Catholic Schools Week January 30-February 5, 2011

At Our Lady of Lourdes School in West Islip, teacher Laura Pylyp’s science classes work with new digital microscopes that rotate 180 degrees for small groups of students to use at their tables and can also be hooked up to the Smartboard so that the entire class can view the image together. School parents Jairo and Michelle Vedra donated two microscopes to the school.

Catholic Schools: A+ for America

Catholic Schools Week begins this Sunday — a time for all parents to check out the open houses at the Catholic elementary schools in your area, and also a time for all of us to consider how we can help support our Catholic schools.

Inside this special section, we are pleased to present a pictorial journey through the wide range of activities — academic learning, prayer and spirituality, physical and social development, and service to others — that characterize Catholic schools on Long Island.

Certainly, a Catholic school education is a most worthwhile investment for parents — a chance to give your child the best opportunities to grow spiritually, socially and intellectually in a faith-based, first-rate academic environment fortified with the latest in educational technology.

Parents, inside you will find advertisements from many of our Catholic schools on Long Island, giving details of their open houses and other Catholic Schools Week activities beginning this Sunday, January 30. If you do not find an advertisement for your parish or regional school check with them directly for their open house information.

In addition, support for Catholic schools is a worthwhile investment for all of us, whether or not we are currently parents of school-age children. By supporting Catholic education, we are helping to prepare future generations of young Catholics to live out their faith, and in so doing to continue our mission of bringing Christ to the world around us.

In short, when we support Catholic schools, we are helping to build a stronger Church and a better world.

To learn how you can support our Catholic schools, visit, or call 516-766-0161.

Each parish and regional Catholic school in the Diocese of Rockville Centre also has its own individual website.

All Saints Regional Catholic SchoolMaria Regina School, Notre Dame School, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Our Lady of Perpetual Help SchoolOur Lady of Victory School, Our Lady Queen of Apostles School, Prince of Peace Regional Catholic School, Sacred Heart School, SS. Philip and James SchoolSt. Agnes Cathedral SchoolSt. Aidan School, St. Christopher School, St. Dominic Elementary School, St. Edward the Confessor School, St. Ignatius Loyola School, St. John Baptist de LaSalle Regional School, St. Martin of Tours School, St. Mary School, St. Peter of Alcantara School, St. Rose of Lima School and St. William the Abbot School.