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January 2018

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools

The national celebration of Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 28th.  Each of our schools in north county will be hosting an Open House that Sunday, welcoming visitors to explore the school community and facility and find out more about enrolling their child(ren) in preschool through junior high. Throughout the week they will also celebrate with special activities and events.

Please help spread the word and invite your friends and neighbors to visit your school on Open House Sunday and share what you love about your child's experience there!

A Facebook event that lists all the schools is available to share at

You can also simply share, which features a map of the schools and lists contact information and Open House hours for each school.

The Work of Our Hands: 
An Art Show Featuring Student Artists from North County Catholic Elementary Schools
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Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 3, 4-6 pm.

The art show will be on display during regular hours at the Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson from Feb. 3-24.  Check out the event and share it on Facebook!

Come and see the beautiful artwork made by students from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (BTC) SchoolChrist Light of The NationsSacred Heart Catholic SchoolSt. Ferdinand Catholic Parish and SchoolSt Norbert Catholic School, and St Rose Philippine Duchesne School

Thanks to the teachers in the Federation of Catholic Schools Art PLT (Professional Learning Team) for organizing this event and to Sr. Glynis McManamon at the Good Shepherd Gallery for hosting the art show!

Upcoming Events 
Browse the parish bulletins for a wealth of information about events and activities that our parishes and schools are hosting in the coming weeks. You can access each parish's weekly bulletin online through these links.

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! 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!

    Know of someone who would be interested in hearing about our Catholic Schools?  Forward this message to a friend and invite them to join our e-mail list. 
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    Program Enhancement Grants Available to all North County Schools
    Each school has submitted a proposal for Program Enhancement Grant funds to Rick Danzeisen.  Requests ranged from enhancing technology equipment, worship spaces, flexible classroom seating and more. The proposals are being reviewed and schools will be informed of funding decisions on Feb. 16th. 

    Updates on 
    New Partnership School 
    The principals and pastors at St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Schools have been working closely with the Director of North County Elementary Schools to move forward with the new Partnership School for the 2018-19 school year.  A Parent Advisory Committed is meeting regularly, and names of the members of the new board of directors have been submitted to Archbishop Carlson.  Stay tuned! Information and updates will be posted to this web page: as more details about the new school become available.  

    STREAMing up Curriculum: Coding and Robotics
    Teachers are are continuing to explore new ways to use technology in the classroom and beyond this year. With access to Chromebooks and a lead technology teacher (Google-certified) at each campus, there is an increasing amount of experimenting and exploring going on!  
         For the past five years, students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta have participated in the Hour of Code, which they did again the first week in December.  St. Rose Philippine Duchesne started an after-school Robotics Club for middle school students last year, and is continuing this year with the addition of a program for younger students.  
        The two St. Rose middle school robotics teamscompeted in the FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition (also hosted at St. Rose) on Dec. 2-3 and both teams advanced to the regional championship that was held at Florissant Valley Community College on Saturday, January 13.  
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         The Federation's marketing commission is planning an "expo" event this spring featuring the various STREAM activities that are underway at our schools. If you would like to help plan this event, please contact Cara Koen at 314-537-3174 or send an e-mail.

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