Janet Eaton visited St. Jude School in Wichita last week, one of the stops she is making to area Catholic schools to orient herself as the new superintendent of Catholic Schools. The school year begins Aug. 16 for most schools, the day after the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Advance photo)

New superintendent getting ready for her first day of school

Janet Eaton’s life is undergoing a huge transition – at work and at home.
She and her husband, Kevin, just closed on a house last week and most of their belongings are still in storage in St. Louis, Missouri. One of their three children, 13-year-old Cooper, is getting his bearings in a town he’s never lived in and preparing to go to school at St. Francis of Assisi.
Eaton, the new superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wichita, does have a head start over Cooper. She is a graduate of Newman and Wichita State universities and was the principal at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School from 1992 to 1999.
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The importance of play for children

Mr. Rogers once said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning.”
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