Christmas Walk yard signs will be distributed the Monday after Thanksgiving at drop off and pick-up. It would be very much appreciated if you would be willing to put one in your yard for one week to help promote the event.
If you ordered commemorative Christopher Radko ornaments or Home Tour tickets online for Christmas Walk, you are welcome to pick them up in the Advancement Office in the Upper School between 7:30-8:30 am or 2:30-3:30 pm, November 26 - 29. Otherwise, ornaments or tickets purchased online will be available in the PAC Lobby at the Christmas Walk on December 2. Both ornaments and tickets are available for purchase online at www.casciahall.com/walk. Tickets may be purchased the day of the Walk for $20. Any remaining ornaments will also be available for purchase at the event.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Tim Thomas has been hired as our new Director of Safety and Security here at Cascia Hall. Tim comes to us with many years of experience in the field, most recently at Metro Christian Academy where he established their safety department. Mr. Thomas will oversee all aspects of our security. He will work with our current security to provide coverage for all events, facilitate all drills and training in accordance with state law, upgrade and maintain our surveillance system and other related technology, work with local law enforcement and neighboring communities, and maintain our Emergency Operations Plan. Mr. Thomas will start on January 7. We welcome him to Cascia and look forward to expanding our readiness for the safety of our entire community.
The second STEM activity this semester challenged the eighth graders to construct and wire a model for electricity. They were required to design a structure with at least one working light bulb, a circuit, and a power source that is activated by an external switch. Computerized drawings of the profile, circuitry, and calculations for voltage, resistance, and current accompanied each structure. After seeking approval for each design, students worked in cooperative teams to present their model.
Student accounts must be current in order for students to sit for semester exams. Please pay any past due amounts immediately. If you have any questions regarding your student's account, please call the Business Office at 918-746-2608. Thank you.
We are experiencing a technical problem with our voice mail. If you called the school and left a voice mail message with any teachers, administrators or staff this afternoon, it cannot be checked. Please send an email to the person if possible. Sorry for this inconvenience.
Begin or add to your Cascia Christopher Radko collection with this brilliant Mary of the Roses customized ornament for $50. Order online and pick up at will-call in the Cascia PAC during Cascia Christmas Home Tour & Boutique. There is a limited number available.
Congratulations to Carrington Rogers and Olivia Van Pelt for being selected as an Oklahoma High School All-Region Cheerleader. Olivia & Carrington will try out for All-State later this month. Congratulations and Good Luck to both of you!
Mark Ross '88 with GO For Catholic Schools was on campus this week to present a check for $94,400 which represents Cascia's portion of the proceeds from their fundraising for the year. These funds will provide tuition assistance for students to attend Cascia Hall.
On National Signing Day, November 14, Senior Scott Torkleson signed a letter of intent to play baseball for The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is pictured here with his parents, Craig and Tammy Torkleson, and Cascia's Head Baseball Coach, Dean Wilson.
On Tuesday, AP European History students were speed dating. Each student was given a person who contributed to the scientific revolution and who is seeking to find a conversation companion to attend and Enlightened Salon. They will continue on Wednesday and share their choices. I wonder if we will make any matches?
There are still a few shifts available for student musicians who would like to perform for an hour or so in one of the homes on the Cascia Christmas Walk. US students may receive Caritas credit for their time. Contact Cheryl Baber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-284-7894.
Congratulations to the Upper School Academic Team which won the Regional Tournament on November 10 and advanced to the Area competiion in January. L to R: Jack Mehl, Luke Baber, Joseph Barbour (Captain), Aiden Smoot, Abraar Hassany, and Thomas Nash.
Cascia Hall School is proceeding with all regularly scheduled after-school activities today, with the exception that the campus itself will close to activities by 5:00 pm. After 5:00 pm, all on-campus activities are canceled.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Canned FoodDrive and the Coffee Bunker Drive last week. Many items were collected to share with both organizations.
We are happy to announce that Mrs. Catherine Hickman will be the long-term substitute for Mrs. Ashley Wood while she is on maternity leave. Mrs. Hickman is the mother of three Cascia Hall graduates, Annalee, Genny, and Mary Cate Hickman. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. She has been a substitute here at Cascia Hall for the past four years. She has a Cascia Hall email while finishing out the semester for the English 9: Comp & Grammar classes: email@example.com.
Mr. and Mrs. Max and Ashley Wood and big brother Zeke are happy to have the new baby boy, Lukas McCoy, in the family.
There will be a Track and Field parent meeting on Wednesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Brecht Center. All parents of students in grades 6-12 interested in joining the 2019 Track and Field team should attend. There will be Cascia Track gear available to order from Tulsa Runner. Please enter through the Upper School gym lobby for this meeting. Call Coach Santee if you have any questions 918.289.7496.
Upper school students will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer for the Christmas Walk starting on Monday. There are many options to knock out some School service hours for the Caritas Connection. These are fun and easy hours, so take advantage of this opportunity! Contact Mrs. Coleman with any questions.
Come to the PAC on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 pm to see the Cascia Repertory Troupe perform You Can’t Take it with You! This is a One Time Only Opportunity!
Synopsis: When Alice, the only truly “normal” member of her family, falls in love with Tony, the boss’s son and heir to a thriving Wall Street business, the two families seem incompatible in every way, especially when Tony mistakes the date for a dinner invitation. Will Alice be able to reconcile her love for her unique family and her love for a man from a wholly different style of life? Will the boss and his wife see the foibles of Alice’s family as something positive? Leave it to Grandpa to set everyone straight! Donations will be accepted at the door.
You Can't Take it With You is written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.
As part of the Tulsa Pop Culture convention held earlier this month, bus tours took fans to the Tulsa landmarks featured in the 1983 film, "The Outsiders." Pictured here is eighth-grader Aidan Hicks with C. Thomas Howell, who played Ponyboy at the house which played home to the Curtis brothers.
CHAI Club invites Upper School students to attend the Interfaith Tour on Sunday, November 18. We will depart from the Cascia parking lot by the Chapel at 12:45 pm and return by 4:45 pm. Please contact Mrs. Sims, Bro. Nick, or Mrs. McMahon if you plan to attend or have any questions.
Parents have the option to change their addresses on their profile in their myCascia accounts. If you do make an address change, please notify the Registrar of your school. For the Middle School, please contact Mrs. Pat Lochrie or for the Upper School, please contact Mrs. Sara Pilgrim.
Tickets for the Home Tour are now available at the Cascia Hall reception desks for $15 (cash and check). You can also purchase your tickets online at www.casciahall.com/walk. Click on "Read More" to see the student sketches of the homes on tour.
Cascia's Student Council members attended the 78th annual state convention hosted by Bixby High School from November 3 - 5. More than 2000 delegates from all over Oklahoma attended. Follow this link to view the video of highlights from the convention: https://youtu.be/iLEjtDR638k
The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Annual Dinner needs your help again this year. Volunteer training is this Thursday, November 8, at the Greenwood Cultural Center. Please contact Vanessa Adams-Harris to volunteer and sign up for training.
A transcript is a complete copy of the student's Cascia Hall academic record.
Official transcripts bear the signature of the Registrar and the raised school seal and will be mailed, emailed or uploaded to an admissions office at another school, college or university or for a scholarship application. The only exceptions would be: a) if a student is required to hand deliver an official transcript in a signed and sealed envelope with registration for concurrent enrollment at TCC or another local university, and b) if a student is required to hand deliver documents to local Congressional Offices when applying for a nomination to a military service academy.
Those eighth graders currently academically eligible for the NJHS induction in April, 2019, met with Mrs. Sullivan, Mrs. Elliott, and Mr. Goldsmith late in October to discuss the other criteria for admission next spring. The faculty members advised the candidates that a demonstration of citizenship, leadership, and character also comprise a student’s requirements for induction into the NJHS. For more specific information, please ask your son or daughter to show you the information sheet which was distributed to each candidate.
Junior Margaret Barbour was selected to participate in The High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House from July 31 - August 5, 2019. This Performance Series builds upon the heritage of the Carnegie Hall Series and challenges accomplished 9th-12th grade musicians at one of the world’s most recognized and revered performance institutions: the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House. Selected Finalists will spend six days in Sydney, where they will study under master conductors, experience the highlights of “the Harbour City," and get to know accomplished musicians from around the world. Margaret was also selected to play her violin at Carnegie Hall in February, 2019.
On Friday, November 2, students in all Upper School general chorus classes and performance ensemble spent their class-time learning ASL (American Sign Language). A professional ASL tutor, Meghan Presley, with her student interpreters, Shelby and Roman, spent the day at Cascia teaching the chorus students the ASL for the first verse of “Silent Night”. The students will continue to practice the ASL in class and then incorporate it as part of their Christmas choir concert on December 5. In addition to teaching the students the specific ASL for the verse, Meghan told the students a story in ASL, spoke about her own life experiences, and fielded questions from the students.
Parents: Please join us Wednesday, November 7 (noon to 1 pm) for our CPFA meeting in the Brecht Center. Our agenda will include updates from Headmaster Fr. Philip Cook, US Principal Shawn Gammill and MS Principal Todd Goldsmith. Special guest speaker, US Guidance Counselor Mari Schloss, will speak about ways to identify and manage levels of stress in our children’s lives as well as our own. Lunch will be provided. Please join us!
PreACT score sheets have arrived! Mrs. Coleman will be meeting with all freshmen individually over the next couple of weeks to give students their score sheet, their test booklet, and booklet entitled "Using Your PreACT Results". Please ask your student to share this information with you.
Parents: Please do not park on Yorktown Ave. to drop off or pick up your students. Cars parked along Yorktown at that time of day tend to impede traffic flow and create safety issues. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Mrs. Benne's Calculus BC students were instructed to write an original related rate problem with a Halloween theme. "Your problem should utilize a mathematical relationship (Pythagorean theorem, cone, trig ratios, etc.)."
Sixth and seventh grade students designed and constructed an electric structure of their choice. Computerized design plans, including a profile of the structure and a floor plan of the electric circuit, light, and switch had to be approved before the building phase could proceed. Building an electric structure requires several steps and lots of responsibility and cooperation. Each group had to agree on the design, get the plans approved, determine the materials needed, build the structure, and have a building inspector approve of the construction.
This year, four Cascia students will be performing at Carnegie Hall this February as part of the Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series. High school students from around the world audition to be a part of this prestigious event. Students send in recorded audition material during the summer demonstrating their musical abilities in their chosen field. Then comes the long wait - students don't find out if they are selected until Oct 31! Those selected are given the honor of performing in an honors group on the famed Carnegie Hall stage in New York City in February. Cascia has a tradition of sending talented students to this event an this year is no exception. Travis Guillory and Joseph Barbour were both selected as members of the Carnegie Hall Honors Concert Choir, Camryn Hurley was selected as a member of the Carnegie Hall Honors Women's Choir, and Margaret Barbour was selected as a violinist in the Carnegie Hall Honors Orchestra. Camryn, Travis, and Joseph will be working diligently on their required music with Mrs. Coonfield throughout the month of January so they are ready for February's performance. Meanwhile, Margaret will be busy preparing with her violin instructor. Congratulations to all four of these students for this terrific achievement.
Last weekend, Headmaster Father Philip Cook and Debbie Coleman, College Counselor, represented Cascia Hall at Villanova University where they hosted a dinner for students who attended Augustinian schools or have a connection to an Augustinian priest.
Come, audition for Seussical Jr this Thursday and Friday (November 1 and 2) in the PAC from 3:15 - 5:00 pm! This is our Middle School musical, and it is going to be so much fun! The story is based on "Horton Hears A Who" By Dr. Seuss and features a variety of Seuss characters in addition to Horton. No experience is needed. Just come and have a good time being a part of this fantastic musical!
Come, audition for the US Spring Musical! Pirates of Penzance! Compassionate pirates, bumbling policemen, singing sisters, romance, fun, and lots of fabulous music! Don't miss it!
We are doing auditions differently this time. There will be a sign-up sheet on Mrs. Byford's door in the PAC (the PAC Director's office) for a 15 minute slot in which your singing range will be determined and you will read/act out a provided monologue. These auditions will begin on Monday November 5, so come sign up for your slot as soon as you can!
Thank youTulsa People Magazine for doing a photo shoot for Cascia Christmas Home Tour highlighting one of the homes on the tour! Look for the article in the next Tulsa People issue! Chairs Ginger Kollmann and Cheena Pazzo invite you to Cascia’s Christmas Home Tour on December 2, 2018. Put it on your calendars and buy your tickets TODAY! CasciaHall.com/walk
Get in the Christmas Spirit at the 36th Annual Cascia Christmas Home Tour & Boutique! This year the Home Tour will showcase four fantastic homes decorated by Tulsa's top designers and florists. Here is a schedule of events:
Sunday, December 2 - Home Tour, Boutique, and Santa Brunch and Bistro
Home Tour from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Boutique, open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., will feature more than 50 vendors.
Food will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Santa Bistro, located in the Cascia Hall Dining Hall.
Santa Brunch, featuring festive food, performances, crafts and a visit from St. Nick himself, will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Santa Bistro.
Friday, December 7 (NEW DATE) - Toast the holiday season at Starry Starry Night
Begin or add to your Cascia Christopher Radko collection with this brilliant Mary of the Roses ornament, customized for Cascia Hall for $50. It will also make the perfect gift for that special relative or friend. Order online and pick up at will-call in the Cascia PAC on December 2. Limited number available.
