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Bishop Kelley should be known for its academics

Dear Bishop Kelley Community,

About seven years ago, Bishop Kelley High School was the beneficiary of a brand assessment study conducted for us by the Littlefield Agency, which has been a great partner for BK over the years. David Littlefield, the agency’s owner, currently serves as our Advisory Council Chairman. As it was my first year here as President, David and his EVP of Brand Strategy, Laurie Tilley, thought a brand assessment, designed to measure perceptions of how BK stacks up against our competitive set in Tulsa, would give me a platform on which to set definitive goals and objectives I would want to achieve as I began to lead BK into the future. I readily agreed and we became willing participants, knowing it was a good time to take stock and see how we were perceived by our constituents within our school community and by the Tulsa community at large.

One of the major findings of the brand study was that, among Tulsa area high schools, Bishop Kelley, was not known for its academics. We were seen as a Catholic, well-rounded, athletic, joyful place where students are cared for and kept safe, with a fine academic program, but we were not perceived as one of the top academic schools in the area.

I remember when this finding was presented to our faculty. They were frustrated by it. They knew Bishop Kelley was a top tier academic institution and they were frustrated that we were not being viewed that way. But oh, how times have changed!

Over the summer we released the news that Bishop Kelley's ACT scores are the highest they've ever been. We also announced that we had more AP scholars than we've ever had. Most recently, we were informed that we had, in the Class of 2017, 10 National Merit Semi-Finalists and 10 Commended Scholars. Those 10 Semi-Finalists represent the 4th most of any school in Oklahoma despite BK being the 56th largest school. We had more semi-finalists than any other private school in the state and more than the other three Oklahoma Catholic high schools combined. 

Bishop Kelley Academics are the real deal. 

But, of course, we don't rest on our laurels. We have many areas upon which we can improve, and our dedicated faculty is committed to doing just that. We continue to strive for excellence in all areas of the school. I ask for your prayers in this important ministry of leading our students, not just to college, but to heaven.

In Christ,



Rev. Brian O'Brien
President  

BK students celebrate top scores in National Merit Scholarship Program 


Ten students from Bishop Kelley High School have been named National Merit Semi-Finalists and will compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Another 10 Bishop Kelley students received National Merit Commendation recognition.

The 10 National Merit Semi-Finalists from Bishop Kelley are: 
  • Gianna Busch, who attended middle school at All Saints
  • Andres Gonzales, who attended middle school at School of St. Mary
  • Joshua Gottes, who attended middle school at Childress in Broken Arrow
  • Anna Hanisch, who attended middle school at School of St. Mary   
  • Beth Keaney, who attended middle school at School of St. Mary  
  • Mackenzie Lewis, who attended middle school in Owasso
  • Joseph Liechti, who attended middle school at St. Pius X
  • Joseph Mellor, who attended middle school at St. Pius X
  • Jacob Regan, who attended middle school at St. Pius X
  • Elizabeth Whelan, who attended middle school at Marquette
These students represent 9 percent of the BK senior class of 2017. Approximately 1.5 million juniors across the United States took the National Merit Qualifying Exam in October 2015.

"This is a clear benchmark that is very public and that many people ask about frequently," School President Fr. Brian O'Brien said. "BK's 10 semi-finalists are  more than any private school in Oklahoma and four more than all three other Catholic high schools combined. My hat's off to these students, their families, and all who prepared them. This kind of recognition will open a lot of doors for these young people."

