St. Columba School welcomes every child of any faith background to its morally and spiritually rich environment which features exemplary academics, solid faith formation, leadership privileges, and community outreach opportunities. We have earned a fine reputation for inspiring our students to reach their potential and achieve personal success.
Motivated by consistently superior achievements, St. Columba School will continue to prepare students for the 21st century by offering an integrated approach that brings together mind and body, matter and spirit, knowledge and reason, science and religion.
Our goal of total student development implies that we will provide academic, spiritual, and physical development at high ethical and moral standards in all areas to all students. We are the transformers of lives while St. Columba School is the mecca of inspiration and innovation.
ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL
St. Columba School, through its teaching and atmosphere, is committed to passing on a living faith in Jesus Christ. St. Columba School invests in our future, which is our students. We take this opportunity to thank the parish for its support of our school, to thank the parents of our school children for believing in our school, to thank the students for their cooperation, and to thank the administration, faculty, and support personnel for their dedication.
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2022-2023 School Year
TWELVE TWENTY-FOUR ROCKED THE BLOOMSBURG HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
On December 17, St. Columba School held a packed auditorium fundraising event featuring a Trans-Siberian tribute band, Twelve Twenty-Four, on the stage at Bloomsburg High School. Band members include school secretary and Music Education instructor Jill Trapane, along with her daughter, are a harmonious and resounding part of the authentic TSO celebration as the featured violin duo.
SCHOOL PRESENTS THE MISSING MAN TABLE PROGRAM
Each item on the Missing Man Table represents the emotions and feelings reserved for those who did not come home. The ceremony symbolizes that they are with us, here in spirit. All Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation’s call to serve and fought for our freedom with honor.
The symbolism of the Missing Man Table:
The table is round, to show our everlasting concern for our missing men.
The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
The single red rose; displayed in a vase, reminds us of the lives of these Americans and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith while seeking answers.
The red ribbon symbolizes our continued determination to account for our missing.
A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate; captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.
The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return, alive or dead.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted, symbolizing their inability to share a toast.
The chair is empty, the seat that remains unclaimed at the table.
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As part of St. Columba School’s celebration of St. Francis Day, our school held a “Pet Raiser”. Students throughout the school donated specific pet items to our local Animal Resource Center. Items like dog and cat food, large and small blankets, dog and cat treats, and dog and cat toys.
Pictured from left to right in the front row are Mr. Zeares middle school science teacher, 3rd grader Ella Reese, 1st graders Charlotte Coombe, Helena Weinberg, Julia Kreisher and Eysia D’Agosta. Back row are 7th graders Hope Hopper, Madison Morisco, Amelia Beishline, and Mya Reese.
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Photos by David Ferdock
FRONT GARDENS SHOWCASE
St. Columba School Seventh and Eighth graders completed a two-year renovation to the school’s two front gardens and the results are stunning. This year’s additions include bulbs, shrubs, Maryland River rock, a wind chime, and this statue and grotto, a gift from Mrs. Alicia Smiley, a long-time chef and friend of our school. Brown’s Landscaping donated a pink Dogwood tree for the right side of the building. Funding for the project came from the school faculty and staff and St. Columba Parish.
FATHER MOWERY SHARES HOW TO WRITE A HOMILY
St. Columba Parish Pastor Father Richard Mowery spends time with our Middle School ELA 6 class explaining his inspiration and preparation that are part of his daily and Sunday homilies. Our students were writing their own homilies based on their 2022 birthdays. After explaining the various sources he uses and how he includes various themes, Father Mowery spent time with a number of students one-on-one with their efforts.
SHARING THEIR 36 STORIES
St. Columba School eighth-grader and top editor Elise Ferdock introduces this year’s middle school publication project titled, “36 Faces | 36 Stories”. As part of their ELA studies, school students interviewed, recorded, photographed, wrote, and designed a 77-page magazine inspired by the Humans of New York books and blog. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PUBLICATION
WELCOME TO ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL
A typical morning assembly is a great way to start every day. TAKE A LOOK.
NATIONAL AWARD-WINNING ARTIST
St. Columba School’s graduate Emily Shapeero entered the 2020-2021 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Christmas Artwork Contest as an eighth grader. It was recently announced that Emily’s original artwork came in first place in this nationwide contest. She had her artwork displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. through the Advent and Christmas seasons this year, and she will also have her artwork featured on the official Pontifical Mission Societies Christmas card.
Generation Genius is an educational YouTube program created by Dr. Jeff Vinokur and is used by millions of school children around the country including our middle school science students. Then seventh grader Emily Marino enjoyed Dr. Jeff’s lessons so much that she dressed like him for Halloween and interviewed him for a four-page feature in our school’s magazine.
