Graduation: The Best Memories Guide

It’s almost time for graduation! As an Orlando Catholic school, St. Charles Borromeo will miss our graduating classes, but we’re proud of our students’ accomplishments this year and excited about their bright futures. No matter their age, graduation is the perfect time to capture memories, so take a look at some of our favorite momentos below.

Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

This class is growing up fast! You can capture their youth by creating a simple DIY craft with their handprint. To make a salt dough ornament, combine one cup of salt with one cup of flour in a bowl, mix in ½ cup water, and knead the dough. Press it into a circle and put a little paint on your child’s hand. Then, press it into the dough. Remember to punch a hole into it to thread ribbon through before leaving it out to dry.

You can also make a keychain! Paint your child’s hand with a gloss-finish acrylic craft paint, then gently press their hand onto Shrinky Dink plastic. Once the paint dries completely, use a Sharpie to add their name to the opposite side. After that dries, cut out the handprint, punch a hole in the plastic, and bake it in the oven for 2-3 minutes until it’s flat. Afterward, use small pliers to loop a keyring into the hole. Now, you have a memory you can take with you anywhere!

Another option is to decorate a dish towel. Place a white dishcloth onto cardboard or newspaper, paint your child’s hand with fabric paint, and press their hand to the fabric. Let it dry for 24 hours, then heat set it by ironing the opposite side or by putting the fabric into the dryer for an hour. Make sure to leave it alone for another day or two before washing.

Now that you have a small decoration, you can also create a snapshot of their personality by having them write an “about me.” Think of it as a small letter to their future self, sharing their dream career, favorite food, favorite hobby, and more.

8th Graders

Want to capture memories and get excited about high school? Have a photo day! Get your child together with their best friends and take pictures with them donning their future high school colors. Then, plan a day for your child and their friends to scrapbook together with the photos you took, as well as any others they want to include.

This may also be a good time to revisit that “about me” to see how much has changed — or stayed the same! Ask them to write a new one to revisit when they graduate high school and suggest that they store it inside their scrapbook.

High School Seniors

High school is almost over and it’s time for another picture day! Gather your child and their friends, have them wear their university colors, and take pictures in their favorite spots on campus and around town. And of course, pull out those old “about me” letters or DIY handprint crafts as a reminder of how much they’ve grown. For a humorous momento, recreate their childhood photos, paying special attention to poses, clothing, and facial expressions!

We wish our graduating classes good luck in all their future endeavors — we can’t wait for you to come back and visit us to tell us all about them! And if your graduating little one is looking for a new Orlando Catholic school, visit us at St. Charles Borromeo. We mix faith and education to give children strong stepping stones for a successful future.

Teaching Children to be Kind

A parent’s top priority is to teach children kindness and help them grow into wholesome adults. The staff at St. Charles Borromeo has the same vision, which is why we provide children with these stepping stones to follow in God’s footsteps.

Be an Example

To raise kind children we must first examine our own behavior. We can tell them to play nice with others, but it’s by watching how we treat people that they learn the true meaning. Remember that children look at us to learn how to maneuver social situations, and by setting a good example, they just might follow your lead.

Be Kind to Them

Children often have a very simple way of voicing what they do and do not want to do. This behavior is okay for most younger children, but as they grow older we can use it as a stepping stone to teach empathy. A lot can be accomplished by validating their feelings, talking through them, and then offering another point of view.

Reward Excess Kindness

We learn early in life that there’s a level of kindness that’s expected from everyone. We don’t give accolades for cleaning dishes or paying compliments to friends. However, when a child goes above and beyond what’s expected it should be rewarded, such as when they do extra chores or offer to donate their Christmas toys to charity.

Kindness is something that children can pick up from many places in their lives—from their parents, their friends, and even their school.

If you’re currently looking to enroll your children in an Orlando Catholic school, consider visiting us at St. Charles Borromeo. Through attention to our students’ educational and spiritual needs, we give them a strong foundation they need to grow into smart, compassionate adults who follow Him. If you want to learn more about our curriculum, you can find out more on our about us page.

