Weekly Bulletin - School of the Cathedral Mary Our Queen

February 4, 2015
Nationally designated “Blue Ribbon School”
Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 5
Acceptance letters mailed
Friday, February 6
Stars and Stripes Volleyball Game
Sunday, February 8
First Communion Enrollment and
2nd Grade Class Mass, 8:30 am
Wednesday, February 11
CASPA Board Meeting, 7 pm
Friday, February 13
Valentine’s Tag Day- Wear red!
Monday, February 16
SCHOOL CLOSED for President’s Day
Youth Ministry Ski Trip
Tuesday, February 17
Birthday Dressdown Pass Day
Wednesday, February 18
Ash Wednesday, Mass 12 noon
Student Council Meeting, 3-4 pm
Thursday, February 19
Grade 3 Class Mass, 8:15 am
Friday, February 20
Baltimore Blast Night, 7:35 pm
See the full calendar on the website
Dear Parents,
Earlier this week, our fifth grade students completed the ACRE
test. In the fall, the eighth grade completed this assessment as
well. The Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE) helps school, parish, and
diocesan leaders evaluate the faith knowledge and attitudes of students in Catholic schools
and parish-based religious education programs. As an integrated assessment tool, the
ACRE provides faith knowledge questions and questions related to religious beliefs,
attitudes, practices, and perceptions that inform parish and Archdiocesan leaders in regard
to the religion curriculum.
As mentioned last week, we continue to refine the production of Fine Arts Night. Students
in grades three through eight will have the opportunity to audition to participate in the
musical portion of the program. Students will be asked to perform the song “Tomorrow”
from the musical Annie. Instrumentalists will be asked to prepare a two-minute piece of
music to display their musical ability. Auditions will be held on February 17th and 18th
after school from 3PM until 4PM in Mr. Mathis’s room. A number of teachers and staff
from across the grade levels have volunteered to help assess and direct the audition process.
Permission slips will be available Friday, February 6th at the office. Students who wish to
participate and audition must complete the permission slips, have them signed by their parents or guardian, and return the signed permission slips to the office no later than February
17th. Late permission slips will not be accepted. The refinement of Fine Arts Night is an
endeavor to bring a focus to the musical portion of the program by including those students
who wish to put forth a concerted effort to make a successful and polished program for all
parents and students to enjoy. As opposed to just “natural talent,” the teachers and staff will
be looking for students who take this part of the program seriously and not just as an
opportunity to be on stage. We believe that if a student wants to participate in the musical
portion of the program, he or she will put in the time and effort to be successful.
This will be a busy weekend at school. In addition to the usual
basketball games on Saturday, the Archdiocese of Baltimore
will hold a Teacher Fair from 9AM until 3PM in the cafeteria.
On Sunday, our second graders will participate in their First
Communion Enrollment during the Grade 2 Mass at 8:30AM.
Looking forward to next week, Friday, February 13th is a
Valentine Tag Day for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
We ask students to donate $1 in order to participate in this tag
day where they will be permitted to wear red, white, and pink.
Also on Friday, we will hold our Jump-a-thon in support
of The American Heart Association. We are very excited
about the inaugural jump-a-thon and hope to see it grow in the
years ahead.
Msgr. Richard Woy, Rector
[email protected]
Have a great week!
Dr. Jane Towery, Principal
[email protected]
Mr. Michael Wright, Assistant Principal
[email protected]
Dr. Jane Towery
Mr. Michael Wright
Assistant Principal
2015 Community Outreach
Dear Parents,
The Intermediate Team would like to thank all the parents for their generosity and support for our Catholic Schools Week Outreach. We were able to provide “My Sister’s
Place” with 700 breakfast bags. The third, fourth, and fifth graders had a great time
packing the bags and left on Friday feeling a great sense of accomplishment!
We could not have had such a successful morning without your help! The School of
the Cathedral is blessed to have such a caring community of students and parents!
Egg Drop Contest
Kudos to a group of 4th grade girls for placing second out of 23 teams in the
annual Egg Drop Contest at Notre Dame Preparatory School! Students are charged
with devising a contraption that will house a raw egg and enable it to survive a drop of
4 meters without breaking. Scores are also computed as to size and weight of the
contraption, and how close it lands to the target.
Congratulations to Maggie A., Eva B., Francesca D., and Ella P. for their inventive
use of a hollowed out grapefruit! Way to go, girls! Thanks go out to sponsors
Ms. Emerson, Mrs. Haussmann, and Mrs. Metzbower for the time spent with this fun
and educational science project!
