Knight Notes Announcements

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February 1, 2023

Welcome Knights! 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!

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER TO PARENTS 

  • Enrollment Contracts are due TODAY, February 1. Please contact Mrs. Dorr (vicki.dorr@popeprep.org) with questions.

 

ACADEMICS

High School Applications/Auditions for 2023-2024 School Year Courses, 1/13-2/3 Applications and auditions are open for high school courses for the 2023-2024 school year beginning January 13 through February 3. Students should apply/audition for courses they are interested in and qualify for before February 3. Failure to apply/audition will result in ineligibility for the course. Parents, please encourage your students to check their email for instructions and apply/audition by February 3. Our curriculum guide is a great resource when selecting classes. Contact Mrs. Dye (jennifer.dye@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Changes for the 2023-2024 school year

  • Bus Route changes include consolidating routes based on ridership. Please visit our website for details. 

  • Student Lanyards We will have different color lanyards for high school students and middle school students. 

  • Uniform skirt length will change from six inches above the knee to three inches above the knee. Please keep this in mind if you plan to purchase new skirts now and wear them in 2023-2024. Uniform try-on dates are June 5 and June 19 (times TBA). 

  • Earrings will not be permitted for male students.

ADMISSIONS

Admissions for 2023-2024 The Admissions Team is accepting applications for the next school year (2023-2024). The early admissions deadline has passed, and the spring deadline is February 10, 2023. Please start the application process HERE or call the Admissions Office at (615) 590-6005 for information. *Currently enrolled Pope students do not need to re-apply for admissions. Re-enrollment contracts are due February 1 (see the post under Business Office). 

School Tours The Admissions Team is scheduling school tours. Parents must schedule their tour by completing a Request form.

Shadow Days Completing a Shadow Day is a requirement of the Admissions process. Prospective students will spend a "day in the life" of a Pope Prep student and complete the Entry Exam and Student Interview while on campus. Please visit Shadow Days to complete a registration form for your child.  Available dates and details of Shadow Days are found on the registration form. For admissions questions, contact Charles Wade (charles.wade@popeprep.org) or Pat Kennedy (pat.kennedy@popeprep.org).


ADVANCEMENT

Fund For Excellence (FFE) update Pope Prep’s “Be the Light” annual fund drive is underway, and you may have noticed the candle banner by the flagpoles as you drive on campus. The banner is updated as donations are received, and we are working hard to reach 100% participation of our Pope families. It’s not too late to participate - make your impact today! Light your family’s candle by making a donation here or sending it to the Advancement office. Your donation is tax-deductible and helps your student’s House earn points toward winning the coveted House Cup in the spring. Thank you to all the families who have contributed to date! Contact Mrs. Barber (michelle.barber@popeprep.org) with questions. 


ARMORY

Special Hours, 2/3 The Armory will be open on Friday, February 3, during the Grandparents Celebration and Chili Cook Off. Due to Wednesday's snow day, we will not have regular store hours this week . Shop online anytime! Armory Questions? Contact armory@popeprep.org


ARTS and FAB

FAB (Fine Arts Booster) partners with parents, school administration, alums, community supporters, and the fine arts faculty to promote and financially support the visual and performing arts programs at Pope Prep. FAB supports the arts programs by supplementing the non-budgeted aspects of the programs, such as improving facilities and providing wish-list items and materials for all arts programs. To register for FAB, please complete a FAB Membership Form for $30 (annually per family). Please visit the FAB webpage for more information.

Instagram Follow the Pope Prep fine arts on Instagram at popeprepfine_arts. Stay informed about events, and look at all our students' fantastic work!


ATHLETICS

KAC Chili Cook Off, 2/3 Join us in the dining hall on Friday, February 3, for the Knight Athletic Club Annual Chili Cook Off. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 per person, and extra voting tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili from high school teams, the best dessert from middle school teams, and the best-decorated table. Contact Mike Donovan (mdonovan814@gmail.com) with questions.

Varsity Football Cheer meeting, 3/7 Coach Woods will hold an information meeting for students interested in trying out for the 2023-2024 varsity football cheer team on Tuesday, March 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the dining hall. Cheer tryouts will be April 3-5 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contact Coach Woods (jessica.woods@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Baseball Brick Sale Become a part of Pope's baseball history by purchasing an engraved, customized brick to be placed on a wall down the first or third base foul lines at ServPro Field. This is a great, lasting gift for current and alum families. Purchase 4x8 bricks for $150.00 each and 8x8 bricks for $250.00 each. Start your purchase HERE, or visit Baseball Bricks for details and the ordering process. Contact Mr. Dempsey (john.dempsey@popeprep.org) for more information. 


BUSINESS OFFICE

Enrollment Contracts due 2/1 Please complete your enrollment contract by February 1. Contact Mrs. Dorr (vicki.dorr@popeprep.org) with questions.

Financial Aid Applications for 2023-2024 The application process for the 2023-2024 school year opened on November 1. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. Please visit www.factstuitionaid.com to apply and the website for details. Families are required to apply annually for financial aid. Contact Mrs. Dorr (vicki.dorr@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Pope Prep Scholar Award applications for 2023-2024 The application process for the 2023-2024 school year is open, and the deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. The Pope Prep Scholar Award is for high school students only (grades 9-12), is based on merit, and is for one year. Recipients can re-apply annually. Please visit our website for details, requirements, and possible athletic eligibility implications before completing an application. Contact Mrs. Dorr (vicki.dorr@popeprep.org) with questions. 

