Kade Kaip and David Nicholas of St. Mary School tote bags of produce for a project to feed low-income people in Albany.
St. Cecilia School photo
Students from St. Cecilia School in Beaverton carry a statue to church.
Albany St. Mary . . . Activities for Catholic Schools Week emphasize service to the community, especially children who are poor or homeless. Students will celebrate Mass at Regis High School with all Catholic school students in the region on Friday, Jan. 28. They'll also participate in that weekend’s Masses in the parish, singing in the choir, decorating with their artwork and offering thanks to parishioners with home baked good and coffee after Masses on Sunday, Jan. 29. Morning prayers each day will include special attention to poverty and homelessness in children. Students and their families will collect hygiene products and cash donations and have invited the parish community to participate. Local non-profit organizations that serve people who are poor or homeless have requested items like laundry soap, toilet paper and cash. The donations will be blessed and presented to representatives from each organization. There is also something just for fun. Students will walk to the downtown Albany PIX Theater to watch the movie "Ramona and Beezus" and enjoy a snack. St. Mary has chosen Catholic Schools Week to select and present a National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Graduate Award to a graduate who has made a significant contribution to the Catholic Church and to the United States. For 2011, the school has nominated Anthony LaCoste, son of Joe and Joene LaCoste, who is currently attending the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Beaverton St. Cecilia . . . St. Cecilia School students answer the question, “What Makes St. Cecilia School Special?” Here are the answers: • "Our principal, Mrs. Sue Harris, is awesome, enthusiastic, fun (we got to wear costumes on Halloween) and happy. She is always doing great things for our school such as providing educational opportunities and athletics." • "Our teachers and staff are attentive, awesome, helpful, nice, positive, smart, very effective and wonderful. Our caring teachers listen to problems and provide truthful solutions. Lots of reading, reports and projects are assigned to keep students on track. All of the teachers challenge and encourage us to be disciplined and organized, work hard and strive for excellence so we can be successful today and for a brighter future. Our teachers are incredible and really know what they are doing." • "Our students are caring, compassionate, confident, great, kind, nice, respectful, understanding, unique and wonderful. We are all friends together." • "Our awesome facilities include state-of-the art computer and science labs, giant gymnasium, great music room and fun playground with a big play structure. We have a great library with lots of good books. Our school is a very good, comfortable environment. I know that I’m on Holy Ground, and I’m safe." • "Our faith and spiritual growth opportunities let us learn about God, attend Mass and serve St. Vincent de Paul. Our friendly, supportive and welcoming staff and student body are life-long learners who treat each other as equals — each person is so special. Our school is like a big family — we care about each other and we all help out."
Eugene O'Hara . . . The artwork of 20 students in grades 5-8 has been selected for a Eugene art show. The exhibit is up at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art until April 3. This year’s show celebrates community and travel.
St. Paul . . . An open house is set for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. Also during Catholic Schools Week, the student council sponsors a talent show. The school hosts its big annual basketball tournament Feb. 18-20, set at the Marist High gym. This will be the 38th year for the Tournament of Excellence. St. Paul piano students performed at a local bookstore and later gave a recital at the church.
Grants Pass St. Anne . . . Seeking to boost its science offerings, the school now holds science classes after hours. The seminars meet twice per week, taught by volunteers. Meanwhile, the school choir has performed at parish luncheons to great acclaim. Diners at the senior luncheon gave the choir a standing ovation after their performance. The choir also will be singing at parish weekend Masses. Word about the school now also gets out via Facebook. Students and parishioners donated enough food during a holiday drive to feed 67 families.
Lake Oswego Our Lady of the Lake . . . Our Lady of the Lake School undertook three Advent service projects that involved the entire K-8 student body. For the second year in a row, students adopted a project named “Fill a Stocking – Fill a Heart." They filled more than 150 stockings for the Clackamas County agency. The stockings were filled for newborns through senior citizens. Our Lady of the Lake students also collected food for the St. Vincent de Paul food drive. The whole student body supported the student council project. The students wanted to beat last year's tally of 1,800 cans and they succeeded. More than two thousand cans and boxes came in. At the end of the drive, every student helped carry food to the parish hall. Even the primary grades carried cans two-by-two with the older students carrying a bag or a box. At the parish hall they were greeted by members of the Our Lady of the Lake St. Vincent de Paul Chapter who spoke with the students about the project and the need. The school's students have been supporters of the food drive for 40 years! The third Advent project was to collect winter coats. All sizes, shapes and styles were collected to be donated to a women’s shelter. Helping the elementary students with this project were several of alumni who were working on service hours for high school. The projects aim to increase learning and faith. Over the years, local charities receiving support have included Mary’s Woods, JOIN, Blanchet House and St. Mary’s Home for Boys. Students have collected shoes for Haiti and supplies for people in Honduras and Ethiopia.