Catholic Schools WeekStudents’ Reflections
We celebrated Catholic Schools Week
last week in so many fun and exciting
ways! Many of our teachers incorporated
writing activities into this year’s theme,
“Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith,
Knowledge and Service.” Some of our students’ “masterpieces” are below:
“I like Cathedral School because the
people are friendly. I learn about God.
I like the stories about God.
—Georgia, grade 1
“I love being in first grade at Cathedral
School. It is cool and has toys for
indoor recess. I play with blocks. This
is why I love being in first grade at
Cathedral School.”—Logan grade 1
“I like Cathedral School because I like
gym and art. I like to learn about God.
I like gym because I can play dodge
ball.”—Danny, grade 1
“Cathedral School is a community of
faith, knowledge and service. We
share our faith because we pray
together and we believe in heaven
and we share our prayers. At
Cathedral, we share our knowledge
by working together in school and
learning new things. Service to others
at our school is done when we help
others by giving away things that we
don’t need any more. Cathedral
School is a wonderful Catholic School
because we make new friends and go
to church.” —By Weston, grade 2
“Cathedral School is a community of
LOVE for poor people and children.
We share our faith because we pray
together in class and we pray in
church. At Cathedral, we share our
knowledge by talking about how to
solve all kinds of problems. Service to
others at school is done when we
feed the poor. Cathedral School is a
wonderful Catholic School because
the teachers are so
nice to me!”
—Kylie, grade 2
Happy Wednesday!
Mrs. Streett
Signs That Kids Are Too Busy
Sooner or later, kids who are too busy will
begin to show signs. Every child is different, but overscheduled kids may:
* feel tired, anxious, or depressed
* complain of headaches and stomachaches,
which may be due to stress, missed meals, or lack of sleep
* fall behind on their schoolwork, causing their grades to drop
Overscheduling can also take a toll on kids' friendships and
social lives. Family life also can suffer when one parent is
driving to basketball practice and the other is carpooling to
dance class, meals are missed. As a result, some families
rarely eat dinner together, and not take the extra time to stay
connected. Plus, the weekly grind of driving kids all over the
place and getting to one class, game, or practice after another can be downright tiresome and stressful for parents.
Tips for Busy Families
The key is to schedule things in moderation and choose
activities with a child's age, temperament, interests, and
abilities in mind. If something's too advanced, the experience is likely to be frustrating. If it isn't engaging, kids will
be bored. And when kids do something only to please their
parents, it defeats the whole purpose. Depending on a kid's
age and interests, it's possible to set reasonable limits on
extracurricular activities and make them more enjoyable
for all.
Here are some simple suggestions:
* Agree on ground rules ahead of time: For instance, plan
on kids playing one sport per season or limit activities to
two afternoons or evenings during the school week.
* Know how much time is required: For example, will
there be time to practice between lessons? Does your child
realize that soccer practice is twice a week, right after
school until dinnertime? Then there's the weekly game, too.
Will homework suffer?
* Try to carpool with other parents to make life easier.
* Try to balance activities for all of your kids — and yourself: It hardly seems fair to spend time and energy carting
one kid to activities, leaving little time for another. And
take time for yourself, to do the things you enjoy, and to
spend time together as a family.
* Create family time: If you're eating pizza on the run every
night, plan a few dinners when everyone can be home at the
same time— even if it means eating a little later. Schedule
family fun time, too, whether it's playing a board game or
going on bike ride or hike.
* Set priorities: School should come first. If kids have a
hard time keeping up academically, they may need to drop
an activity.
* Know when to say no: If your child is already doing a lot
but really wants to take on another activity, discuss what
other activity or activities need to be dropped to make room
for the new one.
* Remember the importance of downtime: Everyone needs
a chance to relax, reflect on the day, or just do nothing.
Slow It Down
Take a moment and think about your child's life. If it's hectic, sit down together and decide where you can cut back.
If it's overly structured, set aside time for blowing off some
steam. Going to church, riding a bike, taking a walk, playing a game, listening to music, or just doing nothing for a
while can give kids some much-needed downtime. And
never forget how important it is for kids to simply get
together to play. Kids need time to just be kids!
The School of the Cathedral • February 4, 2015 • www.schoolofthecathedral.org
Financial Aid
Financial Aid applications
for the 2015-2015 school year
are now being accepted.
Please log into the FACTS
website and complete the
application under the
Grant and Aid tab.
