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MARCH 2017
Lent 2017
 
Each year, just before this holy season begins, Pope Francis releases a letter on the Season of Lent. His message both encourages and challenges us to make this Lent a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving with the goal of growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The Holy Father calls Lent "a new beginning." Who among us doesn't need that from time to time?
 
At Bishop Kelley High School, we began Lent today with an all school Mass and the distribution of ashes. All of our students are invited to come forward and be marked with ashes that remind us "that we are dust and to dust we shall return." Our life here on earth is limited. It won't last forever. Our day will come. So knowing this begs the question, "What will I do with the life God has given me?"  This is a profound question and one we hope to put in front of our students daily. 
 
The goal of a Bishop Kelley education has to be about more than just getting into college and getting a job. Those goals are admirable and it's inspiring to see our graduates achieve them, but what's after that? What’s the bigger picture? This education we are privileged to be a part of and this life we've been given have to be focused on higher goals, namely eternal life.
 
Pope Francis tells us in his 2017 Lenten Message that "Lent is a favorable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving." For each one of us and especially for our students, may our spiritual lives be deepened so that we may attain eternal life with God.  A blessed Lent to all!
 
In Christ,


 
Rev. Brian O'Brien
President
 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

ACADEMIC BOWL WINS
FOURTH CONSECUTIVE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP


Congratulations to the Bishop Kelley Academic Bowl team! This is their fourth consecutive state win and fifth state win in the past six years. Team members include Angela Brown, Joseph Mellor, Devin Raine, Turner Snapp and Joshua Gottes. Coached by Medea Bendel and Michael Blazek. Good luck at the National Championship in May!
 
NINE BISHOP KELLEY STUDENTS NAMED
NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS

Congratulations to our nine finalists! This year, Bishop Kelley had the most National Merit Finalists of any private school in Oklahoma and came in second for the Tulsa area (behind Jenks). Back row: Joshua Gottes, Joseph Mellor, Jacob Liechti, Jacob Regan and Andrés Gonzalez; Front row: Anna Hanisch, Beth Keaney, Gianna Busch and Elizabeth Whelan.
 
ALL BK CHOIR STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR STATE

At the district solo and ensemble contest last weekend, all three BK ensembles received a superior rating and will be perfoming at the State Contest. Additionally, soloists Luke Vaughan, Kelly Steichen, Anna Purvis, Michael Hanisch and Katherine Soulé will be performing. Congrats!
 

MATT SMITH WINS 5A

STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP


Senior Matt Smith (220 lb division) took home the gold last weekend in the 5A State Wrestling Championship. This is the first individual state wrestling win for Bishop Kelley since 1990. Kyle Urich (heavyweight) placed fourth. They are coached by Zac Livingston, and Todd Chesboro. Congratulations to you both!
 

SWIMMING PLACES AT STATE,
EARNS ACADEMIC AWARDS


The Tulsa World named junior Patrick Callan “Swimmer of the Week” for his amazing feats in the 5A State Championship. His winning times in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard butterfly broke existing state records. With teammates Riley Crismon, Rafael Serrano and Jack Callan, the state record in the 400-yard freestyle relay was also broken. Other 1st place state wins for the boys include Jack Callan in the 500-yard and 200-yard freestyle and the relay team mentioned above in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The boys swimming team received a Distinguished Academic Achievement Award and ranks in the Top 5 teams of their district.



Beth Grundy on the girls team placed 2nd in the 100-yard breaststroke and 4th in the 100-yard butterfly. The team of Laney Sims, Grace Roy, Grace Arnold and Beth Grundy broke the school record for the 400-yard freestyle relay. The girls swimming team earned an Academic Achievement certificate for all athletes maintaining a good GPA.
 
Way to go, BK Swimmers!

 

SPEECH AND DEBATE SENDS
41 STUDENTS TO REGIONALS


After multiple sweepstakes wins over the past month, BK will send 41 of their Speech and Debate students to Regionals.  At the Jenks Tournament last weekend, twelve students placed in their events and half of those were 1st place wins. These next few months include tournaments in the regional, district and national level. Good luck!
 