McMinnville St. James . . . Offerings include weekly Mass, half day or full day preschool, full day kindergarten, before and after school care, Spanish, PE, music, technology and art. Extracurricular activities include jump rope team and chess club. Open house is set for 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. St. James 206 NE Kirby St. McMinnville, OR. 97128 503-472-2661 [email protected] Jeananne Bloudek, principal Grades - Preschool to 5th Enrollment - 125 Tuition - $4,150 for parishioners, $5,800 for others. Financial assistance available.
Milwaukie Christ the King . . . Catholic Schools Week and the annual open house will focus on just the FACS — faith, academics, community and service. “Renewal has been a theme of our school this year," says Jeanne McCormick-Acker, the development director. "We wanted to reflect that in our message so it would resonate with our current families and attract new families.” Faith formation is central to the education every child receives at Christ the King. This year the parish celebrates its 50th anniversary. Many current students have parents who are alumni of the school. New families find they quickly become integrated into the community by participating in the annual school auction, CYO athletics, Home and School Association events and other activities. In all grades, service is an important component of a child’s education. Students organize and participate in projects including food drives, collections for homeless shelters and fundraising for cancer research. There have been program changes at Christ the King. The middle school math program includes a multi-level math option for sixth through eighth graders. There is also a new web program to monitor students' progress. “The teachers, staff, students and parents have been very supportive of these programs,” says Joe Bridgeman, the principal. Christ the King 7414 SE Michael Drive Milwaukie, OR 97222 (Adjacent to LaSalle High School) (503) 785-2411 www.ctkweb.org [email protected] [email protected] Grades - Pre K, full day kindergarten to 8 Open house - 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.
Portland Franciscan Montessori Earth School . . . The story has had some sad and challenging chapters of late. The foundress, Mother Francine, has recurrent cancer. The beloved athletic director, Kristen Ollenbrook, died of cancer. She was the mother of three students. Three Franciscan Sisters were hurt in an October car crash. Now, the ever-cheerful leader of the school, Sister Kathleen Ann, also has cancer. The school, with 210 students and a 13:2 student/teacher ratio, has continued to carry out its unique mission, focusing on learning via not only the classroom, but nature, travel and language. Mother Francine's idea was to provide students the tools to acquire individual fulfillment, academic excellence, spiritual development, confidence and independence for lifelong learning. The school is now trying to retire debt so it can work on aging facilities and technology and increase employee benefits. Franciscan Montessori Earth School St. Francis Academy Middle School 14750 SE Clinton Portland, Oregon, 97236 Phone - 503-760-8220 FAX - 503-760-8333 Website - www.fmes.org Email - [email protected] Ages served - Pre-K through 8th grade Enrollment - 300 Tuition: Children's House Half-Day 8:30-11:30 ages 2 1/2-4, $5,675; Children’s House Full-Day 8:30-2:30 ages 2 1/2-6/7 $7,100; Lower Elementary 6/7 - 9/10 years, 8:30-3:30 $7,850; Upper Elementary 9/10-12/13 years, 8:30-3:30 $8,100; St Francis Academy 12/13-14/15 years $9,290 Ages are given in ranges only and may vary slightly based on the development of the child and other factors. Financial aid available after the first year of attendance. General curriculum includes gardening, field trips, camping, hiking, national and international travel, music, art, drama, computer technology, physical education, foreign languages and culture (Spanish, German, Japanese), business discovery and mentorship programs, community service projects
Holy Cross . . . Second grader Dane Moulton is set to be baptized Jan. 19 at the weekly school Mass. "I want to join the Jesus Club," says the spry 7-year-old boy. He made the choice because Jesus cleary showed us how we should live. "He helps people, he takes care of them, he's kind to them," Dane explains. Dane is one of a line of Holy Cross students over the years who have felt called to join the church, especially in second grade, when longtime teacher Suzanne Devaney-Wilkes prepares the class for the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist. "It's great to celebrate with the school," says Devaney-Wilkes. "It makes it real. It's one thing to talk about baptism in a book. But to see one of their classmates say the words and receive the sacrament — it makes it more meaningful." Dane, who has a poodle named Ginger, also likes cars. His father is a mechanic and collector. But the boy sensed the need for more in his life. "If I didn't join the church, my life would be just lonely," he says. "If I did, my life would be lucky." Donna Kayser, Dane's mother, says Dane's choice has made her revive her own interest in faith. She's picked up a few books as of late. Kayser, who works at Nordstrom, credits the warmth of the school and parish staff for making Dane and the rest of the family feel so welcome. She chose Holy Cross because of its reputation and small class