A Message to Parents

Dear Parents,

1. Food Service is looking for Server/Dishwasher 4.5 hours a day, 9:00-1:30. If interested, you may apply in the Main Office.

2. If you have previously had students in high school at Cathedral,  you are familiar with our annual homecoming activities for freshmen. Many years ago, Fred Rupp determined that this first high school "dating" experience was uncomfortable for freshmen. So he organized an the evening to include meeting all together at a couple host houses, attending Mass together, a lovely sit down dinner, the Homecoming dance, and finally some fun together at the YMCA to conclude the evening.  It has turned into a long-standing popular tradition.  With Fred's retirement last spring, the planning for this event falls to me.  I have everything in place for Oct. 7 except the after dance activities at the Y.  Since moving into their new facility, the Y is no longer going to host after hour events, so that site is not available for us.  Since my own children went through this a long time ago, I need to hear from younger parents!  How valuable is the after dance experience?  Do students actually swim, or do they just sit around and visit or use the gym space?  Could this happen in our gym? Should I be contacting St. Ben's, or SCSU?  Is this part of the evening necessary and beneficial?  Any ideas about a place that would host us that evening?  Freshmen parents will receive a letter in September with the details of this event.  For now, I just need some input regarding the after dance activity. 

3. Fall Sports (and Activities) Registration is open! Please register your athlete early as important information regarding practices and the season will be distributed through email once registered. Click here to start registration (if you have registered before, please do NOT create a new account - if you need help logging in, please email jmurphy@cathedralcrusaders.org).

A reminder that most incoming 7th and 10th graders will need a new sports physical on file at Cathedral before they will be allowed to start practice.

Click here to find important information about first day of practice, fall sports meeting, sports passes and fees.

4. We spent significant time last year discussing how to improve our middle school experience.  We want our 7th and 8th graders to have their own identity, not just be the youngest in the school.  We want them to have unique leadership and service opportunities.  This year, we have designed a new "Crusader Class" that middle school students will experience several times a week.  They will choose from among many attractive elective opportunities and each class will last approximately three weeks, and then they will choose another one. We would love to have parents volunteer to teach a class. It would mean nine classes over a period of three weeks, each one 43 minutes long, at either 1:29 or 2:17 pm. If you have a hobby or a talent that would translate well into a class like this, would you please consider teaching a class?  The ideas are infinite: origami, magic tricks, storytelling, French, debate, crocheting/knitting, chess, caligraphy - and the list could go on and on.  If you are interested, please connect with Dick McMorrow: dmcmorrow@cathedralcrusaders.org


3. From Jeremy Meyer, our Director of International Admissions:

Cathedral Seeks Host Families:

Cathedral continues to welcome students from all over the world as full-time students. They bring with them a new perspective and culture to share with current students from Central Minnesota. These international students have the opportunity to live with host families. The international program is currently looking for families interested in hosting a student for the upcoming school year. The students seeking host families this Fall come from Colombia, Spain, Vietnam, Korea, and Afghanistan.

Below is a list of students looking for host families:

New Students
Lucia - Girl - Spain - 10th Grade
Nasir - Boy - Afghanistan - 11th Grade
Nguyen - Boy - Vietnam - 11th Grade
Khanh - Girl - Vietnam - 11th Grade
Vy - Girl - Vietnam - 11th Grade
Vu - Boy - Vietnam - 11th Grade
Cristian - Boy - Colombia - 12th Grade

Returning Students
Minh - Boy - Vietnam - 12th Grade
Ellie - Girl - Korea - 9th Grade (Would like to live near the school)
SeoEun - Girl - Korea - 9th Grade

The school needs interested and desiring families to share their home and family and potentially learn about another culture. For more information, please contact Jeremy Meyer, Cathedral International Programs, at 320-257-2145.

Create a friendship that lasts a lifetime!

Thank you to all of the families that have already volunteered!!


4. Summer has passed the halfway point, which means that the first day of the 2017-2018 school year isn't far off. We all hear that "brain drain" is very real in the summer.  Please encourage your student to read - every day if possible.  This activity doesn't need to be long or complicated.  The newspaper or magazines have excellent daily reading selections. Consistency matters - and every day is best!


Lynn Grewing