Jan. 27 was an exciting day for everyone at St. Francis Catholic School in Ellsworth. To kick off the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week, the public was welcomed to visit our school, tour the building, meet the teachers, listen to the K-5 students sing while attending Mass and enjoy a pancake breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus.

Additionally, two of the biggest highlights of the open house included the fifth grade class presenting their "History is Alive" projects and the Scholastic Book Fair. Several fifth graders dressed their part while all students in class presented to a large audience of friends, family and other visitors. Each student researched, wrote and presented on a historical figure from either the Revolutionary or Civil wars. The Book Fair was well attended and children really enjoyed choosing some of their favorite reads to take home for keeps.

The polar vortex that hit the area changed our plans for what was to be an exciting week ahead with school being cancelled Monday through Thursday, but we will be continuing our celebration of Catholic education by moving all of the dress-up days and activities into the following week.