JUNIOR RILEY MCDONALD HONORED
BY THE TULSA SAR CHAPTER


Bishop Kelley faculty nominated BK junior Riley McDonald to receive an Outstanding Citizenship Award from the Tulsa Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. McDonald received the award in a ceremony at the Hardesty Regional Library last Saturday. This achievement was announced in the Tulsa World and attended by notable figures in the Tulsa government, including Jonathan Townsend, an assistant to Mayor G. T. Bynum. Congratulations, Riley!
 

STRING ENSEMBLE RECEIVES
"EXCELLENT" RATING


In early February, the BK String Ensemble attended the Regent Invitational. They earned an “Excellent” rating and were named one of the winning ensembles. Cello soloist Camille Shelton was also named the winner in her category. Well done!
 

THREE BK STUDENTS NAMED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR CANDIDATES


Seniors Beth Keaney, Gianna Busch and Joseph Mellor are three of 4,000 candidates nationally for the prestigious Presidential Scholars program sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Education. Congratulations!

SPRING 2017 SPORTS SCHEDULE

Winter sports are winding down and spring sports are beginning this March at Bishop Kelley.
Check the links below for the 2016-17 varsity schedules.

BOYS
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track & Field
Baseball
GIRLS
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track & Field
 

REMEMBERING BROTHER CHRIS BAKER:
1 YEAR LATER

Former English teacher Donna Bingham gave us this lovely reflection of
Brother Chris Baker, F.S.C., whose first death anniversary will be marked on March 16th:
 
“I can't believe it's been a year since Chris left us, but I'm so grateful we have his garden, graced by his smiling face, to remind us that his presence lingers. Chris and I shared a passion for nature and for the hard work of gardening. I think of him often when I have my hands in the dirt or when I take a bouquet to a friend. Chris was a great believer that flowers should be shared. 

His last gift to me was allowing me to spend time with him during his illness, when his spirit and resilience were tested by suffering. ‘Gardening is a gift of grace’. Time with Chris was also a gift of grace. I miss him.”
 
Brother Chris Baker, F.S.C., taught at Bishop Kelley for over twenty years.

REMAINING ACT/SAT TEST DATES
FOR 2016-2017


 
 
ACT TEST DATES REGISTRATION DEADLINE
April 8, 2017 (at BK) March 3 2017
June 10, 2017
 
May 5, 2017
 
SAT TEST DATES REGISTRATION DEADLINE
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017
 

APRIL 19 IS TEST DAY FOR JUNIORS

On April 19th, Bishop Kelley will be administering the ACT with Writing to all juniors. This ACT is referred to as a State/District test.  What is most important for you is that this test is an official ACT that colleges and universities will use for admission and scholarship. Juniors will complete the registration process in school and there is no cost to students.  

Bishop Kelley is a national test center so we will be administering the April 8th ACT. Juniors may register for this test but registration occurs at the ACT web site and there is a cost.  If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Lawler (mlawler@bishopkelley.org or 918-627-3390 ext 117) in the Guidance office.

APRIL PREP CLASSES

ACT Prep leading up to the April 19 ACT test begins after school on Monday, March 20. Registration is required. Click here for details and registration.

KELLEYWOOD - LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION

The 37th Annual Bishop Kelley Auction is Saturday, April 22nd from 6-11 p.m. at Bishop Kelley.  This ­will be a magical evening full of Hollywood glamour and entertainment that includes cocktails, dinner, Live and Silent Auctions, wine pull, Bruce G. Weber raffle, and of course - music and dancing.  The many opportunities to shop and
donate are listed below.  

 
Proceeds from Kelleywood will go to tuition assistance and the purchase of 850 Google Chromebooks for all Bishop Kelley students. Make your patron or individual reservations here. Thank you for your generous support of Bishop Kelley!

 

SHOP BEFORE THE AUCTION

 Best of the Best
One-hundred $100 tickets will be sold.  The winner, drawn just before the Live Auction, gets their choice of a Live Auction item from a select list.  You could win a Live Auction package ranging in value from $2,100 to $6,000 package for your $100 ticket!

Buy your tickets online here April 3 – April 22 or at the Auction - if there are any left. You do not need to be present at the Auction to win.     
 
Romancing the Stone - Bruce G. Weber Raffle
Buy as many $25 raffle tickets as you like for a chance to win a stunning Ippolita necklace and earring set from Bruce G. Weber.  Buy your raffle tickets online here beginning April 3 – April 22 or at the Auction. You do not need to be present at the Auction to win.
           
