On Sunday, January 29th, we begin the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year is “Catholic Schools: Faith, Academics, Service”. High academics, strong faith and morals, a stable program and well-rounded students are all reasons why parents choose Catholic schools. 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 benefit students and 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 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. 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 A.M., the students will gather at the flagpole for prayer, songs, and the flag salute as we celebrate National Day. The students are invited to wear the colors red, white, and blue to show their patriotism. This includes blue jeans. On Tuesday, the students will be doing special activities for Community Day. Wednesday is Special Friends and Grandparents Day. We will be having Mass hosted by Visitation Alumni at 8:30 A.M. in the morning, special activities for students, parents and their guests from 9:15 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. in the Parish Center, a school performance at 10:30 A.M. in the Parish Center, and then lunch with our Special Friends and Grandparents at 11:15 A.M.. Thursday is Student Day with special activities and FREE DRESS for the students. Friday is a no school Archdiocesan in-service day for teachers to listen to a speaker talk about faith. Father Michael will be providing a retreat for the teachers this year. 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.
An on-going activity is pop tab collections for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Students have until Thursday, February 2nd to collect and bring in the tabs for our contest. The school goal is for 80 lbs. of tabs to be collected. As I walk around the school, I see many bags of pop tabs in the classrooms. The students are doing a great job of collecting them! Visitation Catholic School appreciates your help and support in this area.
May God bless and guide all of our Catholic schools, teachers, and students!
Carol Funk, Principal