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Annual Health and Safety Education Summit for Catholic Schools

June 5, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Communications
Phone: 314.792.7635

WHAT: Archdiocese of St. Louis Health and Safety Education Summit
WHERE: Sacred Heart School, 12 Ann Ave., Valley Park, MO 63088l
WHEN: June 7, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Program begins at 8:15 a.m. with welcome and prayer)

ST. LOUIS – The Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host the annual Health and Safety Summit on Thursday, June 7, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart School (12 Ann Ave., Valley Park, MO).Keynote speaker, Elizabeth Arn Makulec will speak on the topic “Lessons Learned in Lending Hope to Prevent Suicide” between 8:30-9:45 a.m. Break-out sessions begin at 9:55 a.m. Elizabeth Ann Makulec has been with Kids Under Twenty One for several years, speaking to many national, state, and local organizations on making people aware of suicide awareness and prevention.Lessons have been learned and the way we talk about suicide has changed. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed the current coping capacity of someone suffering from a mental health condition. The way we support people experiencing suicidal ideation is changing too. No longer whispered about in guarded tones, the task of preventing suicide is becoming “everybody’s business” in Missouri. Prevention advocates, intervention specialists, and crisis service providers, along with loss and attempt survivors are lending hope that is helping people find the strength and support that make their lives worth living, and lives are being saved.More than 30 break-out presentations are scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions. Topics include “Basic School Safety Issues,” “Head Injury and Concussion,” and “Dealing With Grief.” The second round of morning break-out sessions begin at 11:05 a.m. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:05 p.m.The numerous break-out sessions during the conference are intended for a wide-range of attendees including pastors, principals, teachers, Parish School of Religion (PSR) coordinators and catechists, school nurses, maintenance personnel and athletic directors. Nearly 300 school and parish personnel are registered for the summit, representing nearly all of the 107 Catholic elementary schools across the eleven counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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New Service Model for St. Mary’s Special Services in South County

June 5, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Communications
Phone: 314.792.7635

ST. LOUIS – The Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Special Services for Exceptional Children, in consultation with the Office of Catholic Education and Formation for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has made the strategic decision to expand, into our South County schools, the service provider model first implemented in six of our North County schools during the 2017-18 school year, which more than tripled the number of children served who have special needs.The Board of St. Mary’s Special Services approved a transition from a site-based operation in South County to a service-provider model in Catholic preschools and elementary schools throughout South County. As a result, the St. Mary’s Preschool South facility will close August 31, 2018.The plan for the 2018-19 school year is to provide personnel support for an inclusionary education site in several Catholic preschools and elementary schools in the South County area. This support could include direct services to students and/or consultative support to teachers, administration, and families. In addition, attention could be given to help children and parents transition into the early elementary grades. Considerations for identifying these sites include the ability to serve the most students in need, existing students with special needs in Catholic schools, and the availability of space within a school to accommodate services.St. Mary’s Special Services is a ministry of the Department of Special Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is governed by a Board of Specified Jurisdiction. The agency was founded in the 1950s to provide residential and educational services to the mentally challenged and changed its focus to providing early childhood intervention in 1990.#CatholicSTL

Forty-Second Annual Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday

January 28, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

ST. LOUIS – The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the country and in the 140 schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 31. Each school around the archdiocese will hold its own unique celebration, with Masses, open houses, and other activities for the nearly 40,000 students, their families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 31, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit archstl.org/education.

Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Education, will visit at least a dozen schools during the week for special events and meetings. Dr. Nelson will be documenting his travels via twitter at @Dr_KurtNelson. Some notable special events for Catholic Schools Week include:

January 24-30 – More than 1,000 pieces of K-12 student artwork are on display at South County Mall, West County Mall, Chesterfield Mall, Plaza Frontenac, and the Galleria.

January 31-February 6 – K-12 student artwork (different from previous week) will be on display at South County and Chesterfield Malls.

Monday, February 1 – Eighth grade students from North County will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at Christ, Light of the Nations Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Old Monroe will follow the footsteps of St. John Bosco (patron of students) and hold the school’s annual Religion Bee for grades 1-8. Mass at 7:45 a.m. followed by the Bee at 8:45.