BKbay
Shop till you drop, online that is.  Over 300 items including: fly fishing equipment, jewelry, original artwork, gift certificates for orthodontic treatments, restaurants, fitness studios, and retail stores plus the always favorite reserved seats at BK graduation, reserved top of the U parking spots and reserved seats for the 2018 musical.  So much to bid on!  Shop here beginning Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 23 at 9:00 p.m.
 
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SHOP AT THE AUCTION (APRIL 22)
 
            Romancing the Stone - Bruce G. Weber
$25 raffle wrist bands to win a stunning Ippolita necklace and earring set.   
 
Wine Pull
Enjoy the surprise of finding out which bottle of wine you win
each time you play.  $25 per “pull”.   
 
Dollar Dash
Be ready to run!  This game kicks off the after dinner fun and gets
everyone on their feet.     
 
Silent Auction
Over 25 packages including The Cameraman - a GoPro Camera, Family Vacation - an Ozark Mountain Getaway, and Pitch Perfect 1 and 2 – tickets to the Tim McGrawFaith Hill concert at the BOK. Visit here to learn about all of the packages.
 
Live Auction
Twelve fabulous packages on which to bid. These packages include: Hooray for Holy-wood – a woodworking item carved by Bishop Konderla, La La Land – an LA trip to the AMAs, and Men in Black – the Priests’ Dinner for ten. Visit here to learn about all of the packages.
 
Fund a Need
Opportunity to donate directly to Kelleywood.  No shopping involved, just giving directly to support the two projects that this year’s Auction proceeds will fund: tuition assistance and Google Chromebooks.   

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE

2017 ANGELO PRASSA
MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 2017 Angelo Prassa Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Please mark your calendar and plan to support BK students. Watch your email this summer for details or contact Katherine Devonshire at kdevonshire@bishopkelley.org.

SPIRIT STORE HOURS

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The Spirit Store will be open during lunch hours from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The store is located in the BK Cafeteria.
 
Email spiritstore@bishopkelley.org or call 918.627.3390. Thank you for supporting Bishop Kelley with your purchase. Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and
American Express are accepted.

MARCH BOY AND GIRL OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to Erica Burdick and Riley Crismon!
 
Erica Burdick is highly involved in the Bishop Kelley Jazz C­hoir and musicals. Outside of school, she’s played piano for over ten years. Erica plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to study Nursing or Physical Therapy.
 
An active swimmer, Riley Crismon is a recent state champion and state record breaker for the 400-yard Freestyle Relay. Riley is also actively involved in Student Council, Comet Ambassadors and LinkCrew. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to study Pre-Med.

WINTER TEACHERS OF THE MONTH

December: Lee Ann Parrish

Mrs. Parrish has done a fantastic job of being our librarian.  From quarter book clubs to displays to running events on the LCD, Mrs. Parrish makes going to the library an enjoyable experience.  She is always at her desk ready to help students, and they do not hesitate to ask her for help.  She makes the library a warm and inviting place; it is definitely the place to be before and after school.  Her bright and sparkling personality make her an approachable person.  She's been a fantastic addition to BK.


January: Katie Abhoud (Morgan)

Mrs. Abboud teaches English to 9th, 10th and 11th grades as well as ACT Prep and Creative Writing.  This is Mrs. Abboud's second year in her second stint at Bishop Kelley. She taught for 10 years before being a stay-at-home mom to Morgan and Emily. Even then, she kept her connection with Bishop Kelley students by teaching the ACT and PSAT prep classes after school.  She is now back in the classroom bringing renewed energy and perspectives. She is joyful in her interactions with all and an important part of the English department and BK faculty.
PTO LENTEN WOMEN'S RETREAT

Bishop Kelley’s PTO invites you to their Women’s Mini-Retreat, which will be held
Wednesday, March 8th, 9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 
The morning will begin with Mass, followed by a presentation from Sheila Michie ‘71, lunch, and open discussion. The day will end with confession. All women are welcome to attend any portion of the retreat or its entirety. Please RSVP for the retreat with
Kathy Sands at lukent007@yahoo.com.
CLUB 19 MONTHLY LUNCH

Thursday, March 23rd
12 p.m. / Charleston’s, 6839 South Yale Ave
 
RSVP to Yadi Boykin at 918-500-4220 or yahairab6@gmail.com
BK COMET SIGHTINGS


Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel ’06 was interviewed by ESPN in preparation
for the 2017 MLB season. Read the article here.

