Monday: SVF students celebrated their community by participating in a National Day of Service. Preschool collected items to donate to Shriner’s Hospital for Children. They also decorated cards with inspirational messages for the patients. Junior kindergarten visited the River Forest Fire Station and kindergarten went to the Elmwood Park Fire Station. Students thanked the firefighters for their service and protection by bringing homemade snowball cookies and a signed banner to the station. They also sang “America the Beautiful” for the firefighters. First and second grade visited the Norridge Village Hall. Students had the chance to learn about the jobs and responsibilities of the mayor, trustees, police department, fire department, and public works. They presented cookies as a token of thanks to each department. Third grade spent time playing games with the residents at Brookdale Senior Living in Oak Park. Older students at SVF, grades 4-8, went to Feed My Starving Children to pack food for 2 hours. Students packed 134 boxes of food which is enough for 28,944 meals! Their efforts will feed about 79 malnourished children for a year that live in various third world countries.
TUESDAY: Students are loved at SVF, which is why the Catholic Schools Week committee planned such a fun day for them. For "Celebrating Students Day," students got to wear their pajamas to school! In the afternoon, students got to choose between 3 movies to watch - Finding Dory, Zootopia, and Inside Out. Everyone received a movie ticket for his/her selection, and then they went to the classroom that was showing the film. In each classroom, students got to munch on popcorn and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon watching a movie with their SVF classmates.
Wednesday: On this day, everyone at SVF was encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to celebrate the nation. Speakers from the community visited classrooms to discuss the importance of their job and how they serve our country. Some of the speakers were even SVF alumni! Students met with police officers, firefighters, and local government representatives. After the speakers visited classrooms, the entire school assembled in the gym for a celebration. Families of students who serve(d) our country were also invited. Students showed their appreciation for these guests by singing patriotic songs.
Thursday: On this special day, SVF wanted to show appreciation for the clergy members. A special luncheon was held for those who have chosen a vocation with the church. The food was catered by George Nottoli, a parent at the school. The 8th grade students were selected to serve food for the special guests. The room where the luncheon was held was decorated by the school children. They crafted conversation hearts that highlighted different religious words, and also assembled black and white paper chains to proudly fill the room with the school colors. After the luncheon, the entire school gathered in the church to listen to sisters, priests, and a deacon speak. The speakers told the student body about why they chose their vocation. Students had the opportunity to ask the clergy any questions they had about this choice and life in the church. As a sign of their appreciation, students thanked them with a beautiful performance of "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee." Each person received a tiled cross handmade by the students in art class.
Friday: The faculty was celebrated with a delicious luncheon that was donated and catered by Food Network star, Jeff Mauro, who is a parent at SVF. Teachers enjoyed the global cuisine from his restaurant, Pork and Mindy's. They were thrilled and grateful to enjoy a relaxing time together.