Catholic Schools Week
Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2024 is January 28 – February 3.
From dress-down days and our daily book fair to our annual Priest on a Roof fundraiser and opportunities for parents/loved ones to participate in the fun, below is our schedule/themes for each day to help ensure you know what’s coming up.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Celebrating Our Parish
Our students will be participating in. the 9am and 1pm Masses at St. John. All families are encouraged to join us. We ask our Eagles to wear their school uniforms.
Our weeklong book fair also kicks off in our school library. You’ll have a chance to check out some great books.
Monday, January 30, 2023
Box of Cereal Domino
We’ll line our hallways with cereal boxes and knock them down like dominoes. The cereal will then be donated to local food panties. We ask that all students please bring in at least one box of cereal to their homeroom teacher to use in this activity.
Weeklong activity: The Case of the Missing Pearl
The focus of the week in STEM class will be luminescence, where students will create projects that glow in the dark, focusing on the theme Under the Sea. As part of the hands-on activities, students will have to solve the Case of the Missing Pearl. Teachers and faculty will be ‘suspects’ and clues will be given during the Eagles Eye morning announcements. The class that solves the mystery will receive a pizza party. You will be able to follow along with the fun on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Join us to see nationally renowned Catholic radio and TV host Dr. Ray Guarendi speak right here at St. John. It’s free and you don’t need to register. Just show up!
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Dress Down Day and Special Treat
Students can dress in spirit wear or school colors, while still following the proper dress code as laid out in the St. John Catholic School handbook. Our Eagles will also get to enjoy a special treat.
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Parents and loved ones of 7th graders are invited to check out our European Expo in the Portico that our students worked so hard to create.
Seeing the Seas Exhibit
1pm – 2:30pm
Parents are invited to come see our Seeing the Seas Exhibit that our Eagles created. You don’t want to miss this glow in the dark exhibit, which is great example one of the creative STEM activities we do at SJS.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Dress Down Day
Students can dress in patriotic colors (red, white and blue), while still following the proper dress code as laid out in the St. John Catholic School handbook.
Flag Raising Ceremony and KOC Donation
Front of School
We will join our Knights of Columbus Brothers in a flag raising ceremony to begin the day. We will also be presenting the KOC with a special gift as a thank you for all they’ve done and continue to do for SJS. We ask that students please bring in at least $1 to their homeroom teacher to donate to this gift.
3rd Grade Wax Museum
1:00pm – 2:45pm
Families of 3rd graders are invited to check out our wax museum, where our 3rd grade Eagles will dress up and educate us on important people in history.
Thursday, February 2, 2023
This year’s theme for our annual Priest on a Roof fundraiser is Under the Sea, where we are raising money to save Fr. Mark from the sharks!
Donations can be dropped off on Thursday, Feb. 2 in person throughout the day at the school or given online at sjwestschool.org (a link will be on the homepage). Fr. Mark can’t get off the roof until we reach our goal of $20,000.
All proceeds will go to benefit the school.
Friday, February 3, 2023
Staff and Volunteers
Tune in live on parish Facebook page
Living Rosary with students
After School Mass
Sisters from our local chapter of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara will be visiting SJS to talk with our students.
If you have any questions about our Catholic Schools Week activities, please contact Melissa Beaghan at email@example.com or call 410-848-7455, ext. 222.