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SCS Students Win Big in Lyme Disease Poster Contest
Pennsylvania's Department of Health held a Lyme disease poster contest. The posters were to raise awareness of Lyme disease and how to prevent it. Students discussed Lyme disease and how ticks transmit it. After that, Mrs. Millard, our art teacher, had students create their own pieces of origina...

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Preschool Finds Fun at Knoebels
Our preschool had a big week. They celebrated Beach Week with all types of learning opportunities about the beach and our oceans. But the best part of the week was their trip to Knoebels. The preschoolers enjoyed their day riding all the great rides and eating too much food. What a great way to end ...

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Preschool Friends Visit Fourth Grade Readers
Our preschool friends came over to our school library for a special reading day. Our 4th grade joined the preschoolers in the library for a special reading partner s day. The preschoolers picked out their favorite book and their 4th grade buddy read it to them. What a wonderful day it was.  ...

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Our Final May Crowning
St. Columba School recently held its annual May Crowning prayer service, a cherished tradition that honors the Blessed Virgin Mary. 2nd grade students adorned a beautiful crown of flowers on a statue of Mary, offering prayers and songs in reverence. This was our final May Crowning so the entire scho...

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SCS Goes to the Historical Society Museum!
St. Columba School's 3rd and 4th grades received a special privilege courtesy of David Millard and the Columbia County Historical Society. That privilege was a sneak preview visit to the new Historical Society building and exhibits located in the old 1st National Bank building on 50 West Market ...

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Our Final 1st Holy Communion Class
Congratulations to our 2nd graders upon receiving their 1st Holy Communion. Also, we want to congratulate Sister Lydia for preparing our students for this special event in their lives. Sister Lydia was honored for 52 years of devoted service and sacramental preparation for our second graders. C...

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SCS + JDF Acres = Baby Goats Snuggles
Saint Columba Catholic School and JDF Acres Vlog made a big splash at Bloomsburg's Renaissance Jamboree. We provided over 25 goats for snuggling, petting, and petting. Tons of people came to meet our goats. Thanks to the Bloomsburg community for giving St. Columba the opportunity to interact wit...

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When the 1st Grade Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie
The first grade is filled with burgeoning pizza chefs. The class was doing a lesson on following directions in order. Skipping a step could lead to totally unwanted results. The class then put this lesson to practical use. They developed a set of directions to create their own pizzas. They followed ...

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Bloomsburg Library Preschool Storytime
Our preschool went on another adventure to the Bloomsburg Public Library. Our friends there treated the preschoolers to a couple of stories. After that it was time for loads of fun with activities galore. Thank you to Angela Musselman-Leister at the library for making this a very special day.

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Preschool Learns That Farming Rocks
St. Columba's preschool greeted a special guest reader, Crystal Davis, who read a story about farming to our students. She discussed what she did on her farm and how crops are grown. Crystal helped our students understand through the story the importance of farming in our area and coun...

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Recess After Hours Rocks
St. Columba School's first After Hours Recess night was a huge success. We had music, food, games, line dancing, and tons of fun. St. Columba's Youth Group led by Sr. Suzanne also was a huge part of the night. These Youth Group members and other student volunteers helped organize and run the...

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Hippity Hoppity, the Easter Bunny is Here!
The Easter Bunny joyously hopped into Saint Columba School, spreading cheer with Easter candy and fluffy hugs. Our excited students were delighted with this unexpected surprise. The Bunny visited each classroom, and he even was accompanied by his pet chicken. The kids loved the visit and enjoyed tal...

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BTE Gives SCS Zombie Thoughts
Our friends from the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble's Theater in the Classroom brought to us Zombie Thoughts. This play demonstrated to our students that anxiety can be dealt with and how to cope with those thoughts that make us anxious. The three actors, Bruce Gomez, Diamond Gloria Marrow, and Jac...

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Leprechaun Loop 2024
St. Columba's Leprechaun Loop was amazing! The weather was perfect, the runners/walkers were excited, and our volunteers were out in full force. This 5K at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds brought in over 200 people and the staff at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds were amazing too! Plus all the funds go to...

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Anywhere Farm

Posted on March 18, 2024 in: School News, School Showcase

Anywhere Farm
We had a special visitor. Mr. John Esslinger came to SCS to kick off the 2024s Ag. Literacy Week. He read Anywhere Farm to our students. The story showed creative ways we can all farm. He then answered questions students had about farming. We found out too that Grayson's grandfather worked with ...

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Learn More about Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a big problem in Pennsylvania. Now, our students are wiser and more aware of this problem and how to prevent exposure. Charlotte Moss from PA Lyme at  https://palyme.org/ brought the Dare to Be Aware program to SCS. This program is designed to empower our students to be better p...

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1st Grade's Oobleck OOO
1st grade went experimenting with Mrs. McConnell. The students created oobleck. Using water, cornstarch, and food coloring, they mixed everything together. While mixing they observed the reactions of this concoction and learned how a liquid can become a solid. They even had a scientific journal to r...

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Germ City Comes to SCS!
SCS had a visit from Germ City! This educational program taught us the importance of keeping our hands clean, and fingers out of noses, ears, eyes, and mouths. Ann Dzwonchyk and Elissa Veldhuis from Evan Community Hospital coated our hands with "germs" then led them into a black light room...

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Will Humphrey Spells It Out in Harrisburg
Will Humphrey represented SCS well. He went up against 35 other students from the other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Will was one of only two 4th graders to compete. After it was all over, his mom and dad took him out for a well earned burger and fries from Longhorn Steakhouse. Con...

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Thing 1 & Thing 2 and SCS
SCS celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a special reading of The Cat in the Hat from Mrs. Howe. Everybody got into it. We had so many Thing 1's, Thing 2's and more than that Things. Plus The Cat in the Hat made a special appearance for us all!

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BHS and The Phantom of the Opera
The Bloomsburg High School Theater Department invited SCS for a preview of their musical production of The Phantom of the Opera. As a preview, we did not see the entire show, which left us wanting more. These high school performers have amazing talent and their singing abilities impressed all our st...

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1st grade Takes Control
Our 1st grade created their very own "self-controller boxes", inspired by the book 'But It's Just a Game' in Mr. Drumm's class. This book teaches kids to gain a balance between tech and real life in the form of the self-controller box. Inside these boxes students placed rem...

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St. Columba School & Community Service
St. Columba School's continued dedication to service had a canned food drive during the month of January. Students brought in specific canned goods like soups and vegetables that were then donated to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. Once the drive ended, our 4th graders carried ...

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Ash Wednesday - 2 Hour Delay Not withstanding
St. Columba School began the solemn season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. This first day of Lent is meant to remind us of our devotion to God. We had a special Student Mass for St. Columba School. There was a 2 hour delay which meant the 8:30 Student Mass was cancelled, but Father Mowery want...

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3rd grade Paleontology
St. Columba School's 3rd graders were studying the fascinating world of fossils. The class was interested in how they were made so their teacher Mrs. Coombe created a fossil pit of sorts. The students picked an object such as a seashell or a plastic dinosaur. They then mixed plaster of Pari...

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Officer Ryan Edgar & Miso
Officer Ryan Edgar and Miso are part of the K9 Unit here in Bloomsburg and visited St. Columba School. He with his partner Miso demonstrated their vital role in law enforcement. With Miso's keen sense of smell, they demonstrate the effectiveness of drug detection. Edgar explained ...

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100 Days in and Kindergarten Celebrates
St. Columba's kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up as hundred year olds. They granniy'ed and grandpa'ed it up with grey wigs and old timey clothes. Mrs. Benescoter jumped right in with her class and even donned a pair of old timey glasses. 

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Family Movie Fun Night Ends Catholic Schools Week
Our Catholic Schools Week ended with HSA's Family Movie Fun Night. Students and their families came with their comfiest of clothes along with their blankets and pillows. They sprawled out on the gym floor to watch Monsters Inc. The crowd was treated to hot popcorn courtesy of Mrs. Humphrey and c...

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SCS + Aldinger Farms = Kangaroos!
Our Catholic Schools Week celebration was coming to an end, but we went out with a hop! Matt Aldinger of Aldinger Farms visited our students with two special friends, Emma, and Gemma, baby kangaroos. He discussed with our students the care and life of a kangaroo. Thne, the best part, he placed Emma ...

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SCS Knows Weather & Punxsutawney Phil
During Catholic Schools Week, Mrs. Humphrey, prior to February 2, decided our students were as good at predicting the weather as Punxsutawney Phil. Students picked whether Phil would see his shadow or not. They placed their decisions in the appropriate column on the wall then all of SCS waited for P...

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Feast of St. Blaise & SCS
Father Mowery blessed the throats of St. Columba School students in honor of St. Blaise. We did get the blessing a day ahead of time (Friday instead of Saturday) but that just made it even more special. This saint is known for his healing powers especially for illnesses of the throat.  Two...

