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Archdiocese marks Catholic Schools Week

(Published January 28, 2002)

Local schools affiliated with the Archdiocese of Washington will take part in the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb. 2 with a variety of events keyed to the theme "Where Faith and Knowledge Meet."

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick will visit Sacred Heart School at 1625 Park Road NW from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 29 to join the bilingual school’s more than 200 students for their morning routine of stretching exercises, prayer and singing in Spanish. Afterwards, the cardinal will visit second graders, who plan to show off their projects on peace and prayer.

Other special events planned at D.C. schools during the week include the following:

• Student bands from St. Peter’s Interparish School and Our Lady of Victory will perform together in concert to open Catholic Schools Week at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at St. Peter’s, 422 Third St. SE.

• Holy Name School’s pre-kindergarten through Grade 3 students will mark Parent/Guardian Appreciation Day with a continental breakfast for parents and guardians at 9 a.m. Jan. 28. Holy Name, located at 1217 West Virginia Ave. NE, is one of eight Catholic elementary schools that are members of the Center City Consortium in financially struggling neighborhoods.

• Students at St. Augustine School, 1421 V St. NW, will celebrate Sports Day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30 with various activities such as relay races, basketball dribbling and a basketball shootout in the school gym. Students will dress in special St. Augustine School T-shirts.

• Students at Immaculate Conception School, 711 N St. NW, will compete in games covering math, spelling, music and current events in formats such as bingo and "name the tune" during the Academic Olympics from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 31.

• Students at St. Ann’s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will host a Grandmothers’ Tea from 1 to 2:45 p.m. on Feb. 1. During the tea, fourth-grade students will dress up as historical figures they have studied and will have a button pinned on them for guests to push to have the historical figure tell his or her story.

More than 34,000 students are enrolled in 106 Catholic pre-kindergarten, elementary and high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, which includes the District and suburban Maryland. Catholic Schools Week is held annually to spotlight Catholic education.

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