Xavier, Immaculata events to celebrate Catholic Schools Week
An open house for prospective students, community service projects, community events and the Immaculata Hall of Fame Dinner Dance are among the activities Xavier Elementary and Immaculata High School plan for a celebration of Catholic schools and their contributions.
On Sunday, Jan. 28, Catholic schools celebrate parish communities. Local Catholic churches will have Xavier and Immaculata students in uniform serving Mass and participating as readers. There will be an annual Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast in the Immaculata cafeteria with a display of artwork from Xavier students.
On Monday, Jan. 29, the school community will be celebrated with Mass at 1:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, will be the main celebrant and students from Xavier and Immaculata will participate.
On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the nation will be celebrated as students write letters to those serving in the military, including several family members. Peace prayer services will be held on each campus. Students may wear patriotic colors.
On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the community will be celebrated with a Xavier "Souper Bowl" to benefit Catholic Community Services and the Alliance against Family Violence. Students may wear a jersey or sweatshirt of their favorite sports team. Immaculata students will have a penny competition to benefit Pennies for (Leukemia) Patients.
On Thursday, Feb. 1, family heritage will be celebrated with students researching occupations or careers of grandparents; older students will present reports.
Open House at Xavier will be at various campuses: Xavier Sacred Heart Campus (K second grade), 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Xavier Immaculate Conception Campus (third to fifth grade), 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; and Xavier St. Joseph Campus (sixth to eighth grade), 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Open House at Immaculata is by appointment, as High School Prep Day will be Feb. 5. All local eighth- and ninth-graders interested in Immaculata are welcome.
Open House at Early Childhood Center is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11.
On Feb. 2, students will be celebrated with various activities, including an old-fashioned barn dance at Xavier Elementary. Attire for the day is western clothes. Both Thursday and Friday there will be Kansas Day activities.
Other Catholic Schools Week activities include a special lunch to thank teachers, letters of appreciation from students to people who help Catholic schools on a daily basis and a Catholic Schools Week display at the Leavenworth Public Library.
The capstone event of Catholic Schools Week is the Immaculata Hall of Fame Dinner Dance honoring Bob Hudgins, Immaculata coach from 1957-1964, and Tom Fitzgerald, Immaculata Class of 1967. It will take place on the campus of the University of Saint Mary.
The Lansing community is home to several teachers and more than 70 students from Xavier and Immaculata.
For more information, call (913) 682-7801.