January may seem like a sparse month for church activity, but not at St. Thomas Aquinas School as it recognizes Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.
Each year brings something a little different to the week’s celebrations, but the community’s drive toward togetherness remains the same. On Friday, Feb. 1, there will be a “beach lunch” around 11:30 a.m. for students. Parents and families are invited to join their children for a “makeshift” picnic in the cafeteria.
The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2013 is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” Schools across the country typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large.
This year’s theme supports the recent launch of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, which Catholic schools and their educators across the country and in Webster City look to for guidance on effective operation and responsible governance. The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools promote high academic standards and Catholic identity.
For more information, check out www.stthomaswc.org.
Looking to get out but tired of always winding up in the same old place or routine? St. Thomas Aquinas Church is having a Bingo Night on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Center Gym. This event is open to the public, and all are encouraged to come out and be part of the fun. It’s a fun, friendly and exciting way to spend an evening and meet new people. Stop by and check it out at 1000 Des Moines St.
With the holidays behind us, and the last page of our 2012 calendars ripped away, a new year begins, and with it, tax time. It’s a busy and stressful few months for many of us, but Hamilton County offers help to those who can’t afford to pay accountant fees. But it can’t do it without the assistance of savvy volunteers, and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is encouraging its members to lend their time. Volunteers are need to help prepare free tax returns for low-income families, schedule appointments and host tax sites. Training is provided, and no previous experience is necessary. To find out more, contact Barb Wollan at the Hamilton County Extension Office at (515) 832-9597, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Spread the Word
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