The Semifinalists named represent approximately 1% of those who took the exam. The 10 commended Bishop Kelley students are:
  • Beth Grundy, who attended middle school at Marquette
  • Kate Huigens, who attended middle school at School of St. Mary
  • Tate Poplin, who attended middle school at Monte Cassino
  • Victoria Monroe, who attended middle school at St. Pius X
  • Ryan Evans, who attended middle school at St. Pius X
  • Eytan Kaiser, who attended middle school at Undercroft Montessori
  • Patrick Huycke, who attended middle school at Regis Jesuit
  • Megan Hsieh, who attended middle school at St. Joseph
  • Enriq de Asis, who attended middle school at All Saints
  • Ryan Moore, who attended middle school at Childress in Broken Arrow
In addition, three Bishop Kelley students were named National Hispanic Scholars. Andres Gonzales is a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist; Victoria Monroe received commended status and Diana Griffin, who attended middle school at School of St. Mary is selected as a National Hispanic Scholar. 

New choir and piano room is a blessing, thanks to donors

By Beth Keaney '17

Thanks to donors of the Believe in Kelley (BiK) annual fund, teachers and students are much happier about their surroundings and ability to prepare for musicals and events.

The new choir room’s proximity to the auditorium and classroom of drama teacher Dana Hoagland helps to streamline rehearsals for musicals.

The much-needed transition of the choir and piano rooms could not have come at a better time for teachers and students. The cast of the fall musical Fiddler on the Roof  appreciates the extra space. Mrs. Hoagland and Choir teacher Amy Junger are excited about the move.

“Having Mrs. Junger’s room be in the STC has helped because, in the past, we had to practice our songs in the hall or in the costume closets, and now we have so much more room,” said Junior cast member Mary McGough. “There can be some of us in her room and some on stage during rehearsal, so we can get more done simultaneously!”

Senior cast member Marcus Lyons said, "Time is especially important because we have to put on a full musical with just an hour and a half of practice a day.”

It will be exciting to watch as the fine arts department continues to grow because Bishop Kelley never stops improving.

The 2016-17 Believe in Kelley annual fund, with your support, will provide funding for furniture, frequency (sound systems) and financial aid. Please consider donating today by clicking here to the BiK Annual Fund. 

College Prep Test
Dates 2016-17

                                           
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017


To register for these tests visit www.actstudent.org and sat.collegeboard.org.
REGISTRATION:


Students will upload a photo and provide their 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, or 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 an acceptable photo ID and a paper copy of their 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.
Click here for more photos and updates on the progress of Phase II  

Sophomores, juniors will take PSAT on Oct. 19
 

The PSAT/NMSQT (Pre-SAT/National Merit Student Qualifying Test) will be given to all Bishop Kelley sophomores and juniors on Wednesday, October 19.   

Please encourage students to read the PSAT Student Guide and take the practice test that is included as well as the Khan Academy practice test.
 
Also, Juniors who took the PSAT in 10th grade can get personalized practice at Khan Academy. Click here for information.
 
See these links for more information about the PSAT/NMSQT or if you have questions, please contact Kelly Jennings at kjennings@bishopkelley.org or call 918-627-3390 X192.

Dance fundraiser Nov. 5 for San Miguel features BK alumni, parent
 

Bishop Kelley parent Steve Allen and Mary Dill '09 are competing among six contestants in the Nov. 5 Spotlight on San Miguel Dancing with the Tulsa Stars. The event helps fund San Miguel Middle School which is dedicated to helping children from challenging environments, regardless of race, nationality, or religion, to achieve academic and personal success through a non-tuition driven, Lasallian education.
 

Current BK parents Matt ('82) and Teresa Perkins Gawey '82 (pictured above) are chairing the event.  

 

Open House 

High School Preview
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Opening Session begins at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium

 

Join School President Rev. Brian O’Brien for the opening session followed by a variety of informational sessions and tours for parents and students alike!


 
 
Meet faculty, staff, and coaches
Financial Aid Presentation
Information on Curriculum
Br. Bernardine Scholars Presentation
Campus tours
Spirit Store and Refreshments

Fr. O'Brien celebrates final vows with BK graduate


Sr. Servant of the Cross Kmetz '01 took her final vows in September in the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Fifty people from Tulsa attended.
 
Fr. Gary Kastl (left) is shown with Sr. Servant and Fr. O'Brien.