Which Holiday Side Dish Fits Your Personality?

The community at St. Charles Borromeo hopes that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. While the turkey leftovers might have finally disappeared from your refrigerators, we know that it’s not quite time to let go of all of that holiday food! Based on your personality, here are the side dishes you should keep making for the rest of the season!

Sweet Potato

Do you like to bend the rules, but don’t like pushing the limit too far? Consider making a nice batch of sweet potatoes. Like you, this classic dish is versatile and unique. You can bake and stuff them with sour cream for a classic side dish, or get creative with melted cheese, spices, and a pinch of bacon bits. You decide how special you want this dish to be!

Cranberry Sauce

This is an easy favorite, especially for those with a sweet tooth. Cranberry sauce is a dependable holiday staple. You don’t have to worry about spending hours preparing it, because it’s just there, ready to be enjoyed, and you’re similar: you’re relaxed and laid back, and your friends know you’ll be there when they need you.

Stuffing

Sure, stuffing is a part of the main turkey dish, but we’ll let that slide for now. Just like we plan our holiday meals down to a tee, you plan ahead instead of going with the flow, and you prefer plans to be locked down in advance. Your friends and family know you’ll be prepared for whatever comes along.

Have you figured out which Thanksgiving side dish fits you? We hope it’s one of your favorite foods, and maybe one you’ll incorporate it into your Christmas dinner plans.

As an Orlando private school, we say our thanks to God for all that He has given. If you’re looking to enroll your children in a school that nurtures both their education and their spirituality, consider visiting us. You can learn more about our values on our about us page.

Saint Spotlight: St. Charles Borromeo

The weather is getting cooler as we quickly approach the holiday season. In early November, it will be time for the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo. The students at St. Charles Borromeo would like to take a moment to remember our patron saint.

St. Charles Borromeo is the patron saint of bishops, cardinals, seminarians, and spiritual leaders. As you’ll see, he was a highly important figure of the Counter-Reformation in Italy. His dedication to God is something we all can learn from and embrace.

St. Charles Borromeo was appointed as a Cardinal and Archbishop of Milan in 1560 by his uncle, Pope Pius IV. His uncle relied upon him while directing the third convocation of the Council of Trent—and St. Charles Borromeo continued to maintain the Council’s decrees after it closed. This led him to be instrumental in the 1566 Roman Catechism.

After his uncle’s death, St. Charles Borromeo lived in Milan where he regularly visited more than 1,000 widely scattered parishes. He sought to apply the edicts of the Council of Trent to his own diocese by striving to end the sale of indulgences, reform monasteries, and simplify the interiors of ornate churches. His work didn’t end there—St. Charles Borromeo also fostered clerical education, established seminaries and colleges, and erected and entrusted colleges for lay students to the Jesuits.

St. Charles Borromeo was later overcome by political turmoil, including surviving an assassination attempt and pleading mercy for his attacker. However, his great work within his communities led him to retain the support of many religious congregations. His heroic behavior during the plague in 1576-1578 earned him even more support. Even during turmoil, he continued to be a blessing to the community in Milan by giving away much of his wealth to give food to the hungry and care for the sick.

Our community at St. Charles Borromeo hopes to be as helpful to others as St. Charles Borromeo was within his own community. As we approach the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo and remember his work, we will aim to follow in God’s footsteps and be blessings to those around us. If you have a similar vision and are looking for a Catholic school to help your children grow academically and spiritually, please consider visiting us at St. Charles Borromeo.

 

As a faith-filled community, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, an Orlando Catholic school, is committed to proclaiming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. We are cultivating responsible, respectful, trustworthy individuals who are confident in their knowledge and compassionate in His service. If you want to learn more about St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, visit our blog page or contact us today!

