School DD will be attending.

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School DD will be attending.
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Tue, 01-27-2009 - 4:24pm

We went to open house for the Catholic grade school we'll be sending DD to in the fall. It's connected to the other Catholic parish in town, and relatively small. We have friends who send their kids there, but weren't too familiar with the school as a whole.

As I was sitting listening to the presentation, I got more and more excited about how much focus on Catholicism there is (and that's coming from me, having had Catholic education from K-college). There's morning prayer every morning. There's prayer before lunch. There's prayer after lunch. (I love this part.) Before recess, they say the Prayer of Saint Francis. They attend Mass as a school every Wednesday. They have half days on first Fridays. Every October and May they recite the rosary as a school twice a week.

On Sunday at Mass, DD was suddenly gifted with a moment of inspiration when staring at the crucifix-- "Mommy, so Jesus was killed, but who killed him?" and then "Oh so the bad guys thought he was bad. So he died, and then he came back to life to show them that he wasn't bad, he was good, right?" I just couldn't imagine her going to a school where faith wasn't a part of her day, you know?

Just had to share.



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Fri, 01-30-2009 - 4:06pm

Happy Catholic Schools Week and Congratulations on chosing Catholic School for your child.


Though my children are in public school,I will always have a place in my heart for the Catholic School system I grew up in - it's the foundation (the weekly mass,the prayers,etc etc) that you share that are deep rooted as fond memories I've held onto...........I hope you and she get out of it as much as I remember.

 

 

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Fri, 01-30-2009 - 12:44pm

Kelly, in my kids' school too, I'm impressed by how accepting the kids are of each other. We were talking about name-calling once, and my daughter said, "People don't do that anymore. You just read about it in old-fashioned books." My son agreed that it was a part of the plots of a lot of kids' books, but not part of real life.


That amazed me. Yet I see it in action. There are kids that I know are "different" enough that it would work against them in other settings, but they're accepted at school.


I do love the school liturgies too, and the Eucharistic Adoration.


I've already made the decision that we'll have to send them to public high school though. At $10,000/year, Catholic high school is inaccessible for us.


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Thu, 01-29-2009 - 9:52pm

My boys have attended Catholic School since they started school in Kindergarten and PreK.

 


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Thu, 01-29-2009 - 11:08am

We have only one kid in Catholic school - my 16yo DD, who started attending a Catholic girls' high school in 10th grade. We have been very, very happy with it.

There are certainly some who would not find it "Catholic enough." They don't have weekly mass (it's run by an order of nuns, not attached to a parish, so there are no priests in residence). There are non-Catholic girls who go there. The uniform code is routinely flouted by girls who wear their skirts too-short (for whom, I don't know - there are no boys at the school!).

Catholic high schools are often a pitstop for troubled teens whose parents are desperate for more structure, and there are drugs, alcohol, foul language, and girls who get pregnant - probably at about the same rate as at most of the public schools around here.

What they *do* get that is specifically Catholic, and specifically a reflection of the charism of the nuns who run this particular school, is a sense of their value in the eyes of God. The sisters are very loving. They are not autocratic rulers. They genuinely care about the girls - not necessarily about turning them into high achievers, but helping them become fully the people that God made them. There is a high sense of tolerance among both the administration (who are sisters) and the girls themselves for differences in personalities and opinions. Girls who might be marginalized for being "different" elsewhere are welcomed into groups. My DD has such a variety of friends that she would not have had at public school (where they would have been labeled nerds, freaks, etc.), and they are all friends with each other.

I find that sense of love and acceptance, combined with a sense of framing the school days with prayer and service, to be the most important "Catholic" traits of this school. I am thrilled that my daughter interacts every day with women who have chosen religious life and show it to be a viable option.

We have two younger children in public schools. I'm pretty sure the middle one will stay on through public high school (which is about 80% Catholic, anyway). The little one at 8yo is too early to tell. I wouldn't send him to our parish school because they have next to nothing in the way of art and music, which is very important to our family, but we'll see about high school.

Kelly

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Wed, 01-28-2009 - 11:06pm

Yeah, really, start saving now huh. LOL

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Wed, 01-28-2009 - 10:14pm

Better start saving for Catholic High School now, while DS is only in first grade :)


My 8th grader just got accepted to an all boy Catholic school and the tuition is $8,300 and it's 15 miles away and the bus is $700 per year and it picks up at 6:05 am 3 miles from home.

 
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Wed, 01-28-2009 - 5:43pm

Best of my knowledge, Open House is always the Sunday of Catholic Schools Week, which is the last week of Jan. each year.

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Wed, 01-28-2009 - 10:46am

Congratulations!



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Tue, 01-27-2009 - 10:49pm
CJ's school does the same thing for the Masses.
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Tue, 01-27-2009 - 6:39pm

Both my kids attend Catholic Schools.

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