Catholic Schools Week | An Essay by Kaylie Freeland (Jan 17, 2018)

This week is Catholic schools week. Catholic schools week is a very fun time for all St. Francis de Sales students. One thing that my school, St. Francis de Sales, does during Catholic schools week is put on a variety show. It is very entertaining. Students get to show off their special talents. Even though Catholic schools week is very fun, it’s time to get down to business. Today I would like to give thanks to our St. Francis de Sales Parish church community.

First, thank you, to anyone who took time out of their day to find it in their kind hearts to donate even just a cent of their money to my school. My school wouldn't be possible without your donations. St. Francis has used your donations for things like Chromebooks and iPads for us students to use. There we can use apps to help us understand what we are learning or to learn something new. For example, there's an app called IXL that we use a lot in Language Arts. This app lets you practice your Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish skills. I think this app is very helpful because it helps me learn new language arts skills. We also use the money to repave the front parking lot. This helped cover a potholes, so it would be safer in the parking lot. Thank you so much for donating money to my school. The students at St. Francis appreciate it very much.

Next, I would like to thank my parents. Thank you so much for sending me to St. Francis de Sales. I love the school so much, I have made so many amazing memories here. All the memory started the moment I walked in. Second grade I came to St. Francis. This was the first school I ever attended where I stayed longer than 2 years. This is because I kept on moving schools and houses. I've attended St. Francis for six years, and I am in eighth grade now. St. Francis is my second home. Thank you Mom and Dad, for sending me to St. Francis.

Finally, I will be telling you why you should send your child or children to St. Francis. Yes, public schools in this area of very good. Yet, Catholic schools have more to offer. First, at St. Francis you can talk about your religion freely. You can talk about God with your classmates. Typically at the end of the day, teachers teach their students a religion class. Also, every Wednesday we go to a school Mass. Usually children in grades one through eight attend Mass. Father Ryan asks questions about our faith during the homily. If you get one right you get a Three Musketeer bar. Next, school is fun. The students get to use technology, whether it's an iPad or a Chromebook. Plus the teachers are very nice and fun. For example, in math, we get to play a fun game called math land. It's a game where there are teams, and each team tries to answer questions right for their team to advance farther on the board. Next, they make the learning atmosphere very comfortable. In addition, St. Francis has many sports programs. Students can sign up for sports that they would like to play. They even play games and tournaments against many other Catholic schools. Finally you don't have to be Catholic to go to St Francis St Francis accepts everyone, no matter their religion. We have many students that aren't Catholic. For example, when they go up for communion at Mass, they get a blessing instead of communion. These are only a few reasons why you should send your child or children to St. Francis.

In conclusion, thank you so much St. Francis parish and parents for everything that you do for our school. I strongly suggest you to send your child to St. Francis. Tha is one decision that you will not regret. Thank you, everyone, for every single thing that you do for St. Francis de Sales Catholic school. It is very much appreciated.