Catholic schools in the South Hills have planned plenty of activities to mark next week's Catholic Schools Week.
This year's theme is "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards." Among the events on school calendars:
• St. Agnes School in West Mifflin will apply the theme all week, with seventh- and eighth-graders working Tuesday at the local food pantry while students in other grades sort and pack the items collected.
Next Thursday, a carnival will benefit the diocesan mission in the coastal city of Chimbote, Peru.
• St. Sylvester School in Brentwood will have a book fair all week, along with a service project of collecting canned goods. Wednesday features a visit from the WTAE-TV weather team, and the following day, students will dress up as their favorite characters.
A Night of Reflection "Social Justice" prayer service and activities fair is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday in the St. Sylvester Parish Church Hall.
• St. Therese of Lisieux in Munhall will hold spelling bees at 12:15 and 6 p.m. Monday, followed by an art show, science fair and class room visits from 7 to 8. Next Thursday, grandparents and senior citizen friends will visit students.
The school is having two service activities during the week. Chances for Principal for a Day, to benefit the Chimbote Foundation, will be on sale through Wednesday. A football-themed donation of canned good or nonperishable food items benefits the St. Therese food pantry.
• St. Katharine Drexel in Bethel Park plans a presentation by one of the students who will be attending the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition on Feb. 2.
On Friday, St. Katherine families are invited to an international foods day.
• Seton-La Salle High School in Mt. Lebanon will hold its annual student talent show at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. next Thursday.
• St. Louise de Marillac School in Upper St. Clair hosts Community Appreciation Day on Monday, with a blessing box for donations, and coffee and doughnuts served to bus drivers. A book fair, open house and ice cream social will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A teacher appreciation luncheon is Wednesday, and students in kindergarten through fourth grade will make valentines for military personnel. Next Thursday a priest, sister and layperson will speak to students about vocations.
• Holy Child School in Bridgeville is hosting a "Talents Beyond the Standards" showcase of students' work from 1 to 3 p.m.
On Friday, parents and volunteers will visit each class to talk about their jobs and hobbies.
-- Compiled by Harry Funk, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org