Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools

Events will help those in need and showcase students’ talents

January 26, 2009

Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, January 25-January 30. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through faith, service and academics.

The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year is Catholic Schools Celebrate Service. Different events will be held every day next week, 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. School contact information and open house dates and times are online at CatholicSchoolsWork.org. Among the events:


Prayer Service and Collection for St. Ann’s Infant Home, Jan. 26, 8:20 – 10:00 a.m.
Holy Redeemer School, 49th Ave. and Berwyn Rd., College Park (contact: 301-474-3993)
Students have been collecting diapers, baby formula and shampoo for the abandoned, abused and neglected children at St. Ann’s Infant Home in Hyattsville. During a prayer service, students will carry gifts to the altar representing their donations. After the prayer service, the students will pack up the items for delivery.

Grandparents Tea, Jan. 26, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart School, 1625 Park Rd., NW (contact: 202-265-4828)

Students and their grandparents will share tea, cookies and artwork at this bi-lingual school in Columbia Heights.

Making Blankets for Homeless, Jan. 27, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes School, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda (contact: 301-654-5376)

Spread out across the gym, students will cut and tie felt into 20 blankets as gifts for the homeless adults who are served meals at the church every Sunday night.

Valentine Crafts for Seniors and Military, Jan. 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Peter School, 3310 St. Peter’s Dr., Waldorf (contact: 301-843-1955)

Lower grades will be paired with their upper grade buddies to make Valentine-themed crafts (cards, key chains, door-hangers, etc.) that will be given to nursing home residents, Meals-on-Wheels recipients and military personnel overseas.

Religion Bee, Jan 26, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
St. Bartholomew School, 6900 River Rd., Bethesda (contact: 301-229-5586)

Top spellers from grades 3-5 will compete in teams in a Religion Bee held in the church hall with the entire student body watching.

Story Time for Youngsters, Jan. 26, 10:00 a.m.
Holy Angels – Sacred Heart School, 21335 Colton Point Rd., Avenue (contact: 301-769-3389)

All children ages 3-5 are invited to story time featuring guest reader Chad Jones, librarian at Charlotte Hall Public Library.

Meal in a Bag for Homeless, Jan. 26, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Mary School, 13735 Notre Dame Pl., Bryantown (contact: 301-932-6883)

Each student will make a “meal in a bag” to be donated to homeless shelters. School families were asked to bring in specific individually wrapped food items by grade which will be used to assemble the “meal in a bag” as well as to stock several church pantries.

Dance-a-thon and Read-a-thon for Disabled Children, Jan 26, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist School, 10201 Woodland Dr., Silver Spring (contact: 301-681-7656)

Grades 4-8 will dance the afternoon away in a dance-a-thon, while grades K-3 will participate in a read-a-thon. The money raised from both activities will be donated to severely disabled children.

Cardinal Hickey Day, Jan 26, 2:30 p.m.
Cardinal Hickey Academy, 1601 West Mount Harmony Rd., Owings (contact: 410-286-0404)

The National Junior Honor Society will make a presentation on the life of Cardinal James Hickey to teach their classmates about him and to see his spirit alive throughout the school named after him.


Valentine Cards for Seniors, Jan. 27, 9:15 – 11:30 a.m.
St. Catherine Labouré School, 11811 Claridge Rd., Wheaton (contact: 301-946-1717)
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students with their buddies from 6th, 7th and 8th grades will make Valentine Day cards for seniors.

Math Bee, Jan. 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and Spelling Bee, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
St. Augustine School, 1421 V St., NW (contact: 202-667-2608)

Students representing each grade will compete in a series of spelling and math bees throughout the afternoon.

Mittens, Bracelets & Cards, Jan. 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
St. Bernadette School, 80 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring (contact: 301-593-5611)

All students will participate in creative service projects. K-2nd graders – wrapping mittens and making tags for foster care children in Montgomery County; 3rd-5th graders – making friendship bracelets for children at a local Ronald McDonald House; 6th graders – making cards for servicemen and women; and 8th graders – writing letters to seminarians.

Arts Showcase & Variety Show, Jan. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Annunciation School, 3825 Klingle Pl., NW (contact: 202-362-1408)

Students’ artwork and their performances will be featured in the Parish Center with an arts showcase and variety show.


International Day, Jan. 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mary of Nazareth School, 14131 Seneca Rd., Darnestown (contact: 301-869-0940)
Students in grades K-5 will visit each other’s classrooms which represent different countries. Kindergarten – Mexico; 1st – Germany; 2nd – China; 3rd – Italy; 4th – Japan; and 5th – England. Middle school students will host international booths in the multi-purpose room presenting 17 different countries.


Breakfast to Go for Moms & Dads, Jan. 29, 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
Students vs. Faculty Volleyball, Jan. 29, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
St. Martin’s School, 115 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg (contact: 301-990-2441)
Parents will be given a breakfast bag in the morning when they drop off their children for school, which will include a special message from the students to parents. The 8th graders will try to make it two in a row in volleyball competing against the faculty!

Eighth Graders Teach, Jan. 29, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
St. Anthony School, 12th and Lawrence Sts., NW (contact: 202-526-4657)

Eighth graders will take a turn at teaching and the teachers will act like students!

Students vs. Faculty Volleyball, Jan. 29, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
St. Mary of the Mills School, 106 St. Mary’s Pl., Laurel (contact: 301-498-1433)

It’s the 8th graders suiting up against the faculty for a volleyball challenge game. Who will win?

St. Augustine Idol, Jan. 29, 1:00 p.m.
St. Augustine School, 1421 V St., NW (contact: 202-667-2608)

Students will perform in a talent and fashion show.

Students vs. Faculty Volleyball, Jan. 29, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
St. Elizabeth School, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville (contact: 301-881-1824)

Last year the faculty won. Who will win this year’s volleyball challenge between the faculty and students?


Mini Cooking & Dancing Classes, Jan. 30, 8:30 a.m.
St. Mary of Piscataway School, 13407 Piscataway Rd., Clinton (contact: 301-292-2522)
Students will learn how to cook and dance as they take mini cooking and dancing classes.

Faith Rally, Jan. 30, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cardinal Hickey Academy, 1601 West Mount Harmony Rd., Owings (contact: 410-286-0404)

The day will focus on faith and the Eucharist and will conclude at 2:00 p.m. with all grades reciting the Hail Mary in several foreign languages.

Bishop Knestout Celebrating Mass, Jan. 30, 10:00 a.m.
St. Martin’s School, 115 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg (contact: 301-990-2441)

Bishop Barry Knestout, the new auxiliary bishop of Washington, will celebrate Mass with students and faculty.

Sock Drive with Former Mrs. Maryland, Jan. 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
St. Hugh of Grenoble School, 145 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt (contact: 301-474-4071)

Former Mrs. Maryland, DeShawn Shepard, will accept donations of new socks from students to be distributed to the homeless. Ms. Shepard founded Project Goodwill after witnessing the effects of homelessness firsthand while growing up in Washington, DC.

Talent Show and Souper Bowl Kick-off, Jan. 30, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Our Lady Star of the Sea School, 92 Alexander Ln., Solomons (contact: 410-326-3171)

Students will showcase their talents at the annual talent show. They will sing, dance, play musical instruments and demonstrate Tae Kwon Do. Students also are participating in the Souper Bowl Kick-off, where they will bring in canned goods to vote for who they think will win the Super Bowl. The canned goods will benefit a local food bank.

Catholic Jeopardy, Jan. 30, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
St. Peter Interparish School, 422 Third St., SE, (contact: 202-544-1618)

Two teams of students in grades 1-8 will compete in Catholic Jeopardy.

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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