From the pastor...
It is my privilege to welcome you to our Saint Bridget School website!
This year we mark the 20th Anniversary since the reopening of our school! Over these 20 years our school building and grounds have certainly changed and expanded, but so has our curriculum and other offerings as well. Saint Bridget School has continued to ensure that our students are challenged daily both academically and spiritually. We continue to look for additional ways to enhance our curriculum and are proud of our state of the art technology which enhances the learning process, most especially the one to one iPads in our middle school program.
This month of January, and in particular this week, we celebrate Catholic Schools. How blessed we are to have our own parish school. As I have said many times since my appointment as your Pastor, I truly believe that parishes with a school are provided unique opportunities for building up families and in particular for building up the parish family that other parishes without schools do not have. I have seen this transpire during the course of this current school year.
A question often posed is why should I consider a Catholic school when the public schools offer a great education. I always begin by answering that I myself am not the product of a Catholic school education, but I see the value of a Catholic school education and I know the long standing tradition the Catholic Church has in educating our young people to a higher degree of success. Catholic schools, and it is true for our parish school, establish a spirit of faith, family, and community in their students. The education our students receive at Saint Bridget School stays with them their entire lives and can be the basis from which they orient themselves with the world.
Catholic schools expect and guide their students to become successful citizens by encouraging them to develop their God given potential and use the talents God has blessed them with to further the building of their character. The institution of faith that our school and a Catholic education are built upon encourages the students to remain grounded in the Catholic faith while they reach to fulfill their dreams. From this strong foundation, we build our students’ character, their understanding of the world around them, and a strong sense of faith while we model for them how to see the needs of the less fortunate and motivate them to respond to those needs.
Overall, our Catholic school is a family. From the care of their fellow students to the teachers, their parents and family members, and with the support of the parish family we educate, nurture, and empower our students to serve the parish and community and make a positive difference in the lives of others.
I want every family in our parish, with children of school age children, to feel that Saint Bridget School is an option for them. We have an Open House Sunday, January 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity for you to come and visit our school. I encourage all parents and extended family members to come and see all that Saint Bridget School offers. Our teachers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and tours will be offered through the Open House. Please consider Saint Bridget School for your child.
Recently there has been a lot of discussion regarding the Common Core State Standards, and we have had many parents come to our doors with questions and concerns regarding the Common Core State Standards. I want to assure those with questions that St. Bridget School, in keeping with the position of the Archdiocese of Hartford, does not adopt or follow those standards. The Common Core was designed to address many of the failing public schools in this country. It is simply a resource of minimum or “core” standards. Our work does not stop at minimum expectations for our students.
We are charged with exceeding national standards and so continue to implement curriculum that provides a challenging course, grounded in basic skills necessary for students to develop foundational skills that lead to higher, more complex thinking skills, rooted in Gospel values, and integrating Catholic social teaching across all disciplines, ensuring the development of the whole child. Students graduating from St. Bridget School exceed state and national benchmarks, evidenced by our exemplary standardized test scores and high performance on high school placement exams. Most importantly, we truly educate the whole child: academically, socially, and spiritually.
Hope to see you at the Open House!
With God’s grace, the dedication of our faculty, administration, and staff, coupled with the phenomenal volunteers both from our parish and school families we live out our mission daily to “serve students in grades Pre-K-8th where we attend to the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of our students based on the Gospel message of Jesus to ‘love one another as I have loved you’ with the goal of empowering each of us to serve the parish and community and make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
Asking God’s choicest blessings upon you and your family, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Jeffrey V. Romans
The Reverend Jeffrey V. Romans
Home & School Association...
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Own a piece of St. Bridget School history!
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of St. Bridget School and the 15thannual school auction, you can now purchase a star to be permanently displayed on our school’s “Wall of Wishes”, a hand painted mural in the hallway leading to the dining hall. For $50, these stars will be dedicated with a special wish or message to the students from parents, grandparents or other family members.
Click here to download the order form.
Annual State of the School Report
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