Why I Send My Children to Catholic School #cisva

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.

Thanks for reading!

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3 responses to “Why I Send My Children to Catholic School #cisva

  1. Lily Sebellin

    So blessed to to be a part of the CCS community!

  2. KW

    Why I send my kids to Catholic School?
    1) So their faith can be celebrated rather than merely tolerated.
    2) Having grown up in an area which at the time had no Catholic high school, I do not take the availability of Catholic education for granted.
    3) The positive role models they encounter who strive for excellence in their professional, personal, and spiritual lives.
    4) So they can see that life ought not to be compartmentalized into a ‘religion’ box that they open on Sundays and an ‘everything else box’ for the rest of the week.

    Before my children were old enough for school, I was impressed by how the CCS community began and ended each school year with Mass, and was there in the church every Friday in between. From the beginning, I have seen that this is a school that doesn’t just talk about putting faith first. The students are not just learning about their faith, but getting the opportunity to encounter Jesus through prayer and the sacraments. Finally, every day, the students of CCS get to spend time with amazing people who model the Christian life through their different vocations (married, single, religious), the different virtues they exemplify, and their common goal of knowing, loving, and serving God.

    This sort of environment doesn’t happen by accident, and takes real leadership, beginning with yourself, Jason, to make this vision a reality. Thank you, and all the staff of CCS, for all that you do to make this school such a wonderful place.

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