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Delano & Loretto celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Feb. 1, 2009

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

DELANO, LORETTO, MN – Catholic Schools Week 2010 started Jan. 31, and goes until Saturday, Feb. 6, with the theme “Catholic Schools - Dividends for Life.”

Since the first celebration in 1974, Catholic Schools Week has been an annual national recognition of the role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-added education for America’s young people.

Catholic schools emphasize intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, and social values in their students.

According to the National Catholic Educational Association, the purpose of Catholic Schools Week is to build community awareness of, and involvement in, Catholic schools throughout the country.

During this week, many dioceses and schools encourage parents to take full advantage of the benefits of local Catholic schools by enrolling their children in those schools.

Students at St. Peter Catholic School in Delano, as well as at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Academy in Loretto, will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week with dress-up days, speakers, and special activities.

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (USCCB).  Individual dioceses and local Catholic elementary and secondary schools develop and promote their own CSW activities each year.

To learn more about Catholic Schools Week, go to www.ncea.org.

Saints Peter and Paul Academy in Loretto events Feb. 1-6

Monday, Feb. 1
Students will participate in their favorite dress down day, “pajama day.”

Academy students will also begin the week helping the community in a “Penny Wars” competition.

All money will be donated to the Hanover Food Shelf.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Tuesday is “red, white, and blue” day.

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is the preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten open house and K-3 art show.

The Academy will also collect  items and pack them in shoe boxes for soldiers serving abroad, through the “Operation Shoebox Gift.”

Wednesday, Feb. 3
“Let it Snow Day” is Wednesday, and students in grades K-8 will be tubing at Elm Creek from 10 a.m. to noon and should dress down accordingly.

Later in the day, music will be played over the PA at random times and students (and staff) will drop everything and dance.

Thursday, Feb. 4
Thinking about becoming a priest, brother, or nun? What about a firefighter, policeman, or teacher?

On Thursday, students will promote the vocation of their choice by dressing as whatever they want to be when they grow up.

Friday, Feb. 5
On Friday, students can dress like their favorite faculty or staff member. 

Volunteers are invited to attend Mass at 8:30 a.m. and then enjoy a reception in their honor in the dining hall.

Carnations from parents to the staff will also be delivered this day.

The entire school will play Bingo at 10 a.m. and participate in “mini courses” starting at 1 p.m.

Feb. 1-6 events at St. Peter’s School

Monday, Feb. 1
On Monday, students will have the opportunity to wear “mix and match” outfits, along with crazy hair styles.

At 12:30 p.m., Sister Monica will give a presentation.

“She’ll be speaking about vocations,” Belpedio said.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Tuesday is “dress like your favorite book character” day.

Magician Brian Richards will be doing a show, with the theme, “Magical Dividends.”

Richards, who combines education with entertainment, speaks at schools throughout Minnesota.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Students can wear their favorite camoflauge pants, shirts, and hats Wednesday, for St. Peter’s “camo day.”

Starting at 1:30 p.m., the students will have the chance to play board games.

Thursday, Feb. 4
“Class color” day is Thursday. Kindergarteners wear green, first graders wear orange, second grade wears black, third grade is red, fourth is purple, fifth is gold, and sixth is blue.

In the afternoon, the school will have outdoor “winter olympic” games including hockey and a sled pull.

Friday, Feb. 5
Friday will be “dress your best” day, and there will be a talent show at 12:30 p.m.

A Pennies for Patients kickoff will start at 1:30 p.m.

A five-year-old cancer patient from Delano and his mother will be speaking in the afternoon.

The Pennies for Patients initiative will take place Monday through Friday, Feb. 8-12.


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