On Sunday, January 30th, we begin the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year is “Catholic Schools: A+ for America. High academics, strong faith and morals, a stable program and well-rounded students are all reasons why Catholic schools provide an A+ for America. Studies have shown that students educated in Catholic schools are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to enroll in college. Also Catholic school students perform higher on national and science achievement tests. Catholic schools truly are an A+ for America.
We hope you can join us for the many celebrations throughout Catholic Schools Week. On Sunday, we will be hosting our annual Open House and Carnival in the gym from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Everyone is invited to tour the school, visit with the teachers, and enjoy carnival games. (One can never have too many goldfish!) On Monday morning at 8:20 am, the students will gather at the flagpole for prayer, songs, and the flag salute as we celebrate National Day. On Tuesday, all the students will meet in the church at 2:50 pm to say a rosary for Jaden Krieger and a good diagnosis from his tests. Wednesday is Special Friends and Grandparents Day. We will be having a Mass at 9:00 am that will be hosted by Visitation Alumni. At 10:30 am the students will be giving special performances for all our guests in the Parish Center, and at 11:15 am students and guests will have lunch together. Wednesday afternoon, the 4th through 8th grades will listen to a special guest speaker talk about vocations. Thursday is Student Day with special activities for the students, and Friday is a no school Archdiocesan in-service day for teachers to listen to a speaker talk about faith. I thank you for your support of Catholic schools and a Catholic education for students, and I hope you can make it to Visitation’s special events.
Two on-going activities are pop tab collections for Ronald McDonald House Charities and the school Read-a-thon. Students have until February 7th to collect and bring in the tabs for our contest. The school goal is for 50 lbs. of tabs to be collected. The school Read-a-thon started last week and students should be asking for sponsors at this time. On February 1st, we will begin the reading portion, and students will read and record their minutes until February 15th. All monies earned from the Read-a-thon go into the Parents’ Club budget to pay for fieldtrips and student activities. Visitation Catholic School appreciates your help and support in these areas.
May God bless and guide all of our Catholic schools, teachers, and students!
Carol Funk, Principal