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.
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.