IMS to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week With a Variety of Events

By Amanda Wozniak, Press Contact

PHILADELPHIA (Sunday, January 27th, 2019) – Independence Mission Schools (IMS), a Philadelphia-based non-profit that provides a transformative Catholic education to nearly 5,000 low-income students of all faiths, will participate in Catholic Schools Week with a variety of events across their entire footprint of 15 schools throughout Philadelphia.

Sponsored by NCEA, Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the 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 Church, local communities and the nation. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

Some highlights for this week-long celebration include:

St. Martin of Tours, 5450 E Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19124:

  • Monday, January 28th at 8am – Making PB&J for Homeless:
    Students will participate in CSW’s opening ceremony and follow-up with making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless shelters in their area.
  • Tuesday, January 29th at 1pm – Religion Bowl:
    School Wide “Religion Bowl”, where students will compete in their homeroom classrooms in the morning by answering Religion questions related to their grade level content. At 1pm, the 1st – 3rd graders will have their homeroom winners compete against each other and crown a winner, then the 4th – 8th graders will do the same in a school-wide event in the auditorium.

St. Raymond of Penafort, 7940 Williams Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19150:

  • Monday, January 28th and Tuesday, January 29th at 8:15am – 11:30am – Career Day: This year, for the first time, 5th through 8th graders at St. Raymond’s will have an interactive presentation from Challenging Heads Robotics, Coding and Chess where students will have an opportunity to build a robot. This event is geared towards introducing the students to careers in technology.
  • Wednesday, January 30th at 1:30pm – Tea with Grandparents:
    St. Raymond’s will be having a special “Tea with Grandparents” (or special person if grandparent is not available) for students in Pre-k to 2nd grade. Cookies, iced-tea and lemonade will be served.

St. Thomas of Aquinas, 1631 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145:

  • Wednesday, January 30th at 9am – Honoring PPD District 17th:
    St. Thomas of Aquinas and their Kindergarten class will be honoring the 17th Philadelphia Police Department District with a special ceremony for their work within the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation’s Police Youth Alliance (PYA) program. PYA is an after-school program that features activities such as chess, step dance, drumline, art and reading. The programs are taught by officers of the 17th Police District in an effort build better relationships with the neighborhoods they serve. Students will also get to see the SWAT truck.

Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius School, 617 N. 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104:

  • Thursday, January 31st at 3:30pm – Parent/Teacher vs. Student basketball game: To include OMMSI’s brand new cheerleading group that will be making their debut at the game.
  • Friday, February 1st at 11:15am – Bring Your Parent to Lunch: Parents, guardians and grandparents are invited to have lunch with their children. Special lunches are brought in that day for the kids for this very enjoyable experience.