Schools throughout the diocese will celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2023 with a variety of activities. Here’s a sampling.
* Christ the Teacher Catholic School:
The Scholastic Book Fair runs from Jan. 28-Feb. 3. On Saturday there will be family bingo in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Students are asked to attend Sunday Mass in their uniforms. Monday kicks off with a Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a door-decorating contest; Honor Society induction will take place at 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, K-8 students will take a field trip to People’s Plaza to see the movie “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.” There will also be a grandparents/special person breakfast with the Pre-K that morning. A dress-down day Wednesday will have themes from different 20th century decades. There also will be a grandparents/special person lunch and classroom bingo. Thursday brings a spelling bee for grades 4-8, and the Pre-K and kindergarten students will participate in a career dress-up day, wearing outfits related to what they want to be when they grow up. Students will also recite a decade of the rosary to pray for those considering a vocation to religious life.
Friday is color cluster day with various grades wearing school colors, and the eighth grade vs. faculty volleyball game kicks off at 1:15 p.m.
* Good Shepherd Catholic School
On Sunday, students will attend noon Mass in uniform; an open house follows from 1-3 p.m. Monday will be “Teacher Swap Read Aloud” and also PJ day, when students are permitted to wear pajamas to school.
A Catechism Bee will happen on Tuesday, and students are encouraged to wear their Crusader crews. Wednesday brings a planetarium in-school field trip — the day’s theme is Out-of-This-World Day and students are encouraged to wear clothing with space themes. The Jumprope for Heart fundraiser and “wear red” day occur on Thursday. A Mass for the feast of St. Blaise will be celebrated Friday, with a talent show at 1 p.m. Saturday night is the school Casino Night fundraiser.
* Most Blessed Sacrament School
Most Blessed Sacrament School starts the week with an open house on Jan. 29. Students are encouraged to wear their uniforms to Mass that day. On Monday, students are encouraged to dress in all blue and white or MBS attire to celebrate. There will be a special greeting for parents in the morning. Sister Marilyn Bouchard from Joseph House will be in attendance to kick off a new service project. There will also be a food drive and a read-a-thon.
Tuesday is “comfy PJ day” with a student breakfast and girls and boys basketball games vs. Pocomoke. Wednesday is red, white and blue dress day. Students will make Valentines for veterans, and there will be a special tribute to the military. On Thursday, there will be religion bingo in the classrooms and a special class project recognizing vocations. Friday is packed with sport jersey day, a food drive, a special assembly, half-court shootout, the soccer challenge awards and the staff vs. student volleyball game.
* Padua Academy
As part of the Catholic Schools Week celebration, Padua will be collecting socks and undershirts for St. Patrick’s Outreach. On Monday, students are welcome to add their favorite Catholic school attire to their uniform; at lunch, Softly but Strongly stickers will be distributed.
Bishop Koenig celebrates Mass on Tuesday, and the afternoon will feature a religion trivia game. Wednesday brings free pretzels, and Thursday features a throwback dress-down day, along with bingo at lunch. Friday is Class Day; students will partake in a variety of cultural activities.
* Immaculate Heart of Mary School
The week kicks off with a 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 29 featuring eighth-grade essay winners reading at all Masses. Open house runs from 10-11 a.m. Monday is literature day, with a book exchange; students may wear IHM spirit shirts with pajama bottoms to celebrate “Cozy Up With a Good Book.”
It’s faculty appreciation on Tuesday with a breakfast in the morning; in the afternoon students will make valentines for local nursing homes. The religion bowl will take place Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. Student appreciation day is Thursday, with games and bingo; it’s also a no-homework night. Friday is Spirit Day with Mass at 10 a.m. and the eighth grade vs. faculty volleyball game is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. The Souper Bowl canned food drive will also take place all week and be collected on Friday.
* Mount Aviat Academy
Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated at Mount Aviat in Childs, Md., beginning with Monday morning Mass. On Tuesday there will be a parent breakfast and tours of the Hammond Hive learning center. Tzhe upper school presents “The Greatest Show” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. There will be bingo on Thursday, and Friday is Spirit Day featuring the parents vs. eighth-grade volleyball game. The Scholastic Book Fair and treats for teachers will take place all week.
* Holy Cross School
Catholic Schools Week begins with 9:30 a.m. Mass on Jan. 30, as well as a volunteer appreciation ceremony. It’s also silly socks day, where new socks will be collected to benefit People’s Place. Tuesday is a tag day with no homework; honor roll certificates will be distributed and there will be free ice cream sundaes at lunch.
On Wednesday, families are encouraged to join the early morning gathering around the flagpole. Students can accessorize with patriotic jewelry that day. A spelling bee will also be held in the parish hall. There will be vocations presentations on Thursday, and on Friday, the staff and faculty will be celebrated with games and snacks. The eighth grade vs. faculty volleyball game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
* St. Ann School
St. Ann School will begin Catholic Schools Week with Mass on Jan. 29. Students are encouraged to wear their uniforms that day, and there will be a tour of the school after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. On Monday, each class will participate in a project for neighborhood partners ranging from restaurants to police and fire departments and health care facilities. Tuesday is casual day, and the students will receive a special treat at lunch. It’s also a no-homework day, and fifth-graders will participate in an in-house field trip with “Stars on the Move,” an inflatable planetarium.