CALENDAR NOTES

Catholic Schools Week 1/29 - 2/3 Join us in celebrating the excellence and impact of Catholic schools!

  • Monday: Faculty & Staff Appreciation
  • Tuesday: Unsung Heros of Pope Prep and Catholic Schools
  • Wednesday: Parent Appreciation
  • Thursday: Student Appreciation
  • Friday: Grandparent Appreciation

SCHOOL CLOSED, 2/17 & 2/20 ALL offices will be CLOSED for a diocesan in-service on Friday, February 17, and Presidents' Day on Monday, February 20. Staff will not be on campus. 

LOOKING FOR AN EVENT? Check one of these calendars: 2023 Senior Spring Events, 2022-2023 Semester Calendar, 2022-2023 School Event Calendar

2023 Pope Prep Summer Camp Mark your calendars for our summer camp program on May 30-June 2, June 5-9, June 12-16, and June 19-23. More information is coming soon!

FALL BREAK 2023 Although we will not publish the 2023-2024 semester calendar for several weeks, we want families to know that our fall break for 2023 will not align with Sumner County schools. The Catholic Schools Office desires that all Catholic schools have the same fall break to accommodate families with children in Catholic elementary schools. Pope Prep's fall break will be October 9-13, 2023.

CAMPUS MINISTRY - FAITH LIFE - SERVICE

SERVICE PROJECT: Blessing Bags for the Homeless, 2/6-2/16 Here is your opportunity to be a blessing and receive House points in return! Pope Prep will accept donations to help the homeless of Middle Tennessee beginning February 6 through February 16 in partnership with All 4 Him Ministries. Items accepted include travel-size deodorant, mouthwash, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, kleenex, hand warmers, and individually wrapped snacks, i.e., granola bars, crackers, etc. Please deliver your donations beginning Monday, February 6, through Thursday, February 16, to Mrs. Tureff in C004. HOUSE POINTS will be awarded to the House that collects the most supplies. Contact Mrs. Tuerff (jayne.tuerff@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Confirmation Retreat (8th grade), 3/4 Pope Prep Catholic 8th graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to attend a diocesan retreat for Catholic middle schoolers on Saturday, March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Catholic Pastoral Center. The retreat will be dedicated to a deeper understanding of the sacrament and a rich experience of prayer and fun. Please complete the required registration form for your child and select “Pope Prep - Alleyxa Heisserer” as your Parish/Parish Contact in box one. The retreat is for Catholic students only, and Pope Prep faculty will serve as chaperones. Contact Ms. Heisserer (alleyxa.heisserer@popeprep.org) with questions.

Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation, 5/11 All Pope Prep families are invited to attend our 8th-grade Confirmation Mass on Thursday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Contact Ms. Heisserer (alleyxa.heisserer@popeprep.org) with questions.

Community Service Opportunities - EARN SERVICE HOURS!

  • Moms Plus at OLOL, 2/19-2/21, 2/25 Youth volunteers are needed to assist Moms PLUS members in setting up, organizing, and breaking down their consignment sale, Wiggles Giggles, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Parents are welcome to join their children. All volunteers will meet in St. Joseph Hall. Parents, please pick up your youth volunteers in a timely manner. Sign-ups are not required. Dates and times are Sunday, February 19, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.; Monday, February 20, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, February 21, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, February 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact ololconsignment@gmail.com for more information. 
  • Southern STARRS Volunteer and help exceptional needs students during a one-hour horseback-riding class that includes games and educational activities. Volunteers walk or jog beside the student or lead the horse. No experience is necessary, and training is provided. Help is needed Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30-8:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Download a volunteer application at www.southernstarrs.org, text 615-428-3347, or call us at 615-453-2592 (24-hour voicemail.)
  • Cottage Cove Madison has started their out-of-school program that provides free aftercare to Taylor Stratton Elementary School students from 3:00 to 5:40 p.m. on the weekdays. They are always looking for more volunteers (students 15 years and older can volunteer without parental supervision). Volunteers can help with everyday activities such as Playdough, peg boards, Legos, computers, homework help, reading, game room, and music. Complete a volunteer application, and contact Maya (maya@cottagecove.org) with questions. 
  • Momma B's Kids Lisa Brocco is looking for volunteers to help after school and on weekends for nonprofit service hours! Please text or call Lisa at 615-714-2417. Momma B's is a nonprofit organization and one of Pope Prep's approved community partners! Contact Mr. Dion (daniel.dion@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Prayer Requests The Campus Ministry Team is finding new ways to expand faith life to the community and has established an email address to collect prayer intentions from students, parents, faculty, and staff. Intentions are collectively presented at Mass in a binder, and Fr. Ohanaka offers prayers for all intentions during weekly Mass. Feel free to submit your intentions often at Prayer@PopePrep.org. Contact Mr. Strope (joshua.strope@popeprep.org) with questions. 