7 Signs Your Kids Went to Catholic School

Parents choose to send their children to a Catholic school so that they have the opportunity to get a quality education while also being able to grow spiritually. The long-term benefits are clear; children in Catholic schools often grow up to be respectable, responsible adults who follow His word. As an Orlando Catholic school, St. Charles Borromeo has seen this first-hand, but we’ve also noticed a few other fun, tell-tale signs that a child has attended an Orlando Catholic school.’

  1. K-8 is Called “Grammar School”
    St. Charles helps each student live up to their full potential academically. That includes making sure that everyone has a basic, fundamental understanding of how to read and write. Catholic schools may be jokingly called “grammar schools” as a result—but students enter high school and, later, college with the ability to write well.
  1. Class is Like Family
    It’s difficult to know everyone who attends a public school. A Catholic school like St. Charles, however, has much smaller class sizes. As a result, children often grow up around the same classmates. They know everyone else in their class, and there are no strangers.Mass is Attended
  2. Twice a Week
    Children in Catholic schools know that they’re not going to attend mass just once during the week. They’ll often go twice—once at St. Charles, and another with their family.
  3. Days Always Start with Morning Prayer
    Catholic school students know that a day can’t start without morning prayer. They begin every morning with their thoughts focused on Him.
  4. They Memorize the Bible Through Songs
    Music makes it easier to retain information—including Bible stories. Students, when they need to remember something, often turn toward a song. And they probably even know a dance that goes with it.
  5. They’re Always Explaining Catholic School to Their Friends
    Children who don’t go to Catholic school may have false impressions of what it’s like. And Catholic school students are often debunking myths, such as “every teacher is a priest or nun.”
  6. They Love Their School and Friends
    At St. Charles, the faculty and students foster a culture of respect. Students learn early how to care for each other and their school—and that turns into them truly feeling as though they are a part of a tight-knit community. And that sense of community will stay with them even into adulthood when they look back and think of the great memories they made at school.

As an Orlando Catholic school, we love seeing how a Catholic education can have a positive impact on students. We also love accepting more students into our community. If you’re looking for a Catholic school for your child, you can learn more about St. Charles Borromeo through our about us page.

Fostering the Growth in Your Child’s Relationship with God

Parents want to see their children grow up to be the best that they can be. This means that living up to their full academic potential is a priority—but that spirituality, and fostering a relationship with God, is equally as important. St. Charles Borromeo, an Orlando Catholic School, is dedicated to helping our students grow academically and spiritually. We believe this spiritual growth should be reinforced at home. We would like to give you a few simple ways that you can help foster your child’s relationship with God.

Nightly Prayers
At the end of the day, young children may be tired or lack the attention span to pray. However, this is a great time to help them refocus on God through prayer. Instead of jumping straight into prayer, ask them: What are they thankful for today? Is there something they’d like to tell God today? This will help them to think about their spirituality and be more invested in bedtime prayer.

Choose Faith-Filled Movies and Books
Children love stories, but if they’re forced to read or watch tales that they’re not interested in, they may start to resent engaging in these forms of entertainment. Luckily there are many movies and books that children often enjoy—for example, the movies “Noah’s Ark” and “The Prince of Egypt,” as well as stories in the book, A Children’s Bible. Let them choose which story they want to hear, and they’ll be more interested in its message.

Teach the Joy of Giving Over Receiving
Part of fostering a child’s relationship with God is helping them learn how to follow in his footsteps. One way to do this is to teach them to help others who are less fortunate. As we start approaching Christmas season, give them a small budget to buy a toy that they can donate to another child. Or, encourage them to donate one of their own toys that are in good condition.

Children learn fast. Building a strong spiritual foundation when they’re young can help them better follow God as they grow to be responsible and respectable adults. As an Orlando Catholic school, St. Charles Borromeo helps to form those important spiritual building blocks in students by incorporating faith into our academics. If you’re currently looking to enroll your child in a Catholic school, you can visit our about us page to learn more about what we offer.

