This is Catholic Schools week in our area.
It's good to read about what other schools do for Catholic Schools Week.
We began ours with a Mass on Sunday that had students from both of our schools (we have a parish elementary school and a parish high school) serving in various roles: folk group, altar servers, readers, gift bearers, etc. It was a lovely celebration. That was followed by open house at the elementary school and tours for prospective new families. We had another open house on Tuesday. Today, is the closing Mass for the elementary school during which the winners of the "Year of the Priest" contest will be announced. Depending on grade level, students were to submit a drawing (the younger grades) or poem or essay (upper grades) on the priesthood. The kids are also celebrating "Souper Sunday" a little early and bringing in canned food donations for the food bank. In return, they are able to wear the jersey of their favorite sports team rather than the regular uniform. This afternoon is a pep rally. Should be fun.
Sorry to hear your school is merging with another. That seems to be happening more and more often. We are fortunate that our school is strong (450 students), at least for now. There are other schools in our area with fewer than 150 in K-8 and I'm not sure how much longer they will survive.
I heard that (you know we get your news here, right?)
I totally missed out on Catholic Schools Week. I pretty much missed out on the entire month of January due to sick kids (we thought Lucy broke her arm, but it thankfully turned out to be a really bad sprain...toddlers and casts don't sound fun) and packed schedules! Everyone was sick last week with this 24 hour flu bug that picked us all off one by one. I was really disappointed I couldn't go to the open house last week for Ian. I registered him for the full day kindergarten program a couple of weeks ago, and I was really looking forward to the open house.
Lisa, it sounds like you've had a great run with St. Joe's. I hope our experience is just as fulfilling!
CJ's school also had some activities for Catholic Schools Week. Sunday was Open House and the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for the Athletic Booster Club. They also have the Book fair in the library the same week. If the kids wore their uniforms to Open House, they were able to wear free dress on Monday.
Tuesday was Jersey Day free dress. Wednesday was "Red" free dress as part of the Character Counts program. Thursday was "Black and Gold Day" to show school spirit. IT was also a fundraiser for Project Corazon. Today is noon dismissal. They also had lots of projects out on tables in the hallway and on the walls this week leading up to Open House. Its really just a great time to see everything.
On Open House day, if you referred someone to the school and they showed up and mentioned your name, that family who did the referral rec'd a tuition credit. Pretty cool huh?
My kids' school celebrated with a Mass on Wednesday and a ground-breaking on Thursday.
Thursday was "souper' dress down day at St. Joe's.
I got choked up at 17yo DD's Christmas pageant, as it might be the last one I go to. 15yo DD goes to public high school and plans to stay there. 9yo DS goes to public elementary school and who knows what will be best for him for high school. I loved having a DD in Catholic high school, and she developed a much stronger identity with her little girls' school than she ever would have developed in public school. Not sure it's enough to guarantee that she stays a Catholic, but it was great for her to see active Catholic sisters, laypeople, and teens embracing their faith.