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March 2017

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

Invitation for Parents - Join us for a showing of
Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age


Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The Federation of Catholic Schools is hosting a free screening of this movie, followed by a brief Q&A discussion, on Tuesday, March 28th at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School. Doors open at 6:30pm, movie will begin at 7pm. Parents are invited and are welcome to bring along their pre-teens and teenagers. Seating is limited, so please reserve your tickets today!

Federation of Catholic Schools to 
Receive $100K Beyond Sunday Grant for 2017-18
The Federation of Catholic Schools is thrilled to announce that our students will benefit from a $100,000 Academic Capacity Enhancement Grant from the Beyond Sunday fund of the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri. Each school in the Federation will receive a classroom set of Chromebooks and a charging cart, along with professional development for teachers to become proficient at using technology for blended learning and to enhance differentiation in their classrooms. Check next month's newsletter for more details about this exciting new collaborative program, enhancing educational excellence and the use of technology in our schools. 

Also, All are Welcome to Join us April 8 
for the CatholicFIT Family Fitness Challenge!
Saturday, April 8th, 9-10:15am at Trinity Catholic High School on the track. 

Dave Reddy, Fitness Trainer and CatholicFIT Creator, has been visiting PE classes at each school over the past few weeks.  It's a unique opportunity for students to learn from a health and fitness expert and reflect on how their faith and fitness are connected! 

Keep Sharing the Good News!
Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is happening now at each of our Federation Schools. Word of mouth is always our best marketing tool - so please share your experiences with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to explore our Catholic schools in north county as an excellent education option! 

A few of our schools "made the news" this week:

National Conference for Catholic Education Coming to St. Louis in April 2017
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) is hosting its annual conference in St. Louis in April 2017!  Catholic educators and administrators from across the country and beyond will be coming to our city for this exciting event.  Check out the welcome video that the Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Education Office prepared and presented at the conference last spring in San Diego. Follow the #NCEA17 hashtag on Twitter and get ready to learn about all the great things happening at the conference and, more importantly, in Catholic education!

A Renaissance for Catholic Education
Change, Challenge, Choice - 
A Vision for the Future
Q-A Download
A memo from the School Oversight Committee representatives and a 16-page "Question and Answer" document was published last month. Please visit to view/download the document.   

Read the Good News about Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in The e-Vangelizer archive.

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Robotics Programs on the Rise!
Several of our schools are stepping up involvement in robotics programs this semester, and looking ahead to next school year, too.  St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Students finished 3rd of 16 teams in a SeaPerch underwater robot competition last month and were invited to a national competition in Atlanta, GA in May. (Check the St. Rose Parish bulletin for information on how you can support their fundraising efforts so they can make the trip.)  Sacred Heart has also started Robotics with SLUH's Clavius Project, and St. Ann students will participate in that program next year. Several local scout troops also have robotics programs - if you have ideas for how the Federation can help schools collaborate with these Robotics programs, please let us know!

Hey North County Cardinals Fans: TCHS Needs Your Vote! 
Our local Trinity Catholic High School is a finalist in the St. Louis Cardinals High School Video Challenge. The winner will be featured during the Cardinals Home Opener on April 2nd.  Vote daily until March 27th at 

Our parishes and schools have many opportunities for prayer and service during this Lenten season.  Visit our event calendar for information faith formation events, Stations of the Cross, Adoration and, of course, make your Friday Fish Fry dinner plans! 
North County Fish Fry Map

Upcoming Events and Activities
Looking for faith formation opportunities or a fun night out with friends? 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.

Here are a few highlighted events:

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!

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!