Boulder Beat Bulletin: August 2019

We are pleased to welcome your children back to school at Holy Family Cathedral School! The summer has flown by for many of us I am sure, but a wonderful time to enjoy our faith, family and friends. With the beginning of the year, I want to update you on the status of the school. This summer has seen the welcoming of a few new staff members that I want to introduce to the community.

Mrs. Casey Barrow – 3rd/4th Grade classroom teacher

    Mrs. Barrow was raised in Montana and met her husband here in Tulsa and is presently a member at Church of St. Mary. They have a son, Avery in Kindergarten here at Holy Family Cathedral School, and are expecting a new member of their family at the end of September. She has her Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business-Marketing. She has been active in working with the Community Action Project and a non-profit organization that assists National Guardsmen and their families that she and her husband established.

Ms. Angelina Patrick – Aide for 3rd/4th Grade classroom. 

     Ms. Patrick will begin this position after Mrs. Young moves to her aide position in the 2nd Grade in November, after Ms. Bishop finishes her student teaching in the 2nd Grade with Mrs. Dowdell. Ms. Patrick attends the Holy Family Cathedral Parish and is a lay member of the Discalced Carmelite Order.

Ms. Kathleen Gathright – Physical Education for Ms. Bishop for the first 12 weeks of school.  

    Ms. Gathright is no stranger to the Cathedral School. She is the Development Director of Holy Family Cathedral and has been in that position for two years. She is a member of the Holy Family Cathedral Parish. Ms. Gathright has also taught dance for five years.

Mrs. Marion Williams – Latin Teacher for Eighth Grade

    Mrs. Williams is from Germany and has taught throughout the Diocese of Tulsa at Bishop Kelley High School, All Saints Catholic School, and for the Sacred Heart Academy of the Great Books Program at the Chancery. She is presently teaching Latin and German at the University of Tulsa. She is a member of St. Anne’s Parish in Broken Arrow.

Ms. Cierra Campbell – Art Instructor 

    Ms. Christina Frost has decided to pursue her Master’s degree as well as start her own business. Ms. Cierra Campbell from Escondido, California has been hired to be the art instructor for the school year beginning September 2. Ms. Frost has been gracious enough to stay in a capacity as Art Instructor for two weeks as Ms. Campbell packs her things and moves to Oklahoma! Ms. Campbell comes to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in film animation from John Paul the Great Catholic University and has been an art instructor in a Catholic School, is a professional illustrator and is an art instructor at Drawn2Art in Escondido, teaching ages 4 years old to adult.  

Please take the time Wednesday, August 14, from 5:30-6:30 PM, to come to school to meet the teachers: drop off your Kleenex, antibacterial wipes, and paper towels; and have a cookie and something to drink.  

In Christ,

Mrs. Trish Spoerl
Principal

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 14, 5:30-6:30 PM: Meet, Greet, and Grab a Treat: Back to School Night: Join us for an evening to meet your child's teacher, see their classroom, drop off supplies (listed below), update medical records, register for aftercare, learn about our athletic offerings, and pick up yearbooks! Sign up here to bring refreshments for the evening.

Thursday, August 15, 7:50 AM-3:30 PM: First Day of School

Thursday, August 15, 9-10 AM: Feast of the Assumption Mass: Parents, we invite you to join us for our first Mass of the school year on our first day of school! As this is a Mass day, students are to wear Mass dress per the handbook: "Girls are required to wear jumpers or skirts and boys are required to wear long pants. Blazers for girls and boys are an option. Ties for boys are also encouraged, but not mandatory."

Saturday, August 17, 8:45 AM-5 PM: 2019 Catechetical Conference: Join our staff and families at this year's Catechetical Conference hosted by the Diocese of Tulsa, for adults and children ages 10+. Tickets can be purchased here.

Monday, August 19, by 12 PM: August Pizza Lunch Orders Due: Information on how to order included below.

Wednesday, August 21, 9-10 AM: School Mass: Parents and Families are always invited to join us for our School Mass. Students are to wear Mass dress per the dress code.

Monday, August 26: BBQ Fundraiser Order Forms Due to the School Office: Click here to get your order form. Orders will be available for pick up Friday, August 30, between 3:00-5:30 PM— just in time for Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 28, 9-10 AM: School Mass: Parents and Families are always invited to join us for our School Mass. Students are to wear Mass dress per the dress code.

Thursday, August 29: Kindergarten Back to School Night

Friday, August 30: September Pizza Lunch and Milk Orders Due: Click here for more information on how to order.

New Accelerated Math Home Connect Link 

Here is the new link for students to complete Accelerated Math practices at home. Mrs. Moore wanted to especially note that every middle school student (grades 5-8) should be completing a practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at home unless they were assigned book work or a worksheet in class.

Wednesdays at the Cathedral Resumes on Sept. 4 

We are excited to announce that Wednesdays at the Cathedral will be returning on September 4th!

