Montgomery County Catholic Schools Celebrate the New School Year

August 21, 2007

Catholic schools in Montgomery County are welcoming the new school year with celebrations and special programs. Among the events planned for the first week of school which opens on Tuesday, September 4:

Wednesday, August 29, 8:30 a.m., St. Catherine Labouré, 11811 Claridge Road, Wheaton
Principal Beverly Consilvio (301-946-1717) is having a special workshop for faculty, “Weaving technology into the classroom.” This year the school is opening a new computer room that increases capacity from 18 to 30 students.

Tuesday, September 4, 8:30 a.m., & Wednesday, September 5, 9:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth School, 917 Montrose Road, Rockville
Principal Vince Spadoni (301-881-1824) is opening the year with to balloons, banners and signs on Tuesday, September 4, welcoming over 500 children and their families at a special opening day celebration. Voices will be lifted in song and prayer and a special ribbon cutting for ‘new beginnings’ will take place.

On September 5 at 9:30 a.m., Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will celebrate opening Mass for the students and faculty.

Tuesday, September 4, 9:00 a.m., St. Raphael School, 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville
St. Raphael School opened last year and now is welcoming pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. The festivities will begin with a Mass at 9:00 a.m., followed by an open house where children will meet their teachers and see their classrooms. A local children’s entertainer and lots of Italian ice also will be on hand to help celebrate, said Principal Teri Dwyer (301-762-2143).

Of Note – Our Lady of Lourdes School, Bethesda
After more than 30 years, Mrs. Mary Weadon and Mrs. Phyllis Cleveland begin their final year teaching the “Little Group” program for three and four year olds. The Little Group classrooms were renovated this summer in beautiful primary colors and a second pre-kindergarten class is being offered this year, according to Principal Patricia McGann (301-654-5376).

Stay Tuned – Grand Opening for New Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School on September 13 in Takoma Park.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 105 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 32,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. Catholic school information is online at

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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