St. Joseph Catholic School celebrated National Catholic School Week starting Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 with a number of activities and events.

The week started with a lunch for teachers and staff provided by the PTO on Jan. 23. The parents supervised lunch and then played bingo with the students so that teachers could enjoy their meal. The meal had a Greek-themed menu and the table was beautifully set. Everyone received a potted violet to take home.

On Sunday, volunteers were recognized. Special recognition was given to Angel Award Winners and Adopted Grandparents; Rob and Nancy Cunningham, Marvin Peters, Pat Bledsoe, Joan Reichenberger, Alice Hake, Ann Singleton, Sue Younger and Gail Schwindt. The Angel Award is given each year by the PTO to non-school parents who show outstanding volunteerism in the school. Adopted Grandparents are loved by the children at St. Joseph Catholic School and share in many of their activities. Most importantly, these grandparents pray for students and the students pray daily for them.

On Monday, sixth grade students traveled Kapaun Catholic High school to sing in a middle school mass choir concert with middle school students from other Catholic schools in the diocese. It was a great experience for them to meet and perform with other Catholic students and the mix of all of their voices was beautiful. 

Wednesday evening the whole school “Danced in Sister’s Shoes” and raised money for the St. Katherine Drexel Fund. The students, parents and teachers had a blast doing line dances and even the Hokey Pokey! 

Thursday was community day and every classroom had community members come and read to them and talk about their careers. Pre-kindergarteners met a nurse from Dr. Bret Heskett’s office; kindergarteners met Sgt. Richard Keim from the McPherson Police Department; first grade students met several local firefighters; second graders met Dr. Bret Heskett; third graders met Doug Fitzmorris from the post office; fourth graders met Jennifer McCulley from the Library; fifth graders met Nick Gregory, McPherson city manager; and sixth graders met Chris Carlson from McPherson Circles. It was a great experience for our students to learn about the careers in our local community.

The week culminated on Friday with the annual Grandparents Day celebration. 

The day is always a favorite and the PTO works so hard to provide lunch for about 350 people. Students then sang songs with a patriotic theme for the grandparents.