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Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington are Christ-centered environments where students learn and grow. As Catholic school students enter their Lenten journey, they will make special sacrifices and also will be called to focus on God’s love and mercy.  The enclosed article, Why is February So Important?, provides a special insight about the month of February and the Lenten season.

Featured in this edition of The Messenger, you will also find an article about the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind act, and its implications on Catholic schools.  The reauthorization of this legislation, which has been enhanced with additional provisions to help the disadvantaged, is important to Catholic schools.  The article provides a brief history about the legislation, and how it functions and supports our schools today.  More than two dozen Catholic elementary schools in the archdiocese benefit from certain provisions of the legislation. 

Please remember that the months ahead may offer many opportunities to make your voice heard in the United States Congress, D.C. City Council or the Maryland State Assembly.  There are many issues that impact your child’s education that rest before each of these legislative bodies.  Should the need arise, please contact your representatives and tell them why you selected a Catholic school for your child. For more information, please read the enclosed article about No Child Left Behind.

Sincerely in Christ Jesus,

February 2015 Vol. 3 No. 7

Why is February So Important?
By Ken Gaugan, Assistant Superintendent for Catholic Identity

February is a powerful month. Amidst the bitterly cold arctic blasts and snow-filled streets, February profoundly becomes a month of celebration.  We have 28 days to celebrate Black History Month, President's Day, Mardi Gras, and the beginning of our Lenten journey. So, why 28 days when the other eleven months have at least 30 days?  In honor of himself, Augustus, an ancient Roman emperor, moved the 29th day of February to the 31st day in August, since this month had his name. Why is this February so important to us?

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The Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind and Its Impact on Private Schools
By Brian Radziwill, Director of Government Programs & Grants

With the start of the 114th Congress last month, there is hope that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) will be improved and reauthorized. Almost everyone agrees that the law is not most effectively serving students, but exactly what changes need to be made is a heavily debated topic.  The debate is of great importance for the Catholic and private school community.

A Little History of ESEA & NCLB
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was originally passed under President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 as part of his War on Poverty.  It is the largest and most influential federal education legislation that has ever existed in our country, and currently governs our K-12 education system.

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Tablets at Home
By Tim O’Connor, Director for Education Technology

For many households, the tablet is becoming a more and more integral part of daily life. The portability, the accessibility, and affordability of many tablets on the market make these devices very appealing for individual child use. If you are in the market for a tablet, there are some great resources to help you pick one like PCMag’s tablet buying guide, but, there are a number of things to consider beyond the selection of the device. Buying a tablet for your children is fairly easy, but what you do after you purchase the device is even more important.

Almost all tablets are web-enabled devices and there is so much amazing content for children to research and explore on the web. However, there is also a lot of inappropriate content that you can help prevent your children from encountering. Monitoring their use of the devices is no easy task.

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