There are many exciting events planned for the next few weeks at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Thank you to everyone who attended our PTO General Meeting last evening. PTO is a great way to support Sacred Heart Cathedral School and they have many events planned for the upcoming school year. There are two vacancies for officers. Please consider running and giving of your time and talent.
The Pensacola Opera Company is returning to SHCS next Wednesday and presenting Aria Serious to our middle school students and Jack and the Beanstalk to our elementary students.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 20. This is our first annual Poetry Night at 6 p.m. April is poetry month so Mr. Elting is planning an evening immersed in poetry. If you are a poet, or love to read poetry, please let Mr. Elting know. This event is for families so everyone is invited to share.
If you have not registered for the golf tournament, please consider joining us on Saturday, April 23rd. Father James, Father Matt and the teachers will be playing so the day will be a great opportunity to spend time with one another. Please look for the Golf Tournament article in the E-Red for more information.
As we are playing golf, the ROV team will be at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab competing in the ROV competition. They have worked hard as a group and I am confident they will do well.
As always, thank you for your support and for the hours you volunteer and give of yourself to help Sacred Heart Cathedral School be successful.
Dear Parents, Guardians and Supporters of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,
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 mercy. 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 traveled to Orlando last weekend and competed at the state level. The team placed 6th competing in a field of 42 middle school teams. Congratulations to the students, teachers, parents, volunteers, and coaches. Our students are true scientists.
The eighth grade class attended the Chrism Mass this past Tuesday at 10 a.m. and enjoyed the luncheon following Mass. After cleaning the hall, the 8th graders played a game of basketball with our seminarians. A great time was had as this has become an 8th grade tradition for our students.
Our second grade students have been practicing for the Living Stations of the Cross that was prayed today at 1:30.
If 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 and mercy.
Blessings for a Blessed Easter,
Mrs. Elizabeth Snow
SHCS Poetry Night
Wednesday, April 20th – 6:00 p.m.
More details to follow. Please contact Mr. Elting if you or your child would like to read an original or published work of poetry.
As our third quarter draws to a close this Friday, student led conferences are scheduled for next week. Thank you for taking the time to be present with your child to talk about their goals and dreams. This is such an important component of their education. These young people need to become articulate in taking ownership of their learning. They can explain what they have learned, what they want to learn and set goals for the future. As parents, you, along with the teacher (s) and myself are the primary supportive element in all of this.
A special thank you to the parents who will be preparing lunch for our faculty and staff so they are ready and prepared for these conferences without having to scramble for lunch. I feel so blessed to be part of this community that works together, in partnership, for the most positive outcomes for our students.
Iowa Assessment testing is complete. Those students who were absent will complete the test with Mrs. Adams and myself.
Congratulations to all the members of the basketball teams at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. You represented our school and played diligently. I am so proud of the contribution you have made to your team. A special thank you to the coaches who have contributed their time and talent to make this a reality for the students. Once again, Sacred Heart Cathedral School students and parents are the best!
Congratulations to our National Junior Honor Society inductees. They will be recognized after our 8 a.m. Mass tomorrow, March 11th. A reception will follow for parents and students.
March 3, 2016
Iowa Assessment Testing
We will begin our annual Iowa Assessment testing on Monday, March 7 at 8:30 a.m. Testing will begin on Monday and will end on Thursday, March 10. We will begin testing every morning at 8:30 a.m. Testing will end around 10:30 each day. After testing students will have a short break before they resume their regularly scheduled classes. Homework will be light next week, if at all, as the emphasis is in preparing to do one’s best on the assessment.
It is very important that all students are well-rested and bring in a healthy snack to eat. Staying hydrated is important for maximum brain activity, so please include a water bottle.
The Iowa assessment continually updates questions to reflect the continued emphasis on the ability of the students to problem solve and grow in critical thinking skills. The scores are a way to gather information and data on the students and to follow patterns in individual and class growth.
This year our Morning Star students will not be taking the Iowa Assessment as they have already been assessed earlier in the year. Morning Star classes will be as usual.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you to everyone who attended our first Lenten Spiritual Evening. The teachers created a delicious dinner of homemade red beans and rice, soups, and salads. Participants listened to Mr. Hartwell’s reflection on how to make this Lenten Journey more meaningful and created a wreath of thorns as a daily reminder.
The middle school students will be attending an all day retreat next Wednesday, February 24th. Their day will begin with Mass at the Cathedral followed by a series of talks, meditations and reflections in Ave Maria Hall. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Forte and Molly Kane coordinate this effort.
