St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett and St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City are preparing to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 through Feb. 2.
Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-added education of America's young people.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2013 is "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards." Catholic schools are noted for their academic excellence and high moral standards. This year's theme celebrates the constant attention Catholic educators pay to increasing the learning and growth in faith of all students.
The theme highlights the launch of a new initiative, the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, to ensure consistent high standards at Catholic schools across the country.
Educators are participating in a nationwide education initiative for all schools called the Common Core State Standards.
Catholic Schools Week celebrates education that goes beyond preparation for a secular life. It is education that prepares students for a Christian life.
The schools will be participating in activities throughout the week.
Activities at St. Lawrence include:
* Sunday, Jan. 27 -- A chili cook-off will be held after the 10 a.m. Mass and students will have their work on display.
* Monday, Jan. 28 -- PJ day -- Students will write thank-you notes to the community leaders of Monett.
* Tuesday, Jan. 29 -- Students will display their God-given talents with a talent show.
* Wednesday, Jan. 30 -- Sports day and spelling bee day. Students will pray for peace in the schools and the nation.
* Thursday, Jan. 31 -- Knowledge bowl. Students will make cards for the religious serving in the parish.
* Friday, Feb. 1 -- First Friday Mass. Sixth grade students will take the role of the teachers.
Activities at St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City include:
Sunday, Jan. 27 -- All-school Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. The students will participate in the various parts of Mass and sing a special song in honor of the week.
Monday, Jan. 28 -- Spirit Day. Students can wear the school's colors of gold and green.
Tuesday, Jan. 29 -- Wake up to Catholic Schools Day. Students can wear their favorite pajamas.
Wednesday, Jan. 30 -- Favorite Saint or Bible character day. Students can wear something that reminds them of their favorite saint or Bible character.
Thursday, Jan. 31 -- Hat day. Hats may be worn during school but need to be homemade or decorated by hand.
Friday, Feb. 2 -- Dress-up day. Seventh and eighth graders will teach during the morning and everyone is encouraged to dress nicely.