Kmetz is a former School of Saint Mary School student who joined a religious community, the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, and was given the name Sister Servant of the Cross.
 
Sr. Servant is pictured with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, and four other Sisters who took final vows. Read more about the Kmetz family in the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic  magazine.  

PhotoShop students create Fiddler on the Roof posters and BK tailgate party images 

Thanks to the creativity and skill of students in Matt Andrews' Adobe PhotoShop class, the fall musical and the fall tailgate party event were promoted through graphics made by students.

Poster designs from Fiddler on the Roof (above) were chosen from many students in the class. A poster created by Junior Anna Williams was selected to promote the musical on campus. Sophomore Elizabeth Butler's design (below) was used to promote the BK tailgate party for Homecoming. 

Thanks to all the students whose contributions are welcomed and appreciated.  

 
Bishop Kelley is heavily featured in October issue of Eastern Oklahoma Catholic magazine 

The October issue of Eastern Oklahoma Catholic features stories about Bishop David Konderla's homily at his first All-School Mass at Bishop Kelley High School on Aug. 19 as well as stories about Anna Soto '11, BK Senior Kelly Steichen and new Catholic Chancery employee and BK grad Caitlyn Benedict '11. 

Brother Richard Merkel, FSC, is featured and Brother Chris Baker, FSC, is remembered for his impact at Bishop Kelley. 
State Champion Academic Bowl Team hosts Escape Room Oct. 28-29

 

Academic Bowl begins its 2016-17 season in a strong position with four returning Varsity players including Seniors: Devin Raine (captain), Joseph Mellor, Josh Gottes and Junior Angela Brown.

To support the team, try something new Halloween weekend October 28-29 by selecting a team to enter the BK Escape Room, a thrilling, suspenseful game for teens and adults on the BK campus. Select your team and sign up to reserve your spot for one or more of our exciting rooms (Egyptian Tomb, Area 51, and The Asylum).

Thanks for supporting the BK Academic Bowl Team which is eyeing its fourth straight state title and fifth in the last six years. Coaches are Medea Bendel, Social Studies Department Chair and Michael Blazek, English instructor.

The team goal is to win the Eastern Oklahoma Academic Conference (EOAC). Conference play is unrelated to State competition which begins with District Seeding on Oct. 10, then Area on Jan. 14, 2017, and followed by State on Feb. 4.

The team's ultimate goal is to return to national tournament for its fourth year. 

"As varsity gears up we are also working to prepare our younger players on our junior varsity and novice teams,"  Bendel said. "These teams both compete in conference play.  We have some strong players in those areas who could move up and join our varsity players this season." 

PTO Parent Club Activities


Club '17

Club '17 Lunch
Wednesday, October 12th at 11:30 a.m. 

Stonehorse Café
1748 Utica Square 
Please join us if you can. Let us know through Facebook or text 918-760-0799


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If you are on Facebook, join us on the Bishop Kelley Club 18 page!      
This is a great way to connect with other Class of 2018 parents and to stay up to date on what's happening!

Club '18 & Club '20 Homecoming Social
Saturday, October 8

Caruso Rooftop
1325 East 15th Street
Drop your kids at the Homecoming Dance and come to the rooftop on 15th Street and hang out before you pick them up from the dance. Bring a small appetizer and your choice of beverage
 
Club '19

Club ’19 Family Lunch
Noon, Saturday, October 15
Old School Bagel Café
6805 S Yale Ave.
Bring the Whole Family
 
Club '19 Parent Social
6 p.m., Thursday, October 20
Enjoy a night of fun, food and drinks at Octoberfest
Tent location will be announced closer to date
TICKETS for Octoberfest:
General admission is only $10 at the gate ($7 in advance). Free shuttle or $10 for parking
Visit http://tulsaoktoberfest.org/
 
Club '20


Club '20 Parent Social
5:30-7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6
Mike and Sheri Engelbrecht Home
4425 South Birmingham Avenue  
Appetizers and drinks will be served. Donations accepted.
RSVP to bishopkelley2020@gmail.com.
 
