St. Jane Frances School in Riviera Beach will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week next week with activities and events highlighting this year's theme, "A School You Can Believe In."
A 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday for school families will begin the celebration. An awards ceremony will follow the liturgy.
This year, the Knights of Columbus Council 10966 will present commemorative plaques to several religious and lay teachers, and staff members of the school.
"After many years of close association with St. Jane Frances parish and school, our council decided to honor teachers and staff with at least 15 years of service to Catholic schools," said George Markelonis, council spokesman.
"After consulting with Sister Mary Monaghan, our principal, and Rene Hammond, the assistant principal, we found out to our surprise that 20 people have 15 or more years of service," he said. "Two recently retired teachers, Sister Mary Leonissa Clements, and Sister Mary Lillian Byrne, have given over 104 years of service between them."
Other teachers and staff members to be honored are: Sister Mary Emmanuella Rainer, Sister Mary Monaghan, Sister Mary Aloysius Norman, Sister Margaret Mary Soukop, Bernadette Fischer, Martha Monaghan, Sister Mary James Brian Schammel, Shirley O'Connor, Jeanette Trageser, Teresa Newell, Shirley Thomas, Joan Williams, Cynthia Wieland, Theresa Will, Maureen Cox, Constance Koenig, Joanne Wright and Denise Noteware.
Recipients of the Audrey Smith Volunteer Award and the National Catholic Education Association's Distinguished Alumni Award also will be announced at the ceremony.
On Monday, the faculty will be treated to lunch and flowers for Teacher Appreciation Day.
Tuesday is Parents Day, with classrooms open for visitation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday will be National Appreciation for Catholic Schools Day. The Home School Association will have a dinner for teachers and the Rev. Dennis Tinder will acknowledge the efforts of the educators. In return, the faculty will treat St. Jane students to a gift that night: no homework!
Thursday's activities will begin with Mass for students, parents and staff at 10 a.m. The support staff, pastor and administration will be feted with a box lunch provided by each homeroom. School Spirit Day will be celebrated by the students, who will be allowed to wear jeans or dark-colored pants and school sweat shirts.
Student Appreciation Day is Friday. A prayer service and Blessing of the Throats is scheduled for 10 a.m.
The Home School Association will sponsor Family Bingo Night on Friday in the school hall. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the first game starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be on sale.
New-student registration for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade for 1995-96 will be accepted beginning Tuesday.
For more information about the school, call 255-4750.
The United Methodist Men of Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road, are sponsoring a turkey dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church.
The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, 3 and older. Toddlers under 3 can eat for free. The menu includes turkey, french fries, drinks and dessert. Carryouts will be available.
Proceeds will benefit church projects.
For more details, call 255-1506.
Enjoy an afternoon of good food and bingo on Sunday and still be home in time to enjoy the Super Bowl.
The Auxiliary of Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Co. 20 is sponsoring a dinner and bingo party at the Mountain Road fire hall Sunday.
Doors will open at noon. Dinner will be served until 2 p.m. with an afternoon of games to follow.
Tickets are $20 and include a Salisbury steak platter with vegetables and dessert, bingo cards and specials. A jackpot game with a guaranteed $500 pot will be held.
Free coffee and soda will be served throughout the afternoon. Baked goods will be sold during intermission.
Cash door prizes will be awarded.
If bingo isn't your thing you can still get dinner to carry out. The cost is $6 for adults, and $3 for children under 12.
Proceeds will benefit the fire company.
To reserve tickets or for more details, call 360-6857.
Take your sweetie to a Sweetheart Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 18 at American Legion post home on Carbide Road.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 277 will sponsor the evening featuring a cold buffet, beer and sodas, with DJ Charlie providing the music.
Tickets are $7.
Proceeds will help defray expenses for local high school students to attend the Girls State program.
For tickets call Kathy Miller, 766-8916, or Catherine Bellinger, 360-0188.