Application deadline is
February 27, 2015.
Reception immediately following
in the Undercroft. All are invited!
Many thanks to all those that made
Cathedral's Wellness Day of Discovery a
* Steele, Wells and Shack Stanwick,
Cathedral alum and lacrosse standouts,
for inspiring students with their experiences as student athletes.
* The American Heart Association for
sharing the basics of heart health and a
fun kick-start to the Jump Rope for Heart
program (www.heart.org/jump).
* Twinkle Twinkle Yoga Yoga
(www.yogatwinkle.com) for introducing
yoga basics in a fun way to enthusiastic
* Lauren Russell-Wood and Chipotle for
an enlightening and entertaining presentation on sustainable farming practices
and food with integrity. For more information, please visit www.cultivatefoundation.org
***A special thank you to Chipotle for generously providing lunch for all faculty and
Interested in getting
involved in either
initiative? Please email:
[email protected]
All Basketball has started.
In case of bad weather, please call the
Athletic Office 410-464-4083 after 8 a.m.
for any cancellation information.
Dear Friends,
This is the announcement weekend for the 2015 Archbishop's Annual Appeal
throughout the parishes of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Archbishop's Annual
Appeal enables the Archdiocese to provide ministries and services throughout the
city of Baltimore and the nine counties that comprise the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
At our 2015 Archbishop's Annual Appeal "kick- off" reception held in the rectory on
January 24th with Archbishop Lori, I recognized our past Chairs Jay and Lori
Brooks, Sam and Stephanie Hoyle, and Jim and Francine Sellinger for their
commitment to ensuring the success of the Archbishop's Annual Appeal at the
Cathedral. I am grateful for all their efforts and to our many parishioners who have
participated in the appeal through the years. Once again, I would like to take this
opportunity to thank each of them and acknowledge their many years of dedication.
I am also pleased and delighted to announce that David and Penny Krall have agreed
to serve as our 2015 Archbishop's Annual Appeal Chairs. David and Penny and
their two daughters have been parishioners of the Cathedral since 2007. You will
hear more from David and Penny in the coming weeks.
This year, there is an important change in the parish-sharing formula between the
Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. To help address the
immediate needs of the Cathedral, Archbishop Lori has granted us an exception
this year to allow all funds that are raised in the Archbishop's Annual Appeal
minus expenses, be used for the needs of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
I am grateful for the opportunity extended to us by Archbishop Lori to help
strengthen our parish. Our funds raised in the Archbishop's Annual Appeal will assist
us financially to address two areas of ministry:
Hiring of a Youth Minister
Hiring a Director of Faith Formation
In advance of next weekend, please prayerfully consider how you will support the
2015 Archbishop's Annual Appeal, if you have not already made your commitment.
Finally, please keep the family of Spencer Grace Tully in your prayers. Spencer Grace
was only three years old but she knew great love thanks to her mother and father,
Jodi and Chris. May Mary's son fill them with his peace.
Have a Good Week!
Msgr. Woy
CASPA Corner News for All Parents
Thank you to Lisa Melancon for making CASPA exam treats for the
students; they loved them!
Join us for 3 upcoming events:
Friday, February 20th at 7:35 pm: Baltimore Blast Night vs the
Chicago Mustangs. The registration form is attached to this bulletin.
Please return the completed forms to school by Monday, 2/15.
Friday, March 6th from 5-8 pm: Family Ice Skate Night at Mt.
Pleasant Ice Arena. Look for the registration flyer in this week's
Wednesday folders. The registration flyer is also attached to this bulletin.
Tuesday, March 10th from 11:45 am-1:15 pm: SAVE THE DATE for a
Lunch & Learn with Deborah Kaufman RD, LDN at the Parish Center.
Deborah will present Healthy Eating and Healthy Weight: Fact vs.
Fiction. Lunch will be served. Stay tuned - more info to follow.
The School of the Cathedral • February 4, 2015 • www.schoolofthecathedral.org
The Painting Workshop offering many classes
for all ages. Brochures are available in the
office. For information call 410-602-9799
(office) or e-mail [email protected]
Painted Nest Interior and Decorative Painting,
Cathedral parent Emily McGeady 410-4283641, Experienced, Dependable, Detail
Oriented, Reasonable Rates.
Got books? Local charities: TurnAround,
Our Daily Bread, Sisters Academy, Family
Crisis Center and Beans and Bread are in
need of children's books (pre-school-12).
