Catholic Schools Week is just around the corner! The week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 will be devoted to appreciating the blessings of Catholic education and the gift that St. Peter School is to our families, parish, and community.
For Principal Cindy Venvertloh, the week is about celebrating what makes St. Peter School special.
“It is an opportunity to demonstrate what we have to offer,” Mrs. Venvertloh says. “We celebrate this week with our school families and broader parish community. It is an exciting and busy week that our students look forward to each year.”
Many special events and activities are meticulously planned by the Catholic Schools Week Committee — all of which are designed to foster school spirit, unite our school families, and showcase the best of the school.
“We begin with our pancake and sausage breakfast after the Catholic Schools Week Sunday Mass,” Mrs. Venvertloh says. “At Mass, our students serve and read, and afterward families come together for a fun breakfast.”
The students always enjoy the celebratory atmosphere and events of the week that include spirit dress days and field trips. A Catholic Schools Week tradition is the annual “SouperBowl of Caring Campaign,” where each homeroom is asked to collect canned food donations that are used to feed those in our community who are in need.
“The SouperBowl is very competitive and the students go all out to help their homeroom class win the most donations reward,” Mrs. Venvertloh says.
Other Catholic Schools Week activities include a talent show, game show day, the living Rosary, and open house day on Wednesday.
“Wednesday is always a special day during Catholic Schools Week when parents are invited to celebrate the Eucharist with us during our school Mass,” Mrs. Venvertloh says.
And, as Mrs. Venvertloh notes, the week is also an important time of reflection.
“Our greatest strength as a school community is our faith and prayer,” she says. “At our school, we get to celebrate and proclaim our faith. It can be easy for us to take this for granted sometimes, but Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to once again be grateful for the gift of faith within our school.”
The faculty and staff also look forward to this week because it provides them the opportunity to celebrate the hard work that they have put into the school. It is also a time for parents to reflect on what St. Peter School offers to their families.
Overall Catholic Schools Week is a time to unite in faith and community. It is a celebration and joyous reflection on how God can use a school to strengthen the faith of His children, create strong community bonds, and help parents educate their children.
With so many special occasions planned during this week, it is a great opportunity for parents and parishioners to get involved.
“I am spoiled by my parents and parish community,” Mrs. Venvertloh says. “Catholic Schools Week is a time for us to recognize their support as well.”
All are encouraged to join this year’s celebration! A simple way to get involved is by going to the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Saturday, Jan. 27, or Sunday, Jan. 28, and praying for the school, its students, and staff.