What makes a family? Can it be a network bound by love and support and not necessarily blood? Is family the heart of the community? Should family be there when you need someone to lean on? Do families come in all shapes and sizes?
We firmly believe the answers to these questions are yes, and when you enroll your child in a Catholic school, you become a part of our community. After all, we know that life can be difficult and there are days when you need a little extra support. Actually, let’s face it, there are days when you need a LOT of extra support. And in the light of your struggles, we will be there for you, in the bad times as well as the good ones. To us, our community is our family.
First, let’s look at how we celebrate family in our schools. When you think about it, your child first begins to learn at home, and home continues to be a great influence throughout your child’s life. Catholic schools value your involvement and rely on your efforts in guiding your child to a virtuous and educated well-being — so much so that once you enroll your child, you immediately become a member of our parent-teacher organization, the Home and School Association (HSA). (For more information on becoming involved with your child’s education, visit “Parents: We NEED You!”
Our support, however, goes well beyond the classroom walls. One of the best things about a Catholic school education is how we embrace supportive relationships as an essential part of academic life. Look at any school calendar and you will see pasta dinners, bingo nights, festivals, and family masses. We also hold open houses and teacher conferences as ways of connecting home and school. And of course, the invitations to our events are open to everyone: Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, cousins, etc. Everyone is welcome, regardless of cultural, socioeconomic, and faith backgrounds.
Yet we’re not just here for you in good times. For those days that you need extra guidance or assistance, we’ve got your back with before- and after-school child care, tuition assistance, and parenting workshops. And, of course, our door is always open if you just need someone to talk to. Rest assured that there is nothing as supportive as a Catholic school community when misfortune befalls one of its families. The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford have been taking care of our family for hundreds of years, and we’ll be right here taking care of yours for years to come.
There is no doubt that we are committed to being the backbone of society and continuing to promote the strength and family values that you continuously instill in your child. When we bring our families together, we create a virtuous, loving community that leads to a more humane and just world. No matter what that family looks like.
After all, Pope Francis tweeted, “The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society.”