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Students celebrate Catholic schools

Students at Finger Lakes 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:

  • Students at St. Michael School in Newark kicked off their Catholic Schools Week celebration Feb. 1 with a prayer service followed by a roller-skating party. The next day, students invited special guests to eat lunch with them at the school while enjoying a performance by a choir from Geneva’s DeSales High School. The school hosted a combined open house, ice cream social and art show Feb. 4, and throughout the week students took advantage of several dress-down days and collected items for the Baby Closet at St. Mark Episcopal Church in Newark. On Feb. 5, students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades read to the school’s younger students before the entire school participated in an afternoon bingo tournament.

  • Students at St. Francis-St. Stephen School in Geneva took part in a schoolwide bingo tournament on Feb. 4. The fun and games continued the next day, when students in the fifth through eighth grades bowled at a local bowling alley while the younger students enjoyed games and treats in the school cafeteria. Earlier in the week, the students wore their pajamas and brought their favorite stuffed animals to school on Feb. 1, which was Teddy Bear Share Day. On Feb. 2 the teachers took turns teaching each other’s classes, and later that afternoon teachers and students alike participated in games and races at DeSales High School. Seventh- and eighth-graders hosted an ice cream social for the school community the next day.

  • Food was a big part of the festivities at St. Mary School in Canandaigua. The school designated Feb. 3 as Cookie Spirit Day, and parents and students delivered trays of cookies to local police officers, firefighters, school-bus drivers and other community supporters. The next day students and staff wore their beach clothes to school for the school’s annual Cultural Lunch. This year’s theme was "Island Delights," so the lunch featured cuisine from Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia, and the third- and fourth-graders performed a Caribbean dance they learned from Frances Hare, an instructor at Rochester’s Hochstein School of Music and Dance. The steel-drum duo Trinidad and Tobaggo gave a demonstration, and a speaker from Constellation Brands shared her experiences in the recent Haitian relief efforts.

  • Students at St. Michael School in Penn Yan also took part in a special luncheon Feb. 5, which was Grandparents Day at the school. The students prepared lunches for their grandparents and ate lunch with them in their classrooms. Grandparents Day marked the culmination of the week’s activities, which had begun Jan. 31 with a special Mass at St. Michael Church in Penn Yan. Students from the school served in various roles during the Mass and acted out the day’s Gospel. Students were encouraged to wear funny hats or buttons to school Feb. 1, and the next day they went bowling together. On Feb. 3 they wore their summer clothes to school for a beach party, complete with hula hoops, Beach Boys music and ice cream sundaes.

  • Kindergartners at St. Joseph School in Auburn held their own beach party Feb. 4, while their fellow students in the third through fifth grades learned about vocations and hosted a special tea for priests, deacons and ordained religious. A day earlier, the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders had prepared gift baskets and delivered them to residents of a local nursing home. On Feb. 1 the students welcomed a number of guest speakers for Career Day, and throughout the week they invited the special people in their lives to visit them at school. St. Joseph hosted a book fair at the school all week long, and concluded Catholic Schools Week Feb. 5 with a faculty appreciation lunch and a special boxed snack for all students.

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