Notes from the Principal's Desk: December 11, 2018

It is hard to believe that Christmas break is only eight school days away! Where does the time go during the school year? This Thursday we have early dismissal as we begin our Student-Led Conferences.

The students have been working hard with the teachers preparing for the conferences. Both the students and the teachers are excited to embark on this new format. I have already had the opportunity to overhear the students talk with one another during morning drop off about how they have had to become more reflective in their own learning.

Just as the students have been preparing for the conference, we think it is important for parents to begin to think about which questions they may want to ask their child during the conference. For example, “Which class do you feel the strongest in? Why?” or “Which class is the most challenging for you? How can I help you be successful in this class?” 

If you feel that you would still benefit by meeting with your child’s teacher alone, please feel free to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher after Christmas break.  

We welcome Mrs. Rodriguez to the Cathedral community for the next two weeks. Mrs. Rodriguez is working with our 4th - 8th grade Spanish students, assessing their progress thus far and preparing a scope and sequence for the students when they return after Christmas break. We anticipate welcoming a new Spanish teacher after Christmas break who will remain to finish out the school year. Mrs. Lemon will continue on as the homeroom teacher in addition to her role an instructional coach and curriculum coordinator.

This week the Book Fair is in full swing! Don’t forget to stop by and pick up something for your son or daughter, or shop online. It is a terrific chance to get something on their wish list for Christmas while raising money for the school library. As promised, if we reach our goal of $12,000, Mrs. Czarnecki, Mrs. Metzbower, and I will dress up as “Enchanted Book Fairies” for the students at the conclusion of the book fair!

Next Friday, December 21, I'd like to extend a special invitation to all families for a Holiday Shopping Event and Breakfast! We would like to take this opportunity to express our warmest gratitude for your support throughout the year. We are blessed to have such wonderful families who are willing to give their time, skill set, and talents to our school. As a token of our appreciation, we welcome you to join us for a holiday shopping event and breakfast at the MUSTANG MARKET. RSVP here!

This year the Christmas Convocation will be held on Friday, December 21st from 10am to 11:30am. This is also a half day with students being dismissed at 11:45am from school after the convocation. We invite all parents, grandparents, and special friends to join us at the convocation. As we have done in the past, the Christmas Convocation will begin with a short performance by the school band followed by the Stations of the Nativity.During the Stations of the Nativity, students read gospel passages and each grade sings a Christmas carol. The event ends with a Live Nativity and the 8th grade reciting a portion of Luke’s Gospel recalling Jesus’ birth. All are welcome to attend.

A word about safety: in particular, about afternoon dismissal. As a reminder, students should not be picked up from Amberly Way or in front of the Cathedral. Students on Amberly Way are considered walkers and should be walking home. There has also been a concern about students gathering in front of the church to be picked up as well. In order to have proper oversight of the students, and expedite the exit of cars from campus at dismissal, any students being picked up should be meeting their rides in the top or middle parking lot, and as needed in the school circle. When everyone follows the correct procedures, we have the perfect mix of safety and getting everyone off of campus within 10 minutes!

Finally, it has been observed some students have been leaving campus to visit Starbucks or a local eatery before attending sports practice in the afternoon. I’d like to discourage this from happening for a number of reasons. 

First, we must consider the overall safety of the students. When students leave campus without a parent or permission from a parent, we are concerned about who has oversight of the child and what could happen when there is no adult present. 

Second, students who leave campus and return to school without an adult are unsupervised, and as a result, faculty and staff who should be in meetings, working towards meeting the academic needs of the students, must step in and act as chaperones for the unattended children. 

If your child has a sports practice in the afternoon but you are unable to pick him or her up, we ask that you enroll your child in CED. There is always room in CED and we can make accommodations so your child can attend CED, attend sports practice, and return to CED if necessary. CED does have a drop-in option, so please contact Ms. Bergin if this would suit your needs. In this way, we can ensure a clear chain of oversight and best protect our students. Thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation.

See you at the Convocation!

God Bless,
Michael Wright