Variety of activities to take place for Catholic Schools Week - Catholic Courier
Students at St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads empty boxes of oatmeal into a bin while volunteering at Food Bank of the Southern Tier during Catholic Schools Week in 2019. Students at St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads empty boxes of oatmeal into a bin while volunteering at Food Bank of the Southern Tier during Catholic Schools Week in 2019. (Courier file photo)

Variety of activities to take place for Catholic Schools Week

Catholic schools around the Diocese of Rochester are celebrating Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31-Feb. 6 with a variety of special activities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the activities have been altered with safety precautions in place. Below are the events taking place at each of the schools, which submitted their schedules to the Catholic Courier. For more information on specific events, please visit that schools’ websites.

In addition to these events, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will celebrate Mass for Catholic Schools Week at the Diocese of Rochester’s Pastoral Center Feb. 2. The Mass will be closed to the public, and students and staff from the schools will be watching the Mass via the Catholic Courier’s livestream.

Finger Lakes

St. Michael School, Penn Yan, will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week with a soup drive all week. Donations will support The Living Well Mission, a Yates County Outreach Program in Penn Yan. On Monday, the school will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with a school Mass. Students will also enjoy pizza and bowling on Monday, Wednesday and Friday depending on their grade level. On Tuesday, St. Michael School will escape the cold of winter by celebrating summer with a summer theme dress day and classroom activities throughout the day. On Wednesday, students will celebrate our nation with various activities honoring military and recognizing local political figures. Students will wear mix-match clothes to school on Thursday and participate in various activities identifying and recognizing those in various vocations within their parish and diocese. It’s “Soup”-er Bowl Day on Friday during which students can dress in their favorite sports clothing. Students will also be creating cards for parents and grandparents. Catholic Schools Week at St. Michael will conclude with Celebrating Families Day Feb. 6. On that day, families are encouraged to try some activities that will be sent home with students and post their activities to social media.

St. Francis-St. Stephen School, Geneva, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with Teacher Mix-It-Up Day, where teachers will switch classes with another teacher for the day Feb. 1. Students will also wear their spirit shirt. The school will also be holding a canned food drive all week as well as there will be online book fair. On Feb. 2, students will get to enjoy an ice cream social. They can also dress up that day as their favorite character. Students will dress like the person they want to be when they grow up and make posters on Feb. 3. It’s Crazy Sock day on Thursday Feb. 4 and students will dance their socks off in a dance party. St. Francis-St. Stephen School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with Souper Bowl Friday where students bring in a canned food item to give to the local food pantry and dress in their favorite team colors or clothing. The students will also attend First Friday Mass, enjoy a pizza lunch and participate in a school-wide BINGO game.

Students at St. Mary School, Canandaigua, will “ring” in Catholic Schools Week with its annual 8th Grade Ring Ceremony on Jan. 29. The eight-grade students will receive their class rings and a special blessing following the 9 a.m. middle school Mass. On Feb. 1, students will be able to wear their pajamas or comfy clothes and will watch a movie in their homerooms. On Feb. 2, there will be a whole school Mass at 10 a.m. It is favorite sunglasses or wacky/crazy hair day on Feb. 3. Students will also participate in a school wide BINGO game and have their throats blessed by Fathers Michael Costik and Clifford Dorenkoo for the feast of St. Blaise. There will also be a virtual open house at 7 p.m. Students can bring their favorite board game to school on Feb. 4 and students in grades 4-8 will participate in the Geography Bee in their classrooms. On Feb. 5, students can wear their favorite team gear and the middle school students will participate in a volleyball game. All week, the school will be collecting non-perishable goods.

Monroe County

Students at St. Louis School, Pittsford, will kick of Catholic Schools Week with spirit day, where students will dress in all things St. Louis on Monday, Feb. 1. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, it is crazy hat day. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, it is mismatched day, where students can dress out of uniform in mismatched clothing. Students will dress like their favorite vocation/job on Thursday, Feb. 4. That day is also Bus Driver Appreciation Day. St. Louis School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with the 20th Annual “Souper Bowl” Dress Down Day. Students will wear their favorite team colors as well as they are encouraged to bring in a can of soup for the Pittsford Food Cupboard.

St. Pius Tenth, Chili, is doing a school-wide service project for Catholic Schools Week. They will be collecting hygiene products to assemble in kits for the Coldwater House for Women and Children in Gates. They will also be collecting non-perishable food items for St. Andrew’s Food Cupboard. The students will also be participating in special dress-down themes that have been selected by the kindergarten, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes. The themes are Red, White & Blue Day, Tie Dye Tuesday, Wacky (or Mismatched) Wednesday and Sports Day. On Friday Feb. 5, the students will dress in their uniform and participate in a Catholic Schools Week liturgy at church.

