The Diocese of Pittsburgh will celebrate Catholic Schools Week starting Monday with activities highlighting the theme, "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards." Here's a roundup of some activities in Catholic schools in North:
St. Alphonsus School, Pine - Activities begin with a liturgy and open house at 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Among other activities will be "Dress for a Cause" on Wednesday, a service project for Bethlehem Haven Shelter, followed by a "Minute to Win It" competition. Next Thursday and on Feb. 1, a carnival for grades K-4 and bingo for grades 5-8 will benefit the diocesan mission in Chimbote, Peru.
Christ the Divine Teacher Academy, Aspinwall - On Saturday, there will be an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. and a Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a reception. There also will be the traditional "Doughnuts with Dad" and "Muffins with Mom" and some service activities, such as Valentines to veterans, help with Meals on Wheels, a musical presentation by parents and a Junior Achievement Day next Thursday. The week will close with a Mass on Feb. 1.
North Catholic, Troy Hill - A day of prayer Monday along with an assembly on anti-bullying and misuse of social media will start the week. Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day with students providing food, cards and videos, while Wednesday is Student Appreciation Day with teachers providing the food and cards. There will be activities next Thursday while Feb. 1 will feature an all-school Mass with alumni invited and students writing thank-you notes to alumni and the community.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Harrison - The school choir will sing at Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, there will be various field trips Monday, a program, "Australian Animal Outback Adventure," will be Tuesday, and Dr. Seuss characters will visit primary classrooms Wednesday. Students will swap positions for the first two periods with teachers next Thursday and a closing Mass for the school will be at 9:30 Feb. 1. Dismissal will be at 11:45.
St. Kilian, Seven Fields - Students will spend the week trying to attain all five parts of the Celtic way - honesty, respect, self-discipline, compassion and responsibility. Monday is Religious Leaders Day with each class making cards and attending Mass. Tuesday, upper and lower grades will pair classrooms and do activities or will play bingo and monopoly and read books. Parent appreciation day and movie day is Wednesday, spirit day and student appreciation day is next Thursday and teacher appreciation day is Feb. 1 with an all-school bingo in the afternoon.
St. Mary, Shaler - Students will serve as lectors and greeters and will distribute thank-you notes at the end of Sunday Masses. On Monday, a prayer service will be followed with joint activities with St. Ursula School students. Tuesday, teacher appreciation is the focus with eighth-grade student teachers for all classes and a teachers luncheon. A basketball shooting activity in all gym classes on Tuesday and next Thursday will raise money for the Lymphoma Society in the name of third-grader Mario Noro. Wednesday will feature blanket collections for the homeless and there will be a science fair next Thursday. Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 1.
St. Teresa of Avila, Ross - Among the most significant events will be a day of service next Thursday when students will visit Manor Care, Vincentian Regency and Vincentian Home, St. Louise Convent, World Vision Distribution Center and the Children's Institute and North Hills Rehabilitation Center. They also will attend an off site educational site such as Children's Museum, Frick, and the National Aviary. The week will culminate with Mass at 9 a.m. and a faculty luncheon.
St. Wendelin, Carbon Center - The program "Discovering Environments" will be Monday with students learning about parts of the world that are different from where they live. Wednesday is bridges day for parents and teachers to bridge the gap between home and school. It will be followed by the presentation of the saint skits, which will teach students about the lives of their class-chosen saints. The morning will end with the weekly morning school Mass. Students will celebrate the 100th day of school next Thursday while Feb. 1 will be devoted to Junior Achievement.