Sunday open house

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The city’s three parochial schools, St. Rose of Lima, St. Peter and St. Kevin held open houses on Sunday to lead off Catholic School Week this week. For many parents it was an opportunity to meet and talk with their child or children’s teachers, visit classrooms and look at the work being done. For the children it was a chance to see the classrooms they will be in next year. More importantly for those considering a Catholic education for their children, like Paul and Jo-Ellen Paterno of Warwick it was an opportunity to meet other parents and talk with teachers and the school principal. “Her name is Rose,” Jo-Ellen said cradling her daughter at St. Rose of Lima, “so she’s perfect for the school.” Their older daughter, Lucy, is in kindergarten but not in St. Rose. Jo-Ellen said she wants a faith-based education for her children. Asked about finances and what that would mean – tuition at the school is $4,350 for parishioners and $5,000 for non-parishioners – Jo-Ellen said it would be a stretch. “What’s the cost of not coming here,” she asked pointing out that saving for college can be a waste if there’s not a good foundation. “That can be too late,” she said. 

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