Our annual Welcome Back Picnic is this Thursday.
Please plan to join us with your whole family. We'll provide hot
dogs, chips, and dessert. You may bring fruit or a salad (peanut free)
if you wish, and please bring something for your family to drink. You
may want to bring a blanket to sit on. If the weather is nice, we'll be
in the "pit" area north of the North Gym. If it's raining, we'll be in
the cafeteria. At 6:00 pm,
the teachers will be in their classrooms and you are invited to meet
them, walk through your child's schedule, and practice that locker
are still in need of three more host families for international
students. This is an opportunity to learn about the culture of another
country and to teach a Cathedral student about us. There is compensation
for hosting a student. Please contact Taffy Kroll at 257-2145 to learn
more about this opportunity.
We plan to hand out laptops in the first day or two of school. I have had lots of students pleading to get theirs soon. Important: we will have two sessions on Aug. 25 at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm for seventh grade students/parents and all new students/parents to pick up their MacBooks.
If you can't make it to one of those evening sessions, you will need to
schedule a meeting with Karen Meinz, our technology director, in order
to be issued a laptop.
Just an FYI - this is a letter that your students will be receiving from me:
Dear Cathedral Students,
Welcome to the new school year! It promises to be a
year of new experiences, much learning, and many friendships.
Cathedral is first and foremost a school. That means that we are all
about teaching and learning. Come prepared to learn. What does that
mean and look like? It means coming prepared for class with materials,
assignments completed, and brain ready to learn. It means asking
questions, taking notes, and thinking deeply. I expect your teachers to
challenge you with difficult questions and set high expectations for
quality work. It means you need to sit up and be engaged in learning at
all times. Do not expect easy – expect interesting and relevant. Do
not whine or take the easy way. Work hard and expect to learn a lot.
Second, we are a community of faith. We turn to
God daily and our faith journey is a part of every school experience.
Our liturgies on Thursday mornings are an important part of the rhythm
of our lives. We also expect you to be at your parish church on Sunday mornings.
Finally, I expect respect – for all of the people
you encounter at Cathedral. Respect for classmates means kindness and a
willingness to help. Respect for teachers means following directions,
following the rules, and engaging in class activities and discussion.
There are some slight changes to the dress code in our handbook. Skirts
or shorts may be no more than two inches above the knee. I expect that
you will respect this rule. Neither students nor principal wants to
spend a lot of time on dress code issues. The expectations are clear,
and I expect you to understand that. Don’t argue, don’t try to get by
with wearing something inappropriate. If you wear something
inappropriate, that’s disrespectful, and you will be asked to change
I am excited for the coming school year. It will
be the best one yet. I frequently tell people that Cathedral has the
best students anywhere, and I mean that. We also have incredible
teachers; many of them are new to Cathedral. Extraordinary students and
teachers – it doesn’t get any better for learning and growing.
My office door is always open.
Blessings, Mrs. Grewing