Notes from the Principal's Desk: Week of November 8, 2021


We encourage families to continue adhering to our social contract of mask-wearing, social distancing when possible, and frequent hand washing. 


Thank You to CASPA and Parent Ambassadors

As week eleven draws to a close we want to thank the volunteers on CASPA and parent ambassadors who helped with today’s Open House. We had a successful event and our student ambassadors did a wonderful job on the guided tours.


Fall Raffle 

The Fall Student Raffle is well underway but there is still more time to buy tickets! The tickets are $1 each and can be purchased from any student or online via this link:  Fall Raffle Tickets Please share with your friends and family! All of the proceeds from the raffle go directly to the Cathedral Ball, the school's biggest fundraiser. Thank you for your support!


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. 

Primary Grades (K-2) Sign Up Genius

Intermediate Grades (3-5) Sign Up Genius
 
Middle School Grades (6-8) Sign Up Genius



LOOKING AHEAD

Friday 12th

Spirit Day
CASPA Board Meeting 7:30 AM
Homecoming Kids Night Out & Mixer

Saturday 13th

Parish Homecoming Bull Roast

Sunday 14th

Parish Homecoming Coffee, Waffles, and Donuts

Wednesday 17th

Parent-Teacher Conferences


Thanksgiving Collection

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

Homecoming, November 12-14

Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming is this weekend! At this point all student event registrations have closed and walk-ins will not be accepted. If you have not gotten your Bull & Oyster Roast tickets yet you may purchase them at the door Saturday evening or online here: www.cathedralofmary.org/about/homecoming

And please be sure to join us on Sunday for free waffles, donuts and coffee after all Masses.  


Grant & Aid Applications

Applications for Grant and Aid for the 22-23 school year are now open. All families must apply through FACTS. . For more information on how to apply, please visit: www.schoolofthecathedral.org/admissions/grant-aid
The deadline for current families to apply for Grant and Aid is January 31, 2022. The deadline for new families to apply for Grant and Aid is February 15, 2022. Financial awards will be made on March 1, 2022 with the deadline to accept all awards being March 15, 2022. The FACTS Grant & Aid application fee is $34.00.


Johns Hopkins School Culture 360 Survey

We are pleased to announce that our school will once again partner with Johns Hopkins University to study how we’re doing as a school community. Faculty, staff, parents and guardians, and students in grades 6 through 8 will be asked to complete a 15-minute survey that will help us gain a full understanding of school culture. This deep dive examines five core areas of school culture: academic life, administration and governance, communality, “the whole child,” and organizational identity.
 
What do we mean by “school culture”?  

  • “Culture” refers to the underlying values that shape what we see and experience in the building. School culture is the foundation of school life.
  • A strong, coherent school culture is linked to…
  • Positive civic outcomes, such as increased political engagement and higher levels of tolerance and respect.
  • Positive academic outcomes, such as higher college enrollment and more consistent workforce participation.

 
School Culture 360™ is comprehensive…

  • Johns Hopkins’s research-based survey examines significant elements of school life, such as:
  • Whether all students have access to challenging courses;
  • Whether teachers feel supported in their work; and
  • Whether parents feel included in the school community.
  • The findings will let us identify clear strengths and “wins,” as well as specific challenges we need to overcome together.
  • School Culture 360™ is anonymous.
  • All responses are strictly confidential and will only be analyzed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University who will not be able to identify individual respondents. School personnel will not have access to individual survey responses, and no identifiable information is collected.
  • All data are housed behind Johns Hopkins’s secure firewalls.
  • Participation is voluntary! You do not have to fill out the survey, and school leaders will not know whether you have participated or not.

What is the survey like operationally? How much time does it take to complete?

  • The survey is fully operational on any platform, including mobile phones.
  • The survey works on multiple browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox). Safari users must enable Javascript.
  • Survey data is secure and anonymous.
  • The surveys are produced in Qualtrics, a web-based survey tool, and usually take the following amount of time to complete:
    • § Administrator Survey  10-15 minutes
    • § Teacher Survey        15-20 minutes
    • § Student Survey        15 minutes
    • § Parent Survey         10-15 minutes

We need your voice.

  • The survey will open soon November 22nd and close on December 27th. Please be on the lookout for a link to participate!
  • The survey is available in multiple languages. We want to hear from everybody!
  • We are all in this together.
  • You are a valued member of our school community and we need your input.
  • You can also find out more about the survey and contact information for the research team, on the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy’s website, here.


God Bless,

Dr. Wright