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School News in Brief - May 2016

The Northern Cross - May 2016
School News in Brief

HRS students participate in Honor Choir Festival

For more than 23 years, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus has been providing exceptional choral music training for the youth of the Twin Ports area. March 12, LSYC sponsored its second annual Honor Choir Festival for students in grades four, five and six. More than 100 singers from the region came together for a fun-filled, action-packed day of singing and games. Ten students from Holy Rosary School in Duluth attended the Honor Choir Festival. Before attending the event, the students rehearsed together two days a week after school to learn the required music. At the event, the singers worked with several clinicians and choral directors who helped them put the music together in order to achieve a professional, polished sound. The singers then presented a final concert at the end of the day for families and friends.

St. Francis of the Lakes School Gala

The annual St. Francis of the Lakes School spring gala will be held Friday, May 13, at Grand View Lodge, Gull Lake Center, in Nisswa. The theme for this year is “Off to the Races,” with suggested attire of casual to festive to your Derby best. But be comfortable, it’s a party! Ladies have an opportunity to win, place or show in the hat contest. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with an early VIP entry at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 for regular admission and $400 for VIP table of eight. Tickets available at the offices of the school, 817 Juniper St., Brainerd; at the parish, 411 N. 10th St., Brainerd; or online at

Holy Rosary Middle School open house

Holy Rosary School invites prospective families to an open house highlighting its middle school on Wednesday, May 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Opportunities to tour the school and meet faculty, staff and current students will be available along with complimentary refreshments. Holy Rosary School has been offering faith-based, academically challenging programming since 1923. The “Four Cornerstones” of the middle school will be presented during the open house. Come and learn more about the student benefits of a Catholic education focused on enrichment in character development, academic excellence, faith and service. Holy Rosary School is located at 2802 E. Fourth Street in Duluth. No RSVP is required for the open house. Contact Jenna Kelly, admissions director, at (218) 724-8565 with any questions.

Queen of Peace ‘DI’ team going to globals

Five fifth-graders from Queen of Peace Catholic School in Cloquet will be attending Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., May 25-28. The fifth-grade team named unpreDIctables won first place at the regional tournament and earned a place to attend globals at the state tournament. The team members chose the “Scientific Challenge: In Plain Sight.” The team had to design and construct two items that show how camouflage is used by organisms in nature and then integrate them creatively in a skit. At DI Global Finals, more than 16,000 students from 45 U.S. states and 14 countries from grade three to high school attend the world’s largest celebration of creativity. More than 1,300 of this season’s highest scoring teams are scheduled to attend. If you would like to support the students of the state champion DI team of Queen of Peace Catholic School, donations can be made at the GoFundMe site,, or contributions can be sent to Queen of Peace Catholic School, 102 Fourth St , Cloquet, MN 55720, Attention: DI Competition. Please keep the team and its coaches in your prayers for safety and for a strong witness of their Catholic faith through kindness, generosity, cheerfulness and good sportsmanship.

Superheroes in Brainerd

Dressed as superheroes, Father Anthony Wroblewski and Father Blake Rozier, pastor and associate pastor of St. Francis Church and School, Brainerd, All Saints Church, Baxter, and St. Thomas Church, Pine Beach, battle it out for a head start on the inflatable slide assembled in the St. Francis of the Lakes School gymnasium Friday, April 8. The school topped 90 other schools in a three-state area during the Catholic United Financial Raffle, raising $56,000. This event was to congratulate and celebrate the school’s success. With the superheroes event, students and teachers gathered to watch their own superheroes compete through a variety of obstacles.

Basketball season ends at St. Francis

The St. Francis Catholic School Basketball League in Brainerd came to an end the week of April 11. Officially called “Danny Hauer Basketball”, named after a former student who passed away while enrolled in the school many years ago, the league runs from November through April. This year seven teams competed over a 42-game schedule and six playoff games. Nate Binsfeld, middle school teacher, selects captains in October. These captains then held a supervised draft, picking students in grades five through eight. This was the school’s strongest group of players and the most competitive season yet. The games are fifteen minutes long and take place during the school day. The leadership and effort that older students provide is what makes the league fun, exciting and successful. The top two teams in the league this year from beginning to end were the Speedy Turtles and the Blue Devils. The Speedy Turtles were captained by Louis Bueckers and Dominic Craig. The Blue Devils were captained by Ryan and Adam Cady. They mt in the school championship game and played a thriller. The Speedy Turtles won in the end, but it was really close, with a one point lead going into the last minute.

Grandparents Day at Assumption

Assumption Catholic School of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing celebrated Grandparents Day. The festivities began with Mass where associate pastor Father Nick Nelson’s homily reflected on the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. He said that like Philip instructing the Ethiopian about Isaiah and proclaiming Jesus to him, the role of parents and grandparents is to pass the faith along to their children by instructing them and by being an example to them. The church and Assumption Catholic School assist parents and grandparents in handing on the faith. After Mass there was a donut social and a tour of the classrooms where the grandparents receive gifts the children had made for them. The conclusion of the celebration was a concert of sacred music performed by the children.

Cathedral Knights donate to Holy Rosary School

The Msgr. O’Shea Knights of Columbus Council 15761 of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth donated $1,400 to Holy Rosary School. The funds are for religious education books for the kindergarten through second grade classes. The funds are from the proceeds of the council’s third annual wine raffle that was held recently.

Registration begins

Catholic schools have begun registration for the 2016-17 school year. Contact your local Catholic school to learn more about registering your children at a Catholic school.

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) 326-6232,;

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,;