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Notes from the Principal's Desk: Mission Trip speaker, Author visit, Annual Fund, and more

A big thank you to Trey Grimm and Tuck Burch for a successful Cathedral Open last week. It was a great event with time for golf, fellowship, and fundraising. This event helps raise money for tuition assistance, and I am sincerely grateful to all who attended or sponsored the event. Tuition assistance is vital to help make a Cathedral education available to those families who might not be otherwise able to afford it.  

This week has been a very busy one for our students. On Tuesday we had a visit from Tannon Herman, Ministry Director of Wildheart Ministries in Harrisburg, PA. Tannon presented to our 7th grade students about Wildheart Ministries, to help prepare the students for the 7th grade Mission Trip in the spring. The mission and vision of Wildheart Ministries reads:

The mission of Wildheart is building bridges to transform communities. We do this through honor, hope and sustainability. Our vision is to see every city empowered! We want to leave a legacy of significance for everyone involved - from our donors & volunteers to every person being impacted through our services. Wildheart is an organization that does what others aren’t willing to do. They transform communities in a sustainable way focusing on building relationship, getting to root-causes and offering significance to all.  

The students learned about what they will be doing while on the mission trip and how it can positively impact the Harrisburg community. Tannon also offered a parent session following the student session. This video gives a great glimpse into Wildheart Ministries:

Tuesday also saw the continuation of our visiting author series with a visit from Jennifer Keats Curtis. From her website: 

Children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis wants to help bring children closer to the animals in their own backyards. By diligently researching her topic and interviewing real experts, including children working to help preserve and protect local wildlife, the long-time journalist has developed a knack for teaching young children about important ecological issues and what they can do to help.

It was a great day for all the students as they spent time with the author learning more about her work and process.

Yesterday, the Middle School was able to participate in an assembly with The Ed Lally Foundation. The Ed Lally Foundation shares on their website:

We believe that awareness and expression are the cornerstones of mental health, both individually and socially. Our mission is to advocate for mental health through meditation, mindfulness, self-expression & associated practices, and to help de-stigmatize mental illness through our efforts. Together, we will heal.

You may have seen some of our social media posts yesterday - it was a very engaging presentation! If you would like to learn more about the assembly, I encourage you to visit their website.

Tomorrow we have a half day, with dismissal at 11:50am. In the afternoon, the faculty and staff will be in professional development to review our student achievement data and examine the curriculum to better meet the needs of the students.

Don’t forget! This Monday, winter uniforms begin. Monday is also Individual Picture Day, so make sure your child is in their winter uniform. Visit the Uniform Bank if you are in need of any last-minute uniform items.  

We are excited to have our first Open House of the school year this coming Tuesday, 10/15. Our Open House will have a slightly different feel, as we have modified the program based on parent and CASPA feedback. Open House is not only an event for potential new families -- it is also a perfect time to learn about Middle School if your child is in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. Current families may RSVP to Fiona Diemer We pray that you will share about our Open House with friends or families who are looking into schools for their children. Below you can see the agenda:

  • 8:30 Gym - Coffee and Conversation  
  • 8:50 Gym - Principal Welcome      
  • 9:00 Tours
  • 9:30 Gym - Cathedral Talk – Principal and Rector
  • 9:45 Breakout sessions by grade
    • Kindergarten – 3rd grade in the gym
    • 4th – 8th in the Science Lab
  • 10:00 Individual and/or second tours available

If you or someone you know cannot make next week's Open House, don’t fret! Our next Open House

 will be on Tuesday, November 12th.

Finally, if you have not yet had a chance, we encourage you to contribute to the Annual Fund. Why give? The purpose of an Annual Fund is to assist with general operating needs and expenses that are not covered by tuition alone. This means your gift supports your child’s classroom, science lab, art projects, the Learning Garden, library, field trips, athletics and more! In addition to supporting the operational needs of our school, the Annual Fund addresses the need for tuition assistance for families requiring financial aid so they have the opportunity to provide their children with a Catholic education at The School of the Cathedral. 

New this year - all families who donate to the Annual Fund in a particular month receive an Out of Uniform pass for the last Friday of that month! Anyone who gives this month will be sent Out of Uniform passes for all their children on Wednesday 10/23, to be used on Friday 10/25. Thanks for your support!

God Bless,
Michael Wright