NURSE

Illness and Return to School Policy Please follow the guidelines in deciding when to keep your student at home: If your student has a fever > 100.0 F, diarrhea not caused by diet or medications, vomiting, or has been diagnosed with the flu, you will need to keep your student at home for 24 hours AFTER symptoms resolve and your student is fever-free. Contact Ms. Snyder (susan.snyder@popeprep.org) with questions. 

PARENT ASSOCIATION 

PAC Meeting, 2/13 Join PAC on Monday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the CIE to hear Patti Deffendal speak on "The Five Love Languages of Teenagers." Registration is requested. Contact PAC President Cherie Cline (tctj99@gmail.com) with questions.

Parent Prayer Group and Bible Study The parent association is sponsoring a new outreach initiative for parents on Friday mornings in 2023! Join Father Ohanaka as he leads prayer, reflection, and bible study from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The session starts with a 20-minute prayer service followed by a bible study with a short break in between. The study will focus on modern-day life through the lens of the Holy Family. The themes by week are 1/27 - The Goodness of Marriage/Family, 2/10 - Marriage and God, and 2/24 - Marriage and Society. There is no meeting on 2/3, but we will have Adoration, and parents are welcome to participate. There is no meeting on 2/17 since the school is closed for in-service. Parents can join the group/study as their schedule allows. Registration is required, and details for entering the school building, parking information, and weekly topics will be shared in a confirmation email. Contact PAC President Cherie Cline (tctj99@gmail.com) with questions.

PARENT REMINDERS

Inclement Weather It is winter, and we want to remind you of our notification process for school closings and delays. Pope Prep follows an independent policy regarding school closings for inclement weather. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our priority. We will do our best to make decisions as soon as possible, preferably the night before. We will notify parents and students via email, the school website, Instagram, and local news channels 2, 4, and 5. Decisions about athletic events will be updated on the Athletic Calendar on the school website and mobile app and communicated by the coach via email or text. 

Who do I ask? Visit the Parent webpage for a quick guide on who to call. 

STUDENT LIFE

Coming Home T-shirt Pick Up, 2/2 Students who ordered a Coming Home t-shirt can pick them up on Thursday, February 2, during their lunch period in the commons area. T-shirts that are not picked up during lunch will be available in the front office. Contact Coach Jacobson (jessami.jacobson@popeprep.org) with questions.

MS Semi-Formal Dance 2/10 Student Life will sponsor a middle school semi-formal dance on Friday, February 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the CIE. All students in grades 6-8 are invited to attend. See details below and contact Lynette Miller (lynette.miller@popeprep.org) or Melissa Baxter (melissa.baxter@popeprep.org) with questions. 

  • TICKETS: Students can purchase tickets during lunch on Fridays for $10 each (cash only). Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door the night of the dance. Limited refreshments will be provided.
  • DRESS CODE: The dress code is Sunday Best (nice church clothes) or semi-formal. Carefully read and follow these guidelines: Ladies: The daily school dress code applies. Skirts/dresses no more than 6” above the knee - jeans are acceptable, undergarments (bra straps, etc.) should NOT be visible, and shoulders MUST have at least a 2” covering (CANNOT be strapless). No bare midriff. Gentlemen: The daily school dress code applies. Collared shirt and (optional) tie, dress pants, khaki type pants - NO SHORTS - jeans are acceptable. No hats. **Students arriving out of the dress code will be sent home.**

2022-2023 Yearbooks Order your Yearbook today! All ordering and customization take place on Josten's website https://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/students-and-parents/about-yearbooks. Just type in Pope John Paul II Preparatory School, and the process is streamlined from there. Contact Mr. Nitsch (nick.nitsch@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Yearbook Photos We want YOU in the Yearbook! Upload your pictures for possible use in the Yearbook using the QR Code below. No password is needed! Contact Mr. Nitsch (nick.nitsch@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Yearbook photo submission QR code

TRAVEL

See Study Abroad for trips planned in 2023 and 2025. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Parent Volunteer Opportunities Parents can sign up for a committee by completing this form.

GREATER COMMUNITY

All are invited to join the Celebration of the Eucharist commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of the Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, Bishop of Nashville.

When: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2023

Where: Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. Reception for ALL to follow in Fleming Center.

RSVP:  Bishop.Eventbrite.com
 

 

 

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Pope Benedict XVI

Our community prays for the repose of the soul of Pope Benedict XVI. 

God, Who, in Thine ineffable providence, didst will that Thy servant Pope Benedict XVI should be numbered among the high priests, grant, we beseech Thee, that he, who on earth held the place of Thine only-begotten Son, may be joined forevermore to the fellowship of Thy holy pontiffs. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. ~ Roman Missal 

May Pope Benedict XVI find the fullness of life and joy as he stated in his Angelus address on November 2, 2008, "immersing yourself in the ocean of infinite love where time -- a before and after -- no longer exists. Fullness of life and joy: This is what we hope for and expect from our being with Christ."

Learn more about Pope Benedict XVI by reading his official biography released by the Vatican. (photo from Vatican News)

Apple Distinguished School Celebration

Apple Representative Brittney Rowlett officially recognized Pope Prep as an Apple Designated School for 2022-2025 at an all-school assembly on November 29, 2022, following Apple's notification to Pope Prep in October. On hand to accept the designation was the Interim Head of  School, Ms. Karen Phillips, and the Board of Trustees President, Mr. Russell Marino Jr. In celebration, Pope Prep invited the community to a Technology Showcase in its Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a space dedicated to student learning through technology's creative and collaborative power.  