Club '18 & Club '20 Homecoming Social
Saturday, October 8
Caruso Rooftop 1325 East 15th Street
Drop your kids at the Homecoming Dance and come to the rooftop on 15th Street and hang out before you pick them up from the dance. Bring a small appetizer and your choice of beverage.

Club ’20 Lunch
11:45 a.m., Thursday, October 27
~ The Rooftop Restaurant in Broken Arrow ~214 S. Main Street Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012 
After lunch we will stay and make our way through the shops on Main StreetRSVP to bishopkelley2020@gmail.com

​PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE OUR FACEBOOK WITH FRESHMAN FRIENDS ​https://www.facebook.com/BKClub20/ 
Comet Sightings

BK students participated in this NewsOn6 video when the Spirit Stick was handed off to Bishop Kelley during Homecoming Week.

Joshua Gottes, a National Merit Semifinalist at BK, was mentioned in the Tulsa World.
Tori Wierzchowski, a sophomore, was recognized for participating in a letter writing campaign sponsored by DoSomething.org and Johnson & Johnson which encouraged young people to create handmade thank you cards for U.S. military service members. See Tori's video:  https://youtu.be/lSBDLrpZ3KE

Turner Snapp, a junior, was featured on NewsOn6 for his Eagle Scout project where he raised funds to gain a statue of Mother Teresa at Tulsa Catholic Chariities.

Eilis O'Neal, '99 editor in chief of Nimrod International Journal, hosting an awards ceremony and Write Night on Oct. 14.

Sophomore Katie Douglas was interviewed by KJRH-TV about her encounter with music star Michael Bublé.

 


Bishop Kelley welcomes 8th graders from Diocesan schools
 

Bishop Kelley welcomed 8th grade students from around the Tulsa Diocese in September from St. Catherine School, Holy Family Cathedral, Marquette School, School of Saint Mary and Saints Peter and Paul. 

St.Catherine
Holy Family
  MarquetteSt. Mary
Saints Peter and Paul

BK Spirit Store

STORE HOURS: 
Tuesday - Friday during the lunch periods and during special events. Merchandise will be available during all Friday night home football games at the stadium. 

Open during lunch periods 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. located in the BK Cafeteria.

Contact 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.  

Angelo Prassa Memorial Golf Tournament is Mon., Oct. 10
 

  • 11:00 a.m. lunch provided and noon shotgun start at Cedar Ridge Country Club, 10302 S. Garnett Rd.  

We are still seeking a few more teams, so please register here. Last year, the tournament raised more than $35,000 for the Prassa Tuition Assistance Endowment and equipped the new Prassa Locker Room in the Dill Family Fieldhouse. Contact Megan Schaunaman Neely ‘01 at alumni@bishopkelley.org with questions. 

Golfers get a boxed lunch starting at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. We will give prizes to the top 4 teams as well as prizes for the closest to the hole, closest to the line, and longest drive. Players have the chance to win a free car from Don Thornton if they sink a hole-in-one. 

Major sponsors include:

Eagle Sponsors: Don Thornton Automotive Group, K & M Shillingford 
Birdie Sponsors: ImageNet Consulting, MPW Engineering, Protege Energy, Riverwalk Jenks
 

Bishop Kelley Trivia Night 2017!

 
Reservation Info
Sponsor Tables

Reservations opened online Monday, September 19, 2016 for Sponsor tables and close October 9 at 10:00 p.m. Go here to make your Sponsor table reservation now. 

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.

Standard Tables
Reservations will open online Monday, October 10, 2016 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.  The price for a Standard table for 10 players is $300. This includes 20 “alcohol” drink tickets for wine and margaritas. Tickets for all other food and drink including beer can be purchased in advance online or at the event.
 
