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A Very Lucky Day in Preschool

Just as we were getting ready to go home for the day, one of our Monarch caterpillars decided the time was right!  

St. Francis Third Annual Family Fun Run

Please register today for the Third Annual St. Francis Family Fun Run at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. We are excited to announce that this year, our 5K event will be a timed event!

????This email is to inform you that all evening activities, including the 5-8 Band Concert, will be cancelled Tuesday, January 24 due to a winter storm warning. Extended Day programs at all RCS campuses will be open.

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Rochester Catholic Schools will start two hours late on Tuesday, January 17 due to inclement weather. Stay tuned to local media for the most up-to-date weather alerts.

There will be NO MORNING SACC at Holy Spirit Catholic School.
BEFORE-SCHOOL CARE at St. Francis of Assisi and St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X School will OPEN TWO HOURS LATE.

Thank you for your attention. Please stay safe!

Congratulations to our students who participated in the Rochester Catholic Schools System Spelling Bee last night at Lourdes High School! Each and every one of these students should be so incredibly proud of the time and effort they spent preparing for this competition.

Congratulations to the two finalist, from St. Francis of Assisi School, who will advance to the SE MN Regional Spelling Bee held in February.


It is with great pleasure that Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) and Lourdes Foundation (LFI) announce the participants selected for the 2017 Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy. Congratulations to Paul Menard, Lourdes High School Principal and Emily Welhaven, St. Francis of Assisi School First Grade Teacher. Since 2006, RCS and LFI have partnered to sponsor RCS faculty and staff members to attend the Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage. Pilgrims experience first-hand the legacy of Ss. Francis and Clare and inculcate the vision and values which shape the philosophy of Franciscan institutions. We look forward to our representatives returning to our school system with a renewed spirit and understanding that will impact our learning environment and each other. Please join us in keeping our two pilgrims in prayer as they prepare for this transformational experience in October, 2017


Congratulations to the Lourdes Football Team for advancing to the MN State Tournament! Lourdes (10-0) opens the Class AAA state tournament at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 12, in St. Peter at Gustavus Adolphus College against Jackson County Central (10-0).

Tickets can be purchased on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 am-12:00 p.m. in the LHS Athletic Office. Adult admission is $9 and student pricing is $6. Tickets will also be available at the game - prices are the same.

MN Prep Spotlight will be streaming the game live in HD for free on mn.prepspotlight.tv.


The RCS community came together on our first ever Day of Giving October 26 to raise more than $45,000 towards our $300,000 Annual Giving goal for the 2016-2017 academic year. We are humbled by your overwhelming generosity! The students of RCS would like to thank you!

Congratulations to our Rochester Catholic Schools students that have been selected to perform with the Junior High Honors Band. Our sincere appreciation to our Directors, Ms. Wendy Hanson and Mr. Lee Krueger, for providing this opportunity.

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Congratulations to Bryan Folkert, Evan Oxentenko and Thomas York. Their group exhibit at the Southeast Regional History Day Competition at Winona State University yesterday evening was chosen to advance to the Minnesota State National History Day Competition on Sunday May 1 at the University of Minnesota. Their exhibit entitled "Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Effects of the Atomic Bomb" was one of four exhibits out of 19 exhibits in the Junior Division, grades six to eight, to advance to the state event.

Congratulations to the Lourdes Eagles fifth grade girls traveling basketball team! They finished up a great season with a State Championship in the B1 Division at the Grade State Basketball Tournament this past weekend. The team also finished first place in four tournaments and second place in two tournaments during the regular season. Team members from St. Francis of Assisi School are Ella Babcock, Taylor Eliason Emma Klingsporn, Maya Nickels and Sophie Langsdale. Team members from St. John's are Emily Bowron, Vivica Bretton, Amelia Gossman, Ella Hopkins, and Grace Skinner. Go Eagles!