size. The moral and faith education have been "a beautiful added benefit." Holy Cross 5202 N Bowdoin Portland, OR 97203 (503) 289-3010 [email protected] holycross-archdpdx.org Grades - K-8 Enrollment – 204 Tuition- $4,100, with special rates for three or more children. Financial aid available. Weekly Mass, full-day kindergarten, before- and after-school care, band, Spanish, electives, close ties with nearby University of Portland Open house — Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Holy Family . . . Leadership team members live their faith through serving their school community, neighborhood and world. The team dedicates every Monday morning to educating and leading the student body in prayer and personal reflection. Prayers and classroom activities follow a theme like the poor, the rosary, the Saints, loving one another and Christmas tradition. Along with serving the school directly, the leadership team serves neighboring communities and world at large. They have raked leaves for senior citizens in Eastmoreland, decorated the chapel and sung Christmas Carols at OddFellows Senior Center, collected and delivered Halloween candy to needy people, and passed out meal tickets to people who are homeless in downtown Portland. This month, the team is implementing a school-wide anti-bullying program and raising awareness about the scarcity of clean water and food in Africa.
St. John Fisher . . . The school near Gabriel Park offers weekly Mass, full-day kindergarten, before and after-school care, extensive computer program, band, middle school electives program and Spanish for those in grades 5 to 8. Open house is set for Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. 7101 SW 46th Ave Portland, OR 97219 (503) 246-3234 [email protected] www.sjfschool.org <http://www.sjfschool.org> Grades - K-8 Enrollment – 230 Tuition- $4,595 for parishioners, $6,085 for non-parishioners. Financial aid available. Applications due — Feb. 3
St. Pius X. . . Mark Anctil, vice principal and middle school math teacher, is one of the reasons three new teachers have signed on. Cassady Kennebeck, who teaches math and science, graduated from St. Pius X in 1997 and had Anctil as a teacher and volleyball coach. Later, she helped Anctil as an assistant coach. Kennebeck's parents have been parishioners since 1995 and the family continues to attend Mass there every Sunday. Nicole Roberts, fourth grade teacher, graduated in 1995 and has Anctil as a 6th grade teacher. She recalls not only good lessons, but the class pet hamster. Kelly Mathews, first grade teacher, graduated from St. Pius in 2001. She played volleyball for Anctil and Kennebeck.
St. Therese . . . Many families not only want a Catholic education for their children, but want to know that the academic program their child receives is well rounded. St. Therese School is unique in the makeup of its enrollment with the student body of children coming from 15 different school districts and 13 parishes. This covers a large geographic area and academic differences between districts. St. Therese has taken on the challenge to keep special interest classes going and still provide a progressive academic program for students. How does a school maintain an affordable tuition cost while still providing all the extras? Holy Child Kathy Cordes, in her seventh year as principal, has been a staunch supporter of the arts and enrichment classes. Staff is always on the lookout for grants and opportunities to involve students in extras. Offerings like Battle of the Books, math competitions and special on-line programs help to enliven the learning process and keep school interesting without straining the budget. Sister Kathy has written for grants from her religious order, Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, and received money to support Artists in Residence programs, enrichment reading groups and materials for advanced reading groups. The school boasts a full music program, including a strings program of 43 students, band, handbell choir, guitar, and even digital music composition. Spanish, PE and library round out the general curriculum areas. A Title I reading teacher complements the daily reading program and provides additional reading time to promote good reading habits. Service projects help students get a feel for the wider community. They regularly help St. Vincent DePaul with food drives, assist at senior luncheons, organize Christmas toy drives, altar serve at parish funerals and individually complete hundreds of service hours. A humanities program allows children from grades 5 to 8 to explore classes in life sports, nutritious cooking, ceramics, puppetry, drawing, animation, newspaper and yearbook. At a time when many schools are making cutbacks, the staff at St. Therese School is working even harder to provide “extras” to make the school academically rich. St. Therese 1260 NE 132nd Ave. Portland, OR 97230 503-253-9400 [email protected] www.stthereseschool.org Grades - Preschool through 8 Enrollment - 263 Tuition - Qualified $3,720, non-qualified $5,328 Applications accepted after Feb. 3 Weekly school Mass, PE, Spanish, library, technology, fine arts, drama, before- and after-school care, hot lunch, middle school humanities electives including life sports, cooking, ceramics, puppetry, drawing, animation, newspaper and yearbook. Open houses - Thursday, Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, March 2, 6 p.m.
