The Importance of Community Service

Every summer, my church’s youth group has a local mission trip. Almost 100 teenagers from ages 12-18 sleep in the youth building from Monday through Friday, going out to volunteer at food banks, sort recycled soaps and discarded hygiene products, and do yard work for the elderly.

And you know what? Spots fill up almost immediately. This year, it took a record-breaking 5 minutes.

The students thrive on community service. They love helping and connecting with people, sometimes seeing the fruits of their labor, and sometimes knowing they will never see them.

There are many long-term benefits of children participating in and learning how to love community service. Take a look at just a few below.

Opportunity for Quality Family Time

Volunteering together creates opportunities to bond as a family. You can sit down together and share your experiences, discuss what you’ve learned, and brainstorm how to implement these lessons into your daily lives.

Future Success

Community service sets children up to become selfless, service-driven adults through learning empathy and the importance of caring for others. They discover passions they may have never known, such as removing plastic from the ocean or bringing clean water to impoverished countries, and they can build on that passion as they grow. Furthermore, they develop responsibility and commitment. These skills can be applied to friendships, education, and future careers.

Greater Sense of Self-Worth

In an age where so many people judge their self-worth based on the number of Instagram likes, it may seem difficult to teach children how to self-confidence. Volunteering can help. When children actively participate in community service, they learn that it doesn’t matter how young or small they may feel—they have the ability to change someone else’s life for the better. Community service increases a child’s confidence.

When children and youth volunteer, it benefits both them and the world around them. And if you’re looking for a Catholic school in Orlando where your children can be around others who believe in volunteer work, come visit us at St. Charles Borromeo. You can learn more about our curriculum and beliefs on our about us page.

How to Parent the Catholic Way

A church can’t give you a step-by-step guide on how to raise your children the right way. However, as Catholics, we have a different compass for giving our children the support and care they need to grow into emotionally and spiritually-healthy adults. Here are some tips for raising children under a Catholic mindset.

What is Catholic Parenting?

Is parenting as Catholics different than how those of other faiths may raise their children? To put it simply, yes. To understand how Catholic families raise children, refer to Archbishop Chaput’s Theology of the Body. This text reminds us that, as with most things in life, actions speak louder than words—it’s our interactions with our children that teach them how to think about their relationships, life, faith, priorities, and morality. As Catholics, we do not approach these subjects with a step-by-step guide, but with a Catholic vision. Let’s take a look at what that means.

A Catholic Family Embraces Embodied Self-Giving

Through our senses, we’re able to express love from one person to another. This can be through reminding our children we love them, acts of service, spending quality time with them, or showing affection. Better yet, all of the above! These actions allow children to feel God’s love in ways that are tangible. Parenting with a Catholic vision embraces these principles by choosing methods that are the most bodily-based expressions of love.

A Catholic Family is Intimate

The Theology of the Body says that families are to be “Schools of Love.” Love can be measured by intimacy—and a little bit of love is not enough to build a strong, intimate familial bond with your children. This means that Catholics will sometimes need to organize their priorities so that the family is spending enough quality time together. While it may be tempting to keep your children in as many activities as possible, make sure they’re not so plentiful that they’re lowering the amount of quality time you can spend with them.

When parenting with a Catholic mindset, the question is not “What works for me?” but “What mindset does God want me to have about our family?” This question will help lead you down the path of raising children who are emotionally-healthy, morally-strong, and who believe in following in God’s way.

As a faith-filled community, St. Charles Borromeo 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’re interested in enrolling your child in an Orlando Catholic school and would like to see more about how St. Charles embraces a Catholic mindset in education, you can learn more on our about us page.

4 Habits of Catholic Children

Catholics are deeply intertwined with rituals and traditions that remind us of our love of faith. Children are quick to pick up some of these habits—especially if they see them at home, at church, or at school. The community at St. Charles Borromeo has seen students pick up these habits, and today we’d like to highlight a few that are commonly found in our children.

Praying Before Each Meal

Catholic children learn early to give thanks to God before a meal. And it’s become such an intrinsic habit that it doesn’t matter whether that meal is being enjoyed at home or at a restaurant. They value this moment enough to take the time they need to give thanks instead of diving straight into their delicious food.

