A Message to Parents

Dear Parents,


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 combination.   

We 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 immediately.

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