Notes from the Principal's Desk: many celebrations, High School Fair, field trips, and more

This morning, we had a lovely opportunity to spend time in community at School Liturgy, honoring Sr. Mary Catherine Thomas, OSF for forty years of religious life, recognizing our two Knott Scholars, Naomi Black and Katie Smolka, and installing this year's Student Council.  All before 10 AM! Photos and the livestream of the Liturgy are available. You may also start watching the livestream at various points:

As we wrap up this third week of school, I’d like to provide some reminders about the dismissal process.  First, I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who read my newsletter last week concerning the afternoon car line.  It is much more organized, and we feel the children are safer and better accounted for.  

Unfortunately, I have been getting several negative reports from our neighbors on St. Dunstan’s.  Essentially, we are being asked to remain mindful, and treat with respect, the residents who live on that road. It has been observed that some vehicles of Cathedral families have been driving too fast on the street and alleys.  Additionally, I ask that those picking students up remember not to block driveways so as to allow the residents to exit and enter their driveways. We want to be good stewards and role models in the neighborhood, and I thank you in advance for helping the school in this matter. One more reminder: because we value the safety of the children, students are not permitted to stay after school unattended while waiting for a sports practice or other extra-curricular activity to start.  Because teachers are in meetings after school, we are unable to provide supervision. Parents and guardians may register their children in CED, where they will be supervised before heading off to practice. 

This Monday, September 23rd, the school hosts an Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic High School Fair.  It will be from 6 PM until 8 PM and start in the gym. The High School Fair is open to the public, and students in 8th grade are highly encouraged to attend!

I hope to see you at the Archdiocese of Baltimore Annual Gala on Saturday the 28th.  In its first ten years, the Gala has raised $7.3 million dollars in support of Catholic schools in Baltimore.  The Gala highlights student success stories, innovations within our schools and showcases the Archdiocese's amazing students.  

Next week, our Middle School students will be joining students from our sister school, Mother Seton Academy, for a field trip to Terrapin Adventures.  Our eighth grade students have a second special field trip next week, when they get to visit First Fruit Farms.  First Fruits Farm is a Christian ministry non-profit farm in Freeland, Maryland. Volunteers help harvest food for the hungry in Baltimore, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Seventh-grade parents should be on the lookout for an email tomorrow from the school regarding the seventh-grade mission trip.  This year we are collaborating with the Parish offices of Youth Ministry and Adult Faith Formation to offer the mission trip during the school week (April 26-29).  The mission trip is a fantastic opportunity for students to put their faith into practice.

Finally, I have a communication from a parent of a 2019 graduate that I feel is too good not to share. 

Hi Mrs. Schmitt,
Hoping your year is off to a great start!
I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that your name in relation to all the things you taught [my daughter] over the last 2 years, has ALREADY come up several times at our house! She is reading & annotating short stories & says - "This is easy!" She had a grammar packet to complete & said - "This is easy!" I'm sure the examples will continue. I told her MULTIPLE times last year (as she was complaining about all the work) - "Just wait, this is important stuff. You'll be glad & thanking Mrs. Schmitt someday!" Well, that day has already arrived & she readily admits what a great teacher you were/are! You should know that!
Thank you!!

I love celebrating the good at Cathedral!  Have a great rest of the week.

God Bless.
Michael Wright