Boulder Beat Bulletin: September 2019

Dear Community of Holy Family Cathedral School, 
Salvete! (Hello!)  

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and productive start to their school year! My name is Veronica Allen and I am heading Campus Ministry this year. We are very excited to bring opportunities to encounter Christ into our school year. In a special way, Mass, Adoration, and Reconciliation are beautiful times where we encounter Him and are able to dive deeper into our relationship with God. 

Mass provides a way for us to receive Christ intimately into our lives and is a way to receive graces to help us through our day. Daily Mass is not intended to be in place of Sunday Mass, but rather, another way for our soul to gain graces to help us through our week. We want to provide another day to offer our students a chance to receive grace and to participate in an awesome tradition of our faith. Starting September 9th we will begin attending the noon Mass at the Cathedral on Mondays and Fridays in addition to All School Mass on Wednesdays at 9 AM. On Mondays, the 3rd - 8th graders will be attending, while on Fridays the 1st - 2nd graders will be attending. 

In addition to time spent in Mass, we are adding the time for Adoration. Adoration is a time of prayer and adoration with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. As Catholics, we believe that the Lord is truly present in the Eucharist. Adoration is a time where He is exposed in a Monstrance, stemming from the Latin, Monstrare, which means “to show”. This is usually an ornate holder that is made of precious metals and is built in a way that allows the adorer to view the Eucharist. This provides another way to encounter Christ. We will be attending adoration every Friday beginning September 13th through the end of the school year. The period of time that we have allotted for adoration is according to age appropriateness. The time that they go to adoration will be left to the discretion of the teacher so as to maintain flexibility with the school day. 

As we open opportunities for encounters with Christ and to receive grace through the Sacraments, we also want to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one more beautiful way in which the Church helps us to build a deeper relationship with God. In Reconciliation, we can find forgiveness and peace while preparing our souls to receive Christ in Mass. This will be held on the second Wednesday of the month from 8:30 - 8:55 AM for the school community.    

Mass dress will be required on Wednesdays for All School Mass. (Uniform Pants for boys. Skorts, skirts or uniform jumpers for the girls.  Blazers and ties are optional). Any school uniform in compliance with the dress code outlined in the handbook may be worn on Monday and Friday Mass days as well as for Adoration. 

It is important to us at the school to build the Catholic culture in which we live. Another beautiful way to do this is simply to meet in community with one another. Last semester we hosted a Vocation Night. We watched a video about Religious Sisters and their way of life and had a discussion afterward. It turned out to be a success and we wanted to continue these offerings this year. We will be having a boys’ nights as well as girls’ nights for all students 4th - 8th grade. This will be an opportunity to talk about prayer life, provide a community of faith to grow in, and meet and learn about priests, religious men, and women and what their lives look like. They will be after school on Fridays so please watch your emails for invitations to these nights!

We are excited to bring in more aspects of our Catholic Faith and have the children participate in these wonderful traditions! We look forward to the rest of the year!

Know of our prayers for you!
Holy Family, Pray for us!
St. Katherine Drexel, Pray for us!

Valete! (Be Well!)

In Christ, 
Veronica Allen
First Grade and Campus Ministry

September Events

NEW! You can now view the school calendar and events in Google Calendar or iCal! Click here for Google Calendar. Click here for iCal. Please note that we are still adding events, but all September events have been added to this calendar. Events for the rest of the school year will be added this week.

Tuesday, September 3, 3:30-4:30 PM: Taekwondo Class. This is the first Taekwondo class of the year, recurring every Tuesday. If your student is interested, you can still enroll them here.

Wednesday, September 4, 8 AM-3:30 PM: 3rd and 4th Grade Field Trip to Rose Hill

Wednesday, September 4, 9-9:40 AM: All School Mass. This Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Konderla and led by our 7th grade class.

Wednesday, September 4, 3:30-4:30 PM: Ballet Class. This is the first Ballet class of the year, recurring every Wednesday. If your student is interested, you can still enroll them here.

Wednesday, September 4, 5-8 PM: Wednesdays at the Cathedral: A Night with Fr. Kastl and Fr. Carvajal. Join us for the first Wednesdays at the Cathedral of the school year and to meet our new Rector and Parochial Vicar!

Wednesday, September 4, 6-7 PM: 8th Grade Families Meeting with Bishop Kelley.

Thursday, September 5, 8:15-10:30 AM: School Pictures. Individual student portraits will be taken. Your student was given an order form for pictures last week or you can pick up extra forms in the school office.

Thursday, September 5, 3:30-4:30 PM: Acrobatics Class. This is the first Acrobatics class of the year, recurring every Thursday. If your student is interested, you can still enroll them here.

