Presentation on theme: "Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep Back to School Night August 21, 2014."— Presentation transcript:
Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep Back to School Night August 21, 2014
Welcome & Prayer Holy Spirit, Beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should say and do. Give me Your orders. I promise to commit myself to all that You desire of me, and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your will. Amen.
Introductions New Faces Families: Binz, Ferrigan (alum), Mathison, Mendez, Root, Solorio, and Stassen Teachers: Steven Silvagni and Belen Vasquez Staff: Janet Bakh, Debbie Brumley, and Patrick Craig Staff Board Parents’ Guild
Mission & Motto Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep offers a classically-based education in an academically challenging, faith-filled environment and is dedicated to forming the whole person – mind, body, and soul – in order to renew the world through children and young adults who possess the highest educational, moral, civic, and spiritual values. Motto = Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Essential Aspects of Catholic Education Truly Catholic Truly academically challenging Truly accessible and affordable
The Message How far do you have to go to find another school like Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep?
The Message Just try to find another school within 400 miles which is: Thoroughly Catholic and faithful to the teaching Magisterium of the Church A safe, family-oriented haven in a troubled world Grounded in the liberal arts Dedicated to handing on the greatest works and achievements of Western Civilization Committed to teaching the Latin language A combined Pre-K through 12 campus Very affordable, even for large families And has been doing all of this for 33 years!
Area of Focus For This Year I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. Galileo Galilei It is better to have a fair intellect that is well used than a powerful one that is idle. Bryant H. McGill Power of the Intellect Know, Wonder and Learn Being an active thinker and learner Intellectual honesty
Spiritual Commitment For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Mark 8:36 Participating in the Order of Salvation Building on Our Goal Using God’s gifts to their fullest Courtesy & Hospitality Culture of Virtue and Spirituality Mass & Devotions Spiritual Talks by Fr. Gary The Spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe
Academic Commitment The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. Robert Maynard Hutchins It is our goal to challenge each student to the best of his or her abilities Starting with the end in mind The necessity of partnership
Facilities Improvements Switched 5/6 and 7/8 classrooms Trimmed trees and bushes Cleared brush Filled holes Secured all bookshelves and cabinets New landscaping bark (flowers to come!) The Summer of Maintenance and Repair Toilets, light panels, AC, etc. Janitorial service
Curriculum Improvements Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. G.K. Chesterton Changed 9/10 Theology to two excellent books from the Didache series Updated 7/8 History (All Ye Lands) Updated 11/12 Morality
Program Improvements Growth is the only evidence of life. Blessed John Henry Newman Grading Scale Modified 10-point scale Retained “+” and “-” grades The effect is not enormous Following is the new scale:
Program Improvements (cont.) Silvia de la Vallette Acting as a point person—both a resource for teachers and a mediator and facilitator for parents—on matters relating to student success Academic planning for students Guide us through the process of obtaining free testing for students with learning challenges College and vocational counseling
Program Improvements (cont.) Patrick Craig—Dean of Students Primary interface with parents on all matters relating to student life Another administrator to help with multiple facets of school life First administrative resource for concerns Responsible for devising and monitoring programs to support students’ academic and behavioral success Athletic Director Will work closely with teachers and Silvia on student success Work in progress
Program Improvements (cont.) Works of Mercy Program 15 hours this year Mary Quinn will be leading the charge Award; sharing the experience Jennifer Warner John Haeuser 11/12 Special Period SAT test prep Chemistry labs and lab report writing History research paper assistance Enrichment activities
WASC Accreditation Required of schools of the Diocese of Santa Rosa Process beginning this year What does it mean? Generally takes 2-3 years (and a lot of time and money!) Extensive self-study Will remove impediments to directly attending UC system schools May negatively impact our teachers
WASC Accreditation (cont.) Without WASC accreditation, our students have gone on to study at: Fantastic Catholic Schools, such as the University of Dallas, Thomas Aquinas College, Christendom College, Ave Maria, Catholic University, etc. Great Private Schools, such as Chapman, Hillsdale, Wheaton College, Pepperdine, St. John’s Annapolis, USC, and West Point Leading Public Schools, such as Cal Poly SLO, Texas A&M, the University of Idaho, Cal State Sacramento, Cal Maritime, and more
WASC Accreditation (cont.) Without WASC accreditation, our students have gone on to be: A priest, a religious brother, a religious sister, and a seminarian Professors in college Teachers (many of them, including John Bertolini and Phil Duncan) Nurses (several, and more coming) Marines and soldiers in the Army Physical Therapists A CPA Successful business people The Principal of Kolbe-Trinity
Circle of Grace Diocesan Safe Environment program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha Children/young adults will: Understand they are created by God and live in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit God is "present" in everyone's Circle of Grace Be able to describe the Circle of Grace that God gives each of us God is “present” because He desires a relationship with us Be able to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries God helps us know what belongs in our Circle of Grace
Circle of Grace (cont.) Be able to identify all types of boundary violations God helps us know what does not belong in our Circle of Grace Demonstrate how to take action if any boundary is threatened or violated God helps us know when to ask for help from someone who we trust Bishop Vasa’s endorsement You will have the option to “opt out”, but Kolbe-Trinity must comply with the program
Parent-Teacher Conferences Want to try something new this year Scheduled for October 8-10 Why? 7-12 already don’t receive report cards at P-T conferences due to change to semester system Earlier communication = better Sign-up sheet available tonight
Development Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi Our property situation—Walt Birdsall Challenges Gap between revenue and costs per student How does the difference get covered? Donations—solicited and unsolicited Fundraising (more on this later!) Commitment to affordable, high-quality education
Development & Marketing What you can do to help Come speak with me about marketing and development ideas (and consider helping lead an initiative) Talk about the school with anybody who will listen Make an appointment with me to discuss making an ongoing pledge Make a pledge—it’s cheaper than raising tuition and it’s tax-deductible!
