Top 10 reasons why we send our children to St. John LaLande Catholic School…The Best Blue Springs School!
Never again will we worry about whether their favorite shirt is clean. Uniforms are a time saver, they make it clear that it’s time to focus on learning, and everyone’s clothes are equally cool. Besides, is anything cuter than a child in a school uniform?
We pray with our children at the usual times—bedtime and mealtime. But we also remember to pray throughout the day, when we see an ambulance, when children notice something special in nature, or when we avoid a close call in the car. In Catholic school, they’ll say morning prayers and Grace. When tragedy occurs, our children will turn to God.
We want our children to have a sense of right and wrong. We don’t want them to bully or be bullied. We want them to love and love deeply. We want them to understand sacrifice—and making difficult choices because they’re right. We want our kids to understand that much of what we see around us is not acceptable and to stand up for what we believe.
Maybe they’ll make sandwiches for Our Daily Bread, or collect nickels and dimes for people locally and overseas who have less. Whatever they do, we hope they’ll know that we serve not for some vague notion of giving back and gratitude to some nameless entity, but because we follow the One who showed us how to give and serve by giving His life for His friends and enemies-called us to do the same.
When the saints come marching in, they’ll recognize them. We hope they’ll find beauty in the Rosary, grow to love the Blessed Mother, sing as they walk in a procession, feel connected to generations of saints, fast and abstain and know why it matters, and realize the universal nature of our Church. Maybe their hearts will leap at the smell of incense, and they’ll instinctively genuflect when they enter a church. We can’t wait to see them discover the richness of our faiths traditions.
They’re able to to talk about their faith with their friends in school. We all have friends with a variety of beliefs and ways of practicing those beliefs. We should be grateful for, and enriched by, each of those friendships. But to grow in your faith, it’s especially important that you are surrounded daily by those who can share that journey with you.
We keep God in the conversation. If we are discussing something, and there’s a way for us to bring God into the conversation, we can. It’s wonderful that children make those connections. If our kids went to a school where that wasn’t acceptable, they could be confused.
Academics are great and that’s a priority. It’s not a matter of whether our school offers six languages, a robotics club, or tap dance lessons. St. John LaLande students consistently score above the national averages on the I.T.B.S. tests. SJL Alumni are recognized as some of the top performing students in their high schools.
Christmas will be about Christ’s birth. Easter will be about His Resurrection. Lent will be a time of penance. Advent will be a time of preparation. Holy days of obligation will involve going to Mass.
We’d all like to believe that we can ensure that our children want to have a personal relationship with the Lord, that they’ll grow to value the Catholic faith, and that they’ll learn to treasure our Church. But, don’t consider it a given. Of course, as parents we will do all we can, but also know how children learn from others who are not their parents. Especially in today’s world, we can use all the help we can get. And we are so grateful to be able to turn to Catholic schools.