There will be a baseball parent meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 pm in the Dining Hall. The parents of any Upper School student interested in playing JV or Varsity baseball need to be in attendance.
Fr. Stephen Isley, Coach Adam Stoermer, and Junior Sophie Pazzo finished the Tulsa Run on Saturday. Sophie Pazzo finished First in her Category (Female 16-19), and Fr. Stephen finished Fourth in his Category (Male 30-34). Great Job!
The final regular season home game for Varsity Football is Friday, November 2. This will be Senior Night recognizing Athletic Trainers, Cheer, Cross Country, Pep Band and Football. Please join us for the All School Tailgate from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. before the game. Then, plan to head to the stadium to cheer on the Commandos at 7 pm. The tailgate will be hosted by the Upper School Boys' and Girls' Basketball parents. Coach Ford and Coach Hightower will be the grill masters. Hot dogs, chili, and trimmings will be available while they last.
A bridge rehabilitation project is scheduled to begin during the 10 days following October 29 on the bridge at 2600 S. Yorktown. Lane closures may occur. Completion of the project is scheduled for early April 2019. Please seek an alternate route back and forth to school to avoid this construction.
Any student who has gone above what is required for the Caritas Connection graduation requirement may apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The deadline is November 6, and all service must be recorded and approved by Mrs. Leighty. Award winners can receive a $1,000 scholarship plus a trip with a parent/guardian to Washington, DC. See Mrs. Leighty in the Campus Ministry Office to apply.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.
Congratulations to Commando Volleyball Seniors Caroline Raschen and Maya Jabbour on being named Oklahoma All State Athletes for 2018 Volleyball. Both were also named MVP at Commando Volleyball’s banquet.
Cascia Hall is hosting the Gatorade/Water Stop #2 for the Route 66 Marathon here on our campus on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Volunteers are needed! The work is fast, furious and FUN!
When: Sunday, November 18
Park in the Football Parking Lot
Time: 6:15 am - report to Tennis Courts Gazebo
10:15 am is the finish time (or when everything is picked up)
What: Get water and Gatorade ready for about 6000 -- yes 6000+ runners coming through our campus starting at 8:15 am
Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and something you don't mind getting dirty.
Cascia Hall students will earn 4 hours of Christian Service. This is a fun volunteer event for families.
Use this link below to sign up online. Note: Select "I am part of a group" and in the drop-down menu choose Cascia Hall. Then scroll to the very bottom to Waterstops and choose Cascia Hall Waterstop #2 and the time is 6:15 am to 10:15 am
As part of Red Ribbon Week observance, Crash Court was held today at Cascia Hall, and Upper School students were allowed to sit in as Judge Dawn Moody '92 presided over a DUI proceeding that resulted in the defendant being arrested.
A big THANK YOU to John Pixley and Rhonda Bailey of Mabrey Bank who volunteered their time on Tuesday, October 23, to speak with Coach Estep's Economics classes about the banking industry. The lesson included facts about checking, credit cards, debit cards and the various uses of each. John and Rhonda also explained how checking has changed over time and how drastically it was impacted by the attack on 9/11/2001. The students also learned about wire transfers, electronic checking, direct deposit and of course how much easier it is to keep track in 2018 than when Coach Estep was a teenager. The lesson began with trivia and ended with trivia and each of the students left with two gifts and more knowledge.
Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 - 9:00 PM Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center 6808 S 107th East Ave
The 14th President of the University of Oklahoma, James Gallogly, has invited Cascia Hall students to An Evening with OU in Tulsa. This event is directed toward high school seniors who will have the opportunity to hear from President Gallogly, meet the Deans of the academic colleges, engage with staff and current students, and hear why joining the Sooner family is a great choice. The dress is business casual, and heavy appetizers will be served. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.
The Pete Theban Coin Drive began Monday and lasts all week. This drive benefits the St. Francis of Assisi Tuition Assistance Trust that helps students at all the Catholic schools across the Diocese. Our goal is to raise $500, and everything we raise will be matched by MidFirst Bank. The collection bins are at the Upper School and Middle School main entrances.
Tickets are on sale for $12 each for the Santa Brunch which will be served from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Dining Hall. It will feature a special holiday menu, entertainment, crafts, and a visit from Santa.
Juniors and seniors received their Minimester contract and medical form this week. The contract must be completed and signed by students, parents, and career exploration sponsor/Caritas sponsor. Students who will be going on the school mission trip or the international study trip will need to turn in a signed contract as well. All contracts and medical forms are due to Mrs. Coleman by Thursday, November 15.
Freshmen and sophomores will receive their Minimester sheets next week (October 29). These will be due on Thursday, November 1. Freshmen will return sheets to Mrs. Schloss and sophomores will return sheets to Mrs. Coleman.
Today the CHAI (Cascia Hall Acceptance and Inclusion) Club sponsored Mix-It-Up at Lunch Day with special seating arrangements and games for the Upper School. Students were encouraged to sit at a different table with different lunch mates and play games designed to help them get to know each other. Another Mix-It-Up activity--Movienight--is scheduled for Thursday at 7 pm in Mrs. Sims' classroom. Popcorn and snacks will be served as students watch "The Greatest Showman.
"I love Mix-It-Up Week because it really helps build unity among students by having them engage in different events together. My favorite event is always the Post-it-Note compliments because you never know how much you need a compliment until you get one! Being President of CHAI Club definitely makes me more appreciative of all the organization and participation this week takes." Ciera Fitter '19, CHAI Club President
"Mix-It-Up Week is a great opportunity for Cascia Hall students to exercise Unitas, one of the Augustine core values. I love how students are able to interact with new faces while having fun playing games. Students look forward to the sweet surprises that come with this week -- free popsicles, music between breaks, Post-It-Note compliments, and the Mix-It-Up lunch. It is a refreshing week and a new tradition which cultivates inclusion and acceptance throughout the student body." Mary Erdmann '19
This morning the Middle School had a special drug awareness presentation by Corporal Bryan Jones and his K-9 Partner, Tibo. Cpl. Jones and Tibo illustrated how the brain's natural reward system plays into drug addiction in the developing brain of pre-teens to 25-year-olds.
Ordering Senior Rings If you missed the meeting about ordering Senior Rings, please see Mrs. Pilgrim to get the information packet. Josten's will be back to take orders on Tuesday, October 30, during Upper School 2nd lunch.
If you missed the meeting about ordering graduation items, please see Mrs. Pilgrim to get the information packet. Note: with your graduation fee, you get your cap and gown, 25 announcements and 50 name card inserts, but the order for the cap and gown must be placed.Josten's will be back on Tuesday, October 30, during Upper School 2nd lunch to take orders.
What would happen if Hamlet were rewritten as a mystery farce? Come, find out as our Middle School all-girl cast tackles this fun and engaging adaptation of one of the Bard’s most famous plays! Voltsword fights, blasters, intrigue, ghosts, giant moustaches, poison, a mousetrap...what do these all have in common? Come to Cascia’s Helmerich Theatre and find out! Only two performances so plan on being there!
The second annual Basketball Tip Off Night is Wednesday, November 7. Each team will have a 3-4 minute time period to run drills, scrimmage, etc. Coaches will introduce their team’s players and then there will be music playing for the drills. Players should be there for the entire event to build community between our basketball and Cascia Hall families. The schedule will be as follows:
Girls' Varsity Soccer tryouts will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 at the football field. All girls interested in playing soccer this spring will need to be there. Contact Coach Todd Pemberton at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Operation Aware will be coming to the Middle School to talk to students about alcohol and drug prevention. If parents do not want their students to participate, they can opt-out by completing the attached form.
The Fall Festival at Catholic Charities is an opportunity for the children and family members of Adult Basic Education students to visit the campus, meet their parent's volunteer teachers, and visit their parent’s classrooms. Fall Festival will be at the CC Education Center at 2450 N. Harvard Ave. in Tulsa on Saturday, October 27 from 11 am to 2 pm.
As we near the conclusion of our 1st Quarter, I want to provide an update to my previous communication regarding our efforts to enhance the safety of our school community. We have taken a number of steps already in our general review of our policies and procedures.
As previously noted, we have limited access to the building as we continue to study our patterns of ingress and egress from various sides of our complex structure. We have scheduled a site assessment from the School Security Institute under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security. Their review will help us immensely in securing and controlling access to our physical campus. We have also done some work in upgrading our video surveillance system on the campus.
Currently, we are in the process of hiring a full-time director of campus security to coordinate and oversee all aspects of campus safety. This officer, uniformed, armed, and CLEET certified, will provide a more visible presence on campus as both a deterrent and as a resource, will liaison with local law enforcement, and will coordinate with our current security to provide coverage for all events when children are present. We have already begun a program of heightened awareness and training with our faculty and staff in the event of an incident on campus. This new position will continue to develop this training and coordinate all drills in compliance with state law and responsible practice.
The safety of our students is our top priority, and these steps will help to ensure a more secure learning environment so that our mission and our people may continue to thrive.
May God continue to watch over us and keep us in His loving care.
The event is free. We are asking you to donate a canned good at the door to support the Mission in Owasso.
Sixth grade through Varsity girls and boys basketball teams, along with the MS and US Cheer teams, will be performing. We will have contests and prizes for the fans as well. It is a great way to meet the players and coaches.
Spend an hour watching basketball and listening to some good music. Who knows, you might win a prize as well.
Please join us for the All School Tailgate on THURSDAY, October 18 from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. just west of Siegfried Stadium. Then, head over to the Stadium to cheer on our Commandos as they take on Locust Grove at 7:00 p.m. Free hamburgers, hot dogs and brats will be available while they last. If you are able, please sign up to bring one of the items listed. If you sign-up, please deliver your items by 5:15 p.m. the evening of the event to the tailgate area or drop them off at the Advancement Office one day this week.
The drop off location for the Freshman Progressive Dinner has changed! Due to the forecasted rain for Saturday, the evening will now begin in the PAC lobby at the same time, 5:30. All other plans remain the same.
On Monday, October 22 during break, all juniors will have a required meeting with our Josten's representatives about ordering senior rings. The meeting will be in the Brecht Center. Any current seniors who did not order a ring last year are welcome to attend. Josten's will be back to take orders on Tuesday, October 30 during Upper School 2nd lunch.
Please join us for the Middle School Tailgate on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:30 pm as we cheer on the 7th and 8th grade football teams against Noah. Food trucks from Meltdown Grilled Cheese, T Town Gourmet, and Not Your Grandma's Cupcakes will be on site. There will also be an inflatable obstacle course to enjoy.
There will be a mandatory meeting in the Brecht Center for all seniors at 8:00 am on Tuesday, October 23 to get information about ordering graduation caps, gowns and announcements. Note: With your graduation fee you get your cap and gown, 25 announcements, and 50 name card inserts, but the order for the cap and gown must be placed. Josten's will be back on Tuesday, October 30 during Upper School 2nd lunch to take orders.
See Mrs. Pilgrim to get information about ordering a senior ring if you did not order one last year.
Catholic Charities (Caritas Partner) Catholic Charities Food Basket and Day of Blessing for Thanksgiving is November 17, and they are looking for volunteers from 7 am to 3 pm. They need help with things like face painting, assisting clients with their food baskets, and clean-up. The Christmas Food Basket Day is scheduled for December 15 and volunteer times are from 7am to 3 pm. Please go on-line to volunteer at: https://cceok.org/volunteer
Yorktown Avenue will be closed in the morning for the Monte Cassino Octoberfest Run which is from 8:00 till 10:30 am. Please use the Utica entrance.
Middle School students should report at 8 am to the Chapel in Spirit Dress. They will be dismissed at noon. Parent/Teacher conferences will last all morning.
Senior Appreciation Day – No classes for seniors.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be taking standardized tests. Students should check into their testing rooms between 8:00 – and 8:15 am. They will be dismissed between 11:30 and 11:45 am. Bring #2 pencils and math calculators. Dress is Relaxed.
Parents of juniors and seniors are invited to a financial aid presentation. Representatives from the University of Oklahoma, The University of Tulsa, and Oklahoma State University will be leading a discussion in the Brecht Center from 6 - 7 pm.
Thank you to the General Chorus, Performance Ensemble, Mr. Chris Powell, Ms. Cheray Smith, and Mrs. Candy Coonfield for a wonderful Chorus concert on Wednesday evening. The songs were fantastic and our students impressed the packed PAC.
If your student would like a picture retake, please have them return their original photo package on October 12 to a Legacy photographer. If your child did NOT have a photo taken on the second day of school, this is the only remaining opportunity for a photo to be included in the 2018-2019 yearbook. Order forms can be picked up at the US Receptionist desk, or you can place your order online AFTER you receive a proof image in a couple of weeks by visiting www.legacystudios.com and using the code included on that image.
Basketball and Wrestling team portraits will be scheduled this coming November/December. If you would like to pre-order sport packages, please use the following code on the Legacy website, www.legacystudios.com. We will alert you when these photo sessions are scheduled.
Sports Online Order Code: 8159S191
Paper order forms are also available at the US Receptionist desk. Please have your student bring it on the day the team portrait is scheduled.
The Monte Cassino run/walk for Oktoberfest will be next Wednesday, October 10 on Yorktown Avenue between 8 and 10 am. Access to Cascia from Yorktown will be blocked. Please plan on using the Utica entrance between 7:45 and 10:15 am. Their Rain Date is Thursday, October 11.
