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Celebrate Catholic Schools Week with SND Connections!

January 27 – February 2 is Catholic Schools Week, a national, annual celebration providing the opportunity to recognize the importance, value and contributions of a Catholic Education to the Church and to the world. The theme this year is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

This year’s daily themes can be easily fused with the six elements of Principle Four of the Education Principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame: An Integrated Education for Transformation.

As a reminder, Principle 4 states:

An Integrated Education for Transformation

  1. We ensure a thoroughness of instruction that is rooted in Gospel values, the Social Teachings of the Church and an understanding of complex world realities.
  2. We provide an integrated education, one that leads people to a fully human life in relation to themselves, God, others and all of creation.
  3. We create the environment to develop value-based leadership skills and the ethical use of communications media and technology.
  4. We form students to be reflective critical thinkers and life-long learners who have the determination to influence systemic and structural change.
  5. We nurture in ourselves and others an ongoing commitment to act with preferential care and love on behalf of those who are poor and marginalized, especially women and children.
  6. We transform our institutions to be centers of non-violence, compassion and justice, and give personal and corporate witness to peace-building and the responsible care of creation.

Daily Themes: Celebrating

Sunday: Your Parish and Saturday: Families – recognizing parishes and families emphasizes the importance of working together to transform our institutions to be centers of non-violence, compassion and justice, and give personal and corporate witness to peace-building and the responsible care of creation (No. 6).

Monday: Your Community – performing service projects promotes nurturing in ourselves and others an ongoing commitment to act with preferential care and love on behalf of those who are poor and marginalized (No. 5).

Tuesday: Your Students – recognizing your students’ strengths and accomplishments gives them confidence and can create an environment to develop value-based leadership skills and the ethical use of communications media and technology (No. 3).

Wednesday: The Nation – enabling students to communicate the value of a Catholic Education to government leaders helps form students to be reflective critical thinkers and life-long learners who have the determination to influence systemic and structural change (No. 4).

Thursday: Vocations – encouraging students to use their God-given talents to the fullest leads people to a fully human life in relation to themselves, God, others and all of creation (No. 2).

Friday: Faculty, Staff and Volunteers – by showing appreciation to staff and volunteers, you are promoting a thoroughness of instruction that is rooted in Gospel values, the Social Teachings of the Church and an understanding of complex world realities (No. 1).