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.

Food Pantry Missionkimbell

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.


Elizabeth Snow                                                           David Kimbell

Letter from the Principal


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.


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


Here we are at the end of September and almost the end of the first quarter, which ends on October 7th . Tomorrow is the last day for Lucky Hearts. We have not reached our goal, so please take the time to become involved in this important fundraiser for our school. The children and young people are the individuals who benefit from this program, so please support us in this endeavor. An added perk is that you have a weekly chance to win either $50 or $100.00.

Thank you to everyone who generously supported our Louisiana Dress Down Day. We raised over $900 to send to the specific families identified by Mr. Patrick Schmitz. Mr. Schmitz has informed the families who are very grateful for our prayers and service.

Please mark your calendar for a couple of important events.

Friday, September 30th

  • Pep rally in the gym at 2 p.m.
  • Spirit Night at Catholic High School at 7:30 p.m.

Please join in on the fun.

Next Tuesday, October 4th, is our first annual Blessing of the Pets in recognition of Saint Francis of Assisi. Father James will bless all the pets during morning prayer. Please join us outside near the flagpole with your family pet. Just have all dogs on a leash and all smaller animals in a transportation container. As you have seen on Facebook, the animals must return home after morning prayer. They are not allowed to spend the day “in class”. Thank you for understanding.

Father James, Mr. Kimbell and I will be hosting a coffee and donuts after the Friday, October 14th Mass. Please come and join our discussion as we make plans for the future of Sacred Heart Cathedral School.kimbell

Mark your calendars for October 19th and 20th as these are the days for our student led conferences. For those of you are new, information will be sent to you regarding this important and relevant event in your child’s education.

Blessings for all you do,

Elizabeth and David

News & Notes


There are a few things on our calendar as our school year is in full swing and the students are immersed in learning. Student Council Installation will take place at our Praise and Worship gathering, Wednesday, September 21st at 1:45. This is a change from our past years when we would have these installations at the end of Mass. This change allows for our children to center their prayers and thoughts in the Eucharist and Mass which is the summit of our existence.

Please make plans to join us. We will have the installation and then proceed with the singing of the songs for our Friday liturgy. Since four of us will be out of school on Father James’ birthday, September 15, we will celebrate Father James’ birthday as a school community on Friday, September 16. Thursday, September 22 will be a dress down day to benefit the victims of the flooding in Louisiana. Mr. Patrick Schmitz, our middle school English teacher, spent his ACE years in Baton Rouge, LA. He talked to the students today explaining the need and showing pictures of those who were affected by the flooding. Thank you, in advance, for your participation in this service project.

The 8th grade is scheduled to visit Catholic High School on Tuesday, September 27th .

There is a general PTO meeting on Wednesday, September 28th. Please plan to attend as there are many opportunities to volunteer for a variety of projects the PTO is goinkimbellg to be involved with this year.

Blessings for everything you do to support Sacred Heart Cathedral School.

Elizabeth and David

Lucky Hearts Tickets

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Please remember to sell your tickets. Students selling all tickets and turning them in early will be rewarded with a treat. Thank you and let’s reach our goal again this year.

Each $20 membership entitles the member to 52 weekly drawings. Drawings are held every Monday beginning October 3, 2016. A member may receive $100 for the drawing held on the first Monday each month, or $50 on subsequent Mondays. After each drawing, the membership ticket is returned to the raffle barrel for a chance to be pulled again during the next drawing.

With 210 families registered at the school, and every family selling 10 memberships, Lucky Hearts has the potential to raise $42,000 this year!

Prizes * Incentives * Awards


For every 10 memberships that a family sells, the family will receive a free “bonus” membership!


The children of the families who sell a minimum of 10 memberships will receive one free “jeans” day per month for the remainder of the school year! Cool!!


The family that sells the most memberships by September 30, 2016, will win a $100 VISA gift card.


The two classes with the highest sales percentage will get a special privilege. Some of the suggested ideas include: Ice Cream Party, Pizza Party, Kona Ice Truck, Dance Party, Board Game Day….

The teachers of the winning classes will receive a $50 VISA gift card.


If we reach our school goal of $25,000, EVERY CLASS WILL GET A SPECIAL PRIVILEGE!!!


Memberships are due back no later thanSeptember 30th. We need all ticket stubs and payment, and any unsold tickets returned to the school office at this time.The first drawing will be Monday, October 3, 2016.

Mrs. Snow’s News & Notes


As we move closer to the end of the year, we have many activities planned, so please mark your calendar and plan to join us.

Tuesday, May 10th the Kona Ice truck will be visiting. Each student will receive a free Kona Ice treat as a reward for surpassing our goal for Lucky Heart sales last fall.

Wednesday, May 11 is our presentation From the Heart – A Showcase of Talent.  Many of our students will be sharing their musical talents with us.  This event will take place in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart at 6 p.m.

Our 8th grade Ribbon Mass will be Friday, May 13 at 8 a.m.  Mr. Luke, who interned at our school last year, has been ordained a deacon.  He will be preaching at this Mass.  Please join us.  The 2nd and 8th grade class will have their traditional brunch after Mass, followed by the 8th grade retreat.

8th grade exams begin on Thursday.

Congratulations to our two Serra Essay Award winners.  Joey Baroco in 7th grade placed first and Josilyn LaRose in 8th grade placed second.  The Serra essay gives our young people the opportunity to thoughtfully reflect on the meaning of ministry and vocation in the context of their everyday life experience.  Congratulations to Joey and Jocelyn.  They will be reading their essays to Bishop Parkes next Tuesday at the diocesan center.

Thank you for your continued support of Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  Our parents and students are the best.



Mrs. Snow’s News & Notes


Congratulations to the track team for another first place finish! This is such an example of the diligence and dedication of not only our students, but Coach Luther and all the parental support! We couldn’t do this if we didn’t all work together. Thank you Sacred Heart Cathedral School Family.

Our first annual poetry evening was a great success. Thank you Mr. Elting, Ms. Miller and Mr. Baroco for organizing the event. Our students shared their original works of poetry, read and acted out works from their favorite author and shared their talents with everyone. Our youngest author was Lauren Peaden, a first grader, who read her original poem. Several middle school students also wrote original poems and shared. Thank you to the parents, faculty and Mr. Durkin, who also shared their favorite poem. Please plan to join us next year for this wonderful event.

Our ROV team is leaving for Dauphin Island Sea Lab tomorrow after Morning Prayer. This is an exciting time for the team as they have prepared for their competition and have spent numerous hours designing, testing and documenting information on their design. Thank you Mrs. Young for the shirt design and Mr. Hartwell and Mr. Howard for organizing this event. I plan on being with the team on Sunday as they present their information to the committee at the Sea Lab. I am continually so proud of our Sacred Heart Cathedral School students.

Our annual golf tournament is Saturday. Hope to see everyone there early and ready to play golf! It is a great time to spend time with one another.

Blessings on your week,