Wednesday, September 11, 9-9:40 AM: All School Mass. This Mass will be led by our 6th grade class.

Wednesday, September 11, 5-8 PM: Wednesdays at the Cathedral: 120th Birthday Tours. Join us for tours of the cathedral, rectory, and school followed by cake as we celebrate this monumental birthday! All are welcome for this fun evening celebrating the history of this parish. More information here!

Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8 PM: Dyslexia Awareness Community Event. St. John Catholic School in Bartlesville is hosting a presentation on Dyslexia Awareness, free for all! This event is for parents/guardians that want to learn more about Dyslexia or are looking for resources to support their child. Click here for more information.

Thursday, September 12, 7 PM: 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Game: Playing Cascia Hall at Sts. Peter and Paul

Friday, September 13, 9:45 AM-1:30 PM: 8th Grade Visit to Bishop Kelley.

Friday, September 13, 4-9 PM: Dine to Donate to the HFCS Band at Naples Flatbread. Click here to RSVP (mandatory) and to learn how 25% of your meal ticket will be donated to our award-winning band program.

Saturday, September 14, 9 AM: 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Game: Playing Cascia Hall at St. Mary’s

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-8 PM: Parent Information Meetings on the Classical Model: For parents of Kindergarten - 1st Grade students. More information below.

Wednesday, September 18, 9-9:40 AM: All School Mass. This Mass will be led by our 5th grade class.

Friday, September 20, 10:45 AM-1:30 PM: 5th-8th Grade Walking Field Trip to the Greek Festival. The 5th through 8th grade students will be taking a walking field trip to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for the Annual Greek Festival. The cost is $8 per child, which will cover lunch and a cookie, and is due by Wednesday, September 18. Students may also bring pocket money to buy a small souvenir or extra snack.

Saturday, September 21, 11 AM: 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Game: Playing Marquette at Marquette

Sunday, September 22, 1-4 PM: Holy Family Cathedral Parish and School 120th Birthday Picnic. This September Holy Family Cathedral Parish and Holy Family Cathedral School are celebrating their 120th birthday! All parishioners, school families, and school alumni are invited to the picnic on Sunday, September 22nd following the 12:00 pm Mass for a parish-wide picnic to join us in the celebration! We will have lunch, games, inflatables, entertainment from Criomtann and The Fox and Dove Society, a pie baking contest, and more! If you could volunteer for set up, clean up, or to bring a dessert, click here to sign up.

Sunday, September 22, 2-4 PM: Bishop Kelley Open House. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8 PM: Parent Information Meetings on the Classical Model: For parents of 2nd-4th Grade students. More information below.

Wednesday, September 25, 7:30-8 AM: Cascia Hall Visit with 8th Grade Students and Parents at HFCS.

Wednesday, September 25, 9-9:40 AM: All School Mass. This Mass will be led by our 4th grade class.

Thursday, September 26, 7 PM: 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Game: Playing Monte Casino at Monte Casino Court 1

Saturday, September 28, 8-11 AM: Rosary Run and Rally Hosted by St. Michael Catholic Radio. A family fun prayer event for anyone in the Tulsa area to pray, learn more about the rosary, get some exercise, and enjoy a nice morning in beautiful downtown Tulsa! Click here to sign up!

Sunday, September 22, 1-3 PM: Cascia Hall Open House. Click here for more information.

Monday, September 30: October Pizza and Milk Orders Due. Click here for instructions on how to order.

Parent Information Meeting on the Classical Model

Dear Parents and Families,

As HFCS continues to embrace the Classical Model of education, we want to give you ample opportunities to understand this emerging approach, see how your students are learning, understand ways that you as parents can participate in their learning and ask any questions you may have. Since each grade level focuses on different aspects of learning based on the developmental stage of the child, we have broken up the sessions based on these stages of learning. Although you are being invited to the session your child is currently enrolled, all are welcome to come to any of the meetings. Please note, all of these sessions will be broadcasted live, recorded and stored on our website for future reference.

Thank you for your support of Holy Family Cathedral School.
Father Gary Kastl and Mrs. Trish Spoerl

Parent Information Meeting on the Classical Model
On the Fourth Floor of the School

Kindergarten-1st Grade: Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-8:00 PM
Presenters will include Mr. Brian Balaskovits, Ms. Veronica Allen, Dr. Marcel Brown, Father Gary Kastl, and Mrs. Trish Spoerl

2nd-4th Grade: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Presenters will include Mrs. Molly Dowdell, Mrs. Casey Barrow, Mrs. Peggy Soltero, Dr. Marcel Brown, Father David Carvajal, and Mrs. Trish Spoerl

5th-8th Grade: Tuesday, October 8, 6:30-8:00 PM
Presenters will include Ms. Monica Hansen, Mrs. Angelina Dunn, Mrs. Corinne Moore, Mr. Jim Franz, Dr. Marcel Brown, Father Gary Kastl, and Mrs. Trish Spoerl

Email Mrs. Spoerl at if you will need complimentary babysitting for children during the meeting.

