March Newsletter

NE Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools
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Teachers Learn More about their SENSATIONAL Preschoolers from
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon
Occupational Therapist

How big is your cup for sensory input?  Sarah Harris, OTD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, spend the afternoon on Friday, March 4th helping preschool teachers from our Federation schools navigate the complex concepts of sensory processing and integration.  

Harris explained the basic concepts and four general categories that children (and adults, too) fall within when it comes to sensory processing: bystanders, seekers, sensors and avoiders.  She provided tips and suggestions for how teachers can identify and respond to certain student behaviors related to sensory processing.  The teachers all received a copy of Harris' presentation and her contact information for follow up with questions and further consultation with particular classroom issues.

This is a great example of how the Professional Learning Teams and community partnerships are providing resources to teachers who are serving the students and families of our schools and parishes in the Northeast Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools.

Our Kids and Families 
are Getting CatholicFIT

Students in 3rd and 6th grades are learning about how their faith and fitness are connected - how being healthy in body, mind and spirit enables us to serve as Jesus calls us to! 
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Thanks to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for hosting the CatholicFIT kickoff breakfast on February 20th.  Families enjoyed a healthy breakfast while hearing an overview of the CatholicFIT program from its creator, Dave Reddy. Dr. Amy McClintock, a sports medicine and family practice physician with SSM Health, shared some information and tips on preventing and managing youth sports injuries. 

Sydney C., a third grade student at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and participant in the CatholicFIT program, delivered the game ball on Saturday, Feb. 20th at the SLU Billikens game at Chaifetz Arena. It was Celebrating Catholic Education Night - check out the article in the St. Louis Review. 

Dave Reddy is also making the rounds to schools, visiting PE classes as a guest instructor when possible.  The kids at Christ Light of the Nations welcomed him recently, and the next day they wanted to know when he would be back again!  Click here for more pictures.

Families have two upcoming opportunities to participate in a Family Fitness Workshop: both Wednesday evenings at St. Ferdinand School Gym, 6-7pm on March 23 and April 13.  These are FREE and FUN outings, a great opportunity to get the whole family out and moving! 
Click here to download more information, feel free to share with your friends and plan to attend together! Reserve your spot today for one or both of these events:

Also, save the date for the CatholicFIT Finale Event at Trinity Catholic High School on Saturday, April 23rd at 9am.  More details and RSVP info will be available soon!

7th Graders Experience High School as
Titans for the Day at Trinity Catholic

As 7th grade students look ahead to next year when they and their parents will be choosing which high school to attend, they had the opportunity to spend a day at Trinity Catholic on February 24th to get a glimpse at the high school experience. Students reported to home room, navigated the hallways as they changed classes to learn about different subjects, and even had the chance to take an elective or two - like art, computer or engineering.  Director of Advancement and Admissions, Kevin McKenna, complimented the students for their participation and behavior, "Thanks so much for visiting us," said McKenna. "Our teachers, staff and student ambassadors had a great day and we hope that you did, too!" 


Breaking News!
Federation of Catholic Schools Receives $10,000 Grant from Koch Foundation for Sacramental Preparation Retreats

This week we received notification from the Koch Foundation, Inc. that they have awarded a $10,000 grant to the NE Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools for sacramental preparation retreats in the 2016-17 school year.  This funding will be used for the annual Confirmation preparation retreat for 7th and 8th graders at Trinity High School (scheduled for Friday, September 16) and also for a new effort to bring 2nd graders and their families together as they prepare to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion.  This is the third grant that the Federation has received from the Koch Foundation, and we are so grateful for their generosity and continued support of our collaborative evangelization efforts. Watch for more details about how these funds will be used in the coming year.

Check out pictures from the most recent Confirmation Rally in September 2015.

SAVE THE DATE - April 25th:

Our Federation of Catholic Schools has invited Tina Meier, founder of the Megan Meier Foundation, to present to parents and educators from our schools and parishes on Monday, April 25th at 7pm at the PARISH HALL at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (1220 Paddock Drive, Florissant).  

This presentation provides an overview of the technology that students are using in today's world. Life is much different for students today than it was even 4 years ago. As parents and educators, it is imperative that we continually educate ourselves to become better equipped to help our children. Megan Meier's story will be shared along with the topics of bullying, bystanders, cyberbullying and sexting. A question and answer session will be available at the end of the presentation. (see more online at

Upcoming Events During LENT

The parishes and schools in the Northeast Deanery have many opportunities to help you turn away from sin and follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ through prayer, service and sacrifice during this season of Lent, and beyond.  View some of the opportunities on our "Upcoming Events" web page, including links to all NE Deanery parish bulletins and information on Fish Frys, Lenten Speaker Series, etc. 
NE Deanery Fish Fry Map
Other School News & Notes:
  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta students celebrated Black History Month in February with a fair with live presentations.  Check out the great photos here.
  • Christ, Light of the Nations PTO is hosting the 7th Annual Casino Night and Mouse Races on Saturday, April 2nd at the Holy Name of Jesus Community Center.  Click here for more details.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe is holding a parish garage sale on March 19, 8am-1pm 
  • Sacred Heart had a special visit from Eddie the Police Dog and celebrated Eddie's birthday with a big party in the gym. It was a fun afternoon for all!
  • St. Angela Merici's Drumline will be marching in tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown St. Louis.  They are also hosting their annual Parish Dinner Auction on Saturday, March 19 - contact their parish office at 314-838-6565.
  • St. Ferdinand will host its 3rd annual Mouse Races on Saturday, March 19 - join the fun by contacting Sarah at 314-972-7152 or 
  • St. Norbert's Taste of St. Norbert event is this Sunday, March 13 starting with 11am Unity Mass, followed by a celebration of cultures - read more on the parish website
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne students participated in a retreat day led by sisters from the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart. Check out pictures from the day.

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