Weekly news & updates

July 16, 2021
Dear SCBA Parents:
I pray your summer is going well and everyone is having a peaceful time. A little over one month from today is our first day of school! Summer always goes by way too fast!  

The school office is busy getting everything ready for the upcoming school year. Hopefully each of you have received your PARENT PACKET with all the necessary forms that will be turned in at our SCBA Sign Up Day on August 5th! We will have two sessions that day, 9:00-1:00 pm and 3:00-6:00 p.m. During these times each family will come in and move through the Commons area and Gym where stations will be set up to share information about such things as lunches, spirit wear, and various offerings to make sure everything is complete for you and your scholar for the beginning of the school year.  

One thing that I am sure is on everyone’s mind is how will SCBA handle COVID-19 this year? Our goal is for our school to function a little more “normal” or more like a school! At this time we haven’t received any new guidance from the County or the Diocese concerning expectations. I am aware that the CDC came out with guidance for schools last week. I know our Diocese has a team working on guidance for all the schools and I am sure our County will have guidance for us as well.  

 SCBA will continue to do everything in our power to keep everyone healthy. So this means we will continue to be socially distanced as much as we possibly can. We will continue to be diligent with our cleaning and disinfecting of the school on a regular basis. Classroom teachers will continue to help with wiping down desks and high touch areas often throughout the school day.  

We will continue to quarantine scholars/classes if needed due to exposure. We will continue to ask our parents to monitor their scholar’s health and not send anyone to school that is not feeling 100%.  

Getting your child vaccinated for COVID-19 is a parental choice. Please make sure you have done your part in researching the vaccine for your child and making the best decision for your family. As information is shared with the schools from the County and Diocese on guidance for COVID-19, I will share the information with each of you. Continue to pray that we will be able to have parent volunteers, field trips, attend Mass all together and have school wide events! 


Dr. Hopson  

Looking Ahead:
  • July 30- Last day of Summer Program
  • August 5- SCBA Sign Up Day 9-1 pm and 3-6 pm
  • August 15- ECC Meet and Greet - 12 pm
  • August 16- Scholar Kickoff & PTO Ice Cream Social 4:30-6:30 pm
  • August 18- First Day of School (noon dismissal)
2021-2022 Calendar

Attached is an overview of the 2021-2022 school year. Mark your calendars for August 18, the first day of school! Please note- this calendar does not include events.
Welcome to our new teachers!

Please read about our new teachers joining us this year!
Mrs. Jennifer Gray
2nd Grade
Hi! I'm Jennifer Gray. I grew up in Liberty Missouri and now live in Kansas City with my husband, two children and two dogs. In addition to my family, my favorite things are reading, running, ice cream, bargain shopping, and KU Basketball. My childhood dream job was to be a teacher, but somewhere along the way, my path shifted to a MBA and career in the banking industry for 17 years. Two years ago, however, my passion for education was reignited through substitute teaching. Last year, I was blessed to work with some of our youngest St. Charles Borromeo Academy scholars as a teacher's aide in the kindergarten classroom. I loved it so much that I decided to become a certified teacher! My prayers to teach full-time were answered when SCBA had an opening in second grade. I'm thrilled to share my love for learning with our scholars and guiding them through our beautiful classical curriculum. I'm especially looking forward to sharing in this important faith formation year as our second grade scholars prepare and receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Mrs. Elysha Ferguson
4th Grade
My name is Elysha Ferguson, and I’m the new fourth grade teacher. I taught in the middle grades for 7 years and have three kids in elementary. My husband and I have lived in the northland since 2008, and I’m excited to share my love of teaching with SCBA. 

Mrs. Rose Brown
5th Grade
My name is Rose Brown and I am a former reading specialist and 5th grade teacher with 8 years of experience in Kansas City charter schools. My husband is also a teacher in a charter school. We have two small children that will begin in the ECC this fall, and I’m so blessed to move to parochial education, specifically the classical model. I can’t wait to get our hands dirty—literally and figuratively! 

