Schools to celebrate Catholic Schools Week


Here is a roundup of activities for Catholic Schools Week provided by the various Catholic schools in the Diocese of Davenport.


Lourdes Catholic School

Sunday, Jan. 29


Opening liturgies at St. John Vianney at 9 a.m. and at Our Lady of Lourdes at 10:30 a.m.; chili social and cook-off and book fair in Lourdes school gym from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 30

Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher will present a mayoral proclamation and attend a flag ceremony at 9 a.m. at Lourdes. A buddy lunch will be held.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Students may wear jeans with spirit wear. A prayer buddy activity will be held. Several students will serve lunch at Café on Vine.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Dress is sports team attire. An eighth-grade vs. faculty/staff volleyball game will be held at Lourdes. A Future Lady Knights/Rising Knights assembly will be held in the afternoon.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Mass for grades 2-8 will be held at Assumption High School in Davenport. Kindergartners and first-graders will attend a prayer service in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. A skate night will be held.

Friday, Feb. 3

Attire for the day is comfy, cozy. Students may wear sweatpants, sweatshirts, warm-up pants, workout pants, lounge/pajama pants, robes, long-sleeve t-shirts, indoor boots, slippers or comfy socks. Third-graders will continue their service project for the Ronald McDonald House. Faculty and staff will be served lunch in the gathering space. Movie day will be held.


Notre Dame Catholic Schools

January 29-Feb. 3

SUNDAY:  Students read thank you notes at all Masses; doughnuts and coffee will follow Sunday Masses.

MONDAY: Students will wear a shirt with a community business logo and uniform pants. Students will make Notre Dame pencil toppers to give to area businesses. Juniors go to Bickford cottage in the afternoon to make valentines.

TUESDAY: Students will write letters or draw pictures for troops. Students will wear red, white and blue with jeans.

WEDNESDAY: Dress-up day for an all-school Mass with Father Thom Hennen, diocesan vocations director. Elementary students will sit with their high school buddies. Students will write thank-you notes to the religious.

THURSDAY: Seventh-grade goes to Hope Haven in the morning to make valentines. Juniors go to Sunnybrook in the afternoon to make valentines. Elementary students will write thank-yous to custodians and kitchen staff at the schools

FRIDAY: Spirit day — students may wear Notre Dame shirts with jeans. Movie and popcorn will be a special treat. Student auction will be held at day’s end.

Ongoing activities: Students will be asked in religion classes to make a monetary donation.  Money collected will be used to purchase script for Hospice House, St. Vincent de Paul, Homeless Shelter and for other groups. Donations also will be sought for the animal shelter.


Prince of Peace Catholic School

Sunday, Jan. 29

Bulletin insert: Week’s activities and testimonials. School promotion announcement at all Masses. Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. where students, teachers and staff will serve as Mass ministers. Students in K-7 will sing before Mass.

Monday, Jan. 30

Poster of Thanksgiving: Students will write on a poster the name of someone who has helped them receive a Catholic education. The poster will be displayed in the school hall.

Father Ken Kuntz, pastor, will visit kindergarten through fifth grades in the commons.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Appreciation of our students: Cinnamon rolls and beverage will be served from 7:30-8 a.m.

A religion quiz bowl for 6-12 grades will be held.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Students may wear jeans for $1 with a dress-code shirt. For an extra dollar, they may wear a red, non-dress code shirt. Money will go to the Red Cross. A Red Cross representative will give a presentation.

Adoration for grades 6-12 will be held during religion periods in Sacred Heart Chapel.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Lunch will be served in the teachers’ workroom for all staff.

A book fair is available to teachers from 3-4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3

Fr. Kuntz will lead a “teaching Mass” for students in grades 6-12. Students in K-5 will participate in Quest — activities of faith, family and friendship celebrated throughout the day. Parents, family and friends are invited to participate in the Quest finale in the school gym at 1:30 p.m. Book fair will be open to families from 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Speech large group will be held.

Sunday, Feb. 5

The Booster Club will host a breakfast and book fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon.


All Saints Catholic School

Sunday, Jan. 29:  Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church – 9 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 30: In Our Vocations — Fr. Hennen will speak with students on vocations.  Incredible Pizza will serve pizza to students in the afternoon.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: In Our Community — An author and illustrator will speak with students on the book “Francis and Leo.”  They are a mother/daughter team from Bellevue, Iowa.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: In Our Nation — Students will make a red, white and blue prayer chain with intentions for our country and other Catholic schools.  Kindergarten through fourth-grade students will watch a play from The National Theatre for Children titled “The Water Pirates of Neverland: The Search for the Great Green Octopus.” Some eighth-grade students will serve a meal at Café on Vine prepared by the All Saints kitchen staff.

Thursday, Feb. 2: In Our Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers — Students in grades 2- 8 will attend a Mass at Assumption High School with Bishop Martin Amos presiding. Kindergarten and first-grade students will have a prayer service at the school. A science fair will be held in the afternoon.

Friday, Feb. 3: In Our Students — Parents may share breakfast with their children in the Café from 7:15 – 8 a.m. Rolls, fruit, coffee, and juice will be available. Prices are $2 for adults and $1.15 for students.  Kindergarten through fifth-grade students will tour the school to see different science experiments conducted by eighth-grade students. All-school Bingo will be played in the afternoon with popcorn served as a special treat.

