February 2018 Newsletter

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
Lent is Here! 
Repent and Believe in the Gospel
Our North County Deanery Catholic Churches and Schools have many opportunities for prayer, worship, service and fellowship during Lent.  If you haven't already attended, most parishes have an evening Mass for Ash Wednesday - check each parish bulletin for details. 

If you are looking for Stations of the Cross, Fish Fry, Reconciliation Service, Evening of Reflection, etc, visit FederationofCatholicSchools.org/fish-fry
North County Fish Fry Map 2018
Our schools will help students observe Lent in many ways. 
Follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) and stay tuned to our 
e-newsletter to see examples throughout these 40 Days of Lent.

CatholicFIT is underway for 3rd and 6th grade students in PE classes at our Federation schools.  The program helps students make connections between their faith and fitness, and work towards becoming fit to serve. You can follow along and learn more about the program at http://www.catholicfit.com/week-1-fit-serve-exercise-video/ 

This is the 4th year that CatholicFIT has been offered to our students, thanks to the generous sponsorship of SSM DePaul Hospital and the Catholic Education Office.  

The Work of Our Hands: 
An Art Show Featuring Student Artists from North County Catholic Elementary Schools
Work of Our Hands Show Postcard Version 02 2

Don't miss your chance to visit Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson to see the beautiful artwork from students in our Federation schools. The show is open during regular gallery hours through Feb. 24.  Check out the event and share it on Facebook!

Come and see the beautiful artwork made by students from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (BTC) SchoolChrist Light of The NationsSacred Heart Catholic SchoolSt. Ferdinand Catholic Parish and SchoolSt Norbert Catholic School, and St Rose Philippine Duchesne School

Thanks to the teachers in the Federation of Catholic Schools Art PLT (Professional Learning Team) for organizing this event and to Sr. Glynis McManamon at the Good Shepherd Gallery for hosting the art show!

Upcoming Events 
Browse the parish bulletins for a wealth of information about events and activities that our parishes and schools are hosting in the coming weeks. You can access each parish's weekly bulletin online through these links.

Spread the Word! Follow our Schools and Parishes on Facebook

Many of our Federation schools and parishes are becoming more active on social media, especially Facebook.  Please consider "Liking" these pages on Facebook and sharing their posts when something may be of interest to your network! By "Liking" and "Following" you can also catch a glimpse of the many great academic programs and service opportunities that our Catholic school students engage in throughout their days!

Think about why you choose (or chose if you have alumni) a Catholic school for your children. Share your thoughts on social media or simply in conversation with friends and family members.
    And, most importantly, PRAY for our students, teachers, principals, pastors, parishioners and all who support Catholic education in our community.

    Other North County Catholic institutions are also on Facebook - be sure to follow them, too!

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    ArchStl Podcasts
    Did you know the Archdiocese produces several podcasts? Check out this "Word of Mouth" podcast, led by Michael Horn, Evangelization Coordinator in the Office of Laity and Family Life:

    Program Enhancement Grants Available to all North County Schools
    Each school has submitted a proposal for Program Enhancement Grant funds to Rick Danzeisen.  Requests ranged from enhancing technology equipment, worship spaces, flexible classroom seating and more. The proposals are being reviewed and schools will be informed of funding decisions on Feb. 16th. 

    DI Making a Difference

    DI makes a difference

    With a focus on Differentiated Instruction in the Professional Learning Teams this year, teachers have been exploring ways to engage their students in the classroom with DI techniques. 


    At St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School, flexible seating in kindergarten during reading time is making a difference in Mrs. Austin’s classroom. She says: “It’s really working out well and we get so much accomplished. I can work more one on one with the kiddos and give them the different attention each one needs and they are all so engaged in the process.”  Sharing ideas in their PLTs, several teachers in the younger grades are experimenting with flexible seating in their classrooms this year.

    DI Difference

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