A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,
An important message from our school nurse Kati Bauerly:

Influenza illness is impacting our central Minnesota schools. This week we have seen widespread flue activity in our community schools. Here at Cathedral, we are seeing an increase in absences among students and staff. Many are being diagnosed with Type A influenza when they see their primary care physicians.

Influenza is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat and body aches. Those sick with this current influenza have been ill for three or more days.

Students and staff who become ill during the day will be isolated and sent home. Ill persons should remain at home until 24 hours after their fever is gone without fever-reducing medications. Students and staff should be well enough to participate in school before returning.

Promoting hand washing, covering a cough, and routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces can help to stop the spread of influenza. If your child has flu like symptoms, they should not come to school. Those with worsening symptoms should contact their primary care provider for advice.

(I used to be one of those parents who would say to my kids: "You're fine, go to school." I have since learned that sick kids need to stay home - both for themselves and for their classmates and teachers.)

Mix 94.9 came to record our Concert Choir today. They will use a clip to promote Monday night's Choir Concert. You can see the clip at Mix94.9.com.

Our Little Feet Respect Life group is conducting a diaper drive until Dec. 19. All donated items will go to Annamarie's Alliance. There is a great need for baby items, children's winter clothing (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.), diapers, and gift certificates for mom. If you don't have a favorite charity at Christmas, this is a great way to donate at this holiday time. Items may be placed beneath our large Christmas tree.
The Spirit Shop will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, when school is in session, 2:00 to 4:30 pm. We will have a special holiday shopping event on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

Just a reminder as the holiday season approaches: any treats that come to school must be peanut free.

The Campus Ministry students have created video prayer services to watch each week in Advent. They are on the home page of our website. Click on Advent, and you will be able to view the prayer service for each week.

January 12 is our target date for the next step in providing security for our school. The front doors, along with all other doors on our campus, will be locked during the school day. Anyone, students, parents, delivery personnel, etc. will need to push the buzzer at the right side of the front doors (west side) to be buzzed into the school. Someone in the Main Office, Rose Marsyla or Mary Henry, will be able to see and converse with the party seeking admission. Obviously this means that our students must continue to use the tunnels even after the weather improves in the spring. We will work hard to continue to offer a welcoming atmosphere, while at the same time, providing the best security for our students.

Mark your calendars for Jan. 27. Our big event during Catholic Schools Week is speaker Erin Walsh. She will speak to parents that evening on raising children and young adults in a digital age. We will open this evening up to all parents of Catholic school children in St. Cloud. It's such a timely subject and Ms. Walsh is a well-known expert in this field.

Lynn Grewing