We have an inspiring lineup for the fall and will be kicking it off with “A Night with Fr. Kastl & Fr. Carvajal!” This is an exciting time with a new Rector & Parochial Vicar at Holy Family and they want to get to know you as much as you want to get to know them! Join us for a fun night “fireside chat” style. Both priests will give an introduction to themselves and then open the floor to questions. Bring your families and come get to know and welcome our new priests!

Schedule for the evening:
5:05 pm: Mass will be offered in the Chapel of Peace
5:30 pm– 6:20 pm: Adoration in the Chapel of Peace
5:30 pm– 6:30 pm: Dinner in the Halpine Room
6:30 pm– 8:00 pm: “A Night with Fr. Kastl & Fr. Carvajal” in the Heiring Auditorium

8th Grade Lemonade Fundraiser 

The eighth grade class will be start selling lemonade for $1 starting Tuesday, August 27. The purchased lemonade will be delivered to students at the end of the day.

Join our Facebook Group 

We created our “Parents and Families” Facebook Group as a way to provide another venue for community and support for you. We want this to be a place that you can interact with other families, safely share your photos from school events (that I’ll probably ask to use in the yearbook!), and to for us to give just-for-you support and information on HFCS events and news. Click here to request to join! This group is private and we only approve people that are listed as a family or emergency pickup contact in your child’s profile on RenWeb to maintain privacy and security.

Handbook 

The 2019-2020 Handbook is linked here. If you have not done so already, please read the handbook as a family and sign and return the acknowledgment form to school. You can also take the handbook quiz by August 16 to earn 30 minutes of Stewardship time.

Reflection on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Fr. Carvajal

Fr. Carvajal wrote a reflection with readings and sacred art for you to meditate upon and to continue the celebration of the Solemnity at home. You can read it here!

Chaplain on the Home Front

To give refreshment to the soul and bring the focus to the mission of Catholic education, here is a witness about raising kids Catholic and some key tips.

St. Monica's feast day is Tuesday, August 27. She prayed her heart out for her prodigal son's conversion, and God heard! He made her and her son a saint! God also helped her with her overindulgence in alcohol. Here's a quick video on the power of prayer! God thanks you for praying for your children.

BBQ Fundraiser for Robotics and Art

We are raising funds to support Robotics & Art! You can help us out by purchasing Black Jaxx Barbeque for your Labor Day plans, other special occasion or just to feed your family.

Orders are due by Monday, August 26th, and will be delivered on Friday, August 30th, for pick up between 3:00 – 5:30 p.m., just before our Labor Day Break. The order form is available here.

Dine to Donate Fundraiser for Band

Join us for dinner at Jason's Deli on Cherry Street on Monday, August 19, from 4:00-9:00 PM to enjoy a meal AND support our band at the same time! We need a minimum of 20 RSVPs for this event! Please click here to RSVP with all family members at the link above if you plan on attending!

Let's all take the first Monday of school off cooking to enjoy a meal with your family and other HFCS families to start the year together AND to support the HFCS Band! Jason's Deli will donate 15% of your ticket, before taxes, to the HFCS Band at no extra cost to you. Our band program is entirely funded by fundraisers like this, so your participation is highly coveted!

Order Last Year's Yearbook!

Many of you asked me at back to school night about how to order last year's (2018-2019) yearbook! You can still do that until September 3, by clicking here!

Spirit Dress Handbook Clarification

The section for Spirit Dress was mistakenly left out of the handbook. You can find the updated section here:

"Spirit Dress Days

Periodically, the administration will award a “Spirit Dress Day”. The students must wear their uniform pants, uniform shorts, uniform skirts or uniform jumper with any kind of Holy Family Cathedral School t-shirt or a Holy Family Cathedral School sweatshirt."

Please note that Spirit Dress is not every Friday.

Sign Up for Ballet, Taekwondo, and Acrobatics with the Pied Piper & Co.

Classes are open to all ages and will start on September 3. You can click here to see more information and to enroll now.

Reading and Math Packets: Due August 15, First Day of School

If you have any questions about them, please contact Mrs. Spoerl at trish.spoerl@myhfcs.org

School Calendar

The calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is attached in this email, so please save it and/or print it to keep it handy for your reference of important events. Please note that additional events may be added as they arise, so always check your email for our monthly newsletter, the Boulder Beat, like our Facebook page, join our Parents and Families Facebook group, or follow us on Instagram. The school website has also been updated with the 2019-2020 calendar, and the monthly calendar will be updated throughout the school year. Our website and social media can keep you informed about great events in our community and exciting things your student is doing and experiencing here at the Cathedral School.

School Supplies

Nearly all of the supplies that your child will use at school are provided by the school, with the exception of the following: 

  • Every family should bring 2 rolls of paper towels, 2 boxes of facial tissue, and either 1 container of antibacterial wipes, 1 can of Lysol spray, or 1 can of Lysol foam cleaner. Please bring these items to Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 14. After Christmas Break, we will do the same.

  • Each student should bring a backpack and lunch box (with the exception of pizza lunch days) to school every day.

  • Grades 5-8 should bring a binder (can be simple or zip-up) with pockets and rings to create dividers, collect homework, or place assignment books in.

