Students, faculty, alumni and friends of St. Simon Parish School attended a Jubilee Mass Oct. 23 that opened the yearlong celebration of the school’s 50 years of Catholic education in Los Altos.
Presider San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Thomas A. Daly welcomed back friends, alumni and faculty, specially recognizing 10 sisters from the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Pennsylvania religious order that founded the school in 1961.
Throughout the week, the parish community celebrated with a variety of events, including an alumni sports night, a decade-themed dress-up day, a Generations Day luncheon, a Y2K party for parents of recent graduates, an alumni staff luncheon and a Jubilee Dinner.
The school assembled an exhibition of pictures, uniforms and report cards from across the decades.
“It was a challenge digging up my elementary school report card,” said Moira Delumpa, class of 1978, who has five children attending St. Simon and three graduates.
Even as the school community commemorated its past, the half-century of education, it displayed ongoing plans for the future.
A redesigned library and learning resource center renovation project, which reflects the present and future, is nearly complete. The remodel provides additional space for the reading-resource program and technology infrastructure, including the elementary science docent and iPad programs. Completion is scheduled Nov. 18. Bishop of the Diocese of San Jose Patrick J. McGrath and Superintendent of Schools Kathy Almazol are scheduled to bless the renovation project Dec. 16.
St. Simon pastor Father V. Warwick James concluded the Jubilee week by blessing the new St. Simon time capsule, filled with contributions from each class that contain symbols of student life in 2011 and their predictions for the future. The time capsule will be opened in 2036 to celebrate the school’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Golden Jubilee will be marked at events throughout the year, including the Father Murray Basketball Tournament and Student Council decade-theme days.
For more information, visit school.stsimon.org.