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Federation of Catholic Schools Receives
Beyond Sunday Grant to
 Embrace the Gift of Diversity

Thanks to the generous donors to the Roman Catholic Foundation's Beyond Sunday campaign, our Federation of Catholic Schools is embarking on an innovative project this school year:

“Embracing the Gift of Cultural, Racial,
Religious and Economic Diversity
in North County Catholic Schools.”

While there are several goals this grant is set to achieve, the first task was to hire someone with the skills and expertise to support our leaders in these efforts. 


Dr. 
Alice Prince will be working as the Federation’s Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for the 2019-20 school year.  In this role, she will spend time at each school, getting to know the principal, pastor, DRE/CRE, faculty, staff and students. She will be leading workshops and providing practical tools and resources for educators on how to best meet the needs of every student enrolled in our Catholic schools in North County. By June 2020, each school will have an individual plan for Cultural Competency, Diversity & Inclusion, guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church and informed by expertise in the field of Education.   Dr. Prince has a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership and is an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University. She and her family are parishioners at St. Nicholas Catholic Parish in the City of St. Louis. Her youngest two children, twin boys (pictured below), attend Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School.

 

When the Federation was originally formed in 2010, embracing diversity was identified as an area of responsibility. In 2018 the Federation formed a subcommittee of pastors and principals, who developed the idea for this collaborative project, which the Roman Catholic Foundation generously funded with the Beyond Sunday Transformational Innovation Grant. Throughout this school year there will be opportunities for involvement by parishioners, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in learning more. If you would like to receive ongoing updates about this project, please contact Cara Koen at 314-537-3174 or e-mail advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org.


Dr. Prince recently met all of our principals and teachers at our First Professinal Learning Team (PLT) Gathering at Sacred Heart School on August 30th.  She will be working with teachers in their PLT groups throughout the 2019-20 school year.

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The Federation's Diversity & Inclusion Committee is working closely with Dr. Prince to help guide her work within the schools. Members of the commitee include:

  • Fr. Nick Winker, pastor at St. Ann
  • Mr. Jacob Reft, principal at St. Ann
  • Peggy O'Brien, Principal at Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Michelle Patke, Co-Principal at Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Fr. Tom Haley, pastor at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish
  • Mrs. Addie Govero, principal at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School
  • Mrs. Anna Davis, principal at All Saints Academy at St. Ferdinand
  • Ms. Gloria Howell, enrollment director at Trinity Catholic High School
  • Mr. Rick Danzeisen, North County Region Director, Office of Catholic Education and Formation, Archdiocese of St. Louis
The group is developing baseline surveys of key stakeholders including pastors, principals, teachers, parents and students.  Parents will be receiving a an e-mail survey link in early October from Dr. Prince, please stay tuned to this e-mail distribution for additional information.

 

The Roman Catholic Foundation awards Beyond Sunday grants to archdiocesan and parish Catholic schools and PSR programs in the Archdiocese of St. Louis through a competitive application and review process. To date, $2.3 million has been granted to benefit Catholic education in our local community. For more information, please visit rcfstl.org.



Schools Get Creative with Welcoming Students Back to School
All of our Catholic schools in North County are back to school for the 2019-20 school year.  It's a busy time of year with Curriculum Nights, Ice Cream Socials, Open Houses, Parent meetings and more!  Each school community has welcomed students and families back, including many new faces this year.  Here are a couple of unique examples of what our schools did to make Back to School special!

Jacob Reft, Principal at St. Ann Catholic School in Normandy, recently released this special welcome video to celebrate the new school year.  Check it out

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Faculty and staff at All Saints Academy at St. Ferdinand Parish also created a fun welcome video featuring their sidewalk chalk creations:

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    The Parent Association at All Saints Academy welomes new families by placing signs in their yards beore the first day of school.  At the St. Rose Campus, Kindergarten students are also welcomed with signs along the front walk of school.  The St. Rose campus also welcomed their new principal Dr. Mark Gilligan.
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    All Saints Academy at St. Norbert Campus kicked off the school year with a special assembly where they celebrated the 2019 St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Championship with s visit from Blues Mascot Louie.  The students made donations to dress down in their Blues gear that day, and donated the proceeds to the Blues 4 Kids organization.
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    Over the summer the  Parish Hall/Cafeteria was totally remodeled at Sacred Heart School. Old heaters taken out, new floor was installed and the whole room received new coat of paint. The Kindergarten classrooms were moved up to the first floor of the Pre-K building and Smart Boards were installed in each classroom. The Lucky Ducks  (3 yr. olds) and the Pre-K were moved to the ground floor. 

    This year, the Sacred Heart school theme is "Respect" - for each individual, for property and for people' s time. We are also working with the Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset program with the students and teachers - Change your words, Change your mindset. We have posters in each classroom and the halls with reminders. Example, Instead of saying; "It's too hard," say; "I'll keep trying" or instead of "I can't do that"; say "I can't do that YET!!"
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    On the first day of school, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parents gathered in the hallways to cheer on their students to a brand new school year.
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    Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School hosted an Back to School Fair before school began in August. Families came to meet teachers, drop off supplies and enjoy some pizza together.
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    Over the summer the Teachers at Christ Light of the Nations School worked hard to create a student reading lounge! The reading lounge is a place where the students can enjoy literature from all genres in flexible and comfy reading spaces.

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    Teachers and Students Will Retreat Together This Fall!
    Again this year our Federation teachers and students will have the opportunity to participate in retreat days designed to help them focus on their relationship with Christ.  Throught the collaborative work of the Federation of Catholic Schools, these retreat days are a special opportunity for teachers as they serve as catechists and for the students as they prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  

    The teachers retreat day will be held at Cardinal Rigali Center on Friday, October 4th, led by Fr. Chris Schroeder, SJ from DeSmet Jesuit.  Second Grade students will gather for a special day in preparation of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist at St. Sabina Parish on October 18, October 25 or November 15.  Finally, 7th and 8th Grade Students will experience the 13th Annual Confirmation Rally on November 7th at St. Norbert Parish, led by the REAP Team.  Please pray for everyone who is preparing and attending these retreat days, that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit!

    Explore Catholic High Schools in St. Louis
    High School Nights are underway! If you have a student in 6th-8th grades this is a great opportunity to explore the options for secondary Teachers and Students Will Retreat Together This Fall!
    Again this year our Federation teachers and students will have the opportunity to participate in retreat days designed to help them focus on their relationship with Christ.  Throught the collaborative work of the Federation of Catholic Schools, these retreat days are a special opportunity for teachers as they serve as catechists and for the students as they prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  

    The teachers retreat day will be held at Cardinal Rigali Center on Friday, October 4th, led by Fr. Chris Schroeder, SJ f education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis! Our local Trinity Catholic will host a high school night on Oct. 3rd.  More details available at: https://www.archstl.org/catholic-education-and-formation/high-school/high-school-nights

    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.

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    Life in the Spirit Seminar

    Pork Steak Dinner





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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!
      Why am I receiving this message?  We have recently added all 2019-20 parent and family e-mail addresses from all of our Federation schools to this distribution list.  Be assured that your e-mail address is safe and will only be used by the Federation of Catholic Schools to share our monthly e-newsletter and other occasional updates.  Should you prefer not to receive these messages, simply use the "unsubscribe" link located in the footer of this message. If you have any questions, contact Cara Koen at 314-537-3174 or e-mail advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org.
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