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PJP II To Celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 15, 2019

An open house, Faculty and Student Appreciation Days and special assemblies are just some of the activities being planned at Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School (PJP II) in West Brandywine in celebration of Catholic Schools Week (CSW).

CSW, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, will be observed from Sunday, Jan. 27, through Friday, Feb 1. This year's national theme is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed."

PJP II, located at 2875 Manor Road (Route 82), Coatesville, will kick off the celebration with a Community Open House on Jan. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the school, which serves 612 students from prekindergarten to eighth grade. PJP II is also home to Little Saints Academy, which serves infants and toddlers from 3 to 36 months of age.

"It's an open house for both current and prospective families," said Maria Samson, PJP advancement director. "Prospective families will have an opportunity to get a personal tour with a student or parent ambassador. We will also have information for prospective families on how to apply for the next school year."

In addition, a Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the library during the open house. The book sale will be open to the community.

Those who visit the open house will have an opportunity to view students' projects in the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) Expo. The exhibits will be on display in the school's gymnasium. "There will also be art displayed from our lower grades, kindergarten through fourth," said Samson, noting that the artwork will feature a science component.

Complimentary baked goods will be available in the school's multipurpose room throughout the event.

Also featured during CSW will be special student activities, including Movie Star Monday on Monday, Jan. 28, where students will be invited to dress up as their favorite celebrity or movie character.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, there will be a Human Board Game assembly for fourth- through eighth-graders and a Puppets Pizzazz assembly for the younger students.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, which will include a free breakfast provided by the PJP II Home and School Association, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30. There will also be a flag football game in the school gym that day.

Crazy Hair and Hat Day will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, which will be Student Appreciation Day. Additionally, PJP II families will be able to enjoy an event at a local trampoline park that evening.

The week will conclude with a closing Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 at St. Peter Church, located next to the school. There will also be a new activity, Step-Up Day. "Students will have an opportunity to get a first-hand look at what they will be doing in the next school year," Samson explained. "It will get them excited about some of the highlights of their next academic grade."

PJP II principal Sarah Kerins said the week is designed to showcase all that Catholic schools have to offer. She listed some of the school's strengths, as noted by comments from visitors: "a strong foundation of academics, the way students treat each other and the way the faculty interacts with them, our Gospel values, the focus in the classroom and the self-discipline that the students learn."

PJP II serves the parishes of St. Peter in West Brandywine, Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Joseph in Coatesville and Our Lady of Consolation in Parkesburg. For more information on the school or any Catholic Schools Week activities, readers may contact Samson at 610-384-5961, ext. 5408, or More information about the school is available at


Students Of The Quarter Honored January 15, 2019

Lancaster Catholic High School students Ella Cassidy, Matthew Keebler, Sebastian Klemmer, and Vivian Klemmer were named Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Students of the Quarter. They were honored for their school and community activities, leadership and academic achievements.

Ella's favorite subjects are precalculus and chemistry. She participates in the marching and jazz bands as well as the percussion ensemble/samba band and quiz bowl club. She is on the Mini-THON committee and is a member of the Crusader Youth Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She participates in dance classes at the Cavod Academy of the Arts and has participated in County Band and Orchestra.

Matthew's favorite subjects are calculus, chemistry and biology. He founded the school's Autism Awareness Club and is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and Future Medical Leaders of America. Matthew is on the bowling and tennis teams and captains the school soccer team, which voted him Offensive Player of the Year. He is also a 2018 Lancaster-Lebanon League first-team soccer All-Star. Matthew volunteers at Landis Homes and Lancashire Hall Nursing and Rehab Center.

Sebastian's favorite subjects are Western civilization and Advanced Placement English literature and composition. He enjoys playing in the jazz and marching bands and the pit orchestra. Sebastian participates in cross-country, track and field, and quiz bowl. He is an altar server and teaches eighth-grade religious education at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. Sebastian received a 2018 National Merit commendation.

Vivian's favorite subjects are algebra 2 and world history. She enjoys field hockey and basketball and plays in the brass and string ensembles as well as the pit orchestra for the school musical. She is a member of the quiz bowl club and the Aevidum student suicide awareness club. Vivian is an altar server.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Country Club on New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are welcome. More information is available at


School Receives Donation January 15, 2019

The Knights of Columbus 10474 Father Gerrity Council of Holy Infant Parish in Manchester recently presented York Catholic principal Katie Seufert a check for $10,000 in support of York Catholic's "Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow" Capital Campaign. The campaign is designed to provide resources for needed renovations and improvements to the high school with a focus on academic, student life, and extracurricular experiences.

Among the projects are renovated classrooms with facility-wide air-conditioning; upgrades and modernization to science labs and science lecture rooms; facility-wide safety enhancements, including an elevator; the creation of a new Student and Media Center, which will also house a College and Career Readiness Center, student center, renovated chapel, and upgraded lobby; and the installation of a turf athletic field that will be used by 12 athletic teams.


