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August 21, 2023

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of the Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS:

The week has come for our staff to get really busy! All staff members will be returning or joining in on Monday as we begin our workshop time together.  We have much to organize and plan so that our students receive an excellent faith education, achieve academic goals, and develop into leaders who are prayerful, reliant on God, and kind to others. We also wish to achieve a unique family-centered community so that each family finds a “home” here at SWS. This obviously takes lots of work, time, and energy. 

As our staff gears up for the challenges ahead, we also ask our school parents and supporters to gear up to help us. It takes the entire community to keep our programs positive and to develop ongoing and new ideas. Furthermore, as a Catholic school, we have a very specific mission to provide the best formation of our Catholic and Christian faith to our children. Our staff does this daily, but they cannot do it alone. We invite you to pray for a successful year for our school. Come to volunteer and join our activities. It will be a wonderful year. 

Kim Doyle, Principal

Psalm 86:11
Teach me Your way, O Lord


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 free tickets for the cookie dough food truck from the office staff table. The entire family will be treated.

Do NOT bring backpacks and school supplies on this night!


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 are free or pay for one/two items. This is the State requirement for us to offer free breakfast and lunch.
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 entree for an added $1.50

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


Lunch Applications (Formerly 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 program 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 the number in your family.

Return to School on these days!

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 – 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 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

Link to reserve your time:

Assessments will take place from 8:00- 3:00 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

Practice will start on August 28 or August 29. Watch for news from the coach.

Click Here

Drop off and Pick up Area for cars

See a map

Please drop off and pick up in the back parking lot
1. Drive by, and kids jump out of the car in the drop-off zone
2. Park in the back end of the lot and walk your kids to the crosswalk (A staff member will be there with a crossing flag)

All Preschool
Park on Columbus and walk up to the preschool doors.
Ring the bell and enter the building.

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.


SWS Staff 2023-2024

Fr. Eugene Theissen – Pastor
Fr. Joseph Gifford – Parochial Vicar
Kim Doyle – Principal
Sherry Hartman – Office Manager
Joan May – Technologist
Lisa Langfield – Events/Alumni/Relations

K-8 Teachers
Brandi Augeson – Kindergarten
Amber Mattson-Johnson – Kindergarten
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
Linda Smisek
Shirley Pumper

Club House
Anita Sirek
Elaine Howell

Support Staff
Linda Smisek
Teresa Rademacher
Mary Ray Jirik
Bonita Brandel

Katie Cleveland – Chef
Pam Glisczinski
Judy Shambour
Bev Wagner
Al Sticha

Steve Schmitz
Paul Maruska


Calendar of Events:

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
Wed., Sept. 6 – 8:00 Schoo Mass (Gr. 8)
Tues., Sept. 12 – School Pictures
Wed., Sept 13 – School Pictures
8:00 School Mass (Gr. 7)
Sept. 18-22 – NWEA Testing
Wed., Sept. 20 – 8:00 Mass (Gr. 6)
Thurs., Sept 28 – Feast of St. Wenceslaus Mass at 8:00 ( Gr. 5)
Sat., Sept. 30 – School Marathon 9:00 AM
Sat. Oct. 7 – All-School Reunion 4:30 – 9:00 PM


Click here for the
2023-2024 School Calendar

Our Mission Statement

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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