Our Vision We will be the system of choice, instilling Gospel values and educating students to be responsible citizens and life-long learners with a positive vision. THE NORTHWEST CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Included in this report are the following speakers: • OCSTA President, Paul Peroni - pg. 2 • Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne - pg. 5 • Deputy Minister, Kevin Constante - pg. 7 • Assistant Deputy Minister, Jim Grieve - pg. 9 • Father Norm Roberts - pg. 13 Mary-Catherine Kelly Director of Education Reference: Regular Meeting of the Board, February 16, 2010. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 2 of 17 OCSTA President’s Report si Paul Peroni Early Learning Program: • It may be a challenge for boards to develop the organizational structures, expertise and resources to offer all that is being promised to parents e.g. before and after school programming. • Adequate funding for the program, equitable roll out and protection of denominational rights are key areas of focus for OCSTA. Equity and Inclusion: Based on a 4 year implementation plan School Boards are required to: • Develop or revise policies on equity and inclusive education implementation Sept. 2010. • Review existing community partnerships to support the principles of equity and inclusive education, and to reflect on the broader community. • Review student assessment and evaluation policies and practices to identify and address system bias. School Boards are required to: • Put procedures in place that will enable the reporting of incidents of harassment and discrimination safely and that will also enable boards to respond in a timely manner if there are any issues. • OCSTA has been represented at meetings of two consortia: The Catholic Consortium and Ontario Education Services Corp. So our voice is represented. • Catholic School Boards are likely to have different policies, procedures and practices than their coterminous Boards. • Put measures in please to protect the rights of Catholic School Board. • OCSTA will continue to be represented on the Equity and Inclusion Task Force. • Distinct religious accommodation guidelines drafted for Catholic School Boards. • There are two representatives from the Catholic community on the 5 person writing team. • Measures in place to protect the right of Catholic schools: existing materials such as pastoral guidelines to assist students of same sex orientation, as issued by the assembly of the Catholic Bishops of Ontario, will be reflected in the material being developed. • Measures in place: Sr. Joan Cronin (ICE) is a member of the two task forces. • Many of the current best practices are originating with the Catholic School Boards. • Work is ongoing and template policy statements are expected for Board use no later than early April. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 3 of 17 Legislative Update: • Bill 177, Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act. • Final version included a number of changes recommended by OCSTA other trustee associations and many school boards. • OCSTA is grateful to the many Catholic Boards who strongly endorsed our proposal and supported it with their own written submissions. • Bill 168, the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace), has received Royal Assent and will come into force in June. • OCSTA joined with the other 3 trustee associations and OASBO in making submissions. • Bill 168 requires employers, including school boards, to develop policies to address workplace violence and harassment, and to assess the risk of violence in the workplace. • OCSTA is a full participant in discussions now underway involving the government unions and school boards, regarding the implication of Bill 168. • Bill 212 Good Governance Act: made amendments to the Municipal Elections Act that will impact the October 25, 2010 municipal election. • Changes outlined in OCSTA’s memo to Boards and reflected in the Municipal Elections 2010 Guide are available on the OCSTA home page www.ocsta.on.ca. • The standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is holding hearings across Ontario as part of the Pre-Budget Consultation. • OCSTA has asked for a spot to present at the Toronto hearings, Feb. 1-3. • Boards wishing to address the committee or submit a written brief are encouraged to do so and to copy OCSTA on their submission. Face Update: • Fall Regional session for local Board Committees was very successful. • Representation from all 29 Catholic Boards in 5 locations Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Ottawa, London and Toronto. • 354 people attended. • Seminars helped to increase the level of knowledge needed to address controversial issues and to promote the benefits of Catholic education in the Catholic community. • Board committees are now completing the recruitment of their full board team and are meeting to decide upon and implement specific engagement activities, lobbying, special events and social media. • Goal: To be where our Catholic audience is and to ensure that the messages about the priorities, value and importance of Catholic Schools are delivered, heard and embraced. • Queens Park Lobby Day, joint effort between ACBO, OECTA, and OCSTA tentatively scheduled for March 24, 2010. • Boards will be asked to meet with the local MPP’s to reinforce message at the local level. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 4 of 17 Fundraising, Donations, Corporate Sponsorships: • Consultation for policy guidelines re: Fundraising , Donations, Corporate Sponsorships, Fees for Learning Materials and Activities, released at the end of 2009. • Short time from for consultation, OCSTA provided initial response to the Ministry. • May be future opportunities for feedback once draft guidelines are circulated for responses. • OCSTA response reflects Board’s concerns re: Ministry involvement in local policy decisions. Overload: • Catholic School Boards have done outstanding work for Catholic education in Ontario during times of the most fiscally challenging periods in recent years. • Catholic schools have been very supportive of the Provincial agenda for education but the workload associated with multiple Ministry initiatives has created Implementation fatigue. • OCSTA president’s letter to the Minister outlined our concern. • Minister Wynne acknowledged these issues of the January 12 letter to OCSTA. • Ministry will do their best to better align Ministry requests and initiatives, and they will review requirements and timelines for initiatives currently in place. Issues From the Floor: • Issues about water flow in communities: Boards being asked to pay for water pipes to schools and this should be a base tax matter. • Election discussions about candidates and ensuring what constitutes qualifications. There is concern that candidates should be practicing Catholics. • Encourage our community so that we get community to vote for the best candidates. • Shared use of facilities, any issues coming forward? Not at this time. • Issue of the one school system: media release just came out and still promoting the one school system. Dalton McGuinty stated recently that the Catholic system is here to stay; the Minister of Education also stated this as well. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 5 of 17 Minister of Education: Education: Kathleen Wynne Today it is acknowledged that there are lots of questions about the program. What is new in government? • Health is a huge part of the conversation in the 40% of the provincial budget. • Committee is developed: how to deal with the budget 25 billion dollar deficit? • The government will be challenged to have fiscal sustainability. • Social, environmental viability and fairness. and how to deal with the economic challenges? • The Ministry does not want to undo the good things that have happened and will not undermine the good work that has been done. But there will be some things in the Learning Opportunities Grants to make sure we use the money, target it and use the money the best way possible. • The government knows they need to keep investing in kids and education. • We need to really educate the people in Canada/Ontario so we have to be smarter and out -educate the competition. The investment of early learning is an investment in the future. • Minister Wynne wants us to support the ELP orally. • Low student achievements from 19 to 7 and now the supported schools have really even surpassed provincial averages. • Demographics are not destiny. We need to make sure that we open up the opportunity for all kids. • Graduation: 77% now graduating and dual credits, high skills majors, student success. • Safe schools make sure kids off track get back on track. The additional programs to be in place are designed to help those kids. We need to still work on how to help these kids. • Bill 177: passed. Provincial Interest Regulation: support how we measure the progress of our success. To work with Boards and relationship with the government. Recognize where the Board is at and then lay out a plan and measure against the Board’s own plan. This will continue to be discussed and still will get input. It is not about punishing Boards and Trustees. • Issue of Equity and Inclusive Education strategy: affirms and supports the position of the Ontario Catholic Bishops .The value system is at the core of the strategy. Our leaders need to support this coming out. We need to have the policy in place and everyone understands that we are all committed to be as inclusive an environment as possible. • Human Rights Commission and the curriculum development, we need to implement the strategy so resources are being developed. • The Catholic system is tireless in the pursuit to student achievement. Public confidence. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 6 of 17 • Wants cooperation between coterminous Boards and other partnerships in the community. Examples of cooperation, we should try to find more opportunities in a time of fiscal restraint to do more together, i.e. transportation consortia, working on facilities. Public supports four funded systems, but there should be as much collaboration as possible. Sharing of resources. • Still is addressing. Facilities sharing is being asked of us again and there is a strong appeal. The Ministry is drafting policy on this. • Voluntary arrangements are best, but it was intimated that this will be forced to move forward to build public confidence. Questions: • The default to the public system re: taxes. It is being addressed. Trustees were pleased to hear this. • Funding: Less and less autonomy, and rural versus urban. • Issue, June budget re: storm water management tax. Concern of an imposed Municipal tax. Let the Minister know of this issue. • ELP before and after school programs, not just during the school year, holidays and summer. • Full day for the kindergarten day, where capacity, where demand? Not required to do it? May not be realistic or cost effective. It is an option if it can work in the community. Families will look for this. • Policy Governance Models: Feedback on the issue of taking autonomy away from local Boards. • Equity. Needed equity work in government? So