Local Catholic Schools Celebrate the New School Year
August 28, 2009
Catholic schools in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties begin class on Tuesday, September 1. Southern Maryland Catholic schools began the year on August 25. Among back-to-school celebrations planned for next week and summer renovations:
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
St. Francis Xavier School, 2700 “O” Street, SE (202-581-2010)
Students, parents and faculty at St. Francis Xavier School will begin the first day of school with prayer for a good year. Mass will be Tuesday, September 1, at 8:00 a.m.
St. Peter School, 422 3rd Street, SE (202-544-1618)
On Friday, September 4 from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., the students at St. Peter School will go on a safari to celebrate the successful conclusion of their summer reading. They will weave African wristbands and hold a safari treasure hunt. Traditional Expressions, a West African drumming and dancing duo, will perform and students will have a chance to play one of many drums.
Our Lady of Victory School, 4755 Whitehaven Parkway, NW (202-337-1421)
Our Lady of Victory School starts the year with a new science lab designed by a team of parents with science-related jobs. Funding came from parents, including $25,000 from parents of a former student who died very young in honor of their child and $18,000 from current parents. The lab will be blessed and dedicated in September.
St. Augustine School, 1421 V Street, NW (202-667-2608)
St. Augustine School continues a multi-year upgrade of its facilities with new air conditioning in all of the classrooms and, next month, a new playground that the students in the lower grades are eagerly waiting to break in.
St. Elizabeth School, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville (301-881-1824)
St. Elizabeth School starts this year with a visit from the Archdiocese of Washington’s Secretary for Education Thomas Burnford, on Tuesday, September 1, at 8:30 a.m. This year the 500-student school also welcomes its first prekindergarten class.
Our Lady of Lourdes School, 7500 Pearl Street, Bethesda (301-654-5376)
Students will enjoy a number of renovations and new technology when they arrive for class on Tuesday. The library media center was completely renovated and houses 34 new Mac computers. A special seating area was created for the little ones and named in honor of two long-time teachers, Mary Weadon and Phyllis Cleveland. The school also expanded its prekindergarten program to include two classes.
St. Raphael School, 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville (301-762-2143)
St. Raphael School will open on September 1 with a 9:00 a.m. Mass followed by an open house with music, games and refreshments for students and their families at 10:00 a.m. The school, established in 2006, has students in prekindergarten through 4th grade, with a grade being added each year until the school includes prekindergarten through 8th grade.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Holy Redeemer School, 49th and Berwyn Road, College Park (301-474-3993)
Holy Redeemer School in College Park has doubled its classroom space this fall by expanding into the original 1931 school building and moving its offices into the former convent. The original school building, a wing of the current school, has been renovated to house the middle school. All of the classrooms include white board technology. Other classrooms were reconfigured for use as a science lab, foreign language lab for Italian and Spanish, and a prekindergarten program planned for the 2010-2011 school year. A celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new wing and renovations are being planned.
Archbishop Neale School, 104 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata (301-934-9595)
Archbishop Neale School is opening a new daycare program this year, Little Eagles, in the former convent. The program will serve children who attend the morning prekindergarten program for four year olds. Major renovations to the convent included tearing down walls, adding bathrooms and new carpeting to create an open and fun space for the children.
The Archdiocese of Washington serves about 29,000 students in 96 elementary, secondary, special schools, and early learning centers in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.
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