Please RSVP for the Freshman Progressive Dinner ASAP! Your $30 check is your reservation for a night of food and fun on October 13th. We hope everyone in the Class of 2022 can attend! Questions, check or Venmo 918-361-2888, email@example.com.
Parents of Juniors and Seniors are invited to join us for a financial aid presentation. Representatives from the University of Oklahoma, The University of Tulsa, and Oklahoma State University will be leading the discussion in the Brecht Center from 6 - 7 pm on Wednesday, October 10.
CPFA is asking for nominations for the Nominating Committee, 2019-20 Executive Board, and Chairs for Christmas Walk and Celebrate Cascia. Please self-submit if you are interested in various positions. Deadline for submissions is October 17. Follow the link below to the nominating form. Thank you.
Candid photos taken during Cascia Hall events (sports, performing arts, homecoming, concerts, and ceremonies) by freelance photographer, Jason Norwood, are available via the following link. More photos will be added throughout the year. You will want to Bookmark this link.
As a partner in your child’s education, we are pleased to announce the freshmen will be taking the PreACT on Wednesday, October 10th. This is a paper-based test patterned after the ACT, using the same types of test questions, same score scale, and same format. It will be an outstanding practice opportunity for the ACT as well as provide excellent information for our students, parents, and faculty.
The Senior Fall Party is Sunday, October 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. You won't want to miss laser tag on the football field and food from Brownies Hamburgers and Josh's Snow Cones! Invitations have been mailed. If you have not already done so, please RSVP to Cindy Marshall or Kim Wolfe.
Please join us for the All School Tailgate on October 5 from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. just west of Siegfried Stadium. Then, head over to the Stadium to cheer on our Commandos as they take on the Hornets from Vinita at 7:00 p.m. Free Hamburgers, hot dogs and brats will be available while they last. If you are able, please sign up to bring one of the items listed.
Over the weekend, 7 students competed at their very first tournament at Jenks HS to kick off the season. Outstanding performances included: Maria Salas - Quarter Finalist in LD Debate Isaac Ingram - Quarter Finalist in LD Debate Abraar Hassany - 4th place in Prose Interpretation and 3rd place in LD Debate
We have at least 400 Reasons to reach our goal of $400,000 and a very exciting announcement!
To kick off this year's fundraising effort, a very generous Cascia family has issued a challenge to the entire community. They will match dollar-for-dollar every annual fund gift made through October 17, 2018 up to $20,000.
WOW! That's an opportunity we thought was too good to pass up. Please join us in making a gift or pledge to this year's annual fund.
ACT NOW and DOUBLE the impact of your annual fund gift.
Thank you for your consideration.
Nancy Van Doren and Blake Loveless
2018-19 Annual Fund Parent Chairs
P. S. - Another benefit to making an annual fund gift by October 17 . . . . one Middle School parent and one Upper School parent will win a $100 gift card to shop in the Commando Bookstore 🎉
P. P. S. - Don't look for a "snail mail" annual fund letter from Fr. Philip . . . . we're going digital this year 💻
Celebrate the season with a 36-year Midtown tradition, Cascia Christmas Tour and Boutique from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday, December 2, 2018. This event includes a tour of four beautifully decorated homes, a Santa Brunch with fun family activities, delicious food in the Santa Bistro, and a 50+ vendor Boutique to kick off your holiday shopping. Cascia parents, alumni, and friends are also invited to an evening of Fire & Ice at Starry Starry Night on December 6.
Students will begin full dress on Thursday, October 11. Please double check their wardrobe to ensure that they will be in full compliance with the dress code (available on your Resource Board). Since they may still be growing, alterations may be required, especially with regard to the skirt length. Thank you.
Juniors and Seniors: One spot remains for the January minimester trip to Greece, which will include visits to Athens, Olympia, Delphi, and the monasteries of Meteora. Please use the link below or email Mrs. Sims for more information.
Monte Cassino is looking for volunteers for their annual Octoberfest Sunday, October 14! If you are looking for Greater Tulsa Community service hours, there's a signup genius setup so you can just go into the additional volunteer slot for the hour you want, and then put Cascia on the line when you are submitting it so we know which school you are from. Hopefully, this can be a fun way for you to get an hour or four. Remember to take a service sheet and have it signed by an official at the event!
On 9/26/18, Dr. Ricco Wright visited Mrs. Brandes' Art I classes to speak about community engagement, street art, and his new Black Wall Street Art Gallery in Tulsa.
On 9/27/18, artist Sarah Bowen visited Mrs. Brandes' 7th grade art class to discuss her artworks made with polymer clay. She demonstrated different techniques and gave tips for creating tiny clay creations. Seventh grade students will begin their Stop Motion Animation projects next week.
In an effort to streamline and effectively manage “warmup shirts” for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, the administration has voted on one shirt (grades 6 -8) to be worn by our athletic teams before games and contests. No other individual team warmup shirt should be designed or purchased for next season. This is the last order of the year. The warmup shirt is optional and can be purchased at this website until October 8:
The 9th grade parent social will be held on Friday, October 5th at 5:30 pm on the patio at The Wild Fork in Utica Square. Bring your 9th grader and they can walk over to the Cascia Hall tailgate before the football game with their classmates. Contact Brooke Smith (918-720-4603) ot Heidi Hays (918-645-4623) with questions.
Have you wondered what colleges and universities visit our campus? Please check out our new webpages on the Cascia Hall website (www.casciahall.com) located under Academics and College Placement. Parents and students are able to view college and university on-campus visits as well as sign up for ACT and SAT tests.
If you would like to purchase a printed version of the 2018-2019 Student Directory, pre-orders will be taken through Tuesday, October 2nd at 12 noon. Please contact Robin Johnson in the Commando Store at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-746-2605 to pre-order. The cost is $10 each and may be billed to your child's swipe account. Directories should be ready for pick up in the Commando Store before Fall Break.
Everyone is reminded that Wednesday, October 10, is our annual “testing day” for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. The sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT (preliminary SAT). The PSAT is the qualifying test for juniors for National Merit Scholarship consideration. It is also excellent practice for students before they take the SAT for college admission. Seniors will be excused that day from school. The following are a few important items to remember regarding testing day:
Holy Family Cathedral School is looking for ten Cascia students who would like to volunteer to help the Holy Family Cathedral Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest with monitoring a couple of carnival games, volleyball game and face painting for the kids at this family event on Saturday, October 6 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. They would not have to come up with their own games, they would just have to monitor them. If you would like to volunteer, please email email@example.com. Students can volunteer for one hour or all three hours.
Mrs. Smith's 6th and 7th Grade Music classes are learning to read music using Orff instruments. Here the 6th Graders are playing the "Banana Boat Song (Day-o)" and the 7th Graders are giving a solid rendition of "Don't Worry, Be Happy"...now....enjoy the show.
Evan Coles is a 6th grader at Cascia Hall and over the last few weeks, he has won two USA Cycling Oklahoma State titles for boys ages 9-14. Evan won the State Road Race in Bixby which was a 14-mile race on the streets of Bixby and the following week, he won the State Time Trial Race in Haskell which is a race against the clock to see who is the fastest.
An avid cyclist, Evan competes in many cycling disciplines including criterium racing, road racing, time trailing, cyclocross and mountain bike racing. Over the summer, he competed in the USA Cycling National Championships in Hagerstown Maryland and placed second among all 11 year olds in three disciplines. He currently rides for Team Soundpony and is a supporter of BikeClub which is a local program designed to help develop youth bike riding clubs in Tulsa Public Schools.
Last Wednesday evening, Keith Hawkins conducted a retreat at Bishop Kelley for BK and CH student leaders. On Thursday and Friday, he was on campus to conduct retreats for Cascia freshmen and seniors. The students always enjoy him and find him inspiring.
The annual Freshman Progressive Dinner is Saturday, October 13. Freshman will start the evening at Cascia with a short mixer with appetizers. Students will then load two Cascia buses to be delivered to volunteer host homes in the Midtown area where groups of 10 students will enjoy dinner. After dinner, the buses will return students to Cascia for a dance. Don't miss out on this evening full of food and fun. Parents interested in volunteering for this fun function can contact Ashleigh Boedeker (918-361-2888) or Piper Kacere (918-770-1146).
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on October 9 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm and on October 10 from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm. We will continue using the online scheduling system. Please click on the link below to go to the conference scheduling site. Here you will be able to choose the teachers you want to see and the times that are convenient for you. However, if a teacher’s name is not listed or the times are blocked as unavailable that means he or she has scheduling conflicts, so please email that teacher directly to schedule an appointment. You are not required to meet with every teacher; see who you would like when you like. Appointment times are 15 minutes each. You can sign-up using the link below beginning September 27. The deadline to sign up for a conference is Wednesday, October 3. If you have any questions, please contact the office, 918-746-2616.
On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2018, the Middle School will have a pet blessing on the grassy area in front of the Middle School, beginning at 2:40 pm. All MS students, whose parents are bringing a pet to the ceremony, will be dismissed in time to participate.
Wednesday's Dress Theme was "Home for the Holidays." Some students and teachers elected to wear Holloween costumes, others were dressed for Christmas, and even the Easter Bunny made an appearance. Karaoke was the special activity at Upper School lunches.
Thursday's Dress Theme was "What is this doing in my closet?" The special activity at US lunches was arm wrestling.
Due to the expected inclement weather for Friday evening, the 2018 Homecoming Coronation will now take place at the Pep Rally on Friday, September 21 at 2:15 pm in our Spielmann Gymnasium. If weather permits and it is not raining on Friday evening, then the Homecoming Court will be presented during half-time of the Homecoming football game vs. Verdigris.
The Cascia Hall Alumni Association Annual Homecoming Cookout from 5:00 to 6:45 pm is still on "go." Weather permitting, the cookout will be at the Tennis Court Gazebo area. If it rains, the cookout will be moved to our Dining Hall and Spielmann Gym Lobby area.
The Homecoming activity on Tuesday was Field Day. Upper School students wore their House colors, and Middle School students were a Navy Nation. Games included inflatables, and House competitions: tug-o-war, capture the flag, pictionary, and rock paper scissors with hula hoops.
Friday, September 21, 5:00 - 6:45 pm Cascia Hall Tennis Gazebo Free food and beverages. No reservation required. Bring the family and check out the Kid's Zone with inflatables, face painting, and fire truck . Cookout sponsored by the Cascia Hall Alumni Association. The Following classes will begin their reunion celebrations at the cookout: 1956, 1958, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2008.
You are invited to attend the Cascia Hall Blazer Ceremony, honoring all new Middle School students, on Tuesday, October 9 at 8:05 am in St. Rita of Cascia Chapel. All students will wear oxford shirts, ties (young men), and blazers with the Cascia emblem. Members of the 2019 Senior Class will present the blazers to all new students.
Parents: Please park in the PAC lot along the football fence and walk around the Monastery to the Chapel, or park in the front of the Middle School and walk through the building to the Chapel.
All 6th and new 7th and 8th graders: Please start bringing your blazers on a hanger to Mrs. Fox’s room (024) on Monday, September 24. Please make sure your first and last names are written on the inside. There will be a mandatory practice during 1st hour on Monday, October 8. The first day of Full Dress will be Thursday, October 11.
Congratulations to Bill Hader '97 who won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Hader received the most nominations in a single year for any Oklahoma-born actor: He was nominated in five categories, with four coming for “Barry." Follow this link to read all about it in the Tulsa World.
Students are enjoying Homecoming Week with dress up days and special activities. Yesterday was Pajama Day and today was Navy Nation for the Middle School and House Colors for the Upper School. Special activities on Monday included a 4--square tournament at the US lunches and popsicles for MS students after lunch, provided by Student Council. Today, students attended classes in the morning and took the afternoon off for Field Day.
Thanks to the generosity of our students, faculty, and staff, we collected $105.50 last week for the relief of the Augustinians in southeast India, who have been devastated by this year's monsoon season. Our weekly Wednesday collections will continue tomorrow, so please encourage your children to be intentional and generous in this opportunity to live out our values of Unity and Love with and for our fellow Augustinian communities.
Boys' and girls' basketball parents have a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, September 26. The boys' parent meeting is for all players 6-12 and will take place at 6:30 pm in the Dining Hall. The girls' parent meeting is also for all players 6-12 and will take place at 6:00 pm in the PAC.
Please save the date for the Senior Fall Party on Sunday, October 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. You won't want to miss laser tag on the football field and food from Brownies Hamburgers and Josh's Snow Cones! Invitations will follow.
Congratulations to senior Olivia Stump who has met the challenge of the United States Congress! Olivia has earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal. To earn the Gold Medal, each participant must complete at least 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service, which means sharing their time and talent for the betterment of the community, 200 hours of Personal Development, which can include developing social and life skills as well as interests, and 200 hours of Physical Fitness, spent in any way that improves their health and quality of life. Additionally, they must spend at least five days and four nights exploring a new environment or culture. Olivia has been consistently working to achieve this award for over twenty-four months, the minimum time frame to earn the Gold Medal. Olivia did not “win” the award – she EARNED it!
The Tulsa World released today the names of the National Merit Semifinalists in Northeast Oklahoma. Two Cascia seniors were named Semifinalists in the scholarship contest: Joseph Barber and Julian Zanders. Logan Roach and Thomas Coulon were Commended for their performance on the exam.
