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Being part of a Catholic school is something to celebrate every day, and this week our Notre Dame ACE Academies in Indianapolis have spent time celebrating the many people who make their Catholic school education possible. From community members, to parents, teachers, supporters, and pastors, we share our thanks and celebrate each of you.  Here is a closer look at our Catholic Schools Week: 

Central Catholic School


Pictured above, families register for 2018-19 school year at Central Catholic Enrollment Night. IMPD officer and Central Catholic alumnus speaks to students during morning assembly. Second-grade is the winner of the door decorating contest.

Central Catholic School hosted an enrollment night and open house on Tuesday, January 20. Paring the two events together, current families could easily re-enroll for 2018-19 and introduce friends to the Central Catholic community. Principal Ruth Hurrle said their goal was to welcome 10 new families at the enrollment night, and they exceeded this goal by registering 23 new families for next year! Re-enrollment and new student registration continues throughout the month of February. Central Catholic students also lived the core value of serve by donating stuffed animals to the local police department. The furry friends will ride in the back seat of patrol cars to comfort children the police are helping.

St. Philip Neri Catholic School

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Pictured above, Pre-K student shows the letters spelling "Persist" after the values-based lesson. Fr. Chris Wadelton cooks up pancakes for students to enjoy. 

At St. Philip Neri, teachers swapped grades to teach students about this month's value, known as Values Based Lessons.  For the month of February, the lessons focused on "persist." Eigth-grade teacher Mr. Mullen taught a lesson to Pre-K while pre-K teacher Mrs. Waterman taught eighth-grade. Fr. Chris Wadelton, pastor of St. Philip Neri church and the Holy Cross community, cooked a pancake breakfast for students and staff on Friday. When asked who made the pancakes, a kindergarten student enthusiastically replyed, "JESUS!" We also see Christ in Fr. Chris, who was recently named one of the award winners for the "Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award" from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).

 Holy Cross Central Catholic School

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Pictured above, Hanover College football player volunteers at Holy Cross for Samaritan's Feet.

The Holy Cross students enjoyed a visit from student-athletes from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference through the Samaritan's Feet International program. Each of the 240 Holy Cross students received a brand new pair of tennis shoes and socks and had their feet washed by the student-athletes. Holy Cross also celebrated Fr. Chris this week, surprising him with posters and cards after the school mass on Thursday. 

Holy Angels Catholic School


Pictured above, Holy Angels Catholic School with members of the IMPD Northwest District.

Holy Angels honored Indianapolis Metro Police officers from the Northwest District as community superheroes during the first day of Catholic Schools Week. The officers, many of whom volunteer after school through the RightFit program, participated in the morning assembly and received a guardian angel visor clip to place in their patrol car. Later in the week, Holy Angels second and fourth grades video called with students from St. Luke, a Notre Dame ACE Academy in Palm Springs, FL. Students were excited to hear that both schools' goals are "College and Heaven"! 

St. Anthony Catholic School

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Pictured above, a fifth-grade student's reflection of why they attend a Catholic school, students in second-grade work on blankets for Holy Family Shelter, and the school community came together on Friday for school Bingo.

St. Anthony students displayed their Catholic School pride through bulletin boards and classroom door decorating. Students as young as kindergarten wrote reflections on their gratitude for attending a Catholic school. Each class also made fleece blankets to donate to Holy Family Shelter as part of a Catholic Schools Week service project.