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Nearly 28,000 students returned to Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington in the past few weeks.  I have had an opportunity to visit nearly a dozen Catholic schools in our archdiocese during the past two weeks. It has been a pleasure to witness the excitement as students return to the familiar place that is their home away from home during school hours.

Featured in this edition of The Messenger, you will find information about the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program.  The Tuition Assistance Program is integral to the Archdiocese of Washington’s efforts to help ensure a Catholic Education is affordable.  It is our hope that families who want to provide a Catholic education for their children have an opportunity to do so.  I recognize that more and more families are struggling financially and are making sacrifices to invest in a Catholic education for their children. The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program exists to help ensure that the blessings of Catholic education are available to as many students as possible across the archdiocese. Read on for more information and application instructions.

Our 8th grade students across the Archdiocese return to school this fall considering their high school options.  Choosing the right high school is an important decision in a young person’s life. The Archdiocese of Washington includes excellent high schools that emphasize strong academics, faith, values and service while enriching students through athletics, the arts and cultural activities.  Please read on to learn more about the resources that are available to students and their parents to assist with selecting a Catholic high school.

Also featured this month, you will find the Back 2 School Techlist which provides insight about how to maximize the use of technology and technological resources in support of your child’s education. 

Sincerely in Christ Jesus,

September 2014 Vol. 3 No. 2

Tuition Assistance Program Helping Students Succeed
By Sean Brown, Manager for Funding and Enrollment

The Archdiocese of Washington strives to make a Catholic education affordable for all students.  The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program is a resource for those students and families who have demonstrated financial need to help pay tuition. September marks the time of the year when families have the opportunity to begin the Tuition Assistance Program application process for the following school year.  Applications will be available online beginning Monday, September 29, 2014.  The application deadline to apply for tuition assistance for the 2015 – 2016 school year is Friday, December 5, 2014*. 

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Back 2 School Techlist
By Tim O’Conner, Director for Educational Technology

The beginning of the school year is such a wonderful time of year in our family. It means starting morning prayer service at school with classmates, reconnecting with friends and teachers, kicking off soccer practices and games, and getting ready for the first day of school. Preparing for that first day brings back fond memories of time with my mother. I can still picture the look on her face as she scrambled to take my sisters and I to get new uniforms and shoes, drove to the pharmacy to pick up school supplies, and worked with each of us to make sure that we had all of our summer homework finished. My mother is one of the most patient people I know, but by the end of that last week of summer; her patience had reached its maximum threshold. I am sure it must have been my sisters’ fault. By the look on her face, I knew it was time to walk through the doors of St. Rose and show Sister Margaret my summer checklist was completed.

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Setting the Path to Success – Selecting a Catholic High School
By Wendi M. Williams, Director for School Marketing and Advancement

Catholic school 8th graders return to school this fall with great anticipation for the experiences the year will bring.  Students will be exposed to challenging academics, receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, participate in CYO sports, and many more enriching activities. Selecting a high school is on the top of the to do list this fall for many students and their families.  Choosing the right Catholic high school is a process, and the Archdiocese of Washington is here to help.   Our elementary schools and high schools work together to provide resources and information to support students and families in making this important decision.

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