Letter from the Principal

Fall Greetings,

Thank you so much for your response to Lucky Hearts.  Thanks to you, we have once again reached our past goal that makes it possible for us to provide extra resources for our classrooms and teachers.  We feel very blessed as you, our families and supporters continually support our Sacred Heart Cathedral School family.

This next week brings many classes traveling down the street to the Pumpkin Patch, with buddies and alone as classes. This a great time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, while we enjoy one another’s company.  We also experience the joy of being a student at Sacred Heart Cathedral School as we share with our buddies, and create and confirm relationships. We are so fortunate to have such a family friendly neighborhood.

We have ended our first quarter and are anxiously looking forward to student led conferences.  Your child/children have worked hard to present presentations to you, their parents.  They will share with you their strengths, weaknesses and plans for the future.  I know you will be touched as I have spent many hours in the classroom only to find an overwhelming goal of being kind to one another and finding joy in my classmates.  Our mission is becoming a reality at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.

As always, it is an honor to serve you and I am continually humbled by your support and generosity.  Mr. Redding took a truck load of supplies this weekend to those families affected by hurricane Michael. As families of Sacred Heart Cathedral School, if you decide you would like to take your family for a weekday workday, please let us know and your child/children will be excused from school for that day.  I understand how important it is to spend time as a family and the week days is the highest need for family support.

We are looking forward to two school events.  We are hosting a PTO general meeting this Wednesday, beginning with appetizers at 5:30 followed by a general meeting at 6 p.m.  This event will take place in our outside newly designed outside patio, weather permitting.

This Friday there are many events happening at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  Our families from PreK-5th grade are participating in our Seat ‘n Treat activity held on our campus grounds.

Our middle school students are participating in the championship football game as they take on Little Flower/EDS at Catholic High School at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.  Please try to support both events this weekend.  We have so much to be proud of here at SHCS.  Our families, PTO, sports programs continually support our mission.  You are the best!

Looking forward, the 8th grade will once again be following tradition in the mission of service as they help at the YMCA on October 30th.  The 8th grade will also be sponsoring the Fall Fest for those students in grade Pre-K-5th grade on October 31st.  This fun day will take the place of individual Halloween parties.  The 8th graders have planned many fun activities for these young people.

Please join us for Mass on All Saints’  Day at 8 a.m.   Bishop Wack will be the celebrant.

The following week, Mr. Kimbell and I will be attending the Catholic Liberal Arts Conference and three other teachers will be attending a seminar on Mindset and Determination in New Orleans. We will all return to Sacred Heart Cathedral School eager to move forward with what we have learned from these conferences.

I know you will all continue to support our annual Pumpkin Run. Please keep the pumpkin bread coming in as this is crucial for the support of the run. This is such a special day for our parish and school community.  The briskness of the early morning air and the warmth of the air at the completion of the race just lend towards a wonderful family day.

As we move into November, we will continue our annual Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 16th.  Our 8th grade class, as part of their commitment to service, will be serving the students in grades Pre-k through 7th grade. Consequently, we will not need parent volunteers for this luncheon.  Once the 8th grade is finished serving their fellow classmates they will have their own luncheon together.  This class is to be commended on how they rise to the occasion to serve others.

Blessings,

Elizabeth and Dave

Principal’s News & Notes

May Greetings,snow

We honored two very special faith celebrations this past week.

The 8th grade were recognized for their growth in their faith throughout these past years at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in our annual “ribbon pinning” ceremony, this past Friday. As is the tradition, the 8th graders are “pinned with a ribbon” by their 2nd grade buddies reminding everyone of our mission here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. The 8th graders then give their parents a rose recognizing their parents’ commitment towards sending them to Catholic Schools and the sacrifices involved.

Then on Sunday, I was able to witness our families bring forth their child to celebrate the sacrament of First Eucharist. I also had the special honor to be able to be a Eucharistic minister during this celebration. I am so blessed to be part of this community. I am continually humbled as I serve as your servant leader. Thank you for your continued support as we continually move forward developing our faith community.

Our virtue for the month of May is zeal. Zeal is explained as love in action. As explained by the the Holy Cross Priests, the congregation of Bishop Bill, to serve with zeal is “to make God known, loved, and served, and thus save souls” – that was the charge that Blessed Basile Moreau, founder, gave the Congregation of Holy Cross. This virtue is explicitly important to our diocese as reinforced by our bishop.

As we move forward, I have some dates to share with you. This Friday is the Crowning of Mary where the 2nd grade students will crown Mary. All members of our school are asked to bring flowers to contribute to this special recognition to Mary. The 8th graders will have their traditional final end of the year retreat this Wednesday. They will attend the 8 a.m. Mass with the parish. They will then walk to Bayview Park for their retreat led by Mr. James Redding. The retreat is followed by confession and Adoration.

