National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week was “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” SKS faculty and students participated in a week-long celebration that included a variety of special events, dress down days, and service projects.
The week kicked off with a buddy retreat on Monday that focused on the virtue of hope. Students dressed down in yellow, the color of hope, and were paired with their grade level buddies for the retreat.
On Tuesday, students donned their craziest looks from head to toe for crazy 8’s and crazy hair day. Spelling bee competitions were held for students in kindergarten through fourth grade, while students in fifth through eighth grade competed in a trivia competition.
Students were invited to dress like their hero on Wednesday. They honored their heroes with a variety of creative and thoughtful costumes. Among the costumes were athletes, superheroes, scientists, doctors, nurses, parents, and teachers. The SKS faculty also got in on the fun by dressing as their esteemed principal, Mr. Tosti! Students across all grade levels also participated in fun and engaging STEM challenges that day.
The celebration continued with Spirit Day on Thursday. Students dressed down in blue and white to show their school spirit and enjoyed some fun and games in the gym, including a dance party and “Minute to Win It” games for each class.
The week ended with pajama day and the virtual talent show on Friday, which featured a variety of performances showcasing the many talents of our school community. Students also enjoyed soft pretzels provided by the Home and School Board and an early dismissal.
The highly anticipated teachers versus students basketball game also took place on Friday. This annual tradition is an intense competition between the eighth grade students and teachers, who give it their all on the court to take home the title. This year, the students ended the teachers’ winning streak with a tie score of 30-30.
Throughout the week, students also participated in a variety of school-wide service projects. Students donated canned goods for the annual “Souper Bowl” food drive. Students voted for their favorite team by placing their donations on either the Cincinnati Bengals or Los Angeles Rams donation table. At the end of the week, the Bengals received more donations than the Rams and were announced this year’s “Souper Bowl” winner. Over 200 canned goods were collected and will be donated to the Hibernian Hunger Project to help feed those in need.
Students also supported the parish Youth Group by donating MLK Bags of Service and collecting personal care items, which will be donated to a variety of local shelters and organizations in need.
Thank you to the SKS faculty, students, families and Home and School Board for making this year’s Catholic Schools Week celebrations a huge success!
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