  • HFCS Assignment books are available for purchase for $7 at Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 14, or by calling the school office at (918) 582-0422.

Sign Up for Cross Country and Girls Volleyball 

Dear parents,

Sign up sheets for Cross Country and Girls Volleyball (5th-8th grade only) will be available during our Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 14th, from 5:30-6:30 pm. If you are interested in signing up for either of these sports, please visit the kindergarten room during Back to School Night to let me know. I can be reached at brian.balaskovits@myhfcs.org if you have any questions. Thank you, Mr. B.

School Lunch

Due to an insufficient amount of interest in school lunches, the catering company is not able to offer hot lunches this year. All lunches will be brought to school by students this year. Please also send your child to school with cutlery and napkins as the school will not provide these. Milk will still be available for $0.50 each and will be ordered through RenWeb by specified deadlines. 

If your child forgets their lunch, we will provide a "forgotten lunch" of 1 peanut butter and jelly Crustable sandwich, 1 Gogurt, 1 bag of sun chips or baked chips, and 1 carton of milk, and will bill your FACTS account $3.50. 

The 8th Grade Pizza Lunch Fundraiser will be on Wednesdays. Pizza will be ordered by the slice (cheese, sausage, or pepperoni) with a side of carrots and ranch dip for $1.50 per slice. Apples or Oranges can be added for $.50 each and Capris Sun for $.50 each. Orders will be placed for 8th Grade Pizza Fundraiser through RENWEB monthly, quarterly or yearly. There will be no refunds for illness or unforeseen field trips. This is considered a fundraiser. If a child does not have pizza ordered by the deadline and they do not bring a lunch, they will be given a forgotten lunch replacement and billed $3.50 through FACTS.

There will be no sales of snacks at school in the mornings. Preschool and Kindergarten classes will continue to have their regular snacks provided.  

How to place your pizza and milk lunch order:

  1. Login to Parents Web,

  2. Choose Student Information

  3. Choose Lunch

  4. Create Web Order

  5. Choose Student (click on the students name to see the days of the week)

  6. Click the Day you want to order for

  7. Choose the lunch items you want to order, repeat for all days you are ordering

  8. Submit Order

  9. Confirm and Pay

If you have any trouble placing your order please contact the school office at 918-582-0422.  

Orders for the Wednesday fundraiser pizza lunch and milk will be placed once a month on the following dates:

  • For August-- Monday, August 19, 2019

  • For September-- Friday, August 30, 2019

  • For October-- Monday, September 30, 2019

  • For November-- Monday, November 4, 2019

  • For December-- Monday, December 2, 2019

  • For January-- Monday, January 6, 2020

  • For February-- Monday, February 3, 2020

  • For March-- Monday, March 2, 2020

  • For April-- Monday, March 30, 2020

  • For May-- Monday, May 4, 2020

You can order as far ahead as you like, but once the ordering date has passed we can not add late orders.  

You will be billed for lunches when you place your order.  There will be no refunds for illness or unforeseen field trips. This is considered a fundraiser.  

Aftercare Enrollment

Aftercare is available Monday through Friday, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, during the school year, excluding the last day of classes before Christmas break and the last day of school. In order to provide appropriate supervision and safety for your children, it is necessary that all families that would like to use the Aftercare services complete Aftercare enrollment prior to student participation in Aftercare. You can find the registration sheet here, where you can print it, fill it out, and bring it with you to the Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 14. 

Medication Sheet

If your child needs to be given medicine during the school day, please fill out the "Authorization for Medicine at School" form and return it to the school office at Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 14.  

School and Sports Physicals

All students must have a current health/physical examination by a qualified physician within six (6) months prior to the entrance of a child into grades 1, 3, 5, 7. This form must be on file in the school office prior to the first day of school. Please see this physical form which should be completed and brought to the school office on Back to School Night, August 14, from 5:30-6:30 PM.

Virtus Training and Volunteer Registration

If you plan to volunteer on field trips, at celebrations, coaching teams, or in the classroom please go to virtusonline.org and complete your volunteer registration before August 15. This will include a short online class on Protecting God's Children, a background check (free of charge), a couple of personal references, and information about your automobile if you plan to transport any children in your vehicles. If you already have Virtus training, but your phone number or address has changed, PLEASE go into your account and update your information. That is critical to do for Virtus as well as our school records. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Videll, at saleta.videll@myhfcs.org, in the school office.

Spirit Wear

Order an HFCS spirit shirt here by 30! Shirts are printed upon order and will be delivered to the school. 

2018-2019 Yearbook and Survey

The 2018-2019 yearbooks will be available for pick up at Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 14. 

We would also like to get your input regarding the yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year. Please click here to answer two questions about the yearbook!

Stewardship Survey

Part of education is modeling, which is why we invite all of our families to model stewardship through sharing their time, talents, and treasure with our school community. In an effort to provide the best stewardship opportunities for your family, we ask that you please fill out our Stewardship Survey by Monday, August 12. Click here to get started!