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CSW Family Luncheon with Bishop Senior
During our Catholic Schools Week celebration, we took the time to have a special luncheon. Our school families and parishioners were invited to have lunch with Bishop Timothy Senior. Students and their families enjoyed a wonderful lunch provided by Mrs. Chapin then they had the opportunity to take p...

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Bishop Timothy Senior Visits SCS
St. Columba had a special visitor during Catholic Schools Week. Bishop Timothy Senior our new bishop for the Diocese of Harrisburg came to our school to celebrate this special week. He blessed the new crucifix in our church then he stayed for a luncheon with our students and their families. Thank yo...

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North Shore Railroad Steams into SCS
SCS was thrilled today by Loni Martz Briner of North Shore Railroad. She fascinated the students with information about our local railroad and how it services local business and businesses throughout North America. She discussed railroad safety and had students sign a pledge at the end to stay off o...

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SCS Preschool Off to the Bloom Library
As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, our preschool visited the Bloomsburg Public Library.  Angela Musselman-Leister, the library's Youth Services Librarian, had exciting activities for our students. They got a tour of the library, crafts were provided, and of course, readi...

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Dr. Book & Bella Visits SCS!
Dr. Julie Book, DVM from Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital spoke to our students about the importance of animal care. She had a furry friend Bella, a golden retriever, with her. Dr. Book showed Bella how to take care of our dogs and what to look for to make sure our pups are healthy. She also...

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CSW Spelling Bee - Buzz! Buzz!
St. Columba School held our annual Spelling Bee. Our 3rd and 4th graders battled it out, spelling word after word correctly. Eventually, the competition came down to two 4th grade students, Camron Boyle and Will Humphrey. They spelled one word after another until our winner was crowned, Will Humphre...

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Check It Out with Chelsea and St. Columba School
Chelsea Strub from Channel 16 news visited St. Columba School during our Catholic Schools Week. She spoke to the students about how she gathers the news, where she gets her stories, and what she uses to gather the news. She shared her "Check It Out with Chelsea" segments on Newswatch ...

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SCS Snow Days

Posted on January 18, 2024 in: School News, School Showcase

SCS Snow Days
January is a time to let it snow, and with the snow comes a day or two off from school. Students sent in fun photos of their playful snow day antics. Mr. Drumm has a standing invitation for all SCS student to send in snow day pictures, so here they are. (A little secret - he'll give you extra cr...

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SCS's Epiphany Blessing
Father Mowery bllessed our school doors, classrooms, students, facullty and staff as part of our Epiphany clelebrations. The blessing served as a unifying moment for the school community, fostering a sense of togetherness and reflection. Father Mowery's blessing provide inspiration and guid...

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SCS Welcomes Our New Phys. Ed. Teacher
St. Columba School has a brand new teacher on board. Miss Brynn Atticks has taken over as our Physical Education teacher.  A warm welcome to the newest member of the school community. The addition of a new phys ed teacher brings fresh energy and expertise to enhance the students' physical w...

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Preschool Tells of the Birth of Jesus
Our preschool class, using the church as a backdrop, donned makeshift angel robes and shepherd costumes to reenact the tale of the birth of Jesus for a festive Christmas celebration. The children portrayed angels heralding good news, shepherds watching their flocks, and wise men presenting precious ...

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Shhhhh- We're Shopping & It's a Secret
That's right, it's Santa's Secret Shop at SCS! All our students got their Christmas Shopping done on time this year with St. Columba School's Santa's Secret Shop. There was a huge selection of items for the students to choose from. There were gift choices for the entire family fr...

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SCS Sings for Christmas
Our St. Columba School students, from preschool to 4th grades sang a Christmas medley of songs. Their families packed the church to hear the beautiful melodies these students brought as a special holiday gift. Miss Trapane, our music teacher, had everyone ready to sing Christmas traditional songs an...

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BTE A Christmas Story & SCS
Our friends at the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble presented to our students a wonderful rendition of the holiday classic A Christmas Story. Students were in the front rows for this version and BTE did not disappoint. The play was fast paced, well acted, and the attention to period correct detail w...

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St. Nick Came to Town
St. Columba School students left their shoes out for St. Nicholas and found them filled on his feast day, December 6th. Students found their shoes overflowing with Christmas goodness. There were chocolate coins, candy canes, oranges, a Christmas ornament, a saint medal, a gingerbread man, and a...

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World war II Jeep Visits SCS
Continuing activities during the Discover Catholic Schools week at St. Columba: Students celebrated Veterans Day with a visit by a World War II armored jeep. The students were given a tour of the jeep and the important role it played for our soldiers during the war. This particular jeep ha...

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Magical Revelations with Father Leo
Father Leo Goodman's Magical Revelations show was a big hit with the students. He combined stories from the Bible and magic to create delightful illusions from bending a quarter to levitating a student. His tricks were amazing but they also taught a lesson about God's love for us a...

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St. Columba is Presented
During our celebration of Discover Catholic Schools week, our school hosted a special Family Thanksgiving Mass where all families came to sit with their children to celebrate this special student mass. At the end of mass, the school presented Father Mowery, our pastor, with a portrait of St. Columba...

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Veteran Visits St. Columba Students
St. Columba had a special visitor as part of our Discover Catholic Schools week and Veterans Day celebration. Eileen Chapman spoke with our students about her experiences in the United States Marine Corps and beyond. While in the Marines, Ms. Chapman rose to the rank of colonel and was a judge advoc...

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First Responders Respond to SCS
As part of St. Columba's Discover Catholic Schools week, our students visited the Bloomsburg Firehall on Market Street. The students had the opportunity to examine their firetrucks, see what equipment is used to fight fires, and learn about how they can be more aware in their own homes about fir...

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At the Art Exchange

Posted on November 28, 2023 in: School News, School Showcase

At the Art Exchange
St. Columba School visited a very special place right in our school's backyard. The place is The Exchange. Since it is the Thanksgiving season The Exchange featured art created locally with a focus on foods. Oren Helbok toured the students around the gallery and encoureged them to enter their ow...

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Dictionaries for All!
Bloomsburg's local Rotary Club visited St. Columba School's 3rd grade. And with this visit they brought all the students a donation of dictionaries. These students now have their own personal dictionaries that they can use in school and out for the rest of the year.&...

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Halloween SCS Style!
Halloween at SCS is always a funtastic day. The students dressed in their whimsical costumes as part of the days festivities. And what festivities there were. The students did some pumpkin painting, Halloween puzzle solving, candy gathering, and a Halloween parade with parents there to see the Hallo...

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Trunk or Treat is Back!
St. Columba School hosted a Trunk or Treat event on October 27th. The school had tons of trunks and tons of candy to give out to the community. Parents, teachers, and our parish priest Father Mowery all decorated their trunks for the kids. Pictured here in front of a Coco themed trunk are ...

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Pumpkin Lady is HERE!
St Columba School had a visit from the Pumpkin Lady Jane Kasenchak. She came and read stories of pumpkins and other Halloween themed tales.Her stories included audience participation too as students clapped, stomped, and shook about to bring the stories alive. 

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SCS & Hollywood Soundtracks
Our 3rd and 4th grades were thrilled by the music of the Bloomsburg University Orchestra. The orchestra brought to our students the music from famous Hollywood movies. Movie themes included Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars. The students were thoroughly entertained and enjoyed learning how...

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Knoebels Hall-O-Fun & SCS
St. Columba School had the first annual Hall-O-Fun day at Knoebels Amusement Park. Families brought a wonderful wide variety of foods for everyone for lunch. Then the kids and their families went out into the park for some Halloweenie frightful fun. Thanks to Father Mowery, Mrs. Howe, the H.S.A., an...

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Kindergarten Spooky Haunted Houses
St. Columba School's kindergarten students built their own haunted houses. These students, using their classroom Smart Boards, picked what they wanted their haunted house to look like then they placed their choices on their houses to make a spooky fun Halloween house. Pictured her...

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Fall Time is Apple Time
St. Columba School's Kindergarten class celebrates the fall with an apple tasting lesson. Mrs. Benscoter diced up the apples for her students. The students removed the seeds and counted how many each apple had. They then counted their slices of apples and matched them to the seeds. Finally,...

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3rd Grade Building Bridges
St. Columba School's 3rd grade investigated bridge construction. The students had to create their own bridge designs then build their bridges using toothpicks and marshmallows. These tasty bridges taught these students about the tensions bridges must endure in order to be saf...

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SCS Friends and Family Come Through
St. Columba School benefited from the generosity of Weis4Schools program and the generosity of the friends and families of this school. During the last six months, St. Columba School has earned almost $600.00 because our community has chosen SCS as the school in the area to receive these donations. ...

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Mrs. Berger Stomps at the Bloomsburg Fair
Our own Mrs. Berger stomped her way through the Bloomsburg Fair. Well, not the whole fair. Mrs. Berger, just for fun and St. Columba School, volunteered to smash or rather squish grapes with her feet! She smooshed, and squished away. The contest was called a tie, but we know Mrs. Berger won based on...