Why Choose St. Charles Borromeo If Your High School Students go to Bishop Moore Catholic

St. Charles Borromeo is an Orlando Catholic school that prides itself on guiding and developing the faith of children for over 60 years. St. Charles is a PreK3 through 8th grade school committed to providing children with a successful academic experience intertwined with a faith-filled community. We promote responsibility, respect, and learning among our students while integrating the growth of their knowledge and confidence in Him. If you’re looking to enroll your children in the lower grades and you already have older kids that attend Bishop Moore or will be attending Bishop Moore in the fall, the choice to select St. Charles is clear. Here are a few reasons to choose St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in addition to Bishop Moore, so you can combine convenience with academic excellence.

Easy Pickup

St. Charles and Bishop Moore are located on the same campus, so they are extremely close to each other. This makes for convenient and time-saving necessities such as picking up each of your children in one stop. Rather than driving to a whole other location, if your child attends St. Charles and Bishop Moore, picking them up has never been quicker and easier. There will be no need for carpools and rushing around worrying if you’re going to make it on time to get each child.

Nearby Games

If your children play on sports teams, the close location also comes in handy. Forget driving to separate locations on game days and trying to juggle all of their gear. Nearby games are another advantage of having your children attend these two schools that are in close proximity. Everything will be even more seamless if the games are hosted after school. You won’t have to worry about missing one game to see the other; you can be a part of both!

Less Stress

Overall, with your kids all in one vicinity, it will result in less pressure and stress on you on a day-to-day basis. You won’t have to rush around and try to keep everyone’s different schedules organized because every event will be next to one another. You’ll be able to attend more things and be hands on with each of your children. Each child will be getting a stellar education and an opportunity to worship within the faith community.

Choose to enroll your child in St. Charles Borromeo, a reputable Orlando Catholic school, and you’ll appreciate the closeness of Bishop Moore Catholic too. There are many advantages of having your children all nearby while also learning in a healthy environment. Visit our website to learn more about our values, enrollment, and upcoming events on our calendar!

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4 Ways to Experience Science

Science can be an enjoyable learning experience for the whole family and not one that happens exclusively within a classroom. Our motto at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, a private school in Orlando, is work hard, play hard, pray hard—so we’d like to share a few fun, educational ways to experience science in the community, as well as share two science experiments you and your children can conduct at home.

Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center has been a classic exhibit in the Orlando area for sixty years. This family-friendly center contains four floors of exhibits that educate and entertain. You can also watch a movie on their giant, domed screen. The entire center is indoors, so there’s no need to worry about a normal rainy afternoon ruining the fun.

Science Fair

St. Charles’ eighth grade class will be showing their science fair presentations on April 25th from 12:00 – 2:30. Come out and enjoy the hard work that our students have put into this event! We’re proud of our students and what they have learned, and we hope you’ll join us in viewing these presentations. Many of the presentations will also be viewable at the HSA meeting on the evening of the 25th.

Create an Egg Geode

At home, you can use eggs, salt, food coloring, and water to create beautiful crystals. First, crack an egg as close to the narrow end as possible to use as a container. Then, rinse the eggshell in hot water and fully remove the egg membrane from the inside of the egg. Line an egg carton with wax paper, put the eggshell in the carton, and set it aside. Next, boil water in a saucepan and pour ½ cup into a heatproof container. Add ¼ cup of salt to the container and let it dissolve. Keep slowly adding salt until it stops dissolving in the water. Add food coloring and then pour the mixture into the eggshell, being careful not to add so much that it tips over. Finally, put the shell in a safe place. The crystal will form as the water evaporates.

Create Colorful Flowers

Changing the color of water will result in changing the color of a flower; all you need is water, food coloring, and a white carnation. Pick a food dye that’s your favorite color and add it to a glass of water. You’ll need more than a few drops to create a strong color. Snip the last centimeter of the carnation’s stem and place it in the colored water. After a few hours or days, the carnation will absorb the color of the water.

We hope you enjoy partaking in these events and experiments with your family! As a private school in Orlando, we at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School believe it’s important that learning is as fun as it is educational. Please have fun with these experiments and we hope to see you for our Science Fair on April 25th!