Thanks to the generosity of our students, faculty, and staff, we collected $242.94 last week for the relief of the Augustinians in southeast India, who have been devastated by this year's monsoon season. Our weekly Wednesday collections will continue tomorrow, so please encourage your children to be intentional and generous in this opportunity to live out our values of Unity and Love with and for our fellow Augustinian communities.
Members of the Key Club erected the 9/11 memorial over the weekend, and the student body met for a prayer service on Monday before school to pray for healing and peace. This is the 17th consecutive year that Cascia students have created the memorial on the front lawn of the school. See photos on next page.
You can help CPFA the easy way through Amazon Smile. Go to www.smile.amazon.com and shop like you would on Amazon. Choose Cascia Parent & Faculty Association as your charity. Amazon will give us 5% of each purchase! Keep going back to www.smile.amazon.com each time you want to shop on Amazon and support CPFA.
Dear Parents: In an effort to keep our students safe, please make every effort to drop off and/or pick up your Middle School student on the building side of the sidewalk/driveway. Please do not park on the east side of the driveway where students would have to pass in front of moving vehicles. Thank you for your cooperation.
For the self portrait collage, students took a photo of themselves and then drew themselves on a much larger scale using contour lines. After the face was drawn students found personal imagery and colors relating to their monochromatic color scheme of choice.
Boys and Girls Tennis Tryouts are on Sunday, September 16. Boys will warm up at noon and matches will start at 12:30. The girls will warm up at 4pm and matches will start at 4:30. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Liles, Director of Tennis.
For as little as one hour a week you can make a difference in a student's successful educational progress. You can be a Homework Coach beginning September 17in 30 minute blocks at any of the five participating libraries. If you are interested, go to tulsalibrary.org/homeworkclub or call: 918.549.7667
Cascia Hall is immensely proud of the hard work of our current students, Jack Maricle (11th) and Travis Guillory (10th) and alumnus Celyn Grigson (‘18) who were cast members of Theatre Tulsa’s immensely successful and entertaining production of Newsies which was directed by alumna Sara Bingman Phoenix (‘95).
Parents, please join us Wednesday, September 5 (noon to 1pm) for our CPFA meeting in the Brecht Center. Our agenda will include updates from Headmaster Father Philip Cook, US Principal Shawn Gammill and MS Principal Todd Goldsmith. Special guest speaker, the Honorable Judge Dawn Moody (CH ‘92), will address the challenges our children face today and the importance of making good choices. Lunch will be provided. Please join us!
The decision for school closures will be made by 6:00 am. At that time our automated emergency communication system will alert you by phone. We will also post closures on our website, google classroom announcements, email and social media which includes Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
In case of inclement weather, television news stations and radio will be alerted.
The Cascia community was ALL IN for the blood drive yesterday. We had so many donors that the Red Cross had to turn some away and the end. The students were wonderful and very generous, even though some were very nervous. The donors made someone's quality of life much better; they may have even saved a life. Many of the students had very personal reasons for giving. The Red Cross set a goal of 15 donors for a school our size, and we more than doubled that!
Club Fest is Thursday, September 6 during break and both lunches in the Upper School gym lobby and will feature over 20 clubs and our Caritas Partners. All Upper School students are encouraged to join extracurricular clubs and activities and to visit with our Caritas Partners.
Wednesday night tutoring will begin on Wednesday, September 6 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Dining Hall. Pam Benne (Math Department) and Kathleen Brown (English Department) will be in attendance to field questions and assist Middle and Upper school students in developing their math and writing skills. It is also a great time to work on group assignments or meet with study groups. Please make sure to enter through the gym lobby doors, located at the top of the ramp near the football field and PAC.
The 1st Upper School Student Council meeting will be at 7:50 am tomorrow morning (Thursday, August 30). All Upper School students are welcome to join us in the Dining Hall for the meeting! See you tomorrow morning!
The Cascia Community is invited to join the team on Saturday, September 15 at the University of Tulsa as we increase awareness, give encouragement, and raise funds to create a world without ALZ. Please join us or donate to support our team: http://act.alz.org/goto/CasciaHall
The 8th grade bagged 5,000 pounds of granola at the food bank on Friday. Volunteering at the food bank was the morning portion of their retreat. The afternoon was spent in reflection about service to others. Students picked a verse to discuss and then read the group reflection in Chapel.
Today the school community celebrated the Feast Day of St. Augustine. Thank you Bishop Konderla for celebrating with us. In his homily, the Bishop shared about how St. Augustine loved the gifts of this world and how he eventually grew to love the giver more. "Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all." St. Augustine
All 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in trying out for the basketball teams this year will need to attend tryouts at the time/date listed below. We will complete the team roster for both grades at this time. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Ford.
Tryout Date/Times Sunday, September 9th - 4:30-5:30 pm (Middle School Gym) - 7th Girls
Sunday, September 9th - 3:30 -4:30 pm (Middle School Gym) - 8th Girls
All Hall Brawl shirts that were ordered will be available for pick up beginning Wednesday, August 29 during break and both lunches. The shirts will be in alpha order, left to right, on the tables behind the smoothie bar. Check with your parents to see if one was ordered for you.
Revitalize T-Town (formerly and very recently Rebuilding Together Tulsa) have repaired owner-occupied homes in Tulsa whose owners qualify financially for the help--making the homes safe, secure, weatherproof, and accessible.
Late Night Library will begin on the Monday after Labor Day, September 10, 2018. On Mondays when we have school, the Library Media Center (LMC) will open at 7:30 am and remain open until 8:00 pm. If you need directions to enter the LMC after school doors are locked, please see Mrs. Hubble or Mrs. Lambert in the library.
The Cascia Hall blood drive is Thursday, August 30 in the US gym from 9 am to 2:20 pm Students 16 and 17 may donate with parents' permission. Donating will count as service hours. Any student signing up can go to Mrs. Leah Heatherman's classroom to get permission slips. Also, any family or friends willing to donate can email me at Lheatherman@casciahall.com.
Over 35 colleges and universities have scheduled daytime visits with Cascia Hall during the next few weeks, starting Thursday, August 30. Many of these schools will only be here for this one visit, while a few may return spring semester. It is important for you to attend these meetings if you are interested in a particular college or university - your presence will be noted. The meetings are scheduled either at Break or at lunch. Sign up on Naviance now, and if you have questions, see Mrs. Oliver or Mrs. Jones.
There are few people in one’s life who have the ability to make a lasting positive impact on them. Sister Mary Murrihy, SSJ (“Sr. Mary”) was one of those people for me and countless other students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of Cascia. Whether it was through her unmatched command of her classroom or her simple acts of kindness such as candy from Russell Stover or an Irish coffee, Sr. Mary was a true Cascia legend!
Today was the Headmaster's 50th Birthday! He was greeted this morning with a decorated office containing some of his favorite (RC Cola) and least favorite things (peas and pencils), pictures from his childhood scattered throughout the hallways, students in pink shirts (he doesn't like pink) and faculty and staff in black (his favorite color). All the students were treated to birthday cake after their lunches. It was a fun day. See more photos on next page.
Today is the Headmaster's Birthday! It's the big 50!. He was greeted this morning with a decorated office containing some of his favorite (RC Cola) and least favorite things (peas and pencils), pictures from his childhood scattered throughout the hallways, students in pink shirts (he doesn't like pink) and faculty and staff in black (his favorite color). Share on CH Facebook page what you remember about Fr. Philip's least favorite and favorite things
An important, mandatory meeting will be held this coming Monday, August 27 at break in the PAC. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Oliver will be handing out some important information and having a short review session on what you need to be doing on Naviance. You must bring your Chromebooks with you to be able to log into Naviance during the session.
Parents: Please log into your myCASCIA account and make sure that all online forms have been completed. If you see a yellow bar at the top of your screen that says "You have forms to review" please look at them. The Medical Information and Release form was due on August 1st. The end publish date has been extended.
Sr. Mary Murrihy, SSJ, passed away at 6:45 am this morning. Sr. Mary taught Cascia students for 34 years from 1979 -2013.
She was a legend in her own time for many reasons. Just to name a few: she was certified in 18 subjects; she was one of the first females to join the Cascia faculty; she was awarded an Honorary Diploma in 1987 and became the first female to graduate from Cascia Hall. In 1994, the administration of Cascia Hall established the Sr. Mary Murrihy Community Service Award in recognition of her long-term, consistent service to the Cascia Community. The award is given each year at graduation to the senior who, like Sr. Mary, goes above and beyond what is expected or required in service to others.
“Sr. Mary has had a huge impact upon our community,” said Headmaster Fr. Philip Cook. “We mourn her loss and remember her with love.”
Services will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Church of St. Mary in Tulsa.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell and Rice Universities for an information session for prospective students and their families. Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. You must register to attend. We look forward to meeting you around the country this spring! Register Here!
Parents: The school building is cleared and the doors locked at 3:30 pm every afternoon. All students on campus after that time will be asked to wait for their rides in the Dining Hall. If you are going to pick up your student after 3:30, please pick them up in the back by the US gym ramp entrance. Thank you.
We’re off to a good start on this our 93rd academic year! It is most appropriate that we began in prayer during our first all-school liturgy on Wednesday celebrating the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. I want to thank all our faculty and staff, especially our maintenance staff, who have worked especially hard to get ready for the start of school. I also want to thank those students in STUCO and those in the committee working on our new House system, including the “parents” and “nannies” for each house. These upperclassmen have been hard at work over the last few weeks of their summertime (!), planning and coordinating activities to welcome our new students and bring new energy to student life this year. Our volleyball teams are off to a great start, despite a leaky gym, and our football team had a great showing against Ft. Gibson this past weekend. Go Commandos! We do indeed have so much to be grateful for.
May God continue to bless our efforts and our community throughout the upcoming year.
Middle school official winter sports sign-up is currently open for the 2018-2019 school year. Please fill out the form for your son/daughter by August 28. All students who plan on playing a winter sport must sign up through this link. Students are only allowed to participate in one sport per season. Spring sports sign ups will be later in the school year. Please email Jenny Pearson if you have any questions.
Wednesday, August 29 - MS Back-to-School Night (5:30 Social in the PAC and then start rotation of classes at 6:00 PM) Thursday, August 30 - Late Arrival Schedule for entire school. 1st period will begin at 8:50 AM
The Theme for the Year, "All In," was chosen by Student Council.
"By having this theme we are encouraging the student body to step outside their comfort zones and pursue what they love. To go “ALL IN” means to give everything we have and never hold back. The theme “ALL IN” can apply in and outside the classroom. Student Council believes this theme will help Cascia students feel supported and loved. If we were to encourage every single person to never hold back, we will be in a better community. Student Council hopes to see positive outcomes with students with this theme. We feel it will service as a constant reminder that we are a supportive community. We want to see everyone strive to put forth 100% effort in everything they do."
Saxon Pounds, an 11-year-old soprano and sixth-grader at Cascia Hall, spent July 21 through August 4 in Geneva, Switzerland, studying voice and drama as part of The Juilliard School’s Summer Performing Arts program for gifted performing artists ages 10-18. Saxon was one of only 27 vocalists worldwide to be selected for the competitive program.
The Cascia Hall varsity cheer squad finally received their rings for winning NCA Nationals last January. They scored top honors in each category: 1st Place in cheer, 2nd Place for band dance, and 4th Place for fight song with their overall score bringing home the giant National Championship trophy. Congrats girls for a job well done!
Congratulations to four Cascians who recently received the highest award in scouting--the Eagle Scout Award! They are juniors Blair Luessenhop, Brice Luessenhop, and Grant Marshall, and recent graduate Cash Luessenhop '17.
Tomorrow (Friday) is picture day. You will need to come to school in FULL DRESS (blazer, oxford shirt, ties (young men) for this photo. You may change back to relaxed dress if you wish after your picture.
Cascia Hall is proud to announce that Spencer Thomas took his first vows in the Augustinian Order on August 4, 2018. Spencer grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Cascia Hall in 2011. While at Cascia, he participated in soccer, drama/musical theater, ultimate frisbee, and bowling. He went on to earn his BA in Classics from Missouri State University.
Before taking his vows, Spencer completed a year of pre-novitiate in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, from 2016-2017 while studying at Villanova University. He then completed a year of novitiate in Racine, Wisconsin, from 2017-2018. The novitiate is a year of intense prayer and study as one prepares to make vows. Spencer will continue to renew his vows every year until he makes his solemn profession of vows, which last for the rest of his life. He will now study Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Juniors will meet with Mrs. Coleman in the Brecht Center during break to receive their College Finder Binder, go over new features of Naviance, and review how to sign-up for on-campus college visits. The meeting schedule is as follows:
Monday 8/20: Agorua - Gunn
Wednesday 8/22: Gursky - Pazzo
Friday 8/24 - Phillips - Zetik
Please bring your Chromebooks with you to the meeting.
Auditions for our first Middle School show,"Legend of Elsinore," are Thursday and Friday, August 23-24, from 3:15-4:30 pm in the PAC! This show is a futuristic re-telling of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and will be lots of fun, so come and join us! No previous theatre experience required!
The Cascia Hall Handbook compliance form is now available at myCascia. This form is used to ensure that, at the beginning of each school year, all parents and students understand the policies and expectations put forth by the Cascia Hall administration. As such, please review the Student Handbook (available on the Resource Board and linked below), log in to myCascia, and complete the digital form at your earliest convenience. The form is due by the end of Friday, September 7.
