Partnership School Updates

Three parishes in north county, St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, are partnering with the Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Education Office to establish a new Partnership Model Elementary School, which will "open" with the 2018-19 school year at each of the three existing parish school locations. The formation of a Board of Directors and Parent Advisory Group for this new educational entity is in process in fall 2017. A history of the planning from the past year is available here.  This page will be updated frequently with information and announcements about the new partnership school, so please bookmark this page for future reference.

Archbishop Carlson Announces Name for New Partnership School - All Saints Academy

posted Jan 26, 2018, 8:04 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 3:35 PM ]

The new partnership school forming between St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne parishes along with the Archdiocese of St. Louis now has a name.  Archbishop Carlson announced that the new educational entity will be called All Saints Academy, located at their existing sites at the three parishes. 
  • All Saints Academy at St. Ferdinand Parish
  • All Saints Academy at St. Norbert Parish
  • All Saints Academy at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish
You can read Archbishop Carlson's letters to the pastors, parishioners and school families by downloading the PDF files posted below. 

Each school will continue offering an excellent Catholic education to students in preschool through 8th grade, with several enhancements currently under consideration.   

New School Uniform Plaid Survey & Top 3 Names

posted Jan 5, 2018, 6:46 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 9:12 AM ]

January 5, 2018

MEMO

 

To:  Teachers, Parents, and Students at St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

 

From: Partnership School Parent Advisory Committee

 

Re: New School Uniform Plaid Options & Top 3 Names

Happy New Year! Just before Christmas the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) met and discussed uniform options for the new partnership school.  Each school has been provided with four samples of plaids for the girls jumper/skirt.  School parents are invited to vote for their favorite plaid using this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/new-uniform   (Please note, the link will not be active from 10pm 1/5 to 10am 1/6 due to server maintenance at surveymonkey.com. If the link doesn’t work when you click it, please try again later). Female students will be invited to vote for their favorite plaid during the regular school day.  The voting deadline is January 10.

A few notes about the new uniform code:

·        Navy blue pants and shorts will remain the uniform for boys (and girls, if they choose). 

·        Shirt colors will be chosen to coordinate with the plaid. 

·        School principals will determine the uniform code for accessories, socks, shoes, etc.

·        The current P.E. class uniform for each school will be used next year, with no changes expected (and no additional new purchases required for families who already have the P.E./Gym uniform).

·        Since we will have a large number of the current uniform plaid skirts and jumpers, the PAC will organize a service project where families can choose to donate the old uniforms and we will find a worthy organization or school (possibly served by missionaries) to receive the uniform donation. If you have an idea about where these uniforms could be donated, please contact a member of the PAC.

New Name Update:

After receiving over 875 responses to the survey on the options for naming our new partnership school, the following three names were the top 3 choices and were submitted to Archbishop Carlson for review.

·        All Saints Catholic Academy

·        Fleur de Lis Catholic Academy

·        Holy Family Catholic Academy

Whichever name is chosen, it will be followed by: St. Ferdinand Campus, St. Norbert Campus and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Campus. We will let everyone know when the Archbishop is ready to announce the new name.

The PAC meets again on Thursday, January 11th. If you have any questions or suggestions, please share those with a member of the PAC from your school at any time.   The list of members and prior memos and communication can be found online at http://www.federationofcatholicschools.org/partnership-school           

Board of Directors Forming for New Partnership School

posted Dec 11, 2017, 11:33 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 11:52 AM ]

December 11, 2017
Dear St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert, and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School Families,
I am pleased to announce that Archbishop Carlson has accepted and approved the new partnership school’s Board of Directors. These men and women, nominated by their pastors, have accepted positions of this newly formed board, and we appreciate their willingness to serve in this capacity.

The members of the Board of Directors are:
St. Ferdinand: Mrs. Cindy Anderson, Mrs. Terri Besmer and Mr. Steven Wills
St. Norbert: Mr. Ed Dick, Mrs. Amy Hercules and Mrs. Marie Ponciroli
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: Mr. Bill Booth, Mrs. Jamie Burke and Mrs. Jen Cracchiola

An orientation meeting for the new board will take place in January 2018.

