Catholic Schools Week is just around the corner. The week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 will be devoted to appreciating the gift that St. Francis Solanus Catholic School is to our families, parish, and community.
School Principal Julie Radel always looks forward to this fun-filled week.
“Catholic Schools Week is celebrated throughout the nation,” Mrs. Radel says. “The week is meant to emphasize and celebrate what sets us apart from other schools, specifically highlighting the way we integrate our faith.”
“I see the week as a great opportunity to strengthen the relationships within our school community,” she adds.
The community that exists within a Catholic school is truly special and unique. It is one centered on God, led by the Church, and fosters deep and impactful bonds among students, teachers, parents, and the broader Quincy community.
“A lot happens during Catholic Schools Week,” Mrs. Radel says. “There are themes for each day, students have different spirit dress days, and we do many fun activities.”
The week kicks off with Sunday Mass. The altar servers and lectors are all students and the Mass is typically followed by a parish celebration. Last year, it was the Eighth-Grade Pancake Breakfast.
“Catholic Schools Week is one of the students’ and staff’s favorite weeks of the year,” Mrs. Radel says. “It is truly a joyous week.”
This week is a great time for parents to show their appreciation for the hard work and sacrifices that the teachers and staff make for their children throughout the year. Small acts of gratitude like writing a kind letter or email to your student’s teacher are cherished.
Mrs. Radel believes that it is important to engage in the local community as much as possible during this week to build a supportive relationship with community leaders and businesses. There are many field trips and events planned during this week.
“Students get to go out into the community and represent our school as they wear our school spirit shirt,” Mrs. Radel says. “We have bowling trips for the middle school grades, the elementary school grades go to the movie theater, and we do community service like making Valentine’s Day cards for the residents of the veterans’ home.
“Last year, we had the special opportunity for the Children’s Museum to set up a satellite exhibit in the parish basement for our students to enjoy an interactive learning experience,” she adds.
Catholic Schools Week is a time of 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. And with so many special occasions planned during this week, it is a great opportunity for parents and parishioners to get involved.
“We receive tremendous support from our community,” Mrs. Radel says. “We know that great sacrifice is needed for our school to be successful.”
All are encouraged to join this year’s celebration! A simple way to get involved is by attending the Catholic Schools Week Sunday Mass on Jan. 28 and praying for our school, students, and staff.