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Preschool and Their Shape People
Our preschool students made their very own shape people. They chose the shape and color they wanted their person to be, and then they added a face using one of the emotions discussed with their teacher Mrs. John. They discussed what a happy face looks like, excited face, joyful face, angry...

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Touring the Church with 1st Grade
Father Mowery and Mrs. Chayko, Director of Liturgical Music, hosted our 1st grade for a tour of our parish church, Students were given a tutorial on the church organ where Mrs. Chayko pulled out all the stops. (Pun intended). Father Mowery took over showing the students the various parts of the alta...

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First Student Mass 2023!
St. Columba School students are back and better than ever. Father Mowery led the way in 2023 with the first student mass of this new school year. The good father planned a special Children’s Liturgy for our students. This liturgy uses readings at a level the students enjoy which enri...

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Race for Ed Goal Met - Let the Pies Fly
Our St. Columba School students met our goal at last year's Race for Education. A promise was made that if the goal was reached Father Mowery and our new principal Mrs. Howe would receive pies in the face from our students. Well, a promise made is a promise kept. Both Father Mowery and Mrs. Howe...

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The Catholic Witness at SCS
St. Columba School welcomed Jennifer Reed, the managing editor of the Catholic Witness.  The Witness is the diocesan newspaper that services the entire Harrisburg Diocese. Mrs. Reed spent the afternoon touring our school speaking to the students and teachers. She also took photographs...

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Mr. Zeares Takes Orders
On our first day and in our first Physical Education class, Mr. Zeares was literally being ordered around by the students. But this is how it was done. Mr. Zeares sat behind another student. On the table in front of Mr. Zeares were the makings for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (the peanut butte...

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SCS is Back and Shining Bright
Saint Columba School is back! Our doors flew open for all our students to come on in and begin their 2023 - 2024 adventure. But this year didn't begin like any other. This year students and families were met in front of the school by two local mascots. The first was Boris the Dinosaur from 1st C...

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Meet the Teacher and Open House
Welcome back to Saint Columba School! There have been a lot of changes in the summer, and we are here starting our new year shining bright. Families were invited into the cafeteria to meet our new principal, Mrs. Mary Howe, and the other teachers. Then after policies and procedures were covered...

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Play Ball with Our SCS Students
St. Columba School students earned their way to the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders student MVP game. These students were selceted by the faculty and staff at SCS to attend a special MVP game with the RailRiders. Students revceived two free tickets to the game, the opportunity to walk on the field,...

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Graduation Day for Saleah
Saleah Shannon has been a fixture here at St. Columba School. For ten years she has attended our school, and now, it is time to say goodbye. Saleah has graduated and will be attending Central Columbia High School next year. Thank you Saleah for some great times and greater memories and congratulatio...

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St. Columba School's Summer Send Off
All good things must come to an end and so it is with our 2022-2023 school year. But not so fast. SCS students went out with a send off, our Summer Send Off! That's right, our students had a day of fun and games to complete this year. From a Pizza Box relay, to Just Dance, to Face Painting, to o...

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Touring the Town
 St. Columba School's Elementary students took a tour of Bloomsburg. Their community walk went to the library, post office, and courthouse. The students received a tour of each building too. They visited the fountain, the Civil War monument, and examined many architectural fe...

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Monkeying Around at the Philly Zoo
St. Columba's Middle School took an amazing field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo. Middle schoolers strolled through this massive 42 acre zoo. They observed over 1,300 animals and 340 plus species. Just about every animal you can think of they found on this trip. Bears, penguins, sloths, gorillas, ...

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May is Time for Mary's Crown
Students in St. Columba School's 2nd grade honored Our Lady this month with a special prayer service. These students each carried flowers and placed them in a vase in front of a statue of Mary, then Maryn Berger took a crown from the pillow Jonathan Ervin was carrying and placed the cr...

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The Holy Spirit, Saleah, And Confirmation
St. Columba School's 8th grader, Saleah Shannon took her next step in the Roman Catholic Faith. Saleah received the sacrament of Confirmation. She took the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Saleah hopes to go into some kind of animal care as she m...

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Farmers Make It Happen
Mr. John Esslinger, a member of Columbia County Farm Bureau,sits in with our third graders. Every year they like to visit classrooms in Columbia County and read a book that helps students get a better understanding of agriculture. The book, The Day the Farmers Quit, was enjoyed by all. The...

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Coding an Elephant
Students in Mr. Drumm technology class have been constructing their own Robotis Elephant. Robotics is a creative robot kit for kids to learn various features, functions, and principles of building and coding robots. Pictured from left ot right are Benjamin Parker, and Jonathan Ervin ...

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Middle School Gets Spiritual
St. Columba's Middle School went to Emmitsburg , Maryland to visit Mt. St. Mary's University the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. This is an exact duplicate of the Grotto where the Holy Mother appeared to St. Bernadette in Lourdes. France. The students had the opportunity to collect Holy ...

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Living Stations with Our Middle School
Our entire Middle School at SCS presented to the school and parish community our Living Stations. Mrs. Trapane, our music teacher and school secretary, prepared the students for this spiritual presentation. The students gave up many of their recesses to make sure that this year's Livin...

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There are More Bees but this One has Faith
St. Columba School held its annual Faith Bee. The winner will go on to compete against 28 other schools at the Diocese of Harrisburg Diocesean Center in Harrisburg. Sister Suzanne was the coordinator and moderator asking all the questions. The questions challenged student knowledge of their Catholic...

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Downhill Derby
In 5th grade, Mr. Zeares' Science class learned about forces, motion, friction, gravity, air resistance, and aerodynamics. The students were in charge of building a track with supports using Hot Wheel track and K’Nex pieces. Students also had a choice of cars and had to hypothesize which c...

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BTE and the Buffalo Soldiers
Our friends at BTE came through again with another AMAZING production. This year their Theater in the Classroom presentation was called Buffalo Soldiers: Park Protectors. The cast of Brian Bond, Gabe Moses, and Meagan Williams told the little known story of the impact African Americans had in the cr...

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Leprechaun Loops Around the Fair
St. Columba School's 12th Annual Leprechaun Loop was a little different this year. This year's Loop was run at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds. This change worked out well as the runners had a course with varierty and challenge. We had well over 175 people participate and a BIG THANK YOU to coor...

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Top of the World!
The Diocese of Harrisburg held its Geography Bee with 21 students from various schools in the diocese competing. The Geography Bee is opened to students from grades 4 through 8. Our 4th grader Barrett Smolenak represented St. Columba School and was the only 4th grader in this competition. The m...

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Buzzing Around the World
Saint Columba School's Geography Bee tested students' knowledge of this country and the world. They were asked questions about the states, continents, mountain ranges, oceans, and seas. The competition was fierce with students from the 4th grade through 8th grade went back and...

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Spelling It All!
St. Columba School held our annual Spelling Bee. Students in 4th through 6th grades battled it out by spelling words that challenged their knowledge. After many rounds of competition Cael Williams came out on top for the third year in a row. He is a master speller. Cael will represent St. ...

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Pre-School Goes 100
St. Columba School's Preschool celebrated 100 days of school. Each student used 10 frame cards to find 10 ants scattered around the room.  Once they found 10 ants they placed them on a 100 chart while counting 1 to 10.  After all 100 ants were found together we counted t...

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Self-Controlling in 1st Grade
St. Columba School's technology class learned about Digital Citizenship & the 9 Elements. After reading But Mom it's Only a Game by Julisa Cook the students discussed good and bad choices the main character Jasper made in the book.  The class discussed rules they...

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Mardis Gras Masked Up
St. Columba Schools 1st and 3rd graders teamed up to learn all about the celebrations of Mardi Gras and Carnival. Students read different books about these celebrations. They then went on a world tour starting in Louisiana then around the world looking at the countries that celebrate&...

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CSW - Burble, Fizz, KaBoom! 2023
As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration the Box of Light with Rand Whipple brought us a science assembly called Burble, Fizz, KaBoom. Rand demonstrated in his own fun-filled way with tons of audience participation the basics of chemistry. He had students make liquid lasagna, he showed how m...

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Feast of St. Blaise during Catholic Schools Week 2023
St. Columba School celebrated the Feast Day of Saint Blaise on Friday February 3rd. Father Mowery blessed the throats of all the students in school as is the tradition in the Catholic Faith. The martyr St. Blaise is the patron saint of ailments of the throat hence the blessing of throats. A gre...

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100 Days In!

Posted on February 05, 2023 in: School News, School Showcase

100 Days In!
It is hard to believe, but Saint Columba School is 100 days into the 2022-2023 school year! Time is just whizzing by, but we did take time to recognize this milestone during our busy Catholic Schools Week activities. Here Mrs. Nestico's kindergarten class are sporting their 100 Days in crow...

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SCS Math Wizard!
Mrs. John's preschool/pre3 class student Alexander Ervin is a Math Wizard on the IXL Math Program. He was able to earn 100% and three ribbons on the number recognition 1 - 2- 3 program. An outstanding feat for such a young student. 

