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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT

THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW...

     While a freshman at Boston College, I stopped by the office of my Philosophy professor after I had earned a less than stellar grade on a paper. We spoke for a few minutes and he gave me some advice for the next one. He could see that my confidence was low, and as I left the office he said, "There's always tomorrow. Keep working hard." With just a month left in my tenure at Bishop Kelley High School, I'm running out of "tomorrows.” I promise in this last month to keep working hard for the good of the community. That includes working with the administration and Father Gary Kastl to ensure a smooth transition.

     The recent Thanksgiving break gave me an opportunity to see my family in Texas and to do some thinking. I thought about the small things like, "Do I have enough boxes to move my stuff?" and "How will my mail get forwarded?" I also thought about the big things like "What will the next 10 years of Bishop Kelley High School look like?" When I look back at my 10 years and then think about the “tomorrows” of our school, I've never been more optimistic about the future of BKHS.

     With a talented faculty, a dedicated staff, a devoted administration, an engaged Board of Directors, energetic chaplains, a dynamic incoming president, and the best students in the world...the future is bright at 41st and Hudson!

     As I pack my bags for Saint Francis Xavier in Stillwater, I'm both optimistic and incredibly grateful. I came to Tulsa in 1998 on a two-year teaching stint through the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. But almost 20 years later, here we are. It was because of the community I found at Bishop Kelley that I wanted to stay in Tulsa. It was because of the community I found at Bishop Kelley that I found my vocation to the priesthood in the Diocese of Tulsa. And it's these last 10.5 years as a priest when I've served at BK as chaplain (2007-2009) and as president (2009-2017) where I've found great joy.

     When I left for seminary in 2002, I thought I’d only return to Bishop Kelley for the occasional auction or football game. I never thought I’d return to serve as its president. Being a priest is awesome, but being a priest at Bishop Kelley has been a dream come true. What a great privilege it has been to be a part of the goodness that this community offers every day. To God be the glory!
 

In Christ,


 
Rev. Brian O'Brien
President

TRAV'S COATS FOR KIDS COMES TO BK



News on 6 and Yale Cleaners came to Bishop Kelley to pick up a school wide collection of coats for Trav’s Coats for Kids, an organization that partners with Catholic Charities to get coats to local youth in need. Around 900 coats were donated by the students and faculty.
NHS VETERANS DAY SERVICE PROJECT

National Honor Society students gathered treats to send to multiple servicemen currently overseas.

YEARBOOK STUDENTS WIN AWARDS


Yearbook staff students won a few awards at the Oklahoma Scholastic Media Yearbook Competition.

GRANDPARENTS DAY AND DANCE 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended this annual event. Three-hundred and eleven grandparents attended the dance and prayer services. We look forward to seeing you next year!

TWO BISHOP KELLEY FIGURES AFFILIATED
AS HONORARY CHRISTIAN BROTHERS

   
Dean of Student Activities Gary Oberste '70 and retired Director of Campus Ministry Marianne Stich will be affiliated into the Institute of The Brothers of The Christian Schools. The honor is given to those who have supported the Institute and its work in knowledge of, interest in and commitment to the mission of the Brothers. Through affiliation, Gary Oberste and Marianne Stich will be named honorary Brothers. The ceremony will be held at Bishop Kelley on December 8th following an all-school Mass.

PALLBEARERS SOCIETY AT MASS
WITH BISHOP KONDERLA


Our Pallbearers Society, a group of students who are on call to assist with funerals for those with little or no family, assisted Bishop Konderla at the Calvary Cemetery All Souls Day Mass.

FALL MISSION TRIP IN STIGLER/POTEAU


   
Students spent a weekend in Stigler and Poteau working on local service projects.

NHS INDUCTION NIGHT


Eight NHS students were promoted to officer positions and assisted with the
induction of 110 new members.

FALL STUDENT-ATHLETES SIGN WITH COLLEGES

Congratulations to all of our fall signing student-athletes!

Ryan Gendron - Oklahoma State University (Baseball)

Lexi Sheely - Florida Institute of Technology (Lacrosse)

Cameryn Hart - Oklahoma Baptist University (Lacrosse)

Rachel Carlson - Oklahoma Baptist University (Lacrosse)

Jake McMurray - Oral Roberts University (Baseball)

Patrick Callan - University of Michigan (Swimming)

Hannah Matuszak - Winona State University (Gymnsastics)

WWII VETERAN SPEAKS AT BISHOP KELLEY


WWII Navy Veteran 2nd Carpenter's Mate Jake Satterfield and his wife Dorotha spoke with some of our students in honor of Veterans Day. They are pictured with family friend Cheryl Pearce, a member of the BK staff.