Thank you to everyone who contributed cans for our 100th day of school. The classes that collected the most cans were the first and seventh grades. They will have an out-of-uniform day, to be announced soon. All together, as a school, we collected over 500 cans to stock the Cathedral’s food pantry. Thank you, as always, for your generosity.
On Saturday, our middle school students will be competing in the Science Olympiad competition at UWF. Please stop by and watch our diligent students in action as they compete with gliders, bottle rockets and bridges and take tests on fossils, weather and other various science categories.
Looking forward, students in second through eighth grades will begin ITBS testing on Monday, March 7th and complete the testing on Thursday, March 10th. Make-up days will March 11, 14, and 15. Please plan ahead to make this a quiet, peaceful week for your child.
The end of the third quarter is Friday, March 11. Student-led conferences will begin on the 16th of March.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our Lenten Family Spiritual Evening will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The evening will begin, in our newly remodeled gym, with dinner that will include soup/salad, bread, and red beans and rice prepared and served by our teachers. Just bring your family to enjoy. We appreciate you, our parents, and welcome you in partnership during the spiritual development of your child (ren) throughout the year, but especially during this Lenten season.
Following dinner, Mr. Hartwell will present a reflection on “what can I do to reach out to others and help someone”. Everyone will then come together for a Lenten family activity where the families will be given the supplies to make a Lenten wreath for your home, culminating in a flower wreath for Easter Sunday. The evening will begin at 5:30 and will finish no later than 7:30.
We hope you will join us for an evening of reflection on our Lenten journey. As we journey through Lent we grow together as a family community in anticipation of celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Please plan to join us for this evening of spiritual growth. Please RSVP by February 14 so we have enough supplies…
You may send an email to email@example.com indicating family name and number attending or send an email to your child’s primary teacher. Thank you for all you do in partnership with us in promoting our Catholic identity within our schools and families.
Our gym floor is complete! We may use the floor Sunday morning as the paint needs time to cure. The tile floor is being installed today and tomorrow and the pads will be installed early next week. The room looks great, and I thank each one of you for your contribution and support.
As we prepare for Catholic Schools Week (CSW), I would like to share some “statistics” with you about Catholic education. As a tradition, Catholic Schools Week (CSW) occurs during the last week in January. However, this year, the last week begins on Sunday, January 31, 2016, which officially marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. During this week, we celebrate our Catholic School along with every other Catholic School in not only the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese, but in the nation. Currently, there are 6,568 Catholic elementary and secondary schools in our nation. Last year, 27 new Catholic Schools opened across the country, so there is a growing trend in seeing the advantages of a Catholic education.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week is: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” We at Sacred Heart Cathedral School support this theme by offering outstanding academic excellence in a faith-filled Catholic environment. Service becomes a way of life for our children, from bringing cans weekly to our liturgies to embracing monthly service projects.
We will begin our week with a school-led Mass on Sunday, January 31st at the 8 a.m. liturgy. I am asking all the student’s that attend to be in uniform. If students are in uniform on Sunday, they will have an “out of uniform” day at a later date. A pancake breakfast will follow in our new gym and the book fair will be open in the library. Our traditional grandparent’s day is Monday, February 1st. Please make plans to join us for these events. More events will follow during the week. Please refer to your flyers from school.
As always, thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with your wonderful children.
As we bring our first semester to a close, we wait in anticipation as we journey closer to Christmas and we light our last Advent candle this weekend. Thank you to everyone who has supported the efforts at our school. I would like to thank you for your generosity not only during this Advent Season, but throughout our school year. Your participation in our monthly missions has brought joy to those who we have been able to serve. Your participation in the Angel Tree will bring joy and a smile to many. Lastly, thank you so very much for your generous donation to our staff and faculty.
I am very thankful for the many blessings bestowed upon our students and families at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Last weekend, our Science Olympiad team traveled to Orlando to compete in an Invitational. Our students competed against the best schools in the state and were very successful. I am very proud to say our students earned the “Most Spirited” award and the award for being the “Most Inventive”. I must say our students reacted quickly to challenges, overcoming obstacles to earn medals and ribbons. SHCS students earned 7 medals and 10 ribbons and placed third overall. Our next challenge will be our regional competition on Saturday, February 20 at UWF. Special thank you to all the teachers, parents, volunteers and coordinators who made this event possible. Thank you also for your prayers for us this past weekend.
December is a special month of holiday blessings and cheer. I wish our families a happy and holy Christmas season. May you and yours find peace in the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas and may you carry Him in your hearts throughout the year. Peace to all!
Mrs. Elizabeth Snow