Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2021 is January 31 - February 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2020-21 has not been announced yet. St. Anne School observes the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events our schools focuses on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
Sunday - Celebrate Your Parish
Catholic schools benefit all year long from the religious guidance, prayers and support parishes provide. St. Anne Parish will join in the National Catholic Schools Week celebration by devoting a Mass to Catholic education. St. Anne School will start the week by inviting parishioners and community members to our Student Council Pancake Breakfast and school tour that will feature our outstanding academic programs, religious education and service opportunities.
Monday - Celebrating Your Community
A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others. When students take part in service activities—both local and beyond—they demonstrate the values and faith they gain through their Catholic education and learn how to make the world a better place. When they observe how others serve the community, they gain an appreciation for how they can continue to serve others their entire lives.
Tuesday: Celebrating Your Students
St. Anne School will celebrate our students during National Catholic Schools Week by planning enjoyable and meaningful activities for them and recognizing their accomplishments. These activities will encourage students to reflect on the benefits of Catholic education and how the grounding in faith, knowledge and service it provides will help them throughout their lives.
Wednesday: Celebrating the Nation
On National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools, students, families, educators and other Catholic school supporters communicate the value of Catholic education to government leaders. They share information with leaders on the significant contributions Catholic schools make to the nation and their role in preparing students to be good citizens. They pray for the nation and recognize all those who serve it.
Thursday: Celebrating Vocations
By focusing on faith, knowledge and service, Catholic schools prepare children to use their God-given talents to the fullest later in life. National Catholic Schools Week offers an opportunity for students to explore the many life paths that enable them to use their talents well in the service of God and others — by answering the call to a religious vocation, by nurturing a family through sacramental marriage, by volunteering in church activities and charities, and/or by pursuing a career that makes the world a better place.
Friday: Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers
On this day, St. Anne School will honor our teachers and principal, as well as administrators and staff who support them in their important work and thank the parents, grandparents, alumni, parishioners and school board members who provide volunteer service.
Saturday: Celebrating Families
Parents, guardians and other family members play a vital role in Catholic education. Not only do they volunteer at the school, they instill values and expectations for academic excellence in their children at home. We acknowledge the role of families in Catholic education and celebrate their contributions to the success of our schools on the last day of National Catholic Schools Week and all year long. St. Anne School will also hold our annual St. Anne School Gala and Silent Auction at the Brandywine in Dixon!