It is always so nice to reach the end of January and begin our celebration of Catholic Schools Week. We started off by celebrating with our parish family at wonderful Sunday Mass followed by the Open House.
Thank you to our students who were greeters, readers, Eucharistic ministers, sang in the choir and played in the band at the liturgy. Thank you also goes to Student Ambassadors who gave guided tours and to the wonderful group of parents who volunteered in classrooms to answer prospective families’ questions, baked cookies, or served as greeters. We had a huge crowd for open house and I heard many compliments from those attending about how welcomed they felt.
We continue our celebration with special events scheduled for each day this week.
At the end of our Sunday liturgy, we honored our 2018 Distinguished Graduate, Dr. Mary Frances Zamberlin from the Class of 1979. Mary is an amazing mother, teacher, author and athlete who suffered a massive brain hemorrhage 11 years ago, just 8 days after the birth of her twin daughters. Mary has made remarkable strides over the years and now lives on her own in a small apartment across from the school. Mary can be seen spending hours walking around the block surrounding the school as she continues to build strength. Mary credits her deep faith in God for getting her through the struggles of the past eleven years. Read her full story here.
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, January 31st we celebrate Grandparent / Grandfriend Day. The parking lot will open 10:00am for our guests to pick up their grandchild/ren and head over to the church for a 10:30am Mass in their honor. Please remember to have your child pack a sack lunch for themselves and their guests. Coffee and cookies will be served.
Our re-enrollment cycle for the 2018-19 school year starts on Wednesday. Packets will be distributed at our State of the School presentation at 7:00pm on Wednesday evening in Banchero Hall. A repeat session will be held at 8:30am next Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 8:30am in the church Assembly Room. Don’t miss it!
Congratulations to our Geography Bee winners! Last Friday afternoon we held the National Geographic Geography Bee finals for grades 4th-8th. Two finalists from each class competed in oral and written questions. We have amazing students. Could you answer questions such as: The Seikan Tunnel connects the island of Hokkaido with what other Japanese island? Answer: Honshu. Our students answered many similar ones. The winners of the contest were: First Place: Jane Hurley- 7th grade, Second Place: Jack Shoemaker-8th grade, and Third Place: Emani Burkhart – 5th grade. Congratulations to all who competed!
Don’t forget Student Appreciation Day this Friday, February 2nd. We get to spend the day celebrating our favorite young people. You are welcome to join us for the always popular (and LOUD) 8th grade v. faculty volleyball game at 1:30pm. Will the faculty once again reign supreme? Stay tuned!
Have a great week!