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

The Solar Eclipse at SHCS

Dear Friends and Family of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,
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As you know, there will be a solar eclipse visible over most of the United States on Monday, August 21.  While our school is south of the complete blackout zone, we will still experience much of it.  This is an excellent opportunity to teach our students about science and the wonder of God’s creation.  With guidance from our Diocese, this is what will be happening at Sacred Heart Cathedral School on Monday.

The eclipse will occur between 12:03 and 3:02 with 1:35 being the maximum coverage.  Depending on cloud cover, it may be very visible or just dark.  Students will be reminded in their classes they should not look directly at the sun, as this can cause serious damage to their eyes or even blindness.  Please reinforce this at home.

Proper eye protection (approved NASA eclipse glasses) is the only safe option.  Sunglasses do not work.  Proper eye protection has been purchased for our students in grades 3-8.  If you are allowing your child to participate in this you have signed and returned a permission slip.  If you do not sign the permission slip your child will stay inside until dismissal. Students in grades 3-5 will go outside for a ten-fifteen minute viewing around 1:25. Middle school students will also go outside around 1:25 for a 20-30 minute viewing.

All students are allowed to wear caps/hat when they are outside.  Younger students may wear ball caps during the day as they will not be participating in the eclipse. PE classes and our recess will not go outside after 11:45.

Dismissal will be delayed 10 minutes, with dismissal starting at 2:50.  The walkers will be escorted across the street at the end of dismissal, so please plan accordingly. Extended care does not begin until 3:15-3:20 so the students will be fine since this is after the eclipse.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.

Blessings,

Elizabeth and Dave

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