Seton Catholic School, Brighton, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with a bagel and juice day on Feb. 1. Students will also create valentines for the Mercy Motherhouse and Our Lady of Lourdes shut-ins. On Feb. 2, students may wear appropriate pajamas to school. Third-grade through sixth-grade will participate in an obstacle course in the gym. Ice cream sundaes will be served in the classrooms on Feb. 3 and it is students in pre-K through second-grade’s turn to participate in an obstacle course in the gym. There will also be a virtual open house on Feb. 3 for students to show off their work to their parents. It’s Crazy Hat and Sock Day at Seton Catholic on Feb. 4 and the school will play BINGO together by Zoom. On Feb. 5, students will wear their favorite sports team for Soup-er Bowl and it will be the last day for students to bring in a canned good for the food drive. It is also “A Day at the Seton Cinema”, where students will get to watch a movie in their classroom and enjoy popcorn provided by the school’s parent-teacher association. Seton Catholic School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with a family winter scavenger hunt on Feb. 6.

At St. Ambrose Academy, Rochester, students will be collecting a different canned food item each day. At the end of the week, the food donations will given to the Community Food Cupboard of Rochester on Nester Street. On Feb. 1, students can wear their sunglasses to school. The students can wear a hat to school on Feb. 2. On Feb. 3, students will take part in an activity with prayer partner. There will be a school wide Mass at 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 4 and the students can dress up for school that day. St. Ambrose Academy will conclude Catholic Schools Week with a movie day. Students will be able to watch a movie in their classroom.

Students at Holy Cross School, Rochester, will be collecting canned good for local food pantries all week. They will kick off Catholic Schools Week with a decade dress down day on Monday Feb. 1. They will also participate in activity involving that decade. Students will write letters to their parents thanking them for sending them to Holy Cross School on Feb. 2. On Feb. 3, Holy Cross will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with their own prayer service in church. They will also be making valentines for veterans and the residents at Shorewinds Nursing Home. Students will dress as super heroes on Feb. 4 and will build a structure or pyramid with the canned goods they have collected. Prizes will be awarded for highest structure, most cans and the most creative. Holy Cross will conclude Catholic Schools Week Feb. 5 with a spirit dress down day. “Paper Plate” awards will be handed out within the classrooms and the winners for the canned food structure/pyramid will be announced.

Students at St. Kateri School, Irondequoit, will start Catholic Schools Week with a prayer service led by the fifth-grade students on Feb. 1. Students can wear mismatched crazy clothes to school that day and will also be making Valentine’s Day cards for Elder One and the House of Mercy. “It’s Raining Tacos” at St. Kateri on Feb. 2, where there will be singing, dancing, creating and more. In the evening from 4-8 p.m., there will be a fundraiser for St. Kateri School at Bill Gray’s Seabreeze. It’s St. Kateri Spirit Day on Feb. 3 where students are encouraged to wear their spirit shirt and dress in their class colors. Students will receive a special cross cookie purchased by their families and will receive a love note or a picture from them as well. Students will dress up as essential workers and write thank you letters to them on Feb. 4. There will also be a “St. Kateri Loves Essential Workers” sign outside the school. On Feb. 5, it’s Soup-er Bowl day and the students will wear their team colors to school and participate in dance party. Students at St. Kateri will conclude with a Winter Wonderland Window Walk around the school building on Feb. 6. Students will create a scene at the windows in their classrooms and families can take a walk around the school building throughout the day to view the classroom creations by peeking in the windows. There will also be a St. Kateri School student designed Cafe Drink at the Barnes and Noble Towne Center in Webster from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The school will also be collecting a different food item each day during Catholic Schools Week to be donated to local food pantries.

All week, students at St. Lawrence School, Greece, will participate in a “Souperbowl Drive” by collecting canned food for the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf. St. Lawrence School will kick off Catholic Schools Week with Crazy Hair and Mismatch Day Feb. 1. Small gifts and cards made by the students will delivered to the bus drivers at the end of the school day on Feb. 2 to thank them for all that they do for the school. It is St. Lawrence School Spirit Day on Feb. 3. A fire truck from the North Greece Fire Department will be coming to the school and the students will be making cards and posters for the local first responders to honor and thank them for everything they do to keep the community safe. Students will participate in a Day of Service on Feb. 4 and will be making Valentines cards to be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse. St. Lawrence School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with a Sports Celebration Day Feb. 5. Students can wear jeans and their favorite sports jersey and all classes will participate in mini golf in the gymnasium during their assigned time.