They Possess the Giving Spirit

Catholics often give back to the community, and children raised in a Catholic environment learn how to do this from a young age. They know that giving is one of the significant ways to show their faith, whether it’s by giving to a charity or volunteering in their community.

They Put Others Before Themselves

Although, charity isn’t the only way that Catholic children try to emulate their faith. This giving spirit stretches to most other parts in their life as well. They understand that there’s no value in being selfish. It brings them fulfillment to spread happiness through supporting and helping others.

They Go to Bed Early on Saturdays

For many children, Saturday is a day where they can spend the evening playing—and maybe extend their bedtime just a little bit. This isn’t the case for Catholic children who have to wake up early the next day for Mass. Instead of staying up a little later, they fall asleep earlier and wake up ready to worship.

Overall, Catholic rituals and traditions tend to be picked up by children over time. Once these habits are formed, can be a foundation for furthering faith. Have you noticed any of these habits in your child? If you want to learn more about the Catholic education that St. Charles Borromeo provides, you can learn more on our about us page.

 

As a faith-filled community, St. Charles Borromeo, 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 Catholic schools in Orlando, visit our blog page or contact us today!

 

What Movies Are Safe for Children to Watch?

By nature, people are drawn to movies because of their engaging stories, even though most of the mainstream, high-grossing films contain content that isn’t child-appropriate. St. Charles Borromeo values creating a healthy environment for children to thrive, both academically and spiritually. And watching wholesome movies is one way to help children stay focused on faith. Here are a few tips for finding a child-friendly film.

Avoid Flipping Through Channels

We absorb a lot of unwanted information from TV, from inappropriate shows to dull commercials. By cutting out TV, you can immediately remove a plethora of media that isn’t family-friendly. That doesn’t mean you have to cut out movies entirely though. Instead, you’ll have the ability to cultivate the type of entertainment that is wholesome for your children.

Check Movie Ratings

Rating systems aren’t perfect, but they’ll give you an initial clue as to how child-friendly the film is. Movies rated G and PG are generally safe for children—although it’s always worth checking the fine print to see if there are additional mentions of content that may not be safe for your child (i.e., mild language or brief violence).

Find What Moral Lessons Are Present

Every story has a theme. Some movies, while not inherently about faith, may have a subtext that brings your child closer to following in God’s footsteps. For example, themes surrounding family, friendship, and putting others before yourself are a great way to raising wholesome children. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to look online and see what underlying meanings are present in the film.

Visit a Catholic-Focused Review Site

Some movie sites, such as Decent Films, offer a glimpse of a film from a Catholic point of view. These reviews can paint a picture of the moral and spiritual value of a film, as well as whether the story is safe for young minds.

Use these tips to aid you in your search for a movie that the whole family can enjoy—and spend some time afterward dwelling on the movie’s themes and how you can relate them to your everyday life. And, if you’re looking for more environments where your child can grow spiritually, consider enrolling them at St. Charles Borromeo. We believe that students should work hard, play hard, and pray hard—whether it’s in the classroom or at home. If you’d like to learn more about our curriculum, you can visit our about us page.

 

As a faith-filled community, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, an Orlando private 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 private schools in Orlando, visit our blog page or contact us today!

New Basketball Court for St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School

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On November 1st, just after a year of fundraising, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School’s home court was officially opened and blessed by Bishop John Noonan. The entire school community along with the Morning Star students gathered by the new basketball court located behind St. Charles. Students erupted in cheers as former Orlando Magic players Bo Outlaw and Nick Anderson, along with “Stuff” led them in free throws, jump shots, and cheers.

“Recreation is not just for fun, it also helps children grow in their relationship with God and each other,” said Principal Nathan Nadeau. Up until the construction of the new court, St. Charles and Morning Star students were sharing facilities at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. “God has blessed up with the ability to play and be a part of sports,” Nadeau continued. “Without a doubt, Jesus played games as a child with his friends. Our children should be taught that our faith comes with us when we are on the court or field or competing, not hidden under a bushel. Our faith should always be visible, especially when competing in sports, for all to see and to glorify God.”

