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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or dropped off in the school office.