I have been working in Catholic schools for 18 years. For the past eight years I have had the privilege of serving as Principal at Cloverdale Catholic School. While I have done my best to improve the school over the years, I believe the school has done even more to improve me. CCS is not your average, run-of-the-mill elementary school. The faith life of the school, the personal commitment of the staff, the inclusion of students of all abilities and differences, the growing and vibrant community, and the child-centered appreciation of fun make CCS not just a great place for me to work, but a place where I have chosen to send my own children to school.
Faith comes first at CCS. Our teachers are committed to developing the children in their appreciation of the love of God. From this love bursts a desire to live an ordered and moral life. Our students receive religious instruction and opportunities to pray daily. We also celebrate weekly Mass, Adoration, and Confession. Celebrations of traditional and communal Catholic prayer are balanced with personal prayer and praying with scripture. Our students are given every opportunity to open their hearts to Jesus and grow in faith.
The staff of CCS are chosen not solely on their resumes and curricular expertise, but also on their love for God, teaching, and for developing the whole child. Our teachers give of themselves both in the classroom and outside of it through extra time spent with students in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Most importantly, staff see their time at CCS as part of their vocation and ministry; not just their job. As a result, students feel welcome and wanted in the classroom.
CCS is proud to welcome students of all different religions, ethnicities, languages, and abilities. There is a culture of caring not only among the staff, but also among the student body. Students with disabilities are nurtured and provided resources they need to reach their personal full potential. It is an integral part of our mission to serve all with great love just as Jesus would.
The community of Cloverdale Catholic School and Precious Blood Parish is relatively small. Whether you are at a basketball game, Sunday Mass, or the annual Parish Bazaar, families have many opportunities to pray, learn, and play together. There is no shortage of ways to get involved and connect with other parents and children.
Since our school is full of children, it makes sense that we have a lot of fun. Our beautiful and spacious playground makes for great opportunities for both creative and structured play. Our teachers get in on the fun too, planning popcorn sales, themed activity days, teacher vs. student sports, and spirit days. Although we take our jobs seriously, we try not to take ourselves too seriously. This sense of fun makes CCS someplace both adults and kids can look forward to going to each day.
Catholic schools are great places to live, work, pray, and play. CCS is a special school and I am proud to be both the Principal and a parent. If you are a parent at a Catholic school and you have reasons for sending your kids that I have missed, please post them in the comments.
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