Notes from the Principal's Desk: Step Up to Middle School today, the Cathedral Open, and next week's events

As the month of September comes to a close brings us to the beginning of fall, I want to thank all of the parents, guardians, students, faculty and staff for building such a strong community within our school.  I would like to especially thank CASPA for helping us with hospitality at the beginning of the year and for providing parent ambassadors for our new families!

I’d like to take this time to remind parents that we take the safety of your children while they are at school very seriously.  In the coming months, we will continue with our safety drills and ALICE training. While we don’t share the specifics of our safety plan out of an abundance of caution, we do work hard to protect your children just as if they were our own.  In many ways they are!

This week the 8th grade completed their mock interviews to help them prepare for the high school admissions process.  We are grateful to Mrs. Rapisarda for organizing the volunteers to conduct the interviews, as well as to the volunteers themselves: Mrs. Barth, Mrs. Lancaster, Mrs. Matteini, Mr. Smolka, Mrs. Worch, and Monsignor Woy!

As you may already know, today was the Cathedral Open.  The Open is a fundraiser to help support our endowment for tuition assistance, which helps to make a Cathedral education more affordable for those who may not otherwise be able to attend Cathedral.  Thank you to all who made the Cathedral Open possible, especially Trey Grimm!

“Step Up to Middle School" was also held today! This 5th-grade shadow day is an event that is only open to our current 5th grade students. The 5th grade students were paired with 7th and 8th grade buddies, with whom they ate lunch, kicked off the afternoon at a pep rally, listened to a panel about middle school life, attended classes in the middle school, and played in a Stars and Stripes game! It is a full afternoon of fun and learning - watch a video of Step Up to Middle School here! Our sixth graders will have an opportunity to host our 4th grade students in January, when we hold our 4th grade “Step Up to Middle School” event. Thank you to Mrs. Diemer, Mrs. Czarnecki, Mrs. Schmitt, Mr. Miller, Ms. Donis, Mr. Dachille, Mrs. Barton, Mrs. Lemon, Mrs. Wilder, Ms. Courtney, and all who made today possible!

Next week, our 7th grade parents are invited to attend a Wild Heart Ministries presentation about the upcoming 7th grade mission trip in April. The session will be on Tuesday, October 8th from 1:30-2:30pm at the school. I encourage all of our seventh grade parents to attend. This year, the mission trip will take place while school is in session from April 26th until April 29th, and I encourage all seventh grade students to participate in this year's mission trip.  We will lighten the school workload, since the students will be involved in service activities and experiential learning. We will also have an author visit that day (Tuesday 10/8) for all grades - it will be a great day!

On Wednesday, our Middle School students will participate in a Mental Health Awareness assembly entitled The Power of Expression.  Put on by the Ed Lally Foundation, the assembly will equip students with an increased mental health understanding, convey and share a message of hope, communicate the importance of expressing feelings in a healthy and productive way, and introduce wellness tools that students can put into their own lives.  We are very excited about this assembly!

A couple of quick reminders: there is no school for students tomorrow as our faculty and staff will be on retreat.  Next Friday, October 11th is a half-day, as teachers will be in professional development in the afternoon. Dismissal is at 11:50 AM on Friday 10/11.  Finally, winter uniforms begin on Monday, October 14th. We do have school that day, so be sure to dig out those winter uniforms now, visit the uniform bank if needed, and purchase new shoes for your children.

God Bless,
Michael Wright