00                Grandparents Meet in School Gym
    • 9:00 – 11:00    Scholastic Book Fair, Board Games and Activities
  • Sunday Schedule
    • 8:00                Mass
      • Students attending and wearing their uniform will get a Casual Dress Day in the future.
    • 9:00 – 10:30    Pancake Breakfast & Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday – Volunteer Luncheon
    • 12:30              Volunteers Meet in the Gym for Lunch and Dessert

Grandparents’ Day

pictures-of-grandparents-day-3FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH 

  • 9:30 11:00 ACTIVITIES



  • Attending our Book Fair
  • Play cards, puzzles and games
  • Participate in our photo booth
  • Read together in the library
  • Build and fly an airplane
  • Participate in math brain activities

Please RSVP to Jennifer Haines by Friday, January 19th

Thank you for taking the time to be a part of our school community during this celebration.

Principal’s News & Notes

Dear Sacred Heart Cathedral School Family,snow

Thank you for all of your good wishes and support as we move into 2018.  It is always nice to see everyone’s enthusiasm as we begin our third quarter and new year.  We have many events before spring break.  The last week of January, as always, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, beginning with grandparents’ day on Friday, January 26 at 8 am. Mass.  The rest of the schedule is at the end of this letter.  Then we have our second round of MAP testing.  The students will be able to follow their progress and see improvement in their learning.  This will also take place near the end of January.  The first week of March is the week of Iowa Assessment testing, then our second student led conference will be held before spring break.

On a tragic note, one of our school families experienced a fire this past weekend which gutted their home.  Thankfully, they escaped, along with their pets and are safe and well.  While their possessions can be replaced, this is a devastating loss.  Student Council will kimbellbe hosting an out-of-uniform day on Wednesday, January 17th for a monetary donation of $2 or more.  Thank you for supporting our efforts to help this family.

Blessings to you as we join together and celebrate Catholic education,

Elizabeth and Dave


January 26 – Friday: Celebrating Family Tradition – “Grandparents Day”

  • Parents and Grandparents are invited to School Mass at 8:00
  • Grandparents are invited to play games with Grandkids. (9:00-11:00 am – all grades)
  • Book Fair available
  • Photo booth with grandparents in gym, Ave Maria Hall, or outside (weather permitting)
  • Geography Bee at 1:45 pm.

January 28 – Sunday: Celebrating Your Parish

  • Opening Mass at 8:00 am.  Students, please wear your school uniform.  8th graders, please wear your leadership uniform
  • Pancake Breakfast in SHCS Gymnasium after 8:00 Mass on Sunday

January 29 – Monday: Celebrating Community and Volunteers

  • Appreciation Breakfast for first responders in the community – Gym, 8:30 am.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon –  12:30 pm in gym
  • Buddy classes will be preparing meals for Loaves & Fishes
  • 100th Day of School

January 30 – Tuesday: Celebrating Students

  • Students may dress up as their favorite book character!
  • Hourly “Dance to the Music” over the loudspeakers
  • Family Feud competition in the gym
  • No Homework! (all students)

January 31 – Wednesday: Celebrating our Nation

  • Students will be singing patriotic songs at morning assembly.
  • Veterans and all community members who have ever served in the military are invited to attend our morning assembly and flag ceremony

February 1 – Thursday: Celebrating Vocations

  • Mini-retreat by James Redding for middle school (1:00pm) with Adoration to follow
  • Students wear goofy socks for picture to send to the Bishop
  • Writing letters to seminarians and religious

February 2 – Friday: Celebrating Faculty

  • Parents and Parishioners are invited to join us for school Mass at 8:00 am.
  • StuCo attends Mass at Catholic High with lunch to follow
  • Volleyball Game (Faculty vs. 8th Grade) in the parking lot at 1:45 pm

We thank you for being a part of our wonderful school family and all you do to support Catholic Schools.

Letter from the Principal


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.


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


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.


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.


  • 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.