Celebrating our identity and the accomplishments of our ministry to Catholic School Education is an annual January event in the nation and locally. (Here in the Northeast, with snow and ice, I wish they would choose another time, though). It is our time to rightfully and justifiably be proud of who we are. The theme this year is "Raising the Standards", and I know that our local, regional Catholic School - Queen of Angels - has much to be thankful for and much to be proud of, as they, in their twenty years as Queen of Angels, have proven that they are standard bears in so many instances of life.
To showcase the school, a number of special events has been scheduled from yesterday through this Friday. The school community was highlighted yesterday at the Masses in the five parishes responsible for the school. There was also a Family Game Day in the afternoon at the school gym. This afternoon there is an All School Liturgy which I am looking forward to. Tuesday we honor our bus drivers, dress in the school colors, have a "buddy lunch" with the buddy system of older and younger youngsters sharing lunch together, and at 1:00 pm the Game Show - You Can Win It!
Wednesday sees an open house during the day (9 to 2) and in the evening (6 to 7); grade 6 & 7 science projects are displayed; weather forecaster Dennis Bowman from KDKA in Pittsburgh will speak at 2pm; an art show is scheduled all day in the gym; and a program - the Museum of Famous People is from 6 to 7 pm. Thursday is a teachers' luncheon provided by homeroom parents; our 4th graders will Skype with Queen of Angels School in Louisiana; and the student council will hold a "beach blanket bingo in the afternoon.
Finally on Friday is dress down day; Student Jeopardy at 12:30; and the highlight of the week - the student/teacher volleyball game in the gym at 2 pm (I thank God that with my bad legs that I cannot do any more than cheer from the sidelines - otherwise it would be embarrassing).
We are very proud of our school, our excellent program, our faculty and administration and staff, our dedicated parents and supporters, but most especially our youngsters. They are a delight and a blessing.