August 3, 2022
Welcome Knights! For those new to Pope Prep, Knight Notes is our weekly communication announcing any upcoming events or important information you need to know. Please read through the announcements and contact the individual listed for more information. Thank you!
MORNING AND AFTERNOON CAMPUS ENTRY Parents and student drivers will ENTER using the main campus drive. A Hendersonville Traffic Officer will be present to direct traffic at the main entrance in the morning, and staff will be present in multiple locations to direct traffic on campus. Parents will EXIT using Linden Drive. For details about campus drop-off and pick-up procedures, please visit our website. Please call 615-822-2375 and speak to our receptionist if you have questions.
iPad Portable Charger (optional) If students find that they need to charge their iPad during the school day, it is recommended they bring a portable charger. There are many options to choose from on Amazon or in retail stores; just make sure the power adapter will work with their iPad. As a reminder, all students are expected to come to school with a fully charged iPad daily.
Class Schedules AVAILABLE NOW Student class schedules are now available in Veracross on both the student and parent portals. INSTRUCTIONS: Parents, click Classes & Reports under the student's name and then Current Class Schedule in blue under Schedule. Students, click the View Current Schedule banner at the top of the screen. Contact Karen Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
New Weekly Schedule The weekly schedule has changed to include more frequent Advisory, House meetings, Tutorials, Activity periods, separate Mass for high school and middle school, and adjusted lunch periods. To accommodate the changes, we have developed a Blue Week and Gold Week rotation. You can see a sample HERE. The new schedule will be shared in more detail in person next week. Please note that every Monday is a late start, with the first class period beginning at 8:25 a.m.
Song Writer's Night, 8/6 A Knight of Song Under the Stars ~ presented by the Pope Prep Fine Arts Booster (FAB), is slated for the evening of August 6, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Event details and ticket information is available here. While this is a 21+ event held on campus in the Courtyard, food trucks will be on-site from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are open to all for cash/card purchases. Performances run from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., and beer and wine will be made available for purchase. So grab your friends, bring your lawn chairs, find your spot, then sit back, relax, and enjoy a night of singer/songwriters sharing their best works and favorite tunes (Billy Dawson, Kim McLean, Hunter Rae, and Greg Barnhill). Contact email@example.com with questions.
Celebration 2022 NEW DATE, 10/22 Pope Prep invites you to our Celebration 2022 event on Saturday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. Mark your calendars to join us for dinner, drinks, music, live auction, casino games, mini golf, fellowship, and fun as we celebrate our amazing Pope Prep community! This is a 21+ event. Ticket sales are coming soon. Contact Michelle Barber (firstname.lastname@example.org) for sponsorship information.
Armory Update The Armory has received new items and replenished some old favorites, so be sure to check out the Armory online store and keep your eyes open to the items that have been marked down as FINAL SALE. Polos should be back in stock the week of August 8. Contact the Armory (email@example.com) with questions.
Pope Prep App The Athletics department encourages you to download the Pope Prep app to access up-to-date information on all school events, upcoming athletic events, and recent scores. Visit your app store and search for Pope Prep.
GoFan for 2022-2023 Athletics will be using GoFan for all home sporting events. Single game tickets, as well as the All Sports Pass, can be purchased through GoFan. ATTENTION STUDENTS - this includes you too! GoFan has created an All Sports Pass for the students using their student ID number. Students will be admitted FREE using their GoFan Pass. Visit https://gofan.co/app/events/622612?schoolId=TN71312 to log in or create an account at https://gofan.co/sign-up. Contact John Dempsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Live Streaming Athletics Pope offers live streaming for all athletic contests in our stadium and Main Gym. Please visit NFHSnetwork.com for information on various packages.
Hockey Parent Meeting, 8/8 Coach Clark will hold a parent meeting in the Dining Hall on 8/8 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Coach Clark (email@example.com) with questions.
MS Tennis Parent Meeting, 8/10 Coach Castro will hold a parent meeting in the Dining Hall on 8/10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Coach Castro (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
MS Girls Basketball Student Info Mtg, 8/16 Coach Smelcer will hold an information meeting for middle school girls interested in playing basketball for Pope on 8/16 in room C003 during the middle school activity period at 10:45 a.m. Contact Coach Smelcer (email@example.com) with questions.
