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February 2021

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
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February 2021 E-News 
In this edition:
  • Over 1,500 students at 8 schools will pray together Wednesday at 1pm at our Virtual Prayer Service
  • Catholic Schools Week Coverage in the St. Louis Review
  • Celebrating Cultural Diversity - Black History Month and Beyond!
  • Time to Unwind - Last Call for Free Access to Screenagers: Next Chapter
  • Time to Unwind -  Understanding and Responding to Our Children’s Anxieties (Covid Edition): A Program for Parents and Educators - Feb. 24 at 6:30PM on Zoom

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week - Virtual Prayer Service

Join our 7 elementary schools along with Trinity Catholic High School on Wednesday, February 3rd at 1pm as we gather together on Zoom for a Virtual Prayer Service led by our 8th grade classes and a Trinity High School Student. Students from Our Lady of Guadalupe have recorded a praise dance, 8th graders will lead our prayers and reflections about multicultural saints, Fr. Tom Haley from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will give a homily, we'll reflect on "The Hill We Climb" by poet Amanda Gorman, and we'll close with a song led by a talented Trinity Titan! Parents, parishioners and friends can follow along and pray with us via livestream at this YouTube link.

Happy Catholic Schools Week! 
Great things are happening in our North County Catholic schools.  We are grateful for our pastors, principals, teachers, parents, families and community, all working together to bring Faith, Academic Excellence and Service alive for students.  Check out the article in this week's edition of the St. Louis Review, highlighting some of the fruits of our collaboration and unity in North County!  

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Also, check out this great video celebrating Catholic Schools throughout the Archdiocese. Our principals, teachers and school communities are truly a gift worth sharing!!


Celebrating Cultural Diversity -  Black History Month and Beyond!
February is Black History Month, and our teachers have a variety of resources they will be using to share the stories of African Americans who have made significant and heroic contributions in the history of the U.S. and worldwide. Parents are also encouraged to engage their children in conversations and learning about black history. Common Sense Media offers a collection of activities on Black History and Culture, and Friendzy Social Emotional Learning shared a blog post recently with 4 Tips for Celebrating Black History Month Heroes.

The National Black Catholic Congress offers a wide variety of articles and resources at https://www.nbccongress.org/In addition, one of our teachers found that the National Association of Pastoral Musicians has partnered with artist Brother Mickey McGrath to schedule four live-streamed sessions on Thursdays in February at 2pm Central Time. You can watch and listen here
Black History Month
Dr. Alice Prince continues to work with all of our schools as they make progress on the diversity plans and goals that they worked on in 2019-20.  She has been working closely with "School Champions" - teachers from each school who  are taking a leadership role in bringing resources for diversity, equity, belonging and social emotional learning back to their colleagues.  The School Champions meet monthly on Zoom, and are developing a cultural calendar of teaching resources. Stay tuned for a more detailed update on all the work that has been accomplished. We want to embrace and celebrate our diversity all year long!

The North County Deanery 

Federation of Catholic Schools presents:

Time To Unwind
Families and friends of our Federation of Catholic Schools are invited to join us for this series of helpful programs, presented online with expert advice for supporting our children - mind, body and spirit!

Each of the programs will be presented online, with opportunities to ask questions and support one another. So grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea, get comfy and spend some time with us learning about important topics for supporting the social-emotional health of our children.  First up in the series is an exclusive online screening of Screenagers: Next Chapter - Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience.  
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Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience


LAST CALL!

Online Screening

Available On-Demand

Until February 7, 2021


Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. 



Available “On Demand” for FREE to members of our Federation of Catholic Schools community. To access the movie, please register online at https://www.screenagersevent.com/nextchapter-next-chapter-fcs-north-county-deanery 


Once you register, you will have access to watch the film in your home during the online screening period, starting January 22 through February 7.  You can register anytime - and you'll receive a notification when the movie is available to watch. Parents may choose to watch the movie on their own, and then watch it with their children.


Included with the registration is a recorded Q&A video with the filmmaker, Dr. Delaney Ruston. After watching the movie, parents are invited to submit questions for input from our school counselors using an online form.  



Understanding and Responding to

Our Children’s Anxieties (Covid Edition)

A Program for Parents and Educators


Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30PM

On Zoom - Registration Required at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcO6gqDsuG9xzI0fwdrx_GrO4wK1i1Gsq 


Have you ever wondered about your child’s fears and worries?


* What anxieties are normal childhood issues, and which ones require professional help?

* Why are so many children showing signs of anxiety these days?

* What can parents – and teachers – do to help a child who often seems worried, is shy, shows perfectionism, has panic attacks, or has difficulty separating from parents or sleeping alone?


Wonder no more! Come hear a professional therapist talk about childhood anxiety.

There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

If you would like to submit a question in advance, feel free to send it to advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org 


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Presented by Amy V. Maus, MSW, LCSW

of West County Psychological Associates

Amy specializes in providing school consultation and presentations 

on a variety of mental health and school-related issues, as well as psychological testing.



EXPLORE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS (2)

Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
see http://ttef-stl.org/info-for-parents/ for more details.

2021-22 APPLICATION 
DEADLINE FEB. 26!


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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!

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

What's Happening in the North County Deanery?
Our Federation of Catholic Schools website features a page that includes a map and links to each parish bulletin/website for the 15 parishes and 8 Catholic schools that are located in the North County Deanery of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Visit this link to learn more about each of our unique and active parish communities: 

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FREE FAMILY ACCESS TO CATHOLICBRAIN.COM
Our Federation of Catholic Schools Shared Technology Library (funded by a Beyond Sunday Grant from the Roman Catholic Foundation) includes a subscription to www.CatholicBrain.com for all families in our North County Deanery.
Sign up today for your FREE family account to access daily bible readings, videos, reflections and more!

This is an easy resource to use with your children to bring some extra peace and prayer into your home this season.To learn more about CatholicBrain visit
https://www.catholicbrain.com/

To receive details on how to set up your free account, complete this form.



North County Community News
  • Information about detours and road closures due to the I-270 North project can be found at this MODOT website: 
    http://www.i270north.org/

  • True North is the authentic story of the many diverse communities and people that make up the northern part of the St. Louis metro region. Being authentic means that we acknowledge our struggles, embrace our diversity, celebrate our successes and invest in the future. Follow the stories of our community! 

  • COVID-19 Vaccination information is available from the St. Louis County Health Department at https://stlcorona.com/covid19-vaccines/
  

(314) 537-3174
         Email: advancement@FederationofCatholicSchools.org
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