Archdiocese Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

January 21, 2002

The 34,500 students at the 106 Catholic Pre-K, elementary and high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 27-February 2, with a variety of events including liturgies, service activities, a grandmothers’ tea, students switching places with their teachers or principal for the day, creation of an American flag with students’ handprints, talent shows and more. All activities are planned under the theme “Where Faith & Knowledge Meet.” Schools also will be hosting open houses for prospective students, their parents and the community to learn more about Catholic schools and what makes them so successful. Catholic Schools Week is a national event held to spotlight the benefits of Catholic education.

The numerous events planned include the following:

Saturday, January 26
St. Catherine Laboure School, 11811 Claridge Rd., Wheaton, Montgomery County, 5:15 p.m.
St. Catherine’s will open Catholic Schools Week with a multi-lingual liturgy for students, alumni and their families. A banner will be carried during the procession and students from different grades will be altar servers, readers and gift bearers.

Monday, January 28
St. Mary’s School, 13735 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, Charles County, All day
On “CAN the Uniform Day,’’ students who bring in canned food items for the Angel’s Watch Women’s Shelter may dress out of uniform.

St. Mary of the Mills School, 106 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel, Prince George’s County, 8:00 p.m.
The school’s eighth graders will be recognized by the Laurel City Council at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road. The students raised $1,200 for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks through a bake sale and car wash. The funds were donated to the Red Cross.

St. Peter’s Interparish School, 422 Third Street, SE, Washington, DC, 10:00 a.m.
Student bands from St. Peter’s and Our Lady of Victory (Washington, DC) will perform together in a concert to open Catholic Schools Week.

St. John the Evangelist School, 8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton, Prince George’s County, 9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. (two shows)
Students will attend The Science Show by international performer John Hadfield. The show includes comedy, magic, music, juggling and balancing, and demonstrates that science can be found everywhere – home, school, even in your car.

Holy Name School, 1217 West Virginia Ave., NE, Washington, DC, 9:00 a.m.
Holy Name’s PreK-3rd grade students will mark Parent/Guardian Appreciation Day with a continental breakfast for parents and guardians. Holy Name is a member of the Center City Consortium, which includes eight center-city Catholic schools in financially struggling neighborhoods.

Mother of God School, 20501 Goshen Road, Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, 9:30 a.m. and noon
Grades 7 and 8 will visit residents of a local nursing home (9:30 a.m.).
Students will serve a luncheon at the school for the elderly from a local nursing home (noon).

Tuesday, January 29
St. Columba School, 7800 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County, All day
St. Columba’s students will have an out of uniform day for a donation of $3.00 each to help 5th grader Taylor find a cure for sarcoma, the cancer that took her father’s life. The proceeds will be given to the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital to benefit cancer research. Also throughout the day, students will make “spiritual bouquet’’ cards for ill members of the parish or school. Students will illustrate the cards and include a Bible verse.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 6485 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head, Charles County, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s students will participate in “Special Persons Day’’ by inviting special members of their families to school to have lunch with them and spend time in their classrooms.

St. Mary of the Assumption School, 4610 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, 9:00 a.m.
Students in Grade 7 will offer tours of “Ancient Egypt’’ which will demonstrate the students’ work over the last eight weeks building projects related to ancient Egypt and its culture. Each tour will last approximately 30 minutes.

St. Camillus School, 1500 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, All day
Healthcare professionals will give presentations for students on Health Career Day. Booths will be set up in the cafeteria for students to try “healthy’’ alternative foods.

Father Andrew White, SJ, School, 22850 Washington St., Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County, All day
In a buddy activity, students in Grades K-8 will make cards to be sent to members of the military overseas.

Wednesday, January 30
St. Catherine Laboure School, 11811 Claridge Rd., Wheaton, Montgomery County, Morning
A flag raising and prayer service will be held with all students assembled, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform. Students from over 50 countries will participate in “Proud to Be an American’’ dress day, dressed in red, white and blue and will bring in homemade posters designed according to the theme “Why I Am Proud to Be an American.’’

