Since 1974, Catholic Schools Week has become a national celebration focused on the value of Catholic education, the contributions young scholars bring to the church, and the families that bring life to their communities.
During our weeklong celebration that took place from January 28th through February 1st, Angels participated in several events including a campus-wide Mass, parent and grandparent lunches with students, guest speakers, as well as several class projects.
Students, family members, faculty, and staff kicked off the celebration with a campus-wide Mass in the school’s Mother Patricia Gunning Gymnasium led by celebrant Fr. James Stembler.
Sophomores in Sr. Eileen’s Religion classes created special gifts for our littlest Angels at the Elementary Level – Montessori to help them understand what Catholic Schools Week is all about. Students visited Elementary Level classrooms on January 29th and brought along special lanyards they crafted, as well as prayer cards explaining the four disciplines we celebrate as a country during Catholic Schools Week: Learn, Serve, Lead, and Succeed.
Devoted grandparents and those special people in our little Angels' lives joined us at the Elementary Level for Grandparents and VIP Day on January 30th. Grandparents and VIPs accompanied little Angels during classroom presentations, story time, and recess. Students also had the pleasure of meeting several local Coastal Bend professionals during Career Day on January 31st. Students asked questions to men and women working in careers that included a chemical engineer, an environmental scientist, a physician, an agronomist, an oral surgeon, navy pilots and a paratrooper, and several DEA agents.
The Middle Level was honored to have so many parents and grandparents join their Angels during lunch from January 28th through January 30th in celebration of Catholic Schools Week. During lunchtime, parents were greeted by Middle Level administrators as well as IWA President Sammie Grunwald.
The senior class took a field trip to visit and eat lunch with the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament at their Convent. Students received a beautiful homily from former IWA President Sr. Martha O'Gara IWBS '51 in the chapel before dining with the Sisters and enjoying a tour of the Motherhouse.
In addition to these events, there were several individual classroom and campus activities ranging from the creation of artwork celebrating Catholicism, prayer cards being gifted to homes for the elderly, as well as classrooms discussing of how IWA lives out the disciplines celebrated during Catholic Schools Week.
Middle Level 6th Grade Parent Lunch
Middle Level 7th Grade Parent Lunch
Middle Level 8th Grade Parent Lunch
High School Level Religious Studies Class Lanyards
Elementary Level Grandparents' and VIP Day
High School Level Seniors Visit IWBS Sisters
Elementary Level Career Day
Guest Speaker Spencer West
Elementary Level February First Friday Assembly
Elementary Level Sings During Catholic Schools Week (VIDEO)
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