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About Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline™ (VBRD™)

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has supported efforts to pioneer an initiative to address bullying behavior by cultivating the interior qualities of virtue. With Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline™ (VBRD™), adults model kindness and justice toward students, which in turn, supports a culture of trust and respect. Relationships are the highest priority within the school community.

 Most bullying-prevention programs address the negative behavior. Rather than having rules to stop bullying, what if we had guiding principles for integrating habits for human excellence, the virtues, into everyday life? These principles could be beneficial, particularly in addressing conflict and harm caused by bullying behavior. For more information, contact Lynne Lang, director of school climate: lynnelang@archstl.org.

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Annual Health and Safety Summit for Catholic Schools

June 7, 2016
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 9, 2016 – 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 9, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (500 Woods Mill Rd., Manchester, MO).

Keynote speaker, Saundra Barker, MSW, LCSW, of Catholic Family Services, from 8:30-9:45 a.m. will present on the topic “Responding to Traumatic Events,” with the purpose of understanding the pressures of life on children, especially the extent of social media and its influences.

Ms. Barker will guide the school staff members in identifying and planning for the most appropriate response in times of any crisis, whether it be in the school, the community, home, or the nation.  The response is solution-focused, restores equilibrium, reduces the level of stress and trauma, and supports the overall well-being of students and staff. 

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. Morning break-out sessions begin at 9:55 a.m. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:05 p.m.

“We are proud of the commitment to safety in our Catholic schools,” said Dr. David Shelton, Director of Administrative Services at the Catholic Education Office. “Interest in this summit grows every year due to the timeliness and value of the program’s topics. We are excited for another successful event this year.”

More than 350 participants are registered for the summit, representing Catholic school and parish personnel across the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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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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Forty-First Annual Catholic Schools Week Begins Sunday

January 23, 2015
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 Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 25. Each school around the archdiocese will plan its own unique celebration, which include special Masses, academic and service activities, and fun for students.

Catholics built the first school in St. Louis in 1818 – 20 years before the first public school. In 1947, then-Archbishop Ritter integrated schools of the archdiocese almost 10 years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Since 1950, the archdiocese has operated its own Department of Special Education with K-8 schools, inclusionary preschools, learning centers and a school for children with autism and severe developmental disabilities. However, most of the 4,000+ students with diagnosed learning disabilities are accommodated in our general education schools with the assistance of learning consultants.

Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 25, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit archstl.org/education.

Some notable special events during the week include:

Sunday, January 25, Noon-2:00
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Ferguson) Open House; Experts will be on hand to discuss BTC’s efforts to provide a choice for families in Ferguson through aggressive fund-raising and financial assistance.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School (120 N. Elizabeth Ave)

Monday, January 26, 2 P.M
Chaplet of Divine Mercy with students
Christ the King (7324 Balson Avenue)

Wednesday, January 28, 8:00 a.m.
Ecumenical Prayer Service
St. Norbert Catholic School (16475 New Halls Ferry Road)

Wednesday, January 28, 10 a.m.
Civil Servant “Thank You” and Ceremony with Holy Cross Academy
Shrewsbury Public Safety Building (4400 Shrewsbury Avenue)

Thursday, January 29
All-day Art Classes
Sacred Heart – Eureka (350 East 4th Street, Eureka, MO)

The observance of Catholic Schools Week began in 1974. This year marks the 41st anniversary of this annual event. Nationwide, about 2.1 million students are currently educated in more than 6,600 Catholic schools.

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Archdiocese backs initiative that would raise millions for public and private schools

November 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
shelton

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is in full support of a new proposal that would translate into millions of dollars for education in the State of Missouri.

"The Children's Education Initiative is not like any proposal you've seen before," said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in a new video that was released. "This one unites supporters of public and private education in an effort to build up and stabilize our schools and communities."

Under the new proposal, any citizen who donates to an educational foundation would be given a state income tax credit for 50% of the dollar amount. Capped at 90 million annually, it would translate into $180 million dollars for K-12 education in Missouri.

Ninety million dollars (50%) would improve programs in public schools and provide a possible solution for struggling districts. Seventy-two million (40%) would help provide scholarships to attend private schools, such as archdiocesan Catholic schools, and 18 million (10%) would enhance special education programs for children with special needs.

The state's commissioner of education would see to it that money is distributed fairly to those who apply. This measure would not raise taxes and it would not reduce state aid to public schools.

"The best solution for education in Missouri will happen when we all work together," said Archbishop Carlson, "because together we can improve education and stabilize our communities for every child in Missouri."

Roughly a quarter of a million signatures are necessary to be placed on the November ballot. 

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