STUCO VISITS VOCATION DAY AT MARQUETTE

      
Student Council members joined Father O’Brien and Father Webb at the Diocese of Tulsa's
5th Grade Vocation Day.

FATHER O'BRIEN RECOGNIZED BY ST. JOSEPH'S

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Father Brian O'Brien received an award at the endowment dinner for St. Joseph Catholic School in Muskogee. He was recognized for strengthening the ties between BK and St. Joseph and facilitating the bus that brings Muskogee students to our school every day.

HOLIDAY HOURS AT THE SPIRIT STORE



Normal Hours
Tues-Fri
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

*Special Saturday Hours*
12/2 - 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
12/9 - 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
12/16 - 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 

WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULES

 WATCH EVENTS AT BKTV.LIVE


The following events will be streamed live at BKTV:


Basketball
12/05 vs. Bartlesville (Home Opener)

OCTOBER BOY AND GIRL OF THE MONTH


Congratulations to ELISE DUFFY and MATTHEW GIBSON!

Elise Duffy participates in cross country, STUCO and Class Board. She's also the VP of the Junior Board at The Little Lighthouse. She's currently debating between attending OU or OSU.

Matthew Gibson participates in cross country, track and basketball. He's also very active in his church youth group. He wants to study civil engineering, but is debating between attending OU, OSU or the University of Texas.

ALUMNI BASKETBALL & VOLLEYBALL GAMES


December 26th

Girls Basketball - 6 p.m. (Big Gym)
Volleyball - 6 p.m. (Small Gym)
Boys Basketball - 7 p.m. (Big Gym)

Questions? Contact Katherine Devonshire at kdevonshire@bishopkelley.org.

38TH ANNUAL BISHOP KELLEY AUCTION

What you need to know about this exciting event:

  • The auction is Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Bishop Kelley. Save the Date!
  • You can make your individual or Patron table reservations here.
  • We are raising money for new student/faculty desks in half of the BK classrooms and for tuition assistance.
  • The event will have a cocktail hour with a Wine Pull, a raffle of a beautiful piece of jewelry from Bruce G. Weber, and a Silent Auction that includes tickets to events at the BOK, golf at Southern Hills and The Patriot, weekend getaways at the Hard Rock and Downstream Casino Resorts, a 1 year membership to SALT Yoga, tickets to OU football and KU basketball, and more!
  • The evening will include a delicious dinner and a Live Auction with fabulous packages including: the always popular Priests’ Dinner at the Snapps, a Stillwater Adventure with Father O’Brien and trips to amazing destinations including Durango, Jackson Hole, and NYC.
Gift Gathering
Thank you Bishop Kelley parents, students and faculty for the fabulous Gift Gathering for the 2018 Auction.  Your donations of items, services, experiences, and cash are such a generous contribution to the 38th Annual Auction.  Congratulations to the top 3 classes in the Gift Gathering competition:
1st Place – Mrs. Junger
2nd Place – Coach Trammell
3rd Place – Mr. Coughlin
As a thank you for participating in Gift Gathering all faculty, staff, and students will have free
dress on December 5th.  Thank you Bishop Kelley community for your generosity!

Special thanks to Gift Gathering Chairs Heather Conklin, Mary Culver, and Laurie Wollmershauser for coordinating this effort.  Thank you to each of these Gift Gathering Moms:
 
Kerri Anthony - Carol Berry - Ellie Bailey - Julie Blesi - Kathy Brainerd - Kelley Clark - Heather Conklin - Amy Contreras - Mary Culver - Mary Frances Edmonds - Kathy Elliott - Susan Ernst - Yesenia Estrada - Regan Farris Leake - Amy Frisillo - Teresa Gawey - Jodi Govrik - Afton Gray - Ashley Griffin - Jann Harris - Michele Hathaway - Becky Holder - Michelle Holdgrafer - Brooke Jones - Tana Killman - Hilary Lieberman - Tracie Malloy - Missy McCaw Frette - Lori McNulty - Natalie Pagano - Katy Palisance - Sarah Poleman - Janet Pynn - Brandi Redman - Linda Ritchie - Natalie Shelton - Stacey Shofner - Lori Simmons - Natalie Summerlin - Lisa Swords - Amy Synar - Michelle Taubman - Cynthia Thetge - Meg Wilson - Laurie Wollmershauser - Julie Woolslayer

TRIVIA NIGHT 2018

Bishop Kelley Trivia Night is Saturday, January 20, 2018! This event is as fun for the volunteers as it is the players. We have over 100 volunteers each year that help at the event. Many of our volunteers are regulars and wouldn’t miss it. Volunteers arrive at 5:30 p.m. and finish at 10:30. Each volunteer has an assigned job and receives a BK Trivia Night t-shirt, free food and drink for the evening. If you would like to join in the fun and volunteer, we would love to have you! 

