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August 2023

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of the Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS:

This is your official welcome to the new school year.  As I reflect on the tasks that I need to accomplish to get the school programs up and running again, I am reminded that I am still a learner. As a long-term principal, you would assume that opening the school year would be a simple and routine task that I have done many, many times. Although some things are the same, each new year brings a zest of energy and excitement not only from within me but also with each staff person returning or joining us new.

Our staff is honored to serve God through our Catholic school. This is a ministry to us as we work with the children and families in the community. We learn as we teach, and we teach as we learn. We a committed to the importance of learning the path that God wants each of us on. We lean on God as we model, demonstrate, and teach our students to do the same.  “Teach me Your way, O Lord” will be our school prayer for the upcoming year. Adults, as well as children, can understand that there is so much more to learn as we journey together. We are glad that you are a participant with us for the 2023-2024 school year.

Kim Doyle, Principal

Psalm 86:11
Teach me Your way, O Lord


Can you or your children help at the Parish Festival?

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Click here to find the perfect volunteer job to help make our festival a huge success.

There are lots of jobs that are great for students



K-8 will have breakfast time for 15 minutes each day. (This eliminates snacks from home/snack time in classrooms)

Each student must take three items with one of them being a fruit.

Sample:  Banana, Cereal, Milk

Your child can have the FREE breakfast if they take three items.

If they only want one item – then you would need to pay $.50 per item.

So… Three things free or pay for one item.
Please encourage your kids to take all three items. (Even if they put the item in their bag to take home or eat later)


Lunches will be served as usual, but this year there will be no fee for the basic school lunch.
Students can order an extra carton of milk for $.50
Students can order a double lunch for an added $1.50

You can put money into your family lunch account to cover any added expenses.


Lunch Applications (Known as the old free/reduced lunch application)

Please, please, please — fill this out if you qualify based on your income. This generates money to pay our Title 1 teacher, money for books, money for grants, and money for many different things. The more people who qualify based on lower income or having many kids in a family – the better for our school, so please apply for this! This is also the only way to get an EBT card that has been given out in the summer for food.

This used to be a way for financially needy families to get a free lunch – But now it is critical to keep many other programs in the school.

See the attached form – fill it out and send it to Kim Doyle in a sealed, confidential envelope.

Due September 15

 See if you qualify on this chart below based on your salary and number in your family.

Back-to-School Open House
Preschool to grade 8

Tuesday, August 22 – 6:00-7:00 PM – on the playground!
“Welcome and We are so glad you are part of our school!”

Visit with other families and meet the teachers.

This event will take place indoors if weather is not good.

Here is how it works!
1. Come to the playground to find the table with your child’s homeroom teacher.
2. Meet the teacher and get any handouts from the homeroom teacher.
3. Get tickets for the cookie dough food truck from the office staff table.

Do NOT bring backpacks and school supplies on this night!

Return to School on these days!

Yes – Bring your school supplies on these days
                       Click here for a supply list

Mon., Aug. 28
PreKindergarten 4/5 year old MWF and M-F classes – Parent/Child day for 9:00-10:00 AM- Plan for the full hour.
K-5 – Assessments plus drop off school supplies
6-8 – Visit and drop off locker supplies 8:00-11:00 AM.

Tues., Aug 29
3/4 year old preschoolers T/TH classes– Parent/Child day for 9:00-10:00 AM – Plan for the full hour.
K-8 – First day of School

Wed., Aug. 30
First Day of School for PreK

Thurs., Aug. 31
First day of school for 3/4 yr. preschool kids

Assessments for the K-Grade 5 students

Watch for a link to come out next week to sign up for the reading assessments. This is a 20-minute time slot with your child’s K-5 homeroom teacher. 

Homerooms will be announced later this week for Preschool-3 grade levels. Grades 4-8 have one class per grade level.

Assessments will take place from 8:00- 2:30 on August 29. Your child can bring school supplies for desks and lockers at this time.


Have you completed all of your back-to-school forms?

The required paperwork is ready for you online.
Click here

Also, all forms are available under the enrollment tab on our website.

Volleyball Team Registration

Reminder for girls in grades 4-8

Click Here

Bussing Link – K-8
Kindergarten students, new families in other grades, and anyone with a change of address who used busing last year.

If you have not yet done so, please register with the school district for bussing if you are going to use this free service.

Click the online registration form

Kitchen Volunteers

We will take any time that you can give us. One day per week or one day per month- 2-3 hours per day.

This is for serving lunch and cleaning up after lunch.

Please contact our school food services director, Katie, if you can help.

Uniform Details

Click for full details about the uniform code.

Don’t forget to trade and exchange with each other for FREE on Facebook.
SWS Uniform Exchange

All students will be given one new red shirt to wear on Friday. No need to purchase other items unless you choose.

A lot of spirit wear options are available for students in grades 6-8 on Friday

Goto: Game One Online Store

Not to be confused with casual uniforms for M,T,Th


Black joggers, not sweatpants, can be worn on these days.

All School Reunion

For all who attended SWS, especially our graduates and those who attended for a few years but may not have graduated.

Keep October 7 open for our 145th year All-School Reunion.  We are planning an evening of food, beverages, and entertainment.

Register for the event here.


Meet the Teachers

 K-8 Teachers
Brandi Augeson – Kindergarten
TBA – Kindergarten ( to be announced later this week)
Abby Jenkins – Grade 1
Amber Crabtree – Grade 1
Casey English – Grade 2
Kathy Giesen – Grade 2
Carly Bartholomaus – Grade 3
Lisa Hathaway – Grade 3
Alyssa Neisen – Grade 4
Collin Smisek – Grade 5 (plus 7/8 Science)
Becky Zwirner – Grade 6 (6-8 Math, 6 Science)
Emily Shimota – Grade 7 – ( 6-8 Religion, 6 Eng/Lit)
Lori King – (6 Social Studies, 5 Eng/Lit, 7 Eng)
Jamie Schoenbauer – Grade 8 (8 Social, 8 Eng/Lit, 7 Social,7 Lit)
Bailey Turner – Pre-8 Pe/Health
Katherine Gorr – Pre-8 Music
Suzanne Eidem – K-8 Art

Tammy Sirek
Annie Schmitz
Marci Muller
Sarah Gullickson
Stephanie Tobias
Val Kapphahn
Annette Stavos

A complete list of all staff members and administration will be sent at a later time.

Calendar of Events:

Sun., Aug. 13 – Parish Festival
Fri., Aug. 18 – Last day of Summer Club House
Mon., Aug. 21 – Staff Workshop begins
Tues., Aug. 22 – Back to School Meet your staff event 6:00-7:00 PM – Preschool to Grade 8
Mon., Aug. 28 – K-5 Assessments
PreK parent and child orientation 9:00-10:00 AM
Tues., Aug. 29 – 1st day for K-8 and 1st day of Club House
Preschool 3/4 parents and child orientation 9:00-10:00 AM
Wed., Aug. 30 – 1st day of PreK
Thurs., Aug 31 – 1st day of Preschool
Mon., Sept. 4 – No School


Click here for the
2023-2024 School Calendar

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St. Wenceslaus Catholic School is a Christ-centered family community committed to the intellectual and spiritual formation of our students. We provide a high-quality academic program that builds leadership and self-confidence while nurturing a loving relationship with God & encouraging service to others.

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