There are never enough opportunities in life to truly celebrate. Later this month, students at Holy Family School and Catholic students around the nation will have an opportunity to celebrate Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, with the national theme “United in Faith and Community.” Lisa Otte, Holy Family School Principal, looks forward to setting aside the time to celebrate something so dear to her heart — Catholic education.
“The national theme for Catholic Schools Week, ‘United in Faith and Community,’ highlights our focus on faith development, academic excellence, and dedication to community service,” Ms. Otte says.
Holy Family School also has its own theme for the week — Holy Family School is “ARTrageous” about Catholic Schools Week!
Now in her second year as principal, Ms. Otte is excited about all the week’s fun events.
“I love that we can incorporate faith and pray together as part of our school day,” she says. “Our faith is part of everything we do. Students and staff start their day with a prayer, incorporate prayer throughout the day, and at least once a month, we pray a school-wide Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet. Parents and guardians are amazing and are very involved in their children’s education, which is vital to their student success.”
On Monday, the school will celebrate Faith and Spirit by praying together as a school and dressing in spirit wear. Families are divided between Tuesday and Thursday, celebrating Parent’s Day with Mass followed by treats and Bingo. The students not celebrating Parent’s Day will celebrate the community. Each grade will collect items and money for various community organizations.
On Wednesday, author David LaRochelle will visit and have a fun time with the students, walking them through writing a book and presenting stories and live drawings. The students will start a creative project. On Friday, the school will celebrate the staff.
Ms. Otte says a highlight for the week is the students having the chance to celebrate with their parents and show off their work and projects.
We asked a few students what they most enjoy about Catholic Schools Week.
“I like when our parents come for activities,” says Chris.
“I like it when it is pajama day, and we get to wear slippers in the classroom, too,” says Lucy.
“I love that we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary as a school,” says Raya.
Ms. Otte is thankful to have a week each year to celebrate Catholic education. Her favorite part of the week is the school-wide prayer. The theme of “United in Faith and Community” is what Catholic schools nationwide try to achieve.
“Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples, and enriched citizens in our communities, but educators are growing with them,” Ms. Otte says. “In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants, and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work.”
This celebration showcases all that is great about Catholic education and Holy Family School.
Celebrate along with Holy Family School, both during Catholic Schools Week and all year long. The Workathon, traditionally held in the fall, is being held all year. This is a time when students give back to the community. Support the work of the students at givebutter.com/2023workathon. If your community organization has a need, reach out to the school to see if it’s something they can help with.
“Another way to support our students is to show interest in them and their activities,” Ms. Otte says. “Be a positive role model.”