Monday, August 10, 2015

Back to School done right

I just got home from parish school registration for my older son. I wasn't initially motivated to go- all finances from tuition to milk money are handled through a tuition management company, my son won't need the school uniform until kindergarten, and somehow we muddled through last school year without attending. While in my heart I wish school started after Labor Day, I have nothing but props for how well the school staff set up this event geared towards parents (there will be a parish wide family hot dog dinner the night before school starts next week).

Entering in the school gym, one went through a circuit of informational tables: first, we were welcomed by the Principal and received the School Calendar and Handbook. Then followed the middle school religion teacher, a young religious brother, staffing a table geared to middle school needs. Next came the opportunity to share time, talent, and treasure by volunteering for Parent Teacher Council events and ordering SCRIP. A representative from the uniform company was available to answer questions, and secondhand uniforms were available for purchase.  Subsequently, athletics waivers could be turned in; laptops were available to register for inclement weather alerts. The last leg reinforced the connection between the diocese, parish, and the school: Virtus registration, verifying parish census information; and receiving a children's Sunday lectionary from the parish priest. Additionally, student club tables were located in the adjacent lobby. All in all, it was a well coordinated event that bodes well for the new school year.

Image: Vincent Van Gogh, "The Schoolboy"

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