Monday, February 5, 2018

Catholic Schools Week 2018

Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed

This year’s Catholic Schools’ Week celebrations at All Saints Academy were extra special as we tied in our yearlong 10 years of ASA celebrations throughout the week also! 

We started the week with our first Pack the Pews Mass at St Alphonsus at 11 am. It is always a great pleasure to serve and celebrate with our parish communities!

The school week started with crazy sock and hat day and a trip to St. Anthony for the middle school students for a praise concert with John Angotti on Monday. Three Grand Rapids Diocese schools gathered together in their respective uniforms with crazy socks and hats to pray and praise God together! It was a joy-filled celebration of our root belief that We Are One Body in Christ! John challenged students to consider how they will be Christ to those they meet.

On Tuesday of Catholic Schools Week our 3rd grade joined representatives from all of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids for Mass with the Bishop. Students also shared a special 10 years of ASA cookie as a special snack on Tuesday!

Tuesday afternoon students listened to Mr. David Wodarek talk about the design of the ASA logo. They learned about the meaning of colors in the tradition of religious iconography as well as the great mysteries of our faith symbolized in our Red, Gold and Black ASA.

Throughout the week students participated in special fun “10 minute” games like “Minute to Win it” and “Breakout Eddy.” They also wrote letters to their classroom seminarians and ASA Core Value reflections.

Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week is a special all school celebration day for ASA! Kindergarten through 8th grade gathered at St Alphonsus and started the day with an all school rosary for our country. At the same time throughout the diocese the other Catholic schools offered up rosaries of their own! 

After the rosary students shared a small snack and worked together to use inspiration from Tuesday’s logo talk to design a rock for a path in our ASA community garden.

Before celebrating Mass together students at St Alphonsus gathered for our special #10 school picture. Back at the elementary campus preschool students celebrated with a Catholic Schools Week parade and teachers created a special preschool #10 pic as well!

It is always a great pleasure to gather our k-8th grade students and pastors together to celebrate Mass. It is a wonderful reminder that We truly Are One community in Christ.

Thursday of CSW 2018 was a special day as the Ott brothers lead both of our campuses with great zeal as Principal for the Day! 

They were given the great privilege of making a very special announcement on behalf of Fr. George:

Thursday was also a school spirit Red, Gold and Black day as the middle school students again gathered for Mass; this time with the parishioners of St Jude! 

On Thursday afternoon middle school students participated in a nationwide Catholic Schools Week Kahoot Game! 

Thursday night of Catholic Schools week was our traditional 8th grade vs. staff community basketball game. Eddy made an appearance, families enjoyed pizza and cheered on their favorite team. The staff remains undefeated!

Friday the celebrations of active and creative learning, leading and serving continued with and kindergarten through 3rd grade trip to Shrek The Musical and the 8th grade and staff rematch.

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