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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Students, faculty celebrate the past, look to the future during Catholic Schools Week

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the Jan. 17, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2002 is “Where Faith and Knowledge Meet.” That statement is true of many areas of life, but certainly in Catholic schools. Rather like the “horse and carriage” in a popular song, “you can’t have one without the other.” Catholic faith is the foundation on which all other areas of education are based; it permeates the very atmosphere of Catholic schools.

The purpose of Catholic Schools Week is to bring into focus the many elements that work together to make possible a Catholic school education. From parents to volunteers to teachers and staff, even community support, the spotlight will shine on the reasons that an education at a Catholic school is a reason to celebrate.

The special week will be observed Sunday, Jan. 27, through Saturday, Feb. 2. Nearly all of the Spokane Diocese’s 18 Catholic schools will hold some kind of activities during the week. Here is celebration information available at press time:

• The week begins on Sunday for the students of All Saints School. They will participate in the weekend Masses at all three of the school’s supporting parishes — Our Lady of Fatima, St. Ann, and St. Peter — and host coffee and doughnut times after the Sunday morning Masses. Parishioners will be presented with thank-you gifts — bookmarks students made that depict the week’s theme.

Spirit Week starts the school’s observance Monday, Jan. 28, with games during the lunch hour and hallway decorated. The next day, parents are invited to a noon thank-you lunch at which Professor John Caputo from Gonzaga University will talk about the media and its effects on children. On Thursday, the schedule begins with the all-school Mass, followed by a short concert for students. The annual talent show is at 2 p.m., and at 7 p.m. parents are invited to a band concert.

Students will write thank-you letters to their parents and take them home Friday to end the week. They will also enjoy an ice cream treat provided by the school’s Partner in Education, Sacred Heart Medical Center.

• Parents, grandparents, friends and all interested persons are invited to join for any or all of the activities planned at Assumption School in Spokane.

The week will get a head start on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a spaghetti dinner served in the gym from 5-9 p.m. Monday is student appreciation day and students will greatly appreciate having no homework that day as well as chocolate milk and ice cream at lunch.

Student appreciation will be shown to parishioners and parish seniors on Tuesday; to volunteers on Wednesday, who will be recognized at a reception after morning Mass; and to the staff on Friday. The staff will be treated to an appreciation lunch provided by the Home and School Association.

• Assumption School in Walla Walla did not have definite plans at press time, but Principal Michelle Acock said their school would observe the week with activities similar to last year: hosting their parents and other special guests at lunch, having special dress-up days and offering an open house. An important part of the week for Assumption students is the “100 Ways in 5 Days,” which is a special drive to collect items such as toiletries for Catholic Charities and other groups. The school’s drive is part of the “100 Ways in 100 Days,” which is coming up in the diocese next month.

• Cataldo School students will wear their uniforms to the weekend Masses at its three supporting parishes: the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sacred Heart, and St. Augustine. The students will host coffee and doughnuts after the Sunday morning Masses and will give bookmarks to parishioners as a thank-you gift.

Monday is Volunteer Appreciation Day. Students will host a morning coffee for school volunteers, giving them a little performance to show their appreciation and presenting each with a gift.

Students are the focus on Tuesday, and they will have the day off from homework. They can choose their dress that day and are invited to mis-match their clothes. In the afternoon they will enjoy a movie and popcorn time.

Wednesday at Cataldo teachers and staff members will be treated to lunch to recognize their contribution to Catholic schools. Thursday’s activities begin with Mass at 9 a.m. Families will be recognized this day, and one gift is that their students will have no homework. Each family will receive a gift of microwave popcorn with an invitation to have a family night. Friday is Spirit Day and everyone will dress in school colors of gold and blue. Cataldo students will also make Catholic Schools Week posters this week to hang in their building.

• DeSales Catholic School in Walla Walla has an ambitious plan to note Catholic Schools Week. Mothers and sons will be the focus of Mass and a brunch on Sunday. Students will speak after Mass to recognize and thank parishes for their support of Catholic schools.