Calling all students interested in theatre and film! We are having a meeting this Thursday from 3:15-3:45pm to outline the year's events in the theatre department! If you have any interest in onstage, backstage, in front of a camera, or behind one, come and join us in the PAC; no previous experience necessary!
A Cascia Hall school bus leaves from the QT at 96th and Riverside promptly at 7:20 a.m. every school day. The cost is $500 per year. Please contact John Santee with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 9th grade class will have a Scavenger Hunt Social this Friday, August 17 from 6:30 - 9:00pm. Students will meet at the Cascia Hall Tennis Pavilion for pizza and scavenger hunt instructions. Please RSVP to Heidi Hays at Heidirhays@gmail.com Questions? Call/text Brooke Smith at 918-720-4603.
Freshman Girls' Breakfast
All 9th grade girls are invited to attend the Freshman Girls' Breakfast that will take place on August 15 from 7:00-7:30 am at the Lobato Home -2242 East 23rd Street. After breakfast, the girls will walk to Cascia Hall for their first day of Upper School. If you would like to help with the breakfast, follow this link to SignUpGenius. Contact Brooke Smith at 918-720-4603 or Jenny Lobato at 914-826-3004 with questions.
Freshman Boys' Breakfast All 9th grade boys are invited to attend the Freshman Boys' Breakfast that will take place on August 15 from 7:00-7:30 am at Blake Van Doren's Home -2828 S Yorktown Ave. After breakfast, the boys will walk to Cascia Hall for their first day of Upper School. If you would like to help with the breakfast, follow this link SignUpGenius - Mobile. Contact Heidi Hays at 918-645-4623 or Nancy Van Doren at 918-808-4555 with questions.
You are invited to Oklahoma United's first ever Join The Program training event this Sunday, August 12 from 2:00 to 4:30 PM at Titan Main (Indoor Field #1). It will be a great opportunity for players to see the direction we're heading after an overwhelmingly successful first summer! If you have interest in competing with Oklahoma United at tournaments in Fall 2018 and beyond, or simply want to be part of the program, please attend this meeting at 101 East 81st Street South in Tulsa. Please forward this information to those you believe would be interested in Joining the Program!
Appreciate your considerations, AJ Anderson, Head Coach Oklahoma United
Due to the computer problems at Spirit Buy, not all the names came through of those who purchased locker shelves to be installed. If you paid for installed locker shelves that day, please email Kathy Pixley, email@example.com to make sure your name is on the list. Thank you!
This summer I completed a college credit course called "Animal Science: Sustainable Animal Husbandry" at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Throughout this course, I learned about the key areas of sustainability in agriculture, the physiology and behavior of various farm animals along with their relationships with humans, specific types of nutrition plans for animal grazing, and different farm production and management systems. Besides the knowledge that I received during the lectures, another part of the course was the lab period, where I had the chance to use my new knowledge to interact with the animals as I visited many sheep, goat, and cattle farms along with the equine (horse) research facility that was on campus.
Junior Conner Wood and Sophomore Sydney Hoose will be representing the Missouri Valley Section at USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships this fall. The team represents the RH91 Club and includes students from Cascia Hall, Edison, Metro Christian, Bixby, Regent and Bishop Kelley.
On Thursday, August 9, we have a fun-filled day planned for the freshman class. Please drop your child at the Upper School Gym lobby at 9:00 am. The mentors have games and activities planned to help us get to know each other. We will load the CH bus at 10:45 to go to Main Event. Please make sure you have completed your child’s emergency form (online at myCascia) so we are able to take your child off campus. Students will receive a bracelet for All-You-Can-Play activities (bowling, laser tag, gravity ropes, billiards, and shuffleboard). Lunch will also be provided - two slices of pizza and a medium drink. Students can bring extra money for arcade games and any additional food/drinks. We will load the bus at 2:00 to return to Cascia. Please pick up your child at Cascia Hall by 2:30 pm.
Seventh grader, Chloe Carter, spent five weeks of her summer in Massachusetts training with Boston Ballet School. This Summer Dance Program is an audition only program that is designed for aspiring professionals. Accepted students were ages 12-18 and included athletes from Japan, London, New Finland, Ireland and Italy just to name a few. Training took place five days a week from 9:00 - 5:30. All students were housed in dorms on a local college campus.
Please make sure you have checked out your English 9 Summer Reading Assignment for the first day of school. Keep in mind that there are both reading and writing components. Follow this link to view full details for reading and writing requirements. You may also login to your MyCascia account and look under "Upper School Summer Reading" to see the same assignment sheet posted since April.
In light of our administrative team’s reinvigorated commitment to dress code enforcement for the upcoming school year, we have received many questions regarding the various aspects of our policy. Specifically, many have asked if a couple types of shoes that were very popular with students last year will be acceptable for students this year, despite the fact that such shoes do not meet the “leather” requirement as stated in the Student Handbook. This notice is being sent to announce that, after careful discussion, the administration has deemed canvas shoes such as those pictured below to be acceptable forms of dress for the upcoming year.
**NOTE: Pictures of canvas shoes that are comparable in design but not an exact match to the ones pictured can be emailed to Jared St. John; they will be considered for approval. Please contact Mr. St. John with any other dress code questions.
Today is the last day to RSVP for the 7th Grrade BTS swim party at Southern Hills on August 7 from 3 - 5 pm. The main gate is closed, so please use the Timberlane gate off of Lewis Ave. and 65th Place.
All 9th grade boys are invited to attend the Freshman Boys Breakfast that will take place on August 15 from 7:00-7:30am at Blake Van Doren's Home, 2828 S Yorktown Ave. After breakfast, the boys will walk to Cascia Hall for their first day of Upper School. If you would like to help with the breakfast, follow this link SignUpGenius - Mobile
Contact Heidi Hays at 918-645-4623 or Nancy Van Doren at 918-808-4555 with questions.
The safety of our students is our top priority, and we are continually reviewing and enhancing our school policies. As part of this process, access to the building on school mornings will be available only at the ramp doors off the Upper School gym lobby, the front entrance to the Upper School, and the main entrance to the Middle School. Doors will open at the regularly scheduled times. All other doors will not be available. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.
Please join other new parents for a social and information session at the Pixley home, 4511 South Columbia Ave. in Tulsa. These gatherings are for all parents whose students will be entering the Middle School or Upper School for the first time.
Middle School - Monday August 6, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (parents of all 6th graders and new 7th and 8th graders) Upper School - Tuesday, August 7, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (parents of all 9th graders and new 10th and 11th graders)
The 6th grade swim party will be Thursday, August 9 from 1 - 3 pm at Southern Hills Country Club. Please note: The main entrance to the club will be closed for renovations. Everyone will need to enter off of East 65th Place and Lewis. There will be a gate located at Timberlane Road, just off of East 65th Pl. There will be signage to help direct you to this location as well. Also, the drop-off will be at the lower pool entrance. The upper parking lot by the playground will be closed.
The 8th grade back-to-school swim party will be on Tuesday, August 14 from 3:30 - 5:30 at Southern Hills Country Club. Please Note: The main entrance to the club will be closed for renovations. Everyone will need to enter off of East 65th Place and Lewis. There will be a gate located at Timberlane Road, just off of East 65th Pl. There will be signage to help direct you to this location as well.
If you have not already done so, please register your 6th grade student for the required Chromebook Bootcamp. There are 8 spots open for Monday, 8/6 and 15 spots for Wednesday, 8/8. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
All 9th grade girls are invited to attend the Freshman Girls' Breakfast that will take place on August 15 from 7:00 - 7:30 am at the Lobato Home, 2242 East 23rd Street. After breakfast, the girls will walk to Cascia Hall for their first day of Upper School. If you would like to help with the breakfast, follow this link to SignUpGenius
Contact Brooke Smith at 918-720-4603 or Jenny Lobato at 914-826-3004 with questions.
The 9th grade class will have a Scavenger Hunt Social on Friday, August 17 from 6:30-9:00pm. Students will meet at the Cascia Hall Tennis Pavilion for pizza and scavenger hunt instructions. Please RSVP to Heidi Hays at Heidirhays@gmail.com Questions? Call/text Brooke Smith at 918-720-4603.
Dare to Care Volunteer Recruitment Fair Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 11 am - 4 pm TCC Center for Creativity
At this fair, students will meet dozens of representatives of nonprofit organizations who are looking for volunteers. They will have the opportunity to talk about specific volunteer duties with organizations such as The Oklahoma Aquarium, Tulsa City County Library, Up with Trees, and many more.
School physicals and immunization records need to be turned in by August 1. Students cannot participate in sports, as well as practice, until this information has been received.
If you have not already done so, please log-on to your myCascia account to submit online forms. The forms require one parent/guardian signature. Students are required to sign a few of the forms. You will see if you have any forms to review on a yellow colored bar at the top of the page once you have logged in.
Junior Patrick Zetik was selected to participate in World Learning Inc. International Youth Leadership Exchange Program. IYLEP is a four-week, fully funded leadership training and exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and administered by World Learning Inc.and SIT Graduate Institute. Ten U.S. teenagers and 37 Iraqi teens, ages 15-18, participate in honing leadership skills regarding civic engagement and community service initiatives while cultivating cross-cultural understanding. Patrick will travel to Brattleboro, Vermont, Chicago, IL and D.C.
Debora DoniJayne Huerta, mother of Coach Robbie Huerta, our varsity boys' soccer coach, passed away suddenly on July 18. Funeral services will be held at Floral Haven Memorial Chapel today, Monday, July 23, at 3:00pm. Please keep Debora, Coach Huerta, and their family in prayer. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
We hope you are enjoying your summer! We would like you to mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 7th, 3 - 5 pm for our grade level social for all 7th graders. It will be a swim party at Southern Hills Country Club. Also, be sure to get your uniforms ordered! Some of these items take longer to order and receive before school begins. C&J Uniform and Lands End are great places to shop.
The CH Performing Arts Camp members will perform Shrek the Musical, Jr. on Saturday, July 21 at 7 pm and Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 pm in the Scianna PAC on the Cascia Hall campus. All are welcome. Follow this link for ticket information.
Follow this link to pre-order locker shelves by the end of the day today, August 3. These shelves will fit all lockers except 8th grade lockers. Your order will be available for pickup at Spirit Buy on August 8, 9:00 am - noon. If you purchase installation, the locker shelves will be installed in your student's locker by August 8.
Middle School schedules are now available for viewing. Please log in to your myCASCIA account at www.casciahall.com, and choose your student from the upper left hand corner. This will take you to your student’s personal page. See previous correspondence for more information.
In an effort to streamline and effectively manage warm-up shirts for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, the administration has voted on one shirt (grades 6 -8) to be worn by our athletic teams before games and contests. No other individual team warm-up shirt should be designed or purchased for next season. The warm-up shirt is optional and can be purchased at the following website by July 25.
It is out of a sense of obedience and trust that I begin a four year term as the 13th Headmaster at Cascia Hall. Cascia has been serving the Church and the Tulsa community for 92 years. We have a long and proud history, and I feel privileged to be part of it. I have spent 12 of my 21 years as a priest here at Cascia in three separate assignments. All of these years have been spent in the classroom as a teacher of Latin or theology or both. For me, teaching remains at the core of our mission, the reciprocal learning which takes place in the relationship between teacher and student or coach and athlete lies at the heart of who we are and what we do. It is in this encounter between good people that the Truth of who we are and the Truth of God’s love for us is revealed.
The school is in excellent shape, due in large measure to the leadership and guidance of our former headmaster Roger Carter. The school is debt-free, our enrollment is healthy, the climate within the community is upbeat and hopeful, we have an excellent faculty and staff, and wonderful families and students. I am personally grateful to Roger for his example and his assistance during this transition.
In considering our future, I see three areas of greatest need. School safety is at the forefront of our attention, and we are currently reviewing all our safety procedures and enhancing our security measures. Details will be forthcoming soon on our efforts in this regard. Secondly, facilities. We are in desperate need of space – learning space, office space, and storage space. Increased course offerings and new programs in the curriculum and in athletics, coupled with our desire to keep class size to a minimum, have resulted in the creative use of all available space on the campus. (Our theater department has even built a mechanism for storage suspended from the ceiling!) As the curriculum expands and learning styles evolve, so the physical plant needs to evolve and develop as well, while we still seek to maintain a small community. Thirdly, perhaps the most challenging area lies in the spiritual development of our community. Faith in Jesus Christ informs and pervades every aspect of what we do. Student life, school spirit, communication, respect for each other and celebration of our diversity, and outreach to those in need, both within our community and outside of it are all aspects which continually require our attention and support. These areas are at the forefront of our growth as individuals and as a faith community. Of course, there are other important areas as well. Our academic and athletic programs remain as the foundation of our success and continue to evolve as student needs change. Keeping Cascia Hall affordable and balancing expenses while responding to greater financial need are ongoing challenges.
As ambitious (or daunting) as these goals appear, I am enthusiastic and hopeful about the upcoming year. I look forward to working with all of you, as together we strive to do God’s will and build His Kingdom here in midtown Tulsa.
