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Immaculate Conception celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – Immaculate Conception School will celebrate Catholic Schools Week beginning Saturday and continuing through Jan. 31. 

Catholic Schools Week is held each year during the last week of January. Its purpose is to emphasize the uniqueness of Catholic schools. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools – Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

The events of the week will begin with an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. School and parish families, as well as nonparishioners wishing to learn more about the school, are invited. Student work from all grades and in all academic areas will be on display.  

Monday of Catholic Schools Week will begin with a prayer service in the Dr. Connor Gym led by the kindergarten class. Monday is designated as spirit day. Students will dress in the school colors, blue and gold. There will be a pep rally at 2 p.m. in the gym, as well. The student council will hold a three-on-three basketball tournament after school at 3 p.m.  

Parents are invited to join their children at school Tuesday. They may begin their visit by participating in a prayer service led by the preschool students in the Dr. Connor Gym at 8:05 a.m. The prayer service will be followed by visits to the classrooms until 9:50 a.m.

On Wednesday, student council members will host a breakfast for staff members. Parents of four-year-old preschool students are invited to visit their child’s class from 7:55 to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday also is designated as “We Care Wednesday.” Students are asked to help with the good works of We Care of Grundy County by contributing to the Souper Bowl of Caring. Students will have the opportunity to take part in several educational games from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., as well.

On Thursday, there also will be a teacher appreciation lunch sponsored by the I.C.S. Parents Club. Several reading stations will be set up for story times between 2 and 2:30 p.m.

The highlight of the week is the school Mass on Friday at 8:15 a.m. I.C.S. parents are invited to participate at Mass with the students and teachers. There also will be a Family Night on Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Families are invited for an evening of bingo, prizes and entertainment. There is no charge for participating in Family Night. The student council is raffling a motor scooter and the drawing will be at 8 p.m. that evening. Family Night of Catholic Schools Week is always very well attended. Last year, more than 200 people participated in Family Night.

I.C.S. is a caring community that emphasizes the importance of faith and family. I.C.S. holds its students to the highest standards in mind, body and soul.

The curriculum is designed to challenge students to seek excellence in every phase of their lives. The school emphasizes the importance of giving a lifetime of service to others.

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