St. Joseph School, Penfield, is celebrating Catholic Schools Week all week by giving back to the community with a food drive to benefit the Penfield Ecumenical Food Cupboard. On Monday, Feb. 1, the students are invited to wear mismatched clothes to school. Students will also send Valentine’s cards to area nursing homes, focus on doing random acts of kindess and read stories about kindess, gratitude and caring for others. Students will show their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue clothes to school on Feb. 2. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, students can wear their pajamas to school. It’s School Spirit Day on Feb. 4. Prizes will be given in each class for the students with the most school spirit. St. Joseph School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with Super Bowl Fun Day. Students can wear their favorite sports team jersey, t-shirt or colors, and students will also receive an ice cream treat.

St. Rita School, Webster, will begin Catholic Schools Week on Monday, Feb. 1, by dressing in their spirit wear and will participate in a classroom activity called “Why we love St. Rita School. On Feb. 2, the students are encouraged to wear their comfy clothes — sweatpants, sweatshirts and slippers (no pajamas). The students are asked to bring a flashlight to school to read in their own personal fort. It’s Wacky Day on Feb. 3 where students can wear their wackiest outfit to school. There will also be movies shown in each classroom. St. Rita School will have a Mass for Catholic Schools Week on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. The Mass will be streamed online. The students will also participate in a buddy class activity. St. Rita School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with SOUP-ER Day where the students can wear their team-inspired clothing and bring in a can of soup for local food pantry. There will also be a surprise activity.

Southern Tier

All Saints Academy, Corning, will start Catholic Schools Weekon Monday Feb. 1 with a dress down day celebrating school spirit. On Tuesday Feb. 2, students will wear crazy hats to school. Students will receive a treat at lunch on Wednesday Feb. 3 and will their classroom color for the day. On Thursday Feb. 4, the students may dress like their buddy or buddies. The junior high students will read a story via Zoom to the elementary classes. All Saints will conclude Catholic Schools Week by dressing in their favorite jersey or favorite sports shirt. All week, students will be bringing in items for the local food bank. When a student brings in their items, they will put them their item under the Super Bowl team sign for the team they wish to win the Super Bowl. The team with the most items under their sign will be All Saint’s winner of the Super Bowl. Also during the week, students will be making prayers cards that will be placed in the church for parishioners to take home with them.

Students at St. Agnes School, Avon, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with some magic from Magic Marlin on Monday, Feb. 1. On Tuesday Feb. 2, students will dress in red and blue, the school’s colors. Wednesday Feb. 3 is Wake Up with Jesus so students will start the day in comfort with Jesus. For Celebrating God’s Promise on Thursday, Feb. 4, students will wear as many colors of the rainbow as possible as a reminder of God’s promise to them. St. Agnes School students will conclude Catholic Schools Week by spending the day off-campus with their families as Friday Feb. 5 is there is no school due to a conference day.

Holy Family School, Elmira, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with an explosion of color as students will wear their favorite color to school on Monday Feb. 1. The students will also be writing letters to the people who make it possible for them to attend Holy Family School and will be decorating their handprints to create a flower that represents how special Holy Family is. On Feb. 2, the students will wear blue, gold or spirit wear to celebrate Holy Family. The third-grade students will also be doing their Saints Museum. Students will be doing an animal activity on Feb. 2 and will bring in items to donate to the Chemung County SPCA. On Feb. 3, it’s career day and the students will participate in different activities such as a read-a-thon, building forts and “trying” out different careers. Students will also be making cards for essential workers to thank them for keeping the community safe. Holy Family School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with Game Day Feb. 5. Students will wear their favorite sports team attire and play games in the classroom such as Cookie Face Race. Students will also get to celebrate the end of Catholic Schools Week with ice cream sundaes. Other activities for the day include getting to vote for who they think will win the Super Bowl with the third-grade students tallying the winner and sixth-grade students create a paper-mache Earth.

Since Monday, Feb. 1, is a day off for students at St. Mary Our Mother School, Horseheads, the school will start celebrating Catholic Schools Week on Tuesday Feb. 2 with a birthday-in-a-bag service learning project. Students each donate either a cake mix or a container of frosting. The school then put together 62 birthday bags – one for every year that St. Mary Our Mother School has existed. The bags, which contain a birthday cake mix, frosting, balloons, candles and handmade birthday cards from the students will be donated to the Horseheads Food Pantry. On Feb. 3, students will make a type of Rosary. The pre-kindergartners will make a Fruit Loop Rosary; kindergarten and first-grade students will make a sticker Rosary, second-and third-grade students will make Rosary posters; fourth- and fifth-grade students will make Rosary kits and the sixth-grade students will make giant Rosaries. On Feb. 4, students will make thank you cards and finish heart magnets for their parents. St. Mary Our Mother School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with a design-a-mask project and the first-grade students will participate in a nose-warmer fashion show. All week, students will be donating canned goods for the Horseheads Food Pantry.

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