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School News in Brief - July 2017

The Northern Cross - July 2017
School News In Brief

St. Francis band needs equipment

The band program at St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd is in need of some equipment. Please contact the school office at (218) 829-2344 if you can help in any way with used or new band equipment to help defray expenses, your help is greatly appreciated. Items needed include:
• Flutes, clarinets, trumpets, alto and tenor saxes, oboes, baritones, tubas. No trombones at this time.
• Cymbal stand: $423 from Wenger model #1109101.
• Music stands: $56 each from Wenger. Up to 19 if possible.
• Concert bass drum: $644.95 from Steve Weiss Music. Its full title is Pearl Concert Bass Drum Concert Series.
• Concert band chimes: $3,185 from Lone Star Productions. Its order title is Adams 1.5 octave standard 1.25 Chimes Model #BK2201C.

Golf Classic

The St. Francis of the Lakes Golf Classic will be held Thursday, Aug. 10. $100 per person for golf, cart, and dinner or $35 per person for dinner only. Schedule of the day: 10 a.m. registration begins; 10:30 a.m. lunch available; 11:30 a.m. scramble begins; 5 p.m. social, appetizers, and games; 5:45 p.m. dinner, awards, and prizes. Lunch plate includes brat, chips, and soda. The $5 registration includes one general drawing ticket. In addition you may purchase Mulligan Putting with the Priests General Prize Tickets. Sponsorship opportunities available: please contact either Ryan Kramer at (218) 866-0970 or, or Jim Kalthoff at (218) 839- 3192 or To register visit

Holy Rosary ‘Book Buddies'

Book Buddies is a Holy Rosary School tradition that has been around for many years. It is so ingrained in the school’s culture that no one really seems to know how long the program has been around. The goal of the program is to develop schoolwide friendships with students from completely different grade levels. This year, the Book Buddy program coupled students in Kindergarten with students in fifth grade. The students joined together at the beginning of the year and then continued to meet once a week. Each week, the Book Buddy pair would complete a reading or math activity together and spend time reading books selected by the Kindergarten students. At the end of the year, the fifth-grade students created books all about their buddies and participated in their graduation ceremony. If you asked this year’s fifth grade students who their Book Buddies were when they were in Kindergarten, almost all of them can tell you the names of their buddies and share a memory. In addition, many of the students still have the end-of-the-year ABC book that was made for them as Kindergartners.

Help with ‘The Great Move’ for Stella Maris Academy campuses

Boxes, tape, books, tables, chairs, and technology are in motion as the Stella Maris Academy campuses in Duluth are reconfigured for the upcoming school year. During the first stage, teachers have been working hard to pack up classrooms, inventory items, and organize materials for the second stage of “The Great Move” planned over the summer. Parent and community volunteers are needed in July, when the physical move will take place between the east campuses of St. John’s and Holy Rosary. If you can load, deliver, and unload boxes and materials during the week of July 24- 28, please email info@holyrosarymn. org or leave a message at (218) 724-8565.


The Kindergarten class at Holy Rosary School in Duluth recently spread its wings along with the beautiful butterflies they watched transform right before their eyes. The students studied the life cycle of a butterfly and recently witnessed the amazing metamorphoses of five caterpillars into gorgeous painted lady butterflies in their classroom. Upon arrival each day, the young scientists would eagerly check for changes in the caterpillars. Their natural wonder and curiosity led to cross-curricular lessons in math, reading, and science. The Kindergartners explored symmetry in nature, counted butterfly patterns, read books about butterflies, and watched science unfold in real time. When the perfect day arrived to release the butterflies out into the world, the students were filled with joy and excitement. They proudly marched out to the open field and gathered around to say a prayer for the safe release of their new friends. One by one, the butterflies took their first flight into fresh air. The Kindergartners gasped, clapped, and waved goodbye as the butterflies fluttered around.

St. Francis Spring Gala sets fundraising record

St. Francis of the Lakes School extends its gratitude to those who attended and supported the Saint Francis Catholic School Spring Gala on May 12. Attendees took the theme to heart, with many making an appearance in their “Roaring ’20s” outfits. Through the event, $42,000 was raised for the school, and $4,500 was committed through “Fund A Need,” monies designated for new bleachers in the school gym. This is the highest amount ever raised through the Spring Gala.

Registration open

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth have begun accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year. Call the school in your local area to find out about its registration information.

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School 817 Juniper St., 55720; (218) 829-2344;;
Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., 55720;(218) 879-8516;;
Duluth: Stella Maris Academy, Holy Rosary Campus, 2802 E. Fourth St., 55812; (218) 724-8565;;
Duluth: Stella Maris Academy, St. James Campus, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., 55807; (218) 624-1511;;
Duluth: Stella Maris Academy, St. John’s Campus, 1 W. Chisholm St., 55803; (218) 724-9392;
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;;