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Saint Bernard School Planned Early For Remote Learning
In early January, St. Bernard School Headmaster Don Macrino and the administration became concerned by the reports of a virus impacting Wuhan, China and the closure of schools there. Watching the situation carefully, faculty and administration created a contingency plan that would enable St. Bernard students to seamlessly continue their studies through remote learning if needed. To prepare for virtual instruction, Technology Coordinator and computer science teacher Ann Marie Jakubielski added workshops and increased the school’s technology resource library support ...

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Mercy Students’ ‘A Butterfly of Love’ Project Shows Support
A group of Mercy High School friends have teamed up to assemble care packages for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a service project called A Butterfly of Love. The girls put together packages of face masks for people working and volunteering on the front lines during the pandemic. They also are delivering care cards for patients and people who cannot receive visitors, and including messages of thanks to helpers and caregivers. A Butterfly of Love mandala is a gift of patience, love and hope. A mandala represents that life is never ending...

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Xavier Students Serve Others During COVID -19
You've seen the pictures, the ones with the healthcare workers taking off their masks after a long day and exposing bruises. You can't help but have a reaction, especially considering what doctors, nurses and first responders are already dealing with these days. Alex Rowlins '23 and his sister Cate saw the pictures, too. And during Xavier High School’s April break from online learning, the pair decided to do something about it locally. Instead of traveling to the beach as the family planned before COVID-19, Alex and Cate, who is a student at the Univers...

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faith
St. Bernard School Graduates Don Caps & Gowns for a Virtual Commencement
This week, St. Bernard School filmed and photographed each member of the Class of 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, where the school's annual graduation ceremony is held. While the school can't hold its traditional ceremony this year due to COVID-19, each member of the Class of 2020 got to wear their cap and gown, walk down the aisle, and have their keepsake photo taken with their diploma. Footage will be assembled into a virtual commencement ceremony. More details about the virtual commencement will be released soon.  

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Norwich, Catholic
Xavier High School’s Service Trip To Guatemala: Changing Lives
As part of one of their missions, Xavier High School students and faculty on a recent service trip to Guatemala presented care packages to local families. You can always count on this: those receiving the non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies are joyful, thankful and welcoming. Such was the case this year, and one family also responded in a way that typifies the people encountered by the Xavier contingent of about 20 students and three faculty members that returned to school on Feb. 24 after nearly a week in Guatemala. “We go to these houses,” As...

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Norwich, Catholic
Saint Bernard Student Sews Face Masks for Hospitals
Katelyn Geren, a freshman at Saint Bernard School, is helping the local community by sewing masks for hospitals, nursing homes and organizations in need. Katelyn, a Ledyard resident, sews the masks in between her studies. Each mask takes about 10 minutes to create, she says. “I have fallen into a good routine with online school, so I’ve had a bit of time and figured I could be useful,” she says. “My mom has been a huge help, I have a friend doing it as well, and even my siblings have pitched in!”

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Norwich, Catholic, giving, schools
Mercy Alumna Appointed President of Mercy High School
Sr. Maureen Reardon, RSM, PhD, chairperson of the Mercy High School Board of Trustees is proud to announce the appointment of Alissa K. DeJonge '95 as President of Mercy High School, effective July 1, 2020.  “I am confident that Ms. DeJonge will bring creative, visionary leadership to her Alma Mater. Her professional career, its achievements, and her experience as a student and chair of the Board of Trustees enable her to understand and live the culture, history and charism of Mercy High School,” Sr. Maureen explained. Upon graduating as the Class of 1...

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Norwich, Catholic, School
Saint Joseph School Embarks on Distance Learning
FCC News Desk As the Coronavirus has altered the lives of the entire world, school communities like St. Joseph School (SJS) in North Grosvenordale have had to make swift changes in a short time to keep the educational process moving forward for the students they serve in grades Pre-K through 8. As students and teachers physically gathered for the last time on Friday, March 13th, plans were already underway to enact a Distance Learning Program, which culminated in a special Professional Development Day for teachers on March 16th. “I cannot thank the entire SJS co...

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Norwich, Catholic
Catechist’s Energy Rooted in Faith
She is leader, catechist and mentor to more than 200 students in her faith formation programs and is the creative, artistic, musical, animated idea generator for the teachers/volunteers and parents who are also part of her programs. She has a room full of resources she created to enhance the lives of her students. The list includes, Holy Land; Scattegories: Confirmation Edition; Connect Four: Catholic Edition; Build a Church; Wheel of Catholic Fortune, and many others. She is a wife and mother of three grown children and serves as the Director of Faith Formation at All S...

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Norwich, Catholic, schools
Superintendent's Letter: '7 Essentials' Useful for Teachers, Students
My Dear Friends,   Last November, Father Robert Spitzer (of EWTN fame) made a presentation at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) regarding a new supplemental module series for youth confirmation entitled 7 Essentials. This module was designed to supplement, not replace, existing confirmation curricula. 7 Essentials focuses mainly on the issues which cause an increasing number of young people to abandon religion. National surveys from the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. have shown that religion is on an incredible decline, especial...

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Norwich, Catholic
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