directional support on issues. • Fundraising Issue: Lots of fundamental discussion of what public dollars should be paying for. How much should we support public facilities so there is equity across the province? Looking for a way to put guidelines that are good so Boards can have their own policies. Directional positions, public is asked to be accountable. The issue is significant for parents. Parent Engagement office. Try to give the best advice. Parent Involvement Committee policy will be forthcoming. • Issue rose for construction in the north. The bench mark is $187 but it is $235 in the north. They are aware of this. No answer to assist. • One system lobby. Lack of respect for us as a system. Partnership policy is broader than Boards; it means community partners and community hubs. Need to discuss the inter-ministerial process. The one school system mantra. The government has said they are not going to one school system. • System Principals: Position and duties of system Principals. The solution on the duty of the Principals and change the name or duty in the Ed act. Did not comment on this topic. • PDT negotiations, Minister said that she was not speaking to this topic. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 7 of 17 Deputy Minister of Education Kevin Constante Thanked us for our conversation and trying to address issues, getting input, influencing policy so things are better in the classroom in helping children. He spoke about the following issues: Ontario’s publically funded schools are symbols of excellence and we are valued partners of the Ministry of Education. The partnership is important and he states he is equally committed to this partnership. The Ministry is trying to include Catholic values in the policy development. Elementary health and physical education curriculum development. This curriculum, sexual health education will be done via Catholic values and the Catholic Graduate Expectations so there has been some consultation in this. Kathy Mueller will have a chance to ensure the review of the draft. The Catholic resources should also be included in the context of Catholic values so it is aligned with “Fully Alive”. Consulted with ICE re: equity and inclusion policy. Again ensuring the Catholic Graduate Expectations, pastoral guidelines from the Bishops is also part and supports the writing of these documents. Fiscal Environment: We do face a large deficit. The economy is starting to recover, 25 billion dollars, is very hard and it will take time to deal with it. Reducing deficits will have to be done over a long period of time. Therefore all Ministries will have to participate. The education portfolio is still a priority. We will need help and input to talk with the Ministry in the implementation. It is important to not let the good things done, be affected. Are there new initiatives that are coming down the pipeline? Technology in classrooms. The use of technology in the classroom is upon us, and we need the policy, frameworks and programs in place to support it. He acknowledges that we are running a little behind on this. Today lots of kids have handheld devices and we know the price point for many technologies that are coming down. Kids live and breathe technology. There will be some visioning in Ontario about this and it has to be done well. There will be an environmental scan, look at national experiences to see what has worked and see how we can move forward in a logical way in a time of deficit. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 8 of 17 Other countries like Britain have an agency to lead the national drive to bring info technology into the classrooms. So it will be a resource. The USA has policy, Alberta, BC and Nova Scotia starting therefore we will need to take steps to (look to PVNC for policy development in this area.) Research phase, round tables, and input and research across the country. No definitive study shows that technology impacts student achievement so we need to find ways to measure if it is really making a difference. Literature can perhaps be used for closing the gap i.e.) boys, aboriginal students. Issue of working collaboratively together: School Boards need to find ways to find new approaches to improve transportation. Other areas will be asked of us in the business manner. Want this to be done in a positive way, shared buildings, joint purchasing of textbooks and technology. Work together on administrative items so that public sees that we are working together. Final policy on facility partnerships: Use of schools so we use maximization of space in schools. Declining enrolment is difficult and reviews of school sites. The tough decisions today will help down the road. Consolidating schools will be good for schools. School facilities need to be good for communities. Curriculum and Assessment Policies: New assessment and reporting policy. Growing Success: changes to elementary report card, progress report in the fall, two provincial report cards. Fall report will share how child is developing in six learning skills and work habits. Excellent, good, satisfactory or needs improvement. Strengths and areas to work on. Early indications for parents and teachers to show if the child is progressing. Fall parent teacher interviews should be more successful and relevant. Health and Phys Ed curriculum: Recommendations next month for elementary curriculum. Financial Literacy (Grade 4-12) will be integrated into the school curriculum. Finances: Working on measures for the upcoming year. Funding commitments under the provincial framework commitments will be kept. Increase salary and benefits, increase time for prep time, increased supervision, enhanced learning opportunities and reduced class size in grade 4-8. Modest savings: textbooks, staff, development and computers. So the PD funding will be brought back. Reduce operating costs. Multi year planning tool to help in planning for declining employment. GSN consultations will start next week. