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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT

A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT

     At 1:19 am on Sunday, August 6th a sudden and violent tornado popped up just down the road from Bishop Kelley High School. It ripped down 41st Street moving east and damaging everything in its path, including several of the businesses that surround BK.
 
     The storm did wake me early that morning but I didn’t think our neighborhood was in any danger and went back to sleep. Around 5 a.m. I was awakened by a text telling me there was storm damage around 41st and Yale and asking if Bishop Kelley was okay. I jumped up (as much as a person can at 5 a.m.) and headed for school. The total team effort began with that text from an alumnus and current parent who cares deeply about our school.
 
     The team grew when I arrived at school and realized our facilities staff was already there. They had been there since 2 a.m. when the alarms went off. That's dedication! Jerry Iten drove me around in his golf cart to show me the damage and update me on the situation.
 
     While our neighbors took the brunt of the storm, we had very little damage. A section of breezeway in front of our Science and Technology Building and our electronic marquee were damaged. That's it. Jerry then drove me out to 41st Street where I saw the significant damage our business neighbors had sustained. I felt a great sense of gratitude. And then I prayed.
 
     As the sun began to rise, our administrators began to update our community, our alumni, and our friends on social media. The local media began to call. The BK teamwork continued with the arrival of FOX 23’s news reporter Cailey Dougherty, a 2010 BK alum. She was on the first day of her vacation and was called in by the station to cover the storm. Later that day another alum, Channel 2's Jon Haverfield ’09 came to campus to cover it as well.
 
     The team effort gained even more momentum as decisions were made to delay the start of freshman orientation. Our parents, students, faculty, and staff were great. They were flexible and responsive to the changes including the rerouting of traffic and allowing for the extra time to get to and from school.
 
     If that weren’t enough, the parents of two alumni called to ask about expenses related to the tornado. Upon learning that our insurance deductible is $5,000, this family offered to pay it. A special thanks to James and Kathy Royal for your generosity!
 
     So while the ordeal isn't over for our neighbors on 41st Street, the tornado has not slowed Bishop Kelley down.  The new school year is well underway thanks to the dedicated men and women who work at BK and who support us in many different ways. For that, we are grateful. We have quite a team!
 
Please pray for us every day!

 
In Christ,


 
Rev. Brian O'Brien
President
 

2017 FALL MUSICAL: THE WIZARD OF OZ


September 27 & 28 at 7 P.M.

September 30 at 2 P.M.
October 1 at 7 P.M.


Tickets will be available for purchase on our website at noon on Thursday, September 7.

Last year, tickets sold out in under 24 hours, so mark your calendars!

BK'S FIRST PRINCIPAL CELEBRATES MILESTONES

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Brother Alfred Marshall, F.S.C. recently celebrated both his 90th birthday and 60th anniversary of being a brother. Congratulations!

MEET THE COMETS KICKS OFF SEASON

   
Over 300 parents, students, alumni and fans celebrated the start of the 2017 football season with food, raffles and Booster Club purchases. Thanks to everyone who came to support our Comets!

If you would like to purchase a Booster Club membership for 2017 - 2018, click here.

PATRICK CALLAN PLACES IN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH TEAM USA


Senior Patrick Callan and Team USA placed 2nd in the 200-meter freestyle relay at the FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis. He placed 4th in the individual 200-meter freestyle. Great job!

ADMINISTRATION HOSTS
BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRADITIONS

   
Coach Parks, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Oberste and Principal Jim Franz served our students at the annual Watermelon Day and Back-to-School Breakfast. 

NEW BANNERS COMMEMORATE
ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS


New state championship banners were installed in the large gym this week. We look forward to adding even more years to them!

PRIESTS CONDUCT ANNUAL CAMPUS BLESSING


Our four campus priests performed their annual campus blessing, including every classroom, athletic facility and even the breezeway. Thank you to Fr. David Webb, Fr. Brian O'Brien, Fr. Bryan Ketterer and Fr. Duy Nguyen!

RETIRED BROTHER RETURNS TO THE CLASSROOM


Brother Kevin Fitzgerald, FSC who recently retired from full-time teaching has been visiting BK classrooms to discuss the teachings of De La Salle and his own 40-year teaching career. He currently lives in the BK Brothers Residence.