The Cascia Hall soccer team would like to enter a fall league for the 2018 season. Coach Huerta needs a certain number of players to be able to field a team. The games will start in September and take place on Saturdays. More detail regarding games and a weekly practice to come later. This is open to any and all 9-12 grade boys who are not participating in a Cascia fall sport. Players do not have to have been members of the CH Soccer team in the past. All interested players need to sign up by July 10th using the following link: Sign-up for fall soccer.
The Cascia Hall Golf Tournament is rescheduled for July 9! Registration and Tailgate Lunch on Grassy Knoll- 11:00 am Shorgun Start - 12:30 pm
If you are interested in playing, please contact Carol McMahon at 918.746.2639 or email at email@example.com. Your entry in the classic is guaranteed by your payment.
We would like to thank our co-chairs Sandy Chalmers and Tim Lazenby, our Honorary Chair, Frank Rhoades and our Hole in One Sponsor, Don Thornton Cadillac as well as our Presenting Sponsors, The Mary K. Chapman Foundation and The Sam J. & Nona M. Rhoades Foundation/Frank and Nikki Rhoades.
We would also like to thank the following: Champion Sponsor: D&L Oil Tools
Major Sponsor: Eastern Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Mabrey Bank Roto-Rooter Plumbing
Hole Sponsors: Kirkpatrick & Lai Orthodontics Horizon Lawn & Landscape Morrow, Lai & Kitterman Pediatric Dentristy Farmers Insurance - Mike Stockton
We hope your summer is off to a great start. As you begin to purchase uniforms for the upcoming school year, please take note that the administration has dedicated much time toward prioritizing the enforcement of the dress code as it is stated in the Student Handbook. As it stands today, we are in the beginning stages of implementing a new system in which student dress code violations will be recorded, tracked, and disciplined diligently. Listed below are two aspects of the Cascia Hall dress code that our administration would like to draw to your attention as each of you begins to shop for your son's or daughter's clothing for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have any further questions regarding the dress code as stated in the Handbook, please consult the link below.
Skirt: Choice of two: Cascia plaid or khaki. Skirts must be of an appropriate and modest length for all situations, including standing, sitting, and using the stairs. The Assistant Principal and/or Middle School Principal will make the final determination of whether a skirt is “appropriate and modest.” For tailoring and alteration purposes, the bottom of the skirt must extend no more than four inches from the floor when kneeling. However, because some students may roll or pull up their skirts after they have been tailored appropriately, the school will use the “appropriate and modest” criteria for enforcement. Students may not roll up their skirts. Please plan to lengthen skirts as necessary as students grow over the years. Repeated non-compliance with these rules may result in a “skirt ban” for the remainder of the semester.
Outerwear: School branded or school team outerwear may be worn over a uniform shirt, along with sweaters and the “ch” fleece as noted below. These may not extend past the bottom of the skirt.
Jared St. John 2018-19 Dean of Students Grades 6 - 12
Locker shelves are available in the Commando Store on the Cascia Hall website. They fit all lockers except for 8th grade lockers. The price is $40 (pick up), or $45 installed. Pick up will be at Spirit Buy on August 8 or will be installed in the locker by that time. Follow this link to place your order.
The City of Tulsa has turned off our water supply in order to repair a line nearby. This also means that the school will have no air conditioning, since the system needs water to cool the air. Therefore, the school offices will close at 11 am today. Have a great weekend.
If you find that you do not have access to Net Classroom, you may owe a student account balance or have a missing book. Statements were mailed on May 31st and contain this information. You can also call the Business Office at 918-746-2608.
All textbooks must be returned by Friday, June 15 to receive credit. Credit given will depend on the condition of the book.
Congratulations to the Spanish students in grades 6-12 who received recognition for their performances on the National Spanish Exam: 15 Honorable Mentions; 7 Bronze recognitions; 1 Silver Award; 1 Gold Award. The students are taught by Mrs. Tami Gnaedig and Mrs. Natalie Poskie.
College Counseling is excited to share that the Cascia Hall 2019Summer College Touris now officially open for enrollment! Many of you have been asking about a college tour. We're also thrilled to partner with counselors and students from Holland Hall here in Tulsa, and Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City. We are utilizing the well-established EF Tours to coordinate our trip.
We will be visitingtheChicago area and the Midwest which will include visits to the following universities:
What a fabulous year we've had with you and your seniors! We are delighted to finish up the year with photographic coverage of your entire graduation evening. We are shooting portraits of the graduates and their families before graduation. Three shooting stations are available on Signup Genius. We will photograph all the graduates prior to the ceremony. They do not need to schedule. If you do not get a chance to sign up, just come to the Dining Hall and get in line, and we'll get your family photographed. The link to sign up is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545a9ab29a0f58-ervin
Please know that this signup is "suggested times" and not exact. So, these time slots are holding a time slot for your family, but could vary by a few minutes.
Signup Genius Instructions: In the 'COMMENT" space, please put any special needs that would be important for us to know, and add total number of family members. We will photograph any subgroups that you want: Mom and Dad with graduate, add in siblings, add in grandparents, add in extended family. There is no limit to the number of poses! Did I mention that this is a FREE service? We will email and text a link to all of your images after commencement.
In addition to the family portraits, we are also photographing the graduates as a class, as they process in, and when they receive their diplomas and awards. All of these will be available to you. Don't let this free opportunity get by without signing up for family portraits. It's a milestone occasion; everyone is present, dressed up, and you just have to walk a few steps to make it happen.
Please come in the back door by the parking lot. Be sure to have someone save your seats for you. Do not hesitate to call me at Ervin Photography, 918-209-5050, with any questions prior to the graduation. We can't wait for this one-of-a-kind event. Your graduation is so lovely. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT WITH YOUR OWN CAMERAS OR IPHONES! It sets off our portrait lights and hold us up. We have a lot of families to photograph and very little time to do it. The link to your images will be: http://bit.ly/2rUPKOf You will receive an email when this goes live!
The Cascia Hall Sports Magazine is developed and printed over the summer to be ready for football season! Please use the attached link to purchase an ad for your senior athlete to be included! Any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Through the years, Cascia moms have compiled a list of women who were in a sorority and are willing to write recommendations for girls for recruitment. Many of you may already be on the list, but we are looking to expand it. Would those of you who may not be on the list be willing to write recommendations for Cascia girls? If so, please email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Please see attached list of opportunities for students to perform community service over the summer and receive Caritas hours for the 2018-19 school year. Summer is a good time to get closer to your goal of 60 hours before the end of your junior year. Take your service sheet with you to have signed by an agency official.
A limited number of spaces are available for an English enrichment and orientation course that will begin on July 30. Students enrolled in the course will review some basic grammar and writing skills in addition to gaining familiarity with new concepts and formats that will be useful to them as they enter the English 9 course in the Upper School. Please contact Mrs. Sims for more information.
Any seniors wanting to donate their Chromebook to Cascia Hall may bring them to Mrs. Tennery in the Business Office. We have students who cannot afford to purchase one, and we can also use some as loaners when students have to send their Chromebooks to be repaired.
Follow this link to view the Upper School summer 2018 reading assignments. The assignments are associated with the English class the students will be in next school year. This information is also accessible under your myCascia Resource Boards.
All Middle School students who will be taking PE will need a gym uniform. If you do not have one or need a replacement, please place your order online by June 30. Your order will be available for pickup at Back to School Gear Buy Day on August 8 from 9:00 am to noon. The gym uniform for next school year is the same as last year's. If you would like to look at the different sizes, they will be available at the front desk of the Upper School.
As you know, our beloved Headmaster Roger Carter will be leaving Cascia Hall at the end of his eight year term as headmaster on June 30. In consideration for his many years of service to the Catholic education community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with over 28 of those years at Cascia Hall, an endowed scholarship will be established at Cascia Hall Preparatory School to honor him. The goal will be to raise $100,000 for the Roger Carter Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Together with the Raindrop Turkish House, Catholic Charities will be hosting an event to learn about the different cultures in the Tulsa community on June 12. Four to six volunteers are needed from 6:00 - 8:00 pm to help set up (tables, chairs, centerpieces, etc.) in the education building at Catholic Charities. Volunteers are welcome to stay for dinner from 8:00 - 10:00 pm.
The Girls' Soccer Team will play for the State Championship this Saturday at 1:00 pm at Sand Springs. They will be playing Booker T. Washington. Come out and cheer on the girls as they vie for the State Championship!
Grades 9, 10, 11 On Wednesday, May 16 at 2:15 pm, the Scholastic Awards Ceremony will be held in our PAC for grades 9, 10 and 11. Parents are welcome to attend; there will be seats available toward the back of the theatre, and the balcony will also be open.
Middle School The Middle School will be dismissed for the day at 2:11 pm on Wednesday, May 16.
Seniors On Wednesday, May 16, the seniors will be dismissed about 1:50 pm, after their College T-Shirt picture is taken.
NetClassroom access for students and parents will be turned off on Friday, May 18. Teachers will turn in their final grades on Tuesday, May 29. NetClassroom access will be turned on again on Wednesday, May 30. Grades will be checked, GPA calculations made, and report cards will be ready for publishing to NetClassroom on or before Friday, June 1.
You can recycle and repurpose your school uniforms by delivering them to the front desk of the Upper School. The school will consign them at local uniform shops for store credit to pass on to students in need.
Now is the perfect time to let your favorite teacher(s) know how much you appreciate them. Make a gift to the annual fund in their honor and the Advancement Office will let them know of your kind gesture.
Click here to make your gift online; you'll feel good about making your teacher's day AND about helping raise the last $15,000 we need to reach our annual fund financial goal.
Congratulations on your Seniors, and my prayers for each of you as this busy season is moving ever faster to graduation! There are a couple of important reminders for Baccalaureate that I want to share:
There will be a meeting this Thursday, May 10, for all girls playing basketball next year. The meeting will take place in the Dining Hall at 3:15 pm. All current 8th-11th grade girls should be in attendance if they plan to play the 2018-2019 season.
All incoming freshmen and new students may begin volunteering in any of the four categories of the Caritas Connection (Partners, Cascia Hall, Faith, and Greater Tulsa Community) as soon as the 2017-2018 academic year is completed.
All past due student accounts must be paid in full before semester exams begin in order for your student to take semester exams. If your student is sitting for Advance Placement (AP) exams that begin on May 7, the student will not be admitted to any AP exams if any past due amounts are still owed.
If you have any questions regarding your student's account, please call the Business Office at 746-2608 or 746-2606 from 7:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Cascia PAC Free and open to the public.
The Upper School Spring Choral Concert is just around the corner. Come, enjoy an evening filled with fun and energetic music as 135 students perform. Music will include favorites like Jersey Boys, Wade in the Water, Africa, new music that’s sure to please, and the Cascia tradition--The Music Never Ends. We hope to see you there!
We are looking forward to celebrating your students tomorrow, May 2! Please remember, students must arrive by 5:15 pm (in front of PAC) for pictures. The reception begins at 6:00 pm with ceremony to follow.
Kristin Bryant & Juli Kennedy 8th Grade Recognition Co-Chairs
There will be a sign-up and parent meeting for all incoming freshman boys who are interested in playing baseball for the 2019 season. This will take place on Monday, May 14 in the Dining Hall at 5:30 pm. There will be information about both summer baseball and next season. All interested boys need to attend with a parent.
All students new to the school and all Middle School students must have a physical examination by their personal physicians after May 1 and before fall sports practice begins or August 1 (whichever comes first). All returning students who will be participating in an OSSAA sport or activity must also be examined by a personal physician annually. Please take the attached form with you to your doctor's appointment. This form is also available on the CH website Athletics page and Resource Board.
PARENTS: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW OUR CLASS ON FACEBOOK, REQUEST TO JOIN THE CASCIA HALL CLASS OF 2024 GROUP.
ALSO, IT'S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT COTILLION FOR OUR SOON TO BE 7TH GRADERS. OUR FIRST OF FIVE CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT JUNIOR LEAGUE OF TULSA ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH AT 2:30 PM. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN RECEIVING INFO ONCE THE DETAILS ARE FINALIZED PLEASE EMAIL INDIACARTER@ME.COM OR JILLSGARCIA@ME.COM.
Tulsa Botanical Gardens DIG (Day in the Garden) is Saturday, May 12 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Volunteers (students, parents, faculty/staff) are needed to work with set-up and clean-up, and to help with kids activities and crafts. Three crafts are planned so far (seed bombs, flowers crowns, and decorating pots to be planted with herbs). Three volunteers are needed for each station.
Varsity Cheer tryouts will take place on May 8 and May 10 in the Middle School Gym. Tuesday, May 8th will be the pre-tryout clinic which will last from 3:30-5:00 pm. Thursday, May 10 will be the actual tryout date, and the ending time will depend on the number of girls trying out. Please contact Coach Michelle McCoy at MichelleMcCoy87@yahoo.com with any questions.
Middle School official fall sports sign-ups are currently open for the 2018-2019 school year. Please fill out the form for your son/daughter by May 11. All students who plan on playing a fall sport must sign up through this link. There will not be a sign up for fall sports at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Students are only allowed to participate in one sport per season. Winter and spring sports sign-ups will be at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Please email Jenny Pearson if you have any questions.
Join the Cascia Hall Class of 2024 for swimming and snow cones on Wednesday, May 23, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Southern Hills Country Club. All you need is your swimsuit. Kindly RSVP by May 18 to email@example.com.
