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School News in Brief - January 2017

The Northern Cross - January 2017
School News in Brief

Catholic Schools Week

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, which in 2017 is Jan. 29 through Feb. 4. The theme for 2017 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. This is a great opportunity to visit the school especially if you are considering registering your children in a Catholic school. Please contact your local Catholic school and join in the activities.

Also, many schools have a SCRIP program. SCRIP is a fundraiser that is free for you! Just purchase SCRIP gift cards and certificates to use for your purchases at local and national brand stores and those merchants refund anywhere from 3-10 percent back to the school. Call the school to learn more.

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St.; (218) 829-2344;;

Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St.; (218) 879-8516;;

Duluth: Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St.; (218) 724-8565;;

Duluth: St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W.; (218) 624-1511;;

Duluth: St. John the Evangelist School, 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392;;

Duluth: St. Michael’s Lakeside School, 4628 Pitt St.; (218) 525-1931;;

Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St.; (218) 326-326-6034;, principal@

Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E.; (218) 263-3054;;

International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St.; (218) 283-3430;;

Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St.; (218) 741-6811;;

Assumption helps Knights give coats

The Knights of Columbus of Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing gave away 24 new winter coats for local children of all ages on Wednesday, Dec. 21. “Our Coats for Kids giveaway is an annual donation from the Knights of Columbus, however, we’ve had a difficult time getting the word out to families in need,” said Scott Ciochetto, Deputy Grand Knight. “This year we are thankful we have the help of Assumption Catholic School hosting the giveaway and distributing flyers to all Hibbing schools in the hopes to spread the word.” There were 12 coats for boys and 12 coats for girls.

Marquette supports Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Virginia received food for its Thanksgiving feast from the Marquette School. The students and families collected food during November and filled the Salvation Army van to the brim. Lieutenant Sean Wise and Mr. Jim Labernick from the Salvation Army picked up the groceries as well as helped the sixth grade class load the van.

Third grade teacher received into the church

At a recent Assumption Catholic School Mass, third grade teacher Sue Dolentz was received into full communion with the Catholic Church, through the sacrament of confirmation, one of the three sacraments of initiation. After receiving the sacrament of confirmation, Dolentz received the Holy Eucharist for the first time. Supported by her students with their prayers and example throughout the preparation and discernment process, the children also celebrated her big day with cake, cards and gifts.

Operation Christmas Child

For Holy Rosary School’s Thanksgiving drive this year, classes had the opportunity to choose to support the homeless in Duluth by donating socks to CHUM or underprivileged children in other countries by sending a box of Christmas gifts through Operation Christmas Child. Their response was enthusiastic. This year, through the coordinating efforts of the fifth grade students, the school collected 1,261 pairs of socks to warm the toes and hearts of the Duluth community. Additionally, they are sending 49 boxes to children around the world to share with them the love of Jesus, our true Christmas gift.

Shopping spree’ at Assumption

Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing held its annual shopping spree. Each year the students have the opportunity to purchase gifts for their family and friends using canned food items instead of money. After the children make their purchases parent volunteers gift wrap them. All the gifts were donated to the school for the event. The food collected will fill Christmas food baskets for the needy. After the baskets are filled the remainder will be donated to the Salvation Army. Any remaining gift items were donated to the children’s bazaar at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chisholm early in December.

Assumption students perform for seniors

Assumption School in Hibbing was invited to sing at the Senior Citizen Center Community Tea in the Memorial Building on Dec. 12. Students in grade one, three and five participated in singing both religious and traditional Christmas music. Mrs. Ronchetti, music teacher, brought various instruments and put together a wonderful selection of Christmas songs to present to the community. It was an important opportunity to be able to highlight a strength of the school, the music program. The event was open to anyone that wanted to participate. After singing, the children were visited by Santa Claus, who had a gift bag for each child.

Martial arts and basketball

This fall, the Saints Martial Arts Program at Holy Rosary School in Duluth was launched by instructor Tony Merritt (father of second grader Simon). On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, you will see ten of the school’s youngest and finest Tae Kwan Do athletes learning kicks, punches, push-ups, situps and even a little sparring. Students, dressed in their white uniform (gi), bare feet and intense focus, work together in sync, calling out their punches and kicks with a “kee-ya.” The fall session ended in December and will return for a second session this winter. Also, over the past summer, new basketball backboards were installed in Holy Rosary School’s gym to allow younger children to play basketball in the gymnasium. With the help of parent volunteers and the lead coaching of Carole Zanardi, Holy Rosary will bring basketball back as an extracurricular activity for students in grades three and four.