On Monday, the sock drive begins, along with a food drive to collect 1,000 pounds of food for local charities, including Catholic Charities. Students will play a Catholic school trivia games and will have an Academic Olympics.

On Tuesday is a faculty-student activities’ competition, and a school alumni Mass is scheduled for Wednesday. School volunteers will be recognized at a lunch that day. On Thursday students, and maybe even the faculty, are invited to dress up for Biblical and Saint Day. An alumni panel of speakers will talk about Catholic schools during the day.

Friday is the pep assembly and a lip-sync contest.

• Students at Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School in Colton will have a pep rally and Farmer Day on Monday. Teachers will change classes for “switch teachers day” and everyone is invited to wear nightwear for Pajama Day.

Parents will take on students in a basketball game Wednesday for Sports Day, and on Thursday students will get funky with ’70s Day and get limber for a limbo competition. Friday is Maroon and White Day and students will play games with their buddies in the afternoon.

The school’s parents, the Catholic Daughters, the Home and School Association and other volunteers will provide a free hot lunch for students each day during the week.

• Holy Family School in Clarkston has a full slate of activities planned. The observance begins with students participating in the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday. On Monday diocesan school superintendent Duane Schafer of Spokane will visit to find students and faculty dressed in green and white for School Shirt Day. Tuesday is Paint Your Face Day.

Wednesday is Backward Day. The Catholic Charities’ project “100 Ways in 100 Days” will culminate that evening with a pie social in the school gym from 6:30-8 p.m. Students will display their 100 Ways projects and the donations for Catholic Charities will be collected.

Thursday is Whacky Hair or Hat Day, and Friday is Shorts Day. Holy Family faculty will square off in a volleyball game that afternoon with the sixth graders at 1:15.

Holy Family customarily honors a special person each year for their support of the school, but this time decided to honor the school — its supporters, donors, alumni, teachers and pastors — since this is the 80th anniversary year.

• St. Patrick School in Pasco joins with the Catholic schools in Kennewick and Richland for a joint Mass on Friday of Catholic Schools Week. St. Patrick School is hosting the Mass at their parish at 10 a.m. This has become an annual event, and students from all three schools participate in the liturgy.

• Students at St. Charles School will attend the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass. They will wear their school uniforms and participate in the liturgy. Monday will be a preparation day for the rest of the week’s observances.

Tuesday is Parent and Volunteer Appreciation Day; Wednesday is Community Appreciation Day, when students will reach out to neighborhood and local businesses. On Thursday students will enjoy a Skate Night and a free hot-dog lunch, and Friday is Teacher Appreciation Day.

• Students at St. Mary School will reflect on the lives of two saints who were prominent for their emphasis on study and learning in the church: St. Thomas Aquinas on Monday and St. John Bosco on Thursday. Other activities, such as student processions at the weekend Masses, writing letters of encouragement to seminarians and family input about living out faith, will focus on the daily themes during the week: Faith and Knowledge Meet: in our homes, the parish, the community, the students, the nation, our volunteers and our teachers.

• St. Patrick School in Spokane will begin Catholic School Week at Sunday Mass. Students will wear their uniforms and host a pancake breakfast after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Other activities include a grandparents and special guest day, a spirit day, a hat day and a reading day.

• St. Paschal School students will join together each morning during the week for daily prayer. They will use the theme from the Living Faith prayer guide as a theme for each day, decorating the halls and their rooms appropriately.

On Monday, students will have an Art Afternoon and decorate placemats with Gospel themes. Students will acknowledge their patriotism Tuesday by showing off their red, white and blue colors. Wednesday is Sports Day, and the grade levels will combine, with the older students teaching the younger ones a new sport.

St. Paschal will do the “Switch Teacher Day” on Thursday. Teachers will switch to another class and teach a subject for that grade level.

On Friday, a special treat awaits everyone with Movie Day. Movies will be shown in each classroom that afternoon and the seventh and eighth graders will sell refreshments.

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