Principal’s News & Notes

July 18, 2017

Dear Friends and Family of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,snow

Summer greetings as many of you are in the midst of vacation time with your family.  The beginning of our school year is only a few weeks away, so we wanted to share the exciting happenings this summer at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Dave and I are honored to introduce this distinguished faculty.

Our pre-k teacher is Mrs. Erin Bowie.  Mrs. Bowie is the mother of five children, a graduate of UWF and is totally immersed in working with our pre-k young people. Mrs. Bowie’s expertise will continue the excellence established in this program for our young learners. She also has three children that will be attending our school.

Our first grade teacher is Ms. Rachel Barzen. Ms. Barzen comes to us as a recent graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Welcome Rachel as she brings her wisdom and enthusiasm from her experience at Franciscan and in the classroom.

Our fourth grade teacher is Mrs. Debbie Garland.  Mrs. Garland is a graduate of Regis University, a Jesuit University in Denver, Colorado.  Debbie comes to us with 17 years experience as a Catholic school educator in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Debbie and her family returned to the Pensacola area to be close to her retired parents.   Mrs. Garland’s room is painted, already prepared for the new school year and has a new floor.

Our 6th grade home room teacher, and Spanish teacher is Mrs. Ricardo.  Mrs. Ricardo is a graduate from a Catholic University in the Dominican Republic as well as having earned a Master’s degree in Pennsylvania.  She is also a cultural dance teacher, so middle school will have the opportunity for a new fine arts elective.

Our middle school science teacher is a current parent, Mrs. Rachel Barry.  Mrs. Barry is a graduate of UWF holding both an undergraduate degree in biology and an MS degree in microbiology.  She has years of experience teaching science at the high school level.

Our Morning Star teacher, Mrs. Diana Susann holds an undergraduate degree from Boston College, a Jesuit University, and an MA from California State University.  Both degrees are in special education.   Mrs. Susann is relocating here from Bosnia as her husband is in the military.  Mrs. Susann is a mom of five children; four will be at Sacred Heart and one will be at Catholic.

The last change is that Mrs. Sidney Poller has moved to the front office and Mrs. Terry Sadler will become the Pre-K aide.

We have been blessed with many new teachers from many diverse backgrounds, yet all centered on the same mission and vision.  I hope you join us in welcoming these individuals and their families to our school community.

As for our building projects…the new floor has been laid to replace the old carpet.  The new floor is the same floor used at Sacred Heart Hospital so it has a positive history of sustainability.  We are creating a literacy/exceptional learning room at the end of the hallway.  Most exciting is that we are creating an outdoor space for eating lunch so our young people will have their own space to eat their lunch.  The fence company is scheduled to begin soon so that our students will not only be able to eat outside, but this atmosphere will create an outdoor classroom that will allow the students and faculty to feel safe and enjoy the atmosphere of East Hill.

The fence company is the same company that installed our fence surrounding the parking lot.  While we are not installing the brick columns at this time, this is an on-going project where we will be reaching out for family support during the school year.

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Blessings for your continued support as we move Sacred Heart Cathedral School forward and create a new generation of inquiring  minds who understand how to integrate knowledge and live our mission statement of educating hearts and minds for God.

Elizabeth Snow,
Principal

Dave Kimbell,
Assistant Principal

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

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

Greetings,snow

Please join me in wishing Jean McCormack the best as she begins her new position with Brown Helicopter.  As the kindergarten aide, Jeanne has worked at Sacred Heart Cathedral School for 16 years with Mrs. Jennifer Haines. While we will miss Jean’s friendly smile and gentle spirit, we wish her well as she begins her new venture.  Fortunately, Ms. Williams, mom to Mariah in third grade and Estrella in pre-K, will be joining Mrs. Haines as the new kindergarten aide.  Ms. Williams has a degree in education and has been spending time with Mrs. Haines preparing for her new position.

We are going to begin a new tradition here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. On Tuesday, November 22nd, our school will gather together as a family for a Thanksgiving meal which will be served in the gym.   Because our school has grown to 300 students, we will have two shifts.  The children will eat with their buddies so they can spend some time together. The first lunch shift will include Pre K- and 5th grade, K and 6th, and 3rd grade.  The second shift will include 1st and 7th grade, 2nd and 8th grade and 4th grade.  Room moms will be serving the meal which will consist of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and green beans, rolls, and dessert.  Water, milk, and lemonade will be served. I realize some of our children have specific food allergies, so please let me know what we can do to accommodate your child.

Please join us for our Veteran’s Day Celebration tomorrow morning at our 8 a.m. prayer gathering.  We are thankful and reminded of our veterans’ continual service to our country.

kimbellThank you to Patti Salvaggio and Wendy McIntosh-Holmes, Dyna, Dana, and the countless volunteers who brought in water, made pumpkin bread and helped serve on Saturday.  As always, this race is a great family event.  It was so nice to see so many of our families participate.  We could not have had this race without your support.  Thank you, once again, for being part of our family here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.

Blessings,
Elizabeth & Dave

News & Notes

Greetings,snow

Student led conferences are next week.  Please take the time from your busy schedule to attend your child’s conference.  The students have been practicing their presentations, assessing their work and setting goals.  They are anxiously awaiting your arrival.
If you are new to Sacred Heart Cathedral School please take the time to visit our website and read about the benefits of student-led conferences.  This is the third year for such conferences and the students and parents find them very informative.  These conferences help the student assess their work and set goals for the future.  We will re-visit goals at the end of the third quarter.kimbell
If you have any questions, please contact me,
Blessings,
Elizabeth & Dave

News & Notes

Greetings,snow

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