Letter to the Families

 

Dear School Families,

Over the last year, a Renaissance in Catholic Education began in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It is the time to engage the changes confronting us, answer the challenges ahead of us, and offer new choices for families as we move forward. The vision for a rebirth - a renaissance - of Catholic education was presented by Archbishop Carlson in his message, Alive in Christ! A Pastoral Letter on handing on the faith to a young Church 2018. This vision will be advanced with the new possibilities being recommended for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

With the decreasing school enrollment over the last three school years, the low re-enrollment number for next school year, and a significant turnover in our school staff going into next school year, it became necessary to contact the archbishop and request that St. Louis the King School be combined with the other Archdiocesan Elementary Schools at St. Cecilia School, Most Holy Trinity School, and St. Louis Catholic Academy and cease operations at the St. Louis the King site. I was contacted today by Archbishop Carlson notifying me that he has given me his approval to move forward with this plan for St. Louis the King School at the end of this current school year. 

I am writing to you to inform you of this decision and to let you know that the Catholic Education Office will be working with our school families, staff members, and program sponsors (ACCESS Academies) to transition our children to schools with similar programming. The following steps will be taken in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition for all in our school family: 

  • We will work with each individual family to find a Catholic school for your children.
  • All scholarships that have been applied for and awarded will follow your children to schools that participate in the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation program. 
  • St. Louis the King School will host a Catholic School Fair for families during the week of May 8, 2017. Principals and school representatives from area Catholic schools will be in attendance to share information on their schools. 
  • Also, during the week of May 8, a special meeting will be held with our parents and rising 8th grade students to discuss Academy support for next school year and into high school. It is our hope that our parents of rising sixth and seventh grade students will choose another Archdiocesan elementary school with the Academy program. These schools will be in attendance at the school fair. 
  • As we are currently finalizing plans for these gatherings, you will be informed via Fast Direct as soon as dates/times are finalized. Mrs. Cyndi Hasten, principal, and Ms. Joslyn Sandford, graduate support director, will also assist families during this time of transition. 
  • In addition, our teachers and staff will be meeting with the Office of School Personnel and Archdiocesan Office of Human Resources to assist with employment searches and job placement. 

The Catholic Education Office will provide support and guidance as families transition to other Catholic schools. I encourage our families to contact me or members of the Catholic Education Office with any questions or concerns (314-792-7302: kurtnelson@archstl.org).

Finally, Archbishop Carlson wanted me to express to you his commitment to Catholic education in the City of St. Louis. Know that the entire school community at St. Louis the King School will remain in his prayers in the coming months as we transition our children to other schools within the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

Blessing to you this Easter Season,
Kurt Nelson, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Education
Archdiocese of St. Louis