Notes from the Principal's Desk: Testing Dates, Pick-up Procedures, and more

Welcome Back!
I hope and pray everyone had a peaceful and restful Easter break. The time to take a breath and get some much-needed rest was a welcome event for the faculty and staff. I would like to thank all of the families who followed the COVID protocols and informed us of out-of-state travel.

Wellness Survey
Some AoB schools are having an issue with parents not being able to submit information for the Wellness Survey, and we have received some reports from Cathedral families experiencing the same issue. Google has had issues all week that have been causing intermittent access issues across different applications, including Forms, Sheets, and Meet. Sometimes it can be a device issue. The AoB is working hard to try and pinpoint one specific issue, especially because it is not happening for everyone, but we will keep everyone updated.

Cardinal Cup and Disco Ball 
The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and Mother Seton Academy invite everyone to participate in this year's VIRTUAL Cardinal Cup 5K Run and Family Fun 1-Mile Walk. You can participate any day of the weekend - Friday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 25th - wherever you are! Each year, the School of the Cathedral hosts the Cardinal Cup run and walk to support Mother Seton Academy (MSA). Net proceeds and 100% of sponsorship donations go directly to MSA. With more than 500 participants in 2019, the Cardinal Cup not only raised much-needed funds for Mother Seton Academy but created a sense of shared community and fellowship for everyone involved. Sign up here! 

One of the most popular fundraisers of the year is NOW LIVE: the Camp Auction! Parents, this is the time to bid on a camp experience for your child this summer, while supporting Cathedral and the Disco Ball. You can also win a parking spot in our school lot for next year - super convenient for pickup! Check out the variety of camps by searching in the Handbid app for School of the Cathedral or clicking here.

Upcoming Testing Dates
Scantron testing for students in grades 2-8 will begin the week of April 26th.
Fountas & Pinnell testing for grades K-1 will begin the week of May 3rd.

We are happy to share that this year all 7th-grade students will take the pre-HSPT on Tuesday, May 4th. The pre-HSPT will be an excellent tool for students to practice taking the test and discern areas of strength and growth areas.

Interim Reports
Interim Reports should go home on May 13th. 

Reminders about student pick-up and dismissal
The spring is a terrific time to provide a few reminders regarding picking up students and dismissal policies and procedures. We ask that parents picking up students for early dismissal remain in their cars after letting us know they are here to pick up their child early. Unfortunately, we still cannot have parents coming into the school to pick up students, wait in the foyer, or use the restrooms.

Additionally, I am concerned about the number of parents using the bottom parking lot to park and exit the campus during dismissal. We have observed and received many parent emails and calls about using the bottom parking lot to leave the school during dismissal. 

All parents should use the top parking lot or middle parking lot during dismissal and exit following the flow of traffic, passing the school, parish center, and Cathedral before entering onto Amberly Way. Following these procedures ensures a safe exit for all the students and ensures a timely dismissal. Parents should not be using the parking lot entrance to leave campus and exit using the one-way entrance or pass in front of the Cathedral.

Perhaps you remember the Shopping Cart Theory that came up on social media last May. The Shopping Cart theory relates to one’s ability to self-govern. I think it could best be summarized this way - doing the simple “right thing” correctly is a test of our character. 

When we do what is right at school, even when we think no one is looking, our character is strengthened, and we set a positive example for our children. Building this sense of integrity in one’s family is important because it shows that we care not only about ourselves but the good of the group. Thank you to all of those who are following the correct procedure. We ask those who may not be following the procedure to recall we are all in this together and follow our dismissal procedures for the good of the group and the safety of the students.

Late Pick-up
Unfortunately, we have had an increase in the number of students being picked up after 3 PM. Not arriving to pick up your child or children at the scheduled dismissal time of 2:50 PM puts a strain on the faculty and staff as we try to hold our afternoon meetings. As a reminder, families picking up their children after 3:00 PM will be charged $1 a minute on the families FACTS account. For reference, the language included in the Parent/Student Handbook is shared below. 

The school day ends at 2:50 p.m. (On scheduled early dismissal days, the children are dismissed at 11:50 a.m.) The school is not responsible for the supervision of students before or after the times stated above. Therefore, children must be picked up from the parking lot by 3:00 p.m. (by Noon on scheduled early dismissal days). Children are not permitted to wait in the Marian Foyer to be picked up. The safety of the children is a prime factor, and this policy will be strictly enforced. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal of the student. Parents are required, therefore, to follow the times stipulated when dropping off or picking up students. After students have been picked up late two times, parents will be required to register for aftercare, and students will be sent there in the future when not picked up on time. If the aftercare program is full and parents are late picking up their child/ren, parents will be charged $1 per minute per child past 3:00 p.m. This fee will be deducted directly from the parents’ FACTS account.

Looking Ahead 
Monday, 19th - Birthday Dress Down Day
Friday, 23rd - Cardinal Cup Spirit Day and the start of the virtual Cardinal Cup
Monday, 26th - Standardized Testing begins
Thursday, 29th - Cathedral Ball Raffle ends
Friday, 30th - Deadline for the drawing for this month’s Annual Fund prize

God Bless, 
Dr. Michael Wright