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Trintiy's Parent Information Night at Sacred Heart
Trinity Parent Event at Sacred Heart

Trinity Catholic High School is hosting a parent information night tonight Thursday, Nov. 21st, 7pm at Sacred Heart Parish (751 N. Jefferson in Florissant) in the Parish Center. All parents are welcome to come and meet Trinity's President Dan Grumich, other staff members and parents, and learn about what's happening at our local Catholic high school.

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Parent Survey Invitation - Last Chance!
All parents with children enrolled at a Catholic school in north county should have received a survey link recently from Dr. Alice Prince.  Please complete the survey by this Friday, Nov. 22nd. If you didn't see the e-mail or need the link to be re-sent, please don't hestitate to contact us!

You are invited to watch this brief video (direct link: www.federationofcatholicschools.org/programs/diversity-inclusion/parent-survey-invitation) to learn more about Dr. Prince's work with our schools this year. 

Join a Focus Group in January
In addition, for anyone who would like to dig a little deeper into this topic by responding to open-ended questions, Dr. Prince will also facilitate four focus groups in January at the following times and locations:

Saturday, January 11, 9:30-11am at St. Ferdinand Parish (Bilingual Group)
Monday, January 13, 6:30-8pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe (Bilingual Group)
Thursday, January 16, 6:30-8pm at Christ Light of the Nations School
Saturday, January 25, 9:30-11am at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish 

Registration is required and each focus group will be limited to 20 participants, and additional dates could be added if necessary. The groups on January 11 & 13 will have a Spanish language interpreter available. If you would like to participate in one of the focus groups, please sign up as soon as possible at: www.FederationofCatholicSchools.com/focus-groups

Questions? Contact Dr. Alice Prince at aprince@federationofcatholicschools.org or Cara Koen at advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org or 314-537-3174. 

Five tips to keep your family healthy all winter long

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By Joseph Muenster, MD, SSM Health pediatrician

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also cold and flu season. From classrooms to offices, holidays parties and department stores, germs are everywhere. Here are some helpful tips to keep your family healthy this holiday season and all winter long.

1. Get your flu vaccine. More than 130 children in the U.S died from the flu last year, half of which were healthy kids with no serious medical problems. Many more became dangerously ill with high fevers, coughs, headaches, body aches and complications like pneumonia and ear infections. The flu vaccine is recommended for most people over the age of 6 months. Children under the age of 5, adults over 65 years old, pregnant and postpartum women and people with chronic conditions such as asthma, lung or heart disease are at the greatest risk of developing serious complications from the flu.

The most common reasons why some people shy away from getting the flu vaccine are concern that it will cause you to get the flu or concern about the effectiveness of the vaccine. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine because it is made of inactivated (“dead”)  virus. However, the vaccine takes about two weeks to provide full protection so some patients may coincidentally become sick during that time. Last year, the flu vaccine effectiveness was about 45 percent for all patients, but even higher in kids 6 months – 17 years old at about 60 percent. The good news is that people who get the flu after getting the vaccine typically have a less severe, shorter illness. The vaccine also reduces the risk of severe complications like pneumonia.

2. Teach your children proper handwashing habits. Remind them to use warm water and soap and to scrub for at least 20 seconds (about the amount of time it takes to hum “Happy Birthday” twice) before eating, after going to the bathroom, after blowing their nose/coughing/sneezing and after playing with a pet. Soap and water are best, but hand sanitizers are a good alternative on the go.

3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, drinking milk and plenty of water are keys to keeping your immune system in shape. General pediatric multivitamins are safe, but not necessary in most cases as a healthy diet should provide all the nutrients your child needs.

4. Get plenty of sleep. Healthy sleep is crucial to supporting your immune system. Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep increases your susceptibility to common colds, as well as decreased response to the flu vaccine. Elementary and middle school age children need on average nine to 11 hours of sleep per night Teens typically need eight to 10 hours of sleep per night.

5. Stay home if you have a fever or are feeling under the weather. Unplanned sick days are never convenient for families, but it’s really important that your child gets the rest he or she needs and helps prevent the spread of the illness.

In general, you should keep your child home from school when they have a fever, diarrhea, vomiting or illnesses and rashes like chickenpox, measles or hand, foot and mouth disease. Generally speaking, kids can go to school when the have a mild cold, cough or sore throat. There is a lot of gray area here, though, so call your pediatrician’s office if you are unsure. 

Dr. Muenster is board certified in pediatrics and has special medical interest in sports injuries, childhood obesity and primary care. His practice is located on the campus of SSM Health DePaul Hospital at 3440 DePaul Lane, Suite 210, Bridgeton, MO 63044. To schedule an appoint with Dr Muenster, call 314-291-7766 or go to ssmhealth.com.

NCEA Parent Newlsetter
Advent is almost here! Read the latest isse of the National Catholic Education Association's Parent Newsletter for tips on how to celebrate the Advent season with your children.

The Word Was Made Flesh and Dwelt Among Us - Advent Reflection

Join others in the North County Deanery for an Advent reflection on Sunday, December 15, from 1-3pm at St. Ferdinand Parish. The day will include a reflection by Fr. Anthony Wieck, SJ, a meal, and an opportunity to donate to those in need. Click here or the image below for more information.


Upcoming Events at North County Deanery Parishes 

Our Catholic parish communities in North County offer many opportunities each month for faith formation and fun and fellowship.   Check for details in the weekly parish bulletins.



Blood Drive at St. Rose

Sacred Heart Respect Life - Sing Along



Check out the new website featuring stories about the people, places and progress in North St. Louis County! Share your #truenorth story at https://truenorthcounty.org/contact/ or 

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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!

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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