Notes from the Principal's Desk: Thanksgiving collection, Screenagers, Homecoming, Student-Led Conferences, and more

We were certainly blessed with good weather this morning for the Halloween parade.  I want to thank CASPA for providing hospitality, and all of our parents, grandparents, and special friends who attended the parade. Tomorrow and Monday, we will collect any leftover Halloween candy for the elderly sisters at the SSND Motherhouse. Please send your candy in with your children to the office.

Tomorrow, our students have an early dismissal from school at 11:50 AM. Cathedral Extended Day [CED] will be closed. Our teachers and staff will be having Professional Development in the afternoon.

Next week we will begin our Thanksgiving Collection. Every Thanksgiving, Cathedral collects items to support our sister parish, Immaculate Conception on Mosher St. 
SCMOQ families are asked to bring in 3 items per student - the asked items are noted below by grade. We ask that all the items are brought in by Friday 11/22!  

We are also looking for families to sponsor a turkey for $20. We hope to provide 200 turkeys to the Immaculate Conception community. Sponsor a turkey here!

Bring in 3 of each non-perishable item per student:
  • Kindergarten and Pre-First: sweet potatoes
  • Grade 1: cranberry sauce
  • Grade 2: green beans
  • Grade 3: sauerkraut
  • Grade 4: carrots
  • Grade 5: stuffing mix
  • Grade 6: corn
  • Grade 7: white potatoes
  • Grade 8: gravy

On Monday, November 4th the middle school students will watch Screenagers.  Screenagers is a documentary from physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston who saw that her own kids struggled with too much screen time and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this screen time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time. 

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

If you are interested in viewing Screenagers yourself, please contact Mr. Wright and he will be able to have a second parent screening at 1:30 PM on Monday, November 4th.  The documentary is about one hour long and is definitely worth watching. 

Tuesday, November 5th is an Our Daily Bread pick-up day.  Please bring your frozen casseroles and drop them off at the school circle during morning drop off.  It is also our “Be a Mustang for a Day” shadow day. An informational flyer went home with every student in K-6 about bringing a shadow student with them for that day.

On Wednesday, November 6th, I will be holding Coffee and Conversation for 5th grade parents from 8 AM to 9 AN at the school. I encourage 5th grade parents to attend.

Our first Spirit Day of the year will be Friday, November 8th. This will be a day where all the students may wear their Cathedral Spirit Wear items. 

Next Friday, the parish and school begin to celebrate Homecoming weekend:
Friday, November 8th 

Saturday, November 9th

Sunday, November 10th
  • Donuts and Waffles after all Sunday Masses

We are preparing for our next Open House on Tuesday, November 12th, from  8:30 AM until 11:30 AM. While Open House is geared towards potential new families, it is also an excellent opportunity for fourth and fifth grade parents to learn more about our Middle School and interact with our middle school teachers.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for Student-Led Conferences on  Monday, November 25th, from 1 PM to 3 PM and Tuesday, November 26th, from 8 AM to 3 PM.  Monday will be an early dismissal day at 11:50 AM, with conferences beginning at 1 PM. Tuesday, there is no school for students but students will, of course, come in if their Student-Led Conference is that day.

Student-Led Conferences are a vital opportunity for students to share what they have been learning, reflect on where they thrive, and have room for growth.  Teachers work with the students to develop a portfolio, practice presenting, and set two SMART goals with the students. During the Student-Led Conferences, the students will set a third SMART goal with their parent or guardian.

If you would like to set up a separate meeting with your child’s teacher, you are free to do so, but we ask that you wait until after Student-Led Conferences are completed.  Keep an eye out for more information about registering for Student-Led Conferences soon.  

Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!
Michael Wright