2017 Catholic Schools Week
Students participated in many events throughout this week in celebration of Archdiocese Catholic Schools Week. Monday, students showed their NDA Spirit by wearing red, white or blue, NDA’s school colors, to kick off Catholic Schools Week. Monday also kicked off our “Hey, you can’t do that” Challenge and our canned food drive. The canned food drive was in support of Shively Area Ministries and the “Hey, you can’t do that” Challenge supported the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For the challenge, each class was required to bring in quarters for their classroom bucket. The class with the largest number of quarters at the end of the week received a prize. What’s the catch, right? Well, students could also bring in dollar bills to place in other classrooms’ buckets to subtract from their quarter total. This sparked quite a competitive drive between classes throughout the week to bring in loads of quarters and dollars. The totals on Friday for this event were outstanding.
Tuesday, students supported a catholic school of their choice, by wearing school shirts and sweatshirts. The school spirit ranged from our NDA to Holy Cross High School to the University of Notre Dame. The variety of catholic school spirit was astounding. However, this doesn’t compare to the excitement created by the Quarter Toss. Each class came to the lobby throughout the day to try their skills at the Quarter Toss. This event’s proceeds of $392.50 went to support the Patrick LeRoy Memorial Foundation. Students brought in quarters to toss into buckets of all sizes to earn points for their class. The class with the largest number of points won a prize. P3N won this event with 1450 points.
On Wednesday, the excitement continued. We hosted over 20 new families at our Open House/Preregistration night between both NDA and St. Lawrence Preschool. 8th Grade students graciously and courteously gave tours to new families during the morning portion of Open House. Classes also wrote moving letters explaining why they are grateful to attend school here at NDA. These letters covered our hallway walls for new families to see and serve as reminders of why we all chose to be a part of the NDA family.
Thursday, after our all school mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, was a day of celebration, fun and games for the students. Students could wear scarves and boots to stay warm and cozy throughout the day. In the afternoon, the students took a technology break and played board games with their classmates. This allowed students to engage, think critically, cooperate, and compete all while having fun.
Friday morning concluded our “Hey, you can’t do that” Challenge. This event raised a total of $2,298.25 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The winning class with a positive quarter total was 2G with $114.00. 3D, however, had the largest negative balance of -$122.75. Unfortunately, lots of dollars were placed in that class’s bucket to subtract from the quarters. The class that raised the most money total between dollars and quarters was 4O with $242.00. However, their quarter total was not enough to keep them in the positive. After all of the excitement of the “Hey, you can’t do that” Challenge wore off students relaxed in the afternoon with a 1 hour AR-A-Thon. The entire school gathered in the gym to snuggle up with pillows, blankets and a good book to read to close out Catholic Schools Week.
Thank you to everyone that helped in the planning, preparation, and execution of another successful Catholic Schools Week. We are all happy to be a part of this NDA catholic school family and can’t wait to celebrate again next year.