A Penny War will be held throughout the week.  Proceeds will be used to buy phone cards to send to troops overseas.  Classes will make valentine cards for service men and women.

John F. Kennedy Catholic School

Saturday, Jan. 28

All-school Mass at Our Lady of Victory for JFK students and families at 4:30 p.m.  Students should sit with parents, and students and parents should wear JFK spirit wear or green and white. An open house and spaghetti supper follows from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A book fair will be held in the library.

Monday, Jan. 30

Pajama day. Students may also bring a pillow to sit on in the gym. A K-4 talent show will be held.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Class dress alike day. Homeroom teachers will communicate what each class will wear. Grades 5-8 will hold their talent show.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Dress in clothing representing favorite state or country.  Students may bring an adult guest to lunch. Book fair continues.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Second- through eighth-graders will attend Mass at Assumption. Eighth-graders will serve lunch at Café on Vine. A dodge ball tournament will provide funds for Café on Vine lunch.

Friday, Feb. 3

Students can wear any color collared shirt, dress shirt or blouse or similar type sweater with uniform pants or skirts. Throats will be blessed during an all-school Mass on the feast of St. Blaise. A reception for alumni will be held in the cafeteria. Lunch for staff will be provided by Home and School. The day closes with a staff vs eighth-grade volleyball game.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School

Sunday, Jan. 29

Book Fair in the school media center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teachers will be in their classrooms from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Mass will be celebrated in the church at 11:30 a.m. A Boy Scout pancake break will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon in Denning Hall.

Monday, Jan. 30

Students may be out of uniform and wear multi-colors. Iowa American Water will do a presentation in the school gym. Students will make and serve a meal at Café on Vine. Students will make valentines for the elderly and shut-ins. Bingo with the principal begins at 2:50 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Out-of-uniform-day theme is sportswear. A dodge ball tournament will be held in the afternoon. Cost is $1 for students. Money goes to buy supplies and to serve a meal at Café on Vine. Bingo with the principal.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Out-of-uniform day is blue colors for A Blue Ribbon School. A teacher and staff appreciation luncheon will be served. A volleyball game between eighth-graders and teachers/staff will be held. Bingo ends out the day.

Thursday, Feb. 2

All Catholic schools’ Mass at Assumption for grades 2-8. Talent show will be held at 1:10 p.m. Bingo ends the day.

Friday, Feb. 3

8:30 a.m. all school Mass. Students may wear spirit wear. Pep rally and basketball game with Bingo ending the week.


St. Joseph Catholic School will start with a prayer service on Jan. 30 and Mayor Don Thiltgen will give an official proclamation from the city. Father Paul Connelly, pastor of the parish, will be present.

On Tuesday, students will wear red, white and blue and make valentines for veterans.

Wednesday is dress-up day and grandparents are invited to attend Mass that day. Following Mass, grandparents are invited to a pizza lunch. The Home and School will host a potluck that night when an announcement of the school’s iPad challenge will be announced.

Thursday the students will be involved in different activities throughout the day.

Teachers will be celebrated on Friday. Home and School will host a teacher luncheon and eighth-grade students will make special treats for the teachers. Bingo caps off the week.

Throughout the week a Penny Challenge will be held to benefit Holy Childhood Association.

Iowa City

Regina Elementary

Saturday, Jan. 29 — Home and School Family Fun Night Dance for PreK-6 families and students from 6-8:30 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria.

Saturday/Sunday, Jan. 28-29 Masses at St. Thomas More Parish in Coralville and St. Mary, St. Patrick and St. Wenceslaus parishes in Iowa City.

Monday, Jan. 30 – Movie day – as a community.

Tuesday, Jan. 31. – Mass at 9:45 a.m. in the high school gym for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. (Dress up day)

Wednesday, Feb. 1 — 1:30 p.m. talent show in the elementary gym.

Thursday, Feb. 2 — In our community — Character Counts color day. Dress as your character trait color with jeans.

Friday, Feb. 3 — Blue and gold day with jeans or sweats. Sixth grade vs. faculty volleyball game in the high school gym at 1 p.m.


Keokuk Catholic Schools

Monday is pajama day and the mayor will visit the school and read a Catholic Schools Week proclamation.

Tuesday is team dress-up day. Trivia and board games will be played.

Wednesday, dress up as a person of faith, academic or service. Items will be collected for families in need after fires.

Thursday is spirit day. A movie will be shown in the morning and snack will be provided. The afternoon includes a walk – part of the get fit program.

Friday is a dress-up day and Mass. Activities with grandparents will be held that day.


Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School

Saturday, Jan. 28 – Catholic Schools Week Mass at 5 p.m. at St. Mathias Church. The school staff will serve refreshments in Gannon Hall after Mass.

Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Alumni Mass at 8:30 a.m. in the school gym with breakfast served after Mass.

Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Pajama day and Drop Everything and Read Day

Thursday, Feb. 2 – Teacher Appreciation Day – also students will dress in future career clothes. Teachers will travel to other classrooms and read to the students. Home and School will provide lunch for the staff.

Friday, Feb. 3 – Student Appreciation Day – non-uniform day (favorite team apparel), sundaes and all school Bingo.

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