Run 4 Cathedral

Friday, September 30th, Cathedral School students and staff will be lacing up their sneakers for the Run 4 Cathedral! The funds raised through this annual jog-a-thon provide curriculum enhancement opportunities for Cathedral School students throughout the year.

Programs and events receiving Run 4 Cathedral support include the school’s art program provided by Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Spring Middle School Musical, portions of 6th Grade Outdoor School and 4th Grade Oregon Trail Overnight, retreats, author visits, field trips, and much more. Donations to Run 4 Cathedral can be made online via the school’s website or by check mailed to the school.


Congratulations, Graduates!

Last night twenty-three students graduated from Cathedral School in a commencement Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The Cathedral School graduating class of 2016 will be continuing their educations at Jesuit High School, Central Catholic High School, St. Mary’s Academy, Lincoln High School, and the Arts and Communications Magnet Academy. Good luck, Class of 2016, you will be missed!


The Bells of St. Mary’s

Several months ago the bells of St. Mary’s Cathedral were removed from the tower by crane and sent back East for restoration. They arrived back this morning, and Msgr. Brennan asked the school children to attend a special blessing of the bells before they are hoisted back into the tower.

After a brief speech, Msgr. Brennan blessed the bells and then the Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade students had the opportunity to leave their mark on the bells with a thumbprint. The 7th grade students signed the bells. By the end of the day all three bells will be safely returned to their home in the bell tower ready to ring out for generations to come.

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Goodbye, Fr. Peter

This morning at Mass Fr. Peter Hoang spoke to the students about his recent reassignment by the Archbishop. He will be leaving St. Mary’s Cathedral to take up his new post at St. Joseph Parish in Salem within the next few weeks. For the past three years Fr. Peter has visited with the students in the classroom, presided over school Mass, joined us in the Run 4 Cathedral, and more. We will miss his exuberance and joy. Thank you, Fr. Peter!


First Communion

On May 1st twenty-seven Cathedral School students received their First Holy Communion at Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral. This morning we celebrated this special milestone at our all-school Mass. The second grade students came dressed in their First Communion clothes, and did a wonderful job leading the rest of the school in Mass. We wish to congratulate our students and all children who are receiving this special sacrament for the first time this month.


Art Show & Spaghetti Dinner

Please join us Thursday, May 5th, for our annual Art Show & Spaghetti Dinner. From 5:00p to 8:00p all of the artwork our students have completed in art class this year will be on display in the school gym. The accumulated works of our 240 students, displayed together, is always stunning. It is not to be missed.

In conjunction with the Art Show, a delicious spaghetti and Italian sausage dinner will be served in the cafeteria from 5:00p to 7:30p. Prices are $20 per family or $5 per individual.



New Life

The Third Grade has been incubating chicken eggs since March 16th. Yesterday  Mrs. Trachtenbarg and the students discovered the first sign of pipping in one of the eggs. Much tender attention was focused on the incubator the rest of the day, and this morning we arrived to find a beautiful little chick! Today we found pipping in a second egg, so it should hatch over the weekend and Monday will herald the arrival of at least one more chick.


Now Enrolling Students for 2016-2017

Cathedral School has openings for students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade for the 2016-2017 school year. We offer both full and half-day options for Pre-Kindergarten students. Call Mrs. Susan Hatley at 503.275.9370 to arrange a tour of our school. Come see our teachers and students at work, and learn about our innovative integration of technology throughout our curriculum. Click here to download our application. Completed applications can be submitted via postal mail, by email to, or dropped off in the school office.


Sugar & Spice Drive

This week Cathedral School is collecting sugar and spices for the Blanchet House’s Founder’s Cafe. Blanchet House helps provide free hot meals to those in need, most specifically men who are recovering from addiction, unemployment, or home and family issues.

This annual service project is led by the Seventh Grade. It is especially helpful to Blanchet House because sugar and spices are the most expensive items they purchase. Families are being asked to bring in salt, pepper, sugar (granulated, powdered, brown, etc.), or any other spices. All donations should be delivered to the classrooms by Friday afternoon, and are greatly appreciated!

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Annual Dodgeball Tournament

April 22nd brings the return of the Annual Middle School and Alumni Dodgeball Tournament. This popular event is sponsored by the 8th grade class, supporting a charity chosen by the 8th grade. This year’s class has elected to donate the proceeds to Mrs. Rae’s Go Fund Me campaign to bring MakerSpaces into local children’s hospitals. The goal of this campaign is to bring Sphero robots, Makey Makey boards, Ozobots, and Little Bits to new MakerSpace carts in the Portland, Oregon children’s hospitals to provide unique and innovative activities for children in long term hospital care.

We are thrilled to announce that with the money already collected the Cathedral School Dodgeball Fundraiser has raised enough money to fund the first Children’s Hospital MakerSpace! A cart and supplies have been purchased for Randall Children’s Hospital, and will be set up by the 8th grade students to be ready for delivery this week.

Cathedral School alumni are invited to participate in the tournament. There is no fee for alumni to play, but donations will be gladly accepted. Teams will be formed on site. Play begins at 6:00pm, ending at 9:00pm.

To support Mrs. Rae’s MakerSpace campaign  click HERE. The ultimate goal is to bring MakerSpaces into local children’s hospitals, including the following facilities: Providence Child Center, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Shriners Hospital.