Tuesday, February 2 – South City eighth grade students will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Cecilia Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 3 – St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Gildehaus will honor service men and women (police, firefighters, etc.) from the community at Mass at 8:00 a.m. with a reception to follow.

Eighth graders in the West County area will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Joseph Catholic School in Manchester at 10:00 a.m.

South City Catholic Schools will host an ice skating party while collecting canned goods and monetary donations to support the St. Vincent De Paul food pantry. The party begins at 4 p.m. at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park.

Thursday, February 4 – South County eighth graders will celebrate Mass with Bishop Edward Rice at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic School at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, February 5 – Good Shepherd (Hillsboro) will hold annual student-organized Mission Carnival, 8:30-10:45 a.m.

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of this annual celebration which began in 1974. Nationwide, about 1.9 million students are currently educated in nearly 6,600 Catholic schools. More information about the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week can be found at ncea.org, or on social media under the hashtag #CSW16.

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Seven Participants Chosen for Inaugural Urban Teaching Program

June 3, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Billiken Teacher Corps Places Graduate Students in Urban Catholic School Classrooms

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the College of Education and Public Service at Saint Louis University recently named the seven members of the inaugural Billiken Teacher Corps program. The service-based program is a collaboration between the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Saint Louis University to place graduate students in urban Catholic school classrooms.

“We are excited about this inaugural class,” said Dr. John James, Director of the Institute for Catholic Education at SLU. “At its heart, the Billiken Teacher Corps is about service, but combined with teaching experience, this program will offer a unique opportunity for these faith-driven college graduates to have a transformative impact on Catholic schools in the St. Louis metro area.”

The seven members of the inaugural Billiken Teacher Corps are:

Sarah Staten – St. Louis (University of Notre Dame)
Teaching math and religion at St. Louis the King Cathedral School, 6-8th grades

Elise Earley – Ballwin (University of Missouri – Columbia)
Teaching science at St. Cecilia School, 6-8th grades

Jennifer Bruns – Cincinnati, OH (Xavier University)
Teaching science at Christ the Light of Nations, 4-8th grades

Kelsey Kerr – Lisle, IL (Saint Louis University)
Teaching at St. Francis Cabrini, 3rd grade

Michelle Ehrhard – St. Charles (Truman State University)
Teaching at Holy Trinity School, 3-4th grades

Mitch McCurren – Zionsville, IN (Saint Louis University)
Teaching biology and theology at St. Mary’s High School

Marjorie Plurad – Webster Groves (Columbia College – Chicago)
Teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3rd grade

The program has been in planning and development for a few years and is modeled after programs at other schools, including Notre Dame where the program began. Nationwide, about a dozen other Catholic colleges and universities have similar programs.

In addition to gaining valuable hands-on teaching experience, the Corps members will work towards a master’s degree in education during the two-year program. They will live in the former convent at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in South City and begin their teaching assignments in fall 2015.

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Annual Health and Safety Summit for Catholic Schools

June 2, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Catholic Education Office
Phone: 314.792.7304

What: Archdiocese of St. Louis Health and Safety Summit
Where: John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, 500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO
When: Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Program begins at 8:15 a.m. with welcome and prayer.)

ST. LOUIS – The Catholic Education Center will host the sixth annual Archdiocese of St. Louis Health and Safety Summit on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO.)

Officers Mike Fumagalli, Corey Zavorka, and Stephen Spear will deliver the keynote address Effective School Security Measures from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Their presentation will cover security awareness, effective emergency planning, and solutions to the daily challenges of protecting students, staff, and visitors. Break-out sessions begin at 9:55 a.m.
Currently over 350 participants are registered for the summit, representing Catholic school and parish personnel across the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

"Registration continues to grow each year due to the popularity and timeliness of the program's topics," said Dr. David Shelton, Director of Administrative Services at the Catholic Education Center.

A total of 30 presenters are scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions. Topics include Heart Saver AED/CPR Training, information on head injuries and concussions, allergies, and perimeter safety for schools and churches. A complete list of topics can be found in the attached program.

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