Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston School Superintendent Mary Ann Deschaine visited all her new “friends” at Our Lady of Peace. We were so grateful she took time out of her busy day to greet all of our students and staff. As she learned about our school and students we learned a little more about her and the important role she has looking over all the Catholic schools in the state. Several little ones said her name should be SUPER-important not superintendent. God Bless her and her staff this year as they guide us in our faith-filled education and experiences.
Woohoo! OLP IS EXTRAORDINARY! Today we are kicking off our theme for the year – BE EXTRAORDINARY! Today we are challenging our fears, pushing ourselves beyond the limits we thought we had for ourselves, we are working as a team,…FAITH OVER FEAR!
Nothing like bursting into our classrooms to announce, “It’s Popsicle Palooza!” Thanks to a very sweet OLP mom for treating the whole school to a frozen treat in the midst of these sweltering summer days.
During the school year, our 6th Grade students are responsible for raising and lowering the flag each day. On this first day of school, Mrs. Lewis teaches her students how to properly hang and fold the flag.
Oh boy, it’s a great day for a great first day! We will learn, grow, and do our best to always choose to be blessed. With the Beatitudes as our foundation, we are set to succeed!
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, greets 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 celebrated by our new pastor, Fr. Joseph. This year our school theme is Be Extraordinary! There will be a special emphasis on the Beatitudes and how to live them out in our daily lives. Students even received “bee” cookies after mass to help emphasize the theme.
Then, 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.
Middle School Math and Science Teacher Lisa Schlanz received a standing ovation as she was announced as the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce’s Middle School Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Schlanz creates a wonderful learning environment for her students, taking learning outside the traditional walls of the classroom. She teaches her students not only to be problem solvers but also to be outstanding leaders in life through their faith in Jesus. She is shown below with her 7th Grade homeroom class.