A Letter from the Principal

Blessings and Greetings for the New Year,

As we begin our journey together through 2020, I want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the faculty and staff monetary fund.  Thanks to your generosity and the PTO’s willingness to meet what money was collected from our parents, our entire faculty and staff were very gratified with their bonus this last week of December.   I am continually humbled and honored to be able to serve you.  Thank you also for the many personal notes, letters and gifts.  I love watching the face of your children as they enthusiastically walk into school each day.  I understand there may be a few bumps, but I pray you realize we are here to work together.  Please always know, this is a partnership, so our administrative team is here to work, in partnership with you.

Report cards will be sent home today.  There will be an envelope in your child’s backpack.  Pre-K and Kindergarten reports will be sent home next week.  These young people have worked very hard to attain their grades and I know you support their successes.  Once again, thank you for your continued support.

Our eighth grade students will be entering their third set of service opportunities on Friday, January 17.  They have been rotating through a series of service projects on our Friday half-days and have had enthusiastic revues from every place they have served.  I am not surprised as this group is extremely empathetic and humble about their service.

I will be out of town from January 21-January 24 as I am chairing an accreditation visit in Sunrise, Florida.  As a result of this visit, I am going to postpone Grandparents’ Day.  I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but I really feel it is important to be present for Grandparents’ Day.  If you have a grandparent who has planned to visit Pensacola from out of state, please contact me and I will work with you so they can visit our school and your child’s classroom.  I certainly do not want any grandparent inconvenienced because of my schedule.  I will make it work for them on an individual basis.  The day is not cancelled, it is postponed.  My hope is we will be able to reschedule when our new addition is complete and we can showcase our wonderful chapel and new classrooms.  I will keep you informed.

Catholic Schools Week is quickly approaching, so please mark Sunday, January 26 on your calendar.  We will all gather for Mass and hospitality in Ave Maria Hall after Mass. A schedule for the week will be sent home shortly.   However, some traditions never change, such as our annual kick-ball game on Friday, January 31.  The game will start shortly after 1 p.m. Please plan to attend as our 8th grade students take on the staff and faculty.  STUCO will also attend the annual Catholic High School Mass celebration, representing our school.

I end this note with saying, once again, it is a sacred privilege to serve you and your family.  You are the best as you volunteer to coach, work in the lunchroom, arrive for early drop off, offer to drive on field trips, and offer a caring hand for whatever our needs. You volunteer for PTO, finance councils and SAC. You answer Dyna’s call to serve.  Thank you for your willingness to help.

Please watch for news for our Trivia Night…It is our 10th anniversary, and while we cannot hold the event on site, we still plan for a spectacular event. I know you will all support our cause, which is for the benefit of our children.

Blessings,

Elizabeth

Letter from the Principal

November 13, 2019

Dear Parents and Supporters of Sacred Heart Cathedral School,

Thank you to the many volunteers, including parents, grandparents, faculty and staff  that gave of their time and talent to make this 35th Pumpkin Run successful.  The weather was perfect for a nice, cool start.  Thank you also for the participating in the race. We truly are a family and I am reminded of this when we have these great events. A special thank you to Gracie Slocum, our sixth grade student, for singing the National Anthem.  Bishop Bill presided in prayer before the race officially began.  Check out the Pumpkin Run Facebook page for pictures, along with our own facebook page.  Student led conferences went well.  Thank you for partnering with us so the students can learn how to access their learning and understanding.  The building addition is progressing nicely with blockwork scheduled for the first week in December.

Looking forward to the rest of the semester, I would like to outline some upcoming events.  First of all, family faith night will be next Wednesday, November 20 beginning with dinner at 5:30.   It is so nice to see so many families participating in the dinner and faith growth following. On Friday, November 22 at 11 a.m., we will have our annual Thanksgiving dinner for faculty, staff and students.  This is a student only event. The menu is turkey, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans, a roll and cookie. If your child does not eat turkey, they may bring their own lunch.  This year our luncheon will take place in Ave Maria Hall. 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.

The Christmas Program for students in PreK-3rd grade, along with our Mass choir, will be Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cathedral. The theme is Advent and waiting. Wednesday, December 4th, Faith Night is the parish mission beginning with dinner at 5:30.  A flyer will be coming home soon regarding this evening. There will be a middle school retreat on Monday, December 9.  Students in grades 6 and 7 will meet in the morning and the 8th grade students will meet in the afternoon.  I will let you know when the younger students will have their retreat. These retreats are being coordinated by Mr. James Reding.

