Notes from the Principal's Desk: Week of October 25, 2021
*No new cases reported
As we end week nine of school, we are happy to share there have been no new close contacts or reported cases of COVID-19. Nevertheless, we encourage families to continue adhering to our social contract of mask-wearing, social distancing when possible, and frequent hand washing.
Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 17. Kindergarten through 5th-grade teachers will meet with parents to discuss their child’s achievement so far through the school year.
Students in middle school will participate in Student-Led Conferences in which they will lead the meeting and share their portfolio of work this year. During student-led conferences, teachers act as facilitators and moderators during the session. We find student-led conferences work best in middle school as students work to develop their executive function and self-advocacy skills while helping students set learning goals for the future. Parents can sign up for conferences using the Sign Up Genius links below.
On the Art of Teaching & Learning…..an educational snippet from Mrs. Czarnecki
In the September snippet, I spoke about the connection between educating both the mind and the heart for student learning and success. When teachers collectively build relationships with their students and create safe spaces for learning, students can adapt to new or difficult circumstances and triumph over challenges. In this way, teachers are not only educating the heart and building brains-- they are intentionally building resilience in children.
Resilience, meaning “to bounce back,” refers to the capacity to return to good mental health after a challenging or difficult situation” (Hurlington). It allows individuals to cope, manage, and move forward. Resilience research suggests that teachers play an imperative role in generating an environment where every student who enters the classroom feels valued, empowered, and able to tackle unforeseen challenges with persistence, and faith, knowing that Christ will stand with us, motivating us with his unconditional love. How blessed are we to be a part of a faith-based educational system that supports our children to navigate through the challenges of school and beyond?
Dr. Robert Keder from Connecticut Sick Kids Hospital is an expert in child resilience and states that resilience can be strengthened, like a muscle or a skill, especially in young children. He suggests that parents can also foster resilience and grit in children. Such indicators include;
- Keeping with routines to provide a sense of safety, control, and predictability;
- Practicing mindfulness as a strategy to manage stress and adapt to change;
- Reciting positive affirmations to your child such as “you can do this,” to turn challenges into opportunities for growth;
- Nurturing positive emotions by practicing emotions such as optimism, respect, forgiveness, and empathy.
Our goal is to work in partnership with families to build resilience and self-efficacy at school. We endeavor to do this by creating environments that foster a growth mindset, the allowance to make mistakes, and more importantly, learn from those mistakes. Our commitment at the School of the Cathedral is not only to extend your child’s learning and academic growth. We hope to provide students with learning environments that challenge, enrich, and strengthen the muscles in the brain that build resilience. In this loving environment, students gain the ability to deal with unforeseen challenges positively-- it’s a process, but it’s worth it!
Halloween Parade & 11:50 am Dismissal
Tomorrow the school celebrates Halloween. Since we did not have a Halloween parade last year, it may be good to review the procedure.
- Weather permitting, after the morning announcements at 8 am, we will call classes to come up to the school circle beginning with Kindergarten and working our way up to 8th grade.
- Students will exit the building through the gym foyer and proceed to the school circle.
- Typically classes take 3 or 4 laps before coming together as a class on the curb or the side of the circle so parents can take group pictures if desired.
- Grades K-2 usually assemble on the curb on the Amberly Way side.
- Grades 3-5 usually assemble in front of the school by the entrance.
- Grade 6-8 usually assemble on the sidewalk near the gym.
In the event of rain, the students will parade in the school. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate all the parents in the school, and only homeroom parents will be allowed in the school at that time.
Trunk or Treat
This is the last call to sign up for Trunk or Treat/Halloween Bingo on Friday, October 29! Sign up by Thursday at 5 pm.
All kids up through 5th grade are welcome to dress up and join in the fun. It starts at 5:30 pm with Trunk or Treat in the Cathedral parking lot. Simply park your car in the designated area, open your trunk, and set up your decorations and candy to share. Of course, adults are welcome to dress up as well.
Once the kids have collected their sugary treats, we will head into the school cafeteria for pizza at 6:30 pm, followed by Bingo.
Families can sign up here:
Thanksgiving Collection begins on Monday, November 1. Each student is asked to bring in at least for of each item for their grade.
- Kindergarten and Pre-First: sweet potatoes (canned-nonperishable)
- Grade 1: cranberry sauce
- Grade 2: green beans (canned or pouched)
- Grade 3: sauerkraut (canned-nonperishable)
- Grade 4: carrots (canned-nonperishable)
- Grade 5: stuffing mix
- Grade 6: corn- (canned-nonperishable)
- Grade 7: white potatoes (canned-nonperishable)
- Grade 8: gravy
Individual Picture Orders
All individual school picture orders are due in the school office by 8 am on Friday, November 5th. If your student missed picture day, please call Galeone Photographers, 410-252-5355, to set up an appointment at their studio to have pictures taken.
Our second Open House will be Thursday, November 11, from 8:30, am - 11:30 am. Please spread the word to your friends and family about this wonderful event.
We also ask parents to share the good news about SCMOQ launching a new Pre-K 4 program for the 2022-2023 school year. The JK Colts are coming to Cathedral!
We hope that everyone has a safe and happy weekend.