We have two students attending our preschool temporarily who recently arrived from Germany. Today they had a visit from our former Physical Education Teacher-Mrs. Schmitz. They seemed excited to be able to listen to her speak to them in German. One responded to Mrs. Schmitz's questions in English...the other responded in German!
Periodically the Sisters of St. Joseph mention our wonderful school, St. Kateri, on their Facebook page. Check out all of the posts they have about our school.
St. Kateri School believes in our motto…Love, Responsibility and Service. As a recent service project the students in PreK3-Grade 5 made Valentine’s Day Cards for the retired Sisters, Priests and a Brother who live at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse. The students also colored bookmarks that were inserted into each card. Even Dr. Anthony Cook-the superintendent of the Diocesan Catholic Schools joined in on the fun! The students had fun and the retired residents at the Motherhouse will be gifted with homemade cards and bookmarks…a win for everyone!
Excitement abounds at St. Kateri School…especially among the 4th and 5th graders. The school, with some help of donors and our fundraising money, was able to purchase 23 Chromebooks and a mobile cart for the books. This allows the teachers to have all of their students doing research at the same time! The students comments included, “YES!!” , “I love them!” , “Awesome”, and there were also so many that said, “Thank you!”. The 4th graders recently began to research the battles of the Revolutionary War. Each child chose a battle to research and with the Chromebooks, they could all research at the same time.
Our preschool 3 year olds were using their classroom Smart Board to see if their groundhog, Gregory would see his shadow. When the shadow was spotted…Gregory, with the help of one of his 3 year old friends ran into his hole to hide. Gregory saw his shadow many times this day with the students taking turns being, the shadow, the observers, Gregory the Groundhog and even the hole.
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Check out the video about our school choice.
Also check out our beautiful voices-singing The Star Spangled Banner
School choice advocates hope to get more support from Trump administration
January 23, 2017 06:58 PM
Rochester parents who want more choices for their kids -- besides the public school system -- are celebrating what they think is a new chance to get those choices.
"School Choice Week" is now underway. This year, advocates think they see new support from a new administration in Washington.
Educators at Saint Kateri School say they often hear from parents who want the kind of education the school provides but...
Sr. Kay Lurz, Saint Kateri School principal: "'Umm, I can't afford it,'"
Charles Molineaux: "You hear that a lot?"
Lurz: "Very, very often."
St. Kateri has long rallied for school choice with charter and private schools. But with a new president, and school choice supporter Betsy DeVos chosen to be education secretary, some advocates say the time is right for the help they need -- like tax credits or vouchers to help families pay for their children's education including at alternatives like private or Catholic schools.
Sr. Lurz says, "Without a doubt, there's more hope this year, because people are wanting vouchers. They are wanting parents to have the option to choose the schools for their children."
"The question is who is offering the choices?" asks Rochester Board of Education President Van White.
Leaders in the Rochester school system insist they embrace "some" choice already. The city has more than a dozen charter schools. White says, for Rochester parents, there are alternatives and school leaders are listening.
"The reality is, unless we provide those successful choices for our children, they will go elsewhere," says White.
School choice advocates point out that most education policy is made on the state level, but they say the Trump administration can use their bully pulpit, and their purse, to at least nudge state and local systems into making reforms.
"Betsy DeVos, we will wait and see, and hope," says Sr. Lurz.
School Choice Week is being joined by public charter schools like Rochester Preparatory School but also religious schools like the Rochester Christian School, the Hillel Community Jewish School, Saint Kateri Catholic School and Classical Conversations of Canandaigua, which focuses primarily on home schooling.