School Posts Honor Rolls January 11, 2019

St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey recently announced its honor rolls for the first trimester. Students in grades six through eight were recognized for their academic achievement.

Students recognized on the distinguished honor roll include eighth-graders Maddelynn Brooks, Ella Hession, Alexis Kain, Andrea Samson, and Juliana Silber; seventh-graders Gia Garrett, Kelly Mosier, Sophia Tunks, and Dominic Wolfe; and sixth-grader Garrett Bohn.

Students named to the first honors list are eighth-graders Anna Burke, Yoadam Dawitt, Penelope Foley, Thomas McInerney, Rory Smullen, and Madison Snyder; seventh-graders Rosalie Miklos, Rebecca Mize, and Mia Seaton; sixth-graders Venetian Brooks, Samantha Coates, Violet Foley, Julia Fosnocht, Owen Gidusko, James Morrow, and Henry Smullen.

Students who earned second honors are eighth-graders Mia DiSylvester, Shaye Mimnagh, Megan Sitowitz, and Matthew Waning; seventh-grader Catherine Chardo; and sixth-graders Stella Garrett, Cooper Hazard, and Erin Roche.


Students Compete In Stock Market Game January 10, 2019

Students from Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) School recently participated in the fall competitive session of the Stock Market Game. The contest, for students in grades six through eight, is an online simulation of the global capital markets that aims to engage students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance. Eighth-grade students Edward Dresch, Matthew Mercer and Daniel Titi earned first place in their region and first place in the Pennsylvania state-level competition.

OMPH School welcomes children from the local Catholic churches, as well as interested members of the general community. The school is accredited through the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. For more information, readers may call 717-738-2414 or visit


OMPH School Plans Open House January 10, 2019

Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) Catholic School will hold an open house on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet teachers from preschool through eighth grade. Registration forms for the 2019-20 school year will be available. All are welcome to attend. Personal tours may also be scheduled during school hours.

OMPH offers a preschool program for children ages 3 and 4 as well as a full-day kindergarten program. Students in grades one through eight receive an education designed for academic excellence in an environment that aims to reinforce the Catholic identity. An on-site after-care program and financial aid are also available. Busing to OMPH School is provided by eight local school districts.

OMPH School welcomes children from the local Catholic churches, as well as interested members of the general community. The school is accredited through the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. For more information, readers may call 717-738-2414 or visit


WFCS Plans Open House Events January 9, 2019

West Fallowfield Christian School (WFCS) will host open house events for prospective families interested in preschool through 12th grade on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Each event will begin with an information session at 6:30 p.m., followed by guided tours, a meet-and-greet with the teachers and an overview of curriculum. Child care will be provided.

Little Falcons Preschool offers a full-day, multi-age classroom program for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Three- and 4-year-olds have a half-day option.

Kindergarten at WFCS is a full-day program. It is currently offered as four or five days per week. The kindergarten core curriculum includes reading readiness, mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, handwriting, writer's workshop, arts and crafts, book time/story time, open-ended play, chapel, devotions and Bible. Specials include music, art, library, physical education and computer.

Interscholastic opportunities for middle school students are available in the fine arts and athletics. Girls' athletics include volleyball, soccer, basketball and track and field. Boys' athletics include soccer, basketball, volleyball and track and field. In addition to the core subjects, middle school students choose from a variety of elective subjects and clubs to broaden their interests and learning. All students participate in music and art programs.

The Academy at West Fallowfield Christian School is a unique high school experience offered for ninth through 12th grades. The college-style model fosters student accountability and time management skills. It combines learning on campus two and a half days per week with the remaining days of independent study done at home. The Academy offers electives on Wednesday mornings. Some of the current elective offerings are art, music, life skills, SAT preparation, archery and nature/environment. During the course of the year, teachers plan all lessons, provide instruction and assign work to be completed at home on remaining days. Students are graded and issued report cards, and they compile portfolios of completed work. At the end of the year, achievements are assessed by the evaluator of the parents' choice. A pay-per-class option is also available.

West Fallowfield Christian School has a full comprehensive Resource Room to offer academic and learning support. The Chester County Intermediate Unit provides additional reading and speech therapy support. The small class size also gives students opportunities to receive individualized attention.

For 77 years, West Fallowfield Christian School has been providing Christian education for families and students in the surrounding communities. The school's members attend a total of more than 38 churches in the Chester and Lancaster county areas. Bus transportation is supplied for kindergarten through eighth-grade students residing in the Avon Grove, Coatesville, Octorara, Oxford, Pequea, Solanco, and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts.

Financial grants are available for eligible families in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The school is located at 795 Fallowfield Road, Atglen. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the school at 610-593-5011 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Readers may visit or find the school on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In the case of inclement weather, readers may check the school's website for alternate dates.


