St. Brendan Parish School

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Our Mission

St. Brendan Parish School is committed to providing the highest quality Catholic education for each student. Combining deep-rooted traditions and current best practices, we are dedicated to educating the whole child so that he or she may be successful in the 21st century. We focus on teaching the child to be an active Christian, responsible individual, life-long learner, effective communicator, and problem solver.
 
St. Brendan Parish School is a co-educational Catholic grammar school (K through 8) in San Francisco with a total enrollment of 322 students. The school provides a rigorous academic curriculum designed to develop age-appropriate mastery of skills in elementary subjects. In addition to our core curriculum we offer instruction in Mandarin in kindergarten, Spanish in grades 1-8, technology, music, dance, and art.

By the eighth grade, our students' average standardized test scores are in the 86-96% range (i.e. in top 15% percent of the nation), and virtually all of our graduates have gone on to San Francisco’s best college preparatory high schools, including St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Convent, Stuart Hall, Archbishop Riordan, Mercy, Lick Wilmerding, University, and Lowell.

St. Brendan alumni have continued their education at the finest universities in the country, including all of the UC campuses,  Annapolis, West Point, Columbia, Fordham, Georgetown, Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, and Yale.

St. Brendan  Parish School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex, or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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Opening of School Mass
Date: 9/4/2015, 8:15 AM 9:15 AM
Guitar Classes Begin
Date: 9/4/2015, 1:30 PM 2:30 PM
Regular Friday Dismissal Begins (All)
Date: 9/4/2015, 1:30 PM
No School - Labor Day Holiday
Date: 9/7/2015
Parent Viewing of Fast Direct Enabled
Date: 9/8/2015

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A NEW YEAR - TEN HOME HABITS FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS
Be Proactive:

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.

Redirect Negativity:

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?”

Value Self:

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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