Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools

Events Include Group Hair-cutting, Religion Bee and Mittens for Foster Care

January 23, 2008

Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, January 27-February 2. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through faith, service and academics.

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:

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 & 27

Protecting God’s Planet World Tour, Jan. 26, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Jan. 27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist, 8912 Old Branch Avenue, Clinton (contact: 301-868-2010)

Visit the different grades and learn how you can lend a helping hand as you travel the world. Plunge into the colorful Coral Reef with 2nd graders. Join 5th graders for a skywalk through the forest canopy. Explore the Chesapeake Bay with 4th graders. And more!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

Thank You Notes, follows all Masses
St. Bartholomew, 6900 River Road, Bethesda (contact: 301-229-5586)

Children of St. Bartholomew School will read essays at the end of all Masses and then will distribute thank you notes. Masses are on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (in Spanish).

Thank You Notes, follows all Masses
St. Ann’s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (contact: 202-363-4460)

St. Ann’s students will hand out thank you cards to parishioners after the Sunday Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28

Carnival Day, 8:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
St. Mary, 600 Veirs Mill, Rockville (contact: 301-762-4179)

Beginning with a pancake and sausage breakfast at 8:00 a.m., students at St. Mary have a day of celebration ahead of them. Following breakfast, each class will spend time at St. Mary’s Carnival (beginning at 9:00 a.m.). Students will enjoy sack races, ring toss, hula hoops and more.

Service Project for Forestville Pregnancy Center, morning
St. Philip the Apostle, 5414 Henderson Way, Camp Springs (contact: 301-423-4740)

Students will be collecting items such as bottles, clothes, diapers and more for the Forestville Pregnancy Center. The donations will be distributed to the center later in the week.

Prayer for Peace, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
St. Michael the Archangel, 824 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring (contact: 301-585-6873)

St. Michael will open the week with a special prayer service for the whole school. They will have a moment of silence for those in the military. They will say the rosary together for peace in the world and the safety of our military.

Religion Bee, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
St. Bartholomew, 6900 River Road, Bethesda (contact: 301-229-5586)

The religion bee is open to students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. A pre-test is given in the classes with the top three student in each class selected to compete in the bee. Three teams are then put together, each consisting of a student from the three grades. The bee is held in the church hall in front of the entire student body.

Proclamation: St. Martin’s Day in Gaithersburg, 1:15-2:00 p.m.
St. Martin, 115 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg (contact: 301-990-2441)

St. Martin’s will have a prayer service with special guests Mayor Sidney Katz of Gaithersburg and Chief of Police John King. Mayor Katz will present a proclamation declaring January 28, 2008 St. Martin’s Day in Gaithersburg.

Mittens for Foster Care, 1:30 p.m.
St. Bernadette, 80 University Boulevard, Silver Spring (contact: 301-593-5611)

Children in kindergarten, first and second grades are collecting mittens for foster care children. On Monday, they will make little cards with special religious thoughts to tie to the mittens.

Locks of Love Haircutting, 2:00 p.m.
Holy Redeemer, 9715 Summit Avenue, Kensington (contact: 301-942-2333)

A mass haircutting will be held in the auditorium during a school assembly where over 30 girls who have been growing their hair for the past year will have their hair cut to donate to children suffering from permanent hair loss. It takes 6-10 ponytails to make just one hairpiece. Ponytails must be at least 10 inches in length. Over 100 girls in total have volunteered from Holy Redeemer. Some already have had their hair cut, while others need their hair to grow a little longer.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29

Reptile World, 8:30-10:45 a.m.
St. Philip the Apostle, 5414 Henderson Way, Camp Springs (contact: 301-423-4740)

Reptile World will speak with the grades during two assemblies and will showcase – on site – various reptiles including a very large boa constrictor. PreK3 – 3rd grade, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 4th-8th grades, 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Snake Man, 1:00 p.m.
St. Mary of the Assumption, 4610 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro (contact: 301-627-4170)

Snake Man from Reptile World will visit the students.

Faculty vs. Students Volleyball Game, 1:30 p.m.
St. Mary, 600 Veirs Mill, Rockville (contact: 301-762-4179)

It will be the eighth grade students against the faculty in a volleyball game at St. Mary School during Favorite Sports Apparel Day. Youth vs. experience. Who will win?!?

