Notes from the Principal's Desk: May 19, 2022


Spirit Week Recap


It has been an eventful Spirit Week as the students prepare for exams. The classroom atmosphere is a bit more jubilant due to the dress-down days, however; it has been good to see the students still working hard and preparing for exams in a serious fashion.


ORDER YEARBOOKS

Order Your Yearbooks TODAY!
Only $35!

Students can order their 2022-2023 Yearbooks now! These Yearbooks are for all students - get your physical copy to remember the wonderful 2022-2023 school year. 

 You can order them on the MySchoolWallet app. The deadline to order yearbooks is June 10th.

Download MySchoolWallet on Apple iOS Store here

Download MySchoolWallet on Google Play here


Response to Shooting in Buffalo

We continue to pray for the victims of the shooting in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, May 14th. In response, the Ignatian Solidarity Network has compiled resources on racism, gun violence, Catholic teaching, and statements on these issues to help guide your own response and action on these issues as a person of faith. Please see the information below from Executive Director, Christopher Kerr.

As a network of individuals and institutions committed to justice and peace, we at the Ignatian Solidarity Network join the entire country in praying for the victims, their families, and those responsible, particularly in light of the continued epidemic of racism and gun violence in the U.S.—and for hope and perseverance as we collectively work toward a more safe, peaceful, just, and equitable world.

In Response to the Shooting in Buffalo

In response to the shooting in Buffalo, New York on May 14, 2022, we offer resources on racism, gun violence, and Catholic teaching.

Buffalo: A Prayer for Victims of Racism and Gun Violence

Pray with the Ignatian family for healing love to be wrapped around those impacted by the act of racism in Buffalo, and for God to inspire and animate each of us to act with prophetic love so that racism and violence have no place to grow in this world.


Warning about "Edible" Candies

Recently, in the news, you may have learned about situations at schools where cannabis candies were mistaken for regular candy due to the packaging looking very similar. For example, I share an article from WBAL about an incident in Sacramento, California. https://wbaltv.com/article/sacramento-fourth-grade-student-shared-cannabis-candies-resembled-skittles/39996691.
 
The preponderance of medical cannabis can make unfortunate events such as what happened in the above article more frequent, even when accidental. As a reminder, students are not to bring candy into school.

Additionally, families who may order candy online should confirm the source of the manufacturer and double-check labels to verify that the candy is, in fact, what was intended to be purchased.
 
Although our school is a safe and tight-knit community, we are not immune from such incidents. We thank you in advance for complying with this rule in order to maintain the safety of the students, faculty, and staff.  


Field Day Tomorrow
Bring Refillable Water Bottles!


This Friday is Field Day! The forecast calls for a hot day topping out at 91 degrees! Students should bring refillable water bottles and be sure to wear athletic shoes so they can participate in the field day activities safely.


Library Volunteers Needed

What could be better than a couple of hours a week with kids and books? If you would enjoy volunteering in our school library once or twice a week next year; checking in books, shelving books, checking out books, shelving more books (and some other fun stuff!), please join us for an interest/ training meeting on Thursday, June 2nd at 3 pm in the Library. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/Lf6wifJiz93H...   If you’d like to volunteer but cannot attend, please indicate when you rsvp. A reminder that all parent volunteers must be VIRTUS approved. If you have questions about VIRTUS certification please contact Mrs. Seiler at SSeiler@cmoq.org



Exam Schedule

3rd Grade- 8:03-9:03 (60 min per exam)
Tuesday, 24th- Math 
Wednesday, 25th- ELA

 4th Grade- 8:03-9:03 (60 min per exam)
Monday, 23rd- Review
Tuesday, 24th - ELA
Wednesday, 25th - Math

Note: Social Studies will be a performance task for term 3- Wednesday, May 25th. 

 5th Grade- 8:03-9:03 (60 min per exam)
Monday, 23rd- Math
Tuesday, 24th- ELA
Wednesday, 25th- Science
Thursday, 26th- Social Studies

Grades 6-8 (90 min per exam)
Monday, 23rd- ELA
Tuesday, 24th- Math/Modern Language
Wednesday, 25th- Social Studies & Religion
Thursday, 26th- Science


Last Call to Donate a Book for Your Grandchild!

There is still time to donate a book! Students will begin selecting their books this week and next... Each book, chosen by your grandchild and adorned with a personalized bookplate, is $20. Don’t miss out! 

Donate here: https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/theschoolofthecathedral/gsfd?token=537295412 


Mercy Summer Camp

Have A Magical Summer at Mercy! Our energetic and creative summer camps are open to rising 6th—9th-grade girls. Arts and athletics camps include dance, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, and soccer. Campers will be coached and instructed by Mercy faculty and coaches, area professionals, and Mercy Girl athletes and dancers. Held on Mercy's campus - just five minutes from Belvedere Square - this is an amazing opportunity for girls to see what it’s like to be a student-athlete and dancer at Mercy! 
 
More information can be found on their website - and spaces are filling up fast!

www.mercyhighschool.com/summer


Looking Ahead

5/20  –  Field Day –  8 AM- 11:30 AM
Student Council elections in the afternoon
5/26 – Early Dismissal –  11:50 AM
5/27 –  Memorial Day Weekend – No School
5/30 –  Memorial Day – No School

Graduation Schedule
5/31 – Graduation rehearsal –  The Cathedral –  12:30 - 1:30 PM
6/1 –  8th Grade Awards Ceremony –  Gym – 9 - 11:30 AM
9 - 9:45 AM: Awards ceremony in the gym
10 -11:00ish AM: Brunch in the cafeteria for gr. 6-8
11ish - 11:30 AM: 8th Grade Video (just 8th grade)
6/2 – 8th Grade Hershey Park Trip –  8 AM - 6 PM
6/3 – 8th Grade Graduation –  The Cathedral –  3:30 PM
Students Report at 2:30 PM in the Undercroft
6/8 –  K-7 Grade Awards/Promotion Ceremony – Home Rooms – 9:15 - 10:30 AM
Parents are invited

Last Day of School
6/9 –  Last Day of School for students –  Early Dismissal –  11:50 AM

God Bless,
Dr. Michael Wright