Saint Anne's Celebrates Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools across the nation celebrated National Catholic Schools Week January 29 - February 5. This year's theme was "Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service." Children are taught faith- not just the basics of Christianity, but how to have a relationship with God; academics, which in Catholic schools are held to very high standards and help each child reach his or her potential; service, the giving of one's time and effort to help others, is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship.
This is a much anticipated week each year at Saint Anne's with a lineup of fun activities for the students. This year the week commenced with the annual Open House, after Sunday Mass, where everyone was invited to see the school. The school celebrated with fun activities that brought the students and teacher together during the week, such as the Brain Challenge assembly. Kindergarten through fourth grade participated in the first show at 8:30am. Children from in each grade were given the opportunity to answer questions, spell words with giant letters, hula hoop, and play simon sez. The kids had a ball. Children in grades 5 through 8 participated in the show at 9:45. The activities were the same, but the questions were much harder!
The rest of the week included Team Jersey Day, Colorful Sock & Tie Day, School Spirit Day (wear Saint Anne's colors of blue & white), the 7th & 8th Grade Science Fair. The school week ended with a student/faculty volleyball game, where the 6th-8th graders challenged their teachers.
Ending the week, was the 11:45 Sunday Mass, celebrated by Fr. Tom Harold, which brought together the entire St. Anne's community. Fr. Tom spoke about how the school is a ministry of the church and how the school could not flourish without the support of the entire parish.