You might wonder: why is it important to create a recruitment flyer in Spanish? And you might think, "Can I use Google Translator?"
Even when the children or relatives could translate the content of the flyer to parents, and even when parents could read and speak English, a flyer in Spanish says, “we want to be welcoming,” and “We are trying to connect with you.”
Also, Google Translator is not a good solution! The phrases don't translate correctly, and while you might think you're saying one thing, the parent is reading a completely different message. The phrases in the document below will give you a good start, and we can also recommend translators to work with your school.
So, go ahead and prepare your flyers and posters. Bring them to your parish and other parishes near your school. Distribute them too at community events, stores and restaurants. Here are a few phrases (SP indicates Spanish, and PO indicates Portuguese)
Our school offers academic excellence, a safe environment, and Catholic Values. SP: Nuestra escuela ofrece una excelente preparación académica, seguridad, y valores católicos. PO: Nossa escola oferece uma excelente preparação acadêmica, um ambiente seguro e valores católicos.
Our schools offer a safe environment. We care about the physical and emotional safety of our students.(This is an important item for parents, according to recent research.) SP: Nuestras escuelas proporcionan un ambiente seguro. Nos preocupa el bienestar físico y emocional de nuestros estudiantes. PO: Nossas escolas oferecem um ambiente seguro. Nós nos preocupamos com a segurança física e emocional de nossos alunos.
You still can register your children for the 20__-20__ school year! SP: ¡Aún puede inscribir a sus hijos en el año escolar 20__ – 20__! PO: Ainda pode registrar os vossos filhos e filhas para o ano escolar 20__-20__!
For more information call (555) 555-5555, Monday through Friday from 00:00 to 00:00 hrs. SP: Para mayor información llame al número (555) 555-5555 de lunes a viernes de 00:00 a 00:00 horas. PO: Para mais informações, chame (555) 555-5555, de Segunda à Sexta-feira das 00:00 às 00:00.
Everyone knows that Independence Day in the United States is July 4, but do you know which days your students might celebrate Independence Day in their home culture? Here's a quick peek: January 1: Haiti February 27: Dominican Republic August 6: Jamaica September 7: Brazil September 16: Mexico November 28: Panama Click here to learn the Independence Days for all Latin American countries!
Bilingual Songs for School Mass
We want to share with you bilingual and multilingual songs that are great to sing with your students at your school’s Mass. The songs are short and simple to follow. They will help you to expand the perspective of your students about the universality of our Eucharistic celebration, and why we are called “Catholics.”
Songs include: Pan de Vida Artist: Bub Hurd and, Pia Moriarty Somos el Cuerpo de Cristo / We are the body of Christ Artist: Jaime Cortes / Bob Hurd Ven al Banquete / Come to the Feast Artist: Bub Hurd, Jaime Cortez, and Pia Moriarty Malo Malo Thanks be to God Artist: Jesse Manibusan
Visual Catholic and Spiritual Resources
Students are accustomed to seeing the same images of Mary, Jesus, and others. The posters compiled in this PDF offer creative images and words that will be inspiring to students of many backgrounds and interests! Here are just a few:
In addition, we offer a PDF called Our Lady Patroness - Latin American Countries. This document includes images of Our Lady, including some that are very hard to find. Are you familiar with Our Lady of Lujan, Our Lady of Quinche, Our Lady of Antigua, and more? Open Our Lady Patroness to learn more!
Images to Assist In Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom
Sister Bárbara Gutiérrez, SNDdeN, the director of enrollment at the Catholic Schools Office, has compiled a resource sheet with items to help make your classroom culturally responsive and inspiring to children of all nationalities and backgrounds. Here are some examples of what's included on the resource sheet:
Latino Writers Posters: This poster set (10 posters) celebrates both classic and contemporary writers of Latin American origin. Writers include: Isabel Allende, Julia Álvarez, Jorge Luis Borges, Sandra Cisneros, Oscar Hijuelos, Nicholasa Mohr, Octavio Paz, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Gary Soto, and William Carlos Williams (click on the image to purchase)
The next series focuses on Astronauts, including: José Hernández (Mexican American Astronaut); Franklin Chang Díaz (First naturalized US citizen to become an astronaut); Mae Jemison (First African American woman to travel into Space); and more.
Sister Bárbara also includes links to posters that feature a Supreme Court Justice, Black inventors, social activists, and Hispanic Heritage Month. To learn more, download the PDF here!