A kickoff featuring an open house and all-you-can-eat breakfast, followed by several activities including a Thursday visit from Bishop Douglas J. Lucia of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, will mark Catholic Schools Week at Rome Catholic School (RCS).
The activities at the 800 Cypress St. school, from Sunday through Jan. 31, are in conjunction with the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week, said RCS Principal Nancy Wilson.
• Sunday — An open house for the public will be 9 a.m.-noon, offering potential new students and their families a chance to “learn more about us...get to know us,” said Wilson. Classrooms will be open and teachers will be present. In addition, current students will have a chance to meet their teachers for the next school year.
An all-you-can-eat made-from-scratch breakfast will be 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., including pancakes, eggs, sausage and biscuits among the items. Prices will be $10 for age 13 and over; $8 for alumni; $6 for ages 6-12; and free for ages 5 and under.
In addition, a gift-basket raffle will be offered. Rome businesses have donated several items which will be among some of the contents, Wilson noted.
Also, a scholastic book fair will be held. It will be open to the public on Sunday, and continue the rest of the week for RCS families, said Wilson.
• Monday-Friday — Donations will be taken to benefit the needy locally through the Rome Rescue Mission. Donations will include Monday, $2 to buy gas cards to serve those unable to get to the mission; Tuesday, new winter gear; Wednesday, pantry food; Thursday, toiletries; Friday, paper products.
• Monday-Wednesday — Themed days for students will include Monday, Crazy Sock Day; Tuesday, Crazy Hat or Headband Day; Wednesday, Sports Jersey or Local Club Shirt Dress Down Day.
• Tuesday — A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools will be observed. Details will be on a link on the RCS Facebook page on Tuesday, said Wilson.
• Wednesday — A Learning Fair open to RCS families will be at 1 p.m. in the gym. It will feature various displays/presentations by students on topics of interest to them; Wilson said potential subjects could be a student’s dance class or items they like to collect, for instance. Students will be at their displays and can answer questions about them, she said, likening it to a science fair.
• Thursday — Bishop Lucia is scheduled to visit RCS at 12:15 p.m., including touring the school and classrooms. It will be his first visit to RCS, said Wilson.
• Friday — A Generations of Faith Mass will be at 1 p.m., and can include RCS families.
RCS is a pre-K to grade 6 school, and its enrollment at the start of the school year in September included about 175 students. It is a private school that includes tuition. There are various opportunities for financial aid, Wilson noted.