MORRIS – Immaculate Conception School will celebrate Catholic Schools Week beginning Jan. 27 and continuing through Feb. 2.
The events of the week will begin with an open house in the school from 6 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 and from 7 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
The school's teachers will participate at the 9 a.m. Mass and meet people in the school following the Mass. School and parish families, as well as non-parishioners wishing to learn more about the school, are invited to the open house.
Student work from all grades in all academic areas will be on display. Those attending will be pleased at the many building updates that have recently been completed as part of the school's capital campaign.
The school's annual appeal will take place in the form of a second collection at the weekend Masses. The income derived from the collection will be used to help the school meet its expenses during the current school year.
Contributions may also be delivered to the school office or sent through the mail. An envelope for the annual appeal is contained in the church envelope packet.
On Monday of Catholic Schools Week, the school will celebrate community. The day will begin with a prayer service at 8:05 a.m. in the Dr. Connor Gym led by the second grade.
Classes will collect items that will be sent to service men and women. They will also write letters of thanks to local police and fire fighters. Students will be given stickers to remind them to always do their best and to be kind to others.
The school community will celebrate students on Tuesday. Parents are invited to visit the school that day between 7:55 and 9:50 a.m. A prayer service at 8:05 a.m. will begin the events of the day.
The kindergarten class will lead the prayer. Students will write and share poems about their Catholic education at I.C.S. Students will receive a special food treat during the day.
On Wednesday the school community will celebrate the nation. Students will wear red,, white, and blue. Preschool parents are invited to visit on Wednesday morning. A pep rally celebrating the country and the school will take place in the Dr. Connor Gym at 12:45 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, students will be given a Catholic Schools Week logo to color and decorate.
"Celebrate vocations" is the theme for Thursday. Students will be asked to interview their parents and discover how their faith has influenced their careers. On Thursday, the Parents Club will host a lunch for staff members.
During the afternoon, students will participate in a Skype visit with Dusti Bowling, the author of "The Insignificant Life of a Cactus."
This is a book about a girl whose spirit enables her to successfully deal with her physical disabilities. I.C.S. students in second through eighth grades were each given a copy of the book and have spent time read and discussed it.
Friday is a day to celebrate school staff. The day begins with the most important part of the week, the school Mass. This will take place at 8:15 a.m. Following the Mass, Student Council members have a special surprise treat for staff members.
There will be a Family Night on Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Families are invited to an evening of Bingo, prizes, and entertainment. There is no charge for participating in family night and families are welcome to bring guests.
Catholic Schools Week is held each year in late January and early February.It's purpose is to celebrate the uniqueness of Catholic schools. This year's theme is “Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed”.
I.C.S. holds the highest standards in mind, body, and soul. The curriculum is designed to challenge students to seek excellence in every phase of their lives. Students are provided with opportunities to be leaders who give a lifetime of loving service to others I.C.S. is a caring community that emphasizes faith and family.