Being All In

September 10, 2015

Weekly letter to the Bishop Chatard parent community:

In these first few e-newsletters, I have repeated what I shared with parents at the State of the Mission meeting on August 9. My focus that evening was on three main areas: our role as a Catholic school, communication, and community.

I wrap things up this week with a look at Community.

The phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child” is more than a folksy saying. When it comes to loving and educating your children, your efforts at home and ours here at school are undeniably intertwined. If we are not on the same page, all we do is send mixed messages to the kids. They want, they need, to see us work together.

I’ve asked both the staff and the students to be “all in” when it comes to their efforts at Bishop Chatard. Now I ask you to be “all in” as parents.

What does being “all in” look like?

  • Stay informed and communicate with us. Where is your child struggling academically or socially? What are you doing to address it and how can we help?
  • Participate in the life of the school. Attend athletic contests, theatre performances, fundraising events, etc., even if your child is not directly involved. That sends an important message to your children about what it means to be part of a community.
  • Be a “walking billboard” for the school. Share the good news about BCHS!
  • Keep faith at the forefront at home. Don’t allow kids to believe that “faith is something that happens at school.”
  • Show vigilance and solidarity when it comes to keeping our kids safe. The message regarding alcohol, drug use, sexual activity, driving, etc. should be the same at home as it is here at school.

Bishop Chatard is a great village – a loving, caring community. That doesn’t just happen. Being “all in” requires us to work hard, staying focused on what is best for kids. We will do our very best to hold up our end, and pray with confidence that you will do the same.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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