Celebrating Catholic Schools
A Message From the VP
Catholic Schools Week 2020 brings one of the most exciting weeks of the school year— when Catholic schools across the country celebrate the theme “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Those words are certainly familiar to our school community, as they are threaded throughout Saint Patrick Catholic School’s mission, philosophy, and Student Learning Expectations. Every day, including both weekends, holds special events. Here are a few highlights:
#CSW20 will introduce a new program called “St. Pats Reads” to our community. Research indicates that reading is one of the best things parents can do with their children, and we are eager to promote that in a fun way. Every family with students in grades K-8 will receive a book (or two different books, if they have students at different grade levels) to keep, with the hope that the books will be read aloud together. Abby McElligott, Susan Krattli, and Katherine Lilly have been instrumental in making this possible, and their team will share all of the details of the program as it unfolds.
Wednesday marks Celebrate Our Students Day, featuring guest speaker Cindy Davis, Principal at Bellarmine Preparatory High School, at an Academic & Class Awards Assembly.
Friday will bring the legendary Faculty v. 8th Graders Volleyball Game, which is always fun (as long as I can be in the bleachers). Friday night, however, promises a great time for all, as Saint Patrick Parent Association presents Family Bingo Night in the gym. Our own Chris Gavin gets to showcase his inner carnival barker talents as our bingo caller (he’s been practicing his skills on me for weeks, so please come).
We “learn, serve, lead, and succeed” every day at St. Pats but it’s still good to have a special week to celebrate Catholic schools. I am proud to get to do this with all of you.
Thanks for all you do.
About Catholic Schools Week
As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the Dominican Sisters who established Saint Patrick Catholic School and were the first teachers here. Their order was inspired by Saint Dominic who lived during the 13th century. St. Dominic heard God’s call that he should bring the light of truth to people. He eventually established a religious order to educate people in their faith and the world around them.
The Dominican Sisters who founded Saint Patrick Catholic School in 1893 followed St. Dominic’s example. They were prayerful women who led by example. They lived simply. They believed that people come to the truth of Christian faith through prayer and education. They humbly served the families and students of our parish and school for over one hundred years.
In their example, we see a clear model of what Catholic education means today. We strive to assist the young in seeking knowledge through education and by encouraging curiosity. We work to guide them in making Christ’s love and compassion present to the world through humble service. With them, we honor God through prayer and participation in the sacraments. In following the tradition of the Dominican Sisters who came before, Saint Patrick Catholic School continues to build upon their rich history of teaching young people.
It’s clear that we have much to be grateful for. Let’s offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the Dominican women who gave Saint Patrick Catholic School its start. Without them, we would not have the legacy of Catholic education that we are able to share today.
Schedule of Events
Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week.
Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
The theme for National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation.
Who will win the Souper Bowl benefitting St. Leo Food Connection?
Students read their Catholic School essays at Mass to kick to kick-off Catholic Schools Week. The ASB and the School Commission hosted social hour after morning Masses at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.
Monday: ASB Pep Assembly
Students and faculty gathered for an ASB Assembly featuring Minute-To-Win-It competitions.
Tuesday: Celebrating Families
On the playground in the morning before school and in the afternoon at pick up
Wednesday: Academic & Class Awards Assembly featuring Keynote Speaker Cindy Davis, Principal at Bellarmine Preparatory School
Join us in Celebrating Our Students during Catholic Schools Week 2020 at our Academic & Class Awards Assembly on January 29, 2020, at 9:20 A.M. in Skip Butler Gymnasium at Saint Patrick Catholic School featuring a keynote from guest speaker, Cindy Davis, Principal at Bellarmine Preparatory High School.
Ms. Cindy Davis joined the Bellarmine community in the fall of 1984 as a Health and Science teacher. She taught for 19 years, spending five of them as Department Chair for the PE/Health Department. She completed the University of Washington’s Principal Certification Program, including a Master’s Degree in Education, in the fall of 2003. Cindy served as Bellarmine’s Dean of Students from 2003 to 2014 and has also supervised and supported student activities including student government, the cheer program, the drama program, and robotics.
In July 2014 Cindy agreed to serve the school as Interim Principal for the 2014-15 school year, while a full search was conducted for a permanent hire. She began her service as Principal on February 18, 2015.
Thursday: Mass for Vocations
Join us for our all-school Mass celebrating vocations.
Friday: Your Favorite NFL Team & BINGO Night
Join us for the Faculty &Staff/8th Grade Volleyball Game in the Skip Butler Gym and wear your favorite NFL-team apparel or colors as we head into Super Bowl weekend. Then get ready to shout BINGO at our family BINGO night starting at 5:45 P.M. It is a wonderful opportunity to share a glimpse into our warm and compassionate school community with friends and family.
Join us in celebrating Catholic Schools Week at Saint Patrick Catholic School!