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 9 of 17 Assistant Deputy Minister Jim Grieve Early Learning Division Our Best Future: Transforming Vision into Action Noting the recognition of the work of the DVD to share with parents and it is awesome to put up on website. “I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good” Pearl Jam. All the work for early learning work that has been done comes from good research from all around the world. We want more kids to be more successful and in life we want to support kids early. Full day kindergarten and full day learning is good for kids. He started his presentation about the story of the SEED ARK. The vault that will have all the seeds of the world to help plan in case we need to rebuild and regrow the earth. Seeds. Young children of growing and learning and children are capable of remarkable growth which was the theme of his presentation. 1. Vision for Early Learning in Ontario. We need to have the conversation about the vision with our staff. The Charles Pascal Report “with our best future in mind implementing early learning in Ontario. A companion document is the summary of the scientific document. Neuroscience, tells us that biology, human brain at birth has lots of opportunity for equal opportunity. Baby has an undeveloped brain; infant brain imaging shows very similar brains as babies. Kids are born with the same possibility. Therefore 80% can be impacted after birth, 20% is innate. 2. What can we do to make sure kids are not at risk? Children are so malleable, the experience after birth is important for the developmental changes in children. We know the playing field is not equal. The indicator of success; in Canada a Child’s chance of doing well is not determined by what a parent earns, but our education makes a big difference. The brain is impacted during and before school. The vision, more than one quarter of 5 year olds are not ready for grade 1. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 10 of 17 Focus needs to be more than academics, or day care, it is more a recognition that the human brain has a need to learn, so ignite kids ability to learn and discover. 3. What is the purpose of early learning? Kindergarten is a special place for kids and we have deep respect for the value of childhood. In Canada we introduced kindergarten in the 1950’s. We need to keep our focus on the early childhood development portfolio. Early Child Care, should be negative, but what we want to do is nurturing the brain is crucial to learning. We want to help build the Child’s mental, social, emotional, physical aspects of the learning. Social interaction helps children build their brains. EL program will be play based and focused on creating quality daily experiences for each child. Try to meet the needs of children, customization of lessons to meet levels and needs of kids. Literacy/Numeracy skills developed by meaningful learning experiences. All I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten. It is the place where kids can set the stage for their life. We need to talk about the pilot for the implementation. Pilot year: • Starts September 2010-11. • Good idea to plan in a gradual way to implement. Need to make it work well, quality trumps speed. Do it well and learn from the process. • It will cost 1.5 Billion dollars in the five years. • Investment has purchase power and will magnify in terms of services that will be avoided to catch kids up. Memos are now called EL memos: Early Learning • He thanked us for working together in doing it 30 days to get the pilot selection started. • School sites are now how they are selected. • Planned PD will take place as of Feb 8th of February sessions for principals will start. • Regional workshops are planned and ready to go. Our group will go to Thunder Bay. • Need to increase ECE’s: Colleges and Faculty of Educations to try to promote and grow the number of qualified ECE’s. • Will need to work with Best Start and Municipalities. Need to see what can be down to help ages 0-3 and kids beyond kindergarten day care. • Need to bring the website up to date to make sure info is available to parents to get their answers to some of their questions. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 11 of 17 • Early learning coaches will be introduced to help in the implementation. “Why some ideas survive and others don't.” Made to stick (Chip and Dan Heath) • Planning is important and need to refine, have good communication. • Plans may not work, no plan survives contact with the enemy, therefore need to have commanders intent is just a script statement…what is the end state we want? • Our desired end state is program that serves the best interests of young children and their families. More children, more ready for life. This is change, change is a total constant, it is inevitable, and we sift and sort how we make it work best and we need to find ways to make it work. “Always looking up the adventures of an incurable optimist.” Michael J. Fox Are we there yet? “What did you ask? Are we there yet? Or excellent question, look, do you think we are there yet? What do you think? Are we there yet? We are where we are, if we move we will be somewhere else, we will know when we get there.” Each