Exciting News and Updates from PERCES
Welcome to Pittsburgh East Regional Catholic Elementary Schools, where we provide a superior school experience for all students in preK-8th grade through faith, service, and academics. Our mission is to empower confident, compassionate, virtuous, well-rounded individuals who make a positive impact in our communities and in the Church.
A Message from Our
Regional Superintendent

A colleague once remarked to me, “It is amazing how quickly June follows September.” It seems each school year passes by faster than the last! In many ways it feels like just yesterday when the school year began, and now we hear the final bell for another successful school year!


These last days of the 2023-2024 school year have been filled with many celebrations! Over the last week, our 8th grade students have graduated from their respective schools and are ready for their high school journeys to begin! Our youngest students celebrated the end of their preschool
and Kindergarten years with special ceremonies and performances. The month of May was packed with field trips, field days and other activities to celebrate the end of the school year and arrival of summer!


We were thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate several of our amazing PERCES teachers who were recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom and beyond! Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Crossen (Mary of Nazareth Catholic School) and Mrs. Bridget Kelly (Saint Bede School) who were recipients of the 2024 Diocese of Pittsburgh Golden Apple Award. Mrs. Crossen and Mrs. Kelly were honored by Bishop Zubik at the annual Golden Apple Award Dinner on May 28. Congratulations to Mrs. Rebecca Baverso (Saint Bede School) who was honored as the 2023-2024 Holocaust Educator of the Year. Ms. Baverso was recognized by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh at their annual Waldman Arts and Writing Award Ceremony at Chatham University on May 9.


Of course, our schools are blessed with amazing teachers, administrators and staff. Please join me in thanking them for all they do for their students and schools! Each building has incredible faculties that give their all each day. Keep them in your prayers as they begin their well deserved summer break.

Next week, our principals will gather at Saint Therese School for our annual Principal Summer Conference. We welcome Mr. Mark Grgurich to our Principal Conference next week in anticipation of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) in Aspinwall joining PERCES on July 1, 2024. We are thrilled to welcome this amazing school to our region!


Enjoy the summer! Before we know it, August 22 will be here and the doors will open on another school year!

May God Bless and Protect you always!




Jonathan Cuniak,


Regional Superintendent for PERCES

Congratulations to our 8th Grade Graduates!
We are so proud of you and cannot wait to watch you soar! 
Sacred Heart Elementary School, Class of 2024
Mary of Nazareth Catholic School, Class of 2024
Holy Family Catholic School, Class of 2024
Saint Therese School, Class of 2024
Saint Bede School, Class of 2024
Divine Mercy Academy, Class of 2024
Two PERCES Teachers Receive the 2024 Golden Apple award! 
Mrs. Crossen, from Mary of Nazareth Catholic School, and Mrs. Kelly, from St. Bede School, are pictured here with their principals and superintendent, Mr. Cuniak. 
The Golden Apple Teaching award is given to teachers across the nation in recognition of their excellence in both teaching and leadership.
PERCES Board of Directors
  • Our board is currently seeking multiple new, dedicated and passionate members to join our PERCES Board of Directors. If you or someone you know is interested in joining to support and strengthen our schools, please reach out to Father Kris Stubna, Board President, at kstubna@diopitt.org.
Know a family who might be interested in Catholic education? Tell them about PERCES! 
St. Bede Students Enjoy Field Trip to Multiple Museums
Preschool and 6th grade took the time to be tourists in our own city by exploring the Frick and the Natural History Museums! They enjoyed many parts of the day, especially pretending to drive this antique car with friends.
Sacred Heart Students Compete and Win in an Academic Challenge
Congratulations to all of Sacred Heart’s Diocesan Math24 competitors. SHES had 2 champions (3rd grade and 6th grade) and one runner-up (5th grade)! Go Crusaders!
Holy Family Students Enjoy "Chargers on A Mission" Day
"Chargers on a Mission" Day is a favorite for many HFCS students! The day starts with a prayer service and then students enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere throughout the school day.  The school uses the proceeds to support organizations like Chimbote Mission, local food banks, pro-life pregnancy centers, and Wounded Warrior.  Principal DiLonardo shared that "we are blessed with many donations from school families and the help of our own faculty, staff, and family volunteers to make the day a success."
Mary of Nazareth Students Get Creative for Earth Day
Mary of Nazareth students enjoyed s’mores that they made in their solar ovens to help them learn about solar energy! We love their creativity for this very yummy science project! 
Divine Mercy Academy Student Wins Diocesan Spelling Bee!
6th grader at Divine Mercy Academy, Owen B. has emerged as the Pittsburgh Diocesan Spelling Bee Champion! His hard work, dedication, and impressive spelling skills have paid off through this honor. Please join us in congratulating Owen on his remarkable achievement. Way to go, Owen! 
St. Therese Student Wins Pittsburgh Writing Contest
Congratulations to Loukas for being the 2nd place winner in the Pittsburgh 'Do the Write Thing' contest! Thank you to his wonderful teacher, Mrs. Leach! We are so proud of you, Loukas!
St. Bede Soccer Team Becomes Diocesan Champs for Middle School League!
Sacred Heart Soccer Team Becomes Diocesan Champs for the Premier League!
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