Boulder Beat Bulletin: Week of October 28, 2018

It’s Walk-A-Thon Week!

We are so excited for the Walk-A-Thon, which is this Wednesday!

While we collected most of the student pledge packets on Friday, we are still missing a lot! Please get your completed Walk-A-Thon packet in tomorrow so that your child’s pledges can be counted! You can still contact your family and friends and ask for online pledges (even if you’ve already turned in your packet!) through this link:

Remember- the Walk-A-Thon funds all of our field trips, special guests (teaching artists, scientists, etc.), and our many family events (Safari Joes, Fall Family Fun Day, end of year Fun Day, etc.), so returning your pledges is so important for us to be able to provide a more robust and rich fine arts and sciences education!

Event Logistics

We are expecting rain on Walk-A-Thon day. In the event that it is raining, but without thunder, lightning, or severe weather, we will still walk outside. Please send your students with rain jackets and/or ponchos! For safety, if your student wears rain boots, please make sure that they are well-fitting and have substantial traction. If they wear tennis shoes, you may want to send an extra pair of shoes and/or socks in the event that they get wet.

Students will be given their Walk-A-Thon t-shirts the morning of the event from their classroom or first period teacher and will then be given time to change into their shirt. Students may wear spirit dress bottoms or appropriate athletic pants/shorts.

Pizza lunch will be served for all students and volunteers.

With last year’s resurfacing of the cathedral parking lot, the cathedral has started renting out parking spaces to individuals that work downtown. Therefore, for our parents and volunteers, street parking is advised. If you park in a numbered parking spot in the cathedral parking lot, your car may be ticketed or towed. To make street parking easier, download this app to pay for your parking spot!

If you have signed up to volunteer for the event, you must have your VIRTUS and volunteer paperwork completed prior to Wednesday, or you will not be able to volunteer or earn Time & Talent hours. There still some volunteer positions open, too!

Event Schedule

Pre-K through 2nd Grade: 10:25-11:25

Walk— 10:25-10:55
Lunch & Recess— 10:55-11:25

3rd and 4th Grade: 10:55-12:00

Walk— 10:55-11:25
Lunch & Recess— 11:25-12:00

5th through 8th Grade: 11:30-12:25

Walk— 11:30-12:00
Lunch— 12:00-12:25

Awards Ceremony: 3:00-3:30

Weather permitting, we will have the awards ceremony outside, with Mrs. Southerland presenting awards from the stairs on the west side of the school, students that won silly-stringing the principal will do so, and we will dismiss from the parking lot. We will not open the parking lot until 3:30, so you may line up in the alley or delay your arrival for pick-up by a few minutes.

If it is raining, awards will be presented in the main hallway, silly-stringing the principal will follow outside, and we will dismiss from the parking lot.

Walk-A-Thon Partners

Thank you to our partners for investing in our school, teachers, students, and families! We could not offer the level of fine arts and sciences education that we expect without your generous donations! Click on a partner’s logo to learn about their business.

General School News

Pizza Orders are Due Wednesday, 10/31!

With your help we are on track to meet our goal to pay for our 8th grade trip and graduation expenses. Thanks so much for your continued support of the 8th grade fundraiser! Click here to print out your order form and please have your child return it to their first hour teacher by this Wednesday, October 31.

First Friday Open House + Art Crawl

Each first Friday of the month we will host an open house for prospective families, members of our community, or anyone that would like to know more about our school! Please share this event with anyone you know (click here to do so on Facebook)!

In addition to our open house, we want to go to the First Friday Art Crawl in the Tulsa Arts District with you! This is a free event, where the museums and galleries of the Tulsa Arts District open their doors to the public.

This week, there is a special celebration for Dia De Los Muertos at Living Arts of Tulsa, where an altar created by our 4th through 8th grade students will be on display. You can meet up with Ms. Hogan and our HFCS group at Living Arts at 6:00 PM on Friday Night, so that we can start our evening viewing the art created by our students and then tour the museums and galleries as a group. Please RSVP here so that we know to expect you!

