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September 2020


Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
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Back to School 2020
It's September, and all of our Catholic schools in the North County Deanery have begun the 2020-21 school year. While in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, the start of the school year looks very different for everyone. We are blessed to have such excellent principals, administrators and pastors who are committed to leading their schools and parishes in faith, formation and academics even through the global pandemic we are all experiencing.  Please continue to especially pray for all of our leaders and teachers who are working very hard for the benefit of our students, that they may continue to find hope and peace in their ministry of teaching!

Take a peek at some photos and videos linked below, to see how our Catholic schools are adapting to keep everyone safe and healthy, with students returning to learning, both in-person and virtual!

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Celebrating our Differences, United as One

Embracing the Gift of Diversity in our 
School and Parish Communities 
As we begin the new school year, our collaborative work to ensure our schools are embracing the gift of diversity will continue.  Each school and parish has a Core Team that has been reviewing surveys, focus group notes, and the needs of their specific community.  In the spring each Core Team submitted a set of goals as part of our Diversity and Inclusion planning.  Even with the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we were able to have a Zoom meeting of the Core Team members, and the Federation's Diversity & Inclusion Committee continued to meet throughout the summer.  

In support of this work, our Federation received a $50,000 Beyond Sunday Transformational Innovation Grant for 2019-20, which helped to fund the work of a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant through the initial planning process. The Archdiocese of St. Louis recognizes the importance of this work, and in July the Federation received the good news that the Archdiocese would provide funding to continue the Diversity & Inclusion consultant position for the 2020-21 school year.  Dr. Alice Prince will continue in this role and help carry forward implementation of the collaborative and individual plans that have been established.  She will also provide support to principals and teachers in the area of Social-Emotional Learning, which is essential for the well-being of our students in these uncertain times. A copy of these plans will be available soon for anyone who would like to read them. 
Learn more about the Diversity & Inclusion work and resources at http://www.federationofcatholicschools.org/programs/diversity-inclusion

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

Federation of Catholic Schools Receives Beyond Sunday Academic Capacity Enhancement Grant to

create a Shared Technology Library


The Roman Catholic Foundation has awarded another $50,000 Beyond Sunday Academic Capacity Enhancement grant in support of our Catholic schools in North County through the Federation. Navigating the STREAM Together: A Shared Technology Library for North County Catholic Schools is a project that will enhance technology education at 7 elementary schools and Trinity Catholic High School. Technology coordinators and principals will use the grant funds to purchase a collection of tools and items in support of students as creators and designers, rather than merely users, of technology. Examples include Sphero LittleBits programming kits, Virtual Reality (VR) Goggles, 3D Camera and Green Screen, Robotics, and more! These resources will be shared among all the schools, with a GlowForge Printer and 3D printing capabilities at the STREAM Lab at Trinity Catholic High School. The hope is that middle school students will have field trip visits to explore Trinity's STREAM lab and encourage their curiosity and interest in STREAM courses in high school. The principals and faculty of our schools are so grateful to the Roman Catholic Foundation for their continued support of our collaborative efforts. If you would like to read more about the project, click here to download a one-page summary. Stay tuned for more details about the exciting technology tools our students and teachers will have access to through this shared library collection!

This is the fourth consecutive year that our deanery has benefited from Beyond Sunday Grants. Schools are still utilizing the Chromebooks that were funded through our first Beyond Sunday grant received in 2017-18. In fact, the equipment and professional development from that grant gave our schools a head start when faced with the sudden switch to distance learning this spring - an outcome of the grant that we could never have predicted. In addition, many of our Catholic students receive Beyond Sunday scholarships to assist with elementary and secondary tuition. THANK YOU also to everyone in our north county parishes who have generously supported the Beyond Sunday campaign - you are making a difference!

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Would you like to grant a teacher's wish?  

We invited teachers to submit a classroom wish list and posted them to our website at http://www.federationofcatholicschools.org/teacher-wish-lists.  

Take a moment to browse the lists and send a gift if you are able!


Job Opportunities for 2020-21
If you know of an educator looking for a new employment opportunity,
please share these listings with them!


All Saints Academy – St. Norbert Campus is seeking a full time Computer/Technology Instructor. This position is half time teaching and half time working with teachers on implementing technology into their daily instruction. Experienced preferred, but not necessary. Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume and references to rickdanzeisen@archstl.org.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School is seeking a full-time preschool teacher. Benefits and full salary scale pay for those with teaching certification. Please email resume to agovero@btc-school.org or call Addie Govero at 314-522-3888. 

Begin the Archdiocesan application process at www.archstl.org/education. Click on view Application and Instructions.

Federation of Catholic Schools Events for 2020-21
Teachers in our Federation elementary schools participate in Professional Learning Teams, where they connect with their fellow teachers of the same grade level (lower grades) or subject area (middle school).  This is an excellent source of moral support and professional development.  While we have canceled the in-person gatherings for PLTs on September 4th, teachers are continuing to connect with one another "virtually" whenever possible, and look forward to gathering again in person in the future.

Pastors and principals from our member parishes and schools meet quarterly to discuss the mission, vision and activities of our collaboration as the Federation of Catholic Schools.  The next Quarterly meeting of pastors and principals is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 1:30pm.  This year we welcome pastors and leaders from All Souls, Our Lady of the Presentation, St. Jude and St. Rita parishes, who will join these meetings and discussions about how the North County Deanery can best continue to work together in support of Catholic Education and Formation.

Collaborative planning of retreats for students preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation has been a great tradition of our Federation of Catholic Schools.  While we have canceled the annual Confirmation Rally for 2020 due to current social distancing and gathering size restrictions, we are pleased to report that our new Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski has accepted our invitation to celebrate Mass at the 2021 Confirmation Rally on October 15. 2021 at Trinity Catholic High School. We are also exploring possible alternatives for the current year to bring a mini-retreat experience to our 7th and 8th grade students preparing for Confirmation. Please pray for all of our students receiving sacraments this year!

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 16 parishes and 9 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: 

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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