Notes from the Principal's Desk: the week ahead, basketball coaches, and traffic

It has been very busy at school this week.  The middle school has been visiting Terrapin Adventures with the students from Mother Seton Academy.  Eighth grade visited Tuesday, seventh grade went yesterday, and sixth grade will get their turn tomorrow. Yesterday, our eighth grade had the opportunity to visit First Fruit Farms to complete serve the community together. They harvested over 20,000 pounds of food!  Also this week, the students in Kindergarten through third grade began Fountas and Pinnell reading comprehension testing, so we can gain a better understanding of the students reading levels.

Next week, our eighth grade will complete ACRE testing. ACRE (Assessment of Child/Youth Religious Education) is a tool to help Catholic schools and parishes assess how well their religious education programs are forming committed Christian disciples.  The fifth-grade students will complete the assessment later in the year around February.

On Monday and Tuesday, the eighth grade will be having mock interviews with parent volunteers as the students prepare for their high school shadow days.  I thank Mrs. Rapisarda for helping to organize this annual event. If you are interested in volunteering* please contact Mrs. Rapisarda. 
On Wednesday, our eighth grade students lead us in the morning assembly, where we will also draw the winner of the 50/50 raffle. Thursday, October 3, we have two exciting events happening.  Our fifth grade students will get to experience their Step Up to Middle School day. This is a special opportunity reserved for only our current fifth-grade students so they may learn more about our unique middle school program.

Also, Thursday 10/3 is the 16th Annual Cathedral Open at The Elkridge Club. The event includes 18 holes of golf, prizes, drinks on the course, full lunch, cocktail party with heavy apps, and a Cathedral gift.  If you aren’t a golfer, we invite you to attend the cocktail party afterward. It is always a fun event that helps raise money for our endowment for tuition assistance. You can register here if you have not already done so.  Thank you to Trey Grimm and Tuck Burch for organizing and leading this event.

On Friday, 10/4, the school will be closed for our annual faculty/staff retreat.  This year, the faculty/staff will attend Mass at the Cathedral, complete a service project for Our Daily Bread, and spend time in fellowship.

It is hard to believe that September has almost come to an end.  What you also might find hard to believe is that Mr. Bush is already planning for the upcoming basketball season.  One of the biggest challenges Mr. Bush faces, besides receiving registrations in a timely manner, is sourcing coaches.  At this time we are in need of one 7th grade and one 8th grade boys' basketball coach. I am sorry to report that if we cannot find a coach for each, we may not be able to have boys basketball teams in the 7th and 8th grades.  Please consider volunteering* to coach; I know our students would be grateful. If you are interested, contact Mr. Bush.

Finally, we are aware that morning traffic continues to be an issue.  I want to thank all the families who have adjusted their schedules in order to bring the students to school on time. The pinch point in regards to traffic appears to be the traffic light in front of Friends School.  If your morning drop off routine is negatively impacted, I encourage you to contact the city’s 311 call center to let them know that the traffic light needs to be adjusted for the morning commute now that school is back in session.

Thank you and God Bless,
Michael Wright

*All volunteers must be VIRTUS-approved - contact Mrs. Seiler with any questions.