MS Girls Open Gym, 9/20 Coach Smelcer will hold Open Gym on Tuesday, 9/20, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Main Gym. Open Gym is for any middle school girls interested in trying out for MS Girls Basketball. Contact Coach Smelcer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
MS Girls Basketball Tryouts, 9/26 & 9/29 Coach Smelcer will hold tryouts for 6th-grade girls on Monday, 9/26, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Main Gym. Tryouts for 7th and 8th-grade girls will be on Thursday, 9/29, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Main Gym. Contact Coach Smelcer (email@example.com) with questions.
2022-2023 Semester Calendar Significant dates for the 2022-2023 academic year are available here.
2022-2023 School Event Calendar, Please visit the homepage of our website for upcoming events. Scroll down for School Events and further for Athletic Events. For a monthly view, visit our calendar page. Please note that we are finalizing our 2022-2023 School Event Calendar, and not all events are published after the first semester.
The Shield Magazine is now available! We hope you will take a few minutes to celebrate 2021-2022 with us by reading The Shield, Pope's annual magazine highlighting our community, including students, alumni, special events, and a gratitude report. Visit The Shield to access the magazine online.
FAMILY GUIDE The Communications Team is happy to share with you a Family Guide for all new and current families. The guide is a great resource for parents and provides quick access to a list of contacts, all sources of communications, a summer to-do list, available parent organizations, uniform guidelines, important semester dates, etc.
Pope Parent Communication - Stay Informed! We are continuously evaluating options for the best ways to keep our parents informed of current happenings at school. To stay current, get your questions answered, and for weekly/daily reminders, make sure you are following these social media resources.
Facebook Page: Official Pope John Paul II Preparatory School: https://www.facebook.com/JPIIKNIGHTS
Instagram: Official Pope John Paul II Preparatory School- https://www.instagram.com/jpiiknights/
Pope Prep App: The Pope Prep App is available in the App Store. The weekly schedule is always current and listed on the front page, and the full school calendar is listed under "School Events." Visit your app store and search for Pope Prep.
Meal Plans, due 8/19 Pedestal Foods offers three meal plans: Fall Semester for $650, Spring Semester for $625, or Annual for $1200. Payment is due in full on August 19 via check made out to Pedestal Foods. Students can drop their checks off in the dining hall or with the receptionist in the front office. For more details about meal plans and a Declining Balance Account with MySchoolBucks, please visit our webpage. *Student ID numbers are found next to the student's name in their Veracross account (i.e., Student 10203: Suzy Smith). Please contact Jeffrey Hennen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Substitute Teaching If you are interested in substituting for the 2022-2023 school year, or would like to learn more about the opportunity, contact Melissa Baxter (email@example.com). All substitute teachers must complete Safe Environment Training and have an up-to-date background check.
After School Supervision We are searching for someone to supervise students after school in the CIE Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Contact Rachel Grisard (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.
Substitute Nurse On occasion, we have a need for a substitute nurse during the school day. Contact Susan Snyder (email@example.com) at 615-423-9385 if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.
Magnus Health, due before midnight on 8/3 We are now using Magnus Health for all student medical information. ALL STUDENTS are required to complete all necessary medical forms and questions annually, regardless of athletic participation. Please visit your parent portal in Veracross and click the yellow Magnus button on the landing page. Reminder emails will continue until your profile is complete. Students should be marked as complete by midnight 8/3. Students who are incomplete beginning 8/4 will not be allowed to participate in sports or PE. Contact Susan Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
Back to School Night, 8/9 Parents are invited to our Back to School Night on 8/9, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. We invite you to join us early to shop in the Armory beginning at 5:15 p.m. and for a Reception in the Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m. Student schedules will be ready for pick up in the Commons Area or the Courtyard by the Pope statue if the weather permits beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program will start in the Main Gym at 6:00 p.m. Please contact the receptionist at 615-822-6226 if you have questions.
Admissions for 2023-2024 The Admissions Team is accepting applications for the next school year (2023-2024). The early admissions deadline is November 1, 2022. Please visit our website for information or call the Admissions Office at (615) 590-6005.
Who do I ask? Visit the Parent webpage for a quick guide on who to call with questions.
Veracross Parent Portal Veracross parent portal accounts have been launched for parents who are new to Pope Prep. Veracross is where you'll link to Magnus, view your student's schedule*, classes, assignments, grades, report cards, and more. The website to access your parent portal is portals.veracross.com/jp2. If you've previously enabled a Veracross account (during the Admissions process or with another child) your username (usually first.last name, example: john.smith) and password are the same. If you cannot remember your password, click "Can't access your account?" on the log-in page and follow the instructions there. Please note: this will only work if there is a unique email address associated with your account, i.e., parents do not share an email address within the system. For problems logging in, please contact Karen Brown (email@example.com).