Teaching Goal Setting Leads to Long-Term Benefits

thumbnail-6If you want to succeed in life, you need to have a clear idea of where you want to go. Goal setting is a critical part of climbing the stairway to success. This isn’t a skill that comes naturally. Just like any good habit, goal setting is best learned early. St. Charles Borromeo, an Orlando Catholic School, aims to cultivate responsible adults who are confident in their ability to succeed. This is the reason why we believe that learning how to set goals is critical later in life.

Self-Efficacy

One of the best lessons children can learn is their ability to build their own future. When children set goals, and are given the support they need to meet them, they learn to stick to a path that leads to success. Goal setting helps children learn that they can make the changes they want to see in their life. This is especially helpful when they become adults, as children who learn how to set goals become adults who strive for accomplishments.

Self-Confidence

When children set and reach an achievable goal, it raises their confidence in their own ability to succeed. Self-confidence in reaching goals leads them to gradually reach for bigger and greater accomplishments. It is important to make sure they reach toward a goal that is achievable so they build a healthy relationship with goal-setting. Children who set goals they can reach understand a goal they didn’t meet isn’t failure—it’s an opportunity to learn and try harder.

Maturity

Self-efficacy and self-confidence are common traits found in mature, responsible adults. Once children are capable of setting goals and they’re confident enough to reach them, they continue to do so into adulthood. They are mature enough to stick with the goals they have set, even though they may be difficult. Life can sometimes make goals harder to achieve than intended. A mature, confident adult can weather the storm and keep pushing forward toward success.

St. Charles Borromeo promotes a safe environment for children to learn how to set goals and find success. Our faculty is dedicated to creating the best environment possible for students to learn, grow, and become well-rounded adults who are responsible enough to handle the trials we so often face in life. If you’re considering enrolling your children in an Orlando Catholic School, St. Charles Borromeo may be the place for you. Please visit our about us page for more information.

How a Catholic Education Benefits Your Child

Group of students outsideOne of the best things parents could do for their children is to provide a quality education that offers them the opportunity to grow into an intelligent and respectful believer of the Word. The school your child is enrolled in can play an integral part in shaping him or her to be a confident, compassionate individual. If you want to know the benefits of enrolling your child in an Orlando Catholic school, such as St. Charles, consider some of these points.

High Academic Standards

At. St. Charles, we understand how vital it is for students to receive the best education possible, and we aim to deliver knowledge in a healthy learning environment that raises their self-esteem and encourages them to do their best. Standards are high, and students receive the attention they need in order to meet these standards. Students who receive a Catholic education often do better academically and score higher on national testing.

Cultivate Respect

As with any other aspect of life, mutual respect is necessary in order to receive the best results. The faculty at St. Charles values respect between the students and staff and aims to build a strong sense of community between them. Students learn to respect those they work alongside, and they carry this with them outside of the classroom.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students enrolled at St. Charles learn the importance of giving back to their community. Through volunteer work, they learn how to assist and serve others in need. This helps cultivate caring members of society, and also helps to teach them how to emulate the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Extracurricular Activities

We believe that extracurricular activities are important for creating well-rounded students. Arts and sports programs, for example, give students the opportunity to explore their interests. These activities also allow students to spend time socializing with their peers, which is another important aspect of education.

Faith-Based Education

When you send your child to St. Charles, you can rest easy knowing that his or her spiritual needs are also being taken care of. Students learn that they are a unique child of God, and they are taught how to integrate their faith into their life. The faith-based education students are given allows them to learn more about scripture and become closer to Him.

The faculty at St. Charles, an Orlando Catholic school, is invested in the well-being of your child and is dedicated to giving him the best education possible in a healthy, spiritual community. We want our students to receive an education where they work hard, play hard, and pray hard. We uphold these values and work with students in grades PreK-3 through 8th to give them the strong foundation they need to be to grow into responsible, respectful individuals. Please visit our Admissions Page for more information on enrollment.