** Please note that this is an event for the whole family, not for students to be dropped off. Parent supervision of their children is required **

School Supplies

With the beginning of a new quarter, it may be your turn to bring school supplies!

For second quarter, last names L-P need to bring the supplies listed below to their first period teacher this week. If you have a last name Q-Z and did not bring your school supplies last quarter, please also bring the following supplies this week.

  • Bring a box of tissues and a roll of paper towels plus the items below as indicated by grade level:

    • Pre-K + Kindergarten: Baby wipes

    • 1st-3rd Grade: Box of sandwich, quarter, or gallon sized baggies

    • 4th-8th Grade: Container of Lysol or Clorox wipes

Fall Harvest Dinner: Saturday, November 10

To celebrate the continued growth of our urban garden, join us at our fall harvest dinner, Koinonia, following Mass, as part of our November “Saturday Night Life.”

Our pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first graders will perform Stone Soup and we will share in a meal of soup and salad where the fruits of our garden will be featured.

There will also be a silent auction with pieces of garden-inspired student artwork, small potted herb plants for sale, and we will also have order forms available for our Holy Family Recipe Book.

All proceeds from the event will contribute to funding our winter, spring, and summer harvests, as well as our anticipated participation and presence at local farmers markets this coming spring so that we may share the fruits of our garden with a wider community.

The Holy Family Recipe Book will be for sale at this event and will be a compilation of recipes from the families, staff, and friends of HFCS. So far we’ve only had two families submit a recipe, but we need many more to create our cookbook! Submit your recipe today to be a part of our cookbook!

Tardies: Affecting Learning for All

Ms. Videll has noticed a great increase of tardies lately and is concerned about how that is negatively affecting the learning experience and environment for all of our students. When a child is late to school, not only are they missing out on valuable instruction time, but it is a disruption to their routine and then a disruption to all of the students who arrived to school on time as that tardy child enters the classroom. Tardiness has negative effects on all of our students, even if they arrived on time.

For the benefit of all of our students and teachers, we urge you to help your child get to school on time. There are some strategies to prevent tardiness listed in the articles below.

The Bump: Reasons Why Being Tardy to School is Bad
Swan Christian College: Students Who Are Late to School and How it Affects Their Learning

Important Parent Volunteer Information

All volunteers for school events must complete VIRTUS training requirements and background check per the diocesan policy, which you can view in part below.

All field trip drivers, all Walk-A-Thon volunteers, all cafeteria volunteers, and all volunteers attending anything sponsored by the school or church involving the kids, must have the required volunteer paperwork on file and be approved.

Please don't wait until the last minute get your training completed.

If you do not get your VIRTUS training and volunteer packet completed before your volunteer date, you will not be allowed to volunteer, which can include not being allowed to attend a field trip as a chaperone, per diocesan policy

1. VIRTUS Requirement
In adherence to Article 12 of the Charter, the Diocese of Tulsa and VIRTUS provide a web-based online training program in English and Spanish that specializes in helping churches and religious organizations create safe environments for children and youth. VIRTUS is mandatory for all employees and Covered Volunteers who have or could have substantial contact with children. No employee or Covered Volunteer may partake in any Church ministry or function without first completing the mandatory VIRTUS program and receiving confirmation and clearance to serve by their Local Administrator.

Click here to read the full requirements and diocesan volunteer policy.

School Mall Fundraiser is Coming Up!

We will be kicking off the school mall (postcards) program on Friday, November 2. If we get them all sent back in by Tuesday, November 6, recipients should receive the post cards in time to make Christmas shopping purchases!

Our school is guaranteed $2.25 per completed booklet, plus up to 50% of all paid orders.