Mr. Mark Lyons
Middle School History and Religion
My name is Mark Lyons and I am happy to be joining St. Charles Borromeo Academy! While I have spent most of my life in Wisconsin, I have consulted in several states, and have spent the last 7 years in San Antonio, Texas.  My parents and my sister still live in Wisconsin.  I was born before cell phones were invented, but after computers were invented. I was baptized a Catholic as a baby and have been one ever since. I am also considered a "lifer" in terms of Catholic education and seminary training. Though not ordained, I have the same degree as most priests and pastors. Although I was in seminary for much of my life, my undergraduate degree is Pre-Med in Biology and Chemistry. I hope to complete a Doctorate in Theology in the coming years. Most of my life after graduate school has been spent serving the church in almost every position (except Priest or Principal); but I also worked for Best Buy and Geek Squad for 15 years. While I am able to cook, I tend to go out for food or have dinner with others. I choose to spend most of my waking hours at church, school, or athletics; and most of my time is focused on my students, grading, and keeping-up on the latest-and-greatest in technology. When I am not home, I am traveling... to every continent except Antarctica so far (but it's on the bucket list). I am grateful to have friends all over the world.

Mrs. Niccole Williams
Hello! My name is Niccole Williams. I am a graduate of Kennesaw State University in Georgia and have a bachelor's degree in Vocal Music Education in 2018. This summer, I also completed my Master’s in Music Education for Vocal and Choral Pedagogy at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Before moving to Kansas, I sang in multiple professional choral groups, taught private voice and piano, and directed a K-8 children’s choir and bell choir at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. When I moved to the Kansas City area three years ago, I started working in the Shawnee Mission School District teaching K-6th grade general music and choir. When I first moved to Kansas, I also held a choral directing internship with a local professional choir. After two years of working with them, I was brought on their staff as a vocal health coach. When I am not making music, I enjoy traveling, reading, board games, yoga, walking, hiking and spending time with my husband, family and friends. This August, I will be starting as the vocal music teacher for St. Charles Borromeo Academy. I am really looking forward to this upcoming school year and very excited to meet and get to know all of my new students! Teaching others to love, make, and appreciate music is one of my greatest joys; especially when our making of music honors God! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and I can’t wait to meet everyone this fall!

Miss Clarissa Goebel
Hello everyone! My name is Clarissa Goebel. I grew up in Kansas City and recently moved back to the area with my dog Ajax. Last year was my first year of teaching and I am so excited to be at SBCA to teach and spread my love for Latin and to build relationships with my new students. 
Click below for the SCBA supply lists for each grade as well as the Art supply list:

For Your Reference:

St. Charles Borromeo Academy
Preferred School Number: 900048240
Cross Country

St. Andrew, St. Patrick, St. Charles, St. Gabriel, and St. James will combine again this year to form a Northland Warrior XC team. Cross Country is available for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Jim Still from St. Patrick will coach again this season. Practices will be held starting in mid-August at the new St. Pius Sports Complex at 3700 NE Davidson Rd. (about 2 minutes south of the high school). Practices are usually one hour, one evening a week and Saturday mornings. The registration fee is $55 and registration will close before the first meet.

Please register online at www.plkc.org. If you have any difficulty with online registration, please email the league director, Vince Fitzgerald at VFitz@plkc.org.

Meets are held on Monday afternoons in September/October at St. Pius, St. Michael, and Missouri Western State University.
Time Schedule (approximate):

3-4 Girls 5:00 pm:  .75 mile run
3-4 Boys 5:15 pm: .75 mile run
5-6 Girls 5:30 pm: 1 mile run
5-6 Boys 5:45 pm: 1 mile run
7-8 Girls 6:00 pm: 1.5 mile run
7-8 Boys 6:15 pm: 1.5 mile run
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

We are very proud to offer CGS as our Parish children's faith formation. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is faith formation for children ages 3-12 based on the pillars of Scripture and Catholic Liturgy and the educational methods of Maria Montessori.