Notes from the Principal's Desk: May 15, 2019

We hope that you and your children are enjoying Spirit Week! The students seem to be having a fun week, and we are glad the weather has finally begun to turn around. 

This week you might have noticed a new banner in the school circle. In case you missed my previous announcement, let me take a moment to explain this most recent recognition.

The School of the Cathedral was one of 12 finalists for Today’s Catholic Teacher Magazine's 2019 Innovations in Catholic Education! A search for the schools with the best innovations in Catholic education was conducted by the magazine, and more than 100 schools were evaluated in areas of innovation.  Although not the winner, Cathedral was one of three finalists recognized for our innovation promoting Catholic Identity. Specifically, our Middle School social justice program, Faith in Focus Leadership conference, and prayer buddy program were noted for innovative practices. We are so proud of our faculty, staff, and students for the work they have done in gaining this recognition.

Tonight we host The Night of Innovation. This science night will have fun experiments for students and will showcase the innovative projects students in K-8 have been doing all year. We hope you can make it!

Thursday, we celebrate May Crowning at the weekly school Liturgy. Earlier this week, Colin Kelley, our Principal for the Day, handed out rosaries to each student. Students may bring the rosaries to Mass tomorrow. We hope to take some time before or after Mass to pray a decade of the rosary as a school. 2nd graders should wear their First Communion outfits, and 8th graders should wear their Sunday best. 2nd grade will have their group First Communion picture taken at 9:15am tomorrow at the Cathedral.

Friday, our 8th-grade students give their final keystone project by presenting the social justice topics they have been researching all year. The Faith in Focus Leadership Conference will be held in the Parish Center at 9am, and we invite all to come and see these great presentations by our 8th-grade students.

I’d like to give an update to everyone concerning the schedule for next year. As we work within our continuous improvement process to offer the best experience for the students, our scheduled school start time of 7:55am and dismissal time of 2:50pm has been approved by the Department of Catholic schools. School will still open at 7:30am, and students not in their classrooms by 7:55am will be marked tardy.The addition of five minutes at the beginning and end of the day will ensure all students are organized to start the day and are prepared for that evening's homework assignments.

Looking ahead to next week, we begin our exam review week, since exams start after the Memorial Day weekend. As you plan your 4-day Memorial Day weekend (no school Friday 5/24 or Monday 5/27), make sure the children have some time built in to study!

Finally, I ask everyone who orders lunch for their child to check their Lunch Box account. I have been informed that there are a number of outstanding balances resulting from Lunch Box giving I.O.U.’s to students who did not order lunch on a particular day.

God bless,
Michael Wright