The middle school exam schedule will be finalized at our level meeting next Monday at 7 a.m.  We will forward that schedule as soon as it is solidified.  Our last day before Christmas holiday is Friday, December 20 with a noon dismissal.

Blessings to you and your family,

Elizabeth, Mary, Dave

 

 

 

Accreditation – Parent Letter

Greetings,
Thank you for your continued support as we move through our Lenten season, anticipating Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and a much anticipated spring break for our families and friends.

During this year, we have evaluated our school in preparation for our three-year review for accreditation. Thank you to those of you who completed the parent satisfaction survey at the beginning of the year. The results exceeded our expectations as we are continually humbled by your support and willingness to volunteer.

This past year, our faculty and staff have divided and into the four different Domains of the accreditation process. We have completed a self-study and analysis of everything we do at Sacred Heart Cathedral School within the four Domains. The Domains include Catholic identity and mission, governance and leadership, academic excellence and operational vitality. The head of each Domain has written and submitted a report to the accreditation committee for approval. This means, as a faculty and staff, we have compared what we have accomplished to the standards set by the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC). This is a rubric, requiring we have evidence to support our own internal rating.

The accreditation committee, consisting of Ms. Mary Camp, FCC director, along with superintendent, Mr. Michael Juhas, and Dr. Dan Guernsey, a humanities specialist, will be at our school, Tuesday, April 30, to review what we have submitted.

The committee has reviewed the evidence that has been submitted and our action plan for improvement. They will observe throughout the school and review our action plan. Our action plan is our plan to continually improve our school for the next three years. The committee will meet with the faculty and staff at the end of the day, explaining their findings. We will share their finding with you.

Blessings,
Mrs. Elizabeth Snow
Mr. Dave Kimbell
Mrs. Mary Adams

Principal’s News & Notes

News and Notes from the Principal,

As we move into our fourth and final quarter of the school year, there are a few events you will want to note on your calendar.

A reminder that there is a First Communion meeting for the second grade parents this Sunday, March 31 from 9:15 am-10:45 am. Please note this is a mandatory meeting if your child is planning on receiving the Sacrament on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Dyna has sent out many schedules and reminders for Student Led Conferences. Please note your day and time as we will see all families at the end of the week.

Science Olympiad is this weekend in Orlando. Safe travels to all who are traveling. We are so proud of our young people who have worked so hard in their areas of competition.

I am going to an accreditation visit in Clearwater this next week so I will be out of the office part of next week. The accreditation begins on Monday and ends Wednesday afternoon.

Our mid-seven year accreditation visit will be the Tuesday after spring break, April 30. Mr. Juhas, Mary Camp from the FCC and Dr. Guernsey from Ave Maria will be the committee evaluating our school. The accreditation visit gives us an opportunity to evaluate what we are doing and how we can continually meet the needs of our families, both academically and spiritually. Mr. Nicholas Lahr is the faculty representative who is heading the steering committee along with Mr. Patrick Schmitz, Mrs. Leighann Roberts, Mrs. Marie Stills, Mrs. Whittington, Mr. Dave Kimbell and Mrs. Snow.

The Chrism Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday, April 16. It is a tradition that our 8th grade attends this special Mass.

Please note we have a noon dismissal on Holy Thursday (April 18) with spring break following. Students will return on Monday, April 29.

The traditional Ribbon Mass for our 8th grade is Friday, May 3. This is always followed by a brunch with the second grade buddies. Once again, Mr. Redding is planning a retreat following brunch at Bayview Park. More details coming for the students and parents of the class of 2019.

We are planning an elementary spring concert with the theme of the 1960s. This will be held in May. Details and date will follow.

The CYSL track meet is at Catholic High School on Saturday, May 4.

First Communion on Sunday, May 5.

Please mark your calendar to join us for the Crowning of Mary Mass on Friday, May 10.

The athletic banquet will be on Saturday, May 11.
Lenten Blessings,
Dave, Mary and Elizabeth

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

Parking Advisory

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Please be advised that on Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22 the Cathedral is hosting events for our new Bishop. These events will require use of the school parking lot.  If your child will be staying for Extended Care you may need to park on the street to walk in and sign your child out. We anticipate that the parking lot will be full. Thank you for your patience and understanding.