Notes from the Principal's Desk: Upcoming Testing, Event Update, and more

The warming weather and trees blooming makes it feel as though spring has officially arrived! We have brighter days ahead, and with vaccinations opening up to all adults, there is even more reason to be optimistic about the future. During these sunnier days in schools, we look forward to the end of the school year.

Cardinal Cup
This weekend is the virtual Cardinal Cup! We 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 23 through Sunday, April 25 - wherever you are! The Cardinal Cup raises much-needed funds for Mother Seton Academy and creates a sense of shared community and fellowship for everyone involved. If you haven't yet registered, it's not too late - register here!

The Cathedral Ball 
This year the Cathedral Ball celebrates cultural diversity through art, music, and theater at The School of the Cathedral. This coming Monday, our silent auction opens! Keep watching our Instagram and Facebook for more sneak peeks of some of the items that will be up for bidding. The silent auction opens Monday, 4/26 at 10 a.m. and closes Saturday, 5/1 at 10 p.m. You can also buy raffle tickets through Thursday - a chance for you to win some cash, and a chance for your kids to win fun prizes!

Scantron Testing
Next week standardized testing begins for students in grades two through eight. Second through eighth-grade students will be tested in Reading, Language, and Math. Additionally, students in grades three, five, and seven will also be assessed in Social Studies and Science. Standardized testing results will be shared with parents at the end of the year when report cards are distributed.

AoB Summer Learning Program
The AOB will run an online Summer Learning Program this year. This program is designed for rising 3rd-8th graders. Students will work with AoB teachers synchronously and asynchronously. We are waiting on registration information from the Archdiocese and will share the information once it is available. There is a $15 fee associated with the program, which will last six weeks. 

Final Exams
After careful consideration, we have decided not to conduct final exams for students in grades three through eight this year. Instead, students will be given performance tasks as a way to assess their knowledge acquisition and skills. After a challenging and stressful year, we believe that administering final exams would only further stress the students and cause undue anxiety. The data we have collected this year through standardized testing and classroom assessments will provide us enough information to ensure that students are grouped appropriately next year.

First Communion
On May 8 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., the second-grade students will participate in the sacrament of First Communion. We ask that you keep the second-grade students in your prayers during this special time.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is scheduled for May 7. Unfortunately, at this time, we have to cancel the event due to social distancing and gathering requirements. We look forward to being able to host this event next year.

Field Day
Field Day is currently scheduled for Friday, May 21. This is such a fun day as students in the school engage in various activities on campus. However, due to the structure of Field Day and the mixing of students, we want to be mindful to keep everyone safe. We are watching the positivity rates in the state and city and hope to hold our Field Day events on the 21st. It is likely we will need numerous VIRTUS-approved parent volunteers to help make this event successful. I ask that if you are able and willing to volunteer to save the date. More information and a call for volunteers will be coming out within a week. 

God Bless,
Dr. Wright