Volunteer Info
We need 100 volunteers to help at Trivia Night.  It is a fun and fast-paced evening with 1,500 of your closest friends from Bishop Kelley. Please consider volunteering and contact Robin at rlewis@bishopkelley.org to join in the fun.

 
 
September boy and girl of the month

Tushar Patel

Tushar is president of Student Council and is a member of the BK KrazyKorner, a Link Crew leader, Comet Ambassadors, a member of Spanish Club and a Search Retreat worker.

His post graduation plans are to attend University of Oklahoma and become a dentist.

His favorite class is PhotoShop with Matt Andrews.

"I learned that the Bishop Kelley community can help you improve by bettering yourself, rather than just learning inside the classroom. BK helps you grow spiritually and supports you for the future and preparing for life." - Tushar Patel.

Ally Stuckey

Ally is BK's assistant to the Oklahoma Association of Student Council and serves on the board of Tulsa Youth Services. She is a Link Crew leader and is involved in Speech and Debate, Spirit Squad, Pallbearer Society, musicals, National Honor Society and Senior Class Board. She coaches cheer squads at  All Saints and Monte Cassino schools.

Ally is considering attending Oklahoma State or University of Arkansas to study pre-med.

Her favorite classes are Speech and Debate with Amanda Walker and Zoology with Katie Thomas. She says she's enjoyed every class at BK.

"I like the fact that Bishop Kelley offers so many opportunities within our tight knit community. Our teachers and students really are the best and are always there to help. Once a Comet always a Comet!" - Ally Stuckey.  

 

Save the date for the 37th Annual Auction "Kelleywood – Lights, Camera, Auction" on Saturday, April 22, 2017! 
 
Kathy Brainerd and Beth Snapp are co-chairing the Auction and have a wonderful committee helping plan this fun evening for the Bishop Kelley community.  Proceeds from the 2017 Auction will be used to purchase Chromebooks for all Bishop Kelley students for the 2017-18 school year and for tuition assistance.

Gift Gathering in the classrooms for the BK Auction will take place October 27 – November 10.  Would you like to visit your student’s first block class for ten minutes on three Thursdays beginning October 27th as a Gift Gathering Volunteer? It’s a great short-term volunteer opportunity.  Email Heather Conklin (hfconklin@gmail.com) or Mary Culver (mary.culver@hotmail.com) with questions or to volunteer. 

Have you seen the Auction Video directed by BK alum Matt Hanisch

Matt Hanisch, a 2015 Bishop Kelley alumnus, is a student at the University of Southern California majoring in Film and Television Production in the School of Cinematic Arts.  We gave Matt the Auction theme and asked him to create a promotional video and with that minimal that was the only direction that we gave Matt.  He scripted, directed, and edited the video.  Watch it here.

Q&A with Matt Hanisch ‘15

What was your favorite class at Bishop Kelley?
A tie between AP Calculus with Mr. Tokarchik and AP Lit with Mrs. Yanik.

How did you choose your college major?
I knew I would major in film if I went to USC and engineering if I went to Notre Dame. Choosing the college to attend was incredibly difficult; choosing the major was easy. In the end I decided to go with what I loved doing and that brought me to USC and film school.

What is your dream job?
To be a producer of large Hollywood films, but that could change as I learn more about the whole filmmaking process.

What is your favorite movie?
I get asked this question all the time in film school, but I still don’t really have a good answer. I can say that the film that impacted me the most is definitely Pixar’s “Inside Out”, and the movie that I’ve enjoyed most that I’ve seen recently is Hitchcock’s “Rebecca”.

What is your advice to Bishop Kelley students?
Work hard but also find what makes you happy and pursue that. For me, that something turned out to be my major in college, but I’ve found that even if it’s just a hobby, doing something that makes you truly happy on a regular basis can help lead to an overall healthier and happier experience in other parts of life as well.  


