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Queen of Angels takes part in Catholic Schools Week

Tony LaRussa
| Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 6:39 p.m.

Many of the activities this week at Queen of Angels Catholic School might seem like fun and games. But they all are designed with a singular purpose — spotlighting the things that make Catholic education special.

“Our students work hard all year long, so Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity for them to have some fun while at the same time showcasing the academics and values that we stress,” said Ruth Ann Noblick, the school's director of marketing and communications.

“We've scheduled activities throughout the week that families can participate in, as well as events to honor our teachers, volunteers and bus drivers. Even things like the ‘Student Jeopardy' game, which is a lot of fun for the kids, support academics,” Noblick said.

The importance of academic achievement at Queen of Angels is demonstrated in the results of standardized tests that students take.

Of the 124 children who participated in the national Stanford Achievement Test, 86 percent scored at, or above, their grade level, according to statistics released by the school.

Queen of Angels has about 300 pupils in preschool through the eighth grade.

Linda Holsopple, the school's administrator, said this year's theme for Catholic Schools Week — “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service” helps “highlight the facts that not only are schools communities themselves, they are also part of many other communities, including families, cities and our country.”

The school kicked off this week's celebration with a candlelight prayer service on Monday, followed by games and other activities. On Tuesday, a “Parent Play Date” and activity to honor the school's bus drivers were scheduled.

A pair of open houses were scheduled for Wednesday, along with community-service activities for students, Beach Blanket Bingo and a presentation titled “Museum of Famous People.”

Some of the activities scheduled for the remainder of the celebration include:

• Thursday — teacher luncheon prepared by homeroom parents and a “Pajama Party” in which students are allowed to wear their pajamas to school.

• Friday — Dress Down Day, “Student Jeopardy” and a volleyball game between eighth-graders and teachers.

• Monday — Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of “The Invention of Edison.”

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626 or at

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