Archdiocese Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

January 23, 2003

The 24,000 students at the 84 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 26-February 1, with a variety of events including community service activities, Gymnasium Geography, an interactive ancient Rome exhibition, students switching places with their teachers for the day and much more. All activities are planned under the theme, Making a World of Difference.

Schools also will host open houses so prospective students, their parents and the community can 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.

Events planned include the following:

Sunday, January 26
St. John School, 8912 Old Branch Avenue, Clinton, Prince George’s County, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
“Water, Water Everywhere” will include colorful displays such as hallways decorated as rivers with a “real” suspension bridge, sea creatures and the water cycle journey from pond to ocean to teach students in math, science and other classes the importance of this natural resource.

St. Mary School, 600 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, Montgomery County, 9:00 a.m.
At a Mass to kick-off Catholic Schools Week, students will greet parishioners, participate in the liturgy and read letters of appreciation for parishioners’ support of Catholic education.

Monday, January 27
Father Andrew White, S.J. School, 22850 Washington Street, Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County, 8:20 a.m.
A county government representative will present a proclamation honoring Catholic schools, and students will pile up books for the needy that each class collected during the school book drive, during morning prayers.

Our Lady Queen of Peace School, 3740 Ely Place, SE, Washington, DC, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Parents and grandparents will visit classrooms and read stories to students in lower grades during Family Day.

Holy Name School, 1217 West Virginia Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, 11:00 a.m.
Students and teachers will process from the school to the church for a prayer service with songs and a presentation of colorful posters designed by students in grades PreK-8 reflecting the Catholic Schools Week theme, Making a World of Difference.

Mt. Calvary School, 6704 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, Prince George’s County, 11:30 a.m.
Carrying peace signs and banners made by students, all grades will participate in a parade outside the school to promote peace in the community and the world.

St. Bernard School, 5811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, Prince George’s County, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
All students will make valentines for members of the community or for members of the military who have been deployed overseas. Throughout the school, hallways will be lined with student-made decorations celebrating Catholic education, including a display of clay figures of children from the more than 40 nations represented at the school.

Tuesday, January 28
St. Mary School, 7207 Annapolis Road, Landover Hills, Prince George’s County, 8:45 a.m.-1:55 p.m.
A huge map of the world will cover the gym floor as students in grades K-8 compete to find countries and answer geography trivia questions in Gymnasium Geography.

St. Mary of the Assumption School, 4610 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ancient Rome will come alive as 7th graders show off an interactive display with a gladiator reenactment, the Roman government in session and a model of an aqueduct.

St. Andrew Apostle School, 11602 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, All day
All students will celebrate service to the community by making gifts for nursing home residents, writing letters to soldiers overseas, and making valentines for veterans and bag lunches for the needy served by McKenna’s Wagon. Each grade also will donate items for St. Ann’s Infant & Maternity Home.

Wednesday, January 29
St. Peter’s School, 3310 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf, Charles County 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Students say a big “thank you” to bus drivers, janitors, cafeteria staff and lunch monitors with an appreciation brunch and tours of the school.
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Students will make gifts for nursing home residents and the homeless, create drawings for and write letters to U.S. military personnel and clean up the grounds and school areas.

St. Anthony School, 12th and Lawrence Sts., NE, Washington, DC, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Reaching out to the community around them, 6th grade students will visit elderly residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence, 4200 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC.

St. Columba School, 7800 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County, 2:15 p.m.
All students and teachers will hold a prayer service in the church, including a rosary for national efforts for peace.

Holy Cross School, 4900 Strathmore Avenue, Garrett Park, Montgomery County, 10:00 a.m.
Students and teachers will wear Western attire during “Hats Off to America,” a musical performance given for students about U.S. history that includes songs, theater, stories and humor.

Thursday, January 30
Our Lady, Star of the Sea School, 92 Alexander Lane, Solomons, Calvert County, 8:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grade 8 students will switch places with teachers for the morning and plan and teach classes for students in
grades K-7.

St. Ann’s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC, 8:45 a.m-9:30 a.m.
Famous figures will be recreated in St. Ann’s “Wax Museum” as students in grade 4 present this event for family and friends. Figures to be represented by students include Susan B. Anthony, Maya Angelou, George Washington, Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Charles Lindbergh.

Little Flower School, 5601 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, Montgomery County, 9:00 a.m. (Grades K-4) and 10:00 a.m. (Grades 5-8)
During “Living Abe Lincoln” presentations, students in upper grades will learn about Lincoln’s life, slavery and the Civil War, while students in lower grades learn about his boyhood and humble beginnings.

Friday, January 31
Holy Angels-Sacred Heart School, 21335 Colton Point Road, Avenue, St. Mary’s County, 12:30 p.m.
The superintendent of Catholic schools, Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, will visit with students and their grandparents on Grandparents’ Day.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 6485 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head, Charles County, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 will attend mini-courses taught by members of the community on various topics, including carpentry, aerodynamics, sign language, pet care, soccer skills, cake decorating, candle making and Tae Kwon Do.

St. Camillus School, 1500 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, 11:00 a.m.
At a school pep rally, each class will compete to perform the best cheer or song and the school will honor sports teams and cheerleaders.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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