From the Director’s Chair

Greetings DECATS Families!

The first week of DECATS was a great success! We burst with joy and excitement to be back together, and we are so grateful you said ‘Yes!’ to DECATS this summer.

During our opening week, the Scholars seamlessly adapted to our safety protocols. We started and ended each day in assembly with high energy singing, dancing and praising. In Manners to Morals and Perspectives — our first two periods — your Scholars participated in activities that promote character and explore what it means to be gifted. Executive Functioning Scholars practiced the skills of impulse control and shifting between tasks smoothly. Wellness Scholars investigated the importance of nutrition, exercise and stress management. Values and Morals Scholars explored morality and ethics and began brainstorming ideas for a service project to support the larger community. In Perspectives, we introduced our core philosophy — that “better at” does not mean “better than” — and began cultivation of the skills of self-awareness, leadership and creative thinking.

Our afternoon assemblies showcase our courses and are filled with energetic song and praise. We’re sure that you’ve heard some of the songs on your way home each afternoon! Highlights from our wide variety of courses include: Scholars engaging in healthy competition in “A Game of Kings,” rehearsing music and learning lines in “Give My Regards to Broadway” and constructing papier-mâché buildings in “Angry Birds: The Next Level!” We’ve seen Scholars flex critical thinking skills while solving Sudoku puzzles in “Brainteasers” and exploring their artistic talents as they work on their masterpieces in “Watercolor World.”

It’s wonderful to see so much progress in such a short amount of time. Scholars from across Houston have formed friendships that will last well beyond the program.

Let us know what your Scholars are saying about their DECATS experience. If we may use your comments online and in other projects, let us know that as well. We are on a mission to provide a qualitatively differentiated learning experience in the realm of education, boldly devoted to excellence in mentoring, learning and developing young leaders to use their gifts for the betterment of the world around them. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with your children.

We look forward to continuing our journey to find “The Strength Within” with your Scholars next week!

With gratitude,

Kendall Shamas
Program Director, St. Anne

Kendall Shamas
Kendall ShamasProgram Director, St. Anne