May 2018 Newsletter

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
Teachers Complete 8th Year of Collaboration in Professional Learning Teams 
As the 2017-18 school year draws near the end, teachers from our north county Catholic elementary schools finished their 8th year working together in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) on May 4th at St. Ferdinand School.  This year, the PLTs had a focus on differentiated instruction techniques and using technology in the classroom.  Specifically, many teachers have been exploring ways to use Google's GSuite for Education and Google Classroom to enhance student learning.  

With the $100,000 Beyond Sunday Grant received for the 2017-18 school year by the Federation of Catholic Schools, each school now has at least one set of Chromebooks, with many planning to add another set or two for the coming school year.  Another important component of the grant was the formation of the Technology Teacher Leader group, so that each school has a Google-certified Educator (levels I and II) in their building to assist their colleagues in using the Chromebooks and other educational technology.  

The principals were able to stretch the funds from the grant, and use resources from other sources to provide professional development opportunities so that this group of teacher leaders can continue to work together for the next school year in 2018-19. "Having teacher tech leaders in our schools has been a key a component to the success of technology integration in all of our classrooms across the Federation," said Mrs. Govero, principal at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School and coordinator of the technology teacher leaders. "We are looking forward to the future support this group of leaders will provide in our individual schools and PLTs with regards to the enhancement of student learning through the use of technology."


Enhancement Grants for 2018-19 School Year
The announcement of the Renaissance in Catholic Education in the North County Deanery last year included a promise of $100,000 in funding from the Archdiocese of St. Louis to enhance each of our north county Catholic elementary schools in some way.  Each of the 10 schools prepared a proposal to receive part of this enhancement grant, and this month the Office of Catholic Education and Formation announced that each school would receive funding toward their project. Here’s a quick summary of the various ways these funds will be used to enhance the learning experience at each of our Catholic elementary schools in the 2018-19 school year:
    • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will add more Chromebooks so that students will each have access to a device when needed.  The will also update their wireless internet access for seamless connectivity.
    • Christ LIght of the Nations is constructing a new liturgical space in its multi-purpose room to be used for all-school liturgy and worship space.
    • Holy Spirit School will add STREAM kits to its MakerSpace lab and purchase additional Chromebooks and tablets for student use.
    • Holy Trinity School in St. Ann will continue to pursue a focus on differentiated instruction so that teachers are well-equipped to provide learning experiences that meet every students’ needs.
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe will start a STEM club for students to enhance cross-curricular learning.
    • Sacred Heart is purchasing an all-school license for the use of MobyMax, an online learning tool that can be customized for each individual student. They will also add some tablets to their technology tools.
    • St. Ann School in Normandy will use the funds toward hiring a Resource Teacher to work closely with students who need extra help.
    • St. Ferdinand School (All Saints Academy) is implementing more flexible seating options in classrooms.
    • St. Norbert School (All Saints Academy) will use the funds to continue the STAR Reading and Math programs and purchase additional Chromebooks.
    • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School (All Saints Academy) will add two more classroom sets of Chromebooks to increase accessibility to the junior high students.
      "It's exciting to see what the schools have planned for these funds so that teachers can continue to deliver excellent academic programs and faith formation to our north county students," said Mr. Rick Danzeisen, Director of North County Elementary Schools in the Office of Catholic Education and Formation. "Archbishop Carlson continues to be pleased with the collaboration in the North County Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools and is happy to support our efforts here." 

      May Crowning at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
      May is the Month of Mary
      May is the month we traditionally devote to our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary. All of our schools have held special May Crowning ceremonies to honor Mary, who has given us the perfect example of how to be a disciple of her son, Jesus. The Church encourages us to continue our devotion to Mary throughout the month of May by praying the rosary regularly.
      May Crowning at St. Ann School

      Sacred Heart Little Mermaid
      Sacred Heart Students Pack the Eagan Center Theater for
       The Little Mermaid! 
      Sacred Heart students put on an outstanding performance of The Little Mermaid on April 27-28th.  The show had rave reviews from everyone! Great job, teachers and students.

      BTC Walk a Thon
      Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Students Walk-a-Thon
      Last week, BTC's 7th and 8th graders walked 6 miles with their pastor, Fr. Rosy to raise money for tuition assistance. What a great act of service and a nice way to enjoy some time outside this spring!
      Trinity Students Leads Diversity Discussions at St. Ferdinand
      On Tuesday, April 17th a group of students and teachers from Trinity Catholic High School spent the day working with junior high students at St. Ferdinand School in Florissant.  Through small group activities and discussions, everyone was challenged to explore how individuals perceive and understand things differently.  These conversations will certainly continue as St. Ferdinand and all of our north county schools strive to prepare students to be faithful, productive citizens in our diverse world.