KCA To Host Inspirational Speaker January 9, 2019

Keystone Christian Academy (KCA) invites the public to a presentation by inspirational speaker and author Jennifer Foxworthy on Friday, Feb. 1, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 340 E. Market St., York, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Foxworthy will be speaking at KCA's morning chapel service, and the school, in cooperation with Asbury United Methodist Church, has opened the program to the public. Her topic will be "The Greater Impact for the Greater Good: Which Has a Greater Impact, a Pebble or a Rock?" The audience will discover how to make the greatest impact on their personal lives, their homes, and their community.

An award-winning motivational speaker, Foxworthy travels the country to help people find personal peace, purpose, and power by transparently drawing upon her personal life experiences with low self-esteem, domestic violence, and overcoming adversity. She is the author of "Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence," the television show host of "Living Unshackled on Purpose," host of the Unstoppable You Conference, and a corporate trainer for the College of Southern Maryland.

Born and raised in York, Foxworthy graduated from William Penn Senior High and embarked on a distinguished career in the United States Navy. As an aircrewman, Foxworthy flew in combat missions in support of three wars (Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq), logged more than 3,700 flight hours, and received four Air Medals. She has been noted as the first African-American female aircrewman, the first African-American aircrewman in the enlisted ranks, and the first female in-flight technician during her squadron tours.

After completing the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program School, she changed her focus in the military from warfare to welfare and became a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She earned numerous awards, including Outstanding Military Person of the Year, 2007 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Sea Sailor of the Year, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

After retiring from the service with the rank of chief petty officer, she is pursuing her second career as the founder and CEO of Inspirationally Speaking LLC and the founding president and CEO of Unstoppable You Ministries Inc.

KCA recognizes that each child learns in a unique way, and the school creatively finds enjoyable, successful approaches based on each student's learning style and strengths. The school, currently serving children in prekindergarten through eighth grade, is located in the facilities of Asbury United Methodist Church.

Ample parking for Foxbury's program will be available behind the church at Reinecke Place. For more information, readers may contact Gary Hiller at 717-850-0943 or visit


Open House Events Slated January 8, 2019

Lancaster Mennonite will host open house events at four of its campuses, including Lancaster, Locust Grove, New Danville, and Hershey. The events will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Refreshments will be available at 5:30 p.m. A welcome meeting will begin at 6 p.m., followed by tours and activities. For details, visit

In the case of snow, the open house events will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 29, instead.


School Announces Competition Winners January 3, 2019

St. Anne School held its annual National History Day (NHD) competition, which was the culmination of three months of research by students in sixth and eighth grades. The students were able to construct entries as individuals or as groups in one of five categories: Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance, or Website. The topic needed to relate to this year's theme, "Triumph and Tragedy in History." Chosen topics included everything from Eleanor Roosevelt to The Navajo Code Talkers of World War II.

The students at St. Anne presented to and were judged by judges from the local community. The St. Anne School winners will participate in the Regional NHD Competition, to be held on Saturday, March 2, at Kutztown University.

Categories, winners, and specific topics are as follows:

Documentary: Individual - first place, Rebekah Citsay, "David Farragut: From a Young Boy With a Dream to America's First Admiral," and second place, Catherine Rebek, "Dickey Chapelle: More Than a Photographer." Group - first place, Dominick Baksh and Tre Hockley, "The Manhattan Project."

Paper: Individual - first place, Alison Brewer, "Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Impact on the Jewish Refugees."

Website: Individual - first place, Annabelle Kiefer, "The Challenger: Milestones and Mistakes"; second place, William Scott, "The Navajo Code Talkers of WWII"; third place, Maria Smolskiy, "Project 658"; and honorable mention, Kelsie McCuen, "Columbia: Disaster Strikes."

Exhibit: Individual - first place, Addie Elliott, "Triumphant Discovery Leads to Tragic Death: Marie Curie's Discovery of Radium"; second place, Johnny Martin, "Valley Forge: The Winter That Tested America"; and third place, Jack Kelly, "The Battle of Iwo Jima: Horror and Heroism." Group - first place, Ryleigh Brewer and Maya Kirchner, "Stronger Than a Speeding Bullet: Malala Yousafzai"; second place, Keira Eshleman and Ava Vaughn, "Laws Built Up From the Ashes: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire"; and third place, Joe Hobson and Rocco Tirone, "Amelia Earhart: Triumph and Tragedy."

There were no entries in the Performance category or the Group Website category.


LCCS Names Administrator December 27, 2018

Lancaster County Christian School (LCCS) has announced that Patrick Canavan was named as the new director of business and finance as of Dec. 3, 2018.

