Archdiocesan Parish and Regional Elementary Schools Kick Off the 2017-2018 School Year

Tuesday, September 5th

The 119 parish and regional elementary schools in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia officially begin the first day of school on Wednesday, September 6th.

Many elementary schools will hold opening week school liturgies in church to unite students, faculty, and staff in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  Additionally, two schools have special events planned for the first week of the fall semester.

Agnus Dei Academy of Saint Mary Catholic School in Schwenksville (Montgomery County) will celebrate its grand opening of this new Pre-K program with a ribbon cutting ceremony and blessing.  Father Louis P. Bellopede, Pastor of Saint Mary Parish, will preside. During the ceremony two academy rooms will be blessed and crosses will be hung in each room.  Those in attendance for the ceremony will include all school students as well as teachers, staff, parishioners, and parents.  A 200 balloon launch will conclude the ceremony.

Saint Mary Catholic School closed its preschool program in June.  Over the summer, after a year of planning and preparations, the rooms of the new Agnus Dei Academy at Saint Mary’s were renovated with paint, flooring, and decor.  This new Pre-K program will include updated teaching methods, will be based around learning centers, and will incorporate the best practices and academic curriculum from various pedagogy.

Agnus Dei Academy of Saint Mary Catholic School
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Ribbon Cutting and Blessing
(Montgomery County)

To mark the start of the new school year, Holy Trinity Catholic School in Morrisville (Bucks County) will celebrate “National First Day” on Friday, September 8th.  This annual celebration involves the entire school community – students, parents, parishioners, volunteers, faculty, staff, and administration – as they join together under this year’s theme, “Holy Trinity School: To Space and Beyond.” The day is also a way to celebrate the first day that all Holy Trinity students,  Pre-K through eighth grade – come to school together. This event also acts an introduction and welcome for all new Holy Trinity School families.

Holy Trinity Catholic School
Friday, September 8, 2017
Mass in Holy Trinity Church
Music Assembly
(Bucks County)

The school grounds will be decorated with a fun space theme, students will receive themed treats, and class pictures will be taken in “outer space.” The day will begin with Mass celebrated by the Pastor, Father John Eckert. At 10:45 a.m., students and guests will be entertained by the very popular “Rock Roots” of Young Audiences, as all will learn about the History of American Pop Music.


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