Pope Prep earned Apple's distinction for its innovative implementation of a 1:1 iPad program. It allows teachers and students to engage in collaborative learning, access cutting-edge educational resources, and create original, meaningful, and professional digital products in all subject areas. Congratulations to Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Dye and the Pope Prep STEM team for their efforts that garnered this recognition, making our school part of the small group of schools worldwide named an Apple Designated School.

See details and a slide show on our Celebration webpage.

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November 30, 2022

Welcome Knights! 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!

IMPORTANT

Inclement Weather As winter approaches, we want to remind you of our notification process for school closings and delays. Pope Prep follows an independent policy regarding school closings for inclement weather. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our priority. We will do our best to make decisions as soon as possible, preferably the night before. We will notify parents and students via email, the school website, Instagram, and local news channels 2, 4, and 5. Decisions about athletic events will be updated on the Athletic Calendar on the school website and mobile app and communicated by the coach via email or text. 

ADMISSIONS

Admissions for 2023-2024 The Admissions Team is accepting applications for the next school year (2023-2024). The early admissions deadline has passed. The spring deadline is February 10, 2023. Please start the application process HERE or call the Admissions Office at (615) 590-6005 for information. *Currently enrolled Pope students do not need to re-apply for admissions; parents will receive a re-enrollment contract in December/January.

School Tours The Admissions Team is scheduling school tours. Parents must schedule their tour by completing a Request form.

Shadow Days Completing a Shadow Day is a requirement of the Admissions process. Prospective students will spend a "day in the life" of a Pope Prep student and complete the Entry Exam and Student Interview while on campus. Please visit Shadow Days to complete a registration form for your child.  Available dates and details of Shadow Days are found on the registration form. For admissions questions, contact Charles Wade (charles.wade@popeprep.org) or Pat Kennedy (pat.kennedy@popeprep.org).

ADVANCEMENT

Yesterday (11/29) was #GivingTuesday, and today (11/30) is #WishfulWednesday! If you "wish" you made a donation yesterday, now you can make one today! As you know, the FFE "Be the Light" annual fund drive is in full swing, and we are asking each family to make a donation of any size to the fund. Our goal is 100% parent participation. Light your family's candle today by clicking here. Contact Dean of Advancement Michelle Barber (michelle.barber@popeprep.org) with questions.

Year-End Charitable Donations Thank you in advance for including Pope Prep in your annual charitable gifting plans. All donations made to POPE PREP by December 31, 2022, will be posted and accounted for as eligible 2022 tax-deductible donations. The school offices are open through Tuesday, December 20. If you would like to talk about your charitable gifting plans, please contact Dean of Advancement Michelle Barber at 615-772-1331 or michelle.barber@popeprep.org. Gifts to Pope Prep may be made via the secure online giving portal by clicking here or can be sent via the U.S. Postal Service and postmarked by 12/31/22 to Pope John Paul II Preparatory School, c/o Michelle Barber, 117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

AlumKnight Gathering, 12/7 Mark your calendar for Wednesday, 12/7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the enclosed rooftop bar, Lou/na, in the Grand Hyatt Nashville featuring free valet parking, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails. Please RSVP by clicking here. Contact Dean of Advancement Michelle Barber (michelle.barber@popeprep.org) with questions.

AlumKnight Luncheon, 12/15 Join us on 12/15 between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pope Prep. Come when you can and stay as long as you'd like! Please RSVP by clicking here. Contact Dean of Advancement Michelle Barber (michelle.barber@popeprep.org) with questions.

 

ARMORY

Christmas Market, 12/3 We will host our annual Christmas Market on Saturday, 12/3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please park in the student lot and enter through the Chapel doors. The sale will be set up in front of the Armory. Don't miss this special opportunity to shop for your favorites (current and old) and purchase NEW items and brands! Happy Christmas shopping! 

Store Hours The Armory will be open Wednesday, 12/7 & 12/14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

New Items! We will give you a sneak peek on Instagram at armory_popeprep as we roll them out. 

Armory Questions? Contact armory@popeprep.org

ARTS and FAB

Christmas Instrumental Concert, 12/6 Need a little Christmas spirit? Come out and enjoy a free instrumental concert on 12/6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Contact Mark Weakley (mark.weakley@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Christmas Choral Concert, 12/8 Join our talented Pope Prep choral students for their annual Christmas concert on 12/8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. The concert is free, open to the public, and is a great way to welcome the Christmas season. Contact Mike O'Neill (mike.oneill@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Volunteer for the Fine Arts, 12/6-8, 12/13 FAB needs volunteers to assist with snacks, decorations, set up, and break down for events on 12/6-12/8 and on 12/13. Please complete the parent volunteer opportunity form if interested. Contact fab@popeprep.org with questions.

Shout Out Ads, 12/12 deadline Show your support for the cast and crew of the upcoming middle school musical on 12/13! Purchase a shout-out ad for $25 to be included in the program at Shout-Out. Ads must be purchased no later than Monday, 12/12. 

