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Archives Catholic schools across the diocese celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Feb. 3, 2021

St. Agnes School, Lake Placid

St. Agnes School in Lake Placid was able to adapt all of their traditional Catholic Schools Week activities to make them Covid friendly. Ice cream Sundaes and spirit day on Monday, virtual bingo, paint and sip and parents socials family events, pajamas and movies, breakfast for lunch, sledding and a winter circus were all enjoyed by the students, but they seemed to take the most enjoyment out of getting to wrap each other up like gifts to symbolize that they are all gifts from God!




St. Bernard’s celebrates

SARANAC LAKE - St. Bernard’s School in Saranac Lake kicked off Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 31 at the parish’s 10 a.m. Mass.

Throughout the week, students are encouraged to participate in two competitive charity events: a “SOUPer Bowl” and “Penny Wars.”

In the “SOUPer Bowl,” whichever class brings in the most cans of soup to donate to the local food pantry wins a dress-down day. In Penny Wars, students bring in spare change for charity. The class with the highest value at the end of the week will earn a dress-down day, and the school’s students will vote on which charity will receive the funds.

Also throughout the week, mystery guest readers will read to the school’s students throughout the week.

Each day of Catholic Schools Week, St. Bernard’s will celebrate a different theme.

Monday, the school will “Celebrate Your Community.” Each class will add art to a mural that depicts corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Fifth grade students will present persuasive writing pieces during a full school meet, and classes will vote on which charity receives the funds raised in Penny Wars.

Monday will also be crazy hat and mismatch day.

Tuesday is a day for St. Bernard’s to “Celebrate Your Students.”

In addition to being pajama day, teachers will serve a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and juice in their classrooms, and students will watch a movie and eat popcorn in the afternoon.

Wednesday is a day to “Celebrate your Nation,” and students will be allowed to dress as hikers or tourists.

The day will include virtual field trips to national parks, monuments or places of interest in the United States. Students are encouraged to make trail mix as a snack, and they’ll read cards from other Catholic school students and find the other schools on the map.

“Celebrate Vocations” is the theme for Thursday, and students can dress down for the occasion. There will be a Saints Parade. Students will also make and deliver cards to the priests and consecrated religious serving in their community. Families will deliver meals and treats to the rectory.

On Friday, the school will “Celebrate faculty, staff and volunteers,” which also includes school or team spirit day.

Fourth grade students will cook lunch for the St. Bernard’s staff, and fifth grade students will cook dessert. All classes will play games throughout the day, and the week will end with a full school meet and BINGO!

Principal Andrea Kilbourne-Hill said the school had to eliminate interclass activities and a breakfast with families from the typical Catholic Schools Week celebration due to the pandemic.


Celebration goes on at Massena’s Trinity Catholic

MASSENA – This year Trinity Catholic School in Massena will be celebrating Catholic Schools' Week a little differently than previous years.

To kick off Catholic Schools' Week, Trinity's spaghetti dinner was held as a drive-up and take-out event.

During the week, the school celebrates community day. Typically, Trinity would have representatives from the community come in and talk to students about what their job entails and how they help the community. However, this year, due to the pandemic, the school can not have visitors. Instead, these community members have set aside some time to still speak to our students via zoom. The students will tune in and see a new side of where these businesses are and how they work.

As in the past, each day will begin with prayer focusing on the theme for the day.

In keeping things light, students will be dressing creatively for a crazy hat day and mismatched clothing day on student day. Also, the annual school-wide dance will be virtual. Each classroom will tune in virtually. There will be a schedule for each classroom to have a turn with some outdoor fun followed by hot chocolate delivered to their classrooms.

In gratitude to all the armed forces who protect our great nation, Trinity will have students pray for them and make thank you notes, cards or letters for them during Nation day. Dressing in the colors red, white and blue will put them in the spirit of the day.

In the past, the school has attended noon Mass every Friday. This year, the school is grateful to Father Mark Reilly for providing Friday noon Mass live streamed, so our students may attend virtually in their own classrooms.

