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From the Interim Superintendent

Welcome to the October edition of The Messenger, the e.Newsletter of Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools.

With the completion of the first grading period upon us, students will soon receive their first quarter report cards and parents will receive an invitation for parent and teacher conferences.  The conference is one of many opportunities for parents and teachers to dialogue about a student’s progress, strengths and opportunities.  Parents and guardians will appreciate the enclosed article, Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences, which provides tips and additional resources that will support making the most of the meeting.   

The Coats of Many Colors drive is underway at Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese.  The coat drive is one of many projects that are conducted by Catholic schools in service to their community. Last year, Catholic schools collected nearly 8,000 coats which were returned to the local community to help men, women, and children.  This partnership with Catholic Charities will culminate during 2015 Catholic Schools Week in January.  Please accept my thanks to all who support this important campaign.  Please read on to learn more about this unique coat drive and how you can get involved.

Sincerely in Christ Jesus,

October 2014 Vol. 3 No. 3

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences
By Maggie Hubbard, Director for Special Education

It may seem as though school only just started but, before we know it, the first quarter will be ending and it will be time for parent-teacher conferences.  While those meetings may still be weeks away, it’s not too early to think about how to get the most out of that brief but very important conversation with your child’s teacher. Here are a few ideas of ways to help make a conference effective and productive.

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Catholic Schools Collect Coats of Many Colors
By Wendi Williams, Director for School Marketing and Advancement

Catholic schools have a rich history of helping people and responding to the needs of the community.  From feeding the hungry, to tutoring, mentoring, and conducting special projects, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington find ways to help tens of thousands of people each year.  Again this year, Catholic elementary schools are taking their efforts to a new level by partnering with Catholic Charities on a special project.  As part of commemorating 2015 Catholic Schools Week, Catholic elementary schools are dedicated to Catholic Charities’ effort to provide coats to the needy through the Coats of Many Colors service project. 

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Volunteers Witness to the Gospel Message

Partnering with parents and guardians in their child’s education is fundamental to the success of Catholic schools.  Our schools provide a cultural, social, moral and spiritual link between the student, family, the Church and society.  Through volunteering, parents and guardians fulfill both their educational and evangelical mission as parents and as believers.  

Volunteer opportunities at Catholic schools are becoming increasingly more important.  Parents, guardians, grandparents, alumni, parishioners and friends involved in a school improve and enhance the efforts of their community. 

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