FALL SPORTS SCHEDULES


Check the links below for current team schedules and updates:

Football
Volleyball
Softball
Cross Country - Boys
Cross Country - Girls

SEPTEMBER BOY AND GIRL OF THE MONTH


Congratulations to REMMI SMITH and THOMAS CUNNINGHAM!

Remmi Smith is a graduate of Marquette Catholic School. She's President of NHS and participates in Mock Trial and Photography Club. At 8 years old, she started her own cooking show which has developed into a successful business. After high school, she would like to further study culinary arts.

Thomas Cunningham is a graduate of Monte Cassino. He's currently the Student Council President and also participates in soccer and LinkCrew, among other activities. After high school, he would like to pursue a career in the medical field.

ACT AND SAT TEST DATES

ACT *
September 9, 2017 (at BK)
October 28, 2017
December 9, 2017
February 10, 2018
April 14, 2018 (at BK)
June 9, 2018
SAT
October 7, 2017
November 4, 2017
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.

PTO EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS


     Our first meeting will be September 5th, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. in the Stephenson Family Library Meeting Room. I would like to extend an invitation to all freshman parents to come to our first meeting fifteen minutes early (8:00 am, Tuesday September 5) to help coordinate our freshman parent group — Club 2021. Please mark your calendars for our other meetings — November 7th, 2017, January 9th, 2018, March 6th, 2018 and May 8th, 2018.

     Our Moms in Prayer group, led by Janet Pynn, will be meeting in September. This group will meet in the Chapel Foyer every Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. to pray for our students and staff. All are welcome to come!

     We are looking forward to Kidfest (Kid Festival/Carnival) on Friday, September 15th, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Kelley Krazies will be hosting games for our younger Comets on the football practice field (just north of the Commons). PTO will be selling water, pop, and pizza. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me at pamela.rhodes@sbcglobal.net. Bring your family out to enjoy a fall evening of fun and support the Comet football team.

2017 ANGELO PRASSA
MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT


The 2017 Angelo Prassa Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at the Cedar Ridge Country Club. This year's proceeds will be split between the Angelo Prassa Tuition Assistance Fund and the operating budget for BK Athletics. 

Get a Hole-in-One on a Par 3 course and win a 2-year lease on a new car, provided by Don Thornton Automotive!

Visit our website for registration information.


We only have room for five more teams! Sign up soon!

BK TRIVIA NIGHT 2018

Save the Date, Saturday, January 20, for Bishop Kelley Trivia Night!

 Event Details
The price for a standard table for 10 players is $300. This includes 20 “alcohol” drink tickets for wine and margaritas.  Food and drink tickets for all other food and drink (including beer) can be purchased in advance online or at the event.

The price for a sponsor table for 10 players is $650 and includes 30 “alcohol” drink tickets for wine and margaritas. Plus…….. $100 of food & drink tickets (for all other food and drink, including beer), a table runner, and recognition the night of the event.

All reservations are made for a table not for individual players.

When you make your reservation you can request the Gym you would like to be in; Big Gym or Small Gym.  Those requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

Reservation Info
Sponsor Tables

Reservations will open online Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. for sponsor table reservations or you may contact Robin at 609-7114 to make your sponsor table reservation over the phone. Sponsor table reservations must be made before October 9th when all available tables go on sale online as standard tables.

Standard Tables

Reservations will open online Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. for standard table reservations.  All standard table reservations must be made online.  You cannot call in to make a standard table reservation.


Go to the Bishop Kelley website Monday, September 18 to make sponsor table reservations or Monday, October 10 to make standard table reservations.  

38TH ANNUAL BISHOP KELLEY AUCTION


Save the date for the 38th Annual Bishop Kelley Auction
on Saturday, April 7, 2018!


That is less than 200 days away, but who’s counting?  We are and we are excited about it!  Shawna Rocco and Julie Woolslayer are chairing the Auction and have a wonderful committee helping plan this fun evening for the Bishop Kelley community.  Proceeds from the 2018 Auction will be used for tuition assistance and to purchase new desks (to replace the 20 year old desks) for 36 classrooms.

Gift Gathering in the classrooms for the BK Auction will take place October 26 – November 10.  Would you like to visit your student’s first block class for ten minutes on three Thursdays beginning October 26th as a Gift Gathering Volunteer? It’s a great short-term volunteer opportunity.  Contact Heather Conklin (918-688-3902), Mary Culver (918-638-4974), or Laurie Wollmershauser (918-557-4284) with questions or to volunteer.  

