Elementary schools

Two years in, School Connection Project continues to link students

Incarnate Word second-grader Alec Maxwell prayed at a Mass as part of The School Connection Project. The project, brought together students from Our Lady of Guadalupe, Incarnate Word and St. Cletus Schools.

An effort of three Catholic schools continues to break down human-made barriers and develop relationships among students from various parts of the archdiocese.

In its second year, the School Connection Project is a collaboration of second-, fourth- and seventh-graders at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Ferguson, Incarnate Word in Chesterfield and St. Cletus in St. Charles. This year, students focused on the corporal works of mercy and living out Catholic social teachings.

Pope: Educators form lives that are ready to face the future

Jenny Johns, first- and second-grade teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School in Green Bay, Wis., answered a question for first-grader Gwendolyn Danz Jan. 12.

VATICAN CITY — Catholic schools and universities play a key role in evangelization and in creating a more humane world built on dialogue and hope, Pope Francis said.

Future generations who are "educated in a Christian way for dialogue, will come out of the classroom motivated to build bridges and, therefore, to find new answers to the many challenges of our times," he said.

New southside school to be named South City Catholic Academy

Father Craig Holway visited with first-graders at St. Joan of Arc School as they discovered how many pumpkin seeds are inside of a pumpkin. He helped Ana Lopez with her seed count. St. Joan of Arc will become the site for a new partnership model school to be called South City Catholic Academy, which will open for the 2017-18 school year.

The new partnership model school in south St. Louis now has a name: South City Catholic Academy. The school will combine Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Joan of Arc schools and will operate at St. Joan of Arc. St. James the Greater School, originally included in the partnership school plan, will remain open as a parish-based elementary school at its site for the 2017-18 school year.

St. Peter School in St. Charles to close at end of 2016-17 school year

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has accepted a recommendation to close St. Peter School in St. Charles at the end of the 2016-17 school year, due to enrollment and financial struggles.

St. Peter will merge with St. Elizabeth-St. Robert Regional School in St. Charles, located about 4.5 miles west. Families were notified of the decision last month.

Holy Rosary ‘Saints Museum’ celebrates Catholic education

Saints Museum player and Holy Rosary School eighth-grader Emma Buskin, center, talked about the life of St. Catherine of Bologna with fellow students. Emma dressed up as St. Catherine to give her presentations about the founder of the Poor Clares as part of the Saints Museum at Holy Rosary.

Five saints filled the small front office at Holy Rosary School in Warrenton on a recent morning as they waited to see the principal.

"Oh, my heart is so warm," said Lori Racine as she came out of her office to meet St. Catherine of Bologna, St. Cecilia, St. Sebastian, St. Bernadette and St. Hubert. "Remember to talk naturally, like you're telling a story about yourself."

Students eager for parents’ help in growing in faith

Our Lady School eighth-grader Vincent Mueller answered a question from principal Tracy Kempfer in religion class. Mueller and his classmates desire more guidance and help from their parents in preparation for confirmation.

At the beginning of the school year, Tracy Kempfer posed a simple question to eighth-graders at Our Lady School in Festus.

"I asked them, 'What do you need from your parents to help you prepare for confirmation?'" said Kempfer, who teaches religion to the eighth-graders in addition to serving as school principal. "I gave them a piece of paper and they just wrote their thoughts out."

The consensus of the anonymous responses struck at the heart of the Catholic faith and the realities of being Catholic — even a young Catholic — in this day and age. The students wanted their parents to ...

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