'Value of Learning' Mantra for Catholic Schools Week, All Year
Byline: Joanmarie Wermes
Preparing students to be academically, morally and socially prepared for the future is the aim of St. Hubert Catholic School, whose leadership believes in the "value of learning."
In anticipation of National Catholic Schools Week Sunday through Feb. 2 and armed with those aims, St. Hubert principal Vito DeFrisco, assistant principal Alison O'Connor, and all the teachers daily encourage children to be life-long learners and help them develop an appreciation of learning.
The Rev. Robert Rizzo, pastor, firmly believes the school is essential for parish completeness, maintaining that St. Hubert is neither just a church nor just a school, but "a parish that also has a school."
"Our Catholic school is integral to our parish, and we strive in our Catholic education to teach our children that Jesus Christ is present in all facets of society, Rizzo said. "We instruct our young ones that when they leave here at graduation they continue to follow that dictate."
Following the national theme of "Catholic Schools Light the Way," students from each homeroom incorporated the school's colors of gold and black, decorating banners with symbols such as candles or lighthouses to depict their insights on how they may light the way. The banners hang in the hallway outside each room of the school, which houses pupils in 3- and 4-year-old preschool to students in junior high.
School officials invited Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod and Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson to attend the kick off of Catholic Schools Week at an open house for the community, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the school, 255 Flagstaff Lane, Hoffman Estates.
Preceding the open house, students and their parents may attend the 9 or 10:45 a.m. Masses in the St. Hubert Ministry Center, the church's current worship space while renovation of the church continues.
O'Connor said eighth-graders, who are trying to earn service hours, will conduct tours. Acting as a hospitality team, members of the student council, school board members and teachers also will lead tours. The school offers a quality education to children in Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg, as well as youngsters in surrounding towns, including Hanover Park, Streamwood and Bartlett. …