Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools

Events will help those in need and showcase students’ talents

January 28, 2010

Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, February 1-5. 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:


Washington, DCPep Rally, Feb. 1, 2:00 p.m.
St. Peter Interparish School, 422 Third St., SE, Washington DC (contact: 202-544-1618)

The school will celebrate “School Spirit Day” with a Pep Rally on the upper playground. Each class will perform a short cheer.

St. Mary’s CountyBus Driver Appreciation, Feb. 1, 2:00 p.m.
St. Michael School, 16560 Three Notch Rd, Ridge, MD (contact: 301-872-5454)

The bus drivers will be served a special feast in the afternoon and will be presented with gifts and cards by their riders.

Prince George’s CountyCharity Fundraising Projects Kickoff, Feb. 1, 1:30 p.m.
St. Columba School, 7800 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill, MD (contact: 301-567-6212)

The school will kick off its week-long service projects to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Math-A-Thon program, where students obtain sponsors for solving a variety of math problems.


Prince George’s CountyChildren’s Choir Performance, Feb. 2, 8:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Holy Redeemer School, 4902 Berwyn Rd., College Park, MD (contact: 301-474-3993)

During the school’s open house the school’s Children’s Choir will perform and there will be displays on the curriculum and co-curricular activities throughout the school.

Charles CountyFood and Clothing Drive, Feb. 2, 9:15 a.m.
St. Peter School, 3310 St. Peter’s Dr., Waldorf, MD (contact: 301-843-1955)

Students from all grades will bring in food for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and clothing for Sew Much Comfort, an organization that alters new clothing for amputated veterans. Art teacher Joan Dulcey volunteers for this organization in her spare time and will talk to the students about the group’s work.


Washington, DCCatholic Jeopardy, Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m.
St. Peter Interparish School, 422 Third St., SE, Washington, DC (contact: 202-544-1618)

Two teams of students in grades 1-8 will compete in Catholic Jeopardy in the Parish Hall at the corner of 3rd and C Streets, SE.

Prince George’s CountyVocations Day, Feb. 3, 9:10-10:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
St. Mary of the Assumption School, 4610 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD (contact: 301-627-4170)

Students will write letters or draw pictures for the men studying to become priests for the Archdiocese of Washington and retired Immaculate Heart of Mary religious sisters.


Montgomery CountyStudent-Faculty Volleyball, Feb. 4, 1:15 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours School, 115 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD (contact: 301-990-2441)

The 8th grade students will take on school faculty in a volleyball game.

Montgomery CountyValentines for Troops, Feb. 4, 1:15 p.m.
St. Catherine Labouré School, 11811 Claridge Rd, Wheaton, MD (contact: 301-946-1717)

Younger grades will pair with the older grades to make Valentines for American military members serving overseas.

Montgomery CountyFormal Tea to Thank Volunteers, Feb. 4, 1:45 p.m.
St. Peter School, 2900 Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD (contact: 301-774-9112)

Parent volunteers and school benefactors will be invited to a formal tea, served by the 8th grade students, in the parish hall. Principal Elizabeth Whelan will serve as the hostess.

Prince George’s CountyMini-classes for a Day, Feb. 4, 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s School of Piscataway, 13407 Piscataway Rd., Clinton, MD (contact: 301-292-2522)

Students will get to spend the day in different mini-classes ranging from cooking to making Valentines to learning about Civil War history and French.

St. Mary’s CountyCelebrity Readers, Feb. 4, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
St. Michael School, 16560 Three Notch Rd., Ridge, MD (contact: 301-872-5454)

The Commanding Officer of NAS Patuxent River, a Point Lookout State Park ranger and an author from St. Mary’s County will be among the local celebrities to visit classes and read books to the students.


Prince George’s CountyFeeding the Homeless, Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
St. Matthias Apostle School, 9743 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD (contact: 301-577-9412)

Students will bake and decorate cookies and prepare lunches to distribute to the area’s homeless. Older grades will work with the younger grades on this project.

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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