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Catholic Schools Week 2017
Catholic Schools Week is an important time at Mission Dolores Academy. Led by our Director of Religious Studies, Sister Ann Providence and our active Student Council an interesting program of activities is organized each year to celebrate Catholic education. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2017 was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
The week started with the “Gifted by God” Archdiocesan Confirmation Retreat to prepare students for Confirmation. Led by the Archdiocesan Youth Council and San Francisco Office of Religious Education and Youth Ministry, the retreat saw over 120 students from across the archdiocese gather at Mission Dolores Academy. Students enjoyed a day of fun activities and reflection in preparation for this next big stage in their commitment to the Catholic faith.
During the school week our Student Council organized a host of activities for all Grades to participate in – some highlights included:
Monday – In Our Community
A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others and making the World a better place. In support of this, our whole student community gathered donations of blankets, socks, and toiletries to aid the Gubbio Project which helps provide essential services to San Francisco’s homeless population.
Our 5th Grade were also busy learning about different Saints and drawing their images. Here are some of their creative works:
And to top it all off, our String Program students led by their teacher Mr. Calvin Murasaki put on a concert for the whole school! We enjoyed fabulous performances by groups of different abilities, with a final performance from all our students currently learning to play the violin.
Tuesday – Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers
A great day for our teachers and staff as students recognized the work they do each day at MDA. They also extended gratitude to the parents, grandparents, alumni, parishioners and school board members who support the school. Staff were lucky enough to each receive a handmade card from our students, and some donuts were also briefly spotted in the staff room!
Wednesday – Celebrating the Nation
A day to share with leaders the significant contributions Catholic schools make to the nation in preparing students to be good citizens.
On this day our students reflected on how they are good citizens and how they can make a positive difference in their community, and to our country.
Thursday – Celebrating Vocations
On this day students had the opportunity to explore the many vocations open to them in their future lives. Our Seventh and Eighth Grade students prepared a Vocations and Inventions Fair for our younger students where they displayed information about different careers and also information about some of the inventions that have changed the world.
Friday – Celebrating Students
On the final day of Catholic Schools Week, the focus is on meaningful activities to recognize students’ accomplishments. Following morning assembly, we held our Honor Roll and Citizenship Ceremony which recognized those students who have make significant academic achievements and contributions to the community.