Regular School Schedule Begins (Grades 1-8)
Date: 8/31/2015, 8 AM – 3 PM
Regular School Schedule Begins (K)
Date: 8/31/2015, 8:15 AM – 2:45 PM
Opening of School Mass
Date: 9/4/2015, 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Regular Friday Dismissal Begins (All)
Date: 9/4/2015, 1:30 PM
No School - Labor Day Holiday
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A NEW YEAR - TEN HOME HABITS FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS
Plan a workable weekday morning schedule including sufficient time for breakfast, lunch prep, commute time, and an opportunity to preview the day’s after school schedule. Involve your child in preparing lunches and laying out school clothes the night before. Provide a heavy duty cardboard box for your child to store book bags/backpack, projects and school paraphernalia.
Appoint Time & Place for Homework:
Eliminate distractions. Supervise for completeness and accuracy. Assist with memory work. Organize/plan out long-range projects.
Partner with Teachers:
Support the School Handbook and class requirements. Speak positively of the school in front of the children; disagree in private. Avoid gossip. Consider that usually teachers move through several stages of correcting misbehaviors before contacting parents or issuing a detention. ASK your child to explain the “history” behind a teacher correction.
Schedule Sufficient Sleep:
10 hours of primary/intermediate grades; nine hours for middle schoolers; a minimum of eight hours for teens. Good sleep requires a darkened room and electronic distractions turned off.
Prepare for Assessments:
Student may make flash cards, outline chapter material, and create study guides for chapter work.
Be Punctual and Reliable:
Anticipate morning routine and traffic to arrive to school before the bell. Be on time for dismissal pickup.
Use disappointments, mistakes, corrections, and failures as “teachable moments” that help a child to name, claim, and tame personal behavior and skills. Teach the practice: “There is a perception that I ‘xyz.’ What can I do to change that perception?”
Control and Thoughtfulness for the “Common Good”: Sacrifice/control individual preference for what is best for all. Rules are necessary where numbers of children gather.
Maintain Social Boundaries:
Make a teacher appointment rather than “talk shop” at a parish social or an impromptu encounter.
Foster Self Esteem:
1. Security: routine, procedure, system, emotional safety, consistency, honesty.
2. Autonomy: responsibility, intrinsic self control, accountability, resourcefulness.
3. Initiative: prudent risk taking, self starting, standards and deadlines. Let mistakes be stepping stones rather than obstacles.
4. Industry: steady care over time to a project, finish what you start, time management, set goals. “Plan your work; work your plan.
Taken from Today’s Catholic Teacher; Volume 48 Number 1
WHY IT IS ALL WORTH IT TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO ST BRENDAN SCHOOL
I am very aware of the sacrifices that you as parents make to send your child here to St. Brendan Parish School. You give of your time, your money and your talent. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the privilege you grant me to educate your children. However, I believe that you made the best decision ever and were right to do what you did, for the following reasons:
• We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence
• We partner with you in the faith formation of your child
• We set high standards for your child’s achievement and help them succeed
• We provide a balanced academic curriculum athat integrates faith, culture and life.
• We use technology effectively to enhance education
• We instill in your children the value of service to others
• We teach your child respect of self and others
• We emphasize moral development and self-discipline
• We prepare your child to be productive citizens and future leaders
• We cultivate a faculty and staff of people, who are dedicated, caring and effective
• We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all
• We provide you with a community of people who help you raise your child
A Catholic school education is priceless!
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