Catholic Schools Week is celebrated the last week in January, and this year’s theme was “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
Ss. Peter and Paul celebrated the week with Goldilocks, Peter Pan and more with “Once Upon a Time.” Each classroom chose a fairytale and decorated their door and hallway outside in keeping with their theme. Some of the other fairytales that were highlighted included “The Gingerbread Man,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Jack in the Beanstalk,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Rapunzel,” “The Old Lady in the Shoe,” “Mother Goose” and “Cinderella.”
The week began with the celebration of the Mass followed by the Living Rosary. Students in grades 6-8 attended a mass at Marquette Catholic High School that was celebrated by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. The Mad Scientist, Dangerous Dan, awed the students with demonstrations of fire and ice and other scientific experiments. A freewill offering of canned goods and money was taken to benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Tuesday, students in grades 5-8 competed in a spelling bee. Winners of the competitions were Abbie Hernandez and Patrick Moehn. The runners-up were Heath Tite and Grace Schulz. During the annual volleyball tournament, the sixth grade defeated the seventh grade and the fifth grade defeated the fourth grade. The eighth-graders took on the faculty and won both games.
One of the most popular events of the week was Family Reading Night on Wednesday. The students and teachers dressed as one of the characters from their fairytale, and stories were read by faculty that evening. The seventh- and eighth-grade students wrote and illustrated a sequel to “Beauty and the Beast.” Three of the eighth-grade students read the book to the crowd.
Thursday was Bowling Day with grades K-4 going to Bowl Haven in the morning and the upper grades in the afternoon. Each class wore a different-color shirt.
The week ended with Grandparents’ Day. Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk entertained the crowd, followed by a Mass at which grandparents were presented with a rose at the Sign of Peace. Two plays, “The Kool-Aid Assassination” and “The Teenage Life of Cinderella,” were written and performed by seventh- and eighth-grade students.