MS Musical, 12/13 Middle school theatre students will perform "Seussical "on 12/13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. All are invited. Contact Zac Campbell (zac.campbell@popeprep.org) with questions. 

FAB Meeting, 12/14 The meeting will be in the choral room at 7:00 p.m. Contact FAB President Chris Szalaj (cszalaj@gmail.com) for more information.

FAB (Fine Arts Booster) partners with parents, school administration, alums, community supporters, and the fine arts faculty to promote and financially support the visual and performing arts programs at Pope Prep. FAB supports the arts programs by supplementing the non-budgeted aspects of the programs, such as improving facilities and providing wish-list items and materials for all arts programs. To register for FAB, please complete a FAB Membership Form for $30 (annually per family). Please visit the FAB webpage for more information.

Instagram Follow the Pope Prep fine arts on Instagram at popeprepfine_arts. Stay informed about events and take a look at all the fantastic work of our students!

ATHLETICS

Pope Baseball Used Shoe Drive, 11/30-12/17 Pope Baseball is sponsoring "Give Shoes Give Love" in partnership with Soles4Souls, a local nonprofit organization. Contact a player for information or bring your gently used shoes to the front office by 12/17. Contact Amy Jackson (amyjackson0912@yahoo.com) with questions. 

Baseball Brick Sale Become a part of Pope's baseball history this Christmas by purchasing an engraved, customized brick to be placed on a wall down the first or third base foul lines at ServPro Field. This is a great, lasting gift for current and alum families. Purchase 4x8 bricks for $150.00 each and 8x8 bricks for $250.00 each. Start your purchase at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/jp2hs/baseballwall, or visit Baseball Bricks for details and the ordering process. Contact John Dempsey (john.dempsey@popeprep.org) for more information. 

Join Nashville Rowing Interested students can join Nashville Rowing throughout the Winter Training season. If you want to learn more about the program, you can attend the first week of training on 11/14-11/18 as a free trial. Winter Training season runs Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville; anyone interested can try it out commitment-free on Wednesdays. Come out and get coached on the erg and see if joining Nashville Rowing is for you. Nashville Rowing offers different options for our juniors programs (6th-12th grade), and no experience is necessary to join. Program information can be found at Nashville RowingJuniors Programs, and Registration Link. For more information, reach out to the women’s coach and program director, Victoria Tkacz, at victoria.tkacz@nashvillerowing.org.

BUSINESS OFFICE

Financial Aid Applications for 2023-2024 The application process for the 2023-2024 school year opened on November 1. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. Please visit www.factstuitionaid.com to apply and the website for details. Families are required to apply annually for financial aid. Contact Vicki Dorr (vicki.dorr@popeprep.org) with questions. 

CALENDAR NOTES

Pep Rally, 12/2 from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Students will leave their backpacks in their 3rd-period class.

Penance Service, 12/6

All School Mass 12/8 for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Exam Schedule Exams run from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 15 Theology / Social Studies, Dec. 16 Science / English, Dec.19 World Languages / Math, Dec. 20 Electives / Make-up Exams. Students will need to bring snacks and water bottles. 

Early Dismissal 12:15 p.m. on 12/15, 12/16, and 12/19.

Bus Schedule All Buses Depart at 12:45 p.m. on 12/15, 12/16, and 12/19. No bus service on 12/20.

2023 Senior Spring Events can be found on our website.

2022-2023 Semester Calendar Significant dates for the 2022-2023 academic year are available here. **NOTE: The calendar was updated on 9/12/22 to reflect changes in the spring on 5/14 and 5/15.

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.

CAMPUS MINISTRY - FAITH LIFE - SERVICE

Community Service Opportunities - EARN SERVICE HOURS!

  • Yule Fest in Goodlettsville, 12/3 Sign up to volunteer on Saturday, 12/3, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m./ at the Historic Mansker's Station for their Christmas event. They need volunteers for their two refreshment areas, carriage ride area, Mansker's fort assistants, Bowen House back porch assistants, and the 18th Century dancing area. The volunteers will have to dress in 18th Century clothing, which they provide. Volunteers would need to come in over the next three weeks to have clothes picked out. The clothes are then pressed and labeled, and ready for the day of the event. They will not be able to clothe volunteers the week of the event, and they cannot take clothes home but will change clothes once they arrive for the event. Contact Jennifer Kirk at  jkirk@goodlettsville.gov to sign up or to get more information.
  • Our Lady of the Lake Christmas Coffeehouse, 12/17-12/18 OLOL's high school youth group, Lakehouse, needs volunteers on 12/17 to set up for the event and on 12/18 to run the event. Sign up to volunteer at OLOL Youth Ministry: Coffeehouse Volunteers (signupgenius.com). Sign up to help sell tickets for the event at OLOL Youth Ministry: Ticket Sign Up (signupgenius.com)
  • Southern STARRS Volunteer and help exceptional needs students during a one-hour horseback-riding class that includes games and educational activities. Volunteers walk or jog beside the student or lead the horse. No experience is necessary, and training is provided. Help is needed Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30-8:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Download a volunteer application at www.southernstarrs.orgtext 615-428-3347, or call us at 615-453-2592 (24-hour voicemail.)
  • Cottage Cove Madison has started back their out-of-school program that provides free aftercare to Taylor Stratton Elementary School students from 3:00 to 5:40 p.m. on the weekdays. They are always looking for more volunteers (students 15 years and older can volunteer without parental supervision). Volunteers can help with everyday activities such as Playdough, peg boards, Legos, computers, homework help, reading, game room, and music. Complete a volunteer application at https://form.jotform.com/cottagecove/volunteer-application. For questions, contact Maya at maya@cottagecove.org.
  • Momma B's Kids Lisa Brocco is looking for volunteers to help after school and on weekends for nonprofit hours! Please text or call Lisa at 615-714-2417. Momma B's is a nonprofit organization and one of Pope Prep's approved community partners! Contact Daniel Dion (daniel.dion@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Prayer Requests The Campus Ministry Team is finding new ways to expand faith life to the community and has established an email address to collect prayer intentions from students, parents, faculty, and staff. Intentions are collectively presented at Mass in a binder, and Fr. Ohanaka offers prayers for all intentions during weekly Mass. Feel free to submit your intentions often at Prayer@PopePrep.org. Contact Joshua Strope (joshua.strope@popeprep.org) with questions. 