AP Exam pre-administration sessions will be held in Room 2 on the dates listed below. ALL students taking an AP exam must attend one of the sessions (unless they attended a previous session) to complete their identification information on the AP answer sheet ahead of time. This will save VALUABLE time on exam day. (Only 24 can attend a session, so first come, first served.) This will take 30 to 35 minutes.
Wednesday, May 2 at 3:00 pm for all grades
Thursday, May 3 at 7:15 am for all grades
Thursday, May 3 at 8:00 am for seniors - this is the last one offered
All current 6th grade girls interested in playing 7th grade volleyball next year will need to attend the mandatory volleyball tryout/evaluation on Tuesday, April 24 from 4:15 - 5:15pm in the Middle School gym. All current 6th grade girls who plan on playing volleyball next year must attend in order to be placed on a team.
Jason Norwood, our freelance photographer, has been capturing images of Cascia students (for our yearbook) at some of our concerts, musicals, and sporting events. If you are hoping to keep any of these lasting memories for yourself, please view his work here: https://jasonnorwood.smugmug.com/CASCIA-HALL
A service opportunity is available for up to four students for the evening of May 2nd to assist in hosting the 8th grade Recognition Ceremony
Hours: 4:30-7:30 Location: PAC lobby Includes set-up of tables, break down of tables, passing out programs, holding doors, and directing parents as requested. Full uniform required. Call or text event co-chair Juli Kennedy with any questions, 408-204-4023.
Follow this link to see all of the online auction items and start your bidding The online auction will be open until Tuesday 4/24 at noon. The live event - The Soul of Cascia - is this Saturday, 4/21. See our auction homepage for event details!
This Saturday (4/14) all Cascia Hall LaCrosse teams will be playing at Siegfried Stadium. It's the only time this season this will happen, and we would really appreciate your attendance in support!! Students are always free!
Don’t miss out on your chance to win a stunning pair of Penny Preville diamond earrings from Bruce G. Weber with an approximate value of $2,500. Only 300 raffle tickets will be sold for $50 each. Raffle tickets will be sold online until Friday, April 20 at 11:59 pm. Go to the auction homepage for tickets. The drawing will take place at Celebrate Cascia (need not be present to win).
From deep beneath the sea to the castle of Prince Eric, the sounds of Alan Menken’s beloved score come wafting over the sea breeze to delight audience members of all ages! Witness the timeless story of the power of love and family! Full of your favorite songs, and many new ones, this show is sure to make you...part of their world.
Good news to those that forgot to order or saw some beautiful flowers they wish they had ordered! We are placing a second order on April 27 to be delivered May 2, just in time for Mother’s Day or end of the year teacher’s gifts. If you are interested, just email your information and what you want to order to CH2019flowers@yahoo.com. See order form for ideas, but you can also place special orders for items not listed on the form.
The 8th Grade trip to Silver Dollar City is just one month away - Friday, May 4th! This is guaranteed to be a memorable event and a great way to celebrate the end of middle school. All participants must be in the Cascia Hall middle school parking lot no later than 5:45 am. Buses will depart promptly at 6:00 am and return at 11:30pm.
The Community Food Bank has requested the following items. Their shelves are being rapidly depleted as they provide breakfast and lunch for students who usually receive them at their schools. The collection boxes will be in the upper level of the dining hall. If we fill at least two boxes by Thursday, we will have spirit dress on Friday.
- Protein: canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, canned/bagged beans - Fruit: canned fruit, applesauce (six-packs are great), packages of raisins or snack bags - Cereal: small packages of cereal (eight-packs) - Shelf stable meals: mac-n-cheese, ravioli, etc.
Our phone system is currently not working. Should you need to reach one of the offices on campus, please e-mail directly. If reporting absences for Middle School, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and for Upper School email@example.com
We apologize for the inconvenience. Hopefully, the system will be repaired soon.
The Cascia Hall Science Research Team, led by Mrs. Sally Fenska, earned many first place and special awards at the State Science and Engineering Fair last Thursday and Friday in Ada. At Regional competition in February, the team earned the Regional First Place Team Sweepstakes Award, and all projects advanced to State competition. Here are the results from the State fair.
Deacon Michael Loeffler, who is currently serving as Assistant Principal and Dean of Students, will be joining the Campus Ministry Team. Social Studies Teacher, Jared St. John, will become Dean of Students. Danny Hightower will move from coaching Varsity Girls' Basketball to coaching Varsity Boys' Basketball.
Chandler Park is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. They need help clearing the hiking trails and picking up trash around the park. Contact Frances Dodson via text at 918-813-4411 if interested.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Eugene Field Block Party on April 14 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Help would be appreciated for any amount of time. Please E-mail Pam Smith to register.
If you ordered plants from the Junior Class Fundraiser last month, your order will be ready for pickup on Thursday, April 12 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm in the gravel parking lot just inside the Utica entrance. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teens on Board Tulsa (TOBT) is a Cohort of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). Its goal is to diversify nonprofits by giving teens the opportunity to serve in a leadership position as an advisor to the board of directors. TOBT is in the process of creating new Youth Advisory Boards and would love to have students from Cascia. More information and applications (due April 14) are available at www.teensonboard.org. Questions: E-mail email@example.com
The Class of 2023 cordially invites you to the Eighth Grade Recognition. Please join us in the Scianna Performing Arts Center at six o'clock in the evening, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. There will be a Reception with Program to follow. Students should all plan to look sharp and arrive by 5:15 PM for pictures. Family and friends are welcome to attend both the reception and program. Formal invitations will be coming in the mail. Please contact Kristin Bryant 918-995-1336 with questions.
Looking forward to celebrating your students, Kristin Bryant & Juli Kennedy 8th Grade Recognition Co-Chairs
Applications are now open for the 2018 session of Anytown Leadership Institute, an award-winning human relations training program for incoming high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors across the state. Anytown 2018 is July 15 - 21 at OSU in Stillwater. Follow this link for more information and to apply.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 4) is the last day for buying prom tickets. Students should bring their $65 (per person) payment in cash or check (payable to Cascia Hall) to Mrs. Coleman by the end of the school day.
Remember that ALL service hours (30 Caritas Partners, 10 CH, 10 Faith and 10 Greater Tulsa Community) plus the Rose Paper are due by April 30, 2018. Completion of the service hours and Rose Paper is a graduation requirement. Questions: Contact Mrs. Bonnie Leighty.
There will be a mandatory parent meeting for all parents of current 6th and 7th grade girls who plan to play volleyball next season. The meeting will be held in the lower level of the Dining Hall at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 12.
Hope’s Crossing Camp needs 50 VOLUNTEER COUNSELORS for ONE WEEK this summer, June 4-8. Each volunteer will receive 50 SERVICE HOURS. All campers have a disability from cerebral palsy or cancer to Down syndrome and range in age from 9-16. We match each camper with their own counselor. Activities for the week include zip line, swimming, diving, archery, canoeing, fishing with Dick Faurot, arts and crafts, basketball, soccer and games. Applications are online at www.hopescrossingcamp.org.
Any current sophomores and juniors who are interested in being a part of next January's trip to Greece should be aware that the early enrollment deadline for the trip is this Thursday, March 29th. There are two spots still available for this fantastic trip to a modern land with so many ancient sites!
For all Middle School girls interested in cheer, there will be an official sign-up and player/parent meeting on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:00 pm in the Dining Hall. At this meeting, there will be schedules, uniform fittings, etc. Any girl that plans to participate will be required to attend this meeting! If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coach Brian Rahilly has resigned as Head Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach. Coach Rahilly notified his team today. He has been our varsity boys’ coach for over 20 years. He has recorded well over 300 wins and taken 7 teams to the state tournament. He brought home Cascia’s only OSSAA boys’ basketball state championship title in 2009. We thank Coach Rahilly for his dedication to our basketball program and the countless number of players’ lives he has touched over the years. Coach Rahilly will remain at Cascia teaching and coaching boys’ golf.
The Cascia Theatre Department has so many props from its many wonderful productions that they have no place to store them. In order to save them for future performances, more storage space is needed. Some of the props are 18 feet tall and 8 feet wide. As well as storing, the department would also like space to repurpose the many different pieces for future productions. If you own a warehouse or building and have space available, please contact the Office of Advancement at email@example.com or 918.746.2614.
Thank you to each of you who has given to the Cascia Hall Alumni Association this year.
Your gifts enable us to hold such events as Homecoming, Trivia Night, Easter Egg Hunt and Senior Breakfast. Plus, each year, we try to add $30,000 to the school's tuition assistance fund. We are so excited to let you know we are only $10,000 away from reaching our goal for this year. That means if just 100 more alumni make a gift of $100, we will be successful.
Eighth grade students will wear a class t-shirt on their class trip to Branson on May 4. Students do not owe any money for the shirt, but chaperones will need to pay $15 if they order one (checks made out to CPFA). Please click on the following link to indicate your child’s size. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Congratulations to these annual fund donors and winners of Polo Grill gift certificates: Middle School - Jennifer and Jason Cook and Upper School - Christine and Steve Kunzweiler.
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the annual fund matching gift challenge last month. The original $15,000 matching gift generated $34,975 in additional gifts from 58 donors! The total amount raised for the annual fund is now $348,716 or 92% of our $380,000 goal.
Go within yourself, leave the noise and the confusion behind. Look inside yourself and see if you can that hidden corner of the soul, where free of noises and arguments, you don’t need to begin disputes or brood on mule-headed quarrels. Be gentle in hearing the word, in order to understand. Listen to the voice of truth in reflection and in silence so that you are able to understand it. (Sermon 52, 19, 22).
The Class of 2023 is excited to announce the upcoming reception and ceremony honoring the Eighth Grade Class. Please mark your calendars and let your friends and family know they are welcome to attend the event at six in the evening, May 2, 2018. Keep in mind your students will be required to come earlier for photos. For questions, please contact Kristin Bryant 918-995-1336
Please remember to turn in your students' signed FERPA consent. Without this signed authorization, the college counseling office is unable to send transcripts, and letters of recommendation on the student's behalf.
Come, listen as 150 Upper School chorus students sing great works of American choral literature on Wednesday, March 7. The hour-long concert will begin at 7:00 pm in the Cascia PAC and is free and open to the public. Including great works by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, John McCutcheon, George Gershwin, Wynton Marsalis, and others, this concert will feature all American works as well as a premiere of a choral arrangement. Don’t miss this beautiful evening of music!
The school presents legacy plaques at graduation. If your senior has a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent who graduated from Cascia Hall, please contact Jane Easley in the Advancement Office, 918-746-2641. We want to make sure all legacies are included.
Take advantage of this great opportunity to DOUBLE the impact of your annual fund gift!
A generous, anonymous Cascia family has issued a challenge to the entire Cascia community. They will match dollar-for-dollar every annual fund gift made from February 7 through February 28, 2018 up to $15,000.
The Polo Grill will DOUBLE the love by providing dinner for two for one Middle School parent and one Upper School parent making an annual fund gift by February 28. Thank you to those who have already made a gift; your name will automatically be entered in the contest.
Performances are March 9 and 10 at 7:00 pm in the Scianna PAC.
The Circle of Life will draw you in as our Middle School presents this ever popular musical which takes place in the wilds of Africa! Come, see some of your favorite Disney characters come to life on the Cascia stage! The story you enjoy, the songs you love...don’t miss this amazing show! Our cast and crew are having a great time telling this story and they want to share it with you!
Due to unforeseen circumstances (student illness at the CAP schools), the CAP service day scheduled for Friday morning (March 2) had to be cancelled. The Middle School students had been scheduled for a noon dismissal on Friday to accommodate parent/teacher conferences. There will be no school for those students who were planning to attend the service day.
Auditions for the 2018-2019 Command Performance, Cascia’s select vocal ensemble, are going to be held on March 1-2 after school in the Upper School chorus room. Those selected will become members for the entire 2018-2019 school year and will be committed to taking ensemble as one of their elective courses. All eligible individuals interested in joining are encouraged to audition.To be eligible to audition, students must:
Congratulations to seniors Avery Videll (middle) and Minna Apostolova (right) who advanced to finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Erika Ravitch (left) is a Commended student. Follow this link to the Tulsa World for the full list of area finalists.
Mark your calendars for March 14 at noon in the Brecht Center. School representatives will be there to give us updates on the school (Mr. Gammill), Caritas Hours and Rose Paper (Bonnie Leighty), prom (Debbie Coleman), Jr Class flower sale (Kathy Raschen), Celebrate Cascia (Cindy Marshall), Baccalaureate Dinner (Tammy Torkleson), and the Annual Fund. A light lunch will be provided.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on March 1 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm and on March 2 from 7:30 - 11:30 am. We will continue using the online scheduling system; click here to go to the conference scheduling site. There you will be able to choose the teachers you want to see and the times that are convenient for you. However, if a teacher’s name is not listed or the times are blocked as unavailable, that means he or she has scheduling conflicts, so please email that teacher directly to schedule an appointment. You are not required to meet with every teacher; see who you would like when you like, appointments times are 15 minutes each. The deadline to sign up for a conference is Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact the office, 918-746-2616.
The annual junior class fundraiser is underway. Cascia Hall Class of 2019 is selling high-quality plants from Sedan Floral to fund senior year activities, including its gift to Cascia Hall. Download an order form below, pick up one from the US reception desk, contact your favorite Cascia Hall 11th grader or place your order online.
