Norwalk Catholic Schools will celebrate Catholic Schools Week Saturday through Feb. 3.
The celebration will kick off with all weekend Masses featuring students. Special prayers will also be recited each day in the elementary, middle school and high school.
The Early Childhood Center will feature an art show that will start on Monday and continue throughout the week. Students also will make placemats for Meals on Wheels. Elementary students will work on a "beams of light" project for school windows and junior high and high school students will kick off a week-long clothing drive.
Tuesday will start with the young students at ECC wearing sunglasses to signify the week's theme of "light the way" and elementary students wearing hats for the "hats off to Catholic schools" theme.
Valerie French, elementary principal, will host a fireside chat with parents of students in grades one through three from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the parish gathering space. Junior high and high school students will fast at lunch and instead donate their lunch money to St. Vincent De Paul Society.
The high school KAIROS team will say special prayers for all NCS students Tuesday.
On Wednesday, ECC principal Amy Hurst will host a tea for parents from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. French will host a fireside chat for parents with children in grades four through six at the same time in the parish gathering space.
High school students will hold a prayer pilgrimage to pray for the needs of our nation and the world community.
Thursday will feature a spirit day for NCC and elementary students. Jim Tokarsky, high school principal, will host a fireside chat for parents from 9 to 10 a.m. in the gathering space.
All students wearing their red NCS shirt will get free admission to the girls' basketball game at the convocation center. The reserve game will begin at 6 p.m. as the Lady Flyers face South Central. A spaghetti dinner will held at the St. Mary campus from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Friday, ECC students will wear hats in honor of "hats off to Catholic schools." All students at the St. Paul campus will participate in a special Mass at 9:15 a.m. in the church.
The week's activities will end with an art show for elementary, junior high and high school students in the gathering space after all Masses on Feb. 2 and 3.