Canavan previously worked at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he was administrator and director of education for 14 years. He directed operations, led personnel, managed facilities, and oversaw finances for the church, located in Center City in Philadelphia.

Canavan earned his degree from St. Joseph's University. He and his wife have two children and two grandchildren.

LCCS is governed by a board of directors and managed by the head of school and administrative team. The school offers Christ-centered and interdenominational curricula for area children in preschool through 12th grade.


School Holds Christmas Pageant December 26, 2018


YCHS Association Names Inductees December 26, 2018

York Catholic High School's (YCHS) Athletic Association will induct seven new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame honors former coaches and student-athletes, as well as athletic program volunteers.

The inductees will be introduced on Saturday, Jan. 19, prior to the start of the girls' varsity basketball game versus Camp Hill scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. tip-off. The induction and reception will immediately follow the game in the cafeteria.

The inductees include Lisa Bornt-Davis, Class of 2003; Tim Marks, Class of 1979; Genevieve McGann, Class of 2009; Mary McGann, Class of 2009; Angelina Ortenzio, Class of 2008; Dave Strine, Class of 1973; and Tom Zielinski, Class of 1979.


LCCS Seniors Take Part In Mission Trip December 24, 2018

The Lancaster County Christian School (LCCS) Class of 2019 recently returned from a short-term mission trip to Peru. From Nov. 3 to 11, the students served alongside the missionaries and staff of Kids Alive International, both in the capital city of Lima and in the jungle city of Pucallpa.

During their time in Peru, the students participated in many typical mission trip activities, such as work projects and children's ministry. Furthermore, the senior mission trip experience included opportunities for learning, fellowship, and encouragement. With this in mind, the seniors worked to prepare their hearts and minds in the months leading up to this trip.

LCCS, 2390 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, is governed by a board of directors and managed by the head of school and administrative team. The school offers a Christ-centered and interdenominational curriculum for area children in preschool through 12th grade.


YCHS Students Receive Scholarships December 24, 2018


Fisher Wins Poster Contest December 20, 2018

Molly Fisher, a seventh-grade art student at Lititz Area Mennonite School, placed first in the Baron Stiegel Lions Club Peace Poster Contest held at the school recently. The contest theme for this year's Lions International Peace Poster Contest is "Kindness Matters."

Molly's quote on peace for her poster entry is, "If people are at peace with each other, then the world is good."

Molly was one of 61 students at her school to take part in the contest. Her entry will go on to the Lancaster-Lebanon District 14-D level.


CRAE Participates In EITC Program December 19, 2018

Capital Region Arts and Education (CRAE) has announced that it was approved as an Educational Improvement Organization under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. CRAE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created to provide financial support to the operations of the Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA) Charter School and to raise awareness about CASA.

CASA, located in Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, is a charter school that provides a comprehensive curriculum to 200 artistically and academically talented high school students from 30 different school districts across nine counties in central Pennsylvania. The campus in Harrisburg offers curricula in visual arts, dance, film and video, music, theater, and creative writing, in addition to the complete and challenging research-based core academic curricula.

For information about making an EITC contribution to CRAE, readers may contact Tim Wendling, CEO/principal, at 717-732-8450 or


School Holds Christmas Pageant December 19, 2018


Students Hold Day Of Giving December 12, 2018

On Dec. 6, students at Resurrection Catholic School spent the day making gifts for others during the holiday season.

Students created cards and ornaments to be delivered to Meals on Wheels, Historic St. Mary's Community Meals, and parishioners of St. Mary, St. Joseph, St. Anthony, and San Juan Bautista churches who are confined to their homes.

As they worked on the gifts, students each left one shoe outside their classrooms. During an intermission, it was announced that St. Nicholas had been in the building leaving treats inside the shoes.

Also in the spirit of the season, students chose stars from a Giving Tree and were slated to donate socks, gloves, and hats to Lancaster County's Families in Transition program.


"Rock The Church" Event Held December 12, 2018

Approximately 250 people listened to solemn tunes and sang the more jovial at Rock the Church Lights Up Christmas on Nov. 30 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Lancaster.

Local musician Liz Fulmer, joined by Emily Fritz and Douglas Thomas of Wisdom's Table, performed traditional songs like "Silent Night" and original songs from her CD "Heaven Knows."

Local meteorologist Joe Calhoun was the master of ceremonies of the program. Principal Brenda Weaver asked the crowd to wave the pin lights they had been given and sing "This Little Light of Mine." She thanked the music groups from San Juan Bautista and St. Anthony of Padua churches that supported the event. Priests from St. Anthony, St. Mary and San Juan Bautista gave opening and closing prayers.

The school's student choir The Singing Saints received a standing ovation following the singing of the school's alma mater, "Resurrection, We All Love You."

The Wheatland Chorale and choirs from Lancaster Catholic High School, St. Mary and St. Joseph churches have also performed.

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