The last time our students and staff were on campus together was the Academic Pep Rally on March 13. That afternoon, it was decided that students would not be returning to school in-person anytime soon for the health and safety of our students and staff due to COVID-19. Our students and teachers had to adjust to distance learning to finish out the 2019-2020 school year. We are so incredibly proud of the resilience of our students and staff and know that through prayer, we have made our way through difficult times.
“We Are Family” is our motto at Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School and we will continue to always be there for our families. While we didn’t end last year’s school year the way we would have wanted to, we are optimistic about what all is ahead.
We began this school year knowing that it would be an adjustment for everyone. With the current situation, we put in place guidelines to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as we get back to learning and strengthening our students’ faith and academics. We are excited to continue our mission at Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School, which is to teach as Jesus did, building a community of believers dedicated to serving others, while providing excellent academics with a nurturing environment.
A Message from Principal Kimberly Gothreaux
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.”
The 2019-2020 school year began with our religion theme, “Through Him, With Him, and In Him,” three words are often heard at Mass at the end of the Eucharistic prayer. Our goal this year was to make those words that we hear weekly into works that we live daily. That theme was truly lived as our students participated in many activities at Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School during the school year, which are documented throughout this magazine. The smiling faces of all those students in all those pictures demonstrate just how wonderful of a school year we had, Through Him. What started as a typical school year certainly ended completely differently than expected. Little did we know that we would be called to rely on the strength of Jesus as we faced uncertain times, in our country, in our school, and in our homes. As we were faced with a school closure for a statewide quarantine at the beginning of the 4th quarter, we leaned on Jesus as With Him, we transitioned to a virtual school. This distance learning model helped afford our students with a continuation of learning. This would not have happened so positively without taking Jesus with us on this journey. The strength we have from our faith held us up during this difficult time.
In Him, reflects on how we live in Jesus, through His body and blood, found in the Eucharistic feast at Mass. As our churches closed across the country, just like our schools, we were forced to transform our homes into something new… our homes because our offices, our school, and for the first time in my lifetime, our church. Mother Theresa so poignantly articulated that we find God in the silence of our lives. We live such busy lives surrounded with a lot of noise from society. Although this difficult time has put on us some heavy burdens, we are reminded that In Him, we have found each other by reconnecting in our homes with our family members, even in our celebration of weekly Mass. Allow the silence of this time to let us truly hear one another. As we look forward to a more normal 2020-2021 school year, let us not quickly go back to the busyness of our normal lives. Let us use these lessons that we have learned to continue family time, continue meals together, continue game night, and continue growing as a family. There is always a silver lining, a rainbow after the storm, a plan from God… we are ready for it Through Him, With Him, and In Him.
Providing a Strong Catholic Education
With the 2020-2021 school year already underway, we continue to pray for a safe and successful school year for our families. Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School has been providing Catholic education for more 60 years and continues our school mission to teach as Jesus did, building a community of believers dedicated to serving others, while providing excellent academics with a nurturing environment. For more information on how to join our family, please contact us today.