Annual Events and Traditions
Most people end up forgetting much of the data learned in their schooldays: the dates for the Battle of Fort Sumter…the molecular weight of magnesium…the proper ending for the third declension… However, what most people do remember from elementary school, no matter how long ago, are the traditions that were unique to their schooldays.
Angelus Academy is all about tradition: Tradition, with a capital “T” first all—the Tradition and teachings of the Church—but the little “t” tradition, too. We have many unique traditions that shape the Angelus experience for our students and that will linger in their memories for all their lives.
Every morning from approximately 8:20 AM to 8:35 AM, the school community gathers in the Angelus Academy Chapel to begin the day together with song, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, prayer, and a short presentation. Students’ families and their guests are always welcome to join us.
FRIDAY MORNING MASS
Please join us for Mass at 11:00 AM in the Angelus Academy Chapel on most Friday mornings throughout the school year. Due to occasional schedule changes, please call the school office to confirm the time if you plan to attend Mass.
FAMILY SERVICE DAYS
Families gather on a few Saturday mornings throughout the year to clean, organize, and repair the school building and grounds. Helping out on these days is a great way to earn volunteer hours.
SEPTEMBER 8TH CELEBRATIONS
On or around September 8th, we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the founding of Angelus Academy.
OCTOBER, LENT, AND MAY SPECIAL SCHEDULE
On Fridays during October and May, the school gathers in the Angelus Academy Chapel to pray the Rosary, since October is the month of the Rosary and May is the month of Mary. On Fridays during Lent, the school gathers in the chapel to pray the Stations of the Cross. Families and friends are welcome to attend.
ALL SAINTS’ DAY
On or around November 1st, we celebrate All Saints’ Day. In early October, students are asked to choose a saint they want to learn more about. Each student researches their chosen saint and prepares an age-appropriate report; your child(ren)’s teacher(s) will provide details. On All Saints’ Day, students dress up as their saint and give a presentation to their classmates. Teachers and staff also dress up as saints, and the 8th grade organizes games and fun activities for all students in the afternoon. Family members are welcome to join the celebration.
Every year the Angelus Academy community celebrates Veterans Day with a special Mass and reception for all veterans and current and former military personnel. Families and friends are welcome to attend. Military uniforms are optional. Angelus is blessed to recognize and honor those family members who serve our country as servicemen and women.
ANGELUS ACADEMY GALA
The Angelus Academy Gala is held each November on a Saturday evening at a local venue. This lovely evening includes dinner; a silent and live auction; a guest speaker; and the presentation of the Saint John Bosco Award for Catholic Education. In the months leading up to the Gala, Angelus Academy families are asked to help gather donations and specialty items from local businesses for the auctions. The Gala is an important fundraiser for the school and is an enjoyable night out for all who are able to attend.
SAINT NICHOLAS DAY
On or around December 6th, Saint Nicholas visits Angelus Academy. The students leave their shoes outside the room, and Saint Nicholas’s helpers put treats in the shoes while the students join him for a story.
FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY
On or around January 6th, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with “kings’ cakes.” The three students who find the small Infant Jesus statues in their slice of kings’ cake are invited to bring up the gifts during the special feast day celebration.
SAINT JOHN BOSCO CHALLENGE
Every year on January 31st, we begin a major fundraising campaign in honor of Saint John Bosco, the patron saint of youth. We conclude the campaign on March 19th, Saint Joseph’s Day. We kick off the challenge with fun activities. Please join us in this endeavor by praying for its success, contributing whatever God inspires you to give, and encouraging others to support our school.
After the Christmas vacation, the 4th, 6th, and 8th grade students begin preparing a science fair project. Your child’s teacher will provide more specific grade-level information and guidelines about the project. The students then display and discuss their projects with the rest of the school community in the gym.
Each year, the 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade students prepare and present an “adopt-a-country” project. Your child’s teacher will provide specific grade-level information and guidelines. The students then display and discuss their projects with the rest of the school community in the gym.
ST. JOSEPH’S DAY
On St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th, the school honors our fathers. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, godfathers, and father figures are invited to join us for morning chapel, breakfast, and Stations of the Cross.
The annual Jog-a-Thon gives students the opportunity to fundraise for Angelus Academy by running laps during their physical education class. Fun prizes are awarded to those students who reach donation goals.
MOTHER’S DAY TEA
This special event, organized by the Women’s Apostolate to Youth (WAY), our school’s founders, is usually held the Friday before Mother’s Day to honor our mothers. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, and mother figures are invited to join us for our celebration.
Field day is held toward the end of the school year and is a day when students, teachers, and staff go off-site for a morning of games and pizza. On this day, parents bring their child(ren) directly to the field day location.
On the last day of the school year, members of the Angelus Academy community are invited to honor the graduating 8th grade class. Highlights of the ceremony include a guest speaker, the class valedictorian speech, presentation of the class gift, and the announcement of several awards. Families of 7th graders host a reception following the ceremony. All are welcome to join us in celebrating our graduates and newest Angelus Academy alumni!