My name is Donna Tizzano and this is my son, Zachary who is in the 5th grade at Ss. Robert and William. My daughter Hannah, who is unable to be here due to a VB tournament, graduated from Ss. Robert and William in 2012 and is now a sophomore at Villa Angela St Joes. We were asked to speak today about why Catholic education is important in our lives.
There are countless reasons I can give, but what came to mind first when I thought about the question is that there has never been a tougher time to be a good parent. Everyone who has children knows how challenging it is to raise them to be people of integrity. I need all the support I can get and I feel I get that support by sending Zac and Hannah to Catholic school. What I try and model for my kids at home is re-enforced each day when they go to school, through the commitment of the teachers and priests that teach in our Catholic school communities. I want my children to see faith as part of life. I want them to understand the connection we all have to each other as brothers and sisters and the responsibility we have to give back to our community, and to carry on the mission Christ has taught us. I believe there is a sense of community, even family, which is part of the culture of a Catholic school and I know the faculty and staff work very hard to maintain that culture. I can go on about other important elements of a Catholic education – discipline, the importance of academics, going to Mass every week, daily prayer – but what it all boils down to in the end is that I want to know I have given my children everything they need to become the best people they can be. As parents, we hope and pray that our kids will turn out to be happy, successful and contributing members of society. For me, the best way to guarantee that outcome is by providing a solid foundation that I hope will serve them well now and for the rest of their lives.

SRW Parent

Summer Entertainment

Check out the Cleveland Marine Week activities being held June 11-17.  For a schedule of events visit  www.Marines.mil/MarineWeek .  I think that the children would love the awesome demonstrations and programs.

Also, check out The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic to be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field from July 6-21.  We loved going to this with our children.  There are days that are free.  Please check the schedule at www.clevelandhorseshow.com .  It’s wonderful-especially for animal lovers.  The horses are absolutely beautiful!



Mrs. Karen Long

About Mrs. Karen Long

Mrs. Long is enjoying her 30th year of teaching- 23 of those here at our school.  She received her B.S. degree in education from The Ohio State University.  She has taught all levels from Kindergarten through Grade 4.                 Mrs. Long was born and raised in central Ohio. She attended Saint Mary's Elementary School and Marion Catholic High School. She moved to Euclid 33 years ago.  Her husband Doug is a physician assistant.  She is the proud mother of two children who attended our school:  Kelly, a psychiatrist, and Kurt, a math and science teacher.  Her family also includes her son-in-law Brad, her daughter-in-law Becky, and her two beloved granddaughters Daphne and Alyssa.                 Mrs. Long enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, and cheering for her OSU Buckeyes.  She is a member of the National Kindergarten Alliance. She considers herself lucky to be a Kindergarten teacher at SRWS!

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