NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY JOPLIN AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS (CORRECTED VERSION)
This week we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week with the theme “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”. Various activities are planned every day throughout the week at all three of our schools. They are as follows:
Sunday, January 26th-St Mary’s students may wear their school uniforms at the weekend Masses at Sacred Heart, St. Mary, and St. Peter Parishes. The students of JACS will also speak at all weekend Masses at all three churches.
Monday, January 27th -St. Mary’s students have “Get Up and Move Day” by wearing athletic clothing with songs being played hourly for students to dance/move. Both St. Peter’s Middle School and McAuley Catholic High School will celebrate vocations with vocation themed activities during religion classes. St. Peter’s Middle School will hold a bake sale during lunch to benefit the Humane Society. All St. Peter’s students are invited to make Valentine’s for Veterans from 3:30-4:30. The 6th grade students will be making and delivering letters and cards of appreciation for our local fire, police and ambulance personnel.
Tuesday, January 28th-The bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop James V. Johnston, will be present to concelebrate an all schools Mass with area priests at 2pm in the McAuley Gymnasium. Students and faculty from St. Ann’s Grade School in Carthage will also be in attendance to celebrate this Mass with us. St. Mary’s students will be writing letters of thanks to the religious leaders and teachers who serve our school system. St. Peter’s Bake Sale continues during lunch.
Wednesday, January 29th-St. Mary’s students and parents will participate in “Pastries with Parents” from 7:15 to 8:00am in the McAuley Multipurpose Room (MPR). St. Peter’s will have Student Appreciation Day with students dressing down and wearing “Hats on for Cooper” for a monetary donation to be given to Cooper Volcelka’s family for a charity of their choice. Cooper was a former student at JACS who passed away last year due to brain cancer. St. Peter’s students will also cook dinner for Ronald McDonald House. McAuley teachers will be appreciated with lunch.
Thursday, January 30th -St. Mary’s students may wear patriotic attire and will make Valentine cards to be handed out at the Outreach House; fifth grade students will volunteer at Ronald McDonald House. St. Peter’s students will have a Parent/Grandparent Continental Breakfast in the McAuley MPR from 7:30-8:15am and student Catholic Schools Week art projects will be displayed in the hall. Fr. J will speak to the Religion classes. McAuley students will celebrate Student Appreciation Day with a talent show beginning at 2pm at McAuley.
Friday, January 31st-St. Mary’s students will watch their teachers compete in a “Family Feud” style game at 8:30am in the McAuley Gym. St. Peter’s teachers will be served lunch and the students will participate in a “Catholic Quiz Bowl” competition after lunch. The 7th grade students will host a baby shower for Life Choices. McAuley students and faculty will appreciate parents with lunch at 12:30pm in the McAuley MPR.
All week St. Peter’s students have a goal to earn 40 hours of combined service work to commemorate 40 years of Catholic Schools Week. The service work is listed above. Students, principals and faculty members will be available for interviews as time permits by checking in at school offices.
For more information about National Catholic Schools Week please follow the link:
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