Thanking Our Bus Driver and Volunteers, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Little Flower School, 20410 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills (contact: 301-994-0404)

Students will honor the volunteers and bus driver who help make their school experience wonderful every day by starting this day with an Appreciation Breakfast. A band concert follows at 10:30 a.m. for families and classmates.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30

Community Appreciation Day, 8:10 a.m.-ongoing
St. John the Evangelist, 8912 Old Branch Avenue, Clinton (contact: 301-868-2010)

Each grade celebrates a local group and offers appreciation for all that they do for the community and nation during morning prayers. The community groups (policemen, firemen, librarians and more) are invited to morning prayers and to receive a gift and visit the classrooms.

International Day, all morning
Our Lady of Victory, 4755 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, DC (contact: 202-337-1421)

Each classroom at Our Lady of Victory will be converted into a different country with music, decorations, displays, food and more. Travel the world through the classrooms and experience different countries. Later in the afternoon, a Chinese storyteller will entertain the students.

Career Day & Valentines for Retired Religious, 8:45 a.m.-noon
St. Michael the Archangel, 824 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring (contact: 301-585-6873)

Students will hear from a television news anchor, a lawyer, a meteorologist, along with representatives from the FBI, Homeland Security and NOAA. Also throughout the day, students in kindergarten through third grade will make valentines for retired religious.

Patriotic Song Assembly, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
St. Bernadette, 80 University Boulevard, Silver Spring (contact: 301-593-5611)

St. Bernadette School will have a special flag raising ceremony accompanied with patriotic songs sung by Elizabeth Seton High School Choir. Students then will create cards of cheer or Valentine’s Day cards for servicemen and women at Walter Reed Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Bishop González Celebrates Mass, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart, 1625 Park Road, NW, Washington, DC (contact: 202-265-4828)

Bishop Francisco González, S.F., will celebrate Mass with the community of Sacred Heart School.

Students Hit Capitol Hill for National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools
11:00 a.m.: Congressional office visits begin
Capitol Hill buildings (contact: National Catholic Educational Association, 202-337-6232)

Catholic school students from around the country, including the Archdiocese of Washington – St. Ann’s Academy, Washington, DC; St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, Silver Spring – will get a first-hand look at Capitol Hill as they attend a meeting, take a group photo and visit their legislators’ offices to share information about the accomplishments and contributions of Catholic schools nationwide.

Art Fair, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, 1503 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC (contact: 202-547-7556)

Framed artwork by the students is presented in an art gallery style that parents can purchase.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

Wax Museum, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
St. Ann’s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (contact: 202-363-4460)

Fourth graders choose and research a famous person in history, then dress up and become that person. When touched the “wax” figures will come to life and explain who they are. Parents will attend.

Vocations and Career Day, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
St. Joseph, 11011 Montgomery Road, Beltsville (contact: 301-937-7154)

Parents, clergy and religious will visit the classes throughout the day, including a firefighter with his fire truck, a park policeman with his horse, Carmelite brothers and more.

Valentine Bags for Dorothy Day Place, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
St. Mary, 600 Veirs Mill, Rockville (contact: 301-762-4179)

The entire school will create Valentine’s Day bags for residents of Dorothy Day Place, a transitional housing facility for single, homeless women operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Faculty vs. Students Volleyball Game, 1:15-2:30 p.m.
St. Martin, 115 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg (contact: 301-990-2441)

It’s the students against the faculty in volleyball at St. Martin’s.

Celebrating the Students, 1:15-2:45 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist, 10201 Woodland Drive, Silver Spring (contact: 301-681-7656)

Students will be celebrated with games, songs and dance.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Bishop González Celebrates Mass, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
St. Martin, 115 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg (contact: 301-990-2441)

Bishop Francisco González, S.F., will celebrate Mass with the community of St. Martin School, the oldest Catholic school in Montgomery County. 55% of the students are non-White and 28% are Hispanic.

Grandmothers’ Tea, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
St. Ann’s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (contact: 202-363-4460)

In honor of St. Ann, the Grandmother of Jesus, the school is honoring grandmothers and any special people in the students’ lives. In art class the children make pendants to give to their special loved ones. In addition, the grandmothers watch a special performance of the “Wax Museum” performed by fourth graders who dress up and tell about a famous people in history. Then the students join their guests and enjoy a tea prepared by the second grade parents.

Talent Show, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
St. John, 43927 St. John’s Road, Hollywood (contact: 301-373-2142)

An annual feature of Catholic Schools Week, students dance, sing, tell jokes and much more!

Contact:
Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
301-853-4519
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