Faith, Fun and Service Mark Catholic Schools Week Events

January 27, 2006

Faith, fun and service will fill the halls of the 94 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington during Catholic Schools Week, January 29-February 4. The theme is Catholic Schools: Character. Compassion. Values. Catholic Schools Week is held annually to highlight the contributions and gifts of Catholic schools nationwide.

Schools will hold different events every day, including service projects, Spirit Days, volunteer and teacher appreciation days and more. Nearly all of the schools will hold Open Houses for prospective students, parents and the community. Dates and times are online at Among the events planned:

Monday, January 30

All-School Mass and Dedication of the Theodore Cardinal McCarrick Computer and Technology Lab
9:30 a.m. Mass and 10:30 a.m. Dedication
St. Matthias, 9473 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD (301-853-4516)
Following an all-school Mass, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley will bless the new Theodore Cardinal McCarrick Computer and Technology Lab during a special ceremony. The dedication will include a blessing of the room, computer demonstrations by students and displays of technology projects. Catholic School Superintendent Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, PhD will attend (Cardinal McCarrick cannot attend due to an unexpected funeral).

The $60,000 lab, with its 30 new Dell computers, software and furniture, is transforming the school’s use of technology in learning. In addition to use by the students, the parish is planning to offer computer classes for senior citizens.

Helping Hands: Quilt Squares for Project Linus blankets/ Letters to Military Serving in Iraq
9:30 a.m.-Noon
St. Mary, 13735 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD (301-932-6883)

Students will sew together quilt squares that have their hands traced on them to make small blankets. These will go to Project Linus, a non-profit bringing comfort to children who have experienced trauma. Students also will design cards with their handprints for members of the military serving in Iraq.

Blue Sky Puppet Theater Health and Healthy Living
11:00 a.m.-11:40 a.m.
St. Mary, 7207 Annapolis Road, Landover Hills, MD (301-577-0031)

Teaching healthy living can’t start too early! Students in grades K-4 get learn some tips about eating healthy and exercise in this entertaining presentation.

Living Rosary
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (in the church)
St. Bartholomew, 6900 River Road, Bethesda (301-229-5586)

Students not only will pray the rosary, a popular Catholic meditative prayer in which a different bead is associated with a prayer, but they will BE the rosary. A student will become the corresponding “bead” in this living rosary, moving into place and lighting a battery-operated candle as a prayer is started until the entire rosary has been re-created.

Tuesday, January 31

Pioneer Days, 9:00 a.m. throughout morning
Blessed Sacrament, 5841 Chevy Chase Parkway, NW, Washington, DC (202-966-6682)
Students will dress up as pioneers, cook food and sing songs typical of 19th-century pioneer days.

Hero Badges for Children’s Hospital Patients/Lunches for McKenna’s Wagon, 10:00 a.m.
St. Andrew Apostle, 11602 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD (301-649-3555)

Students in grades K-2 will make Hero Badges for patients at Children’s Hospital that will be delivered to the hospital by a student with leukemia while students in grades 3-8 will decorate bags and fill them with lunch for the homeless.

Wednesday, February 1

Bishop Holley Visits St. Augustine, 8:15 a.m. Mass and 9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Classroom visits
St. Augustine, 1421 V Street, NW, Washington, DC (202-667-2608)
The Archdiocese of Washington’s Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley will celebrate an all-school Mass in the historic St. Augustine Church at 15th and V Streets, then visit the students in their classrooms.

Career Day “Trade Show,” 9:00 a.m.-Noon
Mary of Nazareth, 14131 Seneca Road, Darnestown, MD (301-869-0940)

It’s never too early to think about the future! Students in grades 2-8 will learn about different careers in this special event, set up trade show-style, with booths for the different careers.

Gifts for Iraqi Children, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
St. Peter, 3310 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf (301-843-1955)

The entire student body will make beaded bracelets as gifts for children in Iraq. The bracelets will be shipped to the husband of a teacher’s aide in Iraq for distribution in that war-torn country.

Journey Through Time, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Holy Family, 2200 Callaway Street, Hillcrest Heights, MD (301-894-2323)

Visitors will travel through time as each classroom is transformed into a different decade from 1900 to the present. Students will dress in period costumes, create timelines, decorate their classrooms and talk about life in their decade.

“Blacks in Wax,” 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, 1503 E. Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC (202-547-7556)

Students will make their own wax museum, dressing up as famous Black men and women. When touched the “wax” figures will come to life and explain who they are.

Military Honor Program, 2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
St. Philip the Apostle, 5414 Henderson Way, Camp Springs, MD (301-423-4740)

All active and retired military are invited to be honored at a special presentation and reception hosted by the students of St. Philip’s. Each class will sing a patriotic song or read a poem. Refreshments will be served.

Math Night for Families, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Father Andrew White, SJ School, 22850 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD (301-475-9795)

This popular family event engages parents and children in fun, age-appropriate activities, including multiplication bingo, origami, contests that include charting the height of family members, estimation games and graphing eye color.

Thursday, February 2

Drive-Through Doughnuts and Diversity Dress, 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
St. Michael, 824 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD (301-585-6873)
Parents will be treated with “drive-through doughnuts.” As they drop off their children, teachers and students will greet them and offer doughnuts as a way of thanking them for all that they do. At 9:00 a.m., an all-school Mass will be held. Students, whose families hail from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America, will wear their countries’ native dress.

Talent Show, 9:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
St. John, 43927 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD (301-373-2142)

Parents are invited to enjoy this school-wide talent show, with song, instrumentals and more.

Cultural Arts: “A Perfect Balance,” 10:30 a.m. (grades preK-3) and 1:30 p.m. (grades 4-8)
Little Flower, 5601 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD (301-994-0404)

Kevin Reese of Class Acts will present “A Perfect Balance,” a celebration of the spirit of play and invention inspired by the work of American artist Alexander Calder, the inventor of the mobile.

Author Discusses Local History, 1:30 p.m.
St. Columba, 7800 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, MD (301-567-6212)

Local poet and author Beverly Babin Woods of Accokeek will talk with the 8th graders about local history and read some of her poetry; her newest book on the history of the Ft. Washington area will be published in February.

Sprokit the Robot Teaches Respect, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes, 7500 Pearl Street, Bethesda, MD (301-654-5376)

Respect and good character are hallmarks of Catholic school education. Sprokit the Robot will lead the entire school in a fun presentation. Throughout the week, students also will fill baby bottles with change. The bottles will be donated to the Shady Grove Pregnancy Center to help mothers and children in need.

Teacher Bee, 2:00 p.m.-2:40 p.m.
Holy Redeemer, 9715 Summit Avenue, Kensington, MD (301-942-3701)

It’s time to test the teachers! Students will ask the questions as two teams of teachers compete in this tough competition. Scores will be posted on the scoreboard so students can root on their favorites!

Friday, February 3

The Battle of the Grades: Academic Bowl, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Holy Redeemer Catholic School, 1135 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (202-638-5789)
Students from each class will have the opportunity to battle against other grades in this academic face-off. Questions will cover different topics and be age-appropriate.

Religion Bowl (church hall), 11:00 a.m.
St. Bartholomew, 6900 River Road, Bethesda, MD (301-229-5586)

Student teams (grades 3, 4 and 5) will compete head-to-head in this spirited test of religion knowledge.

Valentines for the elderly and Volleyball Mini-Tournament, 12:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
St. Peter, 2900 Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD (301-774-9112)

Older and younger students will buddy-up to make valentines for area nursing home residents, while other students will participate in a fun volleyball mini-tournament during this afternoon of fun and service.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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