Santa Fe Catholic High School

Preparing Students for College and the World 

August 17, 2017
August/September 2017
  • August 21, Half-Day - Noon Dismissal
  • August 29, School Mass
  • August 29, School Portraits
  • September 1, Teacher In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL
  • September 4, Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
  • September 5, 10:00am, Grandparents' Mass & Brunch
  • September 7, 1/2 Day - 12pm School dismissal
  • September 11, Mid Quarter
  • September 16, 8am, Faith Formation Day
  • September 19, School Mass
  • September 19, School Picture Retake
  • September 22, ACT Registration Deadline for October 28 test
  • November 12, 14th Annual Hawks' Scramble Golf Tournament
  • November 20-24, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 18-20, 1st Semester Exams
  • December 21-January 2, Christmas Break
  • March 3, Renaissance XXXV
  • March 26-April 2, Spring Break
  • May 15-17, Senior Exams
  • May 22-24, 2nd Semester Underclassmen Exams 
  • May 24, Last Day of School
  • May 25, Graduation 
7:00am - 3:30pm

 Bell and Rotation Schedule


Rotation Schedule (color)

The Hawk Weekly is an electronic newsletter that is emailed to parents that highlights important dates, events, and current news. 


The cut-off time for information going into the Hawk Weekly will be Tuesdays at 12:00pm. 


Publication will be  Thursday.  


Find previous newsletters here

Like us on Facebook!
Schedule Change Due to Eclipse
As you may have heard, there will be a total solar eclipse visible over most of the United States on Monday, August 21. The last time we had a similar event was 1918. While the Polk County region is south of the complete blackout zone, we will still experience much of it. The eclipse will occur between 1:15pm and 4:20pm, with the darkest period projected for  2:50pm.  
The risk to eye exposure is significant; everyone should be reminded that they should not look directly at the sun as this can cause serious damage to their eyes or even blindness. Proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses or a sun filter, is the only safe option (there are many fraudulent glasses out there that will not work). Sunglasses do not adequately protect the eyes from a solar eclipse.
Because the peak coverage during the eclipse occurs during normal dismissal time, we have made decisions that are in the best interest of the safety of our students.  
  • Santa Fe Catholic will operate on a half-day schedule. Dismissal will be at 12:30pm, after lunch.  This half day will not impact our required number of instructional days.
  • Students not picked up prior to 1:00pm. will be held in the LC until checked out by their parent.
  • ALL outdoor sports, activities, practices, etc. will be held indoors until after 4:30pm.
Must Read! One Book Summer Reading Assignment
Job Opportunity
Full-time Controller position available. For more information click here.
Santa Fe requests that the parent call the school at 863.665.4188, extension 6 or ask for extension 249 by 8:00 am on any day that a student will be absent or tardy.
An attempt will be made to contact the parent at home if the student is absent and the office has not received a parent call.
Student Portal
All students and parents were emailed the Student Portal link on Wednesday. 
Car Pool List
The Car Pool list is available in the Front Office.
September Lunch Order
Click here to download form. A reminder that orders are placed monthly. Deadline to order for September is August 25, by 3:00pm.  
Student Picture Day
Tuesday, August 29
Click here to order school pictures.
Dropping Off & Picking Up
Winter Haven and Auburndale students should be dropped off in the front parking lot.

Lakeland area students should be dropped off in the back parking lot. To help traffic flow, please pull all the way down to the buses when dropping off and picking up.
Parking Permits
All students who drive must register their vehicle. Completed applications and payment of $20 are to be submitted to Lydia Town, in Crimson Hall. Click here to download the application. Questions: email Lydia Town at
Parent/Student Handbook
Revised August 2, 2017
Click here to review the 2017-18 Parent/Student Handbook.  The major changes are listed below:
  • Cell Phones and Head Phones - page 21
  • Food and Drinks - page 22
Be sure you also refresh your memory of our school's dresscode on pages 25-26. 
Advancement News
Yankee Candle Sale
Packets were handed out at B ack to School Night. If you did not receive a packet, it will be sent home with your student this week. SFC receives 40% of all sales. Sale ends September 7, 2017.  NOTE: No sales tax.  Thank you for your support!  Click here to view the flyer.

Grandparents' Mass & Brunch, September 5
Invitations were mailed over the summer to the grandparent addresses that we have. We don't want to leave anyone out, so please follow-up with your grandparents to see if they got an invitation, and remind them to RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

We need volunteers to help us set up on Friday, September 1, 1:00pm - 4:00pm in the gym, as well as the morning of the event, 8:30am - 1:00pm, contact Channon Eickenberg @

Save the Following Dates:
  • Oct. 6 - Tailgate Homecoming Party
  • Nov. 12- Hawks' Scramble Golf Tournament - visit our event website for details
  • March 3 - Renaissance XXXV - Bayou Soiree - details to follow

Used Uniform Closet
The used uniform closet is upstairs in Crimson Hall. All items are $5. 