Building a Better Tomorrow: The Benefits of a Catholic-Based Education in Adulthood

14354907_1157044331036005_8449297617708132685_nThe short-term benefits of a Catholic-based education may be readily apparent; children receive a higher quality education in a faith-based environment that helps set a stable foundation for adulthood. However, you may wonder what the long-term benefits are for your children when you send them to a Catholic school. St. Charles Borromeo, a Catholic School in Orlando, has been dedicated to building a community that gives children the building blocks they need to grow into responsible, respectful adults. Here are some of the ways that our students have benefited from receiving a Catholic-based education.

Future Academic Success

Of course, one of the most important aspects of picking a school for your children is the quality of the education that they will receive. It is vital that children are able to learn and create healthy study habits that they can bring with them to college. Students who receive a Catholic-based education gain the tools that they need to succeed. They often outperform others academically—and that high drive for success will help them to succeed when they move on to higher education.

Civically Engaged

St. Charles Borromeo gives its students the opportunity for civic engagement, which they then carry into their adult life. This habit of serving the community sticks with students after they have become adults. A Catholic-based education teaches students how to resemble Jesus through serving their community, which helps to build a relationship with Him as well as build their own self-confidence—more traits that contribute to a caring adult.

Strong Sense of Ethics

If there’s one thing that adults need, it’s the knowledge and confidence necessary to handle the trials of life. St. Charles Borromeo isn’t just a school, it’s a community where there is respect fostered among both the students and the faculty. In this strong community, students are encouraged to set high standards for themselves. They are given the opportunities needed to nurture their faith and grow to be more like Him. This builds the recipe for a well-balanced adult: respectful, self-driven, and morally strong.

The early, formative years spent in school serve as the foundation for adulthood. If you want your child to grow in a faith-based community, enrolling them in a Catholic school in Orlando could be an ideal choice. We believe that students in an environment where they can work hard, play hard, and pray hard will take this knowledge with them for the rest of their lives. Please visit our admissions page for information about enrollment at St. Charles Borromeo.

After School Activities at SCBCS

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School provides students with a variety of after school activities that go beyond the rigorous curriculum.

Open Computer Lab – Every Tuesday/Thursday students can come complete projects, take Accelerated Reader tests, or conduct research.

GA Premier Junior Golf – A six week course for beginning and experienced players. All equipment is provided. The beginning levels focus on the basics and learning the rules. The higher levels work on ball positioning, making contact with the ball, controlling the ball, understanding the importance of distances, and club selection.

Band – Beginning band is for students who want to start learning an instrument. The program continues with Concert Band for those students who have at least one year of experience.  The band performs a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert and students are also able to play for our school Mass.

Chorus – The Voices of St. Charles is a chorus group. They sing at our weekly Mass, perform in the community at Holiday on the Drive, Winter Park Parade and Festival of Trees.  The Voices also perform a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert.

Sports Teams – The girls’ basketball and boys’ soccer seasons have ended. Future teams will be selected for track, volleyball, girls’ soccer and boys’ basketball.

YMCA and Aftercare – These programs provide supervision for the students until 6:00 p.m.

Homework Help – Middle School teachers are available to help with make-up work and offer additional support.

Come check out the Bulldogs at Open House, Sunday, November 6th 9:30-12:30.

Grandparents Days

Grandparents Honored at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 close to 300 grandparents and special friends celebrated Grandparents’ Day, an annual favorite, at SCBCS. After celebrating Mass, the guests enjoyed short performances by PreK, Kindergarten, and First graders. Breakfast treats were enjoyed in the social hall followed by classroom visits. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to show off their school to some of the most important adults in their lives.

The Home & School Association and parent volunteers coordinated this special event from decorations to food and clean-up. The occasion also marked the 5th annual Adoptative Grandparent Program where over 15 parishioners were partnered up with students whose grandparents are either deceased or live too far away to travel. A highlight were the “goodie” bag give-a-ways to the oldest grandparent (84 years old), youngest grandparent (31 years old), most grandchildren in the school (4) and other fun questions.

Grandparents are the fiber of our roots, we want to thank them for their legacy of love, wisdom, and sacrifice.  Thank you to all grandparents who travelled near and far to join us on this very special day.