Catholic Schools Week at St. Mary's

St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School

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What is Catholic Schools Week?

Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States that has been celebrated since 1974. The week starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2022 is January 30 – February 5. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2022 is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

St. Mary's Catholic Schools Week Plans


St. Mary’s Catholic Schools Week 2022

I Spy… Never Stop Searching for Christ in Your Life!


Sunday: I Spy our Parishes

· St. Mary’s students act as greeters at weekend Masses, distribute thank you cards to parishioners for their support and prayers

· St. Mary’s faculty and staff speak at weekend Masses

· Faith Event: Attending Mass with our family


Monday: I Spy our Community

· Dress Theme: Wear your favorite Missouri sports team clothing with jeans-professional, college, or JACS! **

· Faith Event: Rosary after Choir practice

· Pastries with Parents in the Cafeteria from 7:30-8:00 a.m. Home and School organizes with St. Mary’s faculty and staff serving.

· Classrooms help prepare Valentine sacks for children to be taken to Children’s Haven and Lafayette House

· Class Buddies-each class will spend time playing games or reading with an assigned buddy class.


Tuesday: I Spy our Vocations

· Dress Theme: Uniform Dress

· Faith Event: All School Mass at St. Mary’s with Bishop Rice, 1:00 p.m. Parents may sign students out after Mass, but must pick up from the school office. Normal school dismissal at 3:10 p.m.

· Classroom visits with Joplin-area religious with open invitation to enjoy lunch with the students

· Students will write thank you letters in class to religious and present them during their school visit.


Wednesday: I Spy our Nation and Volunteers

· Dress Theme: Patriotic red, white, and blue with jeans**

· Faith Event: End of Day Prayers and Songs at the St. Mary’s flagpole for students, parents, and faculty and staff starting at 2:15 p.m. (will be held in the cafeteria if weather dictates)

· Student-made Valentines will be sent to the NW Arkansas VA Hospital and the Joplin-area VA Center.

· Volunteer Luncheon in the Parish Hall: faculty and staff will host a chili bar with assorted sides and desserts for school and community volunteers


Thursday: I Spy our Faculty and Staff

· Dress Theme: Crazy Hat Day (and Free Dress Day) because our faculty and staff wear many hats to serve our students

· Faith Event: Adoration for grades Kindergarten-5th Grades (specific schedule for the day will be given to teachers)

· Home and School’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch with one hour lunchtime so teachers may all share lunch together.

· School-wide Rock, Paper, Scissors Contest, 2:00 p.m. in cafeteria


Friday: I Spy our Students

· Dress Theme: Comfy Clothing Day (pjs, sweats, etc.)

· Faith Event: Divine Mercy Chaplet, 9:00 a.m.

· St. Mary’s Spelling Bee, 10:00 a.m. in Commons

· School-wide St. Mary’s I Spy Game during the school day

· Afternoon movies in each classroom with snacks


Saturday: I Spy our Families

· Plan something special to do as a family centered around faithful service (make a card for a family member, bake cookies or write sidewalk chalk messages for neighbors, help a parent and/or sibling with a task).

· Digital I Spy package for families to enjoy with family prayer, game, and recipes (will be emailed to all St. Mary's families on Friday to enjoy during the weekend)


**Themed days with jeans (Monday and Wednesday) are NOT Free Dress Days. Participating students should wear the daily theme with jeans or uniform bottom, no leggings or sweat pants on these days. Students who choose not to participate in the themed days should wear uniform clothing to school.

I Spy with my little eyes all the people who make our Catholic school so special!

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