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School News in Brief - March 2017

The Northern Cross - March 2017
School News in Brief

Registration beginning

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 their open house and registration information.

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’s School, 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392;;

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;;

‘Mystery Skype’ at St. John

Students at St. John’s School in Duluth participated in a Mystery Skype with a class from Ontario, Canada, during Catholic Schools Week. Mystery Skype is an exciting game where the classes take turns answering yes or no questions to uncover where the other class is in the world. For example, the St. John’s students asked the class in Canada if they were in North America. This activity is fun but also engages the students in mapping, questioning and evaluating information.

Catholic Schools Week in Hibbing

National Catholic Schools Week was celebrated at Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing the last week of January like most Catholic schools in the country. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” is woven into the daily tapestry of the school’s lived experience. The week began with the Mass, where the children assisted with the liturgy. In keeping with the parish’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the consecration of Blessed Sacrament Church, games were centered on collecting diamond shapes. Service activities performed throughout the week included helping out at the Hibbing Animal Shelter, bringing baby items to Options for Women, decorating the gym for the barn dance, reading to other children during story hour at the Hibbing Public Library and cleaning the church. Even the Pre-K class scrubbed chairs. The week concluded with the annual barn dance.

Marquette holds annual Wax Museum

Marquette Catholic School second- graders pulled out all the stops as they researched, read books, wrote reports, drew pictures and dressed the part of the characters they chose to research for the annual Marquette Catholic School Wax Museum. The Wax Museum was a part of the Catholic Schools Week activities where the second grade teacher, Jessica Kralich, welcomed visitors and encouraged her students to play their parts and have a fun time. Students and the historical figures they represented included Leo Alafita as Alexander Hamilton, Theresa Berlin as Amelia Earhart, Akila Busha as Judy Garland, Liliana Coldagelli as Pocahontas, Noah Carlson as Herb Brooks, Greta Johnson as Gertrude Ederle, Jack Kenyon as Abraham Lincoln, Lexus Overbye as Sacagawea, Gianina Paulsen as Steve Jobs, Cody Raad as Theodore Roosevelt and Jordan Waldorf as Captain James Cook.

Queen of Peace receives matching grant

On Feb. 9 Queen of Peace School in Cloquet receives a $3,000 matching grant from the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, McGolrick Assembly, for the purpose of adding new technology, such as iPads to the school’s learning equipment. Pictured (from left) are Jim Perrault, faithful navigator; Father Justin Fish, pastor at Queen of Peace; Bill Van Loh, Queen of Peace School principal; Fred Olson, faithful trustee and Robin Tellor, faithful purser.

Marquette to mark 100 years

Marquette Catholic School in Virginia, established in 1917, is celebrating 100 years of serving the community with Catholic education the weekend of May 6-7. There will be a family 5K and picnic in Virginia on Saturday morning, followed by a reception which will include dinner, a short program and dance at Fortune Bay on Lake Vermilion Saturday evening. On Sunday, there will be a brunch and Mass at Holy Spirit Church in Virginia along with school tours for those interested in visiting. All current and former students, families, staff, clergy as well as others are invited. Please let the people who no longer live in the area know about this celebration and invite them to attend. For information about registration and tickets for the events please call the Holy Spirit Church office at (218) 741-6344.

St. John to host benefit dinner March 11

St. John’s School in Duluth will hold its spring benefit dinner and auction on Saturday, March 11. The evening begins at 5 p.m. at the Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior St., Duluth. Please register and purchase your tickets now by going to www.stjohnsduluth. org and click on the Spring Benefit Dinner and Auction link or call the school office at (218) 724-9392.

Bishop County visits

Bishop Paul Sirba and Bishop Gerard County from the Diocese of Kingstown, sister diocese of the Duluth Diocese, was in the Diocese of Duluth early in February. He visited several communities in the diocese, including Brainerd, Duluth and Nashwauk. He accompanied Bishop Sirba to St. Joseph School, Grand Rapids, for a visit and conversation with the students.