 

Lynne Smith Driscoll ’86 visited the current BK swimming team before the state meet.
She’s one of only 1,000 people worldwide to swim the English Channel in under 10 hours.

 

Jordan Chimento ’14 started the Boston College softball season well with two home runs.
Read more about the game here.

 

Father Matt Gerlach ‘88 promoted “Cooking Up Compassion” with
BK President Father Brian O’Brien in an entertaining video. Watch it here.

 

Dr. Michael Weisz ‘71 will be inaugurated as the 110th President of the
Tulsa County Medical Society on March 3rd. Read the Tulsa World article here.

 

Matthew Craig ‘14 is a commentator for Ball State men’s basketball games on ESPN3.

 

Carrie Satrom ‘02 spoke with students in Mrs. Kauble’s class about her
missionary work in South Sudan as a midwife.

 

Cameron Victor ‘16 was featured in this February’s Eastern Oklahoma Catholic Magazine
as a seminarian for the Diocese of Tulsa.

 

Patrick Steichen ‘15 was named Co-Best Male Performer at the 2017 OSU Varsity Revue
and was featured on the cover of the O’Colly, their student newspaper.

BELIEVE IN KELLEY

Thanks to our loyal donors to Believe in Kelley, we surpassed our halfway point of $250,000 at the start of the new year. Below is our plan to achieve the school’s highest-ever annual fund goal of $500,000 by June 30th, 2017.

During the final months of this school year, help celebrate milestone service dates for various long-tenured faculty and administration with a contribution in their names on special dates. Of course, we welcome your gifts at any time as we work on behalf of our students for those three F’s: Furniture, Frequency (new sound systems and school-wide PA) and Financial Aid.

If you would like to honor a beloved faculty member and make a Believe in Kelley gift in their name, please go to www.bishopkelley.org/give or call the Advancement Office at (918) 627-3390.


If you graduated in a year ending in 2 or 7,
2017 is your reunion year! 


Bishop Kelley's Reunion Weekend:
June 16 - 17, 2017
Formal invitation with details to follow in the Spring.
If you have any questions about your reunion,
please contact Katherine Devonshire '09,
Director of Alumni Relations,
at alumni@bishopkelley.org or 918-609-7146.
 
We're coming to Dallas!
Father O'Brien and Katherine Devonshire will be in Dallas for an Alumni Gathering on Saturday, May 13th. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we hope to see you! Watch for details.

Let us know what's happening in your life!
With over 10,000 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 Update
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. 

CAN'T AFFORD COLLEGE? YES YOU CAN!

The state of Oklahoma will help pay college tuition through Oklahoma's Promise. This program is open to students in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade whose family income is $50,000 or less and who agree to meet certain academic requirements and conduct standards. The requirements for the Oklahoma’s Promise program are described below:
 

**Be an Oklahoma resident
**Graduate from an Oklahoma high school
**Take 17 units of high school courses and achieve at least a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. 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 Arts course)
**Achieve a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 for all courses in grades 9-12
**Achieve at least a 2.5 G.P.A. in the 17 cores 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 guidance office or go to www.okpromise.org or email okpromise@osrhe.edu.  Students may now apply on-line for the program at www.okpromise.org

2017 SENIOR CLASS LEGACY GIFT


Twenty-three gifts for the senior class legacy gift to Bishop Kelley have started coming in. This year’s gift will be the establishment of a flag plaza in front of the MQP main entrance (similar to the one pictured above at St. Pius X School), featuring three, lighted flag poles that will carry the U.S., the State, and the Vatican flags.

To support the Senior Class Legacy Gift, we suggest a gift of $25/year for 4 years (total of $100), with the first gift being made now. After this semester, the BK Advancement Office will send students pledge reminders in ‘18, ‘19, and ‘20.  This will insure that the students’ names will be listed in four consecutive BK Annual Reports (mailed out to 10,000 constituents) in hopes of creating a philanthropic habit toward giving back to BK.

 

Pledge forms can be filled out online or can be found in the Main Office and the Advancement Office where students can see Katherine Devonshire, Director of Alumni Relations.

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