stage of the process we are where we are. As long as we keep progressing we will get to our goals. Advocacy role in decision making: What has Jim heard? • Tough decisions ahead. • Listen to the people in the field. • Where will “In Gods Image” fit into the curriculum have been raised? • Vision and leadership…see what others can’t. • Try to picture what we think it should look like? • How can we make it successful? Let’s plan what will make it great. • Whether it is the moon, walls or educating children, we need to champion the needs of young children and we will create new footprints, this will change kids and schools and family forever. It will be good for kids and new families. • You are the messengers and all the news is good. Questions and Answers: Qualifications needed to have the ECE diploma. How can some of the people get the ECE certificate? Need to have this certification and can advance the process. Some young teachers not hired may pursue this qualification. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 12 of 17 Ministry will prepare some materials and resources. Like a tool kit that they can do to augment the work of the schools and for the people who are registering kids will get these materials. Hiring of the ECE workers. Funding for the ECE workers who may take sick time. He will have to take this back to the table at the Ministry. ECE unionize and issues about pay equity. Jim is aware this is a very hot topic with the union discussions. There is great interest in this new group. Once hired, there will be organized in some fashion. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 13 of 17 Father Norm Roberts “The Spirit of Work” “In such busy times, we need to slow down and make sure that we are seeing and enjoying the spirit of God who is present right now. Every second is pregnant with the beauty and love of God. We need to listen to each other, take time to be with friends and colleagues and listen, we shouldn’t be so busy, and we can’t be addicted to the phone and the email. Make sure we take time to stop and don’t miss the good stuff and the important things.” IDEAS Take time to pray. Take time to say no homework. Don’t do extra things in Holy Week. The Canadian Church is rooted in… • Mission and service • Health system • School system • Political structures Community • Parish, school and home, we are all connected. Catholic Schools • Evolved out of the need of the faith community. • Leadership of Priests and Nuns provided a built in formation in prayer and discernment. • Catechesis presumes a faith experience. • No distinction between parish, home, school or community. • Tremendous sacrifice on the part of Catholic Educators. • Being baptized and being nuns or priests, there was a faith formation in the old church and these people developed their faith and, as teachers, their faith was built in the discernment of prayer faith, retreat experiences, the living of the liturgical year and all this was part of their formation and how they taught. Vocation and discernment and faith were how the first teachers of Catholic schools taught. • The issue was that the next generation came in, the lay people came with good intention but we did not get the built in structure of faith formation as intensive as the past clergy. • So we also need support to make sure that we support teachers and leaders so that we have an infrastructure that we have supports in decision making and working as a faith community to make the tough decisions. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 14 of 17 • Catechus presume a faith experience and we need to understand our faith. We have many non Catholics or different faith groups in our schools and we have lots of ability to teach children and their parents. It is interesting that so many non Catholics value the fact that we create a faith experience for these children and families. • Many of our teachers do not have an evangelization process or deep theological training. We need to move from our heart to our head. Faith is lived out in our heart. We are Catholic if we know some theology but what is most important we need to help children think and do, from the heart. • Kids and families do appreciate prayer, anointing and blessings. As a Catholic school we can offer all of these and offer mass that brings the calm and the reflection for kids and we can draw on this experience, where we see community, where we see Jesus. There are so many pockets of beauty and see that the love is there. • The Sacrifice of the early Catholic educators; priests and nuns did so much work and gave the money they earned back into the school and there was a true sense of vocation. Life of the young person today: Time with Family: • 12 hours a week to 35 hours a week waking hours, but it is decreasing because kids live in separate apartments within the home. Kids spend lots of time alone or on the computer; some even just eat in their room. Kids see parents at work a lot of the time. • School 35 hours o Community time with media, on their own, movies, sports, where is the kids spending all their time? • Where is faith being passed on? o We try to focus to get them into the parish. Kids think mass should be fun but really it should be meaningful not necessarily fun. As a result the parishes • Come to church o Isolation: Schools fault? Teachers, principal ….not true we are teaching scripture, family life and social justice…and good values that are gospel driven. • Family…we need to recognize that family offers kids lots of ways to engage and be active and there are lots of things to do to engage kids in parish but