Mission, Philosophy, & Core Values

MISSION

Little Flower School, in partnership with the family, is a Roman Catholic community devoted to the growth of the whole child. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child and strive to provide students with the opportunity to realize their academic potential in a diverse and changing world.

 

PHILOSOPHY

Our actions, in fulfilling our duties, are guided by Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher. Little Flower School implements the educational policies of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. We recognize the parents are the primary educators of the child. Parents, faculty, students and staff work in a collaborative spirit to reach common goals. Inspired by the example of St. Therese, “The Little Flower,” we entrust ourselves to Christ and the message of the Gospel.

 

CORE VALUES

Our commitment to the growth of the whole child is achieved through a focus on our core values: faith, knowledge, and service.

Faith is the cornerstone of our school. We start each day by gathering as a school community for morning prayer, including a reflection on the Gospel of the day and special intentions. Each week, we celebrate Mass as a school community. Daily religion classes, visits from local priests, Living Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Prayer Partners, and special feast day celebrations help our students to see what it means to be Catholic and to have a relationship with God. We strive to foster our students’ spiritual development, which will be the foundation for a life of faith, with a moral compass to guide them in an ever-changing world.

Knowledge encompasses not only the core academic subjects, but also the co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered to our students. In recent years, improvements have been made in the areas of science, math, and technology. New textbooks, SMART technology, and Scantron assessments are resources that have enabled teachers to enhance instruction. Interested students have the opportunity to participate in robotics and other NAVAIR programs, art club, choir, band, Student Council, yearbook, basketball, and cheerleading. In order to meet the unique learning needs of our students, we have a resource teacher who leads a Student Assistance Team and provides academic support to students in need. Additionally, a Title I teacher provides tutoring to students who qualify. Since parents are the primary educators of their children, in order to keep them informed about academics, teachers use Edline to post assignments and grades.

Service is how we put our faith into action. Little Flower School provides an environment that encourages service to all of our brothers and sisters in Christ. In simple ways, students learn at an early age to greet one another, treat one another with kindness, and share what they have with others. Students are expected to act as peacemakers and to think about what Jesus would do in any given situation. As they grow older and strive to serve as role models, students serve the school in various ways: caring for the Garden of Remembrance, raising and lowering the American flag, leading prayer, and being Student Ambassadors. The entire school participates in regular service projects that support the surrounding community, including: coat drives, mitten and glove drives, canned food drives, Penny Walk, Operation Rice Bowl, and Missionary Childhood Association collections. As a community with close ties to the military, we strive to appreciate the service that they provide to our country through our Veterans’ Day tribute, visits to a local Veterans’ home, and cards and care packages to active duty military who are deployed.