Saints School News
December 3, 2018

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Weekly Office Update

From the Office of Principal  

Advent is here.  What an incredible blessing for all of the children who attend our school. We will bring the meaning of the season into our classrooms daily and our students will learn with their classmates and the entire school family.


I often ask myself if people on the outside of our Catholic school community can see the value in putting Christ into the lives of our children day by day. I know that the world can separate academic education from the teaching of our faith, but I cannot. I have been a Catholic school principal, teacher, parent, and student my entire life with the exception of working in a Lutheran college for a short 3 years and attending our local public high school back in the day. My faith is who I am. My faith defines me as a believer who relies on the direction of God, the friendship of Jesus, and the insight of the Holy Spirit to guide me along the way. This guidance is needed daily and continually. It cannot be compartmentalized into faith on one day and business on another day. This is why I am thankful to be at SWS where my faith can be the highlight throughout my day, just as it can be integral in the life of each and every SWS staff member and student.


Blessings to all for the next four weeks of this very holy season, as we study, learn, and recall the history of the birth of Jesus in a stable, the beautiful trust of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Joseph, her husband, as we seek the meaning that changed the world.

 Santa Workshop Event- for all children age 2-6 and their families
Saturday, December 8

9:00-11:00 AM

Visit with Santa
Participate in fun activities
Make cookies, Drink Cocoa
Play games
Shop at the Santa Secret Shop (read below)

(see “Events” on school website)

This Week

Santa Secret Shop – Dec. 6-8

Open to all students Preschool-Grade 8
Children shop for gifts for the entire family on their own. Parents put money in an envelope and label the envelope with who the child will purchase a gift for and how much they should spend. Gifts are purchased wrapped and tagged with the help of our Home and School Association “Elf Moms”.

Our Santa Secret Shop will be open:
Thursday, December 6 – during school hours
Friday, December 7 – during school hours
Saturday, December 8 – 9:00-11:00 during our preschool Santa Workshop Event

School Christmas Program next week!
Tuesday, December 11
1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
K-8 will perform in both shows/PreK will join for the 6:30 show

Dress your best for both performances (no uniforms this day)

An Irish Starry Night – Saturday, March 16

Group events sign-ups are needed! Ideas include hayrides, drinks for a class of parents at your home, a camping event, a bonfire, or a wine tasting night. People sign up at the Starry Night and come to the party at a later date. These events can be adult focused or kid-focused.

Live Auction Items are being sought! Game tickets, theatre tickets, vacation homes, trips, sporting or fishing packages, golf days and ladies nights out are very popular.

Donations and reservations are now being accepted.

This event is fun for the young parents and guests and for the older supporters, parishioners, and friends of SWS.

Sweepstakes Tickets are coming soon!
The second major school fundraiser will be coming to you soon. This is our school sweepstakes. Every K-8 family will receive $300 in tickets and the preschool families will receive $50 in tickets. All tickets are $10 and each one gives a chance at some cash prizes. Our goal is to raise $30,000.

Required fundraisers: marathon, sweepstakes, and fish fry dinner.
Optional fundraisers: auction, pot-o-gold, golf tournament.

Home/School Association fundraiser: Handmade Market
Other: Book Fair, Santa Secret Shop




Mon., Dec. 3 – 1:45 Advent Prayer Service
KInder and PreK Field Trip
Marketing meeting 6:30 PM
Tues., Dec. 4 – High School Choir to practice in the church. 9:40-10:10
Wed., Dec. 5 – No school Mass – Reconciliation Service for gr. 3-8 at 1:00 PM
Auction Committee Meeting 6:30 PM
Thurs., Dec. 6 – Santa Secret Shop Open
Fri., Dec. 7 – Santa Secret Shop Open
Gr. 3-8 trip to Holiday Show in Bloomington
Sat., Dec. 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Santa Workshop for preschool and kindergarten students and their families. 9:00 -11:00 AM
Santa Secret Shop is open for sales
Tues., Dec. 11Christmas Concert 1:00 and 6:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 12 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 5 plans)
Thurs., Dec. 13 – Gr. 7/8 to Mary Poppins Play
Fri., Dec. 14 – Buddy , snack and a story – 9:30
Mon., Dec. 17 – Student Adoration 8:30-10:30
Tues., Dec. 18Preschool 3/4 Christmas program 10:00 AM
Wed., Dec. 19 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 6 plans)
PreK Christmas program 10:00 AM
Thurs. Dec. 20 – No Preschool classes
Family Groups 8:30 AM
Kindergarten Nativity Play 1:00
Fri., Dec. 21
– No Preschool classes
Advent Prayer Service 1:45
Dec. 24 – January 1 Christmas Vacation
Wed., Jan.2 – School resumes


Volunteers Wanted: Please consider volunteering to be part of the planning committee for the fish fry dinner. The group has several planning meetings before the dinner takes place in April. This is a needed event for our school and a great event for the community as we welcome more than 1400 people to dinner on the day of the fish fry. Please keep in mind that SWS has about 100 families to attend to all of the events. We really need everyone to step up to help if you can on this committee or on another one. Contact Thank you so much for helping to make SWS a great school for all of our children.

Want to win $20,000 in cash?
This year we will be doing this fun raffle called the
There will be 600 tickets sold for $100 each.
The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the school golf tournament on June 14.
If you want to buy a ticket or if you want to sell a few tickets to friends, contact the school office. Several smaller cash prizes are included in this raffle.

Prizes: $20,000, $2000, 2x$1000, 2x$500