School Portraits, 8/15-8/19 School portraits will be taken the week of 8/15-8/19 during English class. Only seniors who did NOT take their picture this summer will have their picture taken. Contact Jennifer Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Join Mass Choir! Students looking for a way to share their musical talent and participate in school Mass can join the Mass Choir! Meetings will be held during Tutorials (time and day to be determined). If you are interested, have questions, or want to join the Google Classroom that lists the music, contact choir director Christina Brown (email@example.com).
Uniform Reminder Retired JPII logo oxfords, polos, and outerwear is not permitted Monday through Thursday but may be worn on Spirit Dress Fridays with uniform bottoms or jeans free from holes, tears, rips, or frays.
Locker Request Students in grades 7th-12th can request a locker for the 2022-2023 school year by completing the Locker Request Form. Contact Melissa Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Parking Pass All students driving to school must have an up-to-date parking pass. Please complete the Parking Pass Form if you are registering a new driver or did not update your parking pass last year. Contact Melissa Baxter (email@example.com) with questions.
Replacement ID & Lanyard Returning students who need a new ID and or a new lanyard can purchase them electronically at ID & Lanyard. The replacement cost is $5.00 for an ID and $5.00 for a lanyard ($10.00 if you need both). Contact Melissa Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
2021-2022 Yearbooks Yearbooks have been delivered to Pope! If your student is on campus for the 2022-2023 school year, the book will be delivered to them during the school day (delivery schedule in the works). Contact Emily Parrelli (email@example.com) with questions.
Parent Volunteer Opportunities We rely on our parent volunteers to help accomplish many activities at Pope Prep. We encourage all parents to select at least one area (more if you are able) to help support us this year. You can sign up for a committee by completing this form on the website.
NCBWL Summer Series, 8/17 All women in the diocese are invited to join the Nashville Catholic Business Women's League for "Sisters with a Story to Tell," featuring guest speaker Mother Anna Grace Neenan, O.P., Prioress General, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. Please RSVP at http://www.ncbwl.org/ by 8/14.
ACE Awards Event, 9/15 The Diocese of Nashville invites you to the 7th Annual Advancement of Catholic Education (ACE) Awards Event on Thursday, 9/15. The event includes dinner and drinks from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Bishop's Hall at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville. The goal of ACE is to support schools in the diocese to make the benefits of Catholic education accessible to more students. For tickets, visit www.dioceseofnashville.com/ace.
NCBWL Pearls of Wisdom Evening for Education, 9/10 Join the Nashville Catholic Business Women's League for our first nighttime event at the beautiful Bishop's Hall at the Catholic Pastoral Center on 9/10. Perfect date night to help support Catholic Education! Tickets are $100/person or $800/table and will include appetizers, cocktails, dinner by the Clean Plate Club, and silent and live auctions. You may even attend Mass at 5:30 p.m .in the chapel. You can purchase your tickets or make a donation at www.ncbwl.org to help fund scholarships for three young women at each of the local Catholic high schools.
Junior Cotillion for Grades 5th-8th The National League of Junior Cotillion is a three-year curriculum designed to give young people instruction and practice in the courtesies that make life more pleasant for them and those around them; to give them thorough training in standard ballroom dance; and to provide opportunities to practice and enjoy these skills at memorable parties, balls, dinners, and events, complete with decorations, refreshments, favors and prizes. Junior Cotillion program places emphasis on etiquette, manners and character education as well as on dancing. The social and character education components of the program include rules of proper telephone courtesy, acknowledgments of gifts, introductions, receiving lines, participating in group settings, polite conversation, paying and receiving compliments, sports etiquette, first impressions, dress code for all occasions, manners in the home and in public places, table manners, formal place settings, styles of dining including American, Asian, and Continental, skills involved in being a guest, hostess or host, and many other areas of social behavior. Other topics covered are the ethics involved in the areas of having honor, dignity, respect, honesty, fairness, a caring attitude, accountability, and citizenship. For more information about the Junior Cotillion program offerings in Sumner County, including class availability and schedules, please contact (Kari.Knowlton@nljc.com) 615-585-9958 https://nljc.com/n/index.php/chapters/greatersumner/chapter.
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