Email or call Robin at rlewis@bishopkelley.org or 918-609-7114 to volunteer.     

GO FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Donors to GO for Catholic Schools can receive a 50% state tax credit (as well as the usual federal and state tax deductions) while providing tuition assistance for those in need! Visit our website to learn more or contact Doug Thomas at dthomas@bishopkelley.org.

*A NOTE ON YEAR END GIVING*

To receive tax credit for the current calendar year, please keep in mind that the date you deliver or mail your donation is generally recognized as the gift date. Although the school will be closed for Christmas Break from the afternoon of December 20th through January 3rd, mail will be checked regularly. In addition, the Advancement Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, December 29, weather permitting. The building may be locked, so if you wish to deliver a check on the 29th, please call 918.609.7142. Credit card gifts must be processed by December 31st.

ACT AND SAT TEST DATES

ACT *
December 9, 2017
February 10, 2018
April 14, 2018 (at BK)
June 9, 2018
SAT
December 2, 2017
March 10, 2018**
May 5, 2018
June 2, 2018
* Bishop Kelley will offer the ACT with Writing on April 24, 2018 to all juniors. More information will be provided at a later date.
**No Subject Tests Offered

To register for these tests go to www.actstudent.org and sat.collegeboard.org.

REGISTRATION

Students will upload a photo and provide a gender when they register.  Photo and gender will be printed on all rosters, tickets, and score reports.

PHOTO ID REQUIRED

Government issued ID (driver’s license, passport), school ID card with photo, school letter with photo, notarized statement with photo are acceptable.  Please note:  personal recognition or photos from yearbooks are no longer acceptable.

ID REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO TESTING ROOM

Students must bring BOTH acceptable photo ID and a paper copy of your admission ticket.  Names on roster and photo ID must match.  Students not listed on roster will not be admitted.

STANDBY TESTING

You can no longer just show up at the center to test.  You will be required to complete a standby testing request online in advance of testing and must print a standby ticket.  This same procedure applies to students wanting to change tests and test centers.

ACT PREP CLASS

A new session of prep classes for the ACT is beginning in January. For more information visit our website.

PTO EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

   
Our next PTO Meeting is January 9th at 8:15 a.m. in the Library Meeting Room.
We hope to see you there!

ALL CLUBS

Whole Latte Love, a coffee and breakfast social, takes place every second Wednesday of the month (right after drop off) at Old School Bagel Cafe on 61st and Yale.

All class clubs are invited to lunch at the Celebrity Club on December 12th at noon. RSVP to Yadi Boykin by December 4th at yahairab6@gmail.com.

CLUB 19

Mom’s Night Out is scheduled for Wednesday, December 27th at the Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow, starting at 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Yadi Boykin by 12/22 so reservations can be made. (That same evening, the kids can meet up for ice skating at the Rose District Pavillion in Broken Arrow from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with a $12 skate rental).

Meet us for lunch at Salata on Friday, January 26th at 12:30 p.m. (61st and Yale)

Want to prepare for Trivia Night? Join us at The Rooftop in Broken Arrow on
Thursday, January 11th at 7:30 p.m. to practice!


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE
TEACHER APPRECIATION COMMITTEE

The staff appreciation holiday lunch is December 19 at 11:30. If you’d like to help by donating desserts or gift cards for faculty and staff gift drawings, please email Holly Lehman at 5lehmans@cox.net.

BK COMET SIGHTINGS
 

Gary Oberste '70 was recognized for his 15+ years of service as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils.

Alfre Woodard '70 will play Sarabi in Disney’s live-action version of “The Lion King”.

Mark Foster '82 released his new book, “Hey! No Peeking: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Embracing Unrequited Love” on Amazon.

Sarah Nuse '98 was named a keynote speaker for the IdeaFestival in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2018.

Jen Clark '00 Kerckhoff '00 wrote an article for Tulsa Kids about the longterm grief of losing her father and how she honors his memory.

Janine Hogan '04 was interviewed by Voyage Dallas about starting her own business, La Petite Event Boutique.

