Notes from the Principal's Desk: Lent, volunteers needed, and more

As we approach the beginning of Lent, I encourage all of the students and families to be mindful of the CRS Rice Bowls that were sent home last week. The act of making small sacrifices and giving is an opportunity to bring ourselves closer to God and be mindful of the gifts that we are given. As we prepare for Lent and Ash Wednesday, we will have a few celebrations in the coming days.

Tomorrow, March 1, is a $1 Tag Day with money raised going towards CRS Rice Bowl. Students are permitted to dress down in Mardi Gras colors (attire must be appropriate for a Catholic school). Please remember that running shorts and leggings by themselves are not appropriate for dress down attire. We are also hosting Read Across America Day events tomorrow! There will be fun activities for K-8 students to participate in as we celebrate our love of reading here at the Cathedral. We encourage families to read a special book together at home tomorrow in honor of Read Across America Day. Author Marc Tyler Nobleman will be visiting School of the Cathedral on Monday, in honor of this special celebration!

On Tuesday, March 5, we have a Bake SaleStars & Stripes volleyball, and a Fat Tuesday Middle School lunch! Since it is the first Tuesday of the month, please remember that it is an Our Daily Bread casserole pick up day. Please consider making a casserole, freezing it and dropping it off Tuesday morning during arrival. Tuesday is also the day that Cardinal Cup registration opens, so be sure to look out for an email about this awesome community event on April 6. In celebration (and because it's the Cardinal Cup's 25th anniversary!), we'll have a Retro Cardinal Cup Dress-Down Dayon Friday, March 8 - wear your retro Cardinal Cup shirts, or retro gear of any kind!

We are looking for a parent volunteer to take the lead running Chess Club next school year. We are grateful to Mr. Taylor for his support of the Chess Club for many years. He has earned a much-deserved break. We are asking for a parent volunteer now in order to provide an opportunity to for the volunteer to observe, shadow, and learn from Mr. Taylor regarding the process of running Chess Club.

We congratulate the hard work of the 8th grade students as they journey through the high school process. Some of the schools that our 8th graders have been accepted to include:
 
Archbishop Curley High School
Calvert Hall College High School
The Catholic High School
Friends School of Baltimore
Gilman School
Institute of Notre Dame
The John Carroll School
Loyola Blakefield
Notre Dame Preparatory School
Maryvale Preparatory School
Mount deSales Academy
Mount Saint Joseph High School
Roland Park Country School
St. Paul's School
St. Paul's School for Girls

Congratulations to our eighth-grade students! We will share our students' decisions and awards in the coming weeks.

God bless,
Michael Wright