Dear Parents and Students,
As a Catholic school we are here not only to
provide a quality education, but also to provide an environment
where Gospel values are modeled and expected. At a Principals
Meeting a few years ago, I was presented with a special poster
which I had framed and hung in the school office. Many parents
and visitors comment on it each year. It states simply why we
are here; it reads –
Be it known to all who enter here that
Jesus is the reason for this school.
He is the unseen yet ever present
teacher in its classes.
He is the model of its faculty
and the inspiration of its students.
With this at the heart of our school, you can see
why we assume that if you are sending your children to St.
Vincent’s you want more for them than just a solid academic
education. We assume you want your children to experience and
learn about our Catholic faith and traditions. As the primary
educators of your children, you must model and reinforce what we
teach at school if our beliefs are to have real meaning in your
children’s life. This implies you have a responsibility to take
your children to Mass and practice living your faith. There’s
much more to living our faith than just attending school.
I encourage you, as parents, to take advantage of
the faith educational opportunities provided by our parish this
year. Enrich your own faith as much as possible. Let your
children see that you are growing in your faith, and let them
see you pray often.
We hope you will find this Parent and Student
Handbook helpful during the year. It contains essential
information about St. Vincent de Paul School, and it is
important for you to know that it is part of your school
contract. It is expected that each student and parent/guardian
make a sincere effort to comply with the regulations and support
the Catholic nature of our school. We have included the goals
and core values along with mission, philosophy and vision
statements. Please read and review the handbook carefully with
your child/children, and then sign and return the signature
Teachers have been working throughout the month
of August in order to be ready for the first day of school.
Their enthusiasm is contagious! All we need to make the school
come alive is children!
By working together, we can provide the best
possible learning environment for our children. Let’s make this
another great year at St. Vincent’s!
With my love and prayers,
Parent & Student Handbook