Adam Minihan '05 and David Niles '05 are the front runners in the “Best Blog” Fisher’s Net Awards. Voting ends 12/1.

Dallas Keuchel '06 and the Houston Astros won their first World Series.

Mike Sotelo '06 was interviewed by the Tulsa World for starting the business “Mobile Oiler”, an on-site oil change service.

Kate Austin '07 was interviewed by News on 6 for starting a business making seat belt covers for adults and children with disabilities.

Nashville recording artist Adley Stump '07 was interviewed on Channel 2 news.

Steven Castillo '08 (formerly King) was featured in an article from the University of Tulsa about joining SNL as a writer.

Claire Spears '10 won the Tulsa Startup Series with a $15,000 prize, which will assist with opening her business Press Cafe in the Tulsa Arts District.

Emma Copp '13 is touring with the Vital Theatre Company in NYC in their productions of Pinkalicious and Flight School.

Diana Hassink '14, a University of Dallas volleyball player, was named an Honorable Mention All-American.

George Stoia '15 interviewed retired OU coach Bob Stoops for an article he wrote in the OU Daily.

Marshall Thorpe '15 was interviewed by OU Daily as a promising forward for the OU Men’s Basketball team.

Taylor King '16 received the 2017 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award and scholarship from the AFP of Eastern Oklahoma.

Ashley Coffman '17 wrote an article for the Odyssey Online about finding comfort in praying the rosary.

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST DATES


Have an 8th grader? Know a family on a high school search?

Bishop Kelley's high school placement test dates
are coming up soon!


December 2nd

January 6th


Apply online and register for your student's placement test on our website.
 

FATHER/DAUGHTER HOLIDAY BALL


The Bishop Kelley Speech and Debate Team invites you to our Fourth Annual Father Daughter Holiday Ball on Saturday, December 9th, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Student Commons at Bishop Kelley High School. $20 per couple includes a complimentary picture. $5 for each additional daughter. 

Ages: Pre-school through 8th Grade 

Register on our website.

Questions? Email Erin Clark at eclark@bishopkelley.org

- Fathers Day Weekend (June 15-16) 2018 -

If you graduated in a year ending in 3 or 8,
2018 is your reunion year! 


Help plan your class reunion!
Plans for next year's reunion will be starting in the coming months. If you want to participate in choosing venues, caterers, etc., contact Katherine Devonshire at kdevonshire@bishopkelley.org.

Let us know what's happening in your life!
With nearly 10,500 alumni, we want to make sure we get to share and celebrate important moments in your life. If you have any sort of news, event, or announcement happen in your life that you want to share with your fellow alumni, please click here for your information to be included in our quarterly Alumni Updates. Contact Director of Alumni Relations, Katherine Devonshire if you have questions at kdevonshire@bishopkelley.org.


Weekly Alumni Memories
Check out the BK Facebook page each Thursday for Throwback Thursday #TBT to identify alumni from yearbooks past and present. Recall fond memories and stay connected to BK!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE
ANGELO PRASSA GOLF TOURNAMENT 2018


September 10th, 2018
Event updates will be posted on social media and our website
as the event gets closer.

CAN'T AFFORD COLLEGE?
YES, YOU CAN WITH OKLAHOMA'S PROMISE!

 

   The state of Oklahoma will help pay college tuition through Oklahoma’s Promise.  This program is open to Oklahoma residents in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade who meet certain income requirements along with attendance, conduct and academic requirements.  As of 2017-18, a student qualifies if their parents’ federal adjusted gross income does not exceed $55,000. Upon completion of the program, students will earn:

*Tuition at an Oklahoma public 2 year college or 4 year university

OR

*A portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private college or university

OR

*A portion of tuition for programs that qualify for federal financial aid at public career technology program (new this year)


   The requirements for the Oklahoma’s Promise program are described below:

**Graduate from an Oklahoma high school

**Take 17 units of high school courses and achieve at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in those courses (4 English, 3 Lab Science, 3 Math, 3 History and Citizenship, 2 Foreign Language or Computer courses, 1 additional course from those listed, and 1 fine art)

**Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all courses in grades 9-12

**Achieve at least a 2.5 GPA in the 17 core courses listed above

**Attend school regularly

**Do your homework

**Stay away from drugs and alcohol

**Don’t commit a crime or a delinquent act

**Apply for other financial aid during your senior year of high school
 

For more information contact Maureen Lawler in the counseling office or go to www.okpromise.org or email okpromise@osrhe.edu. Students may now apply online for the program at www.okpromise.org.  

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