Polar Bear Plunge 2023

2023 Polar Bear Plunge Dance-A-Thon

The Polar Bear Plunge has been a long-standing tradition supporting Catholic Education for the families of Mater Dei Catholic School. For the past 14 years, our school has participated in the Polar Bear Plunge to help families give their children the gift of Catholic Education. A team of 8 original Plungers began this tradition in 2009. They gathered sponsors who supported their plunge into the chilly Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for Tuition Assistance. Each year, our plunge team grew bigger and better. In 2020, our Mater Dei Plunge Team included over 112 members who gathered in Sea Isle City for a memorable day. Despite Sea Isle canceling their plunge event, we are deeply committed to raising funds for Tuition Assistance. We will host our first Polar Bear Plunge Dance-A-Thon this year, and all students and families are invited to participate. Our goal is to raise $60,000, and we need your help!

How to Support the 2023 Polar Bear Plunge

  • Collect pledges:
    • Each Family will get a bright green envelope to collect pledges from family and friends to support your family's efforts in raising funds for tuition assistance.
    • In honor of 15 years of Polar Bear Plunges, we ask each family to try to secure 15 pledges for the Dance-A-Thon.
    • Sponsors can make an online, a cash, or check donation to 2023 MD Polar Bear Plunge.
      • Checks should be made payable to: Mater Dei Catholic School.
      • Click HERE for online donations.
  • Purchase Spiritwear:
    • Get your Plunge Dance-A-Thon Spiritwear gear by clicking HERE.
    • Spiritwear Store is OPEN! The store will close at 11:59 PM on January 31, 2023. Get your hoodies, crewneck, and t-shirts today. Items are available in adult and youth sizes.
    • Students may wear Plunge Spiritwear to Pep Rally on Friday, February 17th and to Dance-A-Thon Day on February 24th.
  • Register for Plunge Dance-A-Thon:
    • All students will kick off the Polar Plunge Dance-A-Thon during the school day on Friday, February 24th. It will be a great Day of Dancing for Tuition Assistance. Each family is asked to get 15 pledges to sponsor student(s) dancing!
    • Friday, February 24, 2023, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM in Mater Dei Catholic Gym.
    • All families are invited to join us to our first Polar Plunge Dance-A-Thon.
    • Registration Fee - $10 per family
    • Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Special dances and surprises will be featured every half hour along with a fun Polar Plunge Dance-A-Thon Photo Booth.
    • Click HERE to register your family for the Plunge Dance-A-Thon.
  • Canning at Masses:
    • When? February 11-12, 2023
    • Where? At Saint Stanislaus Church, Saint Maria Goretti Church, and Saint Rose of Lima Church at all weekend Masses
    • Who? All Mater Dei Families
    • How? After Communion, look for a Mater Dei faculty or staff member who will give you a hat to collect donations at the church door exits. Return the donation to the staff member when finished. A sign-up form will be shared soon.
  • Pep Rally:
    • To build our excitement for raising funds for tuition assistance, join us for our Plunge Dance-A-Thon Pep Rally.
    • Friday, February 17, 2023 at 9:30 AM in Mater Dei Catholic School Gym
    • All parents are invited to join us to see our Pep Squads and the Class of 2023 Plunge Skit!

Important Dates

  • January 23, 2023
    • Registration opens for Dance-A-Thon
    • Pledge envelopes sent home
  • January 31, 2023
    • Last day to purchase items for spiritwear sale.
  • February 11-12, 2023
    • Collecting donations or "canning" after Parish Masses
  • February 17, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - Pep Rally for Dance-A-Thon
  • February 24, 2023
    • Day of Dancing for Tuition Assistance at Mater Dei
      • School Day - Kick Off Event with students
      • 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Plunge Dance-A-Thon
    • Return Pledge envelopes to school

polar bears dancing

Mater Dei Catholic School

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Teach Us Love
Our theme for the 2022-2023 school year is Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Teach Us Love. The theme comes from an ancient title given to Mary, Sedes Sapientiae. This title was bestowed upon Mary because she held Jesus, the Divine Wisdom, on her lap. Our Blessed Mother is constantly acknowledged as a model of Wisdom and Love. Mary has much to teach us.  As children of God, and Catholic educators, we need to open our hearts and be willing to sit at the feet of Mary to receive the gift of spiritual Wisdom and learn from Mary how to love.




principal with students


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