Please pray for these men and women as they work to move forward the Renaissance in Catholic Education, which will mean an even stronger religious education and academic programs for your children.

As always, I thank you for your continued commitment to Catholic education for your family.

Sincerely,
Mr. Rick Danzeisen
Director of North County Catholic Schools

Naming our New Partnership School – Please Rank Your Favorites

posted Dec 5, 2017, 7:24 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 7:24 AM ]

The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for the new Partnership School forming with St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert, and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parishes thanks everyone who submitted suggestions for a unifying name for the new educational entity.  The PAC discussed the many options that were received, and have narrowed down the list to 6 names they believe would be fitting for the new partnership school (each campus will retain current parish name following on new name).  Here are the names and rationale for each option:


Name Option:

Rationale:

All Saints Catholic Academy

·        The new partnership school is starting from 3 “Saint” schools

·        We are all called to be saints

Archbishop May Catholic

Archbishop John L. May (Archbishop of Saint Louis from 1980-1992) was progressive, an educator, friendly, humble , noted for promoting social harmony and served as President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Catholic Conference. Archbishop May exemplifies the spirit and charism of St. Louis.

Fleur de Lis Catholic Academy

The Fleur de Lis (flower of the lily) is rich in symbolism, including:

·        Holy Trinity (symbolizing the Mystery of one God in three Divine Persons)

·        Blessed Virgin Mary (symbolizing her perpetual purity and her privileges of being chosen by the Trinity to be the Mother of God)

·        Virgin saints and martyrs, especially the great St. Jeanne d’Arc, the Maid of Orleans, first Patroness of France.

Holy Family Catholic Academy

With three schools and parishes coming together to form a new “family” of Catholic schools, the Holy Family is a perfect model to follow.

Immaculate Mary

Mary is our model for living a holy life of service and gratitude.

St. Nicholas Catholic Academy

St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children.


The next step is for parishioners, parents and students to rank the six name options from their most favorite to least favorite.  The top 3 favorites will be sent to the pastors for approval and then to Archbishop Carlson, who will make the final decision on the name for the new partnership school. Teachers, parents and parishioners, please respond online at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/new-school-name-vote
Students will have a separate survey they will complete at school.

If you are not able to complete the survey online, please contact your school or parish office for a paper version.  The deadline for responses is Monday, December 18th at 3pm.

Naming our New Partnership School – Your Input is Requested!

posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:39 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 9:41 AM ]

The Parent Advisory Committee for the new Partnership School forming with St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert, and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parishes invites you to submit suggestions for a unifying name for the new educational entity.  A memo explaining this process is attached below.  Your ideas can be submitted online or in writing by Tuesday, Nov. 28th https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/new-school-name 

A list of options will be shared in early December, for all to rank their top 3 favorites.  Upon approval of our pastors, a list of three options will be submitted to Archbishop Carlson, and he will make the final decision on the new partnership school’s name.

Letter from Director of North County Elementary Schools - October 27, 2017

posted Oct 31, 2017, 12:25 PM by Cara Koen

 Dear St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St Rose Philippine Duchesne School Families,

     I am pleased to announce that the Parent Advisory Committee members have been selected from the three partnership schools.  These members, along with the principals and the Catholic Education Office staff will assist in school planning beginning in November.  The Parent Advisory Committee members and their parish affiliations are:

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne:

          Jen Manker, Brittany Campbell, Rachael Younge and Tralonda Woods

St. Norbert:

          Beth Ann Casserly, Ashley Harris, Courtney Schwierjohn and Caroline Veehoff

St. Ferdinand:

          Dave Benjamin, Theresa Wright, Patrice Fenner and Mike Miloshewski

The PAC members will be very busy in the coming weeks getting to know one another, understanding their role and responsibilities, and engaging in lively conversations on tasks and possible events. 

     I ask that you keep these individuals in your prayers as they work to continue to provide quality Catholic education rooted in Gospel values for the youth of North County.

                                        Sincerely,

 

                                        Rick Danzeisen

                                        Director of North County Catholic Elementary Schools

 

Letter from Director of North County Schools - September 28, 2017

posted Oct 9, 2017, 12:48 PM by Cara Koen

Download PDF copy of letter below.

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