A Special Thank You

We like to celebrate Thanksgiving a little early at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School. We also like to celebrate it with a special group of people – grandparents! They are the matriarchs and patriarchs of the family who love us, instill life-long values in us, and, most importantly, spoil us. They certainly deserve a special thank you for all they do.

St. Mary’s Grandparents Day is held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It begins with an all-school Mass where we recognize our grandparents in attendance as well as those who cannot be there. For grandparents who cannot be with us, other family members and friends are encouraged to participate on their behalf. After Mass, grandparents and special guests enjoy a lovely reception as they eagerly await classroom visits. The classroom visits are a special time for all and give grandparents a glimpse into their grandchildren’s school day.

Grandparents Day 2015

After the classroom visits, we bid farewell to our grandparents and other special guests. While the students are enjoying lunch, final preparations are completed for another favorite tradition at St. Mary’s – the Turkey Bowl! This year marks the 10th Annual Turkey Bowl.

I remember when the first Turkey Bowl was announced. I was thinking “bowling” with frozen turkeys. I was a little confused because it seemed like a sad waste of food especially for a school that holds monthly food drives and volunteers at the Master's Table Soup Kitchen.

Fortunately I did not tell too many people what I was thinking because…

The Turkey Bowl is actually a flag football competition among our 8th grade students with the entire school in attendance. That makes more sense, right?

The end of the Turkey Bowl signals the official beginning of our Thanksgiving holiday. The students pack up their Thanksgiving projects and head off for five days of family, food, and —hopefully— some grandparent time.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful thanksgiving with family and friends and don’t forget to spoil the grandparents a little.