This was a historic year for CBC. We have chronicled so many accomplishments and examples of why our school is Stronger Than Ever, and as we close out this remarkable year we want to say a special 'thank you' to you -- the parents, guardians and family members who serve and support our school in so many ways.
You work the grill at football tailgates; you coordinate the amazing Firstnighters' meal at the opening of our fall musical; and you show up by the hundreds to help make our auction a success. You set up tables and serve meals to welcome our new students and families at the Freshman Orientation barbeque. You give standing ovations at band and choral performances and you drive all over St. Louis for Robotics competitions, Model U.N. events, athletic contests and Scholar Bowl tournaments. You champion CBC in your parishes and neighborhoods as we work to attract even more students to our school.
This list of examples is endless, because you do so much to make CBC Stronger Than Ever!
As we move toward 2016 we want to tell you about one more program that would not be possible without your help and commitment.
Last week, more than thirty parents and guardians gave their time to provide reading assistance and final exam accommodations to students with documented support needs. One of those students is sophomore John Tichacek, a second generation Cadet.
Students and parents take a break from final exams.
Our thanks to the parents who volunteered to provide assistance to students with documented support needs during last week's finals.
"I know and understand the material, but sometimes I have trouble taking tests," John explained.
While in grade school John benefited from the help of a resource teacher at St. Catherine Laboure. That assistance significantly improved his test taking ability, which has continued at CBC.
"When I slow down and focus on the question being asked I'm able to perform much better. Having this help makes me much more confident as I work through the test."
As a private school, CBC doesn't have the same access to government funded student assistance programs as many public schools. This can create quite a log-jam during final exams, when every student in school is testing at the same time. But, thanks to the generosity of so many members of our community, we are still able to live our Lasallian mission by providing our students the support they need.
One of this year's volunteers was CBC mom Evelyn McWilliams.
"This is important because some of our boys need this help," Evelyn said. "I love that this community is committed to every student, and it is comforting to know that my son would have this help if he needed it, too."
Tracy Gillilan runs CBC's Learning Needs program and knows that it would be impossible to support our students without the help of volunteers like Evelyn, especially during exams.
"So many parents, teachers and staff support us by reading exams, supervising test takers or by helping us coordinate so many moving parts during finals week," Mrs. Gillilan said. "It's especially impressive that so many of our volunteer parents do not have sons that receive assistance. It is an example of just how much this community values each and every student."
Our thanks to Evelyn and all of the parents, guardians and family members who continue to step up to make the CBC community so special!
Merry Christmas and we will see you in January!