Hello and Welcome!

Mrs. TenerI am so glad you are visiting the St. Philip Neri Catholic School website. 

I am proud to be a member of the Class of 1971. I know that I am blessed to have St. Philip Neri as a touchstone in my life. I have taken a circuitous route to return as the principal of St. Philip Neri. Many people have asked me since returning if I knew some day I would come back as the principal. I answer with a resounding, “No.” But, I did know from a very early age that I would always be connected to Catholic education somehow. And so, here I am.

God and our Catholic faith are an integral part of our daily activities and lessons here at St. Philip Neri. This is a school with committed teachers, strong academics, integrated technology, and Catholic values. I would like to invite anyone interested in our exceptional school to explore our website to find out more about us. Better yet, call us at 405-737-4496 or email me at btener@spnok.org for a visit.

Mrs. Tener

Principal's Newsleter, March 25, 2015



Mrs. Tener’s Newsletter

Question of the Week

What do I need to know about enrollment for next year?

Enrollment is easy. You just need to turn in your registration form with $100 deposit per child. You may pay another $100 per child in April and $100 per child in May to clear your registration balance.

Important Dates

- Friday, March 27-Individual Spring Pictures

- April 2—Holy Thursday

- April 3--Good Friday

Individual Spring Picture Day

The children will have their pictures taken on Friday, March 27th. They may wear their Sunday best rather than their uniform on that day. Sunday best would not include t-shirts or jeans.

Meet Archbishop Coakley 

Archbishop Coakley was unable to visit on March 5th due to the weather. He is such a busy man but so gracious also. We are fortunate that we have been able to reschedule his visit before the end of the year! He will visit our school on Thursday, April 23rd.


Send in your Buy For Less receipts. March 31st is the last date for which Buy for Less will reward us.

A Heart for Service

Principal's Newsleter, January 21, 2015

Mrs. Tener’s Newsletter

Question of the Week

The uniform is changing next year?

Yes, the uniform is changing next year. The girls’ plaid will not change. We are going to place the new crest on the polo shirts. We are also going to move to our school colors of black and gold. The lower grades will wear navy blue pants (and optional skorts for girls) and gold polo shirts. The 5th-8th grade will wear black polos and khaki pants (and optional skirts for girls.)

We will have a year of transition which means that the children will be permitted to wear either the new or old styles next year. The new guidelines will not be compulsory until the 2016-2017 school year. More details will be explained at the PTO meeting tonight at 6 p.m.

In the news: New principal leads Catholic school that she attended as a child in Oklahoma

Brenda Tener, the new principal at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, is a former student of the Midwest City school.

Brenda Tener doesn’t travel far each morning before memories of her school days come flooding back. Mrs. Tener Principal

Tener, 57, pulls into the parking lot of St. Philip Neri Catholic School, and those warm recollections of yesteryear begin to surface:

She remembers being taught by nuns who wore long habits and wrote on green chalkboards.

She remembers being a kindergartner who worried, as young children do, that she would not be able to read from the big red book that first-graders had to read from when it became her turn. And she recalls being comforted when she saw her older sister, a middle-schooler, in the cafeteria.

These days, it’s back to the future for Tener, the principal of St. Philip Neri, 1107 Felix Place. Tener became the school’s leader at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. She said the post feels like coming home. “It was a God thing. I just feel like I was kind of led here,” Tener said in recent interview.

One of ‘Billie’s girls’

Tener said she grew up about a half- mile from the school, and her family had moved to the area because the church had started a new school in September 1954.


Safe Environment Training

All employees and volunteers of the parish/school who are involved with children, youths, and vulnerable adults must have safe environment training. If you need safe environment training, please contact:

Lorna Bohn
405-737-4476 ext. 103

Ensuring a safe enviroment for children and young people is a continuous effort. The Archdiocese pledges to continue its efforts and work toward itentifying areas where we can be more effective.