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New tax law expands education savings plan to include Catholic schools tuition

Editor's note: Updated Feb. 26 with information about Parent Information Sessions on MOST 529 plans presented by the Catholic Education Office and Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation.

Fresh from giving a presentation about the new tax law, on Jan. 15, Deacon Matt Witte described the new benefits of Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (MOST) as, simply, "pretty cool."

"It's really wide-open architecture for anyone who wants to use 529 money for grade school and high school now," said Deacon Witte, a financial planner.

Catholic School Olympics kick off joyous week for Catholic education


With music blaring, about 160 students from eight Catholic schools in the archdiocese joyfully claimed Courts 2 and 3 of Simon Recreation Center at St. Louis University.

In two lines, the sponsoring Billiken Teacher Corps formed a canopy for the youngsters to come through, skipping and dancing, whooping and hollering in anticipation of the fun times ahead that afternoon — the Catholic School Olympics to kick off Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

Crossing a Frontier


When St. Rose Philippine Duchesne ventured from France to the New World to establish schools here, the 70-day voyage across the Atlantic was certainly rife with hardships.

She had little money. Didn't know the culture. And she ate rock-hard sea biscuits on the voyage.

These were lessons learned by students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, as part of Catholic Schools Week, which kicked off Jan. 28.

Catholic schools open houses

In conjunction with Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, Jan. 28, to Saturday, Feb. 3, Catholic schools across the archdiocese will be hosting open houses.

Friday, Jan. 26

Holy Infant School, 8-10 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 28

All Saints School, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Assumption School (O'Fallon), 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Assumption School and Early Learning Center (Mattese), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School, noon-2 p.m.

Christ the King School, 11 a.m.-noon (after 10 a.m. Mass)

Students at South City Catholic Academy welcome challenges

Eighth-graders Ryan DeCarlo, left, Shaelyn Doak and Helen Schiller worked on an assignment at South City Catholic Academy. The school received 96 Chromebooks for students to use.

Students in Barb Ryan's eighth-grade language arts class at South City Catholic Academy are taking "The Hobbit" to another level.

The class was reading the adventurous novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. Relating to the book, Ryan challenged the students to think more about a hero's journey by researching other characters, using their Chromebook laptops, and creating their own hero.

Ideas rang out as Ryan sought input on the characteristics of a hero and names of other heroes who had an unusual birth.

New North County partnership school to be named All Saints Academy

A year after discussion began, three north St. Louis County Catholic schools will be entering into a new partnership model of governance.

All Saints Academy will bring together St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Schools in Florissant. Each of the schools will continue to offer preschool through eighth grade at their own sites for the 2018-19 school year. The name of the new partnership school was announced Jan. 25, just before the beginning of Catholic Schools Week.

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