Performances will be March 9 and 10 at 7 pm in the Scianna PAC on the Cascia Hall Campus.
The Circle of Life will draw you in as our Middle School presents this ever popular musical which takes place in the wilds of Africa! Come, see some of your favorite Disney characters come to life on the Cascia stage! The story you enjoy, the songs you love...don't miss this amazing show!
On-line tuition payment is now available at the “Pay Tuition Statement” icon at myCASCIA. It is now possible to pay by credit card or eCheck (ACH payment). Payment instructions are on the site.
You may check your tuition statement balance on-line by using the Net Classroom credentials of the Payer (generally the person to whom the statement is addressed) at Net Classroom under the Billing tab. You will have to click where it says to do so in order to see the statement.
Thanks to all who participated and turned in Box Tops last fall; Cascia received a check for $148.60. Box Tops time is here again! Please bring all Box Tops to the MS office or Upper School reception desk by the end of the school day on Monday, February 26. Many thanks for your continued support of Cascia! If you have any questions, call Janie Quint at 918-747-1528 (home) or 918-740-5045 (cell).
Please come out this weekend and support The Penguin Project® production of Aladdin Kids, hosted by Cascia Hall.
Performances are at Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center on Friday, 2/16 and Saturday, 2/17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2/18 at 2:00 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are available at www.clarkyouththeatre.com, or by calling the Box Office at 918-745-5065, or at the door: $13 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, or military.
The recipient of the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award,The Penguin Project® provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to develop creative skills related to the theatre arts. The Penguin Project® was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
The Class of 2022 is collecting 4 photos of every 8th grade student to compile a class video for the 8th Grade Recognition Reception. The photo turn-in deadline is March 1, 2018. Please see specific instructions below for photos:
ONE individual photo of kindergarten or younger age ONE individual photo of eighth grade Any TWO photos during middle school years (can be family or school memories)
Once your photos are uploaded, click Edit and Tag picture. Add Student Name and Age in the description box. Click this link to submit your student's photos to the private Shutterfly page. You will need to log in or create a free account to submit photos. NO swimsuit photos will be accepted. If you have trouble uploading photos, please text Kristin Bryant 918-995-1336.
Thanks for your photos, Kristin Bryant and Juli Kennedy 8th Recognition Co-Chairs
Unfortunately, many Upper School students are late for school on Tuesday mornings. Please remember that school begins at 8:50 a.m. in the first-hour classrooms on the late arrival schedule. Students must be in their seats and prepared for class by that time.
The Commando Store is having a Spring Cleaning Sale with 50% off select merchandise. The sale ends when the merchandise is gone, but hurry, because it is going fast. Faculty and staff can take an extra 10% off!
The Class of 2022 is collecting 4 photos of every 8th grade student to compile a class video for the 8th Grade Recognition Reception. Photo turn-in deadline is March 1, 2018. Please see specific instructions below for photos:
ONE individual photo of kindergarten or younger age
ONE individual photo of eighth grade
Any TWO photos during middle school years (can be family or school memories)
Once your photos are uploaded, click Edit and Tag picture. Add Student Name and Age in the description box. Click the link below to submit your student's photos to the private Shutterfly page. You will need to log in or create a free account to submit photos. NO swimsuit photos will be accepted. https://cascia8thgraderecognition2018.shutterfly.com/ If you have trouble uploading photos, please text Amanda Bacher 713-294-0019.
The World Language Department is sponsoring a Travel Size Toiletries Drive during World Language Week (February 12 - 16). All items will be donated to the homeless. There will be a collection box in the Upper School foyer reception area.
You have an opportunity to show your love for Cascia and DOUBLE the impact of your annual fund gift!
A generous, anonymous Cascia family has issued a challenge to the entire Cascia community. They will match dollar-for-dollar every annual fund gift made from February 7 through February 28, 2018 up to $15,000.
The Polo Grill will DOUBLE the love by providing dinner for two for one Middle School parent and one Upper School parent making an annual fund gift by February 28. Thank you to those who have already made a gift; your name will automatically be entered in the contest.
Middle School Cheer is coming to Cascia! Varsity Cheer Coach Aly Villareal will be holding an informal, informational meeting for any student and parent interested in participating in Middle School Cheer for the 2018-2019 school year. The meeting will take place in the Dining Hall on Tuesday, February 13 at 6:00 pm. At this meeting, information will be given regarding cost, practices, and sideline participation. This will also be an opportunity for Coach Villareal to see the number of students interested in cheer!
Please join us in honoring our Middle School Basketball teams TONIGHT at halftime of the varsity games against Regent. The MS girls’ teams will be presented during halftime of the girls' varsity game, and the boys’ teams will be presented at halftime of the varsity boys' game.
The Upper School dance will be in the Student Center (upper level of dining hall) from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (no admittance after 7:30). The cost will be $10 per person at the door, and the theme will be Western Wear.
Senior Night is this Thursday, February 8. Join us in honoring our five senior basketball players who will be presented between the Varsity Girls' and Boys' games against Rejoice Christian. It is also Chick-fil-A Night! Beginning at 6 pm, the first 100 people who come to the game will receive a free sandwich. Hope to see you there!! Go Commandos!
Parents of current juniors and sophomores who would like to participate in next year’s international study tour to Greece during Minimester, must attend one of two informational meetings before their student will be allowed to enroll.
Those eighth grade students who are currently eligible for induction into the Driscoll Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society have received a written application form which must be completed and turned in by Wednesday, February 14. Meeting this deadline is a requirement to be considered for induction. The Chapel ceremony is scheduled for April.
Applications for the Girl's Kairos #103 (February 22-25) are available in the Triangle. All applications and deposits are due back to Mrs. Leighty by Friday, February 2. Space is limited, so pick up an application TODAY!
At Reading Partners we value bringing the community into our reading centers, which is why we are inviting volunteers, teachers, families, and communities to Reading Partners Open Houses this month, to celebrate our students' progress. We have enjoyed engaging with everyone this past week at several of our reading centers and look forward to hosting more Open Houses next week. We would love to see you there! If you are a volunteer, ask your site coordinator for more details. If you are not a volunteer but would like to attend an Open House, email usat volunteerTUL@readingpartners.orgfor more information.
Applications will soon be accepted for the Saint Francis Health System Student Volunteer Program. This program, open to those aged 14 – 17 years old, begins June 11 and concludes August 10, 2018. Volunteer opportunities are available at Saint Francis Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis. For questions, please contact the Saint Francis Volunteer Office at (918)494.1150 or email email@example.com.
If you would like your child to participate in this year's National French Contest, please contact Ms. Grounds at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 7. The exam will be scheduled for sometime the week before spring break. Merci!
The Celebrate Cascia committee is hard at work trying to offer wonderful items for our online auction as well as the ever-exciting live auction. If you have any items that you would like to offer for one of these auctions, we would love to hear from you! Items to consider are merchandise or gift certificates from local businesses, concert, services, or event tickets, or even vacation homes or trip connections. Please contact Debbie Coleman or Cindy Marshall with any ideas. Remember, the proceeds from this CPFA event are critical to supporting the STEM program, facility upgrades, and need-based tuition assistance at Cascia Hall. Plan to Come Downtown for Motown on April 21 for "The Soul of Cascia" at the Cains!
The Driscoll Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society at Cascia Hall Middle School was established in 1986 to recognize those students who embody the qualities of good character, scholarship, service, citizenship, and leadership as defined by the national organization.
The Upper School Photography class is seeking donations of DSLR cameras that are used but in good condition. These cameras need to have the ability to use interchangeable lenses, not the simple "point and shoot" type cameras. If you have a camera you'd like to donate, please contact the Photography teacher, Ms. Rebekah Peddy.
There will be a 7th Grade Social at Skyzone on February 3rd from 8:00 -10:00 pm. It will be a glow jump, so please wear a white shirt or bring $5 to purchase a Skyzone glow shirt. Bring Skyzone socks if you have them! Parents: Please go online to complete a waiver at www.Skyzone.com/Tulsa or your child will not be able to participate. You also can complete one (for your child only) at drop-off before the social.
Are you a dentist with a used autoclave, or do you work in a company with a bio-chem lab and have a plate reader in working condition that you would consider donating? If so, please contact the Advancement Office at 918.746.2614 or email@example.com
On February 1, all Caritas Project hours will be updated and posted outside Room 30 and across from Fr. Stephen's office. Juniors, remember your Rose Paper is due, along with all of your service hours, by April 30. The rubric for the Rose Paper is on the website under Student Experience--Faith & Service, at Mrs. Heatherman's desk, and in the Triangle.
Middle School Lacrosse registrations will close on Wednesday, January 24 in order for us to comply with the INLC and declare our number of teams for the season. So, if you want to register and have not yet, please do so today or tomorrow at:
Dear Parents: If you would like to submit images for the Cascia’s 2017-18 Towers Yearbook, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our editors love any group photos of sport teams, clubs, class gatherings, events, etc. An app called “Replay It” can also be used on smart phones and computers to upload images directly to our yearbook editors.
Catholic Charities is looking for a group of teens to help with clean-up from 11:00 pm - 12:30 am on February 10 after Cooking up Compassion. Please contact Kelly Cassidy at Kcassidy@cctulsa.org or 918-508-7125.
The Middle School students will spend the morning at their CAP schools providing community service. Students should be in their classrooms on time, before 8:00 am. The dress code is Relaxed Dress. Students will have lunch at 12:30. Parent volunteers are not needed. Thank you.
Students may wear Spirit Dress on Thursday, February 1 for a donation of socks for the John 3:16 Mission. Long socks are especially needed during the cold weather season, and donations must be new and in their original package. Students: Please bring your donation to your first hour class on Thursday, February 1.
The link is up for track gear this season! Every runner needs uniform shorts. The boys' uniform shorts for track are the same as last season's shorts. If you ran cross country or track last season, you don't need to buy new uniform shorts. The girls' uniform shorts for track are different from last season's track uniform. Unless you ran cross country in Fall 2017, you will need to buy new uniform shorts. All other items on the site are optional, but be sure to check them out. They outfit us well at Tulsa Runner, and the cold weather gear is especially worth it at practice and the first few meets when it's still chilly. Follow this link. The password is CASCIA.
Congratulations to 8th grader Aiden Robinson who won the Middle School Geography Bee on Wednesday. Participants were l to r: Ciska Prough, Hudson Darby, Wyatt Griffin, Aiden Robinson, Flynn Sage, Gabe Brown, Hunter Stockton, and Brooks Blakemore.
Due to cold weather, the plan for the Oklahoma History field trip to Tahlequah tomorrow (January 17) has been changed. The students will meet in the PAC at 8:00 to watch a video and then go to lunch. They will then take a guided tour around Tulsa. Students will still be in spirit dress and will need to bring money for lunch.
On Wednesday, January 17, the 9th grade will meet in the PAC at 8:00 am. The class will travel to Tahlequah to visit the Cherokee Heritage Center. Students should bring money for lunch. The dress for the day is spirit dress. Since we will be outside on this tour, students are advised to wear a warm jacket (gloves and a hats are also suggested). The students should arrive back to campus by 3:00 pm.
Do you need "faith community" service hours? Then plan to attend the 2018 Teen Trialogue on Wednesday evenings in January. Dinner is served at 6:30 pm, and the program is finished at 8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to dialogue with other teens about your own faith tradition while simultaneously making new friends. Notice that the program location changes each week. Contact Mrs. McMahon or Mrs. Sims to make reservations or for help with transportation.
Most of the spring semester will consist of an exciting new program from Ascension Press called YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body. This program is based on St. John Paul II’s landmark teachings that have been compiled under the title “Theology of the Body” and which offer a very positive message of the gift of sexuality as a good and essential part of love and life. We hope that this program will provide your children with the knowledge and understanding they need concerning the meaning and purpose of sexuality as an inherent part of their humanity.
Local psychologist, Dr. Mark Sadler, will be talking with parents on Thursday, February 1 at 7 pm in the Scianna Performing Arts Center at Cascia Hall. Please come and learn about Stress vs. Anxiety in students. Dr. Sadler spoke to the Cascia staff at the beginning of the school year; he was so well liked that he was invited back to share this information with parents. He will present information on how anxiety tends to be manifested in school and the causes of stress and anxiety. The presentation will cover anxiety in all ages, but will focus more on middle and high school aged students. This event is free and open to the public. Follow this link for more information on Dr. Sadler.
All freshman students received their PreACT test booklet, score sheet, and a guide to understanding the PreACT results last week. Please ask your student for this information. Contact Debbie Coleman with any questions regarding the PreACT. Thank you.
Upper and Middle School track started on Thursday January 4th. All US/MS students wanting to join the track team and who are NOT in a winter sport should be on the track as soon as school is dismissed. Regular practices will be Monday-Friday from 3-5pm.
The Hoops 4 Hope basketball tournament benefitting Catholic Charities is this weekend. Cascia Hall has been asked to donate as a school for this event. There is a collection bin in the US Lobby for the following items:
Canned and other non-perishable food items: vegetables, soup, ravioli, tuna, beans, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, etc.
Household items: Blankets, pillows, sheets, towels, pots and pans, etc.
Donations will be taken to BK on Friday. Thank you!
10th Grade Students - Here are the instructions for the students to register themselves for their service day (each Wednesday of minimester). Each participant must register themselves so that we have the correct contact information for each volunteer. Thank you for forwarding to all students that are participating!