Virtues in Practice

The Year of Hope
Trusting in God’s loving plan

One of the great gifts of educating in a Catholic school is the virtue formation that occurs on a daily basis. St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School has been a part of this emphasis through the implementation of the Virtues in Practice program. Developed by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, this program offers a three-year cycle of virtues based on the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. Each month, students from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade are introduced to a new virtue as well as a fitting saint that exemplified that virtue. Our principal, Sister Kateri Rose, introduces that virtue to the whole school at the beginning of each month in an all-school assembly. Monthly virtue home projects are assigned throughout the grades so that this virtue can not only be a definition that is taught but a habit that is formed.

The students use Virtue in Practice booklets in the classroom to study each virtue through the designated saint during the month. The Parent Guide* was sent home at the beginning of the school year and contains the home projects. All these booklets are available to view by clicking on the images to the left.

*Please note, the Year of Hope starts on page 23 of the Parent Guide.

During November, we are studying the virtue of Humility or…“accepting your limitations and God-given talents”

The students are studying these saints this month:

St. Monica, grades PK-2
St. Isaac Jorgues, grades 3-5
St. Monica of Cascia, grades 6-8

 

 

 

 

 

You may click below to view Sister Kateri Rose’s monthly Power Point presentations to the students:

May – Diligence
April – Obedience
March – Temperance
February  – Cheerfulness
January – Fidelity
December – Patience
November – Humility
October – Studiousness
September – Hope