For the Week of November 14, 2022

Wednesday, November 16 – National Honor Society Induction, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 17 – CHS Baseball's Golf Tournament, 10 a.m.; Thanksgiving Food Drive Ends
Friday, November 18 – Thanksgiving Mass, 10:10 a.m.; 2:55 p.m. Dismissal; Library Closed
Thursday, November 24 -- Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 21 through Friday, November 25

Monday, November 28 – Classes Resume

In This Newsletter
  • CHS Baseball's Golf Tournament
  • Thanksgiving Break
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Veterans Day Special Project
  • Fun With Santa
  • Semester Exam Protocol
  • COVID-19 Protocol
  • Visitor Protocol
  • Lunch Protocol
  • Reporting Student Absences
CHS Baseball's Golf Tournament
The annual P.J. Smith Memorial Golf Tournament and Catholic Baseball Golf Tournament Presented By Synovus Bank is Thursday, November 17. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Click here for registration details. Thank you for supporting our CHS Baseball team!
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break is from Monday, November 21 through Friday, November 25. Classes resume on Monday, November 28. Please know that you and your family will be remembered in our prayers in a special way during this Thanksgiving. May we be filled with gratitude for the abundant blessings the Lord showers on us daily!
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive has begun! The final pick-up is before school on Thursday, November 17. Your donation of non-perishable food items will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, St. Joseph Food Pantry, and the Alfred-Washburn Center. Thank you for helping us to make a difference!
Veterans Day Special Project
The CHS Wounded Warriors Project Club and the History Club are collaborating on a special project and would like to know if you and/or your spouse have served or are currently serving in our military. Please email Rita Lay, our Advancement Director ( to let her know your name(s) and the branch(es) in which you served/are serving.
Fun With Santa
Please mark your calendars – on Saturday, December 10, at 10 a.m. Santa Claus will be visiting CHS in the Student Life Center! We hope that parents, alumni, and friends of CHS bring their little ones for this wonderful event! More details to come in the following weeks, but save the date. There is no charge for this fun gathering and visit from Santa and lots of CHS alum!

Important Policies and Protocols
Semester Exam Policy
CHS implemented a policy in 2014 that continues to be in effect and pertains to students who miss semester exams in either December or in May. This policy states: Students who miss semester exams for serious family emergencies or serious health reasons are excused and may make them up. Students absenting themselves from exams for any other reason(s) may NOT make up exams and will receive a zero for each.

Please be aware of these dates when planning family trips, etc. We first informed/reminded parents of this policy in April of 2021 for this school year. It is also contained in the CHS Parent/Student Handbook that all parents and students are required to read. So this is simply a reminder for you now since mid-term exams are approaching--so that family plans will not conflict with our semester exams. As always, we ask you NOT to remove your child from school until his/her last exam is completed. Thank you so much!!

New Policy: Students may earn exemption from a semester exam if they have 2 or less absences in the course for the semester (remembering that 3 tardies to a class count as 1 absence) and if the student’s academic average is a C or better at the end of the first quarter in that semester (Q1 or Q3). Any student who does not have BOTH of these criteria is required to take exams.

COVID-19 Exposure Quarantine Protocols
Attached is the visual from the Florida Dept of Education, which is what Escambia County is following. The schools of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee will be using the policy described in this chart. 

Lunch Protocol
Lunch may not be dropped off for students. Students have the option to bring their lunch from home or purchase it in our Student Life Center. If a parent provides snacks for a club meeting or event, they must be store-purchased and individually store-wrapped. No homemade snacks may be brought in for any event.. Thank you for helping us to maintain these important protocols.

Parents and Students' Responsibilities for Early Dismissals
Students must bring a note from the parent to the Front Office in the morning before 7:45 a.m. if he/she will need to be dismissed early that day for any reason. The school is unable to dismiss students early if they did not bring in this note from the parent prior to school on the day of the needed dismissal. This is true whether the student will return to school that day or not. Please do not call, email or text the Front Office during the school day to request that your child be dismissed at that time. Also, please remember our policy that students may not be dismissed within 30 minutes of the dismissal time at the end of any day.

Parents' Responsibility Regarding Student Absence from School
All parents and students must adhere to the following:
  • If your child is going to be absent for a short period of time (1-3 days), please call the Front Office (850-436-6400) by 8 a.m. and leave a message on the attendance mailbox (#2 on our phone system menu), letting us know your child will be out that day. You must also send an absence excuse note in with your child when they next return to school.

  • If your child is going to be absent for a prolonged period of time (more than 3 days) for whatever reason (death in the family requiring travel, a family trip, a serious illness or injury, surgery, etc.), please call the front office (850-436-6400) and report the full details regarding your child's absence (expected length of time, nature of the absence, etc.). You must also send an absence excuse note in with your child when they next return to school. Thank you!
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