• School Philosophy and Mission

    Mission Statement:  Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish School, is committed to educating the whole child, nourishing each student's God-given gifts to learn, love, and build God's kingdom.

    Philosophy: At Our Lady of Grace School we believe each person is made in God’s image and that our life task is to come to know Him and to grow in love and respect for God, self, and others.  At Our Lady of Grace, this learning occurs in a context of Christian community where parents and teachers work together to model for the students the basic values of our Catholic faith.  We encourage a love for learning, help students develop their God-given potential, and teach them the life skills necessary to take their place in Church and society.

    Parents, as the primary educators of their children, cooperate with the school staff, with whom they share responsibility for the holistic development of the children.  The school requires and encourages parental involvement in the integration of academic skills, faith attitudes, the practice of prayer, Sunday worship, and Christian outreach.  In this safe, supportive, and consistent environment where home and school work together, the students internalize and act upon the values of the Catholic faith.  Our students grow in self-discipline and learn the life-coping, academic, and social skills necessary to do their part in building God’s kingdom here on earth.

     

    Goals and Objectives

    Spiritual Goals

    1. To lead students to respect themselves and others and to understand, appreciate, and accept the call to a personal relationship with Jesus.

    2. To help students to recognize and appreciate the faith story of the Catholic Church.

    3. To develop in students an awareness that they have unique abilities and gifts to be shared with others.

    4. To provide an environment where students can experience a deep appreciation of prayer and worship.

     

    Spiritual Objectives

    1. Teaching the basic truths and doctrines of the Catholic faith.

    2. Guiding each student to develop a well-formed conscience.

    3. Fostering a faith response to current needs of the community in Christian outreach.

    4. Providing opportunities for prayer and worship.

     

    Intellectual Goals

    1. To help the students develop the skills needed to think critically and to make wise decisions and choices.

    2. To present a basic core of knowledge that is needed to succeed in today’s world, including writing and speaking skills.

    3. To encourage students to love learning and to be able to apply the skills learned.

    4. To train the students to use technology, especially computers, in an age-appropriate, ethical and effective way.

     

    Intellectual Objectives

    1. Teaching thinking skills and providing practice in decision making.

    2. Presenting basic subject matter and content areas, while providing instruction in developing study habits and self-discipline.

    3. Providing a stimulating environment for the students where they can integrate skills learned with life situations.

    4. Promoting ethical, responsible, and educated use of current technology.

     

    Psychological Goals

    1. To foster in students an appreciation of their unique gifts and self-worth.

    2. To develop within students the skills to cope with life and its challenges.

    3. To provide a safe and secure environment that promotes healthy emotions, social responsibility, and psychological development.

    4. To encourage students to develop the social and interactive skills needed for positive relationships within families and with parents, teachers, and other students.

     

    Psychological Objectives

    1. Stimulating a healthy and positive self-image leading to a wholesome and fulfilling life.

    2. Encouraging student-teacher-parent discussion of problems and recommending psychological diagnosis and therapy as needed.

    3. Offering a caring, consistent, and structured environment amid the flux of modern life while providing a sense of community -- particularly during times of trauma or crisis.

    4. Helping students build relational skills by encouraging participation in activities with the family and in school, church, and the civic community.

     

    Sociological Goals

    1. To foster an appreciation for the diversity of cultures.

    2. To encourage acceptance of and respect for all persons.

    3. To develop the skills necessary for interacting with others.

     

    Sociological Objectives

    1. Helping students to develop an understanding of various cultures and sociological factors.

    2. Creating an environment that fosters friendly interaction among students, families, teachers, and the community.

    3. Teaching students to appreciate their own heritage and that of others.

     

    Physical Goals

    1. To promote care of the body and an appreciation for God’s gift of human sexuality.

    2. To encourage habits of good nutrition and exercise with age-appropriate motor skills.

    3. To train students to recognize and prevent abuse in all its forms.

    4. To instruct students about the impact of and the facts concerning drugs, alcohol, and disease.

    5. To teach the ideals of teamwork and good sportsmanship.

     

    Physical Objectives

    1. Providing instruction on nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

    2. Teaching the rules and skills of various sports and games.

    3. Holding regularly scheduled, age-appropriate body safety classes called Good Touch/Bad Touch or Establishing Healthy Boundaries.

    4. Providing life-coping instruction concerning current health issues and attitudes.

    5. Encouraging cooperation and fair play during all athletic activities.

     

    Aesthetic Goals

    1. To help students to recognize, appreciate, and express the beauty of self, nature, and humanity through the arts.

    2. To foster interest in various cultures, artists, and artwork by studying the history of art and music.

    3. To develop critical analysis skills, thus empowering the students to interpret the arts.

    4. To involve each student in the creative process as he or she produces art and music to the best of that student’s ability.

     

    Aesthetic Objectives

    1. Encouraging students to participate and develop their talents in expressing themselves and the wonder of God’s creation through music and art.

    2. Providing cultural presentations and field trips, promoting student productions of music and art, and teaching the history of art and music.

    3. Teaching the arts using a heuristic method whereby the students experience a classic artwork and then ask questions and form opinions.

    4. Providing opportunities for the students to create using various methods and media of art production.