Grandparents will be honored on Wednesday, and there will be Coffee with Ms. Casey for all parents in the morning. Thursday brings a religion bee, and the pre-K and kindergarten students will enjoy “Mustangs Move” in the gym. On Friday, faculty and staff will be celebrated with a dress-down day and luncheon. Middle-school students will take a trip to the Franklin Institutue.
* St. Elizabeth School
A full slate of activities for Catholic Schools Week is scheduled, including a service project and scavenger hunt. On Monday, there will be a yearbook dedication and a rivals dress-down day. Tuesday is student appreciation day, with a dress-down day and gift card giveaway. It’s also a no-homework day.
Wacky Wednesday dress-down comes next with donuts for parents, and on Thursday, Bishop Koenig will celebrate Mass. There will also be programs about St. Benedict and teacher recognition night. Friday is faculty and staff appreciation day with lunch, a gift card giveaway and a pep rally.
* St. Anthony of Padua
Catholic Schools Week begins with Mass on Jan. 29 with students in uniform and singing at Masses. On Monday, a canned good collection commences, and the third through fifth grades will be making cards for Nemours Children’s Hospital. Sixth through eighth grades will be making cards for local businesses.
On Tuesday there will be bingo and a Guess the Teacher photo contest. The Home and School Association will host a sundae bar for all students. Wednesday will feature a flag-raising ceremony and students will write letters to government leaders to ask for support for Catholic Schools Week. On Thursday, students will make cards for the Oblates at Childs, Md., school spirit celebrations will happen in the gym, and the Kona Ice Truck will visit. On Friday, there will be a student vs. teacher trivia contest, and the faculty will be treated to lunch.
* Holy Angels School
Catholic Schools Week starts with “Color Wars” on Monday, a competition in which the winning grade wins a dress-down day. Lollipop sales will take place from 7:35 a.m. until lunchtime. The junior honor society will collect boxes of cereal for Cereal Dominoes on Friday. On Tuesday Lollipop sales continue, as does the cereal box collection. They will also celebrate “Anything But a Backpack Day” as well as bingo. The Home and School Association is running dinner fundraiser at La Casa Pasta. An open house for current and prospective families will run from 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday is a noon dismissal, and there will be teacher and staff appreciation celebrations. On Thursday, lollipop sales and cereal collection continues; it’s also the book character parade, and later there will be dancing in the classrooms featuring Latin/Hip Hop music. Friday is a dress-down day; Cereal Dominoes is scheduled for 10 a.m. The eighth grade vs. faculty volleyball game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., and at 6:30 it’s movie night.
* St. John the Beloved School
The week will include a service project benefitting the Ministry of Caring. Monday features bowling and a dance party. Tuesday brings a breakfast for the faculty, Mass and a spelling bee.
Wednesday is a no-homework day with faculty and staff appreciation, student council appreciation and parent appreciation. A pajama dress-down day is scheduled for Thursday, with a pizza lunch, and bingo in the gym. Friday features Jungle John in the gym, board games and, at 1:30 p.m., the eighth-grade volleyball game.
* St. Mary Magdalen School
SMM begins Catholic Schools Week with Mass at 10 a.m. on Monday, which is parent and volunteer appreciation day. There will be treats for parents and students will write thank you notes to community volunteers. On Tuesday, there will be a Ministry of Caring service project, and a whole school Jeopardy game.
Wednesday is a dress-down day with a pancake breakfast, dodgeball tournament and a visit from St. Mark’s Marching Band. Thursday is teacher appreciation day; it’s also Drop Everything and Read day. Friday features a movie and popcorn for School Spirit Day and early dismissal. There will also be a prayer service for the feast of St. Blaise.
* St. Peter Cathedral School
On Monday, there will be a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday is essential worker day; fire, police, ambulance workers and more will visit the school. Parents Day is Wednesday with a pizza lunch. Thursday is appreciation for teachers and Friday means a field trip to Main Event.
* Saint Mark’s High School
Catholic Schools Week kicks off with a Mass and reception with Bishop Koenig. Tuesday is dress-down day with a student assembly, “Dollar Delay” fundraiser and girls basketball. Wednesday is Catholic College Night at 6:30 p.m.
Penny Wars are and vocations videos are on tap Thursday, as well as the partner school program with St. Ann’s School. On Friday, students will write thank you notes for teachers, and breakfast will be provided for staff. There will be a pep rally and blessing of throats for the feast of St. Blaise.
* Ursuline Academy
Monday includes a community item drive to various area organizations, and the one-book, one-school reading will begin. The school will celebrate students on Tuesday with a dress-down day and Philly pretzel day.
Wednesday is celebrate the nation day. Service members will visit the school, and another dress-down day is on tap. A religion trivia game is on the schedule for Thursday, as is mixed recess so upper and middle school students can mix with those from the lower school. Family Fridays returns to the lower school, and there will be a gift-card drawing for the faculty and staff.