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. Michael Parish School is to our families, parish, and community.
“This year will be the 50th year that the nation will celebrate Catholic Schools Week,” says Principal Dana Lashley.
This week is special and filled with unique activities that showcase the great work being done at the school and express the appreciation that the students, faculty, and staff have for the generous support provided by the parish and school community.
“We go into Catholic Schools Week with full force,” Mrs. Lashley says. “We celebrate a different aspect of Catholic education each day with themed events and spirit dress days.”
The week kicks off with Sunday Mass on Jan. 28. The student body attends the Mass in their school uniforms and many of the students serve in a variety of ways. Some students are altar servers and readers, while others are ushers and greeters. After Mass, the students, their families, and the rest of the parish are welcome to the school open house, where student work is on display and the entire faculty and staff are present to meet with parents, prospective families, and parishioners.
“The energy starts to ramp up around the school as it gets closer to Catholic Schools Week,” Mrs. Lashley says. “Once we return to school from Christmas break, Catholic Schools Week is the buzz as older students tell new and younger students about all the exciting events that are going to happen during the week.
“The theme every Tuesday during Catholic Schools Week is Faith,” she adds. “It is our mission to help each student discover the gift that God has given them.”
On this day, the role of faith in our school community is highlighted by the sixth-grade saints project. Each sixth-grader researches a saint and dresses up as the saint of their study. Younger students have the opportunity to “meet the saint” and learn about each saint as the sixth-graders bring them to life with their costumes and knowledge of their life stories.
There is much that distinguishes St. Michael Parish School from other schools.
“Our students are proud and love to be Spartans,” Mrs. Lashley says. “Our motto is to be a ‘family of families.’ During Catholic Schools Week, we celebrate the students who are the key and reason for our mission and we express gratitude for the amazing support of our parish.
“We have grown by 100 new students this past year by adding second classes to the pre-K through sixth-grade levels,” Mrs. Lashley says.
This growth was made possible by the generosity of the parishioners and the support and leadership of our Pastor, Fr. Jim.
“This will be my first Catholic Schools Week as a principal and I suspect it to be an emotional week,” Mrs. Lashley says. “Being the principal of this school is a privilege. It is what I have always wanted. I can remember how Catholic education shaped me and what it was like to celebrate Catholic Schools Week as a student.”
All are welcome to join the festivities of Catholic Schools Week, specifically the Catholic Schools Week Mass and school open house. Parents stay tuned for the many opportunities you will have to celebrate with your student.