Family day will help Trinity Catholic focus on the school’s families. Homemade crests will allow creativity of each family to be celebrated. Students will come to school dressed as a member of their family, challenging their classmates to guess who they are representing.

Teacher appreciation day will allow teachers and staff to be given the kudos they deserve. Trinity teachers and staff share their love of God through carefully planned lessons to those present and remote. A special luncheon catered and eaten with their students will be the highlight of the day. They will miss the camaraderie of sharing a meal together with parent volunteers "holding down the fort.” Maybe their students will have a special thank you for them.

Regardless of the restriction that Trinity is following, we celebrate who we are! Trinity Catholic School exists to provide a Christ-centered academic environment that nurtures education, excellence and the spiritual growth of all our students.


Augustinian plans festivities for Catholic Schools Week

CARTHAGE - Catholic Schools Week has traditionally been a time for Augustinian Academy in Carthage to celebrate our school and to spend time together. Providing opportunities for the students and staff to work together as a school family is a big part of Augustinian Academy. While COVID-19 has certainly brought its challenges, it doesn’t keep us from trying new things.

This year, Augustinian’s seventh and eighth graders are taking the lead on organizing the week. There is a daily theme and activity:
• We will kick off Catholic Schools’ Week at our first Friday Mass on Feb. 5. It is an opportunity when the whole school can gather and pray together.

• On Saturday and Sunday, we will recognize and thank our parishioners for all they do to support Augustinian Academy at the weekend Masses.

• Monday is School Spirit Day. The students will show their spirit by wearing blue and gold. There will be a Mystery Saint activity, and the eighth graders will play their annual volleyball game against their teachers. The volleyball game is generally a whole school event, but due to gathering restrictions, it will be a closed event this year.

• Tuesday is Pajama Day, which is one of our more popular days. The seventh and eighth graders will host a virtual read-aloud and craft with the younger students. They will prepare individual craft kits for each student.

• Wednesday is Blast from the Past Day. Students may dress up as their favorite person from history. The seventh and eighth graders will compete in a virtual lip-sync battle, and the younger students will vote for their favorite.

• Thursday brings Disney Day, and the students may dress up as their favorite Disney character. There will be a Disney Scavenger Hunt and themed snacks for a class movie.

• Friday will be Winter Carnival Day. Each class will have an opportunity to dress warmly and go outside to play a couple winter carnival games, followed by hot cocoa and snowman popcorn cups.

• One of the class projects will be a STEM activity to create a Catch-a-Cupid Trap. The traps will be set up Thursday afternoon in hopes of catching Cupid.

• Typically, Augustinian’s Catholic Schools Week celebration includes a gala and auction that brings together the parish, school families, alumni, and local businesses. Unfortunately, that can’t happen in the traditional way this year, but our parent organization has been working very hard to put together a Gala-To-Go Basket that contains everything for a lovely Gala dinner at home and an on-line auction which will be hosted at https://augustinian-academy.betterworld.org/

Augustinian Academy will celebrate Catholic Schools Week February 7 to 12. As we celebrate, the school will continue to follow all the health and safety guidelines. We continually strive to live our mission and help our students grow in their faith, academics, and community service. We celebrate Catholic Schools Week and Augustinian Academy.


IHC plans Catholic Schools Week events

WATERTOWN – Immaculate Heart Central will celebrate Catholic Schools Week February 1-5 with a series of events.

Monday will kick off the ‘Soup’er Bowl and the week-long class can drive competition. Students are also allowed to wear sports jerseys over their uniforms.

On Tuesdays, seniors can wear their class shirts. The school will also celebrate the Mass for the Presentation of the Lord.

On Wednesday, the school celebrates “classy colors,” and each grade is allowed to wear different color. Faculty will wear white. Seniors and faculty will also compete in Family Feud.

On Thursday, students can wear IHC spirit shirts, and thank you cards will be sent to families.

On Friday, the students will have a dress down day, and there will be a badminton tournament.

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