The 2014-2015 Rochester Catholic Schools Annual Report is available to be viewed online. This comprehensive report focuses on the activities that occurred in the fiscal years July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. The publication begins with a year in review reflection that highlights activities at Rochester Catholic Schools followed by a detailed financial and operational report. In addition, a list of more than 700 donors whose gifts and pledges of support have cultivated young lives and given students at Rochester Catholic Schools the opportunity to pursue education in a faith-based community and beyond.

Please click here to view the 2014-2015 Annual Report.

Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) is thrilled to announce that a generous donor has graciously stepped forward with a $90,000 gift to fund a 1-to-1 technology initiative that will provide every RCS student in grades 6-8 with a Google Chromebook for the 2016-2017 academic year. This wonderful gift speaks to both the support and generosity of our RCS community as well as the intense desire to see technology integrated as a tool in the teaching and learning experiences of our students and staff. On behalf of all of the students and staff whose educational experience will be forever transformed, we would like to express to the donors who made this possible our most sincere gratitude and appreciation. Thank you for believing in our Catholic schools and helping us to honor our students with high expectations and the tools necessary to achieve them.

We are happy to share that our students in grade 7 at St. Francis of Assisi School have been engaged in a pilot program that will allow our teachers and administrators to evaluate best practices in device management, student use, classroom instruction, and assessment.

We believe that technology immersion can prove an effective complement to a quality standards-based curriculum and highly effective instruction. It is our goal to witness technology serving as a catalyst towards the enhancement of curriculum and instruction while transforming the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning.

The individual use of Google Chromebooks is a way to empower students to learn at their full potential and to prepare them for their future experiences in college and the workplace. Using technology daily will encourage students to solve problems and think critically by stimulating analytical thinking. It is our hope that with the implementation of this new initiative we will have the ability to increase communication and collaboration between students, teachers, and parents.

We are looking forward to this development with great enthusiasm and are forever grateful for the generosity that has made this possible.

A few St. Francis of Assisi School students participated in the RCTC Youth Chess Tournament his past weekend.

Congratulations to the students at Rochester Catholic Schools who have been chosen to represent entries in their selective age groups in the 8th Annual, 2016 MLK Poetry Contest. Students across the city of Rochester were invited to participate in the Diversity Council Poetry Writing Contest focusing on the theme "Enemies Transformed" -- the theme challenged students to think about how an "enemy" could be changed through love to be a "friend."

Students were chosen out of some 200 entries by a panel of expert judges. Winners are invited to read their poem on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30pm at the Rochester Art Center, and to accept their prize and award certificate.

List of winners below:

Elementary (3-5th Grade)
First Place
Jackson Duellman
Dover-Eyota Elementary, Grade 5

Second Place
Norah Moravec
Dover-Eyota Elementary, Grade 5
“Enemies Will Change”

Third Place
Allie Vrieze
Folwell Elementary, Grade 4

Honorable Mention
Leah Wieneke
St. Francis of Assisi, Grade 3
“Just Love”

Honorable Mention
Anya Fulsom
St. Francis of Assisi, Grade 3
“My Enemy”

Middle School (6-8th Grade)
First Place
Charlotte Hunt
St. Francis of Assisi, Grade 6
“The Girl in the Mirror”

Second Place
Abbe Orr
St. Francis of Assisi, Grade 6
“Cancer: Enemy or Friend”

Third Place
Rebecca Borgmeier
St. Francis of Assisi, Grade 6
“Love Can Transform”

Honorable Mention
Jack Black
St. Francis of Assisi, Grade 6
“Being Friends with Poverty”

Honorable Mention
Emily Cordes
St. Francis of Assisi, Grade 6
“Black and White”

High School (9-12th Grade)
First Place
Maya Alfred
Mayo High School, Grade 11
“We Are New”

Second Place
Elaina Andre
Century High School, Grade 12
“Wash and Sgraffito”

Third Place
Hadley Lange
Mayo High School, Grade 11
“Overcome the Flames”

Honorable Mention
Jon Klein
Mayo High School, Grade 11
“Without Words”

Honorable Mention
Bobbi Heckel
Mayo High School, Grade 11
“Friends and Enemies

The Diversity Council will post all of the winning poems on their website.