Development & Marketing Business donor support
Development & Marketing Business donor support
Development & Marketing Business donor support
Connecting with Local Donors Business Donor Support Patronize the businesses that support our school When you do, leave them the “thank you” business card Tailored to your family’s situation—child or children Room to sign your name What amazing animations!!!
Parents’ Guild Parents’ Guild officers, responsibilities and activities Receptions Classroom support Hot Lunch Sign-up sheets
We Need You! Volunteerism is critical—tuition and fees are just not enough How can you help? Pray for the school—there’s no cost to that! Time, talent and treasure—yours and others Art, Latin and/or Spanish for Grades 1-6 PE for Grades 1-4 Yard duty, field trips, classroom projects, etc. Work projects at school—set days or on your own Volunteer to play a major role in a fundraiser Targeted donations Special requests—baking for events, for example Make me an offer! Livescan and online class
Fundraising October 4Harvest Fest!!! NovemberAthletics Fundraiser Jan./Feb.250/200 Campaign AprilGolf Tournament AprilJog-a-Thon (maybe—more on that later)
Harvest Fest—October 4 We still have much to do—how can you help, you ask? Donations Buy and sell event tickets Get your Instant Wine Cellar bottles in Buy and sell Instant Wine Cellar tickets Buy and sell event tickets Come help with set-up—stay tuned for details Stay for the event Help at the event; stay or come back to help with clean-up Live Auction Brainstorming mtg 8/26 @ 7:30 pm Did he mention “Buy and sell event tickets”?!?!
250/200 Campaign What a great success last year! Many thanks to Anna Hickey and Lynne Santamaria for developing and promoting the idea Many thanks, too, to all of our donors Raised over $44,000!!! Let’s do it again!
Golf Tournament—April $125 per person, or $400 per foursome Always a great time Watch out for my wicked slice!
Jog-a-Thon—April Parents’ Guild is willing to lead the charge We need your support Sponsors = big $$$ “Day-of” help Can easily bring in $10,000
Fundraising Without Thinking About It Eric Muth Grocery cards (Lucky’s, Raley’s) Target card (including debit option) goodsearch.com & goodshop.com escrip.com onecause.com And more!
Teachers If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. Chinese proverb
After-school Care Cathie Schmitgal It will be offered Monday through Friday from 2:50 until 5:30, with certain exceptions It is open to students in Grades Pre-K through 6 Unless there is significant interest in scheduled care, drop-in, as-needed care will not be available See Brian for financial details
Policy Highlights Student Progress Online Portal Goal = grades updated at least every three weeks Contact from teachers at least every three weeks if student has a C- or below Late Work Absences & Tardies Communication—calls, notes, etc. Free Dress, including for sports practice Cell phones and other electronic devices Confidentiality
Reminders from the Office Pre-K/K vaccination records need to come in ASAP TDAP booster for 7-12 Please read the Tuesday Memo Let Debbie know if you’re not receiving the memo PE shirts are mandatory (and available for sale tonight for only $6!); can get black shorts anywhere Get your emergency forms in (1 per child) Please read the Tuesday Memo Family Handbook Acknowledgement Page Morning drop-off Afternoon pick-up Mark all items with student’s name Did I mention to please read the Tuesday Memo???
Reminders from the Office (cont.) Volunteers Needed!!! Must have: Yearbook Coordinator Yard Duty Room Parents Really need help with events: Harvest Fest Jog-a-Thon Prom Graduation Driving to away games for sports Parents’ Guild coverage of events Sign-up Sheets in the Hall
Parting Words It is obedience alone that shows us God’s will. St. Maximilian Kolbe Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given. Blessed Mother Teresa