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School News in Brief - December 2016

The Northern Cross - December 2016
School News in Brief

Marquette School Remembrance Walk-a-Thon

Students of Marquette School in Virginia who raised $500 or more for the Remembrance Walk-a-Thon had the privilege of taping Jean Virant, principal, and Father Brandon Moravitz, pastor, to the gym wall on Oct. 19. Students had great fun cheering on students doing the taping. Congratulations and thank you to Juhani Rosandich, Noah Fox, Addison Papin, Ella Bialke, Edward Sandquist, Ellie Spaeth and Marija Phelps on raising more than $500 each.

Annual dinner and auction turns 21

Parents, parishioners, alumni and friends of Holy Rosary School in Duluth are invited to gather together on Friday, Jan. 27, for the 21st annual dinner and auction event. This year’s party kicks off Catholic Schools Week and will take place at Northland Country Club. The evening includes a social hour, dinner, live and silent auction, and the fund-a-cause to raise money for a designated project from the school’s mission-vision list. Last year’s fund-a-cause supported the repair and refinishing of the gym floor, new basketball hoops and the new container garden on the back terrace. Funds raised support the student experience every day. The school’s largest fundraiser, it affects every student. This year’s event includes a few new twists — a live band, casual attire and online ticket purchasing along with traditional favorites such as the Heads-and-Tails game. For more information, contact the mission advancement office

Saints at Holy Rosary

On All Saints’ Day, first grade students of Holy Rosary School in Duluth dress as a chosen saint. Every year the students cross the parking lot in their costumes to present themselves and the saint they portray to the bishop and Pastoral Center staff. United through time and tradition, this celebration began with Dominican Sister Mary Samuella Volk, who taught at Holy Rosary School for 17 years. This beloved event has been carried on as part of the first grade experience by current teacher, Jodi Altonen.

Founding order returns for a visit

The Dominican Sisters’ story is intertwined with the history and the traditions of Holy Rosary School in Duluth. It started when seven young women boarded the train from their home in Springfield, Ill., bound for northeastern Minnesota to preach the gospel, to educate young minds and to live in community. These Dominicans answered the invitation of Bishop John T. McNicholas, bishop of Duluth and himself a Dominican, to assist with opening a new grade school in eastern Duluth. Holy Rosary School started as Our Lady of the Rosary and opened its doors in September 1923 with six classrooms offering grades 1-8. Daily and weekly Mass, weddings, baptisms and liturgical celebrations were held in the space now occupied by the current school gymnasium. The new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary opened in 1957. The sisters taught all grades until 1953, when the first lay teacher was hired. They also taught for a time at St. Michael’s School in Lakeside. In 2005, the Dominicans notified the Diocese of Duluth and the parish of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary that the order would be withdrawing from the school due to declining numbers of sisters and a renewed focus on serving their own schools and missions.

Nursery rhymes

Kindergartners at Marquette School in Virginia enhanced their lessons on nursery rhymes by creating some themselves. Recently they presented their original stories to their parents. Nursery rhymes the students created and performed had titles such as “ Robin,” “A Big Blue Whale,” “Two Rabbits and Two Chickens,” and “An Orange Arctic Fox.”

Glow Run raises $18K

Assumption Catholic School held its second annual “Lumen Christi” Glow Run Saturday, Oct. 15, with great success. Assumption students, with the help of their families and friends, raised more than $18,000. Students illuminated the school’s field wearing glow bracelets, necklaces, face paint and various other glowing items which the students earned by fundraising. The more money they raised, the more glow gear they earned. Father Nick Nelson, associate pastor, and Father Gabriel Waweru, pastor, were the emcees for the evening, inspiring students to run the assigned laps around the field while keeping the evening festivities on schedule. Father Waweru said, “It was indeed Lumen Christi with a full moon to start us off. I am very proud of all of our students and grateful for all volunteers who made it happen.” The Glow Run was set to run with the parish’s fall festival this year so families could enjoy a full day of fun and entertainment. Students in Pre-K through sixth grade began fundraising in early September by going out into the community and asking for pledges. Students ran laps around a track according to grade: first grade ran one lap, second grade ran two laps, etc. The top two earners were fifth-grader Vincent Marchetti and second-grader Emma Kangas, who were rewarded with bikes provided by Nelson Roofing. All funds raised directly benefited the school.

Christmas programs

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth are preparing for their annual Christmas programs to be held in December. Please contact your local Catholic school and join in the festivities. The children work hard on the presentations and would like everyone to join them in celebrating this most holy season.

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St., 56401; (218) 829-2344;;
Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., 55720; (218) 879-8516;;
Duluth: Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., 55812; (218) 724-8565;;
Duluth: St. James School 715 N. 57th Ave. W., 55807; (218) 624-1511;;
Duluth: St. John’s School, 1 W. Chisholm St., 55803; (218) 724-9392;;
Duluth: St. Michael’s Lakeside School, 4628 Pitt St., 55804; (218) 525-1931;;
Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St., 55744; (218) 326-6034;;
Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., 55746; (218) 263-3054;;
International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St., 56649; (218) 283-3430;;
Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St., 55792; (218) 741-6811;;