What is National Catholic Schools Week?
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, which in 2015 is January 25 - 31. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses 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.
A Note from Fr. Pat
Since Sunday, January 25th kicks off Catholic Schools Week, it’s a good time to take stock of some strengths of St. Anthony’s School and also a couple of areas for improvement.
I believe that our parish school excels in three vital areas:
1) Catholic Identity: In Classroom instruction, weekly Mass and extracurricular activates, the school shows it’s strong Catholic identity. This is not necessarily true in every part of the USA.
2) Our academic standards are consistently among the highest for elementary schools in our area. 3) Parental involvement in our school has been strong for many years. Parents are kept informed about their child’s academic, behavioral and spiritual growth / activities through a variety of means. Parents are involved in fundraising activities throughout the school year. They also have enthusiastic attendees during the Christmas and Lenten programs.
St. Anthony’s School is actively addressing the areas of improvement.
1) Marketing of the School is vital during a time of declining enrollment. There is much that can be done in this area.
2) Making technology more accessible in the classroom for every child. Every child should have access to a durable tablet during class time.
If you would care to make a financial gift to ensure this is a reality, please contact Mrs. Hoffman, school principal.
Faithfully, Fr. Pat Walker