St. Stephen - St. Edward School celebrates national Catholic Schools Week

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  • Photo by Roger Gavan On Thursday, Feb. 1, the students at St. Stephen - St. Edward Elementary School were invited to dress for a Crazy Hat, Sock & Tie Day. Pictured here are students in grades 5 through 8.

— Beginning with a family Mass on Sunday, Jan. 28, and concluding on Friday, Feb. 2, St. Stephen - St. Edward Elementary School, 75 Sanfordville Road, joined parochial schools throughout the nation in the celebration of national Catholic Schools Week.

Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, the annual observance begins on the last Sunday in January and runs all week with open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and the public in general.

The theme of the week this year was "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed," which the association describes as encompassing the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country.

Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of New York welcome students of all backgrounds and faiths.

Last year, Catholic school students outperformed New York State and New York City public school students in terms of the percentage of students meeting or exceeding proficiency standards in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA).

St. Stephen - St. Edward School has been the parish elementary school of Saint Stephen the First Martyr Parish, serving children in grades Pre-K to Eight since 1965.

The school, which has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, offers Spanish lessons in classes K to 8 along with enrichment, arts and athletic programs.

St. Stephen - St. Edward School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and also AdvancED, a premier accreditation organization described as the world's largest education community.

The school celebrated Catholic Schools Week this year with several programs, including a series of events as teachers and children greeted visitors.

In addition to daily open house tours, teachers, volunteers and students also participated in events ranging from a senior pancake breakfast to a Crazy Hat, Sock & Tie Day.

Tuition is set by the Archdiocese and has not been released to date. However, charges for the current school year began at approximately $4,500 for one child payable in 12 monthly installments and reduced amounts for families with more than one child.

There are other considerations including financial assistance information that will be available by contacting the school.

To arrange for a tour or request tuition information for the next school year, call Principal Bethany Negersmith or Administrative Assistant Jill Lewis at 986-3533.

Financial assistance and other additional information is available at

For additional information about the school visit

- Roger Gavan

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