      Congratulations on your Retirement, Sr. Karl Mary Winkelmann!
      Thank you for your many years of service to Catholic Education in north county!
      Check out this lovely tribute video prepared for Sister by the faculty, staff and students at Trinity Catholic High School:

      Trinity Catholic High School and Academy at St. Sabina Join the Federation of Catholic Schools
      The Federation of Catholic Schools in the North County Deanery officially welcomes Trinity Catholic High School and the Academy at St. Sabina as members.  The pastors of our deanery parishes and principals of the elementary schools welcome the participation of the principal and president from Trinity Catholic and the principal from the Academy at St. Sabina during quarterly meetings next school year.  Teachers from the Academy will participate in the Professional Learning Teams and additional ways to collaborate with Trinity will be explored in the coming year. Our north county community is fortunate to have every aspect of Catholic education available to families who live and work here, from early education to elementary, junior high and high school, special education and high school! As we celebrate 200 years since our local Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne helped bring Catholic education to the St. Louis area in 1818, we will ask for her intercession on our future as we continue to pioneer new and innovative ways to continue the mission.

      First Communion at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
      Celebrating First Holy Communion
      God Bless all of our 2nd Grade Students throughout the North County Deanery who received their First Holy Communion this Easter Season!  May they rejoice in the gift of the Eucharist for years to come.

      Congratulations to the 8th Grade Classes of 2018
      Congratulations and God’s Blessings to all of our North County Deanery 8th grade students who are wrapping up their elementary school years this month and preparing to begin the next chapter of their education in High School.  We are proud of you and know you are prepared to move on and continue to love and serve our Lord!
      Digital Billboard Ad to Promote Catholic School Enrollment
      Be on the lookout for our digital billboard ad at McDonnell Blvd and I-270, facing west so that drivers on eastbound I-270 can see the message. Our ad will be displayed for 10 seconds at a time, 40 times per day.  The Federation of Catholic Schools was able to secure this ad placement at a discounted rate thanks to our membership in North County Inc.  


      It's FESTIVAL Time!

      Check out all the opportunities to enjoy some family fun in North County the next two weekends:

      St. Norbert May 11-12:

      St. Ferdinand May 11-12:

      St. Martin De Porres May 18-20:

      St. Rose Philippine Duchesne May 18-19:

      Summer Programs

      St. Ann Soccer Camp registration is now open. This one week camp is for students in Pre-K-6th grade, boys and girls. The camp runs from June 4th-8th and costs $90 for the first camper and $65 for each sibling.

      Also, check out the options for elementary school day campers at Trinity and IWA:

      Trinity Catholic Sports Camps:

      IWA Sport Camps:

      North County Incorporated will host the 41st annual Leadership Breakfast on May 18, 2018.


      Knights of Columbus Council 2951 will host it's next Food Truck Knights event of the season on Friday, June 15th.
      Florissant Food Truck Knights - April 20

      Sign up now for this Fall: Volleyball, Soccer and Golf!
      Signups are now underway for youth sports in north county for Fall 2018. Children ages 4 and up have opportunities to play soccer starting with a great training league; older kids can also play volleyball or fall golf.  Deadline is the end of June - click individual parish athletic sign up websites for details:
      Blessed Teresa of Calcutta:
      Sacred Heart:
      St. Angela Merici:
      St. Ann:
      St. Ferdinand:
      St. Norbert:
      St. Rose Philippine Duchesne:
      Holy Spirit (St. Charles CYC District):
      Our Schools are Now Enrolling for 2018-19! We are ready to welcome new students in preschool through Junior High.  Share this map of the locations and contact information for our north county elementary schools!Now-Enrolling-2018

      Other Upcoming Events

      Our north county parishes are filled with opportunities for prayer, worship, faith formation and recreational activities. A few highlights are listed below, with links to each parish bulletin for more details.

      Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish
      • June 25-29 Vacation Bible School
      Holy Name of Jesus Parish/ Christ Light of the Nations School
      • Art Fair & Ice Cream Social Friday, May 11
      • School Secretary Position Available - see bulletin for details
      Holy Spirit Parish
      Holy Trinity Parish
      • July 9-15, 5-8pm - Vacation Bible School
      • August 17-18 - Family Festival 
      Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
      • May 20 Youth Group Hosting Sunday Brunch after All Masses 
      Sacred Heart Parish
      • May 20 Lifeteen Pancake and Plant Sale 7a-1p in Parish Hall
      • May 23 Sacred Heart School Picnic
      St. Ann Normandy
      • June 4-8 Summer Soccer Camp 
      St. Angela Merici Parish
      • May 25 - Catholic Family Movie Night - 7pm in lunchroom
      St. Ferdinand Parish
      • June 25-29 Vacation Bible School
      St. Martin de Porres Parish
      • May 18-20 Summerfest
      St. Norbert Parish
      • May 11-12 Parish Festival
      St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish
      • May 18-19 Parish Festival
      St. Sabina Parish
      • May 13 - Mothers Day Breakfast

      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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