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The Teaching Mass

Posted on January 23, 2023 in: School News, School Showcase

The Teaching Mass
St. Columba School's student masses are every Friday. Well, Father Mowery during this student mass did something a little bit different. Father took the time and explained why the mass is said and done in the manner which all Catholic masses are said and done. He told us why the Book of the Gosp...

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SCS Christmas Extravaganza is a Hit!
St. Columba School presented their annual Christmas concert to family and friends. This show was led by our music teacher, Mrs. Trapane. Students practiced for weeks in preparation for the big night filled with festive seasonal songs and a retelling of the Nativity by the Middle School students...

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Deck the Halls

Posted on December 21, 2022 in: School News, School Showcase

Deck the Halls
St. Columba School's 6th grade and Kindergarten teamed up during Sister Suzanne's religion class to create their very own and unique Christmas ornaments. The two classes paired up and were given a clear Christmas ornament. From there they worked together to fill the inside of the o...

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'Tis the Season

Posted on December 20, 2022 in: School News, School Showcase

'Tis the Season
St. Columba School is preparing for the big day, Jesus' birthday, with our Advent wreath. Each week we light a candle to help remind us why this season is so important. Pictured here are Mrs. Coombe's 3rd graders from left to right are Mariella Reese, Aria Wiley, and Cooper William...

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SCS Science
St. Columba School's 5th grade science class was learning about animal habitats. How these animals in the wild construct homes that prevent destruction from the elements and predators. Here Ella Stephens, left examines the interior of a hornets nest  held by Mr. Zeares, her science tea...

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SCS Goes Caroling

Posted on December 14, 2022 in: School News, School Showcase

SCS Goes Caroling
The entire population of St. Columba School visited our friends at B.T.E. The reason... to watch our friends in action as they brought to us their version of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. We filled the first six rows of the theater and when the lights dimmed our school was taken back in tim...

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Total Treefest with St. Columba
St. Columba School created one of their most beautiful additions to this year's Treefest. Our friends at BTE have been sponsoring this event for over 34 years now. Once all the trees have been decorated including ours, they are then donated to area families who are in need of a special Christmas...

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Turkey Time in Pre-K

Posted on November 29, 2022 in: School News, School Showcase

Turkey Time in Pre-K
St. Columba School's PreK class used sponges and paint to create the feathers of a turkey on a paper plate.  They created a body and then added a "sign" to tell what they are thankful for.  It was part of our "being thankful" unit, just in time for Thanksg...

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Apples - Tasting the Best
St. Columba School's kindergarten class had a tasty lesson about apples.  The students tried Red Delicious, Green Granny Smith, and Yellow Golden apples. Then the class voted for their favorites. They made a graph showing which apple got the most votes and the winner was Red ...

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SCS Salute to Veterans
St. Columba School honored veterans as part of our school's Veterans Day salute. After our school mass, we performed the "Empty Table" ceremony. This is to honor those men and women in the service who have fallen, are imprisoned, or are missing in action. Each item was placed on the ta...

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Wrapped Up in Each Other
St. Columba School's preschool had a Halloween mummy fest. Mrs. John's preschool students, as part of their Halloween celebration, had a mummy wrap. They paired up as one student became a mummy and the other wrapped their partner up for some frightening fun...

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Trunks Full of Treats

Posted on November 08, 2022 in: School News, School Showcase

Trunks Full of Treats
St. Columba School held its second annual Trunk or Treat in the parish parking lot. This year has doubled in size with 16 trunks for the kids to get their treats. A huge amount of students came and cleaned up with bags and bags full of candy. Pictured here from left to right are Julia Kreisher,...

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Pumpkins, Halloween, & Paint
As part of St. Columba School's Halloween festivities the 7th graders and kindergarten classes teamed up to paint some Halloween pumpkins. The classes got together with pumpkins donated by Maylath Farms. Pictured here from left to right are 7th grader Myles DiPippa helping his cousin&n...

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SCS Keeps on Giving

Posted on October 27, 2022 in: School News, School Showcase

SCS Keeps on Giving
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 an...

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Give the Gift of Caring
As part of St. Columba School's on-going commitment to serving the public, we have invited Operation Christmas Child to give us the opportunity to share our resources with children around the world. We received shoe boxes that we fill with things that other children in poor countries might not h...

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Spooky, Ghoulie, Hauntingly Paintie
St. Columba School's 7th & 8th grades went to town painting Halloween themed windows. The town of Bloomsburg traditionally has students from area schools paint local businesses' windows as part of the town's Halloween fun. Our students painted the windows at B.T.E. and the Art Space ...

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Pets Get Blessed

Posted on October 17, 2022 in: School News, School Showcase

Pets Get Blessed
As part of the celebration of St. Frances' feast day, St. Columba School had the blessing of the animals. Father Mowery, our school's pastor, met with the students, their families , and thier pets and blessed each one. It was a wonderful experience and delighted all in attendence.  ...

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Working Together Poetically
Saint Columba School's 1st and 3rd grades teamed up to do some poetry brainstorming. The group worked on fun poetry topics, rhymes, and word webs to create classicly creative poems. Pictured here from left to right are Charlotte Coombe, Amia Wiley, Caroline Myers, Will Humphrey.&n...

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Student Masses are Back!
The new school year begins, and with that comes our Student Masses! Father Mowery leads Saint Columba School with the school mass. Our weekly masses features student readers and servers. St. Columba School students are active participants in our weekly masses, truly a joy and privilege.   ...

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We Are Back and Better Than Ever!
St. Columba School is back! Our students had a great summer, full of fun and relaxation, but now, it is time to get back in the saddle at our favorite school. Students streamed through our doors with smiles and excitement ready to learn new things, renew old friendships, and make new friends. Here o...

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Chris Getz Wins BIG!
Saint Columba's middle schooler Christopher Getz was awarded second place in the state of Pennsylvannia for his entry in the 2022 Elk's Essay Contest. The Elk's invited Chris to reread his speech to the crowd. The orginaztion then recognized Chris' acomplishment with a plaque co...

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Celebrating Sister lydia
St. Columba School celebrated Sister Lydia's commitment to the faith, and her continued dedication to her calling and dedication to Saint Columba School. She continues to teach and prepare our second grade for one of the best sacraments The Holy Eucharist. Thank you Sister Lydia for all you do! ...

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Farming Our Students
Students from St Columba’s first grade and kindergarten classes enjoyed learning about soybean farming from Mr. John Esslinger.  Mr. Esslinger visited the school as a part of the 2022 Ag Literacy Week sponsored by Pennsylvania Friends of Ag Foundation and the PA Farm Bureau. Pictured here...

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Children's Museum Fieldtrip for Us
St. Columba School's kindergarten through third grade took their first field trip in toes years (thanks covid). These students went to our own Bloomsburg Children's Museum. Our students toured the museum with tons of hands-on activities including a little classroom. Who knew y...

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BTE Takes Us to Coal Country
St. Columba School hosted the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble for their production of Patchworks Life & Legends of the Coal Towns. This is the 25th anniversary of this production which was specifically written for schools. The ensemble presented stories of an immigrant coal mining family in Pennsylv...

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Living Stations at SCS
St. Columba School ended their observation of Lent with our Living Stations. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades participated in bringing the 14 stations to life.Our music teacher, Mrs. Trapane prepared the students for weeks in advance of this presentation to the school and parish. Pictured here i...

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Faith Meets the Bee
St. Columba School hosted the Faith Bee. This event included participants from St. Columba School and Parish. Students were challenged with questions about the Catholic Faith. After many rounds and loads of questions it came down to our last two competitors, Emily Marino and James Samayoa. Thes...

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PI = PIE
St. Columba's Middle School celebrated 3-14 with actual pie. After Mrs. Troiani's math class was finished working the ins and outs of the number PI they celebrated by having some pie. Here her 8th grade class shared pizza pie and some regular apple pie, blueberry pie, and chocolate mousse pi...

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Write Like an Egyptian
Saint Columba School's 5th-grade Social Studies class is learning about the culture of ancient Egypt. as part of their studies, they have created their own names using ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The students painted paper with diluted coffee to give the paper the "ancient look&quo...

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Leprechaun Loop is Back and Better Than Ever!
A St. Columba School tradition continues with our annual Leprechaun Loop. Yes, the pandemic interrupted the Loop for two years but now it's back and better than ever. This fundraiser for the school gathered over 200 runners and this crowd did push hard as they competed for the best times in...

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Mrs. Smiley We Will Miss You!
St. Columba School recently lost one of its greatest volunteers, Mrs. Alicia Smiley. Mrs. Smiley dedicated a big chunk of her life to St. Columba School. She volunteered in the school cafeteria and spent much time with the students as well. Her family requested that our school observe her passing no...

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Preschool Does Dental Care
St. Columba's preschoolers are learning about the importance of dental care. One of the more important dental care lessons they learned was flossing. Mrs. John, our preschool teacher, brought in ice cube trays for the students. In between the ice cube mold, she placed black play-doh. The student...