[email protected]
Join us at Baltimore Mediation for our 40Hour Fundamental Mediation & Conflict
Transformation Skills Training during from
2/23-2/27. This is a certificated training that's
part of our Mediation Core Curriculum designed
to teach you everything you need to know to
start mediating, either professionally or for daily
use and practice. Call us at 443-524-0833 for
more information!
Community Service Opportunity in
Lacrosse: CCYL, "Charm City Youth Lacrosse"
is looking for 7th & 8th boys and girls to help on
Saturdays 9am-12 noon in downtown Baltimore
City areas. We will be helping low income inner
city kids to learn the sport of lacrosse in a fun
and kind way! Come out and help these kids
learn the sport, help with uniforms, the gear, the
rules, stick work, scrimmages and more! If you
love helping kids, want to make a difference in
someone's life, and have a passion for the sport
of lacrosse, we look forward to seeing you :-)
Please email or call Michelle Hamed McGonnigal, Advisory Board Member for
CCYL #410-274-9500 (c) or personal
[email protected] Thank you for helping out for such a great cause, our children in
Baltimore City!
STAND- Shield the Vulnerable
Parents in the process of completing
the new STAND-SHIELD training
1. Brand new Volunteers follow the
instructions on our website
2. Existing Volunteers who need training and/or background check- follow
the instructions on the letter you received.
3. Existing Volunteers who do not need
training or a background check- please
register by March 16, 2015 in order to
continue as a volunteer. You will be
receiving a letter if you are in this category.
If you have questions, please contact
Sue Seiler [email protected]
Free Piano to a good home: A lovely piano is
looking for a new home. Formally the teaching
piano for a well known classically trained soprano and pianist. Finish is a bit worn, will need to
be tuned after move. Last tuned in 2010. Freejust need to come get it. Available immediately.
Contact Kate Culotta for information and pictures. [email protected]
Have fun and learn about great summer experiences for all ages at the Winter Family Fling
& Open House at Gilman School Finney Arena,
5407 Roland Avenue • Baltimore, MD 21210
(Please use Northern Parkway entrance for parking.) Sunday February 22, 2015, anytime
between 1:00-4:00 PM. For more details and to
RSVP (optional), please call: 410.532.2300
Cardinal Cup Art Contest
Theme: We Won’t Stop!
Begins: Wednesday, Feb 4
Ends: Monday, March 2
● Use only THREE colors (including black)
● Submit all entries on 8.5 X 11” white computer paper
● Label all artwork with your name and homeroom on the back (in pencil)
Prizes for all who enter!
Questions? Contact Wendy Craig at [email protected]
Don’t Forget... Our Daily Bread
First Tuesday morning of each month
Next collection: Tuesday, March 3
Pans are available in the school office
Hot Dogs and Baked Beans
1 10 oz. can tomato soup
2 packages hot dogs (cut into bite size pieces)
3 16 oz. cans baked beans DRAINED
1/3 package chili mix (at most)
1. Spray pan with “Pam.”
2. Mix all ingredients in pan.
3. Cover pan securely with aluminum foil (not plastic wrap)
4. Mark top of casserole with “CMOQ, date, Hot Dogs and Beans”
5. Place in a plastic bag and tie securely and FREEZE.
No baking is needed at home. These casseroles are heated thoroughly before
they are served. To prevent spillage while transporting them to Our Daily Bread,
Youth Ministry Ski Trip to Ski Liberty
Monday, February 16th
The annual Youth Ministry Ski Trip! Ski Liberty on Presidents’ Day,
Monday, February 16th. The registration forms have been sent
home and are on the school website under the “Student Life” tab.
Please contact Sherri if you have any questions:
410-464-4010/[email protected]
First Friday Parish Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Blessed Sacrament Chapel February 6, 2015 Schedule
8:45 a.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
9:00 a.m. Private Adoration
11:30 a.m. Catholic Evidence League Rosary
12:00 noon Catholic Evidence League Mass
12:30 p.m. Private Adoration
5:15 pm. Benediction & Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament
If you can be a Eucharistic Visitor for one (or more) of the Private Adoration half-hour slots on
February 6th, please print your name and telephone number on the sheet at the entrance to the
Chapel. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Healthcare Ministers are especially encouraged
to sign up. Thank you. (Note: The Adoration Chapel in the Cathedral Parish Center will be closed during the
First Friday Devotions in the Cathedral.)
The School of the Cathedral • February 4, 2015 • www.schoolofthecathedral.org