Catholic Schools Week here at our school promises to be a fun-filled, meaningful time to reflect on what makes Catholic schools so special. Our examination of our daily lives and how God plays such an active part are underlying themes as we go through the school year, but never moreso than during Catholic Schools Week.

We are thankful to have the opportunity to keep God as a member of the faculty; something which only faith-based education can offer. Our theme this year is Jesus Lights the Way.

During this week (from Sunday, Jan. 27 through Friday, Feb. 1, we have the following activities planned:

Sunday, Jan. 27 - Some of our students will serve as cantors, greeters, giftbearers, banner carriers, altar servers and collection “basketeers” during the 10 a.m. mass at St. Mary’s in Centerville. Bookmark gifts will be handed out to parishioners as a reminder to allow Jesus to light the way.

Monday, Jan. 28 - Our students will participate in “Swim and Gym” at the Mercy Life and Fitness Center at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 - Pre-kindergarten Experience, open to interested parents and children from 10 to 11 a.m. in our pre-kindergarten classrooms. (Parent volunteers welcome and perhaps canonized!)

Open House and Scholastic Book Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 - Visit from Martin Muir of the Appanoose County Conservation Board, “Owls of Iowa.” Ought to be a hoot!

Thursday, Jan. 31 - Weekly mass for children and adults at 8:30 a.m. The Storybook Players from Oskaloosa will give a live performance in Marian Hall in St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 1 - Fun Obstacle Course at 1:30 p.m. Jesus will light the way and all students will receive Olympic type medals. The week will be polished off with an ice cream treat compliments of the Home and School Board.

If you find the opportunity, stop in and meet the faculty and me during this special week, especially during the Book Fair on Tuesday evening. This is a great chance to put books into the hands of children.

We know you have read and heard things about St. Mary’s future. We want you to know that we, no matter what, are committed to sound, faith-based education and doing our best work for children every day. That is a 91-year-old promise as valid today as in the past.

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