A producer from NBC10’s Philly Live! contacted us, inviting one of our students to participate in a television news segment about the impact of Dr. Jeff’s popular online and live science program “Generation Genius” in the state. Dr. Jeff specifically requested St. Columba School then seventh-grader Emily Morino, who had interviewed him along with seventh grader Emily LaRouche for a feature story in the middle school’s magazine, SCS. Dr. Jeff was so inspired by Emily’s enthusiasm that when he was interviewed on Philly Live, he asked that she be included in that segment. Click here to see our own Emily Marino on Philly Live with Dr. Jeff and Philly Live! lifestyle and entertainment reporter Aunyea Lachelle.
As part of their commitment to community service, St. Columba School Seventh and Eighth graders renovated the front grounds of the school. With generous donations from Home Depot, our students removed old mulch and added dozens of shrubs and perennial bulbs. Looking forward to all the color at our school entrance.
TECH FLOURISHES IN EVERY CLASS
Sixth Graders in Computer Science/Technology class programming with tablets.
Principal, Father Richard Mowery
HOW TO DONATE TO ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL
Your gift will help ensure that St. Columba School will continue to serve as beacons of Christ’s light while nurturing individual gifts in a faith-infused, academically challenging, safe and secure environment. A donation from either a Tuesday Crew purchase or from the goodness of your heart to support Catholic education can be made by CLICKING HERE.
FUNDRAISER FOR ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL:
The school is selling 7 different delicious food items from Capriotti’s Catering, a well-known business in McAdoo, PA. Every item sold benefits the school. Be sure to ask your family and friends! Orders are due by Friday, November 4. Phone orders can be paid at pickup. Items available are: 5-lb. bag chicken fingers: $33, 4 dozen pierogies: $19, 25 frozen meatballs: $20, ready to bake 11×17 pizza: $14, pumpkin pie: $14, peanut butter pie: $18, apple pie: $14. Please call the school (570-784-5932) by Friday, November 4 with orders or questions. Orders will be delivered Tuesday, November 22, in the cafeteria between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. Thank you for supporting our school.
NEW: SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS are needed at our very own Parish School! Clearances are necessary. Please call the school office at (570) 784-5932 for more information.
SHANNON FAMILY ALTAR SERVERS
All four children of Jonathan and Samantha Shannon served at Sunday Mass on May 8 and all four either graduated from or are now attending St. Columba School. From left: Alina (Central Columbia High School), Saleah (St. Columba School), Tyus (St. Columba School), and Calyssa (Central Columbia High School) with Father Richard Mowery, St. Columba Church Pastor.
As part of Catholic Schools’ Week, our school students gathered together in church and prayed the rosary. Candles were held to symbolize each rosary bead. Our Eighth Graders led the school in prayer.
READY FOR READING AND SHARING
St. Columba School eighth-graders Emily Marino, Emily LaRouch (with scissors), and Elise Ferdock join school principal Peter Morisco in a ceremonial cutting of the red ribbon, officially opening the school’s outdoor library, located on East Third Street next to the school. Everyone is invited to take a book or two and leave one if you can. Fresh readings for both tall and short readers will be added weekly.
Saint Columba School’s 8th graders did their part for the community with the school’s annual entry in Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble’s TreeFest. Regional organizations decorate over 100 trees with ornaments and necessities which are then donated to local families in need. All our decorations were made by our students, and the family that received the school’s tree also received gift cards donated by St. Columba School families.
SUCCESSFUL WARM SOCK DRIVE
St. Columba School’s Seventh Graders initiated and ran a successful Warm Sock Drive that culminated with over 2,000 pairs of warm socks donated to nine nursing homes and shelters during November 2020. Students and parishioners contributed enough socks that every recipient received two pairs and each program was given at least 100 additional pairs to distribute as needed.
(ABOVE): St. Columba School Seventh Graders finish packing their collected Warm Socks for Soles in preparation for pickups. The combined school and parish campaign ended with students distributing over 2,000 pairs to residents of nine regional facilities. Students include from left to right: Emily Marino (Sock Drive co-chair), Grace Viars, Elise Ferdock, Louis Venturi, Matthew Morisco, Alex Holoviak, Caden Hopper, and Emily LaRouche (Sock Drive co-chair).
CELEBRATING A SCHOOL EFFORT
Monsignor Lawrence blesses the Phase One landscaping efforts of the Seventh and Eighth graders. Both gardens undertook serious landscaping improvements with shrubs, bulbs, and new soil and mulch. Funding came from Home Depot in Bloomsburg.
SHARING A CULTURE
Principal Peter Morisco reads a Spanish edition of Dr. Suess during Read Across America week to Seventh Grade.
ST. COLUMBA IS PROUD OF ITS EXCELLENT PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM
Pre-Schoolers work on a math project.