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Catholic Schools Week

What is Catholic Schools Week?
Since 1974, Catholic Schools Week has been the annual celebration of Catholic Education in the United States. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2022 is “Faith. Excellence. Service.” Catholic Schools Week 2022 is January 30 - February 4. Find a run-down of events and activities by day below. 

All Week

Crusader Coat Drive

Help us bless our friends at The Most Blessed Trinity Soup Kitchen and keep them warm this winter. We will be collecting new and used coats, hats, and mittens/gloves for adults and children. We will also be collecting sweatshirts, warm vests, and new socks for adults. 
Crusader Coat Drive Flyer

Door Decorating Contest  - Online Voting

Homeroom classes at both the UGC and the PGC will be decorating the doors to a theme chosen from the SOSM Motto: To Learn. To Serve. To Lead. Click here to vote. The overall best door at each campus will win a Golden Crusader for their classroom (as well as bragging rights!). We will also name the top in each category (Learn, Serve, and Lead) at each campus. See pictures of all the doors on Facebook! 


Sunday, January 31 - Celebrating our Parish

Catholic schools have a specific purpose of forming students to be good citizens of the world, love God and neighbor, and enrich society with the leaven of the gospel and by the example of faith. Please join us at the Church of St. Mary for Mass:
  • 5:00 p.m. Saturday
  • 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12 noon Sunday

SOSM students should come in uniform. Volunteer greeters are needed. Sign up here.

Other events happening today: 

Virtual Open House - Catholic Schools Week 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week and learn more about the School of St. Mary and the programs we offer. 
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Overall School presentation 
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Early Childhood (Preschool and Kindergarten)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Virtual Building Tours and Q&A
To join in a virtual information session, please use this link.

Monday, February 1 - Celebrating our Community

Today we celebrate the community that is and surrounds the School of St. Mary! We are so grateful for all the community helpers who make Lake Forest a great place to grow and learn!
Spirit Week (both campuses) USA Day - Dress in Red, White, & Blue
*Stars & stripes, or solid colors, no political shirts allowed.

Primary Grade Center:

Virtual Storytimes with Community Helpers (throughout the day)
Local Community Helpers will be joining students at our Primary Grade Center virtually to share a story and a little about what they do. Thank you to our volunteers: 
  • Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Forlenza & K9 Dax
  • Dr. Alicia Idler
  • Lake Forest Fire Division Chief Mike Gallo
  • Mrs. Sarah Rouse, 4th Grade Teacher at SOSM
  • Dr. Anne Reichel, Author
  • Mr. Michael Thomas, Lake Forest Public Works

Upper Grade Center:

Spelling Bee - 2:30 
The top spellers from each grade will battle it out to be the top Speller of SOSM. Parents  - watch the weekly schedule email for a Zoom link to watch. 

Tuesday, February 2 - Celebrating our Students

Our students are one of the best parts of SOSM! Today we celebrate them and all they learn and accomplish. The Parents Association will be providing each student with a surprise gift (both campuses).


Primary Grade Center

Spirit Week - Jersey Day! 
Wear your favorite team's jersey! You can choose any team, professional, local, or SOSM!

10:30 a.m. Second Grade Saint Presentations
Second-grade students will be presenting their personal narratives about acting like a saint and presenting a doll that they are creating representing themselves. Parents will be invited to join via Zoom. 

Upper Grade Center

Spirit Week - College/High School Sweatshirt Day
Wear your favorite college or high school Sweatshirt with your uniform today! 
9:05 a.m. School Mass at Church of St. Mary
Hosting Mass is one of the ways our students grow into their roles as servant leaders. Mr. Dyer's 6th-grade class is hosting this week's Mass. Parents planning to attend are asked to please RSVP in advance due to social distancing requirements and space constraints. 
2:30 p.m. Geography Bee
The top students from each Social Studies class will compete against each other for the top spot. Parents - watch the weekly schedule for a Zoom link to watch. 

Wednesday, February 2 - Celebrating our Parents

SOSM is grateful for the parents who entrust us with their children; today, we celebrate and thank you! Thank you for choosing SOSM! Thank you for supporting our school, volunteering in our classrooms, coaching our teams, and helping our teachers. We couldn't do it without you!
Both Campuses:
Dine & Share at Rosati's Lake Forest
Let us make dinner easy - no dishes needed! Dine at or take out from Rosati's Pizza (630 N. Western Ave.) between 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. and tell them you are with the School of St. Mary. They will donate 10% of your sale to the Crusader Fund! 

Primary Grade Center

Spirit Week - College/High School Sweatshirt Day
Wear your favorite college or high school sweatshirt with your uniform today! 
9:05 a.m. Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Mass 
School Mass at St. Partick's. 
Special Highlight: Art Class! 
Check out the Art Process at the PGC with students from 2nd-grade:

Upper Grade Center

Spirit Week - Jersey Day!
Wear your favorite team's jersey! You can choose any team, professional, local, or SOSM!
2:30 p.m. Religion Bee
The top students from each class will compete against each other for the top spot! Parents - watch the weekly schedule for a Zoom link to watch.

Thursday, February 3 - Celebrating Vocations

By focusing on faith, knowledge, and service, Catholic schools prepare children to use their God-given talents to the fullest later in life. Today offers an opportunity for students to explore the many life paths that enable them to use their talents well in the service of God and others.
Spirit Week (both campuses) Homeroom Wars!
Which class has the most spirit? Each homeroom will decide what they want to wear today. The winner is the class with the most participation! 

Primary Grade Center

9:30 a.m.3rd Grade Biographies (morning session)
Third-grade students will be presenting their research as they tell you about a famous person's life in character. Parents are invited to watch via Zoom. A second session will be held on Friday afternoon. 
2:00 p.m. Mrs. Kalinowski's Art Gallery (video)
2:00 p.m. My Planet with Ms. Mitchell's Class (video)
2:30 p.m. My Planet with Ms. Agostinelli's Class (video)

Upper Grade Center

1:50 p.m. Career Day
Community members from various backgrounds will be visiting with students to talk about their careers. Three sessions will be held starting at 1:50 p.m. Religion classes will have speakers from different vocations.

Friday, February 4 - Celebrating our Faculty and Staff

Teachers are the backbone of our school, and today we celebrate them as well as administrators and staff who support teachers in their important work!
Both Campuses:
Please bring in a flower for your child's teacher today to create a bouquet representing their class.
Spirit Week - Crusader Wear!

Primary Grade Center

9:30 a.m. Group Time with Mrs. Cummings (parents to join via Zoom)
10:00 a.m. Mrs. Ubl's Class (parents to join via Zoom)
12:45 p.m. Arco Iris (Spanish Class) with First Grade
NA Arco Iris
1:00 p.m. 3rd Grade Biographies
Third-grade students will be presenting their research as they tell you about a famous person's life in character. Parents are invited to watch via Zoom. 
2:00 p.m. Kindergarten Nursery Rhymes (pre-recorded video)


Upper Grade Center

5th Grade Constitution Musical
A playlet created by Mr. Manges and performed by the 5th graders on the writing of the constitution. Parents are invited to join via Zoom; a link will be in the weekly email. 

Catholic Schools Week 2022

January 30 - February 4

Celebrating our...

Sunday: Parish
Monday: Community
Tuesday: Students
Wednesday: Parents
Thursday: Vocations
Friday: Faculty & Staff