Catholic Schools Week 2024

Celebrate with us!

Our teachers have a fun, faith-filled week planned for our students. See all the details below!

Daily Activities

Each day of the school week will open with a special morning prayer, centered around our daily themes. Additionally, we will end the day at 3 PM with the Hour of Mercy Prayer. In addition to the activities listed below, we will have surprise Freeze Dances throughout the day and Cosmic Bowling all week in PE!

Overview: Catholic schools benefit all year long from the religious guidance, prayers and support parishes provide. Many parishes join in the National Catholic Schools Week celebration by devoting Masses to Catholic education.

Clothing: Wear your uniform to Mass to show your St. Stephen spirit and appreciation for our loving and generous Parish!

  • Join Us At Mass: School parents will speak at the beginning of our morning Masses and our students will serve as lectors.
  • Open House: From 9 AM -Noon, we will welcome new students and their families to tour our school and meet our teachers, parents and students. Reservations are required. Learn more about our Open House or sign up to give tours, no experience needed!

Overview: A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others. When students take part in service activities they demonstrate the values and faith gained through Catholic education.

Clothing: Free Dress Down Day: Let’s celebrate the first school day of Catholic Schools Week with a Free Dress Down Day! Wear anything you would like as long as it follows Family Handbook Guidelines.

Overview: Schools celebrate students during National Catholic Schools Week by planning enjoyable and meaningful activities for them and recognizing their accomplishments.

Clothing: Pajama Day!


  • – Grab & Go Breakfast for All Students compliments of the St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic School Men’s Club! What’s for Breakfast?! Pancakes with Syrup, Bacon, 1 Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Mini, Apple Sauce, Sunny Delight! Gluten-free option for those with allergies. PreK & Preschool meals will be delivered to the classroom; TK-8th will be picked up in the Dining Room & taken back to the classroom.
  • Schedule:
    8:10 AM – PreK & Preschool
    8:20 AM – TK
    8:30 AM – 8th Grade
    8:45 AM – Kindergarten
    8:55 AM – 5th Grade
    9:10 AM – 1st Grade
    9:25 AM – 2nd Grade
    9:35 AM – 3rd Grade
    9:50 AM – 7th Grade
    10:00 AM – 4th Grade
    10:10 AM – 6th Grade
  • RESPECT ‘In Between the Lines’ program for 4th-6th graders
  • – 2nd & 7th Grade Buddy Meet-up for CSW Game!
  • – Spelling Bee at 1:30 PM in the Gym (Watch Live on our Facebook Page) Contestant families welcome.

Overview: On National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools, students, families, educators and other Catholic school supporters communicate the value of Catholic education to government leaders.

Clothing: Dress down in red, white and/or blue


  • – Remote Control Car Race Rally, East Parking Lot for grades 3-6
  • – Student Talent Show: 1:30 – 2:30 in the Gym. Families of contestants are welcome. (Watch Live on our Facebook Page)

Overview: By focusing on faith, knowledge and service, Catholic schools prepare children to use their God-given talents to the fullest later in life.


  • – Early Childhood-7th Grade in Religious Medal or Religious T-shirt Day with uniform bottoms (For example, VBS or Totus Tuus t-shirt, or any t-shirt with religious themes. St. Stephen Spirit Wear also allowed.)
  • – 8th Grade in Uniform for Cathedral Mass (no shorts)


  • – Last Day of the Food Drive & Penny Wars!
  • – 8th Grade Cathedral Mass & lunch
  • – Vocations Visits from  Marian Sisters

Overview: On this day, schools honor teachers and principals as well as administrators and staff who support them in their work and thank those who provide volunteer service.

Clothing: Uniforms

Activity: Special Friends Mass at 10 AM & 11 AM Dismissal. Students can invite a guest to join them at Mass. It can be a grandparent, aunt/uncle, mom/dad, etc. As a reminder, we ask for children of the same family to invite one guest and they will all be allowed to sit together. Following Mass, students will return to their classroom to collect their belongings and then will be dismissed. 

Teacher & Staff Lunch: Thank you to St. Stephen the Martyr Home & School Association for providing our teachers and staff lunch on Friday! Teachers and staff can join us in the GPC following 11 AM.

Overview: 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.

Family Activity: Watch a movie with your family from, then write and submit your review by Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Send your review to Mr. Wenzl at The top reviews will earn recognition at school. Suggested elements are provided here; however, review formats may vary, so be creative! We will share some of the recommendations based on the reviews.

For 12 years, Spirit Catholic Radio has been shining a spotlight on Catholic schools in our area. The competition begins Monday, Jan. 29th and lasts through Feb. 9. Winners will be announced on Feb. 12. 

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 2024 is Jan. 28 – Feb. 3. The 2024 theme is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.” Schools observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

The items will be placed on a table in the School Commons under the picture of the team that your child thinks will win the Super Bowl!