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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. Check back on Monday, January 30, for a link to voting. 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. 

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 neighbors, 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 things 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 that make Lake Forest such a great place to grow and learn!


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 & Dax
  • Dr. Alicia Idler
  • Lake Forest Fire Division Chief Mike Gallo
If you want to volunteer, please contact Melissa Haak

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

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

Upper Grade Center

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. This week's Mass is being hosted by Mr. Dyer's 6th-grade class.
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. 

Catholic Schools Week 2022

January 30 - February 4

Celebrating our...

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