St. Thomas More . . . Ten eighth graders participated in the 26th annual American Mathematics Competitions 8 contest offered at our school. The contest involved more than 150,000 students in more than 2,200 schools. The problems are difficult, and the real rewards of the contest come from challenging the students with mathematics that is new and different. The top three students at each school are recognized with certificates, and the highest scoring participants receive national recognition. The following students were participants in the contest: Clarice DeCastro, Marianne Dolan, Erin Dooney, Amie Hookland, McKenna Hughes, Julia Kaempf, Meredith Loy, Emily McLeod, Connor Murphy and Michael Niedermeyer. Dolan, Murphy, and Loy were the school's top three finishers. Loy’s score was recognized with the highest award of distinction, as she placed in the top 1 percent of participants in the nation. "Mathematics is increasingly important in our technological and scientific age, and we hope that by participating in the contest, our students were inspired to learn more," says Frank Thomas, the principal.
Roy St. Francis of Assisi . . . The school year had a running start. The annual jog-a-thon earned more than $10,000. Then came the blessing of the animals in honor of the school’s namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. In October, the fifth and sixth graders attended outdoor school at Camp Magruder where they studied earth systems, plant and animal life. Upon their return to school, they continue with their studies through research, writing and sharing of what they learned. Students achieve above the national percentage on annual standardized tests. The school’s focus on being a "Faith-filled Christian" flows throughout each day within studies and with student interactions among each other. Students provide service to their community through participation in the annual holiday bazaar in November and through assistance with funerals at the parish. During Advent this year the whole St. Francis of Assisi School and Parish community gathered almost 400 pounds of food for the local food bank and for St. Vincent DePaul in Forest Grove. Students wrote Christmas cards to parishioners. November brought a large All Saints celebration during which students learned about saints and dressed like them. During Catholic Schools Week, students will be celebrating through a variety of activities that will include visits from community members, alumni, grandparents, and parishioners. Children learn about careers, vocations and history from guests. Many graduates of St. Francis of Assisi School have pursued successful careers in medicine, education, farming and business. A number of graduates have entered religious life and some have become priests. St. Francis of Assisi 39085 NW Harrington Rd. Banks, OR 97106 (503) 324-2182 [email protected] www.sfa-roy.org Grades: Preschool through 8 Enrollment - 93 (K-8) and 26 (Preschool) Tuition - K-8 for 2010-11: $3,255 for Catholics with reductions for multiple children; $4,055 for non Catholics with reductions for multiple children Weekly Mass, full-day kindergarten, half-day preschool, Spanish, band, music, art, PE, computer lab, and after-school programs. Open house - Jan. 30, noon to 3 p.m.
St. Paul St. Paul . . . Students spread Christmas cheer for needy people this Advent. The fifth through eighth graders spent a morning at Love Santa, Inc. in Woodburn. The students, teachers, and parent volunteers sorted more than 1,000 toys by age and gender of recipients. The volunteers also used carts to sort groceries into food groups and began filling food boxes to be delivered to families in need throughout the area. The students wrote reflections about their experience and spoke about the day with younger students during a school-wide morning prayer. St. Paul 20327 Christie St. NE St. Paul, OR 97137 (503) 633-4622 [email protected] www.stpaulparochial.org Pre-school through Eighth grade Enrollment - 94 Tuition - $2,930 for parishioners; $4,242 for others. Financial aid available. Weekly Mass, PE, music, technology classes, art literacy.
Salem Queen of Peace . . . One may be lurking in your home, sitting dusty and forgotten in a closet or basement. It may be the dot matrix printer that you got when graduated from college in 1986, or it may be a toaster that you meant to repair but simply forgot about. The fast pace of tech design combined with planned obsolescence and an all-American love of gadgetry has resulted in a large number of electronic devices destined for the landfill. The sixth grade class at Queen of Peace School launched a weekly electronics recycling program to help keep some of these items out of the waste stream. Students are collecting old printers, PCs, coffee pots and the like every Friday. The first load was collected Jan. 7 and included printers, computer monitors and a couple of power cords. Items brought in to the school are taken to Garten Services where they are refurbished or recycled appropriately – nothing ends up in a landfill. The role of the 6th grade students is to promote the project to school families. They are also learning about the environmental impact of electronic components that wind up in landfills. The program is currently limited to school families. The goal is to include the entire parish once the school gets an idea of the weekly volume and has enough volunteers to transfer the items. The electronics recycling program is part of a wider effort by the school to become more environmentally responsible. Last year, the third grade class began collecting old sneakers that are taken to the Nike store in Woodburn for recycling. In September, the school opened a Styrofoam and plastic bag drop off center that serves the South Salem community. The center has been overwhelmingly successful – the four large bins fill every weekend and sometimes need to be emptied two or three times per week. The school makes a very small profit by selling recycled packing peanuts to a local business. The block Styrofoam eventually lands in Portland to be recycled and the plastic bags are recycled by Garten. Other efforts the school is making include moving to a paperless newsletter and encouraging zero waste lunches. Future plans include developing a compost program – complete with worm bins. Students have been enthusiastic about the changes. “We are trying to save the environment," says Ryan Nelson, a sixth grade student. "We need to save the earth for our future.”
