Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth currently have or will soon have registration open houses for students for the 2014-15 school year. Contact your local Catholic school for registration information. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth are:
Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St.; (218) 829-2344, www.stfranciscatholicschool.org
Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St.; (218) 879-8516, www.queenofpeaceschool.org
Duluth: Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St.; (218) 724-8565, www.holyrosarymn.org
Duluth: St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W.; (218) 624-1511, www.stjamesduluth.org
Duluth: St. John the Evangelist School, 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392, www.stjohnsduluth.org
Duluth: St. Michael’s Lakeside School, 4628 Pitt St.; (218) 525-1931, www.smlsduluth.org
Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St.; (218) 326-6232, www.stjosephscatholic.org
Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E.; (218) 263-3054, www.aschibbing.org
International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St.; (218) 283-3430, www.stthomascatholicschool.com
Pine City: St. Mary’s School, 815 Sixth Ave. S.W.; (320) 629-3953, www.stmaryspinecity.org
Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St.; (218) 741-6811.
Two Queen of Peace Catholic School Teams from Cloquet became Regional Champions at the Destination ImagiNation Regional Tournament held at Proctor High School on Saturday, March 8. “Team Extreme,” the elementary team, consisted of seven students from grades three and four. They chose the Scientific Challenge which made them explore and research an extreme environment that exists in the universe. The students had to design and depict an extreme environment, as well as a piece of equipment (extreme gear) in order for one to adapt to such an environment. They presented a skit to demonstrate their gear using several technical and scientific methods, which were incorporated into the skit. The Middle School Team, named “The Odd Ones Out,” consisted of seven students from grades five and six who chose the Structure Challenge. A structure was built that was tested against two forces at the same time with the challenge of integrating a creative story in which tension is a threat to stability and is overcome in some way depicted by a prop assembled during the presentation inside a measured space. Each team had to participate in an Instant Challenge which requires teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking. Team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution to a problem that is kept confidential until the time of the challenge in a period of five to ten minutes. Destination ImagiNation (DI) is the world’s largest creative solving organization, serving 50 states and more than 40 countries. Both teams move on to the state competitions scheduled for Saturday, April 12, in Champlin Park. Queen of Peace School was the only Catholic school represented at the DI Regional Tournament.
The Catholic schools in the diocese that participated in the Catholic United Financial Catholic Schools Raffle were successful in raising thousands of dollars for their school. The raffle concluded on March 2. Schools were able to keep raffle proceeds for their school. Individual results for the schools: St. Francis of the Lakes School, Brainerd, $50,415; St. Michael’s Lakeside School, Duluth, $9,735; St. Joseph’s School, Grand Rapids, $8,600; Assumption School, Hibbing, $24,270 and St. Mary’s School, Pine City, $9,430.
Jen Kober, RN, CNP, and mother of kindergartener Amelia Kober, first grader Greyson Kober and fourth grader Maddy Kober, shared a handson anatomy lesson with Mrs. Hanson’s kindergarten class at Marquette Catholic School in Virginia. Students investigated the chambers of the beef heart and learned about the workings of the human heart.
Eighth-graders Rianna Amberg and Ivy Markham from Holy Rosary School in Duluth will be heading to Ohara-Isumi City, Japan, with the Duluth Sister Cities Exchange Program this summer. The students will stay with a host family to experience Japanese ways of living and join other students from the U.S. for events and activities, including a visit to Tokyo and meeting the city’s mayor. In the summer of 2015, their families will in turn host a visiting student from Japan.
Big plastic baby bottles were seen in multiple locations at Holy Rosary School in Duluth during Catholic Schools Week. Part of the school’s service program that models the value of serving others, this special collection was for the Cradle Club. The Cradle Club delivers care packages to newly born babies, assists new mothers with child care and offers parenting classes for mothers and fathers. Students brought in contributions totaling $1,028. The collection was offered by each class at a weekly school Mass. The baby bottle fundraiser supports the work of the Women’s Care Center in Duluth.
Twelve Holy Rosary middle school choir students were nominated and accepted to this year’s UMD Honor Choir event in Duluth. These students met weekly throughout January with Mrs. Shusterich to learn and memorize four selections. Students were excited to take part in all-day sessions under the direction of Mark Johnson, director of the Minnesota Boys Choir. Unfortunately, winter weather across the region closed schools and forced the cancellation of the Honor Choir event on Jan. 28. However, Holy Rosary students sang one of their selections at the school Mass on Feb. 12 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. The group will perform again this spring to share their music and hard work. Students nominated for the choir were Lauren Aturaliya, Max Lindquist, Jenna Meyer Corbin Roubik, Ben Glisczinski, Tim Hoeksema, Andres Lucero, Nathan Miller, Abby Nash, Angela Park, Meagan Sailstad and Elena Stanley.
St. James middle school students from Duluth went on their yearly ski trip to Mont du Lac ski resort March 7. All students participated in lessons from the Mont du Lac staff in either skiing or snowboarding. Besides the activities, the views from the slopes were inspiring. The students also had the opportunity to have some fun on the tubing hill.
February was “I Love to Read” month, and students at Marquette Catholic School in Virginia racked up a total of 62,896 minutes of reading. The top school readers from each classroom enjoyed a lunch March 12 with some very special guests from Virginia. They were excited to have the following dignitaries at the lunch: Virginia Mayor Russo, Judge Pagliaccetti, Police Chief Benz, Fire Chief L’Allier and Renee Passal from WDIO-TV in Duluth. The top readers at the school were: kindergarten, Carter Pollak, 935 minutes; grade one, Jaeden Loeffler, 750 minutes; grade two, Samuel Beukema, 1,817 minutes; grade three, Isaac Flatley, 1,035 minutes; grade four, Kylie Baranzelli, 2,910 minutes; grade five, Logan Bialke, 2,070 minutes, and grade six, Danny Spaeth, 1,097 minutes.