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SCS Forensics Wins Again
St. Columba School's Forensics team wins again. This year's competition was a little different as it had to be done virtually. Each piece was recorded by the two schools, St. Columba and St. Joseph School in Danville. The individual pieces were posted online then the judges viewed ...

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ST. COLUMBA HAS ESSAY WINNERS
Rep. David Millard (far right) and legislative liaison for the PA Game Commission Josh Zimmerman (far left) visited our parish school to recognize Emily Shapeero (First Place) and Emily Marino (Second Place) as winners of the “Most Enjoyable Outdoor Experienc...

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SCS Welcomes You
First, click Read More then {Click Here} the watch the Saint Columba School Welcomes You to our school video. 

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SCS Magazine is Back and Ready to Read
St. Columba School’s middle school is proud to share its fourth feature magazine and eleventh overall publication. First, click Read More then {CLICK HERE} to begin reading this issue. This year, we present our school’s homage to Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New Yor...

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Ready for Sharing at SCS
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...

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Happy New Year SCS Style!
Our St. Columba School student council decided to start the new 2022 portion of this school year off with a traditional New Year's Eve Ball Drop. The student council created their own New Year's Eve ball from scratch then invited the entire school to our gymnasium for the official ...

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Santa has Come to Town
We got a big visitor at St Columba School. Santa Claus himself came to school and visited every class from preschool to eighth grade. Santa spent time with every student discovering what each one wanted for Christmas. Here Santa sits in with 5th grade. In the front row from left to ri...

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SCS Christmas Show Shows Us the Reason for the Season
St. Columba School held its annual Christmas program. It was a little different this year as we held it in the church. This gave the opportunity for more families to come and be socially distanced with masks. The show was created by our music teacher Mrs. Trapane. She included traditional Chris...

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Last Year's Graduate Wins Big!
St. Columba School's graduate of last year's 8th-grade class Emily Shapeero entered the 2020-2021 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Christmas Artwork Contest. It was recently announced that Emily’s original artwork came in first place in this nationwide contest. She will have...

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Preschool Creates Their Own Magical Elves
Our preschool is getting ready for Christmas. Mrs. John has the students working on knowing sizes, shapes, and colors with a touch of Christmas fun. Once the preschoolers had their sizes, shapes, and colors picked, they created their very own and unique Magical Elf. The students were so proud&n...

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St. Nick Visits SCS

Posted on December 07, 2021 in: School News, School Showcase

St. Nick Visits SCS
St. Columba School had a visit from St. Nicholas and he didn't disappoint. Students in the entire school left their shoes outside their classrooms. Later, after the jingle bells were heard, the students found that their shoes were filled with treats and holy cards from St. Nick. Here 6th graders...

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SCS is Festive for Treefest
Saint Columba School's 8th graders did their part for the community with the school's annual entry in Bloomsburg;s Treefest. These trees are decorated and placed at the Cladwell Consistory. Then the trees are donated to local families in need. All the decorations were made by the students of...

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St. Columba is All About Bus Safety
St. Columba School continues its commitment to the safety of our students. One of those commitments is bus safety. Mr. Matt Bond brought one of his buses from the M.S. Bond Busing Company to demonstrate to students the different safety features in school buses. He discussed rider safety, the importa...

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Veterans Day Remembered
St. Columba School has deep connections to our service men and women who have done so much for our country. The teachers throughout the school had many activities for the students to do this day designed to build our appreciation for these great people. Our kindergarten class created soldi...

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Operation Christmas Boxed Success
St. Columba School generosity pours out for Operation Christmas Child. All the students filled their boxes with toys like Matchbox cars, deflated soccer balls, personal items like soap, toothbrushes, school supplies, and other items that these children who have very little might need. Our stude...

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SCS Student Council Inducted
St. Columba School's new student council was inducted this past week during our student mass. Each student recited their pledge of commitment to the student body then they were awarded their Student Council pins. Also inducted were the class representatives to the student cou...

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Trunk or Treat is Terrific
Saint Columba School's first annual Trunk or Treat was a huge success. There were plenty of trunks to go around. The event was open for two hours. with many trunkers almost running out of candy because the response was so tremendous. There were decorated trunks from a cave full of bats...

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SCS Halloween Parade of Costumes
St. Columba School enjoyed our annual Halloween costume parade. The weather wasn't great for an outdoor parade so we paraded through the cafeteria and gymnasium. Parents were invited to take pictures of this Halloween fun, and the students in the entire school delighted in showing off their...

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8th Grade Paints Halloween
Halloween is a time for costumes and candy and window painting! Our 8th grade class continued our tradition of painting local businesses' windows with beautiful and frighteningly appropriate Halloween scenes. This year our painting on the Creative Dog window located at 254 East Street came in 2n...

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Student Council Election Day
Our St. Columba eighth graders presented their cases to the school as to why they should be elected as part of the 2021-2022 student council. Each candidate gave a speech outlining their platform and the value they would bring to the student body. The students voted later that day and soon we will i...

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Concert Goes Virtual

Posted on October 11, 2021 in: School News, School Showcase

Concert Goes Virtual
Bloomsburg University's Community Orchestra's annual Young Persons Concert went virtual this year. The university, due to Covid restrictions, posted their concert online instead of having the students listen live and in-person. Either way St. Columba middle school enjoyed classical...

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Operation Christmas Child Comes to SCS
As part of St. Columba School's on-going commitment to serving the public, we have invited Operation Christmas Child to give us the opportunity to share our resources with children around the world. We received shoe boxes that we fill with things that other children in poor countries might not h...

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We Celebrate Sister Lydia's Big Day
Our Sister Lydia was celebrated by the entre school. Why, you might ask? Well, it's because it was her birthday and we could not let that day pass without recognition and a song. Happy Birthday Sister Lydia! Hope you had a great day! 

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SCS Supports the Purple
St. Columba School showed its support for one of its own. Braely Wintersteen, a second grader, suffers from a rare condition known as Chiari Malformation. This condition causes constant pain to those who have it and difficulty swallowing. Our school had an all purple dress down day. The color purple...

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SCS Has A Beautiful Art Mess
Our Saint Columba School students created works of art for the school's Bloomsburg Fair stand. The art might look like a mess but in reality each piece is an example of the fluidity of art. The oil on canvas is a unique creation in which our students expressed their artistic views. We hope all o...

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SCS's Cross Country Team Gears Up
Our Middle School's Cross Country team is getting ready for the Fall season of 2021. Practices are held in the town park under the watchful eye of our coach, Mr. Zeares. Competitons are held throughout the Fall and our team has quite a few speedsters that look like they will be taking care of bu...

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SCS's Cross Country Team Gears Up
Our Middle School's Cross Country team is getting ready for the Fall season of 2021. Practices are held in the town park under the watchful eye of our coach, Mr. Zeares. Competitons are held throughout the Fall and our team has quite a few speedsters that look like they will be taking care of bu...

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Purple Makes Us Aware
St. Columba School showed its support for one of its own. Braely Wintersteen, a second grader, suffers from a rare condition known as Chiari Malformation. This condition causes constant pain to those who have it and difficulty swallowing. Our school had an all purple dress down day to show our suppo...

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SCS Splashes Down
St. Columba School held its first ever POOL PARTY! The school was invited to Berwick’s Ber-Vaughn pool. The pool was reserved for two hours for St. Columba School students only. The students had tons of fun splashing, swimming, and climbing on the sea creatures. There were snacks too for ...

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St. Columba School Welcomes Fr. Mowery
St. Columba School begins its new school year with a new parish priest, Father Richard Mowery. At our first student mass, he introduced himself to the student body. He told us a little about himself during his homily. Then he reminded us about the importance of prayer as he traveled throughout the c...

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SCS is Back and Better Than Ever!
Welcome Back to Saint Columba School! Our first day was much anticipated and now it is here! Students came back reinvigorated and ready to learn. It was great to see old friends and new faces. From PreK to 8th grade all our students had a great first day! Mr. Morisco, our principal, enthusiastically...

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Emily Marino on Philly Live
Last school year, Mr. Zeares, our middle school science teacher, introduced his classes to Generation Genius. This educational program was created by Dr. Jeff Vinokur. Generation Genius is used by millions of school children around the country. Emily Marino enjoyed Dr. Jeff's dancing lessons so ...

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Presenting Our Class of 2021
St. Columba School's Class of 2021 has officially graduated. Many of these students have been attending this school since their preschool days. They were nostalgic about leaving but excited to move onto the next step in their lives with some going onto Bloomsburg High School while others will be...

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Fun Times at Field Day
St. Columba School's principal Mr. Morisco has brought back from our past the school's Field Day. There were many games, track and field events, and activities to fill the students' day. Students participated in a kickball tournament, dodge ball competition, discus, and ja...

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St. Columba's School Picnic
St Columba School has begun a new tradition. It is our annual school picnic This picnic gave the students, their families, faculty, and staff the opportunity to have a good time with fun, food, and games in the town park. Here our school principal Mr. Morisco races kindergarten s...

