July, 2019


To all our Families –

‘Summer’ greetings from school! Hoping you’ve had the opportunity to at least kick family life into a lower gear.

Just a reminder – our Main Office continues to be open for business each Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 a.m. til noon. We’ll resume full-day operations on Thursday, August 1st.

Check your US Postal mail next week for student schedules. Most will be going out early next week. 

Don’t forget each grade has Summer Reading requirements (website info) … and summer is the perfect time to go ahead and donate some Service Hours in advance of the school year ahead. There are so many folks in need … thanks to all for giving your time to them!

Everyone (well, everyone except kids) is invited to our Welcome Back Wine & Cheese being hosted by our Home & School Association. We’re going to gather at The Urban Lawn (306 W. Main St.) at 5:30 on Thursday, Aug.1 (Look for an invite in your email.) No meetings / no business / not a single request for your money … at least not this night. Come enjoy!


Some refrigerator post-it notes:

< > Thu, July 26 … Alumni Awards Presentation

< > Fri, July 27 … Alumni & Parent Golf Tournament

< > Fri, July 27 … Alumni All-Class Bash open to all alumni

< > Sat, July 28 … Golden Grads Brunch honoring the Class of 1969 and before

< > Sun, July 29 … Alumni Mass, 11:00 a.m.

< > Mon/Wed, July 29-31 … Band Camp, 8:30 – 4:30

< > Tue, July 30 … Used Uniform Sale, 4-7 p.m.

< > Wed, July 31 … Welcome Back Wine & Cheese, 5:30 p.m., all parents/guardians are invited, downtown at The Urban Lawn (306 West Main Street)

< > Mon, Aug 5 … Orientation Day for 10th/11th/12th (Uniforms required)

… Sophomores – 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

… Juniors – 10:30 – 12:00 noon

… Seniors – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

< > Tue, Aug 6 … Freshman & New Student Orientation Day, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00

Student uniforms / cafeteria will be open

< > Wed, Aug 7 … Regular classes begin (we dismiss at 2:10 on Wednesdays)

< > Sat, Aug 10 … Camp College for seniors and their parents, 9:00 – 1:00

(new this year, separate email to follow)

>> Wed, Aug 14 … Make-up date for COLLEGE BOOT CAMP, 2:15 p.m.

< > Wed, Aug 21 … Meet the Teachers Night, Reception at 5:15 p.m.; Classroom visits begin at 6:00 p.m.

< > Mon, Aug 26 … School Picture Day (9th/10th/11th)

< > Mon, Sep 2 … Labor Day Holiday

< > Wed, Sep 4 … College Fair on campus, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

< > Fri, Sep 6 … St. Jude School hosts the Bill Chepul Memorial Golf Tournament at Creeks Bend

< > Wed, Sep 11 … 9th Parents Dinner / Info Night (new this year, more details to follow)

< > Thu/Fri, Sep 12/13 … Senior Retreat (tentative)

< > Sat, Sep 14 … ACT Testing Date

< > Wed, Sep 18 … 10th Parents Dinner / Info Night (new this year, more details to follow)

< > Fri, Sep 20 … Diocesan Teacher Inservice (No school)

< > Fri, Sep 27 … SEARCH RETREAT Weekend #159 (juniors/seniors) begins



One of our dream-come-trues is actually coming true. Katy, our oldest, her husband Clint and their two youngsters are moving back to Chattanooga. We can’t believe it.


The most interesting part is that with the transition and the job hunting and the house hunting all up in the air, for an as-yet-to-be-determined period of time,

they’ll be moving into our house.


And we’re apparently not moving out.

Brady will be in 3rd grade, Emma in 1st. I don’t know who initially composed the phrase “one big happy family” but throw in their dog and our two and what else could it be?!

Just to make things a tiny bit more interesting, Katy and Clint will need to return to Houston for a couple of weeks while the kids stay with us – all as school is getting underway. It’s not perfect … nor preferred, but it’s do-able. (I think.)


But it will be different. We haven’t “done” kids in a while. There were times we didn’t “do” them very well the first go-round. Baths and bedtimes, breakfasts and homework, lunch money and combing hair and gym clothes … and did I say we’re excited?

To be a tad more accurate, Nanc is having tremendous anxiety and I’m telling her it will all work out. “It will be fun,” I keep saying. “You’re nuts!” she keeps saying. One of us will be right.

As you crank up your own family’s back-to-school routines, perhaps you’ll smile knowing that the principal and his wife will be doing the same … fighting the same fights, worrying the same worries, hoping our kids like their teachers, hoping their teachers like our kids. And new friends? O Lord, just one good one would be nice, wouldn’t it?


You’ll get our prayers, hoping for some of yours.


George Valadie