News and Announcements

Chapel Steps Up in Time of Crisis!

Chapel's amazing student council, under the able leadership of Mr. Roman del Pozo, held a very successful drive-thru, food drive on Saturday, November 20th. Thanks to the generosity of our school families, on Monday Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry will be receiving 839 cans of food (soups, stews, fruits, meats, tuna, veggies, and more). Without a doubt this was a team effort. Student council members planned the event and announced the drive in each Zoom classroom; Mr. Ponce prepared all the boxes; Miss Kipp texted updates to inspire donations, and Mr. del Pozo, assisted by his amazing wife Iris and incredible daughters Jordan, Reagan, and Kennedy, manned the drive from 9:00 to 12:00. Mr. Ponce is coming in on his vacation to make the delivery to the food pantry. A special thank-you goes out to all who participated in this worthwhile project but especially to the Castaneda, Norword, and Reyes families for their extraordinary generosity. God bless CCS, and Happy Thanksgiving from Cathedral Chapel School.
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Chapel Zoooooooms into the New School Year

On Thursday evening, August 13th, Back to School Night was for the first time ever Zoomed into our parents' homes. Teachers have been preparing their Google Classrooms and becoming familiar with the new resources so that next Wednesday we can WOW our students with exciting lessons. We are praying our hearts out that we can safely return to in person learning sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Chapel is commited to delivering the best online education possible. Book pick up is set for Monday, August 17th, and students are already posting summer reading presentations. We appreciate our parents and students and look forward to a year of effective, exciting, estraordinary learning. .God bless CCS!
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Summer? What Summer?

Chapel's Covid-19 Response Task Force has been working all summer to plan for safe, effective, robust distance learning with the ultimate goal of safely reopening the school as soon as possible in accordance with State Department of Health guidelines. (Pray for 14-consecutive days of declining Covid-19 numbers.) In order to be ready for a safe reopening, we've designed a variety of flexible plans that can be adjusted to quickly respond to the course of the pandemic-keeping in mind that the safety of our CCS family comes first. Those plans include, but are not limited to, redesigning classroom configurations to allow for proper social distancing, purchasing face shields for every student, installing additional hand sanitizers throughout the facility, planning for temperature scanning and staggered drop offs and pickups, purchasing room sanitizers, as well as subscriptions to top-rated, student-friendly learning sites that will engage our students and ensure they meet Common Core Standards and our Schoolwide Student Learning Expectations.
We are adding Freckle and CatholicBrain to our repetoire of amazing resources. Junior high students will be using SadlierConnect for delivery of vocabulary lessons. Teachers have been attending workshops and seminars to hone their tech skills and enable them to provide our students with the best education possible, whether at a distance, in cohorts, or all in person. We pray for a return to normalcy, but in the interim, we are prepared to work with our families to provide the absolute best education possible. God Bless our incredible Chapel family!
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Prayer for Justice and Equality

In the words of Ms. Fontan following the unjust killing of George Floyd, "Our world is so broken and hurting. We need Jesus more than the air we breathe." Miss Kipp shared a beautiful prayer for peace at our weekly faculty meeting. The text is attached to this post. Chapel would like to share that prayer with our whole school family. Miss Elberg has created a moving tribute to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, three victims of senseless brutality. We acknowledge that all Black Lives Matter. We are proud to share her tribute on this site. We are outraged, saddened, confused, and shocked by the cruelty that led to the tragic death of Mr. Floyd and so many others. At Chapel we embrace our diversity and refuse to tolerate bigotry or racism. On the early nights of the protests, we watched as our city burned and our beloved firefighters at Station 61 fought the flames under dangerous circumstances. We know that one of our families experienced damage to their restaurant in The Grove. We know that the same LAPD officers that we honored in January were called up to respond to looting. Please join us in condemning injustice and racism. Please join us in supporting peaceful protests. Help us search for a way to defeat racism and ensure justice and equality for all. Stay safe and well.
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Chapel: Proud Home of the 2020 AJHD National English Champion: Cliff Connors!