Booster Association Polos
Polos may be worn on non-Mass days. Order form 

Risse Brothers School Uniforms 
Risse Brothers is our uniform store, which is located at:
West Lakeland Business Park
2525 Drane Field Road, Suite 11
Lakeland, FL 33811
Phone: 863.940.9913
For online orders go to

Risse Brothers Store Hours:
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am - 7:00pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  Order Textbooks
Click here for the updated Textbook list. Please note the following on the textbook list:
  • In the first column, "R" is for Regular and "H" is for Honors and "AP" is for Advanced Placement.
  • In the Last column "choice" means purchase either the e-book or the textbook.
  • (Blue highlighted columns) can ONLY be purchased through Follett.
  • US History is the same as American History.
  • Textbook information needed for Polk State dual enrollment courses will be given by the professor.
Follett Rental
If you rent a textbook through Follett, it is their practice to set the rental return date as the last day of school.  Families will need to "check-in" their books online by that date and then they can return them to Follett as soon as the final tests are completed.

English Classes
The English classes will be using digital curriculum materials again this year. Materials for all regular and honors English classes will be delivered, completed, and submitted online. Rather than purchasing a textbook, each student in a regular or honors class is required to pay a materials fee for English for the 2017-2018 school year. The fee is $45.00 per student.
Click here to purchasing information.
Dual Enrollment Classes
All students scheduled to take any dual enrollment with Polk State will need to take the PERT test. Students who have already taken the SAT or ACT test may be exempt from the PERT test if their scores are high enough. Please contact Polk State at (863) 297.1000 to either set up the PERT test or confirm that you are exempt from taking it. Registration for all dual enrollment courses will be done at Santa Fe. 
Feel Good 5K Run & Walk
Take strides to improve mental health!  Sign up to participate in the "Feel Good 5K Run and Walk"  on Friday, August 18, 7:00pm around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland!  To help raise awareness about the importance of mental health, and to raise funds for Peace River Center's programs that impact the lives of children, the Peace River Center Junior Advisory Board is hosting the Inaugural Feel Good 5K Run & Walk.    
  • Join the "Feel Good" festivities!
  • All participants will receive a Race T-shirt
  • WPCV-97 Country will be live at race
  • Food Truck will be contributing donations to Peace River Center
  • Top-Finisher medals
  • Have a fun, healthy evening with friends and family, and help children!
Sign up today to run, donate, or sponsor the race! Please visit .  For more information, please contact Maddy Werd, Race Director, at .  Please find it in your heart (and legs) to support this good cause to help children.
Office Location Changes

Renee Berkevich, Controller - Crimson Hall

School payments, credit card transactions, lunch orders, and FACTS information.


Lisa Regan, Administrative Assistant for Guidance - Administration Building (Front Office)

Student records, including transcripts, Step-Up and McKay, and parent meetings.


Pam Garzarelli, Director of Guidance - Administration Building (Adjacent to Front Office)


Philip Mayer, Campus Minister - Crimson Hall, 2nd floor  
Athletics News
Mandatory Forms Needed to Participate in Sports
All students participating in sports for the 2017-18 school year MUST have a sports physical dated after June 1, 2017. Print the following highlighted links ( EL2 and EL3) and make sure you take the EL2 with you and have it signed by the doctor. Both completed forms must be turned in to the front office prior to participating in practice.

Fall Sports
Please contact the coach below if interested in playing the sport:

Cross Country:  Coach Rod Crowley
There is still time to join the Santa Fe Catholic Cross Country team.  Our races consist of a 5K run on various courses and terrain. The first meet is Saturday, August 19, Fletcher Park @ Lake Bonny in Lakeland.  
Contact Coach Crowley at or (863) 333-1418 if you are interested in joining or have questions.  

Football:  Coach Zach Shelby -
Come out this Friday for our Pre-Season game against Tenoroc at 7pm.

Girls Volleyball:  Coach Bruce Guth -
Golf:  Coach Cory Kuppers -

Swim: Coach Stephanie Hoskins -  
Practices will be held Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:00pm @ Simpson Pool. Swim meets will be at Gandy Pool.

Athletic Passes
Click  here  to purchase a 2017-2018 Athletic Pass.

Athletic Advertising Signage
Do you have a business that would be interested in supporting our Crimson Hawk athletes? Would your family like to send a special message to their favorite athlete? The Booster Club is still offering advertising signs on the football field and basketball court. The signs are displayed throughout the whole school year, so soccer, volleyball, football, AND basketball fans will all see your support of the Boosters! Please contact Colleen Esterline at for pricing and options.
Spring Break Europe Trip 2018
We are pleased to announce an 11 day trip to France and Switzerland for next year's spring break. The itinerary includes: Paris, Versailles, Chartres, the Loire Valley, St. Malo, Normandy (Mont-St-Michel, D-Day beaches and museum) Rouen, Seine River cruise, Bern, Lucerne, and Mt. Pilatus. The dates are March 22-April 1, 2018. Included in the price: roundtrip airfare, hotels, breakfast and dinner, services of a tour director, site visits, tips for the tour director and driver. To date ten people have signed up for this trip. The final deadline to sign up is December 7.   For more information click here If you have any other questions, email Ms. Skalski at .
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter

Please remember to visit our website .
Phone - 863.665.4188   ~   Fax 863.665.4151