it is very hard to invite kids and families to come and participate with their busy lives. Where is the faith being passed on? Adults: mother, father, spouse Teens: mother, father, grandparent Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 15 of 17 Grandparent’s stories of the old days about the families and these do connect with teens. This is all the people in the home; therefore we need to respect the fact that much of the learning of faith does take place in the home. The talk at home about the sense of being concerned and using gospel values to speak about life issues is where the dialogue takes place to teach faith. Mother’s talk with kids is very powerful. As parents we need to talk with our kids. Sit and have tea, do the dishes together, the trick is to help and talk during a task and tell stories. Tell the family stories, helps to bring the faith story to the home. Mom washed the dishes slow to keep the time to talk to her kids as they dried the dishes. We can do rituals of prayer, such as grace before meals. How to show affection is varied but prayer is spiritual to show there is a sign of a higher power. The prayer before bed or to give a blessing, a ritual, prayer allows kids time alone to even appeal to a higher authority to reflect. Sense of the ritual about being around the table to enjoy each other and to talk. The table is significant. We need to have that ritual, that is where relationships evolve and to deal with people. Home is the Sacred Womb • Jesus born into a family • Genealogy: Jesus is of the line of David • Jesus refers to God as Father (family image) • Jesus’ first miracle was in a home: Peter’s mother in-law. • Jesus’ first sign was a wedding feast. When we think about Jesus’ family there were lots of challenges: mother has baby not from the father, had to marry, had to leave to have the baby, fear of baby being murdered, and in the end of his life he was tortured and killed. We need to see that Jesus and his life were not perfect. God loves you as your parent. Think that parents love kids so much and want so much for the child to be successful, and parents do everything they can to make kids have a good life. Jesus’ first miracle was in the home, the wedding feast; most of the work of Jesus was done in the community and with the family, not in the church. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 16 of 17 The Church and Family • All the major celebrations in the Jewish faith are celebrated in the home. • (Passover, circumcision etc.). • The early church first met and prayed in each other homes. • Baptismal rite: parents are the first and primary teachers of their children in faith. • The early church was a lay church. As church, we need to make sure that we are involving the parents in the church. The past history was a community church celebrated in the home. So we need to acknowledge that what we help the family to help pass on the faith, through the home. Remember Jesus did his work in the community, not in the church. Jesus as Model for Today: • Clear mission • He gave sight to the blind • The deaf can hear • Mute can speak • Set captives free • Proclaim the year of favour. It is interesting as Jesus tried to do these things, in the old days; he was kicked out of the church. We need to make sure that we do proclaim the Good News; we need to know that God loves us and our mission is to teach and support children. We need to help children reach their full potential. We are people who are connected to building salvation history. Jesus builds the new creation rather than fights the institution (stayed close to the father). Ritual had become empty, his mission to provide water for baptism, wine to celebrate and enjoy the spirit and love of life. Jesus celebrated those he was with rather than complain about those not present. Jesus was a person of prayer; he avoided the chaos by escaping to the mountain. Jesus reached out to those in need, leapers, sinners, usually in a quiet way. Mother Teresa left her religious order to find her work in the community. We need to recognize the beauty of the new; spirit and love and mission of Jesus. When we have joy and love we can do so much more. We should not blame and waste energy. Let’s celebrate with those who are here. Enjoy those who are together and focus the spirit here and it will grow from there. Director’s Report OCSTA Chair & Vice Chair Conference January 2010 Page 17 of 17 Jesus was a person of prayer. Jesus would find a quiet place to reflect. Jesus is a model for our schools. He went out to help others and help others heal. We can do it quietly. When it comes to fundraising, we should be supporting Catholic organizations; we have religious orders and missionaries who could use our support. We must try to support these communities and we have a built in infrastructure to support the people who are doing the work in the poor communities. We should be making sure we are supporting their efforts. How can we be proactive and seek out the people that are doing the quiet work for Catholic organizations. Make sure we are supporting the agencies where the money is going to, the people who can do the work and help the people who need the help. Catholic Education God can do more in a breath than we can do in a life time, all we need do is let God Breathe through us. Celebrate the Gift! We have the ability to reach and touch the lives of children, and we give a lot of love and faith to share with these kids. Jesus was a teacher and so we have such an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children.
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