Boulder Beat Bulletin: Week of December 2, 2018

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Christmas Around the World: December 20

On Thursday, December 20, at 12:45 PM, our students will present their Christmas Around the World projects.

Our students have been working for weeks to learn how 11 countries from around the world celebrate Christmas, and will be presenting what they have learned on Thursday, December 20, in two parts: a performance and an experience.

The performance will consist of a performance of songs and an oral report. The experience-based presentation will include an opportunity to experience traditional food, games, and activities from the various countries.

Because our students have worked on these projects for an extended amount of time, we recommend making arrangements to attend not only your child’s performance and presentation, but also the experience portion of the projects, which will last until the end of the school day.

Tentative Schedule for Christmas Around the World

12:45-1:15- Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade Presentations

1:15-1:40- 3rd and 4th Grades Presentations

1:45-2:10- 5th through 8th Grades Presentations

2:15-3:30- Traditional games, food, and activities

Please watch for more information from your child’s teacher about how you can help your child with this project. This information will be updated as more specific information about the day becomes available.

Fill The Fence: Collecting Items Now!

We are now collecting items for Fill the Fence, where we fill our fence with items for homeless individuals in our community. You can bring your items to Ms. Sue in Preschool starting this week, and until December 20th, when we will fill the fence.

Here's a list of items we will be collecting:

  • Blankets

  • Socks 

  • Gloves

  • Scarves

  • Coats

  • Hats

  • Hygiene products

  • Hand warmers

  • Prepackaged food (granola bars, nuts, beef jerky, cereal, dried fruits, snack size peanut butter, crackers, etc to put in stockings)

  • Water & Gatorade 

  • Rain ponchos 

  • Gently used blankets & coats/sweaters (men's & women’s)

  • Backpacks or tote bags

Candy Cane Blessings

HFCS Bands will be selling St. Nicholas Day Candy Cane Blessing cards with be sold for $1 each before school November 26 through December 5, and during lunch on Wednesday, November 28, and December 5. Cards and candy canes will be delivered on St. Nicholas Day on December 6.

They can be purchased for fellow students, friends or those who need a friend, teachers, staff, parents, siblings, etc.

Cards may be sent anonymously if desired.

Your support of HFCS bands will help fund our spring festival trips and share in the spirit of St. Nicholas Day in the early days of Advent by adding a spiritual and devotional aspect to fun, small treats.

Band to Play at Catholic Charities

HFCS Bands and Percussion Ensemble are honored to have been requested to play at Catholic Charities' annual Christmas Basket distribution on Saturday, December 15, around 10:30 AM. If you would like to get a preview of our Christmas performance, call Catholic Charities to volunteer to help with this important ministry to our community.

Christmas Bazaar- Date Change

Due to the road closures for the Tulsa Christmas Parade, our Christmas Bazaar, scheduled for Saturday, December 8, has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 15, and will be held during Saturday Night Life.

Diocesan Father-Daughter Ball

The Bishop Kelley Speech and Debate Team invites you to our Fifth Annual Diocesan Father/Daughter Holiday Ball on Saturday, December 8th, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Student Commons at Bishop Kelley High School. $20 per couple includes a complimentary picture. $5 for each additional daughter. 

Purchase your tickets here!

Ages: Pre-school through 8th Grade 

Questions? Email Erin Clark at

Don’t forget to Order Lunch for your Student!

Click here to view the latest lunch menu and to find instructions on how to get your child’s lunch ordered for this month!


"Fun"raiser collections were down this month. Please be sure to save all of your Boxtops, Best Choice Labels and Coke points over the holidays. The winners for this month were PK with just 10 points, Clare House with 83 and Bosco House with 223. The leaders for the year are Kindergarten with 477, Clare House with 541 and Bosco House with 223.

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.

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 5% off!

It is time to start ordering yearbooks for this school year! November is the last month for you to order your yearbook and get a discount 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.

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.

Campus Ministry

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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Sign Up for Comets Lacrosse!

It’s time to sign up for Lacrosse! Practices will start in February, and is available for students aged Kindergarten through 8th Grade! Click here to register now!

Junior Comets Basketball 

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

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!