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Everest School Traditions
No school experience would be complete without memorable traditions. Throughout the year, the school hosts various events that either exhibit student talents or allow our students to share an important day with their mother, father or grandparents. Here are some brief descriptions of the major events at Everest Academy:
Parent Social and School Orientation
Held during the first week of school, this event serves to introduce parents to each other and to the staff and faculty of the school. Information presented includes an overview of the year’s goals, special programs, and general policies and procedures.
Held at the beginning of the school year, the purpose of this event is to introduce parents to class curriculum and academic expectations, class procedures, teacher channels of communication and to prepare parents for a constructive and formative parent / teacher relationship.
Held on various dates, the following academic competitions provide an opportunity for students to put their intellect and faith to the test: Poetry Recitation Contest, Geography Bee, Catechism Contest, Spelling Bee, and Science Fair.
Mother-Daughter and Father-Son Events
Held in the fall, mothers and daughters and fathers and sons spend some quality-time together doing special activities such as the Father Son Camp Out, Mother Daughter talent show.
Held on or near October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, students led the assembly in praying the rosary, offered for special intentions.
Held in November (on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Day) a special Mass of thanksgiving and remembrance is offered for our grandparents, both living and deceased. Grandparents are then invited to a special brunch followed by presentations or skits prepared by each class. Grandparents may visit their grandchildren in their classrooms and receive a special gift.
All Saints Day
Held November 1, Everest Academy celebrates this solemnity a parade of saints and special festive activities. Students prepare for the day by deciding which saint of the Church they will be, coming dressed as that saint for the day and introducing themselves to the assembly.
All parents enjoy this special Christmas tradition.
Catholic Schools Week
The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses and activities for students, and families in order to deepen in their love and appreciation for catholic education.
Held during Lent, students present a dramatic presentation of the Stations of the Cross.
Held in late spring, the Spring Production is opportunity for students in the Drama Club to show off their talent.
Day with Dad
Held on or near March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, fathers are invited to a special Mass and brunch held in their honor. Fathers are welcome to visit their children in their classrooms for a father-child activity and to receive a gift prepared for them.
May Crowning / Mothers’ Day
Held in May, this day honors Mary, Our Blessed Mother as well as all of our school mothers. An all-school Mass is preceded by a Marian procession and crowning of Mary by our eighth grade students and those students who have received First Communion. Mothers are treated to a special brunch and student presentations.
Held in the month of May, students make a special visit to a Marian shrine as a way to show our love and devotion to Mary, Our Blessed Mother.
Family Fun Nights
Held through the year, these are great opportunities for school families to get together in a casual atmosphere with fun for all ages. Annual events include Harvest Fest, Christ the King, Jumpy Night, Lenten Supper and Stations and a Family Dance.
Field Day / Everest Academy Games
This end-of-the-year celebration includes team competition, fun and games, and a potluck lunch.
Awards Ceremony / Graduation
The last day of school includes a closing Mass, recognition of student achievement and leadership, and 8th grade graduation exercises.