Notes from the Principal's Desk: awards, uniform reminders, and more

Last night we had wonderfully attended Back to School Night. I’d like to thank all thefamilies who attended. It was a great opportunity for families to meet the teachers and learn about the upcoming school year. This morning at our Opening Liturgy, we recognized some members of our faculty and staff who reached milestones in their years of service with the Archdiocese of Baltimore Department of Catholic Schools. They are:

  • Patty Darby, 5 years of service
  • Fiona Diemer, 5 years of service
  • Tim Miller, 5 years of service
  • Jon Mathis, 25 years of service!

We were also recognized for achieving PBIS Silver status! This year we will be shooting to achieve Gold status.

We would also like to congratulate Lauren Schmitt, 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher, for being awarded Cathedral Teacher of the Year! 

Next week we look forward to a full week of school. We will be conducting some uniform inspections to make sure the students are in the proper uniform and ready to learn. You can find the uniform code in our Parent/Student handbook. For easy reference, I have included the Uniform policy below:

UNIFORM POLICY

Jewelry is limited to:
● Religious necklace (boys and girls) 
● SMALL stud earrings (girls only) 
● Watch (boys and girls)

SUMMER UNIFORM (all students)

Walking shorts may be purchased from L.L. Bean, Lands' End, and many other merchants. Summer uniforms may be worn from the first day of school through early October (see calendar) and from mid-April (see calendar) until the last day of school. The summer uniform is not a fashion statement; it is a uniform for warm weather. The Principal may extend the time for the summer uniform if warranted.
    
  • Khaki shorts (minimum 6-inch inseam) for boys and girls; girls may also wear a khaki skort but it must be purchased from Lands’ End
  • A blue CATHEDRAL shirt (no other logos OR plain shirts)
  • White or black crew socks
  • Tennis shoes (any color) with laces or Velcro (no leisurewear slip-on sneakers or backless shoes which may fall off easily)
  • Black, brown, or Cathedral spirit wear belt (not required for students in K, PF, Gr. 1, and Gr. 2)

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Finally, I’d like to share that I travel to California on Thursday, September 12th and return Sunday night, September 15th, as I continue my doctoral studies at The University of Southern California. This is my second and final trip until my anticipated conferral in May 2021. While I am saddened to miss these two days of school, these immersion sessions are powerful experiences in which I get to meet and discuss education with Principals and Industry leaders across the country. The wealth of knowledge I gain from the immersion experience inform our decision making and instructional practices as a school as we strive to meet the needs of every Cathedral student. I know everyone will be in good hands with Mrs. Czarnecki at the helm of the school!

God Bless and have a great weekend!
Michael Wright