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Teachers Learn More about AD/HD and Autism in the Classroom

posted Nov 12, 2015, 9:42 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 9:42 AM ]

On Friday, November 6, teachers gathered with their Professional Learning Teams at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School in Ferguson to learn some strategies and tips for working with students with AD/HD and Autism.  Heather Davidson, MSW, LCSW, Director of Youth Services for SSM Health DePaul Hospital Behavioral Health shared information about what Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is, how it is diagnosed, what the symptoms are and some strategies and resources teachers can use with students in the classroom.  

The second speaker was Molly Murphy, MAT, SPE, who with Special School District in Non-Public Diagnostics.  Murphy spoke with the teachers about students on the Autism spectrum and ways to work with these students. Murphy noted that often private school settings offer an environment that is helpful to students with high-functioning autism.


St. Rose Philippine Duchesne 5th Grade Students Present on Saints

posted Nov 12, 2015, 8:53 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 9:07 AM ]

5th grade students at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School recently presented the lives of several saints to their fellow students. They each memorized a brief summary about their chosen saint, and delivered to the audience as if they were the saint.  A few also presented to the congregation at 10:30am mass on Nov. 1, All Saints Day. And, the whole class visited St. Catherine Retirement Apartments to make their presentations to the residents there.

SRPD 5th Grade Saints

OLG Students honored for Essays on Women Religious

posted Nov 12, 2015, 8:51 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 8:52 AM ]

The winners of the Stories of Our St. Louis Sisters Essay Contest were honored at an awards ceremony held on November 5 at Incarnate Word Academy. At left, Peggy O’Brien, Principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, with student Alexander R., OLG teacher Jesse Joiner, and student Jusza P.  Alexander and Jusza were among the top winners of the contest sponsored by the Incarnate Word Foundation and the Catholic Education Center to promote awareness of the tremendous contributions of women religious to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

Teachers Receive Mental Health First Aid Certification Training

posted Oct 8, 2015, 2:13 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 2:26 PM ]

Learning consultants and teachers from each of our 8 Federation schools participated in a training course this month that will provide them with certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Emily L. Lasek, MA, LPC, NCC, Professor and Counselor at St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley, is a certified instructor of MHFA and provided the training for our teachers.  You can learn more about the course on the MHFA website.  Lasek and her family are  members of Sacred Heart Parish.

Northeast Deanery Youth - On Fire for their Catholic Faith

posted Sep 21, 2015, 8:43 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 8:52 AM ]

Over 200 students from 7 schools and PSR programs gathered on Friday, September 18 at Trinity Catholic High School for a Confirmation Youth Rally.  The room was filled with colorful t-shirts and lots of energy as the young teens shared their "Stupid Human Tricks," listened to talks by Paul and Rachel of the REAP Team, and spend some time in small group discussion.  The day ended with a wonderful mass celebrated by Fr. Augustine Wetta of the St. Louis Priory Monastery.

Here are a few photo highlights from the day:

Northeast Deanery Confirmation Rally 2015

BTC Teachers Start the Year with iPad Training

posted Sep 10, 2015, 11:51 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 11:53 AM ]

Teachers at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School started their school year with a two-day training on using iPads in the classroom.  They learned the basics and some great tools for engaging students with this technology. They are also able to connect the iPads with their Smart Boards.  They look forward to using their knowledge with students this year.

St. Angela Merici Drumline and Cheerleaders Win Award

posted Sep 10, 2015, 6:16 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 11:47 AM ]

The St. Angela Merici school office recently received a call from Jim Curran with the St. Louis St. Patrick's Day Parade. The St. Angela Merici drumline and cheerleaders marched in this parade last year and WON FIRST PLACE as the BEST YOUTH MARCHING UNIT!! Hooray for the students, Ms. Brooks and Mrs. Anita Powell. They will receive our trophy at a ceremony at BallPark Village later in September. 

The REAP Team and Lifeteen Missionaries Bring Good News to North County Catholic Students at Confirmation Youth Rally

posted Sep 9, 2015, 2:59 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 3:08 PM ]

On Fire for our Catholic Faith
We are on Fire for our Catholic Faith

The REAP Team and Lifeteen Missionaries Bring
Good News to North County Catholic Students at Confirmation Youth Rally

Fr. Augustine Wetta to Celebrate Closing Mass

On Friday, September 18 Trinity Catholic High School’s gymnasium will be filled with music and over 250 kids and adults in colorful t-shirts as Northeast Deanery junior high students come together for a Youth Rally with the theme “On Fire for Our Catholic Faith.”  This opportunity to praise and worship God while interacting with their peers from other schools and parishes will help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ as they journey through their junior high years and prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

The REAP Team, led by Paul Masek and Rachel Leininger, will facilitate the day with support from other members of the REAP Team and several Lifeteen missionaries who are working at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish this year.  The day begins with “Stupid Human Tricks,” when two students from each parish will perform their unique ability for the crowd. Then, Paul and Rachel will present “10 Ways to Ruin Your Confirmation,” followed by small group discussion facilitated by adult leaders.  Then, Rachel speaks to the girls and Paul to the boys in breakout sessions before lunch.  After lunch, small group teams will compete in a scavenger hunt around Trinity’s campus, and then gather again in the gym for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for Reconciliation. At 3:00pm all parents are invited to attend the closing mass, celebrated by Fr. Augustine Wetta of The St. Louis Priory School.

This is the 9th year that Deacon Bill Twellmann from St. Norbert has organized the Confirmation Rally for all Northeast Deanery parishes and schools.  “It’s a great experience for the kids,” said Deacon Bill. “They receive some excellent faith formation from the REAP Team and have an opportunity to get to know one another and realize they are not alone in their faith journey, that hundreds of other kids are right here with them in their community.” 

Here are some photos from the 2014 NE Deanery Confirmation Rally:

NE Deanery Confirmation Rally 2014

First Responders Honored at "Blue Mass" at St. Ferdinand

posted Sep 8, 2015, 3:44 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 3:45 PM ]

Blue Mass September 11 at St. Ferdinand
The students and community at St. Ferdinand Catholic School cordially invite any past and present First Responders - firefighters, police officers & EMTs - to a special "Blue Mass" on Friday, September 11th at 8:30am - 1765 Charbonier Rd, Florissant, MO. Please join us as we honor those who serve and protect our community each day!

Christ Light of the Nations Students Strive for Five

posted Sep 8, 2015, 3:36 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 3:37 PM ]

CLN Students Strive for Five
All of the special classes (art, music, etc.) at Christ Light of the Nations this year are participating in a program called 5 points. The students work as a class through out the class period to get all 5 points. 1 point for entering the room quietly. 1 point for good effort and working quietly. 1 point for listening attentively. 1 point for cleaning up. And 1 point for lining up quietly. At the end of the week the class with the most points will get a trophy to display for the following week. The first week’s trophy went to the first graders. 

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