COJ Withdrawal Symptoms
By Dansel Cruz, mother of Bela (COJ Prep Class of 2010)
Thank you for your assistance with Bela's recommendation letter for Miriam. I think I was the one hesitant to move her into a big school ;o) I gave in when I Bela said she's decided to go to a big school and I felt she meant it. She's doing well, very much excited with her new environment, while I'm having withdrawal symptoms! I miss the emails and personal interaction with my child's educators.
I would just want to extend my appreciation to you, all her teachers in the past four years and COJ for a partnership in shaping Bela into a well-adjusted, bright, sensitive and brave young girl. No doubt her foundation will bring her up to her full potential.
Again, thank you, COJ!
Growing in Faith
By: Gel Caminero, COJ Alumna (GS Class of 2006)
COJ has helped me grow by making me appreciate God and all the works He has done for us. The school made me read the bible and join in the games related to Religion which I really loved. Also, the teachers accepted me despite my hearing impairment and supported me until my last year in COJ. Studying there made me feel that there are some people who accept others no matter what they are. COJ also taught me to always have faith in God and to consult Him whenever I have a problem or when I’m troubled.
Thank you, COJ, for all you’ve done for me.
Gel transferred to COJ as a 2nd grader. Born with severe to profound hearing loss, she never used her condition as an excuse and performed well in school. Gel is an incoming senior at Reedley International School.
Laying Foundations, Reaping the Harvest
By: Minnie Del Rosario, mother of Chino, Monty (and Santi)
Years ago, my husband Mike and I were looking for a pre-school for our eldest son, Chino, who was then 2 1/2 years old. Being then residents of Barangay Sacred Heart, we thought it wise to send him to Cradle of Joy, since it was just a stone's throw away from where we lived. The staff who welcomed us was very warm. It also came as a pleasant surprise that the directress was Marion Abiva-Cruz, a sister of a very good friend of mine, Beth, who was also a classmate at St. Paul QC.
Chino was very hesitant to start school then; I had to sit in for the first two weeks. What is most memorable about COJ is the warmth of the teachers and the support staff. We felt at home at once. Being very young parents then, we thought that it would all be just play and fun. But, what do you know?! The teachers made a career out of teaching pre-school! They had well-prepared activities and the personal touch they showed towards the children and the parents as well really made the big difference.
When Chino's younger brother, Monty, was ready for school, we sent him to COJ, of course. We had no second thoughts about it, seeing what COJ had done for his Kuya Chino. The boys became sociable, responsible and God-fearing. And young as they were, they really looked forward to school!
Starting Them Young
By: Denise Dagdagan, mother of Densel, Ethan, and Selena
When our eldest son turned 2, we began to seek for a preschool that would provide him with some interaction with children his age. Others felt that 2-years old was too young to begin school, but we felt that a learning environment would be better than afternoons of cartoons and playing alone with his toys. We wanted a school that would not only teach him his ABC's and 123's, but would also provide an environment that would help him grow in other aspects as well. Another criteria that we were picky about was that the school also had to be Roman Catholic; it wasn't enough that the students be taught to say prayers before meals but they also had to have Jesus' teachings as part of the curriculum.
After a lot of searching, we found Cradle of Joy. It was a small preschool then, with few children in each classroom. We learned about their methods, their environment, and we were able to meet the faculty and staff. We immediately liked the school and felt it to be the best choice for our son.
COJ: A Delightfully Happy Place
By: Mike Hernandez, father of Joseph and Michelle
When I feel that the world is pressing down on me with its worries and concerns, my daughter always manages to cheer me up with a warm hug and a kiss on the cheek. She is like a little sunbeam amid the stormy tribulations of life.
And while my spouse and I have always strived to bring her up in a loving and secure household, I often think that a lot of my daughter's sweetness and concern for others stems from her early schooling at the first school she went to, Cradle of Joy.
The school is walking distance from our old house, and I brought her to school every morning, and attended most school programs and activities. I was fortunate to feel firsthand the sense of happiness and fellowship that pervades the classrooms, play areas and other nooks and crannies of this school. Verily, the school was a joyful place to grow up and study in.