Morgan Cuff, then a seventh-grader, enjoys Grandparents Day last year with grandmother Joan Deconinck. (Courtesy Sacred Heart School)
Morgan Cuff, then a seventh-grader, enjoys Grandparents Day last year with grandmother Joan Deconinck. (Courtesy Sacred Heart School)
GERVAIS — “Do justly, have mercy, walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 is the theme for the year at Sacred Heart School here. Students live, learn and thrive daily under this theme. And during Catholic Schools Week it is especially meaningful.

Activities for the week include dress-up days like Pajama Day, Favorite Superhero Day, Crazy Day and other fun days on which students leave their daily uniforms of red and blue plaid in the closet. Staff and students join in, mindful of their Catholic school boundaries, but sporting wild mixes of plaids and polka dots and stripes, pink hair and appropriate props — such as favorite stuffed animals and dolls, trucks and cowboy hats.

Another eagerly anticipated day doesn’t involve crazy dress or fanciful props. On Grandparents Day, this year Jan. 31, dress is school best with best classroom behavior. Honorary grandparents abound and participate in classroom activities with their students just like those who are fortunate enough to have local grandparents.

The day begins with an all-school Mass, during which children sit with their grandparents (honorary or otherwise). Then it’s time for activities for children to share with their guests. Classroom time is followed by a lunch served by parent volunteers in the school gymnasium. Families sit in groups — no one sits alone — and all enjoy the fellowship after the morning classroom activities.

Following the whirlwind morning of prayer, classroom fun and a shared lunch, Grandparents Day comes to an end. Cherished memories have been made and teachers breathe a sigh of relief that all once again went smoothly. And the children know they are walking humbly with their God, glowing in the warmth of time spent with a special person in their lives.