Village Alumni to Be Honored, Open Houses and Fun Activities Look to Unify Floral Park Community
It will be a week of celebration as Our Lady of Victory School in Floral Park kicks off Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 30 through Feb. 4, 2011. The annual tradition features two open houses for the community, along with a variety of fun-filled activities, lectures and events planned for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
According to OLV Principal Mrs. Peg Augello, the week is designed to honor the fact that Catholic Schools add value to the nation. “Every year the celebration has a different theme. The theme this year is A+ for America and it’s focusing on the high academic standards and high graduation rates of Catholic school students, supported by the strong moral values, and how these Catholic school graduates make a significant contribution to American society,” she remarked.
The week starts off with Mass on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m., followed by an open house and school tours until 1:30 p.m. “Each day during Catholic Schools Week, we recognize a different facet of our school,” Mrs. Augello told the Floral Park Dispatch. Parents and community members have an opportunity to visit during the open house to see classes and activities. “We have tours given by our Student Council representatives for anyone who may be interested in coming to the school or just finding something more about it. We have an open house where members of the community are invited to school and walk through and see the classrooms, meet with the teachers and chat with the teachers. We also have a band playing at that time. It’s a very nice busy, busy day,” she said.
Sunday’s festivities end at 2 p.m. with a $10,000 giveaway, which is one of the fundraiser programs to benefit the school’s technology program. Nearly 12 years ago, the Diocese began giving the school technology grants. Mrs. Augello said the school board decided at that time to have a $10,000 giveaway drawing and reached out to the parishioners and the community to participate. “It’s been a very successful fundraiser for us. We’ve been able to do a lot of things in the area of technology because of this money,” Mrs. Augello commented.
Some other highlights of the celebration include Student Recognition Day and Pajama Day on Monday, Jan. 31. A spirit-building day, the event is a popular tradition where principal, teachers and students come to school dressed in their pajamas. “No one is absent that day, believe it or not,” she remarked. Along with a special assembly, children also get to enjoy a no homework night.
A second open house will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 10-11 a.m. and students will offer a day of prayers for the community and nation on Feb. 2. In addition, students will make Valentines for Long Island veterans.
On Thursday, Feb. 3, students celebrate Sportsmanship and Character with a volleyball game featuring members of the eighth-grade versus the teachers, taking place on from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. In addition, a sports night features grades five and six, from 7-8 p.m.
The week culminates with a day to recognize OLV teachers and staff. Additionally, the Outstanding Alumni Award will be bestowed to Floral Park Village Attorney and OLV Alumni John E. Ryan of the class of 1970. “We’ll be honoring him and presenting him with a certificate and pin of recognition,” Mrs. Augello said. Mr. Ryan will also speak to the eighth-graders about transitioning to high school after spending their academic careers at OLV. The seventh- and eighth-graders will also hold their first dance of the year and the Home School Association and the school board sponsors a luncheon and treats the teachers in honor of their service.
Mrs. Augello says the celebratory week is an exciting time for students and the entire OLV community. “It’s very wonderful. It’s the week where we recognize everything we do. Every facet of our school is showcased. We love Catholic Schools Week and the kids always love it, too. They look forward to it,” she said.
Tricia GaNun, a resident and OLV parent, commented that Catholic Schools Week is very exciting and a great opportunity for parents to see the school when it’s in full motion. “It has a sense of unity of the entire school coming together and being proud together,” Mrs. GaNun said.
OLV is located at 2 Bellmore St., Floral Park. For more information on the upcoming open houses for fall enrollment and a complete schedule of events, call 516-352-4466; or visit www.olvfp.org.