NURSE

Illness and Return to School Policy Please follow the guidelines in deciding when to keep your student at home: If your student has a fever > 100.0 F, diarrhea not caused by diet or medications, vomiting, or has been diagnosed with the flu, you will need to keep your student at home for 24 hours AFTER symptoms resolve and your student is fever-free. Contact susan.snyder@popeprep.org with questions. 

PARENT REMINDERS

Who do I ask? Visit the Parent webpage for a quick guide on who to call. 

STUDENT LIFE

School Portrait Make-Up and Retake Day, 12/1 Students absent for fall school portraits will be contacted with instructions via email for when and where to take their portrait on 12/1. Students who would like to retake their portrait must fill out this Google Form https://forms.gle/8AxrVVfdmbn7uwZL9 (Please have the student submit the form because often a parent will make the appointment, and the student doesn't know.)  Contact Jennnifer Smith (jennifer.smith@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Senior Group Photo, 12/1 Seniors will meet in the Main Gym on 12/1 at 10:45 a.m. for the traditional group photo in their senior sweatshirts. (This is the photo that is taken in the shape of their graduation year, 2023.) Contact Jennnifer Smith (jennifer.smith@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Christmas Caroling, 12/7 & 12/9 Students will enjoy Christmas Caroling during Assembly on 12/7 (high school) and 12/9 (middle school). 

Ugly Christmas Sweater 12/9 All students may wear an ugly Christmas sweater on 12/9 with uniform bottoms or jeans (follow Friday Spirit Wear dress). Students not participating must be in Friday Spirit Wear. Contact Melissa Baxter (melissa.baxter@popeprep.org) with questions.

2022-2023 Yearbooks ON SALE NOW Order your Yearbook by 12/30 and take advantage of the 20% early order discount. After 12/30, the cost increases for the remainder of the school year. All ordering and customization take place on Josten's website https://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/students-and-parents/about-yearbooks. Just type in Pope John Paul II Preparatory School, and the process is streamlined from there. Contact Nick Nitsch (nick.nitsch@popeprep.org) with questions. 

TRAVEL

See Study Abroad for trips planned in 2023 and 2025. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Parent Volunteer Opportunities Parents can sign up for a committee by completing this form.

DIOCESAN PROGRAMMING

Purified - a life-changing event for families (ages 13+), 11/30 St. Philip's is hosting an evening with Jason Evert. Evert is a bestselling author and has brought the message of chastity to more than one million people on six continents. The innocence of the family is under attack. Come and discover how to protect and heal yours. The evening includes a Chastity presentation for teens and parents, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Eucharistic Adoration on November 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church, 1134 Second Avenue South, Franklin. Register at Chastity.com/Purified. Call 615-550-2846 or email sskinner@stphilipfranklin.com or mmiller@stphilipfranklin.com for more information. 

Advent True Presence Night with the Vigil Project, 12/7 St. Edward Church invites the community to a FREE live concert event to help you enter into Advent. The Vigil Project is a Catholic nonprofit music organization and touring band. What began as a music collective in 2016 has elevated into a full ministry with a mission of making music for the Catholic journey. The Vigil Project collaborates with musicians around the world to make and release music for every moment and season of the Catholic journey while bringing live events to parishes and conferences. They also work heavily with other Catholic musicians to provide resources and formation to elevate musicians and artists within the Church. Contact https://www.thevigilproject.com/tour for more information.

 

 

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November 16, 2022

Welcome Knights! 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!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

National Catholic School Principal Day, 11/17 Join us in celebrating Ms. Karen Phillips on this special day!  This is a great day to show her your appreciation for all she is doing for our community. Thank you, Ms. Phillips!

Personnel Update Emily Clavin (former Director of Admissions) has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant to the President (Interim Head of School). If you want to reach Ms. Phillips, please contact Emily (emily.clavin@popeprep.org) or (615) 590-6011. Admissions can still be reached at (615) 590-6005, and you will continue to receive all important community-wide messages through Lori Jones as Director of Communications. 

