Principal’s News & Notes


As we continue our Lenten journey, we turn our hearts and minds toward the virtue for the month of March which is mercy. Mercy is our ability to care for those who suffer. Please discuss mercy as a family this month as we will be talking about it as a school

Next week we will begin the Iowa Assessment test for students in second through
eighth grade. Please send in a nutritious snack for your child so they are equipped with nutrition to do their best.

Students in second, fourth and sixth grades will also take the CogAT test
which measures a student’s ability to understand the material.

The Iowa Assessment provides a nationally norm-referenced measure of a student’s
basic skills. It is designed to measure to what extent a student has learned,
understood, and is able to apply important concepts and skills. In addition, the test can
provide valuable feedback to students, parents, and schools about student progress
from grade to grade. The tests are used by the administration and faculty to evaluate
the effectiveness of the curriculum and to gauge the overall achievement of our
students in relation to those across the diocese, state and country.

The MAP scores and progress will be addressed during student led conferences later
this month.

Trivia Night is this Saturday evening. We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening
while we raise money for our school. Thank you to all the families who provided gifts for
our class baskets!

While it is a tradition at Sacred Heart Cathedral School for our 8 th grade students to
attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, we will not be in school. If possible, please
make arrangements to attend this rich Mass and blessing of the oils which are used in
all of the diocesan churches for the year. The students have always come away from
this Mass with a sense of awe and awakening to our faith. Next year, we will continue
the tradition of taking the 8 th grade to the Chrism Mass because our spring break will
once again return to Easter week.

Upcoming Events

  • Fridays during Lent
    • 2:00 pm – Stations of the Cross (please join us)
    • 5:00 pm – Parish Fish Fry
      • Thank you for supporting STUCO by sending in desserts for the fish fry. Proceeds will provide assistance to the alpha Center


  • March 22 – Early Dismissal
    • Student-Led Conferences
  • March 23 – Early Dismissal
    • Student-Led Conferences
  • March 24 – Science Olympiad State Competition
    • Good Luck to our SHCS teams
  • March 26-30 – NO SCHOOL
    • Spring Break

Lenten Blessings,
Elizabeth Snow

David Kimbell

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.

Principal’s News & Notes

Fall Greetings,


Elizabeth Snow, Principal

It is hard to believe we are reaching the end of the first quarter here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. There have been many accomplishments as students have had the opportunity to learn and master new concepts, create and renew friendships and live true to our mission of educating hearts and minds for God.

Our first session of MAP testing is complete and the faculty and staff are learning how to interpret the results. As soon as training is complete, we will give everyone an explanation of this test. We are one of a few pilot schools that have been asked to participate in this testing. The advantage of MAP is that it is more of a diagnostic test, listing strengths and weaknesses so we can specify learning to the individual needs.

Please remember those Lucky Heart tickets. This fundraiser provides the opportunity to
enhance our academic programs for our young people. You have the opportunity to win $50 or $100 and your child earns a free dress day every month. The deadline has been extended to next Friday. Please consider participating.

There are a few happenings this month that we would like to share with you.

Blessing of the Animals – Wednesday, October 4th, 2:00 PMsacred-heart-pinellas-park-animal-blessing-1080x675
In recognition of the Feast of Saint Francis Assisi, Father James will bless the animals at 2 p.m. in the parking lot. If you are available and have an animal you would like to have blessed, please bring them to the parking lot by 2 p.m. We welcome all members of
our parish community to participate. Dogs must be on a leash and all other animals need to be in some sort of crate/carton. This is always such a special day for our parish community. I realize many will want to check out their child(ren) after this, so please check with Mrs. Boland and arrange for dismissal. Dismissal will be the same as always.

Mass with the Bishop – Friday, October 6th, 8:00 AM

Bishop Wack will be celebrating Mass with us, Friday, October 6. Please plan to attend.
Members of our student council will be planning the Mass.

Student Led Conferences – October 19th & 20th

Student-led conferences are planned for the 19 th and 20 th of October. As a result, we will have a noon dismissal on those days, but we will have extended care.

8th graders visit Catholic High – Tuesday, October 24th .

Students are asked to please report to the CHS Gymnasium at 7:45.  Students do not need to bring a snack or lunch.  Parents are asked to please pick-up their student at the Football parking lot, located on the corner of Scott and “W” Street, at 12:00 p.m.

Dress code for girls is knee length skirts or long pants, with shirts that cover the collarbone and have sleeves.  Dresses may be worn but must be knee length, have sleeves, and cover the collarbone.  Dress code for boys is long pants, shirt, and belt.  All shoes must have a back, no flip flops or slide shoes.  Jeans and shorts are not permitted.

Pensacola Opera Visits – Wednesday, October 25th.

There will be two performances; one for our younger students and one for middle school.

Mrs. Snow Out of Town – October 25th, 26th & 27th.

I am the chairperson for the accreditation of St. Michael Academy in Fernandina Beach. I will be out of the office October 25th , 26th and 27th .

YMCA Special Needs Halloween Party – Friday, October 27th

The 8th grade has once again been asked to participate in the special needs Halloween party that is sponsored by the YMCA.

Fall Festival – Tuesday, October 31st.


Dave Kimbell, Asst. Principal

Our 8th grade students are planning a fall fest on Halloween for the rest of the school. This tradition of serving others is once again instituted at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. The 8th grade has once again been asked to participate in the special needs Halloween party that is sponsored by the YMCA.
Elizabeth Snow & Dave Kimbell

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.


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,

Dave Kimbell,
Assistant Principal

Principal’s News & Notes


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


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