BETHALTO — Our Lady Queen of Peace School is celebrating its 52nd year with activities for the upcoming Catholic Schools Week.
“Faith, knowledge and service … simply put, are the reasons for our existence as a Catholic school,” a parish news release states. “The Faith aspect begins with the deep roots/traditions of our parish and parishioners, who care about and support our parish school in every way, and extends to our parents, both Catholic and non-Catholic, who choose for their child a school such as OLQP to teach the values, beliefs and traditions that are so important to Catholic, Christian people everywhere.
“The concept of service is such an important part of our faith,” the news release states. “Our students continually are serving others through their letters and cards to those in the military, their visits to the residents at the Bethalto Care Center, their drives and collections for the food pantries and the needy in the area, their desire to help those in other parts of the world, and the way in which they treat and respect all others.
“Knowledge: Because we are a small school with small class sizes, 14-to-1 teacher/student ratio, every student receives the individual attention he or she needs to reach his or her maximum potential. Our perfect combination of ‘traditional’ methods of teaching, coupled with progressive instructional technology and methods, is proven to produce results of which all of us are so proud. The proof lies in the scores our students get on the yearly standardized tests taken in the fall.”
The agenda for Catholic Schools Week includes:
Sunday, Jan. 25: 9 a.m. to noon, public is invited to open house in the school.
Monday, Jan. 26: School spirit assembly led by the school’s drill team.
Tuesday, Jan. 27: Students will go bowling at Airport Bowl.
Wednesday, Jan. 28: Special Person’s Day; students invite a special person to eat lunch with them and be with them in their classroom.
Thursday, Jan. 29: Students “take their hats off to Christ.” Students wear any hat they want to school on that day.
Friday, Jan. 30: Special children’s 8:30 a.m. Mass; Wildbird Sanctuary assembly.
The school is located at 618 N. Prairie St. For information, call (618) 377-6401.