Parents: The First Educators
You are the first educators of your children, and we thank you for entrusting your children to us as your partners in the total formation of your child for life on earth and eternity in heaven. As a parent, you have three critical responsibilities:
- You have a responsibility to your children to set a good example as a Catholic steward, take them to Mass with you on Sundays and holy days, provide for their material needs, personal formation and learning readiness.
- You have a responsibility to the parish to be an active steward andparticipate at Mass on all Sundays and holy days, be active in parish ministries, provide for your religious education and your children’s, participate in the sacramental life of the Church, and make and keep a good faith pledge of your treasure.
- You have a responsibility to the school to make sure your child is ready for school every day, support the school’s academic, religious, and disciplinary standards, communicate your concerns in a proper forum, and be honest in all dealings with the school.
For children to be successful in school there must be a close relationship and frequent communication between you and your child’s teacher. For that reason, we have implemented a diocesan-wide Internet-based system called PowerSchool. Through PowerSchool you can access your child’s grades and attendance at anytime as well as receive important information from the school. However, nothing, even PowerSchool, can replace personal contact with the school. Your interest, your involvement as a volunteer, and your participation in school activities demonstrate to your children how important to you their education is.
In addition, our schools are parish schools supported by all the members of the parish through stewardship. The high quality Catholic education that your children enjoy is a gift from the people of your parish. In the past, many parishioners made enormous sacrifices to provide for Catholic schools. You are accountable to them and to the parish for your stewardship.