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St. Vincent Elementary School has fulfilled the requirements for accreditation with the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association for the 2019-2020 School Year.  This accreditation was earned to our commitment to excellence and the ongoing school improvement process.  

We commend the community of St Vincent de Paul School for:

  • Nurturing the charism of St Vincent de Paul through your many age appropriate service projects. 
  • Creating a yearly theme that reflects Catholic Identity rooted in Gospel values.
  • Incorporating the Virtue Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Program to address issues of faith and social justice concerns with students and faculty.
  • Offering diverse adult education formation programs for parents and other parishioners.
  • Providing a monthly Youth mass where all ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
  • Initiating the "Traveling Mary" devotion.
  • Recognizing the generosity of the parish community for their support of Catholic Education.

We Suggest:

Re-wording the Parent/Student participation at Sunday Liturgy to, " Increase student and parent attendance and participation in Sunday Liturgy."  This goal will be achieved through observation (and or survey) by the pastor. Consideration should be given to - a committee of teachers and parents to study the survey results (if completed)and surface possible policy recommendations to the pastor for assisting parents in deepening their own understanding and commitment to the Catholic Faith and participation in Sunday Liturgies. Consider partnering with the High School to invite younger students of the elementary and the PSR to the Youth Mass on Sunday and to return by recognizing and thanking those who attended. Also considercelebrating sacramental preparation and other special occasions at the Sunday Liturgies, e.g. Rite of Enrollment for Confirmation students.

Educational Issues

We commend the teaching community of St Vincent de Paul School for:

  • Celebrating the artistic talents of students through displays, choral groups, and the production of two annual musicals.
  • Valuing and nurturing a close knit community.
  • Incorporating higher order thinking skills in a student centered learning environment.
  • Maintaining an attractive and vibrant Library.
  • Using the Accelerated Reading Program to enhance the literary skills of  the students.
  • Introducing students to the intricacies of publishing their own books.
  • Enhancing student learning with a variety of social studies projects.
  • The creative and meaningful use of technology in the classrooms.
  • Providing a challenging comprehensive and relevant curriculum according to survey results.
  • Collaborating efforts of the PSR and elementary teachers to provide a welcoming
  • Guiding the students in setting their learning goals, choosing activities, and evaluating
    their own work, using technology (e-beam) to research, analyze, and present information.
  • Meeting students' needs through the use of aides in the classroom.

We Suggest:

A re-wording of the Curriculum goals to state, "The administration and faculty will establish a process for reviewing, adjusting, mapping, and implementing curriculum changes. This goal will be achieved when there is a well-aligned, mapped curriculum utilized in all grades. Consideration should be given to providing staff development in on curriculum development, defining a time line for revising curriculum goals for all subjects, implementing the curriculum revisions with best practices aligned to Archdiocesan, state, and national standards, evaluating (through multiple assessments) the effectiveness of the revised curriculum and adapted instruction, and sharing the revised curriculum with parents."

Institutional Issues

We commend the community of St Vincent de Paul School for:

  • The principal for development of monthly Facilities Safety Inspection Sheets to assist in the maintenance of a safe environment.
  • The St Vincent PTO for providing parents a voice in decision-making through comprehensive surveys.
  • The parish community for providing financial resources necessary to supplement the students' tuition so that their education is affordable.
  • The parents, grandparents, and parishioners who devote countless hours to the school by volunteering in classrooms, the library, and cafeteria.
  • The maintenance and custodial staff who do an excellent job in keeping the facilities safe, clean, attractive and  well-maintained.
  • The principal and faculty for their efforts to maintain good communication through  newsletters, email, text alerts, and Jupiter Grades.
  • The parish and school's Information Technologist for dedicated service to the St. Vincent de Paul community.
  • The school nurses who provide needed health services for the students.The cafeteria staff for well-planned , healthy, and delicious lunches.

We Suggest:

A re-wording of the standardized testing goal to, "Students will demonstrate growth in academic areas as measured by standardized tests. Individual student profiles and group narratives will be evidence of achieving this goals. Consideration should be given to adding a Learning Consultant to assist with this goal, longitudinal (line-item) evaluation and vertical evaluation of class performance profiles, comparing the CogAT scores and the ITBS scores to determine inconsistencies, developing a plan to address any inconsistencies using administrators, teachers and parents in a committee format, and consideration of administering the ITBS standardized tests to all students grades 2-6."

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Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Scholarship

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Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Scholarship

The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation will begin accepting scholarships. Please note that scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage all families to apply as early as possible!

TTEF will not host in-person support sessions this year. TTEF has made application guides available for parents online in English and Spanish at their website: ttef-stl.org/info-for-parents. New AND re-applying family scholarship instructions are attached. Please read carefully.

The deadline for Beyond Sunday, Alive in Christ, Catholic Families Tuition Assistance is February 26.

All links to scholarships have been posted below.

Families have the opportunity to apply for all the scholarships listed below using the unified online application. To make the process easier for families and schools, one application is now being used for all scholarships funded by the Catholic Education Office, the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation, and the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri. The Scholarship Office at TTEF will review your application and determine your family’s award(s) based on eligibility for the different programs.

NOTE: Any family who would like to be considered for these programs, even if they are applying for re-qualification for one of these scholarships, must apply between January 11th and February 26th, 2021. Up to 130 new awards will be available in the Beyond Sunday Elementary School Program, primarily in Kindergarten

Alive in Christ Scholarship

Beyond Sunday

Catholic Family Tuition Assistance Scholarship

**Please note : In order to be eligible for parish assistance you MUST apply for TTEF Scholarships.

If you know someone who plans to start or continue their journey through education at Saint Vincent Schools for the 2021-2022 school year, please share this information with them.

2021 New Family Application Guide

SV Educational Foundation Funds Local March for Life

We are so grateful to the SV Educational Foundation for covering the $25 cost for every high school student to attend the March for Life events thi...Read More

SV Educational Foundation Funds Local March for Life

We are so grateful to the SV Educational Foundation for covering the $25 cost for every high school student to attend the March for Life events this year.

COVID has put a different look on so many things this school year and March for Life is a big one. It was with sadness that the decision was made that students would not attend the march in Washington D.C. With safety of our students being number one, alternative plans were soon set in place.

On January 29 we will be having our very own March For Life events on campus, with a march downtown at 10:00 a.m. All students in grades 7-12 will participate in the march with the 7th and 8th graders arriving back at SV de Paul at about 10:45 for lunch and to resume their regular afternoon classes.

High school students (grades 9-12) will have breakfast and hear a historical overview of abortion legislation in the United States. SV Students for Life will then talk before students get lined up for the march. Lunch for this group is provided by SV Youth Ministry/VMY and then students will hear words from our featured guest, Tony Melendez.

We ask that students bring coats, gloves, hats, etc to stay warm.

Music, a guest speaker and small group discussion will conclude the afternoon, after prayer at 4:00 P.M. Students that do not drive can be picked up from St. Vincent Gym lobby area.

Permission forms are due on January 15. Students will receive permission forms today and a copy is attached to this email. Students will be assigned to teacher groups for supervision and small Pro-Life talks/discussion.

Again, thank you to the Educational Foundation for making this possible for our students!

If you have already paid the $25.00 to Emily Hager for March For Life, you will be reimbursed. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Hager at 573-547-4300 ext 106 or via email at ehager@svdepaul.org.

2021 Local March for Life Registration Form

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