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May Crowning with First Holy Communion Class
St. Columba School's 2nd grade received their  First Holy Communion. A very special moment in their lives as Catholics. To further celebrate this time the class also held our school's May Crowning prayer service. Here the class places a flowered crown on Our Lady's head to hono...

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Confirmation for Our 8th Grade
On Saturday, May 8 St. Columba School 8th grade students received the sacrament of Confirmation. After much preparation for this sacrament the students were ready and anxious to receive this next step in their Cathoic Faith. A special treat for the students was that Monsignor Lawrence...

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Promise Made - Promise Kept
Mr. Morisco made a promise to the student body of Saint Columba School. The promise; if the students reached the school goal for the Race for Education funds he would allow the 8th grade to paint his beloved hair. Well, our students came through and raised enough money to paint the principal's h...

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SCS Grads Get Their Start Here
St. Columba School proves again that this is the place to get your start. Two grads of  St. Columba School are now 2020 graduates of Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.  There were 11,536  applicants for this prestigious medical school with only room for 212 ...

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7th Grade Loving the Landscaping
St. Columba School Seventh and Eighth Graders flank Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence as he blesses the landscaping project completed by both classes. This was the Seventh Grade's third community project of the year; this one completed with the help of Bloomsburg Home Depot manager Michael ...

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Racing for Rescues Donations
As St. Columba School's ongoing commitment to the community, Mr. Zeares' 6th grade religion class has created Race for Rescues. The students are collecting donations for the ASPCA in connection with the school's Clash at Columba. The Clash is a race between Mrs. Van Buren our P...

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Violin Virtuoso in Preschool
Our Saint Columba School music teacher Mrs. Trapane introduced the violin to our preschool. The students were able to use the bow and pluck the strings. They really enjoyed this opportunity to try their hand at the violin. Here Quinn Brooks looks like he is ready for the concert hall.

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7th Grade Spruces Up for Spring
As part of St. Columba School's commitment to service, Mr. Bidleman's 7th grade religion class and 8th grade are landscaping the front of their school. This service project included donations from the community from businesses like Home Depot. The class ripped all the weeds and dead plants o...

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Geography Bee the Tops
St. Columba School has a winner. Louis Venturi 7th grade celebrates as he gets the final question correct during this hard fought Geography Bee competition that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. There will not be a diocesan Geo Bee this year so the students were going for school bragging rights. L...

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Religion Bee has a Winner
St. Columba School held their annual Religion Bee. Students in grades 7 and 8 answered challenging questions about their faith. After many rounds, we came down to our two finalists. Eigth graders Emily Shapeero and Calyssa Shannon, who attended the competition virtually. Question after que...

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Generation Genius & St. Columba School
A producer from NBC10’s Philly Live! contacted our ELA program, inviting one of our students to participate in a television news segment about the impact of Dr. Jeff Vinokur’s popular YouTube science program “Generation Genius” in the state. Dr. Jeff specifically requested St...

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Stop Motion Moves in Tech Class
Saint Columba School's 6th graders in Mr. Drumm's Technology class are creating their own stop-motion videos using different materials. Some are using claymation while others like Liam Berger (right) & Blaise Kissinger (left) are using paper cutouts and their own basketball court to...

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Green Eggs and Preschool
Mrs. John's celebration of Read Across America week included the classic Green Eggs and Ham book. And in preschool they just don't read books; they sometimes live them. Mrs. John made Green Eggs for her students using eggs, food coloring, and elbow grease. The students enjoyed the eggs even ...

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Our Principal Reads
As part of our Read Across America Celebration, our principal, Mr. Morisco, read the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham, but with a twist. The students are learning Spanish so he read the book to the 7th grade class in Spanish then they together translated the book. Also students were dressed...

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It's a Boy!

Posted on February 24, 2021 in: School News, School Showcase

It's a Boy!
It’s a boy! That’s right, Mrs. Strohecker is having a boy, so her eighth grade class has a baby shower for their favorite math teacher. There were games, gifts, and decorations. But what would a baby shower be without food. Pizza, cupcakes, cookies, and more were all part of this wonderf...

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SCS Spells Excellence
Saint Columba School held its annual spelling bee. Even though there will be no diocesan spelling bee this year, the diocese asked the school to continue the tradition with an in-house version. Grades 4 through 6 competed with the last two contestants being Maya Reese in 5th grade and Cael Will...

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 Saint Columba School's Catholic Schools Week Events
Click on the photo then {CLICK HERE} and follow the link to Saint Columba School's Virtual Tour.  {CLICK HERE} to view our assembly from Folk's Butterfly Farm  {CLICK HERE} to view our Living Rosary - this is only aportion of this wonderful moment during our special...

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Catholic Schools Week Begins
St. Columba School kick-off to Catholic Schools Week begins here with our parish mass. Monsignor Lawrence begins each Catholic Schools Week with this special mass. {CLICK HERE} to view our Catholic Schools Week kick-off mass. 

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SCS Magazine is Here!
The 2021 edition of SCS, the magazine of St. Columba School is now available on Issuu at this address:  https://issuu.com/bidleman/docs/scs2021. Our magazine is the product of interviews and writing of our fifth, sixth, and seventh-grade students with eighth-graders serving as publication ed...

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SCS Christmas Show is Here
Click on the photo then {CLICK HERE} and follow the link to Saint Columba School's Christmas Show. Thank you to all the students, Mrs. Trapane, and Mr. Bidleman ( our videographer) for making this event happen. Enjoy!   

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Christmas Comes to SCS
Tis' the season to be festive and we are being that. This Christmas we stayed masked up and handsanitized for our Yuletide games. There was tree decorating, an egg race in the form of cotton balls, cocoa to go, mixing to be done at home, and of course the classroom parties. All students were giv...

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Candy Canes a Plenty

Posted on December 16, 2020 in: School News, School Showcase

Candy Canes a Plenty
Mrs. John's preschool worked on colors and patterns this holiday season. The students showed off their skills by crerating candy canes with the colors red and white.  Left to right is Oliver Carney, Finley Morris, Quinn Brooks, Grayson Readler, Piper Morris, Helena Weinberg, Parker Ervin, a...

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Boxing Socks

Posted on December 16, 2020 in: School News, School Showcase

Boxing Socks
St. Columba School Seventh Graders finish packing their collected Warm Socks for Soles in preparation for nursing home pickups this coming week. The combined school and parish campaign ended with students distributing over 2,000 pairs to residents of regional facilities. Students include from left t...

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SCS Comes Up Big for Breakfast
Mrs. Tarantino, our Food Service Director, created a great way to bring breakfast cereal to Bloomsburg's local Food Cupboard. The students worked to earn boxes of cereal throughout the month of November. The work was easy. All SCS students had to do was purchase lunch every day during the m...

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SCS Welcomes Our New Student Council
After the student mass, Mr. Morisco, Monsignor Lawrence, and Mrs. Strohecker inducted our new student council for the year 2020-2021. From left to right are our student council president is Emily Shapeero, our school vice president is Maria Robinson, and the student council secretary is Calyssa Shan...

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Getting That Christmas Shopping Done Early
Our wonderful Saint Columba School volunteers hosted Santa's Shop. This allowed our students the opportunity to get their Christmas shopping done early. There were tons of gift items for students to choose from for that special someone like a terrific mom and dad.  Here sixth grade per...

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Winterfest A Big Success
Our annual Winterfest was a Season success again! Our fantastic volunteers and staff put together a Covid-19 Winterfest following all the recommended protocols. It was scaled down a bit, but the Dollar Tree was there, all the food, and Monsignor Lawrence's signature soup made this year's edi...

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Bus Safety at SCS

Posted on November 06, 2020 in: School News, School Showcase

Bus Safety at SCS
Matt Bond of Bond Busing demonstrated the importance of school bus safety to the SCS students. He covered everything in the bus from where the emergency exits are to the proper procedure of evacuating the bus if there was an accident. Here, Matt shows 5th grader Myles DiPippa and othe...

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Get Out the Vote

Posted on November 06, 2020 in: School News, School Showcase

Get Out the Vote
Saint Columba School gets the votes out. This is not for president but for a new school mascot, school logo, and school mask design. Every class participated, and our student council was in charge of counting all the votes. The winners were announced after Friday's mass. Stay tuned in to learn t...

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Seventh-grade co-chairs Socks for the Sole Drive
ST. COLUMBA COMMUNITY’S WARM SOCKS FOR THE SOLE DRIVE: HOW ARE WE DOING? Our drive toward 1,000 pairs of warm socks for the 450 residents in local nursing homes started with a generous pile of donated socks. On our first official day, our school students and their families sent in over 428 pa...

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Exploring Science with SCS Science Explorers
Ellla Stephens, 3rd grade mixes her chemicals together to make her "Matter Monster. " The students formed a hypothesis about what would happen when two unknown liquids were mixed together.  They discussed three states of matter and what happens during a chemical reaction.  In thi...

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4th Grade is Turtly Terrific
The fourth grade class at St. Columba School welcomed a special guest Friday morning!  Mrs. Colleen Tarantino (the school's Food Service Director) brought her pet African Sulcata Tortoise to visit the class for the day. Two year old Yoshi enjoyed the day crawling through dirt and munching o...