Congratulations to 7th grader Cliff Connors for coming in first in English at the Los Angeles Academic Decathlon Finals and finishing with the highest score in the entire nation. Cliff took the top honors in the nation in English, and 8th grader Joaquin Recinos came in 2nd in the nation in his event, social studies. In addition to preparing for their events, these two, young men maintained "A" Honors in their regular subjects and became masters of logic. The diligence, teamwork, and effort they showed is a credit to them and their families. This is the first time in the school's long and envied history that members have earned national honors. Their coaches and the entire CCS family could not be prouder. We commend them for their success and thank them for their dedication.
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Where Has the Time Gone?

Spirit Week is upon us, and it's a time for us to stop a moment and reflect on how far we've come and the amazing growth we're so privileged to witness at Chapel. As they say, "Time marches on," and hopefully we are moving forward with the parade. Although we try to hold on to our special memories, sometimes it feels as though, we blink and everything, everyone has changed. It seems like only yesterday that we welcomed the Class of 2020 to their kinder class. These pictures of some of our students through the years, remind us of our past and give us hope about tomorrow. God bless CCS!
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May Procession Still Goes on at Chapel!

For the first time in the history of our little school, the May procession was held in a church with fewer than ten people in attendance. The good news is that another 200 people, at least, were experiencing the event from the safety of their homes. Jordan del Pozo was given the honor of crowning the Virgin, so she was present at church with her father Roman del Pozo, Miss Kipp, Father Truc, Ms. Fontan, and Mr. Ponce. Mr. Hilley provided beautiful musical accompaniment from his home. Student readers led prayers from their homes as well. Some had chosen virtual backgrounds that added to the beauty and spirituality of the event. Miss Kipp opened the ceremony and set the tone for the event. Jordan looked beautiful in her pretty, yellow spring dress. Mr. del Pozo filmed her as she entered the church and approached the statue of Mary. She adorned the Virgin with a lovely, floral crown. Beautiful hymns filled the church, and Ms. Mitchell made certain that the prayer leaders were featured on Zoom as they helped us pray the Rosary and shared each Sorrowful Mystery. Father led the congregation in Pope Francis's Prayer During the Coronavirus Pandemic. It was a powerful, moving event and proof that people can be socially conscious, prayerful, and present in community at the same time. God bless the group that made this happen. We are blessed to be a part of such a creative, resilient, supportive, loving community. Chapel school is not only the Diamond of the Diocese but the Little Engine that Could!
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Week Seven of Distance Learning and All's Well

Students are adjusting, parents are supporting, and teachers are delivering. Zoom is our new classroom, but learning continues and spirits are high at Chapel. The words, "It takes a village" have never rung so true. Everyone has been challenged with our new learning model, but so far we give our school family a big "A" for effort. Miss Mitchell took the lead with Zoom and Google Classroom, and we owe her a big debt of gratitude for the hours she put into the scheduling alone. We are proud to be able to continue classes including Spanish, honors math, reading resource, and computer as well as regular classroom lessons. Teachers are up early and open for office hours at 7:30 each weekday morning. Students are presenting projects and sharing their pets in real time during "Show and Tell." Every day we are proving that where there is a will there is definitely a way, maybe many ways. Once again, Chapel steps up to the challenge and shows her resilience and resolve. God bless CCS! Stay safe and well, Friends.
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Mr. D. and Family to the Rescue!

What did you do this Sunday? Most of us probably wouldn't have a very interesting response to that query given the current shelter in place policy. Mr. del Pozo's answer would be, "I drove for six hours delivering math books to students and bringing birthday cheer to some 8th graders." (All the while, of course, adhering to proper social distancing guidelines.) But don't worry; he wasn't alone. The whole del Pozo family packed into the car and participated in a birthday drive-by for 8th graders Althea and Izzy. Then it was off to Korea Town, Park La Brea, Hollywood, and Culver City delivering math books to Chapel students. The family was greeted with smiles and "Thank-yous!" from parents and students alike. We are blessed at Chapel to have such devoted teachers and supportive families. Stay safe and God bless CCS!
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