With no snow on the ground, we thought you could use a little extra cheer to place you in the Christmas spirit. From all of us here at Rochester Catholic Schools ... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of a high-quality, rigorous curriculum and highly effective instruction. Rather, technology integration enhances the curriculum and instruction and transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning.

The focus of the RCS 21st Century Teaching and Learning Initiative is to prepare students for their future--a world of digital information, frequent online collaboration, and increased connectivity. Increasing access to technology is essential for that future, and the learning tool of these twenty-first century students is light, mobile, and efficient. For this reason, RCS has begun researching the possibility of a 1:1 device program in grades 6-8.

Click the read more button to learn more about the goals of the RCS 21st Century Teaching and Learning Initiative

All schools deal with the issue of bullying. For the past three years RCS has implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) for students in kindergarten - grade 12, taking proactive steps to prevent and stop bullying in our schools.

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, RCS engaged in many events that support students to take a stand against bullying, and unite together in kindness and acceptance of each other.

Click the read more button to continue learning what steps RCS is taking to end bullying in our schools!

PLTW Brings Lifelong Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math


At Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) we are committed to bringing cutting-edge and real-world learning experiences to our students. The world in which our students will enter upon graduation is full of change and exciting possibilities. Therefore, we must prepare our students to be leaders in the 21st century world by teaching them to be creative thinkers, problem-solvers, and innovators.

To bring this vision to life, we are incorporating a Green STEM focus to our science curriculum. Green STEM includes the implementation of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programming, along with a strong focus on environmental education to support the teachings of our Franciscan heritage.

Please watch this video to see how we are transforming teaching and learning at RCS.

Every year, students in grade five are invited to RCS Band Try-It Night at Lourdes High School. The students have 15 minute sessions with past and current RCS music teachers to try various band instruments (flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone and percussion) before deciding which instrument to play for the year.

The event is not required of any student but many come to get a better idea as to how it will feel to play an instrument.

Staying healthy! Rochester Catholic Schools has partnered with Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center, and Public Health to offer the influenza vaccine (both injectable and mist) to our elementary and high school students (Kindergarten - Grade 12), making it easier and more convenient for both students and parents. The Flu Clinic is offered to all students regardless of health insurance coverage. Registration is required.

It's that time of year again when RCS faculty and staff return to start yet another academic year! On Wednesday, August 26 RCS hosted its annual All-System Day Celebration. Faculty and staff gathered together to celebrate the Eucharist followed by a breakfast and short program by RCS Director of Schools, Michael Brennan.

RCS faculty and staff were asked "What are you most looking forward to in the 2015-16 School Year?"

Click the read more button to hear some of the great answers we received and photos from the
All-System Day Celebration.

The LHS Spirit Shop is now carrying RCS apparel and preschool - grade 12 school uniform sweatshirts!

The new RCS/LHS apparel and products have arrived at the Spirit Shop. Stop by the store Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or shop at the LHS home football games! Gift certificates are now available! PE uniforms coming soon!

Prayer to the Holy Family

Pope Francis calls for renewed prayers for Synod on the Family. As we prepare to begin yet another year, we invite our RCS community to pray this prayer for our students and their families.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
In you we contemplate
The splendour of true love,
We turn to you with confidence.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
Make our families, also,
Places of communion and cenacles of prayer,
Authentic schools of the Gospel,
And little domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth
May our families never more experience
Violence, isolation, and division:
May anyone who was wounded or scandalized
Rapidly experience consolation and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
May the upcoming Synod of Bishops
Re-awaken in all an awareness
Of the sacred character and inviolability of the family,
Its beauty in the project of God.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Hear and answer our prayer. Amen.

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