The 8th grade took the ACRE on Monday and the 5th grade will be taking the ACRE Tuesday and Thursday. This test is a composite analysis of understandings of the faith and morality.

There are some end of the year fieldtrips which are grade specific. 4th grade had a blast on Monday, 5th grade is next, followed by 2nd grade.

The 8th grade finals will be published to parents/students. Finals for 6th and7th grade will also be published this week.

Our wonderful elementary students are enjoying learning, reading and sharing with one another. These young people are just fantastic as they are so open to learning and excelling. It is incredible to see first graders learning double digit subtraction!

Father James, Mrs. Barry, Mr. Schmitz, Mr. Elting, Mrs. Poller and yours truly took our 8th graders on an amazing trip to Tallahassee. We shared meals together on our way from Pensacola to Tallahassee and back again, enjoyed some sightseeing including the new and old capital, the museum, and Wakulla Springs. The highlight was definitely lunch on the 6th floor terrace at the FSU stadium and time just spent to explore and spend time with friends. We ended the day having dinner at one of Father James’ hangouts at Wakulla Springs. It was a locally owned restaurant and the food was terrific! Again, a great time for this class to just spend time with one another and enjoy sharing a meal together. I repeatedly heard comments about how considerate our students were and their kind manners. This was truly one of the best fieldtrips!

Congratulations to our track team! Not only have they continued the tradition of excellence, but they showed Sacred Heart Cathedral School mission as everyone rallied around Joey Camposagrado and his continued efforts to improve from his brain bleed that occurred during practice. This track meet wasn’t about accomplishment, but support for Joey. Thank you, everyone for your prayers and support for Joey’s family.

8th grade graduation is May 21st at 5:30.kimbell

Kindergarten graduation is May 22nd at 10 a.m., and our last day of school is Friday, May 25th .

As always, my prayers for blessings as you continually support our school and faith community,
Blessings,
Elizabeth and Dave

Principal’s News & Notes

Easter Greetings,snow

Blessings to you and your family as we continue to celebrate the Easter season.  While we were at different ends of the state, country and world, we are all blessed to be able to celebrate our faith together. Welcome back as we begin our final journey for this last quarter.

Our virtue this month is justice. Student council and the classroom teachers will continue discussions on how justice can be applied to ourselves, our friends, family and school.  Please enter into a discussion at home about this.

April brings many new happenings.  I will be out of town next Friday until Sunday as I attend a seminar and retreat in South Bend, Indiana. I am delighted as I will be once again at my daughter’s alma mater, so while I will miss being with you Friday and Sunday at Mass, I will be praying for our school families at Notre Dame.

Please mark your calendars for the following dates.

  • Tuesday, April 10th – “To Kill a Mockingbird” Field Trip (Monroeville, AL)
    • Mr. Elting / 7th Grade
  • Monday, April 16th – Cedar Farms Field Trip
    • Pre-K
  • Tuesday, April 24th – Flight Adventure Field Trip (Middle School)
  • Wednesday, April 25th – Flight Adventure Field Trip (Middle School)
  • Thursday, April 26th – Flight Adventure Field Trip (Middle School)
  • Friday, April 27th – 8th Grade Class Trip
  • Saturday, April 28th – SHCS Golf Classic
    • 9AM – Scenic Hills Country Club
  • Friday, May 4th – 8th Grade Ribbon Mass
    • 8AM – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
  • Sunday, May 6th – First Communion
    • 8AM – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
  • Monday, May 21st – 8th Grade Graduation
    • 5:30 PM – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

The Ribbon Mass is a highlight of the 8th grade in that is a recognition of the life of these young people as they have evolved in their faith during their time at Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  By tradition, the 8th graders are pinned with a ribbon from their 2nd grade buddies.  Following Mass, a brunch is held in Ave Maria Hall for both the 2nd and 8th grade students.

Please consider participating in our annual Golf Tournament.  The date is Saturday, April 28th.  This is a great time to put together teams that involve father/son, father/daughter.  Athletes, please come together and participate in a great day of fun and fellowship.  The tournament is going to happen at Scenic Hills Golf Club. Many of our parents are actively involved in making this event happen and it has become a major fundraising event for our school.  This is not a competitive event, but rather a time to come together and celebrate our school and families.kimbell

Finally, a new swing set will be arriving soon and installed where the present swing sit exists.  We are very excited for this added piece of playground equipment that is safe and up to date.

Blessings,

Elizabeth & Dave

Principal’s News & Notes

Greetings,

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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
community.

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

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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,

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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.

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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.
Blessings,
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.

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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