Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Catholic Schools Week

This week is Catholic Schools Week. I'm sure you gathered that from the title. But I thought I'd point it out just in case. I loved this week as a kid becuase it meant all kinds of fun activities at school. The same holds true all of these years later. The boys had been looking forward to it for awhile now. This morning was the open house at school for the parents. Todd took a half day off of school to meet up with me and the boys. We had a school mass and then spent time in their classrooms. I always love being involved in some of the fun activities at the boys' school and it always reminds me once again why I am so happy we chose Catholic School for our children. (Disclaimer--I have absolutely nothing against the public schools, there are some very good ones out there. I'm just happy so very happy with the school we are at) I like that my kids can walk down the hall and the older kids know them by name. I like that the other teachers know who they are. I like that K-8 are in the same building and various activities are encouraged between the older kids and younger kids. I love that my kids are getting a religious education. I love that my kids feel safe, secure and happy at their school and have a lot of friends to pal around with. I love that when we are there, everyone knows Aiden's name and whose little brother he is. I love that St Dominic's feels like one big family.
Unfortunately I DON'T like all the turmoil that arose from closing certain churches down and rearranging the schools. I hate change as much as the next guy but at the same time, we have to do what we can to carry on. And let's face it, Catholic schools and churches seem to be dying out everywhere. There isn't the money to support it and not always the people either. So this Catholic Schools Week let's support our schools and let them know they are appreciated!

4 comments:

Aunt Cindy said...

I agree with you Kelly. We just lost one of the kid's St Francis teachers last week. Mrs Prater was a GREAT teacher. She was tough, and EXPECTED a lot from her students. She never forgot my boys by name and never failed to ask about each one. She will be missed. Having done the whole k-8, x3, though, I will say there were good and there were bad things, but over all, we would do it again. Cody's best friends today are the same boys he went to Kindergarten with, and Adam lives in NYC with a boy that moved here and has been his friend since 5th grade. Amazing ties.

Amy said...

That is such a sweet story! We just don't have that here so I don't know what it's like but it does sound so nice. Our school is pretty huge. I like the school, but it doesn't have that "family" feeling you describe.So that must be wonderful.

Dianna said...

I agree...we are blessed for sure!

Mom said...

All the reasons why all the money we invested in Catholic schools was the best money spent! I had a great public school experience but then "back in the day"-they were like the Catholic schools now-1-8 in the same building, very small classes with the same teachers there for years, and the family feel. But then it all goes hand in hand with each individual school and the staff there. The 21 years at St Marys was the best for me!