CCSTA’s Communication Consultant, Cathy James, shares her thoughts about having to drop her son off at school later this week, and what has helped to make the process easier.
This coming Friday, I may or may not be a blubbering mess.
My son, who turns four this December, will be walking into his kindergarten class and beginning his journey at school.
Like any first-time-school parent, I am filled with so many fears: what if he cries? What if he doesn’t adjust? What if he doesn’t make friends? What if, what if, what if…
When I drop him off that first morning, I know I’ll have to smile, give him a hug, confidently walk away and simply trust the process.
Truly, I do trust the process.
That’s because we’ve enrolled him in a Catholic school.
His school, St. John the Baptist Elementary, has a vision set to help students think clearly, act wisely, feel deeply and live responsibly with our God. They strive to nurture our young children’s hearts and minds so that they can grow in knowledge and learn about love and service in a faith filled environment.
How could you not want that for your child?
Better yet, I attended this same school as a child, so I know he’s in good hands.
He has a caring principal, whose guidance, leadership and sense of humour would make any parent happy to have as the lead school contact.
And then there’s the teaching staff. Each teacher within this Catholic school has years of experience and a commitment to bringing the Word of God to life inside and outside of the classroom. The school has been a part of the local community for 175 years. They have been involved in the town’s Christmas parade, the Terry Fox Run and have given back to the local food bank (they’ve even hosted Toonies for Tuition fundraisers!). This school community genuinely demonstrates and lives out the teachings of Jesus.
The Catholic Church is also located right beside the school. To my delight, my uncle is the parish priest, which adds an element of familiarity to the process. The school body walks over to the church each month for Mass, making it easy to incorporate the Catholic teachings into their everyday life.
Each of these components will ensure my son has the best possible education and experience as he enters school.
This is why I’m sending my son to a Catholic school.