St. Mary’s School, 600 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, Montgomery County, 10:00 a.m.
St. Mary’s will highlight ways to help the community throughout the day. Grades K-4 will see a hook and ladder fire truck and Grades 5-8 will receive a visit from the police K-9 unit.

St. Joseph’s School, 11011 Montgomery Road, Beltsville, Prince George’s County, 10:15 a.m.
Students will hold a School Talent Show highlighting their special talents on stage for their parents and fellow students.

St. Augustine School, 1421 V. Street, NW, Washington, DC, 9:00 a.m.-noon (Grades PreK-4), 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (Grades 5-8)
Students celebrate Sports Day with various activities such as relay races, basketball dribbling and a basketball shootout in the school gym. Students will be dressed in St. Augustine school t-shirts.

St. Elizabeth School, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville, Montgomery County, 4:30 p.m.
The school celebrates its teachers with a teacher appreciation dinner at the school. Throughout the week, teachers will receive special treats each day as a sign of appreciation.

St. John’s School, Rte. 235 and St. John’s Rd Hollywood, St. Mary’s County, noon-2:00 p.m.
All students will wear patriotic sweatshirts and together create an American flag with their handprints; the flag will be displayed in the school library.
2:00 p.m. Students will meet in the library for the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer for the United States and singing of a patriotic song. Two military parents have been invited to join them.

Thursday, January 31
Little Flower School, 5601 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, Montgomery County, All day
Students will stand in as principal and assistant principal for the day, eighth grade students will be teachers for the day.
9:30 a.m. (Grades K-4), 10:30 a.m. (Grades 5-8) Students also will attend a presentation by Joe Romano who will encourage reading with his program “More Books…the Magic is Reading.’’

St. Peter’s School, 3310 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf, Charles County, 9:30 a.m. (Grades 6-8), 10:00 a.m. (Grades K-5)
The NicoloWhimsey Show entertainers will perform for students in the auditorium on Student Appreciation Day. The Renaissance-style show will include music, juggling, pantomime and character acting.

St. Camillus School, 1500 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, All day
St. Camillus will hold “Crazy Lesson Day’’ when each teachers will teach students something they would not normally teach such as how to juggle or a magic trick.

Immaculate Conception School, 711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 9 a.m.-noon
During the Academic Olympics, PreK-4th grade students will compete in games covering math, spelling, music and current events in formats such as bingo and name the tune.

St. Peter’s School, 2900 Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Montgomery County, 8:00 p.m.
In a sign-language performance, groups of students from lower and upper grades will sign and sing several songs, including patriotic ones.

Holy Cross School, 4900 Strathmore Ave., Garrett Park, Montgomery County, 7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Students will participate in an International Fair displaying projects they have been working on throughout the semester and will make presentations to their parents. Projects of grades PreK–5 emphasize Hungary, Italy, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Ghana, Austria and Germany; Grade 6 projects emphasize the contributions of scientists of various nationalities; Grade 7 projects highlight contributions of Native Americans; and Grade 8 projects spotlight contributions of mathematicians from different countries.

Friday, February 1
St. Ann’s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 1:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Students will host a Grandmothers’ Tea, including a “wax museum’’ presentation by 4th grade students for guests at the tea. The 4th graders will dress up as historical figures they have studied and will have a button pinned on them for guests to push to have the historical figure tell his or her story.

St. Ambrose School, 6310 Jason St., Cheverly, Prince George’s County, 8:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Students will close Catholic Schools Week at St. Ambrose with School Spirit Day, wearing black and yellow in honor of the school mascot — the Bumble Bee — and have a half day of classes.

St. Peter’s School, 3310 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf, Charles County, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Upper grade students will partner with students in lower grades to make crafts to be given as gifts to nursing home and homeless shelter residents.
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Students also will participate in a cleanup of the school grounds.

See a list of open houses during Catholic Schools Week.
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Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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