ADMISSIONS

Admissions for 2023-2024 The Admissions Team is accepting applications for the next school year (2023-2024). The early admissions deadline has passed. The spring deadline is February 10, 2023. Please start the application process HERE or call the Admissions Office at (615) 590-6005 for information. *Currently enrolled Pope students do not need to re-apply for admissions; parents will receive a re-enrollment contract in December/January.

School Tours The Admissions Team is scheduling school tours. Parents must schedule their tour by completing a Request form.

Shadow Days Completing a Shadow Day is a requirement of the Admissions process. Prospective students will spend a "day in the life" of a Pope Prep student and complete the Entry Exam and Student Interview while on campus. Please visit Shadow Days to complete a registration form for your child.  Available dates and details of Shadow Days are found on the registration form. For admissions questions, contact Charles Wade (charles.wade@popeprep.org) or Pat Kennedy (pat.kennedy@popeprep.org).

ADVANCEMENT

SAVE THE DATE for Grandparents Day, 2/3/23 Mark your calendar for Grandparents Day, and be sure to share the date change with your grandparents! This year our celebration will move to the second semester on Friday, February 3, 2023. Our traditional date is no longer an option due to a week-long Thanksgiving break. We will share more details later this semester. Contact Michelle Barber (michelle.barber@popeprep.org) with questions.

ARMORY

Christmas Market, 12/3 We will host our annual Christmas Market on Saturday, 12/3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please park in the student lot and enter through the Chapel doors. The sale will be set up in front of the Armory. Don't miss this special opportunity to shop for your favorites (current and old) and purchase NEW items and brands! Happy Christmas shopping! 

New Items! We will give you a sneak peek on Instagram at armory_popeprep as we roll them out. 

Armory Questions? Contact armory@popeprep.org

ARTS and FAB

Volunteer for the Fine Arts, 12/6-8, 12/13 FAB needs volunteers to assist with snacks, decorations, set up, and break down for events on 12/6-12/8 and on 12/13. Please complete the parent volunteer opportunity form if interested. Contact fab@popeprep.org with questions.

Instagram Follow the Pope Prep fine arts on Instagram at popeprepfine_arts. Stay informed about events and take a look at all the fantastic work of our students!

FAB Meeting, 11/30 The meeting will be in the choral room at 7:00 p.m. Contact FAB President Chris Szalaj (cszalaj@gmail.com) for more information.

FAB (Fine Arts Booster) partners with parents, school administration, alums, community supporters, and the fine arts faculty to promote and financially support the visual and performing arts programs at Pope Prep. FAB supports the arts programs by supplementing the non-budgeted aspects of the programs, such as improving facilities and providing wish-list items and materials for all arts programs. To register for FAB, please complete a FAB Membership Form for $30 (annually per family). Please visit the FAB webpage for more information.

ATHLETICS

Pope Baseball Thanksgiving Hitting Camp, 11/25-11/26 Head Coach Chris Parker is hosting a baseball hitting camp over the Thanksgiving holiday on 11/25 and 11/26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Pope's Servpro Baseball Field and Batting Cages. Registration is open to ages 5-14 and is required by contacting Coach Parker (chris.parker@popeprep.org) or (931) 247-4403. 

Pope Baseball Used Shoe Drive, 11/30-12/17 Pope Baseball is sponsoring "Give Shoes Give Love" in partnership with Soles4Souls, a local nonprofit organization. Contact a player for information or bring your gently used shoes to the front office by 12/17. Contact Amy Jackson (amyjackson0912@yahoo.com) with questions. 

Baseball Brick Sale Become a part of Pope's baseball history this Christmas by purchasing an engraved, customized brick to be placed on a wall down the first or third base foul lines at ServPro Field. This is a great, lasting gift for current and alum families. Purchase 4x8 bricks for $150.00 each and 8x8 bricks for $250.00 each. Start your purchase at https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/jp2hs/baseballwall, or visit Baseball Bricks for details and the ordering process. Contact John Dempsey (john.dempsey@popeprep.org) for more information. 

Join Nashville Rowing Interested students can join Nashville Rowing throughout the Winter Training season. If you want to learn more about the program, you can attend the first week of training on 11/14-11/18 as a free trial. Winter Training season runs Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Cornelia Fort Airpark in East Nashville; anyone interested can try it out commitment-free on Wednesdays. Come out and get coached on the erg and see if joining Nashville Rowing is for you. Nashville Rowing offers different options for our juniors programs (6th-12th grade), and no experience is necessary to join. Program information can be found at Nashville RowingJuniors Programs, and Registration Link. For more information, reach out to the women’s coach and program director, Victoria Tkacz, at victoria.tkacz@nashvillerowing.org.

BUSINESS OFFICE

Financial Aid Applications for 2023-2024 The application process for the 2023-2024 school year opened on November 1. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. Please visit www.factstuitionaid.com to apply and the website for details. Families are required to apply annually for financial aid. Contact Vicki Dorr (vicki.dorr@popeprep.org) with questions. 

CALENDAR NOTES

National Catholic School Principal Day, 11/17

Thanksgiving Break, 11/21-11/25 All offices will be closed. Happy Thanksgiving!

2023 Senior Spring Events can be found on our website.

2022-2023 Semester Calendar Significant dates for the 2022-2023 academic year are available here. **NOTE: The calendar was updated on 9/12/22 to reflect changes in the spring on 5/14 and 5/15.