Gift Gathering is where we ask all Bishop Kelley families to donate to the Auction.  Whether it is cash, gift cards, a service at a business, tickets to an event, or a stay in a vacation home – it all makes a difference and will help us raise funds for tuition assistance and desks.  Think about how you might be able to help.  If you have any questions contact Robin at rlewis@bishopkelley.org.

BK COMET SIGHTINGS
 
Fr. Matt Gerlach '88 was featured in the Tulsa World as St. Pius X Catholic School celebrated 60 years of Catholic education.

Cristin O'Connor '01 Shelby of Shelby & Ross Produce cooked a delicious recipe on News on 6. She also provided the watermelon for BK's Annual Watermelon Day. Thanks!

Nick '02 and Patti (Zumwalt) '02 DeBolt 
made news again for their love of OU, naming their children after QB Baker Mayfield and Head Coach Lincoln Riley.

Stephanie Forrest '03 was featured in an Oklahoma Magazine article on young professionals returning to their Tulsa roots.

Dallas Keuchel '06 passed Steve Sparks for the most major league wins by a Tulsa born pitcher.

Angela Monhaut '06 Belleville presented to a Bishop Kelley speech class about the process of applying for a job.

Mindy Robertson '06 Barker and her husband were featured in a Preview 918 article about their theatre company, Encore! Theatre Arts.

Adley Stump '07 released her new single “Call You Mine” and raised $10,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Sarah Sullivan '07 created a mural for Kiddlestix Toy Store at 38th and Harvard.

Matthew Hanisch '15 was featured on the Church of St. Mary website for his work over the summer with Family Theater Productions in Hollywood.

Kyle Urich '17 was named an Eagle Scout.

Matthew Smith '17 was featured in Oklahoma Magazine’s “The Future Is Here” segment, which highlights outstanding high school graduates from around the state.

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 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!

COLLEGE CONNECTION

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

1:00-3:00pm

Central Park Hall - Expo Square Fairgrounds

Over 125 colleges and universities will be on hand to meet with students and answer questions.  All students and parents are encouraged to attend.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about your dream college/university.

FINANCIAL AID SEMINAR

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

6:30 PM

Bishop Kelley High School - Student Commons

Vicki Hendrickson, the Director of Financial Aid at the University of Tulsa will be here to discuss the college financial aid process.  Parents of seniors are especially encouraged to attend since you will have the opportunity to fill in your FAFSA beginning October 1, 2017.  Any questions, please contact Maureen Lawler (mlawler@bishopkelley.org) in the Guidance office.

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 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.  

MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Keeping your teen safe and healthy can feel like a full-time job. Parents and guardians, you can check one thing off your “worry list” by talking to your teen’s healthcare provider to see that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations!  You might be surprised to hear this, but millions of teens across the country are under-vaccinated, and outbreaks of serious infectious diseases, which can lead to death, are still taking place.1,2 

The CDC recommends that teens receive the following vaccines to protect against serious infectious diseases.3 Talk with your healthcare provider about vaccinating your teen!

Meningococcal vaccine 
Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious disease that develops rapidly and can claim a life in as little as one day.4 Of those who survive, approximately one in five are left with serious medical problems like amputation, deafness, and brain damage.Teens are at increased risk of meningococcal meningitis. This increased risk may be due to activities like sharing utensils and kissing.6,7,8  

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
HPV can cause various cancers in both boys and girls.9

Tdap vaccine
Tetanus causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over your body;diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat and can also lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death; andpertussis causes coughing spells and can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death, particularly in infants.10

Flu vaccine
Flu can lead to fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and more. Serious outcomes include hospitalization and even death.11
Questions? Contact Tierney Dower, RN, school nurse, at tdower@bishopkelley.org

Learn more about vaccination at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/index.html and visit the website for more information.

Please download this file for more information about meningitis from the Oklahoma Department of Health.

ASBESTOS: According to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 Bishop Kelley must annually notify all parents, teachers, and other faculty and staff members of our Asbestos Management Plan. Information regarding any asbestosrelated activities planned or in progress can be reviewed at your request.  The management plan is in the office of the Dean of Students.
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