10th Annual Walk-A-Thon: Help us Raise $30,000!

On Monday, your children received their packets for our 10th Annual Walk-A-Thon, containing a student pledge sheet and information about corporate sponsorships. This year’s Walk-A-Thon will be on Tuesday, October 15, from 10:20 AM - 12:00 PM, and the students will have up to 30 minutes to walk as many laps as possible, followed by a pizza lunch (donated by Mazzio’s!) outside. Students will be rewarded with prizes both for the number of laps they walk and for the amount of money they raise for their school.

Our goal this year is to raise $30,000 or $250 per student!

The money that we raise will help us provide: classical classroom resources and supplies; furniture for classrooms; educational experiences such as the annual Spring Arts Festival, classroom field trips, science fair, speakers, and retreats; low-cost and free family events for our school community; teacher appreciation luncheons, activities, and treats and teacher Christmas bonuses; and pay for additional school expenses.

Your student can help us reach our goal by asking 25 family members or family friends for a $10 pledge to our school in support of their walk. Pledges can be collected via cash, check, or online here. You can also help us gain corporate sponsorships, which will be counted towards your student’s fundraising total. Click here for more information and our corporate sponsorship donation form. If you do secure a corporate sponsorship, please add that to your child’s pledge sheet so that it will be counted in their fundraising total.

By fundraising, your student could win:

  • Raise $30 or more: Free Dress

  • Raise $100 or more: Pizza Lunch with the Principal

  • Top Fundraiser in the School: $100 Visa Gift Card

  • Each class with 100% participation (each student with a minimum of $10 in pledges): Free Dress and an Extra Recess for the Class

Students must return the pledge form with all monies collected by Friday, October 7, 2019, to be eligible for the prizes listed above!
All participants will receive snacks and beverages at set lap benchmarks.

We also would like to invite you to join or cheer on your walking student during their walk times listed below:

  • Preschool-1st Grade: 10:20-10:50 AM

  • 2nd-4th Grade: 10:50-11:20 AM

  • 5th-8th Grade: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM

We thank you so much for your support of our school, your student, and our staff!

Annual Pete Theban Coin Drive to benefit the St. Francis of Assisi Tuition Assistance Trust

We are collecting coins to benefit the tuition assistance trust that helps many of our students stay in Catholic schools. Gather your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins. Every penny literally counts and will be added to the trust. Final collection will be on September 27. 

Mr. Pete Theban was a longtime Catholic administrator who died in 2016 after a brief fight with cancer. He had been principal of Marquette Catholic School for 10 years at the time of his passing. He was previously the middle school principal at Monte Cassino from 1986 to 2006. He had a great love for his students and made every child feel loved and valued. He was a strong proponent of projects, drives, and fundraisers to help needy families in the community.

There will be large buckets labeled in all classroom beginning next week for this Coin Drive.  Two major events that your children can participate in will be Tuesday, September 17 will be $1 FREE DRESS DAY for the Staff and all students.  (Please adhere to the Free Dress guidelines).  The second event will be on Wednesday, September 25 and this will be the Penny Pitch.  Students may bring their pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters (50 cent pieces if so desired) and try to toss them into a large bucket to earn another FREE DRESS Day later in October !!!!  The students may bring as many coins as they desire, but we only have time for them to make ten (10) attempts.  So, work on those tosses at home with your students !

Thank you for supporting this important tuition assistance resource to our school.  

New! Scholar of the Month and Character Traits

Dear Parents & Families,

We are excited to implement Scholars of the Month this year. Each month we will be concentrating on a different character trait and will be awarding students who best display that month's trait. The month of September is devoted to teaching on RESPECT. We ask that you partner with us this month in teaching ways to show respect and act respectfully towards others.

There are many ways to teach and have conversations about the topic of respect. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

We look forward to a great year with your children and supporting you in helping them to grow in character and virtue.

Athletics Fundraiser

FOR SALE for FALL: Heavy duty clear leaf and lawn bags for $10/roll. There are white kitchen bags available as well. $10/roll. All proceeds benefit Athletic programs for the school to purchase uniforms and equipment this year. Email Brian Balaskovits at if you would like to pick up a few rolls.


