I like how the St. Jerome Classical Education Plan beautifully expresses its vision of what education should be. It says, “Educating a child begins with the end product: the sort of person we hope would emerge after nine years at St. Jerome. The actual content of the various subjects within the curriculum are like the foundation stones of the educated person. The skills, aptitudes, and habits we hope to cultivate through pedagogy and through the culture of the school are like the tools of learning.”
I frequently think about what our community desires as the end product of a Divine Redeemer Catholic School student. There are so many virtues that bubble to the top of my mind but, in the end, there are two foundational aspirations. For one, our hope is that each individual desires to live a life guided by truth and that he or she has acquired the tools necessary to discern that with a critical eye. For two, we hope to cultivate mindsets and habits that encourage noticing the good and the beautiful; in other words, God’s hand in everything.
In August of 2021, Divine Redeemer Catholic School began to integrate some of the premise of the Classical approach to education into our curriculum and our culture, beginning with the content of history and paired with a study of Latin. This year, we continue to build by adding several classical works of literature and daily recitations (more on these in a future newsletter).
In viewing history as a story launched by the human desire for God, rather than the fragmented manner of how it is generally approached, students will probe the meaning of history more deeply and in a more personal manner. By looking at history in light of the incarnation of Christ, students will be given the opportunity to see themselves as a part of the ongoing story. How exciting it is to assimilate our students into two thousand years of Catholic thought, which includes history, culture, literature, language, and arts. To accomplish this, we have placed special emphasis on studying the cultures of the Western tradition (Greek, Roman, Jewish, and other ancient cultures).
Students will cycle through the history of the world twice during their time at DR. In grades K-5, one year will be devoted to the study of Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages, the Modern Age, and America. In grades 6-8, they will essentially summarize this history by a second study of each. This deep dive into history will provide students with a bold understanding of the enduring fundamental human questions and the intrinsic desire for God. The incorporation of Literature this year will provide a further window into the journey of life as a search for God in all things.
As principal of Divine Redeemer, I have always been so proud of the strength of our curriculum and the beauty of our school culture. It is a wonderful, warm place to raise children as well as to find purpose and meaning. The integration of Classical elements into our culture and curriculum throughout the next few years is a journey I see as exciting and critical, particularly in today’s increasingly secular worldview.
Virtue of the Month
Charity- The simplest way we can express charity is to speak, act and think with love. Charity is all about love, and as it says in St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.”
We’re excited to have adopted the Frogstreet Curriculum for our preschool and prekindergarten! This researched based program offers read alouds, math and science explorations, playful music and movement, and hands-on learning centers. Best of all, it grows learners into confident, kindergarten ready students.
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- Monday, September 5
- No School-Labor Day
- Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6 and 7
- No School-teacher in-service
- Thursday, September 8
- School Mass 8AM, 6th sponsors
- Friday, September 9
- 2nd Friday-Spirit Dress for all (no passes accepted)
- Thursday, September 15:
- School Mass, 8AM; 5th sponsors
- Friday, September 16:
- 3rd Friday: Gala and dress passes accepted for free appropriate dress
- Popcorn Friday! 25 cents per bag, after school near the tunnel door
- Saturday, September 17:
- PTCO Cornhole Tournament! 1:30-3:30 in the school parking lot
Save the Date!
- Thursday and Friday October 6/7: Mandatory Parent/Teacher conferences
- Saturday, November 5
- Wednesday, February 1
- Cardinals Classical Symposium 9 to noon-all parents invited (more information to come)
From Mrs. Faber: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!
DONUTS AND BAGELS- Our parish has donuts and bagels 3 Sundays each month. We need volunteers to help set up and clean up for each Mass. This is a great way to get your volunteer hours in! I have a sign up genius below. I am also looking for a volunteer to pick up donuts at the Safeway off of Galley at 7:30 a.m. on the mornings that we have donuts. If you can do this, please e-mail me. I will have donuts ordered and I will pass along SCRIP cards for you to pay for them.
SPORTS PHYSICALS- Please make sure to get an appointment to get your athlete's physical. All athletes need to have a current physical on file. It is helpful if this is taken care of before the season begins.
VOLLEYBALL GAMES- I will get a schedule out as soon as the league sends it to me.
PRACTICES- There will not be any volleyball practices on days that we do not have school.
We have a running club! We will have our first running club practice on Thursday, September 8th. We will have a K-4th grade team and a 5th-8th grade team. They will practice at Boulder Park at 1210 E. Boulder (meet by the playground equipment). We will begin at 3:15 and end at 4:45. Please have your athlete wear running shoes with comfortable clothes (they may change in the bathroom after school). We are hoping that we will be able to have the athletes run to Boulder Park, however, for the first practice we need to see our participation numbers to make sure that we can safely achieve that.
