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 Christmas Message

                                                                                                           December 15, 2017

Christmas Greetings,

At this time of peace may we take time to reflect on the blessings and values that permeate our Sacred Heart Cathedral School.  Thank you for your continued support, loyalty and dedication to our mission. Thank you for your generosity in volunteering, for always being available, and answering the call to serve.  It is truly a sacred privilege to serve you and I thank you for your support as we move forward.   May you enjoy this Christmas time with peace and joy.  Our prayer is that peace and joy is ever present in our learning, our dedication to our families, and our love for one another.

Mr. Kimbell is directing the choir for the 4 p.m. Mass, December 24th at the Cathedral.  The choir is composed of our Sacred Heart Cathedral School students. Many children and families have committed to be present. Please join us for this very special liturgy as we join together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

May the New Year bring you continued blessings as we continually work together in achieving the mission of our school.

Christmas Blessings,

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Elizabeth Snow
Principal

David Kimbell
Assistant Principal

Principal’s Note

Advent Wreath for Week 1I  will be traveling to College Park, Maryland on Sunday and returning to Pensacola on Tuesday evening.  I  will be reviewing a curriculum along with the superintendent, Mr. Michael Juhas, and three other principals from the diocese.  I  will be back in school Wednesday morning. If you need to reach me, I will be available via email.  Thank you for understanding.

Blessings to you as we enter into this Advent season.

Elizabeth

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.

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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.

Blessings,

Elizabeth Snow                                                           David Kimbell