Stayton St. Mary . . . For sixth graders, November brings National Novel Writing Month. Each student, armed with pens, journals and imagination, sets out to become a novelist in 30 days. With a lofty 20,000 word-count goal, these writers work toward the equivalent of 1,681 published pages. Creativity and adventure abound as each class strives to outdo the work done by prior years' participants. At the end of this year's effort the class averaged 21,930 words per student and attained a school record 504,394-word total. They exceeded their original 400,000-word count goal by 26 percent. This year's Emerging Novelist Awards, earned by students who completed under 20,000 words, were Katie Bentz, Brian Hampton, Marie Heuberger, Ethan Lulay, Karen Miller and Joshua Ripp. Novelist Award winners, achieved by students writing more than 20,000 words, included Collin Callsen, Craig Csintalan, Erin Elmore, Zach Joyce, Alex Kelly, Grant Minten, Hadyn Moll, Adair Pelayo, Claire Peters, Bryce Schumacher, Grace Scrocca, Aiden Tabor and Abby Warren. Top class finishers, based on speed of completion, received special recognition along with their Novelist Awards. First place went to Eric Gustin, second place to Abigail Frith and third to Nathan Searles. Each participant also received a pin provided by the Office of Letters and Light, which sponsors the national event. This year's group developed a list of class values, which determined special writing awards announced in December. The award for Most Consistent Effort went to Callsen. His tale of brains over evil matched his hero with a monster in a fearless battle. Warren won the Creativity Award for her illustrations adorning every page of her work. Part of a planned trilogy, her novel depicts an assassin dragon converted by a princess. With more than 31,000 completed words in his family based football novel, Gustin achieved the Dedication Award. St. Mary students have also been published in national youth anthologies and won essay contests. “We integrate writing into multiple subject areas using a multi-disciplinary approach,” explains Heather Woodward, the school's language arts specialist. "St. Mary student achieve at very high levels."
Tigard St. Anthony . . . The idea is to educate the whole student. Five specialist teachers seek to do their part by offering art, music, physical education, Spanish and technology. Classes perform special projects and go on field trips. Students help plan and participate in weekly Masses and other liturgical events throughout the year. The school holds an annual Fat Tuesday celebration, in which classes make and present floats as well as decorate masks and noise makers. During the celebration, an Alleluia banner, created by the eighth graders, is hidden, symbolizing the setting aside of that joyful word during Lent. Students meet again on Easter Monday to retrieve the floats and find the Alleluia banner. In a buddy program, seventh grade students work with preschoolers throughout the year, but especially on Wednesdays during school Masses. First graders and fourth graders are reading buddies. Eighth graders take many opportunities throughout the year to develop long-lasting relationships with their kindergarten buddies and their families. Recounting memories of their kindergarten buddy experience is a favorite with returning graduates. All teachers at St. Anthony School incorporate on-campus and off-campus field trips to enhance student learning. First graders go to the Oregon Zoo, third graders go to The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, and fifth graders go to the Oregon Coast. Middle school classes go on an extended trip science field trip. The sixth graders participate in Outdoor Ministries through the Archdiocese of Seattle, the seventh graders travel to Vancouver, B.C., and the eighth graders travel to Washington, D.C. The trips tie together the science and social studies curriculums of each grade. St. Anthony School 12645 SW Pacific Highway Tigard, Oregon 97223 (503) 639-4179 [email protected] www.stanthonytigard.org Grade - Preschool to eighth Enrollment - K-8: 334; preschool: 52 2010-2011 Tuition: Subsidized/Catholic: $4,650; non-subsidized/non-Catholic: $6,360 Registration packets are available on Feb. 3 Weekly Mass, half-day and full day preschool, full day kindergarten, after school care, band, middle school electives Open house: Thursday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.