SchoolMall has been approved to sell products and receive donations on behalf of our school. All materials used in our program, including student prizes, will be provided at no cost to our school in consideration for our participation in this program. Information about SchoolMall and a special brochure will be included with the postcards to be sent on November 2. Our completed postcards will be used for the SchoolMall Postcard Campaign only and will not be used for any other purpose.

Important Aftercare Information

Aftercare is now held at the school building all days of the week. Pick up will be in the office or on the playground, weather permitting. If you need to contact the Aftercare Director, Brittany Close, or the Aftercare Staff, please call them after 3:30 PM at 918-264-4922. 

Order your 2018-2019 Yearbook now for 10% off!

It is time to start ordering yearbooks for this school year! Today is the last day for you to order your yearbook and get 15% off the original price of $20! 

Teacher Wishlists

We often have teachers or classes that need additional supplies for special projects, experiments, or enrichment that are not covered with our normal supply budget. We also sometimes have special needs for skills such as building items for the resource room, repairing items, painting etc...

All donations or time spent doing repairs to the school or classroom can be claimed as Time & Talent- which is due in less than two weeks on Friday, October 19.

Substitute Teachers Needed

Each school year, we try to build up our substitute teacher list. Click here to find information on requirements and compensation. If you know someone in our community who may be interested, please pass on the information. Contact Ms. Saleta Videll, 918-582-0422, if you have any questions.

Campus Ministry

Foolish Things Coffee + Campus Ministry Fundraiser

We have another fundraising event coming up for our Campus Ministry, this time hosted by our beloved downtown neighbors, Foolish Things Coffee!

Stop by Foolish Things Coffee Co. between 8:30am and 2:00pm on Sunday, November 11, to enjoy coffee, breakfast or lunch and a portion of the cost of your purchase can be donated to the Holy Family Cathedral School Campus Ministry!

Foolish Things offers a full breakfast and lunch menu, perfect for an early breakfast, brunch, or lunch before or after you attend Mass that day!

Just mention that you are there to support Holy Family Cathedral School when you order.

Join us at Wednesdays at the Cathedral!

The weekly Wednesdays at Cathedral program was born out of a desire for every Catholic to more fully grasp the beauty of his faith and to grow a sense of community among parishioners and our school family. Weekly activities include a mixture of live speakers, engaging video series, faith sharing opportunities and feast day celebrations.

Off campus activities are also a regular part of our quarterly schedule, gathering for service opportunities or participating in Diocesan events. These family activities have included working side-by-side tilling and planting gardens at Catholic Charities, serving the working poor of Downtown Tulsa through Night Light Tulsa, and walking in procession praying for the souls of the faithful departed at Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Spoerl would like to invite our school community to join in this weekly faith and community formation each Wednesday evening that includes Mass, dinner, Eucharistic Adoration, and faith formation. Childcare is also provided if the formation activity is not appropriate for the age of your child.

Events are added and updated on our events page as information becomes available, or you can access information on the Holy Family Cathedral website and/or Facebook page.

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Junior Comets Basketball 

Please fill out this paperwork for students in grade 1st through 5th that are playing Junior Comets Basketball this season.

Coaches Needed!

Please contact Mrs. Wilson if you are interested in coaching the middle school boy's basketball team.

Join the Athletics Facebook Group!

This group will be used to stay in contact with our athletics community, to provide updates about events, to answer parent questions, and to create camaraderie. Click here to join!  

Athletics Documents and Information

Here is the Athletics Information Sheet and Emergency Care and Physical Form. Please fill them out and return them to Mrs. Wilson if your child will be participating in a sport this school year. 

Support the Athletics Department

The Athletics Department is selling trash bags as a fundraiser again this year! Trash bags on sale for $10. Payment can be made via cash, check, or your FACTS account. Please make checks payable to Holy Family Cathedral School.

We will send your order home with your student or you can pick it up from the office.

Home & School Association

Volunteering with Home & School is a great way to get your 20 hours of required Time & Talent hours and membership in Home & School is automatic with no required dues. View the service opportunities and sign up here!