2014-01-23 / Lifestyles

St. Francis celebrates Catholic Schools Week

MANISTIQUE – St. Francis de Sales Catholic School will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26 – 31. This year’s theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

The school has planned special activities throughout the week. To kick it all off, there will be a special Family Mass at 11 a.m. for St. Francis de Sales students and their families on Jan. 26. This will be followed by a Knights of Columbus breakfast in the school gym at noon.

On Jan. 27, students will celebrate Community and Pajama Day. Monday also marks the beginning of the Souper Bowl Can-A-Thon competition for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. There will also be snow activities on the playground for pre-K through second grades and students in grades third through eighth will sled on the Tannery Road Hill. Children will also be writing “thank you” notes to businesses in the community.

A “Sock Hop” dance will take place on Jan. 28. Students will wear clothing from their favorite decade and enjoy root beer floats.

On Wednesday, students will “honor our nation”, ice skate, wear crazy hats and/or crazy hair, and pre-K classes will hold a carnival in the school gym from 12:30 -2:30 p.m.

Jan. 30 will be a day to celebrate vocations, and “Red and White Day”. Students will celebrate a school-wide Mass at 12:10 p.m., and will be writing “thank you” cards to Father Glenn.

Finally, on Jan. 31, the school week will wrap up with “Grandparents and Special Friends Day”. Students will have a dressup day, and enjoy a “Grandparents’ Luncheon” in the school cafeteria starting at 11 a.m. Finally, students will perform a “K4J” (Kids-4- Jesus) skit after the luncheon.

The observance of Catholic Schools Week began in 1974. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the annual event. Schools and parishes around the country will hold activities such as Masses and open houses to celebrate the communities they represent.

About 2.1 million students are currently educated in more than 6,600 Catholic schools in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities around the country. Students receive an excellent, faith-filled education that prepares them for the challenges of higher education and a competitive world.

An estimated 99 percent of Catholic school students graduate from high school and 85 percent of Catholic school graduates attend college.

For information on St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, please call 341-5512, or visit the school’s website: www.sfdsraiders.com.

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