We want to sincerely thank and recognize the families that have shared their God-given time, talents, and treasure with us this summer and during our first month of school by fulfilling many Stewardship Opportunities. We are thankful for your investment in your role as primary educators of the faith and morals of your children through your stewardship of the school. If you shared your time, talents, or treasure with us, that counts towards your family’s 20 Stewardship Hours for the year (10 hours for single parent families).

Please take a few minutes this week to log your Stewardship Hours in RenWeb:

  • On the "Family Home" screen, select the correct parent.

  • Select "ADD".

  • Enter the date of service, description (drop-down options), hours and a note specifying the activity details.

  • If you need assistance please contact the school office 918-582-0422.

If you have not yet started contributing your Stewardship Hours, we are here to help! In an effort to provide and connect you with the best and most current Stewardship Opportunities for your family we created a Stewardship Survey. By completing this survey, you’ll share with us your time availability, talents, and family interests so that we can approach you with Stewardship Opportunities that are in line with your time and talents. Click here to get started!

The Penguin Project


Comets Kidfest at Bishop Kelley


7th grade Volleyball Game Schedule

We would like to invite you to show support and school spirit for our 7th Grade Girls Volleyball team at their upcoming games, listed below:

Thursday, September 12th, 7 PM: Playing Cascia Hall at Sts. Peter and Paul

Saturday, September 14th, 9 AM: Playing Cascia Hall at St. Mary’s

Saturday, September 21st, 11 AM: Playing Marquette at Marquette

Thursday, September 26th, 7 PM: Playing Monte Casino at Monte Casino Court 1

Monday, October 7th, 7 PM: Playing St. Mary’s at St. Mary’s

Thursday, October 10th, 7 PM: Playing Marquette at Sts. Peter and Paul

Thursday, October 24th, 6 PM: Playing Marquette at Sts. Peter and Paul

Monday, October 28th, 7 PM: Playing St. Pius at St. Pius 

Aristotle & Aquinas on the Soul, the Emotions, and the Virtues


Mrs. Spoerl attended the first course and was overflowing with wonder, knowledge, and understanding of the real meaning of words that we take for granted in the English language, which she then shared with Ms. Hansen’s 6th and 7th grade Latin class. She also learned that the sciences of Aristotle included Liberal Arts, Philosophy, and Theology.

She encourages you to all to join her and our community for this wonderful and enriching course!

Rosary Run Sign up and Volunteers

Looking forward to seeing you soon for the 3rd Rosary Run event in downtown Tulsa! They have added some new fun options to this year's event, like a 1 mile walk for Mary, a children's Fatima story, and a 4 person Rosary relay! See more details or sign up for the run on their website at

The volunteer need for the Rosary Run and Rally has increased with adding new activities to the event. Each volunteer will receive a Rosary Run and Rally volunteer t-shirt. Please email Tricia Schlitter at to claim your volunteer position.

  • Friday Packet Pickup at the Church of the Madalene (11 am - 7 pm)

  • Set-up Start/Finish Line area and tear down

  • Race Day Packet Pickup

  • Place cones/balloons around 5k Rosary Run course

  • Be contact person for Mystery/water stop location sponsors

  • Lead Rosary for 1 mile walk

  • First Aid Station

  • Course Marshall on 5K route

  • Help with Rosary Relay activity

  • Lead Rosary for the prayer rally at the Start/finish line

  • Time top 6 Finishers and record names

  • Handout Finish Line Prizes

  • Finish Line Refreshments


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.

Calling all those interested in playing basketball!

Boys and girls 3rd-5th grade will cost $90/player and boys and girls grades 6th-8th will cost $80/player.

If we don't have enough players to make a Holy Family team, then we will try to get them on another team from another school from the diocese. Also, coaches are desperately needed for any of these teams to make. If we have enough players for a team, but no coach, then we won't have a team. Please email Mr. B at by Sept. 20th if you are interested in either playing or coaching.

Chaplain on the Home Front— Weekly Messages from Fr. Sean O’Brien

We continue to talk about pray. What is it? It is a lifting up of the mind and heart to God. You can do it in any way that works! Here are some tips on prayer for mid-schoolers to adults. And one for kids!

Where is your cross? Catholics celebrate the Cross this Saturday. Dumb and stupid to some, but wisdom and hope for us! What does suffering mean for our prayer? Here's a great video about prayer in suffering. Suffering is a part of life--the question is, what do we do when it comes? The Lord says, "Take up your cross and follow me."

Are prayer and busy-ness compatible? Yes and no. Here's a mom who talks about it with 7 helpful tips at the end (please excuse the awkward metaphor). Here's one on "How can I find time to pray?" Not a single saint neglected their prayer, but none of them were born with it. There's hope for all!


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.


If you plan to volunteer on field trips, at celebrations, coaching teams, or in the classroom please go to 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, in the school office.