Students around the diocese celebrate Catholic schools - Catholic Courier
Second-graders Tia Rolle (from left), Brianna Jones and Isaiah Pacheco pray before having a snack during a reading activity Feb. 4 at Rochester's Cathedral School at Holy Rosary. Second-graders Tia Rolle (from left), Brianna Jones and Isaiah Pacheco pray before having a snack during a reading activity Feb. 4 at Rochester's Cathedral School at Holy Rosary.

Students around the diocese celebrate Catholic schools

Students at Monroe County Catholic schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 with a variety of special activities.

Whereas many schools followed the "Dividends for Life" theme that was celebrated nationally, students also focused on helping with the ongoing earthquake recovery in Haiti. In addition, a number of prayer services, Masses and activities were held in honor of Catholic Schools Week.

The following schools notified the Catholic Courier of their events:

  • Christ the King School in Irondequoit held a Mass Feb. 1 followed by presentation of the Presidential Fitness Awards and the Kiwanis Terrific Kids. Students read to or with their favorite stuffed animal; wore spirit shirts; welcomed professionals including a dietician, a florist, a veterinarian, an architect, a funeral direct, a jeweler, a crime scene investigator and a personal trainer for career day; collected food for St. Andrew’s Food Cupboard; and collected coins for Haiti earthquake relief.

  • Students dressed up at St. Pius Tenth School in Chili as how they see themselves in 20 years; played board games with partners and celebrated Visit a Catholic School Day; took part in an assembly, open house and ice cream social; wore uniforms during sports day; and played games and had an assembly Feb. 5. All money collected for missions during the week went to Haiti relief.

  • At St. Louis School in Pittsford, one week wasn’t enough to celebrate Catholic Schools, so students started celebrating Jan. 28 with an ice cream social; took part in a Mass with Bishop Matthew H. Clark; and collected cans of soup for Pittsford Food Cupboard. The fourth grade celebrated colonial day while the sixth grade took part in career day. The celebration of Catholic schools will end Feb. 12 with a roller skating and dress down day. Students also will give trays of homemade cookies to bus drivers.

  • At Seton Catholic School in Brighton, students took part in a prayer service; read with their buddies; and viewed the dome planetarium. They also played board games, sent sunshine notes of kindness to other students; dressed as their favorite book character; jazzercised; collected cans which qualified them to wear the colors of favorite teams; had movie and popcorn day; took part in a beach party; and gave cookies to their bus drivers.

  • At St. John Neumann School in Rochester, highlights included a student vs. teacher free-throw contest; designing a bulletin board around moral themes; a spirit day with the wearing of tie-dye T-shirts, dancing, and classes doing their own poem, cheer or song to show school spirit; and a mobile dome planetarium.

  • At St. Joseph School in Penfield, there was a celebratory kickoff Sunday Mass along with a weeklong book fair; tours and open house; thank-you lunch for faculty and staff; a special thank you to area businesses that support the school; luminarias lighted outside each home to spread the "light of Christ"; volunteers honored with special certificates and mementoes; technology presentation along with science and social-science fair; and out-of-uniform day with bowling and ice cream social.

  • Mother of Sorrows School in Greece highlighted the week with a Monday opening Mass and breakfast; dedication of a saint chosen by students for each classroom, including plaques with the saint’s name that were blessed at Mass and permanently displayed on the classroom doors; an assembly, "Mama Earth’s Kitchen"; student talent show; school visitation; and school spirit assembly following First Friday Mass.

  • At Cathedral School at Holy Rosary in Rochester, featured events included a Geva Theatre field trip; "Sparkle Day" with a variety of sparkling attire; RPO field trip for grades 4-6 and reading event for grades K-3; and Discovery Day that included a special lunch, prayer service and dancing/step demonstration.

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