Benedictine sister turning 105 says the secret is to love people, God

BY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Benedictine Sr. Helen Lange, who turns 105 Sept. 28, is described as someone who leaves an endearing mark on all those she encounters. For 44 years, she taught school in Texas, Louisiana and Florida and she talks about these years with great joy and amazing recall. A story in the Tampa Bay Times when she turned …

Prepare for a year of learning at your school’s open house

BY ORLANDO PRIVATE SCHOOLS Helping your child succeed in school is all about laying a solid foundation and building on it. At private schools in Orlando, FL, open house is an excellent time to meet your little one’s teacher, find out what the year has in store, and learn how you can help your child have a successful school year. Is …

How to share your Catholic faith

BY ORLANDO PRIVATE SCHOOLS With everything that God has done in your life, your Catholic beliefs are a core part of who you are. It takes courage and humility to share those beliefs in today’s world, but doing so can help bring people to God and give them the same peace you have. These ideas from Orlando private schools can help you …

Why Can’t the Middle Class Afford Catholic School Anymore?

BY GREG DOLAN, Catholic Education Partners A recent study in Education Next evaluates the shift in the haves and have-nots of private education, highlighting the disturbing trend of private schools enrolling students predominantly from high-income families. Authors Richard Murnane and Sean Reardon point to the loss of half of America’s Catholic schools, and their mission to serve low-and-middle-income families, as a huge factor in this …

How to talk to your child about healthy eating

By Private Schools in Orlando, FL We’ve all been there — you prepare a delicious, balanced meal, and at the sight of it, at least one child bursts into tears because he wants chicken nuggets. Food struggles are a part of parenting, but you don’t have to let them rule your life! Private schools in Orlando explain that you can teach children …

Teacher honored for his love of the arts

By Private Schools in Orlando, FL Orlando Catholic schools offer a warm and nurturing environment in which students learn. Our teachers are dedicated and caring, as they help each child who walks through their classroom door grow in mind, body, and spirit. Generally, a teacher’s influence reaches only the students within a school campus. However, there are exceptions: meet Mr. Vince …

It’s time to expand school choice to the middle class

BY RENÉE STOECKLE When Rising Tide began discussing legislative priorities with Florida Catholic school leaders last month, the concerns were clear and consistent: we need scholarship options for middle-class families. “I fear we’ve become a school for the haves and the have-nots,” one school leader said. “Our families are either poor enough to qualify for the (Florida Tax Credit) scholarship or wealthy enough …

More than Trigonometry

BY RENÉE STOECKLE In a recent radio interview, I was asked about my favorite class in high school. Without missing a beat, I answered “Trigonometry with Mrs. VanPelt.” I actually laughed as I said it because I was so taken aback by my answer. As a teacher, I didn’t teach math more advanced than basic multiplication. As a college student, …

Catholic schools revving up advocacy

BY RENÉE STOECKLE I remember the feeling I got the first time I saw this photograph, which captures two of my heroes, Fr. Ted Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., standing arm in arm singing “We Shall Overcome” at a civil rights rally in 1963. Two men, two faith leaders responding to their call as ministers and Americans, radically aware …