Catholic Schools Week

The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2018 is “Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed."

As a member of our school family, you play a vital role in the future success of Saint Michael School by choosing to have your child(ren) educated in a faith-filled environment that enriches their lives spiritually, academically, and socially. By instilling values and expectations for academic excellence, at an early age ensures a brighter future for Catholic schools and the Catholic Church as a faith community.

Please join in our 2018 Catholic Schools Week Celebration by participating in and volunteering to assist with the various events planned throughout the week. Take time to visit our classrooms during our Open House, socialize with the students and teachers, and congratulate them on their accomplishments. Encourage friends who may be considering Catholic education for their children to visit our school.

In addition, take a few moments to express your appreciation to Father Byrnes, our teachers, staff, school council members, volunteers and supporters for their commitment and dedication in making Saint Michael School a special place!

Below is a summary of the events we have planned for this year’s celebration.


“Coins for the Kids” – we will be participating in the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Catholic mission service project. This service project will begin during Catholic Schools Week and continue throughout the Lenten season. This will be an opportunity for our students to reach out and help others who are in need. All monies collected in each classroom will be tallied. The room with the most money raised will be awarded a DRESS DOWN DAY and a NO HOMEWORK NIGHT!

“Food Fight” – In order increase our students’ awareness for members of our own community who are hungry, students are asked to bring non-perishable food items to school throughout the week. Food items will be given to the Dorothy Day Outreach Center. The winner of the friendly “rivalry” (K, 1, 2, 4) and (Grades 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8) will be awarded a dress down day!


STUDENTS ARE TO WEAR UNIFORMS 4:00 pm Opening Catholic Schools Week Liturgy. ALL students are expected to be at the Basilica by 3:45 pm. The students will meet in Basilica Hall and process in as a school family to celebrate the Liturgy. Since this is a celebration recognizing Catholic schools, students are asked to wear uniforms. Kindergarten students should wear dress clothes. All students who are in attendance, and in uniform, will be awarded a dress down day.

Open House – Open House will be held in the school following the liturgy until 6:15pm. Parents, students and parishioners are invited to visit our classrooms, read the Catholic Schools Week paragraphs, essays and/or poems displayed in the hallways, and view our display of family projects.

Potluck Dinner - OLOLCH 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Door prize drawings for guests attending
MONDAY, January 29th
DRESS UP or DOWN DAY - Student Choice. We thank our Home-School Association for their willingness to pay for lunch as well as the bus transportation to and from the bowling alley.

All students will be treated to pizza, a sundae bar, & drinks.
Students MUST wear socks that cover their ankles in order to be permitted to bowl as bowling shoes are not provided.

Students will go bowling @ “High Rollers” bowling alley in Gallitzin. Schedule is as follows:

Grades 4-8 will go bowling from 8:45 am – 11:15am; eat lunch upon returning.
Grades K-3 will eat lunch @ 11:00 am; go bowling from 11:40am – 1:45pm.
Permission slips were sent home earlier this week. Cost is $3.00 per student.
TUESDAY, January 30th CELEBRATING COMMUNITY, VOLUNTEERS, & OUR NATION Students, faculty & staff may dress up or down in RED, WHITE, & BLUE. Kindergarten Visitation Day – Invitations have been sent out to children who will be five years old by August 31, 2018. These children will spend the day with our present Kindergarten students. It promises to be a lot of fun and a good experience for them!

If you know of anyone who did not receive an invitation, and would like to attend our visitation day, please call the school office with their contact information.

Students will decorate Bingo Bags and make a “Thank You” banner for those who support our Bingo.

Certificates will be mailed to Loretto businesses and our EITC contributors.

Cards & ice scrapers will be given to our bus drivers as a “Thank You” by a designated student rider representative.

6:30pm – Reception for Volunteers and Supporters in the school cafeteria.
WEDNESDAY, January 31st CELEBRATING FACULTY, CLERGY, STAFF &FAMILIES STUDENTS MAY DRESS DOWN WEARING SAINT MICHAEL SCHOOL APPAREL or GREEN & GOLD – showing their pride in being a member of our Saint Michael School Family. Teacher Appreciation Day

100th Day of School

Mass at 8:45AM – Blessing of Throats. Please join us in thanksgiving for the gift of Saint Michael School as we worship together as a school family.

Students will write thank you notes to their parents for sending them to Saint Michael School.

Teacher/Staff Luncheon @ 11:30 pm.

Volunteers are needed to oversee lunch/recess duty. Please call the school office if you are able to assist during the hours of 11:30AM – 1:00PM. Thank you!
THURSDAY, February 1st CELEBRATE VOCATIONS STUDENTS MAY DRESS DOWN - Students may wear their favorite team shirts, jerseys, hoodies, or colors. As a school family, we will offer a chaplet for an increase in vocations in our diocese. All students will gather in the cafeteria @ 10:35am.

Upper grades will pair up with a younger grade and play board games over at OLOLH.

Schedule is as follows:

1st Session – Grades (K,1,4,8) 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
2nd Session – Grades (2,3,5,6,7) 1:15PM- 2:30PM
FRIDAY, February 2nd CELEBRATING OUR SCHOOL FAMILY DRESS DOWN DAY – Student, faculty, & staff may dress in mixed matched outfits. (attire must be school appropriate) All School “Bingo” @ 1:00PM - students will play Bingo this afternoon and will have an opportunity to win prizes.