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New York Life creates scholarships for at-risk children in Notre Dame ACE Academies

Written by William Schmitt on Thursday, 29 September 2011.

The University of Notre Dame last week recognized leaders of the Tucson General Office of New York Life Insurance Company as "champions for educational opportunity." New York Life's recent contribution of $100,000 through Arizona's corporate tax credit scholarship program will provide scholarships for more than 100 at-risk children to attend Notre Dame ACE Academy schools in the south-side Tucson community.

Dr. Christian Dallavis, director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies initiative, and Andrea Cisneros, assistant director of Notre Dame ACE Academies, presented a token of the University’s appreciation to Marc Braden, the Managing Partner of New York Life’s Tucson General Office, and Joe Casey (Notre Dame Class of ’79), a Tucson-area New York Life agent.

The Notre Dame ACE Academies leaders were joined in their statement of appreciation by the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Tucson, Sister Rosa Maria Ruiz, CCFM.NYL Plaque small

 In Arizona, insurance companies and C-corporations may receive a 100-percent tax credit when they contribute their state tax liability to certified scholarship granting organizations like the Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO) of the Diocese of Tucson. New York Life’s contribution to CTSO provides opportunities for disadvantaged children of low-income families to attend high-quality schools, including two Notre Dame ACE Academies in Tucson.

“New York Life is pleased to invest in our local community, and to work with Notre Dame to strengthen educational opportunities in Tucson,” said Marc Braden, managing partner of New York Life’s Tucson General Office.

“This tax credit program has enabled an incredible partnership,” said Christian Dallavis, director of the Notre Dame ACE Academies initiative. “It allows a major national company like New York Life to invest in a community it serves while making it possible for the Notre Dame ACE Academies to put more at-risk kids on the path to college.”

The Arizona tax credit initiative was one of several education reform initiatives discussed Wednesday, September 28, by the Notre Dame Forum Panel, “The Conversation: Developing the Schools Our Children Deserve.”  The Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas, bishop of Tucson and a panel participant, said, "I think it’s wonderful that New York Life, a company that is literally in the business of risk management, is creating opportunities for at-risk children.  In a very real way, this contribution is at the heart of both their mission and ours."

New Anti-Bullying Resources Available for Grades 4-8

Written by William Schmitt on Monday, 26 September 2011.

NOTRE DAME, INDIANA – Addressing bullying situations in the classroom can be challenging for teachers and administrators. Two new sets of materials—Peace2U and Peace Be With You—are now available to help teachers and students build leadership skills, reconcile past conflicts, understand and deal with stress, and work toward creating an improved environment in their school communities. Peace2U is geared toward public schools, while Peace Be With You is written for the Christian and Catholic school context.

Author Frank DiLallo, a licensed professional counselor with more than thirty years of experience, has conducted this unique program with hundreds of teachers and students in the Toledo area.

The Teacher Manuals contain research on the bullying dynamic and ways to address relational conflicts. The program empowers students with leadership skills, ways to recognize bullying situations in the classroom, insights for repairing classmate relationships, and the tools needed to understand and balance stress in their lives. The easy-to-use Student Workbooks complement in-class activities.

Both Peace2U and Peace Be With You Teacher Manuals and Student Workbooks are available from ACE Press at the University of Notre Dame. Copies may be ordered online from the press at acepress.nd.edu or through Amazon.com .

15 Minute Retreat: Where God is Present

on Wednesday, 07 September 2011.

A resource to expand your awareness of God today

In a quiet place, read slowly through the following passages and poem. Pay attention to each word as you read. Which ones jump out at you? Turn them over in your mind. Let them sink into your heart. Don’t feel you have to understand everything or say anything. Simply breathe in these living words from our God.

Isaiah 43:1-2, 5Tree
[And God said,] “Don’t be afraid. I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. ..Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”

[Pause for silent reflection]

Psalm 16:11  [Lord,]You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

[Pause for silent reflection]

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things

In your final minutes, close your eyes and focus on one or two words or phrases you’d like to carry with you into the rest of the day. Then whisper a prayer--of your own, or the one below--thanking God, whose other name is love, that God is always with you.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,

St. Patrick



10 Things You Can Do for Catholic Schools Today

on Wednesday, 07 September 2011.

5 Things to Get You Started

  1. Commit to praying once a day for Catholic schools and the children they serve

  2. Join ACE Advocates for Catholic Schools

  3. Consider your gifts—arts, business, reading, talking, monetary, technology, culinary—and put them to work for Catholic schools

  4. Keep updated on Catholic school news and resources on this website

  5. Send a note of encouragement to a teacher in your local Catholic school

And 5 More for Good Measure:

  1. Bake cookies and bring them to your local school for staff and faculty to enjoy

  2. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the value of Catholic schools.

  3. Get the word out about Catholic schools from the comfort of home: use tools like Facebook and Twitter

  4. Plan a BAB (“bring a book”) Game Watch and collection for Catholic school lovers

  5. Create a website where schools in your diocese can publicize their fundraisers and community events

ACE 17 Hearts Catholic Schools!

on Thursday, 11 August 2011.

These teachers celebrate, inspire

Watch their entertaining chalkboard video.
If this doesn't put a kick in your ACE advocates step, nothin' will!

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