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Students, teachers to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week will be observed Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 throughout the country

Published: January 25, 2017   


St. Joseph

A community open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 where student ambassadors will give tours and teachers will be available to meet visitors. Monday will be focused on celebrating the students with activities and treats. Senior Night will be held Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, an all-school living rosary will take place following the 9 a.m. school Mass. Fourth through 12th grade grandparent lunch will be Thursday and a preschool through 12th grade assembly will be held Friday, Feb. 3 to conclude the week’s activities. Also on Friday, a Catholic Relief Services representative from El Salvador will speak to high school classes.


St. Joseph

An all-school Mass will be held Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. followed by an open house for all interested families. The Mass will be led by student greeters, readers, gift bearers and Angel Choir singers. Throughout the school week, students are invited to participate in daily dress-up days:  pajama day, book character day, patriotic pride day, favorite team day and finally end the week with school spirit shirts, “Super Bowl” quiz games and fun activities. Another annual favorite is the teachers vs. eighth-grade volleyball game. The National Junior Honor Society will deliver notes to families nearby to say “thank you” for being good neighbors. 

Fort Smith

Christ the King

The second annual talent show will be held Jan. 27. A PTO breakfast will be served from 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday with the children’s Mass held at 11:30 a.m. The Quiz Bowl will be held Monday with third through sixth graders competing against a guest panel. The Math-a-thon will benefit St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis. A Brian Kinder concert will be held Tuesday. Priests and religious from St. Scholastica Monastery and Subiaco Abbey will visit Wednesday. A rosary for peace will be prayed Thursday followed by a balloon launch. Friday will be Spirit Day, Mass and staff appreciation lunch.

Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception School will begin CSW Sunday with 10 a.m. Mass, then brunch and student art show. The school will host an open house from 12:30-2 p.m. for prospective families and the community. On Monday the school will celebrate Grandparent’s Day with a breakfast and book fair. On Tuesday the school will pray for vocations with a balloon rosary launch at 2 p.m. on the field and end the day with Family Spirit Night at Chuck E. Cheese. On Wednesday the school will support Heart to Heart Pregnancy Resource Center with a diaper parade. On Friday Mass will be held at 10 a.m. and students will be treated to a movie and ice cream sundaes in the afternoon.

Hot Springs

St. John

The week will begin with an all-school rosary. Students will dress up as their favorite Disney character. On Tuesday, Jan. 31 St. John will host a family and friends appreciation luncheon. In addition, there will be an open house from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for prospective students. The annual fifth-eighth grade volleyball tournament will be held Wednesday. The winners will play the teachers. Thursday will be Warm and Fuzzy Day and in the afternoon students will enjoy a movie and board games. Friday begins with an all-school Mass followed by the annual talent show.

Little Rock

Christ the King

Eighth-graders will speak at all Masses Jan. 29. An Arkansas Arts Center production of “Stone Soup” will be performed Tuesday at the school for students in grades 2-5. Student ambassadors will deliver doughnuts to local businesses. A Brian Kinder concert for students in pre-k to second grade will be Wednesday. Thursday will be a teacher appreciation luncheon, casual day for students and teachers and the annual student vs. teacher volleyball game. On Friday speaker and musician Steve Angrisano will present “Go Make a Difference and Remember Where You Came From” to grades 5 – 8.

St. Edward

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate Mass Friday, Jan. 27 to kick off Catholic Schools Week. On Sunday, Jan. 29 the school and church will host a children’s Mass followed by a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Men’s Club. Students will serve as lectors, ushers, gift bearers and choir members. On Monday, local fireman and police officers will be given doughnuts and juice to say “thank you” for serving the community. Students will write letters to diocesan seminarians and retired priests. Family and friends are invited to a special lunch and visit the book fair Wednesday. The annual teacher vs. student volleyball game will be played Thursday. On Friday, students will dress-up as their favorite book characters and authors to promote reading.


Sacred Heart

Students will lead ministries during Mass Sunday. On Monday there will be a living rosary for all students. Mini-courses will be taught Tuesday. Wednesday will be all-school Mass and Catholic Trivia game. For the school service project students will make cards and blessing bags for Abundant Life Pregnancy Resource Center and Safe Place Women’s Shelter. On Friday a scavenger hunt will be held.

North Little Rock

Immaculate Conception

The PTO will kick off the week with a pancake breakfast Sunday, Jan. 29 from 8:30-11 a.m. Students will make appreciation cards for pastors, deacons, sponsors and special volunteers as well as making cards to distribute at a local nursing home. On Tuesday the eighth-grade boys and the school faculty will play in the third annual student-teacher volleyball game. Wednesday will be Wacky-Wild Dance day.  For “Super Hero Thursday” each student will bring in at least $1 to be donated to Special Olympics. The annual talent show takes place on Thursday as well.  The week will end with the “school conga line” around and through the school campus. Preschool through third-grade students will collect non-perishable items for Helping Hand while older students will collect items for St. Joseph Center. 


St. Mary

The school will host a weeklong book fair. Parents from a different grade each day are invited for lunch. On Thursday grandparents are invited to lunch. School night at Marco’s Pizza is Tuesday. Third- through sixth-grade students will compete in an essay contest, “What I love best about attending a Catholic school.” Students will participate in a rosary Friday. Students will enjoy a movie and popcorn as a special treat. Mass on Saturday night will conclude the week with students serving as lectors, servers, ushers and choir members. Banners from past years are hung in church for the celebration.


Subiaco Academy

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the confirmation Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday. Students will serve as lectors and musicians. On Wednesday, the all-school Mass will be held and ice cream will be served to the students. On Thursday a school-wide afternoon at the movies will be held. Friday will include a three-mile pilgrimage to Mount Magazine and a guest speaker from Catholic Relief Services.


St. Vincent de Paul

The week will focus on service. Monday will be Student Appreciation Day with ice cream sundaes served to students. Tuesday will be Volunteer Appreciation Day. The annual Dining with Dad will be held Wednesday for students, fathers, grandfathers and uncles. Thursday will be Staff Appreciation Day, and Spirit Day will give students a day to dress in their school colors. Friday will include Mass and Muffins with Mom. Following Mass, students and their mothers will share a breakfast of muffins, juice and coffee before students begin their school day.


St. John

The children’s Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by an open house at 11:30 a.m.

Mayor Randy Horton will proclaim Catholic Schools Week Monday at a flag-raising ceremony. Clergy and religious will attend a breakfast and visit classrooms as well. The “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” game will be played Tuesday. On Wednesday students are invited to donate socks for the elderly and students will visit a nursing home. Policemen and firemen will be honored at a prayer service Thursday. On Friday students get to wear their spirit day shirts and attend a school-wide rosary. A VIP lunch will be held at noon.

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