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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
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 (email@example.com) 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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pat Kennedy (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
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 email@example.com.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Enrollment Contracts due 2/1 Please complete your enrollment contract by February 1. Contact Mrs. Dorr (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) with questions.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
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 (email@example.com) with questions.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) with questions.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) or Melissa Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
See Study Abroad for trips planned in 2023 and 2025.
Parent Volunteer Opportunities Parents can sign up for a committee by completing this form.
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.