More than 20,000 students and 1,500 faculty and staff at 48 Catholic elementary and secondary schools will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week from January 29-February 4, 2012. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Faith, Academics, Service.”
Festivities for the week include the annual liturgy at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 31, at Holy Trinity Parish (501 Cherrywood Road). Student and faculty representatives from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville will attend this liturgy, which will be celebrated by the Vicar General for the Archdiocese, Very Reverend J. Mark Spalding.
At the liturgy, awards will be given, including the Distinguished Elementary Principal
Award to Cathy Guizio of St. Martha School, the Religious Educational Excellence Award to Johna Fortener of Presentation Academy, and the Outstanding School Volunteer Award to Sally Lynch of John Paul II Academy. In addition, the recipient of the Fr. Joseph McGee Award for Outstanding Catholic Educator, Mary Jane Spaulding of St. Dominic School in Springfield, will be acknowledged. The Father McGee award is presented each year at the Salute to Catholic School Alumni dinner, which will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
In addition to these awards, the Catholic Education Foundation will be presenting its first poster and essay-writing contest awards to three elementary students for winning posters and one high school student for a winning essay. The poster and essay contests invited students to celebrate Catholic schools and the contributions schools make in “Faith, Academics, and Service.”
The 48 Catholic elementary and secondary schools are located in seven counties in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Schools will be participating in many activities throughout the week. Following is a sampling of these activities.
St. Albert School Holds Intergenerational Discussion about Confirmation and Honors Distinguished Alumnus, Mayor Greg Fischer
On Tuesday, January 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m., St. Albert School’s (1395 Girard Drive) 8th-grade Confirmation candidates will invite their grandparents to Mass and to a discussion about changes in the sacrament of Confirmation. Those students whose grandparents cannot attend will be matched with members of St. Albert Parish’s senior citizens group, Aces. Mass will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by activities in the school cafeteria at around 10:00 a.m.
On Thursday, February 2, at 9:30 a.m., St. Albert School will honor distinguished graduate Mayor Greg Fischer, who graduated from St. Albert in 1972.
Contact: Bernadette Cooper, Principal, 502/425-1804
St. Andrew Academy Invites Community to Forum on School Choice and to Open House
On Wednesday, February 1, St. Andrew Academy (7724 Columbine Drive) will welcome community members of southwest Louisville to a forum about school choice at 6:30 p.m. The event will include an airing of the film Waiting for Superman, an award-winning production that examines the challenges of our educational system, and a presentation about the availability of tuition assistance by School Choice Scholarships of Louisville.
On Sunday, February 5, at noon, St. Andrew will hold an open house and registration for interested families.
Contact: Jennifer Barz, Principal, 502/935-4578
St. James School Holds Open House and Variety Show
On Tuesday, January 31, St. James School (1818 Edenside Drive) will welcome interested families to an open house and variety show from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The variety show featuring performances by students will begin at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Contact: Kelly Yurt, 502/454-0330, ext. 31
St. Leonard School Considers “How to be Cool” and Welcomes Speaker about Community Service
On Tuesday, January 31, at 9:15 a.m., St. Leonard School (440 Zorn Avenue) will host Lorie Jacobs, Development Director of United Crescent Hill Ministries, who will speak to students about the needs of the Crescent Hill neighborhood and ways to be of service in their neighborhoods.
Throughout the week at morning assemblies (held at 7:50 a.m.), the St. Leonard 4th- and 5th-grade students will demonstrate how “it is cool to take care of yourself” for the rest of the school. Students will discuss how to make good food choices, how to be prepared for class, and how to be neat and clean, based upon their own resolutions to be “a better me.” This project is an extension of the school motto, which is “St. Leonard is Cooler by the River.”
Contact: Janice Barry or Linda Kinderman, Principal, 502/897-5265
St. Patrick School Wages Penny War
From Monday through Friday of Catholic Schools Week, St. Patrick School (1000 North Beckley Station Road) will hold a penny war to raise money for Nativity Academy in Louisville.
Contact: Robin Nall, 502/608-3127 or Dr. Michael Bratcher, Principal, 502/244-7083
St. Raphael School Celebrates Students at Appreciation Events
On Friday, February 3, St. Raphael School (2131 Lancashire Avenue) will hold a Magic Show with the theme “Respect for Others” at 9:00 a.m. for grades preschool and grade 1 and at 10:00 a.m. for grades 2 and 3. At 1:30 p.m., the faculty versus student volleyball game will be held.
Contact: Jean Ann May or Dr. Paul DeZarn, Principal, 502/456-1541
NELSON COUNTY: St. Joseph School in Bardstown Holds Several Events
At St. Joseph Elementary (320 West Stephen Foster Blvd.) in Bardstown, Ky., students will participate in a variety of activities. Students will write thank-you notes to parents, and middle school students will attend a skating party at the Whispering Wheels Roller Rink on Monday, January 30. On Tuesday, January 31, principal Michael Bickett will call a school-wide bingo game at 2:00 p.m. On Wednesday, February 2, students in grades 3-5 will enjoy skating at the Whispering Wheels Roller Rink, and on Thursday, February 2, students of St. Joseph Elementary will attend Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral (309 West Stephen Foster Avenue). After Mass, middle school students will go to Bethlehem High School for lunch and activities with the Bethlehem students, and the primary level students will be entertained in the gym at 1:00 p.m. by the Bureau of Lectures and Concert Artists from Lawrence, Kansas. On Friday, February 3, the 8th-grade versus faculty volleyball game will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Connie Whiteman or Michael Bickett, Principal, 502/348-5994
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