Catholic Schools Week

January 29 - February 5, 2016

The HOOT and Catholic Schools Week (CSW) 2016!

CSW is coming January 30th - February 6th! The week is going to be filled with a lot of excitement and fun to celebrate our Catholic school community. There are several things being planned for CSW and below is an overview:


BEGINNING NOW: Penny Blitz

One former tradition the committee wanted to keep in tact was the Penny Blitz. Don't worry - it does not need to be (nor do you want) all pennies!!! However, we are going to have a few changes to this process based on the campuses.

In general, this is a way to encourage kids to earn funds (through chores at home, etc) and then in a spirited way, donate the money to various charities. Per Fr. Gary's approval, we will be donating money to a few various organizations that we have established a connection with this year as Holy Trinity Catholic School:

  • Crisis Connection (supports us with safe environment training)
  • Dubois County Habitat for Humanity (Builder's Club connection)
  • Dubois County Humane Society (8th grade class)
  • Dupity, Haiti - in particular the sponsorship of 2 students to attend school in Dupity
At our West and Central Campus, due to the age of our students, we will simply begin a collection in each classroom and "blitz" one large container by the office each day, in an effort to reach our goal of a set $ amount. At the end of the week, if the campus meets the goal, then we will have an athletic wear/sweats day for the entire campus.

At our East Campus, we will do a true blitz. This means that all $ collected prior to January 29th would be your starting balance. On the days we blitz, students would bring in money to put into empty jars for classrooms, which then gets subtracted off your total. At the end of the week, we see which classroom has the highest total and they win the Penny Blitz bragging rights and a sweats day! This is just a quick overview...please ask teachers who participated in this before for more details! I will also attach the cheat sheet form to the email.


Friday, January 29th - Crazy Saint Spirit Day

We are kicking off the week with all out crazy purple, gold, and white spirit and a pep session in the afternoon


Saturday, January 30th - The HOOT!

It's not too late if you want to have a hoot at The HOOT! We still have a few tickets available at the Central Campus School Office, which can be purchased during school hours.

You will also want to share with the kids The HOOT Auction PRE-SALE Items, which are in the Purple Folders! These are fun experiences that the kids really look forward to.


Monday, February 1st - Celebrating the Community of Holy Trinity Catholic School

Students and staff will be receiving a new spirit shirt to be worn today to show unity as one school community, regardless of campus! We also want to celebrate the unity we have with our school parents and are starting our day off with Pancakes with Parents. We continue to celebrate our school community in faith as we have All School Mass at 9:00am at Central Campus, all are welcome to join us following breakfast!

*Please see Purple Folder for more information on Pancakes with Parents, as well as the note from Mr. Lemen regarding transportation that morning.


Tuesday, February 2nd - Celebrating our Students!

What better way to have a little fun with our students than to have a pj day! We will also be working on a Prayer Wall at each campus that brings all of our students prayer requests to center focus.


Wednesday, February 3rd - Celebrating our Nation!

Wear red, white, and blue to celebrate being a part of our nation! The 8th grade class, as the highest grade in the school, will be attending the CSW Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral with Bishop Thompson, whom I am certain will ask them how they can practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy to help those in need in our nation and beyond. As part of the We continue our celebrations into the evening with our Skate Party!


Thursday, February 4th - Celebrating Vocations!

What do priests, sisters, and many religious have in common? Why, they often wear black and white! So, search the closets, it is all things black and white today! We wrap up our week with the students at our Mardi Gras celebration this evening, which will take place at St. Joseph Parish Center, and features fun minute to win it games!


Friday, February 5th - Celebrating our Staff!

What better way to celebrate our staff than to have NO School for students! I encourage you to send a note to school staff members thanking them for all they do! This is an awesome group of individuals, from our maintenance and cafeteria staff, the administrative assistants, all teaching and support staff Professional Development Day for Staff

A Note from Mr. Lemen:

On Monday, February 1st, we will be having our Pancakes with Parents event to kick off Catholic Schools Week. This breakfast will take place in the cafeteria and gymnasium of Central Campus. All students who are normally dropped off by parents at East Campus are asked to be dropped off at Central Campus on this day. We are hopeful that all parents will stay for breakfast and the mass that is to follow, but understand that this event may not fit in to everyone's morning. Any students who typically ride the GJCS buses to 10th Street School can still do so, as our bus will pick them up and shuttle straight to Central Campus. All Central Campus routines will stay the same.


In an effort to keep the flow of the parking lot as safe and efficient as possible, parents are asked to enter Central Campus through the drive behind the school, off of Lechner Lane. If parents do not wish to have breakfast, they may follow the normal car line (attached) and exit back onto Lechner Lane. Those parents who wish to stay for breakfast may park in any of the parking spaces available in the main and upper parking lots.


Parents and students will be walking through the parking lot to enter the school, so please be mindful as you travel through.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.