Catholic Schools Week got a week-long head-start at St. Veronica School in Chantilly as students and teachers reached out to teachers and students in San Francisco, who also attend a St. Veronica School. Classes wrote letters to students in California describing their school, their uniform, special events and activities, which were mailed out the week before CSW. Their San Francisco counterparts received the letters early the next week and had letters written and sent back almost immediately. Correspondents on both coasts plan to further continue the pen-palship.
Sunday of CSW, students and teachers offered testimonials after the Masses on Saturday and Sunday, and the classrooms were available for an Open House. The PTO was on hand with muffins, coffee and juice.
On Monday, as CSW celebrated the community, students at St. Veronica wrote cards to residents of a nearby nursing home, offering their opinions about their school and prompting seniors to remember their favorite school days memory. Monday also kicked off a week-long SOUP-er Bowl canned food drive, in which students placed their donations either for San Francisco or Kansas City. Those who chose correctly (the Chiefs!) won a dress-down day to take place on March 26th, opening day for the world champion Washington Nationals. Morning prayers also spotlighted the youngest of the saints in Heaven, including St. Maria Goretti, St. Jacinto and Carlo Acutis, a computer whiz declared venerable in 2018.
On Tuesday, as CSW celebrated students, St. Veronica students enjoyed a homework-free night, and took part in Science Family Night sponsored by the Children’s Science Museum. Teachers volunteered to man some of the science experiments, which included fingerprint reading and genetics. Students enjoyed popsicles at lunch. In the afternoon, students pre-K through 4 enjoyed board games while the 5th through 8th graders took part in the 2nd annual Trivia Challenge. Students in Mr. Manahan’s 7th grade class narrowly edged the 8th graders for 1st place.
On Wednesday, as CSW celebrated the nation, students enjoyed a red, white and blue dress down day. The school also hosted Dr. Vorbach, Superintendent of Arlington Catholic schools. The day ended with a spirited game of dodgeball, with the 8th graders edging out the faculty.
On Thursday, as CSW celebrated vocations, students ‘made the call’ and chose their own dress down day. Students came dressed as middle schoolers of the 1950s, as their future career selves, in wacky colors and designs or as their favorite animal. It made for a very colorful assembly in the morning as students and teachers gathered for the pledge and prayer. Students also prepared spiritual bouquets to present to the parish priests and deacon.
On Friday, as CSW celebrated teachers, students brought ‘bouquets’ of urgently needed classroom supplies (tissues, markers, glue sticks, etc.), and the PTO sponsored the faculty/ staff luncheon. The week wrapped up with the presentation of the spiritual bouquets and an all-school Rosary, offered for the intentions of priests, brothers, deacons and sisters.