Schools Celebrate Catholic Schools Week With Open Houses and Scholarships

The eight Catholic elementary schools located in the Northeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will together host a Community Open House to kick-off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, Jan. 27. Each school location will be open between 1 and 3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the schools, meet teachers and staff, learn about the curriculum and programs that each school offers, and review application and enrollment procedures.

“We invite parishioners, families of all faiths, community leaders and all members of the North County community to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us by visiting one or more of the schools located in our neighborhoods,” said Cara Koen, Director of Advancement for the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery.  “Come and see our facilities, meet families and students who attend our schools, and learn about the positive ways Catholic schools impact North County.”

The Alive in Christ Scholarship Program for 2013-14 will also launch during Catholic Schools Week.  This Archdiocesan-wide program offers scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 based on financial need to students entering a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese in Kindergarten – 4th grade, as well as to those students currently enrolled in a Catholic school whose families qualify.  The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with applications being accepted beginning January 28, 2013. Funding for the scholarships is from an assessment paid into the fund by every parish of the Archdiocese.

For the current school year, the eight schools in the Northeast Deanery Federation have received a total of nearly $320,000 in scholarship assistance. This has enabled over 100 new students to enroll at a Catholic school in North County and retained an additional 90 students who were already enrolled but whose families were experiencing an increased financial need.  Each school can provide additional details for how to apply for the scholarships, and more information is available at

The Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery includes the following parish-sponsored elementary schools, which will all be open to the public for the open house. (Some schools may choose to remain open longer; contact individual schools for more information):

North County Catholic Schools

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Jennifer Stutsman, Principal, 522-3888, 150 N. Elizabeth Avenue, Ferguson

Christ, Light of the Nations. Sr. Mary Lawrence, Principal, 741-0400, 1650 Redman Road, Spanish Lake. Sponsored by Holy Name of Jesus and Our Lady of the Rosary Parishes

Our Lady of Guadalupe. Peggy O’Brien, Principal, 524-1948, 1115 South Florissant Road, Cool Valley

Sacred Heart. Lois Vollmer, Principal, 831-3372, 501 St. Louis Street, Florissant; and Sacred Heart Kindergarten, 837-6939, 751 North Jefferson, Florissant.

St. Angela Merici. Mary Ann Kauffman, Principal, 831-8012, 3860 N. Highway 67, Florissant

St. Ferdinand. Anna Davis, Principal, 921-2201, 1735 Charbonier, Florissant. Serves parishioners of St. Ferdinand and St. Martin de Porres

St. Norbert. Pam Gilbert, Principal, 839-0948, 16475 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant; and St. Norbert Early Childhood Center, 420-9773, 1625 Swallow Lane, Florissant. Serves parishioners of St. Norbert and St. Sabina Parishes

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Kenneth Morr, Principal, 314-921-3023, 3500 St. Catherine Street, Florissant

The Federation of Catholic Schools is a formal agreement between the pastors of the eleven parishes in the Northeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to work more closely together in support of the mission of Catholic education in the North County community.  To learn more about the programs and goals of the Federation, please visit

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