We’re in the home stretch for the 2017 Cathedral School auction! The building is buzzing with activity as our auction team puts the final touches on Saturday’s event. The field is an exciting mix of beautiful class projects, trips, dinners, and much, much more. To view the complete catalog click here: http://www.cathedral-or.org/documents/support/22ndAuctionCatalog_Online.pdf.
Each month two Cathedral School classes participate in “Family Mass” at the 9:00am St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Mass one Sunday. The students participate in many roles during the Mass. This month the participating classes were pre-kindergarten and 4th grade. Pictured are two pre-kindergarten students helping with the collection.
Saturday, February 25th was the 50th anniversary of the Valley Catholic Middle School Speech Tournament. Twenty-one Cathedral School students participated in this year’s event. The three students pictured placed 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the Sixth Grade Humorous Division. Pictured with the students are faculty advisors Mrs. Barb English and Mrs. Cindy Glenn. Mrs. English and Mrs. Glenn, who have been coaching Cathedral School students for many years, were themselves competitors in the very first tournament Valley Catholic (then St. Mary of the Valley) ever held.
We invite you to stop by our annual Open House on January 29th, 2017, 10:00am to 12:30pm. Take a tour of our school and meet our highly qualified educators, principal, and staff. You’ll learn about our spanish, art, and music instruction as well as our integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. All interested families are welcome!
At Cathedral School we are more than just students and staff, we are a family. This family is comprised of eight groups, each including staff members and students from all grade levels. Each month we meet in Family Groups to enjoy activities based on our monthly theme.
This month’s theme is Faith. Yesterday we met in our Family Groups and discussed how we can demonstrate Faith in our daily lives, and participated in activities reinforcing this. We also took group photos. This is our “yellow” Family Group.
This morning our entire student body assembled in the gym for a special presentation by the Cathedral School Student Council honoring our nation’s veterans. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in our student body came in uniform to present the Color Guard.
No one deserves our thanks more than the brave men and women in uniform who keep our country safe. We salute all current and past men and women of our armed forces on Veteran’s Day and every day.
Each year the 4th and 5th grade students of Cathedral School study the lives of the saints. Each student selects one saint to research, then prepares a report on that saint’s life. On November 1st, All Saints Day, they come to school dressed as their chosen saint.The 4th grade leads us in celebrating the lives of the saints at Mass; after, we present a Saints Museum in the gym.
At the Saints Museum, the “saints” tell the visitors about their life. The 4th and 5th graders come well prepared, with their report information and artifacts related to their chosen saint’s life. The students spend weeks on their research and writing, and the effort shows. Well done, 4th and 5th grade!
It feels as if the school year has just begun, and yet November is already peeking around the corner. This week has been a particularly eventful one: we celebrated Mass as a school, had a visit from teachers from around the metro area to see how we integrate technology throughout our curriculum, kindergarten and first grade visited the pumpkin patch, Student Council presented an assembly on world hunger and led a food drive for a local shelter, second grade visited Mt. St. Helens, we spent time in family groups, pre-kindergarten went on a “pumpkin adventure” and the Book Fair has been running all day every day. Each week we grow and learn, and have a lot of fun along the way!
One of the special ways we build community at Cathedral School is through buddy relationships. All students in the younger grades have a big buddy to spend time with during special activities and to sit with them at Mass. Yesterday the kindergarten students and their eighth grade buddies together led our school Mass. It’s wonderful to see how the small children look up to their big buddy, and how the older students work hard to be a leader and guide for their small friend.
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.