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.

CAMPUS MINISTRY - FAITH LIFE - SERVICE

Fall Food Drive CONCLUDES on 11/17 Please bring canned/boxed foods for our Fall Food Drive by 11/17. Students can support their house by dropping off items at the assigned house locations. There will be prizes for the Advisory that brings in the most food. Pope Prep will donate all food items to local organizations, including Momma B's Kids in Hendersonville. We have been asked to collect CANNED turkey gravy and vegetables (corn, peas, or carrots), BOXED mashed potatoes, stuffing, pasta (mac 'n cheese, spaghetti noodles, etc.), and biscuit and cornbread boxes. Contact Daniel Dion (daniel.dion@popeprep.org) with questions.

Community Service Opportunities - EARN SERVICE HOURS!

  • The Holiday Market at the Mansion 2022, 11/19 Volunteers are needed for Saturday, 11/19, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Two Rivers Mansion. There are all kinds of activities they need help with, from setting up stalls and helping vendors unload to the Santa/Craft area and take down. Go to this link to see what is available and to sign up! Contact Mrs. Mauthe for more information at holidaymarketnashville@gmail.com.

  • Mistletoe Market, 11/19 Sign up to volunteer on Saturday, 11/19, from 3:45 to 6:00-6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Parish Center to help vendors carry their products from booth space to outside to load. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Chris Ronen at mistletoemarkethendersonville@gmail.com.

  • Yule Fest in Goodlettsville, 12/3 Sign up to volunteer on Saturday, 12/3, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m/ at the Historic Mansker's Station for their Christmas event. They need volunteers for their two refreshment areas, carriage ride area, Mansker's fort assistants, Bowen House back porch assistants, and the 18th Century dancing area. The volunteers will have to dress in 18th Century clothing, which they provide. Volunteers would need to come in over the next three weeks to have clothes picked out. The clothes are then pressed and labeled, and ready for the day of the event. They will not be able to clothe volunteers the week of the event, and they cannot take clothes home but will change clothes once they arrive for the event. Contact Jennifer Kirk at  jkirk@goodlettsville.gov to sign up or to get more information.

Prayer Requests The Campus Ministry Team is finding new ways to expand faith life to the community and has established an email address to collect prayer intentions from students, parents, faculty, and staff. Intentions are collectively presented at Mass in a binder, and Fr. Ohanaka offers prayers for all intentions during weekly Mass. Feel free to submit your intentions often at Prayer@PopePrep.org. Contact Joshua Strope (joshua.strope@popeprep.org) with questions. 

NURSE

Illness and Return to School Policy Please follow the guidelines in deciding when to keep your student at home: If your student has a fever > 100.0 F, diarrhea not caused by diet or medications, vomiting, or has been diagnosed with the flu, you will need to keep your student at home for 24 hours AFTER symptoms resolve and your student is fever-free. Contact susan.snyder@popeprep.org with questions. 

PARENT REMINDERS

Who do I ask? Visit the Parent webpage for a quick guide on who to call. 

STUDENT LIFE

Lost and Found - going, going, gone on 11/18 Items galore outside the Student Life door! If you are missing clothing, water bottles, or other items, please stop by Student Life before Friday afternoon. ALL items will be donated to Goodwill Friday after school. Contact Melissa Baxter (melissa.baxter@popeprep.org) with questions. 

School Portrait Make-Up and Retake Day, 12/1 Students absent for fall school portraits will be contacted with instructions via email for when and where to take their portrait on 12/1. Students who would like to retake their portrait must fill out this Google Form https://forms.gle/8AxrVVfdmbn7uwZL9 (Please have the student submit the form because often a parent will make the appointment, and the student doesn't know.)  Contact Jennnifer Smith (jennifer.smith@popeprep.org) with questions. 

Senior Group Photo, 12/1 Seniors will meet in the Main Gym on 12/1 at 10:45 a.m. for the traditional group photo in their senior sweatshirts. (This is the photo that is taken in the shape of their graduation year, 2023.) Contact Jennnifer Smith (jennifer.smith@popeprep.org) with questions. 

2022-2023 Yearbooks ON SALE NOW Order your Yearbook by 12/30 and take advantage of the 20% early order discount. After 12/30, the cost increases for the remainder of the school year. All ordering and customization take place on Josten's website https://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/students-and-parents/about-yearbooks. Just type in Pope John Paul II Preparatory School, and the process is streamlined from there. Contact Nick Nitsch (nick.nitsch@popeprep.org) with questions. 

TRAVEL

See Study Abroad for trips planned in 2023 and 2025. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Parent Volunteer Opportunities Parents can sign up for a committee by completing this form.

DIOCESAN PROGRAMMING

Purified - a life-changing event for families (ages 13+), 11/30 St. Philip's is hosting an evening with Jason Evert. Evert is a bestselling author and has brought the message of chastity to more than one million people on six continents. The innocence of the family is under attack. Come and discover how to protect and heal yours. The evening includes a Chastity presentation for teens and parents, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Eucharistic Adoration on November 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church, 1134 Second Avenue South, Franklin. Register at Chastity.com/Purified. Call 615-550-2846 or email sskinner@stphilipfranklin.com or mmiller@stphilipfranklin.com for more information. 

 

 

 

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