Catholic Schools Week


The celebration of Catholic Schools Week got off to a terrific start with Family Fun Night. The gym, Walnut Room and Cedar Room were filled with excitement as families enjoyed magic, music, games, food, improv, and many other activities for kids and parents to enjoy. The night was truly a success because of the sharing of time by many parents. The celebration as a Holy Angels “family” was an appropriate way to begin the week.


The annual NCEA Distinguished Graduate Award was presented at the 9:30 Mass on Sunday. Principal Mike Sternig recognized Patty Hupfer Reidel for her years of service to Pius XI High School (as a science teacher and Director of Student Activities), Holy Angels Parish (as a minister of music for over 25 years), and the greater community (in many capacities). Patty is a member of the Holy Angels Class of 1979.


The sixth annual Catholic Quiz Bowl featured two teams of students who attempted to answer questions or identify vocabulary words connected with Catholic doctrine or practices. The frustration of knowing the correct response (when there was an error) could be seen on the faces of students in the audience. The competition was held on the primary level, intermediate level, and junior high level.


The arrival of over 300 grandparents at lunchtime made Tuesday a special day during Catholic Schools Week. Many of the grandparents made special stops at local fast food (translation: favorite student menu) establishments on their way to school. Grandparents were asked to label their favorite or most memorable locations around the world on a map in the Walnut Room. The countries of Europe were frequently identified and there were many stories shared about travels around the globe. The grandparents also had an opportunity to visit classrooms and many enjoyed sitting in on a German class.


The students from St. Mary’s, Cabrini and Holy Angels gathered for an all-city Mass. The Scripture theme reflected on Jesus being called the Light of the World.

Fr. Jeff reminded students of the need to keep that “light” charged up in ourselves; only with a “full charge” can we also be a Light to the World. Students from all three schools formed the choir and the combined offertory collection was given to Catholic Relief Services to provide aid to the victims of the tsunami.


Students in grades one through eight were involved in the ever-popular Fun4All Day on Thursday of Catholic Schools Week. The bi-annual Fun4All gave students a chance to enjoy some time bowling, ice skating, roller skating, and snow tubing. An addition to a lot of students having fun (and getting tired!), there were also reports of some impressive performances by a few of the teachers!


Catholic Schools Week concluded with a deafening roar as the 8th grade boys defeated the faculty on a last second shot in the annual Student-Faculty Basketball Game, 41-40. During halftime, the “old” first graders led the student body in a 100-Day cheer. But it was the good sportsmanship and pure fun of the basketball game that took center stage at the end of a great week.

  • School Grounds
  • Alice in Wonderland School Play
  • Grandparents Day
  • Donald Driver Visit
  • Olympics Day
  • Graduation Photos

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