FOOD PANTRY- This week we need jiffy mix, cereal, tuna, cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup, as well as peanut butter & jelly and canned fruit.
POPCORN FRIDAY- September 16th will be our first Popcorn Friday! I need 3 people to help with this from 12:45-3:15 p.m. Please e-mail me if you can help out.
We are still looking for recess volunteers! If you are available, contact me please!
From Mrs. Damerell in the Front Office:
We just found out that ACE Scholarships CO has been re-opened for families who qualify! If you think your family may qualify for this scholarship please know that you are welcome to take a look and submit an application today through Friday, September 9th. If you have already applied and not received this scholarship you WILL NOT want to apply again. ACE will not be revisiting award decisions that have already been made. The application is available through FACTS in the grant-aid section.
If your family applies and receives a scholarship your 22-23 tuition will be credited for the amount that you receive.
Luncheon for the Teachers
We would like to have a luncheon for our teachers on Thursday, October 6th at 12:00 noon. This will be a very long day for our teachers, so feeding them will be a wonderful gift. I have set up a Volunteer Spot for donations. Please keep in mind that all donations will count towards your Volunteer Hours for the 22-23 school year. We appreciate your generous donations of food and drinks for our teachers. Thank you for all you do to make our school great. To connect to the Volunteer Spot just following the link below:
Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp: https://signup.com/go/uktYQgx
Parent Teacher Conferences:
Our Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on Oct. 6th from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Oct. 7th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. These Conferences are Mandatory for all parents in grades PS-8 to attend. At this time I would like to be able to try and schedule conferences for parents at a time that will work in their schedule. Please know I cannot accommodate everyone’s requests but I will do my best. If you can email me by September 2nd at 3:00 PM I will do my best to honor your request. If I don’t hear from you, I will just assign you a Conference time. You can email Janet Damerell at email@example.com
A couple Scrip reminders--
- orders are placed Monday mornings with delivery on Thursdays
- remember to enroll your family in the RaiseRight app--the enrollment code is FFDL29CF737
- no Scrip sales the week of 5 September
PTCO Cornhole Tourney for Adults and Kids!
Play in our first ever Cornhole Tournament! Saturday September 17 1:30 - 3:30 in the parking lot. Adults pay in $25 for teams of two players. The Grand Prize for adults is $100, second place is $50, and third place is $25. Kids pay in $5 for teams of 2-4 players. Each participant will receive a free dress pass. The grand prize for kids is a pizza party, the second and third place teams will score a cookie party! We'll have a food truck, drinks for sale, and lots of fun! Sign-up today to reserve a spot for your team. We are also needing volunteers and donations. All proceeds benefit Divine Redeemer PTCO.
Gala season is upon us. Today raffle tickets will come home with your youngest child. Feel free to send sold tickets to the front office as soon as they are sold (no need to wait until all 30 are sold). Opportunities to sell after parish Masses is coming soon! Questions: Contact our Gala Chairwoman, Kate Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Flowers Girls’ Club
Little Flowers Girls Club will begin a new year on September 14th in the Community Center from 3:00 - 4:30. This club is a program that strives to provide young Catholic Girls, ages 5-15 with an opportunity to gather and learn about our Catholic heritage, faith and traditions. Little Flowers Girls will learn what it means to be an authentic Catholic girl and woman. Little Flowers Girls Club provides a strong foundation on which to build, whether the young girl is called a life of consecration to our Lord, as a single woman, or as a wife and mother.
Using saint's biographies, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture, the girls will learn the basics of the Catholic faith in a fun, faith and friendship filled environment. The girls will gain friendships that will support their faith and beliefs. Please contact Eva Warren at DRlittleflowers@gmail.com.
Future Pirate Night at SMHS!
Come for the first home football game of the season and FUTURE PIRATE NIGHT! K-8 students get in free! September 9; join the tailgate at 6PM or come for the game at 7PM.
Catholic Mothers of Faith
We are a community of mothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, teachers, caregivers and friends; stay at home, working or retired. This ministry strives to foster a community of faith, family and fellowship in support of our vocation as mothers in imitation of our Blessed Mother. What a better way than to have mothers help build-up our DR Community. Mothers can do all things through God; we encourage, share, pray and work together in the glory of our Lord. Bring a woman, a friend or family and rejoice with us. CMF is led by a team of women who have felt the call to reach out to other women through this ministry.
Chess tournament at St. Peter Catholic School
Registration is now open for our chess tournament happening on Oct 1 at St. Peter Catholic School. This is open to the community.
Saturday, October 1, 10am-1pm
124 First Street
For students in grades K-12 of all skill levels. This unrated, Swiss-style tournament will have students compete in the following categories:
K - 2nd grade
3rd grade - 5th grade
6th grade - 8th grade
9th grade - 12th grade
Players under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Register Here: https://web4ucorp.com/forms/forms/view.php?id=1169063.