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"I wish to stress that parents cannot be uninterested in the education
of their children, but it is necessary that they become even more aware
that the school does not exempt them from their mission,
but aids them in fulfilling it; and that they are the first educators of their children,
the harmonious collaboration between family and school is indispensable:
Both united in the impassioned task
of forming men and women." ~Pope John Paul II


The St. Bede School community promotes the educational mission of the Catholic Church by teaching the Gospel message, by worshipping together, by serving others, and by continuing to grow as a community.  The message of Jesus is central to all that occurs in the school.  Gospel values are taught by precept and example.  We acknowledge the importance of prayer to spiritual development and provide opportunities for children and adults to come together to worship.

The prime responsibility for creating a Christian climate and fostering a community spirit rest with teachers, staff, and parents of the school.  St. Bede strives to grow as a model community where all are sensitive to, show concern for, and respond to the needs of others.  The experience of community leads to a recognition of, and a willingness to accept the call to serve.  Values and attitudes are nurtured so our students will contribute to the establishment of a just and compassionate society.

At St. Bede School we recognize each student as a living expression of God's love.  We accept each student as intrinsically good and deserving of unconditional respect.  We believe each student is unique, having special talents, abilities, and needs.  We accept responsibility for not only fostering the student's intellectual growth, but also fostering the student's spiritual, emotional, social, and physical development.

We also acknowledge the parents as the primary educators of their children.  We recognize that the school community, parents, teachers, and students must work together in a spirit of Christian professionalism, affirming each other, and sharing responsibility for student development.  As a Catholic community, sensitive to individual needs, we respect the decisions that involve shared input according to appropriate roles.  The involvement, commitment, and growth which comes with this sharing promotes our school unity. 

Our belief is that learning takes place in an atmosphere of openness, trust, and respect.  Support and encouragement are necessary to meet the challenges that result in meaningful growth development.  Recognizing the value of using a variety of methods to meet individual needs of each child we implement the Diocese of Pittsburgh Curriculum Guide.

The purpose of the St. Bede School is to assist in the development of the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and virtues that may be employed in the service of others.

School Theme for 2007-2008: Integrity
Listen to your life. See it for the mystery that it is.  The boredom and pain is no less than the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace.  Live in the moment.

Let’s consider the word integrity today.  The word integrity itself is fascinating.  Both integrity and integral come from the same root word, integer, which means a whole number as distinguished from a fraction or mixed number.  Therefore, it is a complete, undivided, not fractured into multiple parts, but whole and undivided.

The word integrity itself means honesty, sincerity, uprightness, being honorable.  It emphasizes fairness in our relations to others.  We do not lie, steal, cheat, or misrepresent the truth.  Integrity applies directly to our character.  It is the standard of right and wrong.

So think for a moment about your own integrity:

What have you based the building of your integrity on?  Is it what others say to you?  Who your friends try to mold you to become?  Or is it based upon who you believe God is calling you to be?  Answering these questions leads to other questions: Are you intentional in your actions?  Do you think about the decisions that you make and the choices that come?  Are you aware that your words and actions are all about your integrity?  Are you true to yourself?

Integrity is very personal.  It is who you are.  You can try to fake who you are by telling lies to others and to yourself, but in the end you are who you are.  God made you and has plans for you.  Listen to God.  You are no better than anyone else, but you are also no worse.

“There can never be any solid friendship between individuals
or union between communities that is worth the name
unless the parties be persuaded of each other’s honesty or integrity.”
~from an envoy to Athenians during the Peloponnesian War


At the beginning of each month, we will draw on Scripture, legend, and tradition while we listen to inspirational stories about our school theme, Integrity.  
   
School Goals
(Top)
  • To establish and nurture a partnership with parents, guardians, and care givers designed to assist each child’s full development.
  • To instill in each child a sense of self worth that commands a sincere respect for themselves and others.
  • To provide a rich environment in which each child can grow and mature according to his/her unique abilities, distinctive qualities, and personal gifts.
  • To provide a supportive environment, challenging curriculum, and meaningful activities that will enable each child to maximize his/her academic potential.
  • To provide a curriculum rich in gospel values. 
  • To provide opportunities for concrete acts of service which will nurture and develop a sense of responsibility for others.
School Objectives
(Top)
  • To integrate academic excellence, community spirit, and Christian lifestyle in order to create an environment that inspires a child to learn to his/her ability;
  • To make St. Bede a community of people which includes the students, parents, faculty and staff, who have a great love for God, love for neighbor, and a love for learning;
  • To express warmth, empathy, and concern for the respect for life;
  • To lead children to knowledge and experience the love of God through active participation in worship and life.