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Macy Painter enjoys Open House on January 30 with her brother Josiah Painter, during Catholic Schools Week. Macy is in fourth grade and Josiah is in kindergarten.

Holy Rosary School staff and students were busy celebrating Catholic Schools Week(CSW) January 26 – February 1. The chosen theme this year for the week was Meeting Jesus at Holy Rosary School-Following His Way. The school held an open house on January 30 seeing approximately 300 guests during lunch with an additional 250 at the evening Soup Supper. Those attending were seen wearing t-shirts to support CSW and the personalized theme for the week.

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Holy Rosary preschool student Adam Shively enjoys the weeks festivities.

Visitors were welcomed to visit classrooms and have lunch in the cafeteria together during Open House. Later the same evening, the annual soup supper was held from 5-7 p.m. Parents, family members and community members were seen viewing the student’s artwork displayed in the hallways and creative projects in classrooms. Others were seen reminiscing while looking at old photographs and sharing memories of awards and trophies displayed.

At 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, a Catholic School Week Raffle was drawn with cash prizes for the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This is a fundraiser the Holy Rosary School does each year. This year’s first- place winner of $1000 was Robbie and Penny Painter, the second-place winner was Riss Hays receiving $500 and the third-place winner went to John A. Hays who received the $250 prize.

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Landrey Williams enjoys lunch with her sister, Harper Williams, during the Holy Rosary Open House on January 30.

Many parents, grandparents and members of the community came to show support for the school. Throughout the week several took part in the activities the Holy Rosary School provided.

Each day began in the gym with a prayer assembly at 8:15 a.m. The prayer was led by students in various grades and a particular theme is followed each day.

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Father Greg Oligschlaeger enjoys conversation with the students at Holy Rosary during Catholic Schools Week.

On Monday, there was an opening prayer service to begin the week. The theme “V.I.P. Day” was used on Tuesday recognizing volunteers. Wednesday was “Teacher Appreciation Day” and Friday included celebrating “Students Appreciation Day” with a Eucharistic Celebration at 8:20 a.m. The fourth-grade students led Mass. Parents, grandparents and visitors joined in during this time of prayer.

Principal Sister Suzanne Walker shared of the weeks festivities, stating, “Many parents, grandparents, and other visitors enjoyed visiting the classrooms and viewing the work and activities of the students. Holy Rosary School is blessed with a great deal of parental and community support.”

The mission of Holy Rosary School is to provide a Christ-centered academic environment designed to prepare students to become responsible, contributing members of society through faith, knowledge and self-discipline.

Every year Catholic Schools Week is celebrated during the last week of January.  The purpose of the week is to recognize the accomplishments of the students and to bring awareness to every one of the gifts that Catholic Education offers to the young students of the Monroe City area.  

Since Holy Rosary School was established in 1901, there has been a long and strong tradition of support for the education that is provided at Holy Rosary.  Parents, parishioners, teachers and other individuals have been committed to contributing the necessary means that allows the school to meet the educational, emotional and social needs of the children.