If you have not yet had to go through the process of Catholic/private high school applications, you may not be aware of the fact that the current system in our Archdiocese is an arduous one. Children apply to two schools within the Archdiocesan system, and they can choose from a number of other schools - private, private Catholic. Each school requires an application. Most require essays (written perfectly, but not by parents). Students visit the schools to which they are applying, and the schools keep track of who visits, who behaves, who stands out, and who doesn’t. High school admissions officers enjoy telling parents that they receive over 1,000 applications for every class, and that they only have classes of 200. This number is misleading, and it leads to incredible anxiety for children and their parents - mostly their parents.
When my husband and I were trying to decide where my oldest son would go to high school, I must admit, we didn’t worry too much about the academic programs. We assumed that any of the Catholic high schools would provide him with a rigorous program that was anchored by a strong faith foundation. (We were right.) We worried more about whether or not he would be able to play basketball in high school. That may sound shallow and silly, and maybe it was, but he had worked incredibly hard to become an outstanding basketball player, and none of us was ready for his basketball career to end. While we may not have articulated it, we also understood that if he was involved in a sports program that demanded hard work and commitment, he would also have to budget his time and his efforts to keep his grades up.
We were at a loss. He had outstanding choices. We looked at the buildings, the locations, the college acceptance rates, the class sizes, teacher credentials - everything we could think of. Then one day Morgan Wooten, a very wise man, promised us something. He said, “We will surround your son with good people. Those people will know him and care about him. They will push him to be his best, and they will not accept less than that from him. They will always set a good example for him.” That did it for me. In the end, Morgan reminded us that it’s the people who matter. If we can surround our children with people of character, people who will expect the best of our children, and help them become their best, everything else will fall into place. The shiniest building, and the fanciest campus cannot replicate the impact that a positive relationship with a teacher or coach has on a child. I have not forgotten what Morgan told me that day, and I always want to be able to promise the parents of Lourdes that we will surround their children with people who will take the time to know them, keep them safe, set high expectations for them, and help them achieve excellence. School faculty and staff members who will be with your children for up to 9 hours a day. They will teach them, coach them, counsel them, pray with them, and help you raise them to be strong enough to navigate the challenges of the world of today.
As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say. Anon.
Dates to Remember:
18 Career Day presentations, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
19 End of 2nd Qtr.
Youth Mass for Life, 6:00 am
24 Report Cards available online
26 Mass at Noon
28 Catholic Schools Week Mass, 9:00 am
29 Middle School Science Fair, 6:00 pm
30 Open House, 9:30 am-11:30 am, 1:00 pm-2:30pm
31 Faculty Appreciation Lunch, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
1 Student Appreciation Day
2 First Friday Mass 9am
Early Dismissal 12:10
Super Bowl Pizza Bingo Family Fundraiser, 6 pm
5 Testing begins
9 Mass at Noon
11 Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
13 Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper, 6:00pm
14 Ash Wednesday, Mass at 9am
15 Spelling Bee Talent Show, 6:30pm
16 Mass at 9am
Dismissal at 12:10pm
19 NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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