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Picture Day - Socially Distanced
Yes, we still have our pictures taken on Picture Day, but all photos of our wonderful students were taken "Socially Distanced." The mask came down temporarily once the student was socially distanced, then the photo was taken. We make sure we  follow those guidelines. Here Caden Hopper...

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Working Hard Then Taking A Break
Mr. Morisco, St. Columba School's new principal, gave ice pops to all the students as a thank you for doing such a great job with masks, social distancing, and hand washing. Here two preschoolers In the front Charlotte Coombe and Piper Morris is in the back, are at their snack sta...

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SCS Preschoolers Get Their First Lesson
Our SCS Preschool teacher Mrs. John is showing the preschoolers why it is important to wash our hands for 20 seconds. Mrs. John “sneezed” into her hands and had germs of “white paint” all over her blue gloves. She then washed her hands while they counted to 20 and all th...

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Monsignor Meets the Families
On our first day back, Monsignor Lawrence greeted the parents as they picked up their children from school. We were masked up and socially distance thanks to the markers on the ground that helped us be aware of the distance. 

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WE ARE BACK!

Posted on August 20, 2020 in: School News, School Showcase

WE ARE BACK!
That's right, Saint Columba School is back and ready for the school year. We are masked up, socially distance and we have plenty of handsanitizer ready to go. This school year will be different , but we are ready to learn. 

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8th Grade Presents St. Columba School
Before our 8th grade graduated, they created a presentation letting you know why SCS is best! Click on the Read More, then in the new window, {CLICK HERE} to see their presentation. 

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Virtual Field Trip - Stellarium
If you feel like taking a trip right from your computer, click on the link to visit our galaxy. This virtual field trip will take you into the night's sky and allow you to see what is out there. All the tools are right at your fingertips. And you don't have to wait until night time. Take the...

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STEM from Bloom. U.
University science professors introduced their STEM club to the Saint Columba middle school. They demonstrated various aspects of the STEM program from how air flight works to geology. There were even rocks that glowed under black light. Eerie!

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WBRE News Reporter Visits SCS for Read Across America
In honor of Read Across America, Saint Columba welcomed special guest Revathi Janaswamy, a Digital Reporter for Eyewitness News Station WBRE, to read to the students. Ms. Janaswamy did an outstanding job encouraging the middle school students to read more books by reading The Raven by Edga...

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BTE Visits Pre-K & Kindergarten for Read Across America
Saint Columba School was happy to welcome back our friends at the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble to celebrate Read Across America. Elizabeth Dowd did an excellent job getting the Pre-K & Kindergarten students engaged and interested in several stories including the book, Lilly's Purple Plastic P...

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Forensics Duos Do It Big
Saint Columba School's Forensics team participated in the Duo Competition. Their host for this competition was Saint Joseph School. Our team didn't disappoint. We had Elise Ferdock and Emily LaRouche coming in First Place in their sixth grade level. In the 7th grade level, Erika Traupma...

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BTE Brings 'Ancient Thunder' to SCS
Our friends at the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble were back again. This time with their presentation of "Ancient Thunder: Stories from Greek Mythology". These tales were magically told by the cast. The stories included such mythological legends as Hermes, Athena, and King Midas. Violet Race, ...

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SCS Forensics Team Wins Big Again
Saint Columba School hosted this forensics tournamnet, and of course, our team did well. In the Front row from left to right are Gracie Viars who came in third, Calyssa Shannon came in second, and Emily Shapeero won frst place in their catagories. In the back row from left to right Saleah Shannon, S...

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Miss Bennet Welcomes SCS to BTE
Saint Columba's Middle School attended the BTE Christmas program called,Miss Bennet - Christmas at Pemberley. This is our school's Christmas tradition, and BTE did not let us down. The show was terrific and not to be a spoiler, but when they finally got together at the end none of the studen...

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Santa's Shop Comes to SCS
Volunteers at St. Columba School created Santa's Shop. This special shop gave our students the opportunity to purchase gifts for their family members at rock bottom prices. Every student had a list, they check it twice, and they found that special something for their moms, dads, brothe...

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SCS at Treefest

Posted on December 02, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

SCS at Treefest
Our 8th Grade class, led by Mr. Zeares, decorated the Saint Columba School's Christmas Tree at Treefest. The town of Bloomsburg invited our school to create a unique tree that the entire town will visit. The family population at the school donated gift cards to accompany our tree to be distribut...

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Monsignor Tells Us About the Saints
On St. Cecilia's Feast Day, Monsignor Lawerence told us an important facts about the saints. He brought in a book listing the saints and what these saints are patrons of. He told us of the saints' feast days and how, by praying to them, they can help us through our days. 

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Generational Veterans at SCS
As part of the school's Veterans Day Observance we had two Veterans who were father and son. The father was Major Thomas Bedisky USAF. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and was a navigator on a B-52 bomber. His son Staff Sergeant Jason Bedisky US Army is a veteran of Operation Endurin...

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Day of the Dead

Posted on November 01, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Day of the Dead
Middle School students celebrated the Day of the Dead in their Spanish classes. Students created their own unique designs on their sugar skulls. Other students built ofrendas to honor a loved one who passed away. Also, these students decorated sugar skull cookies, and the best part, they ate th...

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Getting Our Halloween Paint On
SCS middle school students took part in Bloomsburg's annual tradition during the Halloween season. Our students painted four different windows. Here Maria Robinson and Erika Traupman finish up their painting on the door of Kids Stuff on Main Street. 

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3rd Grade Honors St. Francis of Assisi
Mrs. Coombe's Third grade class honored St. Francis by having a unique fundraiser. The class decided to collect used blankets, animal toys, food bowls, and the like during the week of St. Francis' feastday. They then took those items and donated them to the Animal Resource Center in Millvill...

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Patriotic Songs of America at the Young Persons Concert
This year's Young Persons Concert was stirring in its patriotism. All the songs were written by American composers and helped the students appreciate these classic compositions. Of course, the entire concert had to begin with the Star Spangled Banner. The Bloomsburg University Orchestra per...

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8th Grade Sets Things Up
Our 8th Grade prepares our Bloomsburg Fair Stand display in the Educational Building. The school created their own planets in Mr. Zeares' Art Class. The theme was inspired by the verse found in Isaiah 40:26, and the end result was a colorful cornucopia of heavenly bodies. 

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SCS Cross Country Competes
Saint Columba Middle School Cross Country Team competes at Central Columbia field. The runners did well. They are learning valuable lessons like pacing and saving it for a big burst at the end. 

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Preschool Knows Nature

Posted on September 13, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Preschool Knows Nature
Our Preschool class gets a chance to meet and greet Mother Nature. Here a grasshopper lands on St. Columba Preschooler, Piper Morris, while having recess. The class got to examine this little insect and learn what it is and what it does for our environment. 

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Speaking Bilingually at SCS
Our Kindergarten class, as well as the rest of the school, began their Spanish classes. Students studying the Spanish language at Bloomsburg University relay that knowledge to our students. Jaclyn Palmer, an intern from Bloomsburg University, is shown with the Kindergarten class.  Miss Pal...

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The Fabulous Preschool Gets Going
Our top-notch Preschool had a full first week of activities and fun! The class spent time doing all sorts of things from recreating "Forky" from Toy Story 4 to making their own letter "E" out of tiny stickers.Here Elijah Orzolek practices his "E" and is loving it.

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We Are Back and Better Than Ever!
Saint Columba welcomes all the best students in the world back to school. Our first day was wonderful ! We reunited with old friends and made some new pals. There are so many new and different innovations this year. SCS is ready for the most monumental year ever. Jumping off the school bus and ...

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SCS Opens Its Doors for Meet the Teacher Night
Monsignor Lawrence welcomes students and parents to the new 2019-2020 school year. There was a huge turn out! Mrs. Tarantino, our new lunch lady, introduced herself and outlined her lunch program. She discussed some new innovations and had a sampling of food for the parents to try that she will be p...

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Race For Education
Our school's Race for Education enjoyed a brand new format this year. There was the race but also games and activites. The Coffee Lady came and we had ice cream and cake after we ate our lunches. Lots of fun for all. 

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Middle School Visits Penn State
Our outstanding middle school's field trip this year took the class to Penn State University. There they visted the Department of Meteorology. There they received a tour of the weather lab. Next, it was off to the Department of Astronomy where the students received a 3-D tour of Mars courte...

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Kindergarten Graduation
St Columba's Kindergarten class of 2019 graduated, but before they left us for the summer, the class had something special for us. The class performed their frog song. Each student played a role singing, dancing, and excitedly prancing across the stage. We wish them a happy summer and we will se...

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Pre School Celebrates Sports Week
St Columba preschoolers, Alex Orzolek listens to Colton Augustine read his "Sports" book.  Each child in the class made their own "Sports" book to share during sports week. The class then played basketball as part of the week's acitivites in the gymnasium. 

