North County Celebrates Catholic Schools Week Community Open House

North County Catholic Elementary Schools Celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Community Open House and Alive in Christ Scholarships

The eight Catholic elementary schools located in the Northeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will together host a Community Open House to kick-off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 27, 2013.  Each school location will be open during the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the schools, meet teachers and staff, learn about the curriculum and programs that each school offers, and review application and enrollment procedures.

“We invite parishioners, families of all faiths, community leaders and all members of the North County community to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us by visiting one or more of the schools located in our neighborhoods,” said Cara Koen, Director of Advancement for the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery.  “Come and see our facilities, meet families and students who attend our schools, and learn about the positive ways Catholic schools impact North County.”

The Alive in Christ Scholarship Program for 2013-14 will also launch during Catholic Schools Week.  This Archdiocesan-wide program offers scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 based on financial need to students entering a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese in Kindergarten - 4th grade, as well as to those students currently enrolled in a Catholic school whose families qualify.  The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with applications being accepted beginning January 28, 2013. Funding for the scholarships is from an assessment paid into the fund by every parish of the Archdiocese.   For the current school year, the eight schools in the Northeast Deanery Federation have received a total of nearly $320,000 in scholarship assistance, enabling over 100 new students to enroll at a Catholic school in North County and retaining an additional 90 students who were already enrolled but whose families were experiencing an increased financial need.  Each school can provide additional details for how to apply for the scholarships, and more information is available at

Visit Our 8 Catholic Elementary Schools on January 27, 2013

The Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery includes the following parish-sponsored elementary schools, which will all be open to the public on January 27, 2013 between 1:00-3:00 pm (some schools may choose to remain open longer, contact individual schools for more information):

  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
    Addie Govero, Principal, 314-522-3888, 150 N. Elizabeth Avenue, Ferguson
  • Christ, Light of the Nations
    Sr. Mary Lawrence, Principal, 314-741-0400, 1650 Redman Road, Spanish Lake
    Sponsored by Holy Name of Jesus and Our Lady of the Rosary Parishes
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Peggy O'Brien, Principal, 314-524-1948, 1115 South Florissant Road, Cool Valley
  • Sacred Heart
    Lois Vollmer, Principal, 314-831-3372, 501 St. Louis Street, Florissant;
    and Sacred Heart Kindergarten, (314) 837-6939, 751 North Jefferson, Florissant.
  • St. Angela Merici
    Mary Ann Kauffman, Principal, 314-831-8012, 3860 N. Highway 67, Florissant
  • St. Ferdinand
    Anna Davis, Principal, 314-921-2201, 1735 Charbonier, Florissant
    Serves parishioners of St. Ferdinand and St. Martin de Porres
  • St. Norbert
    Dave Watkins, Principal, 314-839-0948, 16475 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant; and
    St. Norbert Early Childhood Center, 314-420-9773, 1625 Swallow Lane, Florissant
    Serves parishioners of St. Norbert and St. Sabina Parishes
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
    Kenneth Morr, Principal, 314-921-3023, 3500 St. Catherine Street, Florissant

The Federation of Catholic Schools is a formal agreement between the pastors of the eleven parishes in the Northeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to work more closely together in support of the mission of Catholic education in the North County community.  To learn more about the programs and goals of the Federation, please visit