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 courses from those listed, and 1 Fine Art 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

 

BK Campus Chaplains Fr. Todd Nance (left) and Fr. Bryan Ketterer are available to meet with Bishop Kelley students Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

FINANCIAL PLANNING SEMINAR

The importance of estate planning has grown as our world has become increasingly complex; thus estate planning is a fundamental part of managing your resources today. Additionally, over the past few years, there has been a dramatic shift in retirement planning as future and current retirees have shifted their focus from asset accumulation to income and legacy planning. This seminar will help you create a baseline to better understand essential estate and retirement planning issues.  These two areas must work together to ensure your assets work for you.

  • Thursday, October 6th at 5:30 pm - 7:00 p.m. OU-Tulsa Learning Center, Room 14

Please make your reservation by calling Doug Thomas, Bishop Kelley’s Director of Advancement, at 918.609.7115 or email him at dthomas@bishopkelley.org to confirm your attendance.  

UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS

COMET KIDFEST | Friday, October 14, 2016, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.| Bishop Kelley Practice Field

Kids of all ages will enjoy this fun, FREE, fall carnival!  The Kelley Krazies, the BK Student Spirit group, hosts this annual event with carnival games, sno cones, cotton candy, a Jupiter jump, and more.  After KidFest, bring your family down to the Varsity Football game versus Skiatook.  Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

CITY GATHERINGS – Want to be an active alumni but don’t live in Tulsa? No worries, we are bringing that BK spirit to YOU!  More information will be sent to alumni in these areas.  For now, mark your calendars!

Just a reminder that the BK College Tour continues with a stop at Oklahoma State University Thursday, October 6. Look for Fr. O’Brien and Gary Oberste ‘70 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Student Union. 

Check out the BK Facebook page on the day of the visit to find out their specific location within the union.

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

AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM

Want to earn money for Bishop Kelley while shopping?  If you make a purchase through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated back to Bishop Kelley and it costs you nothing. You can do all of your Amazon shopping through AmazonSmile and make a difference at BK! Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com, log in with your regular Amazon account (or create a new account), search for "Bishop Kelley High School" in the "Pick your own charitable organization" box, then either select Bishop Kelley High School or the Bishop Kelley High School Endowment Trust. Now you can shop guilt-free knowing a portion of your purchase price will be donated back to Bishop Kelley! 

Get your flu shot Oct. 5 in Library meeting room

On Wednesday, October 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., The Visiting Nurse Association will be at Bishop Kelley in the Library Meeting Room to administer the flu vaccine to the Bishop Kelley students and parents from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5.

People are most susceptible to contracting the flu when confined in spaces with a large number of people. This opportunity presents us with the possibility of not only keeping our students and environment healthy, but is also beneficial as The Visiting Nurse Association will donate $4 from the cost of each flu shot back to the school.

The Quadrivalent Flu shot (protects against 4 strains of flu) will be available and is $35. FluMist was not recommended by the CDC for distribution in the United States this year because of poor effectiveness. Unfortunately that means it will not be available.

Every student being vaccinated must have a consent form filled out and signed before receiving the vaccine. It is attached, along with a flier containing more information about the vaccine. In addition to the signed consent form, students will need to have a check made payable to The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) or cash in the amount of $35 for the Quadrivalent Shot. Credit and Debit cards will also be accepted. If sending cash, please put in an envelope with the signed consent form with your child’s name clearly marked on the outside. The Visiting Nurse Association is able to file Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance, so please include a copy of your insurance card if you would like them to bill your insurance directly.

The consent form and payment must be returned to school by Wednesday, October 5. Parents and grandparents are welcome to come and get the flu vaccine as well. The Visiting Nurse Association is able to file Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance as well as Medicare Plan B and most Senior Health Plans. Please bring your insurance card with you.

If you have additional questions, please contact Tierney Dower, School Nurse, at 918-627-3390 or by email at tdower@bishopkelley.org. Thank you for your help in keeping our community healthy this winter and for supporting Bishop Kelley at the same time. 

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