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Trinity Catholic School celebrates Catholic Schools’ Week starting Saturday

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MASSENA - Pancakes and spaghetti will be on the menu when Trinity Catholic School celebrates Catholic Schools’ Week starting Saturday.

The traditional pancake breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, while the annual spaghetti dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, both in the school’s dining hall.

Catholic Schools’ Week will kick off locally on Saturday with an opening Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Parish.

The pancake breakfast, which is open to the community, will be served on Sunday. Monday is Mismatch Day, and it starts with an opening prayer service at 8:45 a.m. Students and teachers will be dressed in wacky attire for the day.

“We always start Monday with our prayer service, and we’re having Mismatch Day where the kids will be wearing mismatched clothes. They might have a sock on their hand or something,” Principal Kathy Behrens said.

In addition, she said, the students can expect a surprise from teachers that day.

Tuesday is Spirit and Pride Day, when the colors of the day will be blue and white and the students will end their day with a 1:30 p.m. School Spirit Pep Rally. There will also be another surprise for the students that day, Ms. Behrens said.

Pajama Day returns on Wednesday, along with a student “read-in” and faculty appreciation luncheon.

“Each year we actually try and get rid of our Pajama Day. It is unreal. They start asking in September when Pajama Day is going to be. Maybe we should change our uniform to pajamas,” Ms. Behrens joked.

Thursday is Game Day, with the annual spaghetti dinner and student spelling bee that evening.

Catholic Schools’ Week wraps up on Valentine’s Day, which will also be Student Appreciation Day. The students will be served their favorite lunch and then take a trip to the St. Mary’s Social Hall for some bingo.

“Years ago we used to go to St. Joe’s Bingo Hall on Friday afternoon with the whole school and play bingo with the children. We haven’t done that in years. We’re bringing it back for Valentine’s Day,” Ms. Behrens said. “Jack Lamay, who calls bingo on Thursday nights for St. Mary’s, has graciously volunteered to be there and actually call a ‘real bingo game. Tammy Besio and other St. Mary’s helpers will be there too, and the teachers will be around, kind of helping the little ones out.”

National Catholic Schools’ Week ran from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, but because of state tests, it was moved back to February at Trinity.

“Years ago there used to be state tests that week. It put a damper on the whole week. Years ago we changed it to the week right before vacation. That way children and faculty and staff can put all their energy and excitement into this week and then we can take a break,” Ms. Behrens said.

“It is such a fun-filled week. We celebrate who we are at Trinity Catholic School and God being the center of everything. Every day we’re trying to bring God to the center and focus of their lives to show how he is with us,” she said.

With the recent announcement that the final two pot lines at the Alcoa East plant would be shut down, there’s even more of a need for spiritual guidance in the community, according to the principal.

“Some of our families are affected. We want to be the beacon of hope,” she said.

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