In keeping with our school year theme, Champions by Design, our Family & Friends Day theme centered on Sports Champions. Not just those who are champions in their chosen activity, but those who use their God-given time, talent and treasure to make the world a better place. Each 7th Grade student chose an athlete and researched their sports history and the charity or foundation they support. They were required to create a poster about their athlete, design a bottle doll and dress up as the athlete. They also brought in food to share with the rest of the school and their guests.
Students in Grades PK4 – 4th invited a guest to join them in classroom and gym activities.
Sixth Grade students, dressed as OLP athletes, prepared a dance (choreographed by Cheryl Pompeo of Oglebay Institute) that was performed several times throughout the morning in the gym.
The guest speaker for the all-school assembly was OLP alumn, Jeremy Hays, Class of 2006. Jeremy has started his own business, Fadeaway Fitness, where he works with athletes on strength and basketball skills training. He inspired the students with a talk about setting goals for themselves and trying to get just a bit better each day. He brought the students up in groups to have them work on skills. Finally, he challenged Mrs. Kerr (who had been his 6th grade teacher her first year at OLP) to a match to see who could bounce up to 50 the fastest. He gave Mrs. Kerr oversized basketballs and he used tennis balls. Everyone present was able to choose who they thought would win, with the losing side having to do push-ups. It wasn’t much of a contest. (Sorry, Mrs. Kerr!)
Jeremy’s proud mother is our long-time school secretary, Mrs. Judy Hays.
On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Fr. Doug blessed some of our families’ animals during a school gathering. We thank the Temple and White families for bringing in their farm animals for our students to enjoy and pray over.
Students in Grades 6-8 are eligible to run for Student Council. They placed campaign posters around the school and gave speeches during a school assembly. Students in Grades 4-8 vote for the candidates they feel will best represent them and our school.
The school community celebrated our Blessed Mother Mary’s birthday by saying the rosary outside. We had a unique rosary though – it was made of balloons! The balloons were held and prayers were led by our 8th Grade students. At the end of the prayers, the balloons were let go to fly up. Honoring Mary always leads us to Christ!
Following Mass, our student body went to the city of McMechen to show our love and support for the community after the devasting flood this summer. The students gave pinwheels to residents and prayed with them. Later, if was off to Bethlehem Park for lunch and playing with Peace Pals.
Time for the traditional photo with the pastor and principal – and, once again, Hobo got in on the fun!
Our Lady of Peace School starts off each school year with our Covenant Night Celebration. This is an opportunity for students and their families to join together in celebration of the covenant commitment it takes to educate our young people. The covenant calls family, parish and school community to a cooperative partnership to meet the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical needs of our children. In this covenant, all are united in love, sharing a hope-filled vision of God’s kingdom on earth.
- Parents are called to communicate God’s love and presence among us as the primary educator of their children.
- The Parish, gathered as God’s people in worship, is called to renew and celebrate Jesus’ New Covenant in Word and Sacrament.
- The Catholic School community is called to be a unique expression of the Church’s educational mission.
What Happens on Covenant Night?
Mrs. Kerr, our principal, and Fr. Doug, our pastor, greet the new students and families as they enter the school. We ask them to arrive first so they aren’t overwhelmed with the crowd of returning families. It also gives them more time to talk with the teachers.
Then, all our school families, new and returning, gather as a community to celebrate our Covenant Liturgy. This year we will be focusing on our mission statement – breaking down each part and learning what it really means to be a People of Peace. In the second semester, our focus will be on our Mother Mary, the first disciple.
After mass, returning parents and students go to the classroom to drop off supplies, cover books, sign up for parties and greet their new teacher and returning friends.
Families gather in the Peace Family Center where parents have the opportunity to write a message to their children. This banner is displayed in the main school hallway all year. They also enjoy refreshments and catching up with friends after the summer break.