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1st Holy Communion
Our 2nd grade, after much practicing and anticipation, recieved their First Holy Communion. Sister Lydia worked well with this class preparing them for this sacrament, giving them an understanding of the importance of the Eucharist. 

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4th Grade Volcanoes Explode
Sister Jean's 4th Grade Class is learning about how our earth works. As part of that study, the class created their own volcanoes. They described their individually made volcanoes then demomstrated how they work. Here James Samayoa shows Mr. Zeares how his explodes with fury. 

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SCS Presents the Living Stations
Saint Columba's Middle School students present the Living Stations. This production, during Lent, dramatically recalls the Passion of Jesus. The students remind us all of the sacrifice and joy of this moment in our Faith. 

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SCS Drama Club in Cyberland
Karen Truesdell Riehl director of SCS's Drama Club presented Alice in Cyberland. After six weeks of practice, the 1st through 8th grades presented this production to the appreciation of their parents and peers. Juliet Lauck played Alice, and she, along with the rest of the cast, made the audienc...

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2nd Grade Gets Tied Up
Mr. Drumm was the guest reader for 2nd grade, but this was no ordinary reading of a book. Mr. Drumm read them the story of Mr. Tannen's Ties. The real-life tale of a principal at Lynnhusrt School. Like Mr. Drumm, Mr. Tannen has a tremendous amount of crazy ties, over 900 of them. As part of...

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Service Club Serves the Needs of the Community
Our Service Club is back. Students from all grade levels participate in this community out-reach club. Dr. Mary Katherine Duncan from Bloomsburg University heads this club. She guides the students to develop in themselves the sense of good work and self-worth that comes from helping others.&nbs...

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Pilgrimage for the Middle School
Students from 5th grade to the 8th grade went on a spiritual pilgrimage. In the morning, they visited the Grotto at Mt. St. Mary's University. They learned all about this holy place and enjoyed the beauty that surrounded them. At noon, the students attended mass at the Glass Chapel. After l...

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2nd Grade on the Road to 1st Holy Communion
Sister Lydia prepares her class of the great Sacrament of the Eucharist. But before they receive that sacrament, the class recieves first, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance. The class sports special t-shirts made up just for them to celebrate this special occasion. 

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Leprechaun Loop Huge St. Patty Success
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this year's Leprechaun Loop a great success. The runners had a great day to race, and the costumes were outrageous. From Mr. Zeares to all the SCS students that ran, it was a memorable day, and we await next year's loop challenge. 

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Dr. Seuss Day Sweeps SCS
SCS celebrates, in style, the creator of so many wonderful stories we are all familiar with, that being Dr. Seuss. SCS students came dressed in their favorite Dr. Seuss gear to make Dr. Seuss' birthday a fun experience. Students also used this day to read their favorite Seuss books to each ...

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Geo Bee Rocks the World
Saint Columba took a trip around the world (well, sort of) with the Geo Bee. This competition went non-stop for almost an hour. The competition were fierce, and it finally came down to Katie Campbell and Leyna Bieshline. Round after round, the two girls answered question after question, then Katie c...

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Wii Tennis Champions

Posted on February 15, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Wii Tennis Champions
As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebrations, the final four of our Wii Tennis Championships was held. After a tough back and forth where it was anybody's game, Matt Getz emerged as our school's overall champion. Gavin Berger was in fourth place, Jacob Guerriero was third, and John Guer...

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Pre-School Celebrates 100 Days of School
Saint Columba School's Preschool class celebrates their 100 days in school with their ants. Mrs. John our Preschool teacher chose a creepy crawly way to get to 100. Here two students use their counting chart and their helper ants to count to 100. 

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Volleyball Rivalry Continues
As part of SCS's Catholic Schools Week celebration, Monsignor  Lawrence leads his team of teachers against the 7th & 8th grade students. This continued rivalry in this friendly volleyball game left the teachers winning again. This is a three-peat for the teachers.  A great time was...

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Clyde Peeling's Reptiles Come to Visit SCS
Senior keeper of Clyde Peeling's Reptileland Kathryn Allen visited SCS during Catholic Schools Week. She brought with her many friends from an American alligator to a rattlesnake. Ms. Allen shared with the students tons of information like the difference between a venomous snake and a poisonous ...

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CSW Starts with an Open House
Saint Columba School opened its doors to start off the best week of the year aka Catholic Schools Week. Students brought their folks into the school after the Catholic Schools Week Mass and toured them around showing them all the sights and where all the learning happens. New families came as well&n...

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Kenya Comes to SCS

Posted on January 28, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Kenya Comes to SCS
Saiint Columba got a visit from the NED Show. The show focused on how kindness can influence people as far away as Kenya, Africa. People in Africa struggle to get the basic necessities such as clean drinking water. The NED Show demonstrated that we here at SCS have an impact on other people around t...

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First Grades Learns about Our Friendly Neighbor to the North
6th Grade students researched the differences in lifestyles between Canada and the United States. Dominick Rosini and Micheal McIlvried studied the foods of Canada and discovered certain foods only found in Canada. The first grade came to learn what these students found out about Canada's f...

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Pre-School is Ready so Let It Snow
Carson Golla gets dressed for the snow by his PreK classmates. Students figured out the perfect sequence on how to get ready for the snow in their winter unit. The students in Mrs. John's PreK class had a wintery blast selecting the proper warm weather clothes for Carson to wear. Carson for...

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St. Columba Follows the Yellow Brick Road
Saint Columba School, as part of our holiday traditions, attended Bloomsburg Theater Essemble's holiday play. This year BTE presented The Wizard of OZ. This festive fantasy included St. Columba's own 5th grader Emily LaRouche. The show also included St. Columba alums Isabel Benfeild, and Ana...

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Winterfest!

Posted on January 02, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Winterfest!
SCS went Christmas with the annual Winterfest. There were tons of gifts, tons of Dollar Tree items, and tons of festive frolic. Mrs. Luchas did an outstanding job organizing the entire event, from wrapping the Dollar Tree items with other volunteers,  to lining up all the Christm...

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Veterans Day Observed with Civil War Reenactor
Mr. James Faus, a Civil War reenactor, discussed the life and times of a Civil War soldier as part of St. Columba School's Veterans Day observances. He shared his stories, the gear of a soldier of this time, and the sacrifice of a soldier serving his country.

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Kindergarten Gets Halloween Creative
The SCS kindergarten computer class has been working on proper hand position of the mouse, mouse movement, click and drag, and double clicking. These new skills were put to use as they painted Halloween pictures using their mouse and computer.

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Haunting the Community with Halloween Paintings
Mrs. Kurecian's seventh and eighth grade art classes went out for some ghoulish glee painting town windows, a tradition in Bloomsburg.

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Robots and Mr. Webb

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Robots and Mr. Webb
Our entire school was thrilled to meet robots of all shapes and sizes in the STEAM assembly.This program even got interactive. Our own Mr. Webb even got to ride one of the robots. This robot can zip around up to 14 mph but Mr. Webb get it at a safe speed avoiding any speeding tickets.

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Saint Columba School Gets Classical
Saint Columba's Middle School enjoyed the Bloomsburg University Orchestra during the Young Persons' Concert. The students applauded time again as the orchestra played selections from West Side Story, Tchaikovsky, and Brubeck.

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Saint Columba School Science Lab

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Saint Columba School Science Lab
Saint Columba School is full of Science Explorers and Makenna Thompson and Kyran Horan are here to prove it. They took part in an experiment to see if one liquid is heavier than another.

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Officer Phil Readies Students

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Officer Phil Readies Students
Officer Phil checked in with our kindergarten through fourth grades. She demonstrated with the students the need to be respectful, responsible, and safe. Valuable lessons as these students navigate their way through school and life.

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Celebrating Blessed Duns Scotus

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Celebrating Blessed Duns Scotus
The creator of the Dunce Cap was celebrated at SCS. Blessed Duns Scotus, a soon to be saint, spent his life studying and educating. He invented the famous cap to funnel information into the brain. His invention didn't turn out the way he hoped, but we do celebrate his efforts with our ...

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Getting Social at SCS

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Getting Social at SCS
Saint Columba's Middle School first dance of the year, came at a spook-tacular time, Halloween. The dance featured costumes, foods, and our students boogieing down. John Guerriero (center) shows off some of his best moves.

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Saint Columba Socks it to Drugs and Gives Drugs the Boot
SCS celebrates Red Ribbon Week with our anti-drug themed dress down day. Crazy socks and boots brought awareness to our school about the dangers of drug use. Here second grade girls are just saying no and booting drugs out.

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SCS Halloween Bingo is a Non-Stop Prize-a-rama
As part of the Halloween festivities SCS had its annual Halloween Bingo. Students shouted BINGO and came up to the prize table to find an overwhelming assortment of goodness of which to choose.

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Halloween is Full of Fun and Frolic at SCS
St. Columba School enjoyed Halloween with costumes, bingo, and class parties. The students and many of the teachers came dressed in all forms of Halloween fun.

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