Saints School News
School News – February 22, 2021
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS,
When things get hard, think about Jesus carrying the cross for us. There are so many visuals out there showing the suffering Jesus endured, especially now during Lent. This week, I read St. Padre Pio’s quote, “The greater the suffering, the closer you are to Jesus”. We certainly do not want ourselves and others to suffer, but maybe this quote will help us keep from whining about the little things in life. We want to teach our students this important message too, which is why this Lenten season we will be focusing on The Way of the Cross”.
Kim Doyle, Principal
“Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry” – St. Padre Pio
Enrollment – Grades 1-8
We will have an automatic re-enrollment again this year.
The registration fee is required and will be automatically charged to your TADS account on March 1st. Registration fees are $50 per student.
We will assume your child/ren is/are returning to SWS in the fall unless you make arrangements directly with Kim Doyle. Please contact Kim before March 1 to work out any details. firstname.lastname@example.org/952-758-3133
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March 20, 2021 – Virtually
Free Registration is now taking place. We need as many people as possible to register on line.
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We are still collecting donatons for baskets. Watch for more requests for help to come soon.
Conferences on March 11 for Preschool – Grade 8
8:00-5:00 PM – Each conference is 10 minutes
Sign-up link for a short conference with your child’s teacher. If you are unable to meet on this day, then you will need to connect directly with the teacher to make arrangements.
Parent/Teacher Conference link
Monday Feb 22 at 6:30pm
Parenting Session with Dr. Jules – Peace of Mind
Parenting with Executive Functioning Skills in Mind: Simple Strategies to Build Skill
Many children procrastinate, lack organization, have emotional outbursts, get “stuck” in their worries, are poor planners, or demonstrate other Executive Functioning difficulties. If your child frequently struggles in these areas, it might be impacting his/her school or social success. During this talk, parents will learn about the role of Executive Functioning in child and adolescent development. They will better understand the areas of Executive Functioning and take away simple, concrete parenting strategies to help their children develop lagging skills. Participants will also gain insight into their own EF skills and how the parent/child interactions can be improved through attention to these areas in ourselves and in others.
Next Session …..
We are making staff arrangements and we appreciate your response ASAP. (For preschool and grades K-5)
Preschool – Mixed class of 3-5 year old children. Open 7:00-5:00 with academics 9:00-3:00 (same as school year)
This program is for exiting and incoming preschool children.
Club House – Open for Current SWS Kindergarten – Grade 5 students. – 7:00-5:30 every day.
Registration forms, listing all open dates, are now available on the school website.
Financial Assistance for K-8 continues for the 2021-2022 School Year!
This is a needs-based program. Families apply through TADS by filling out the TADS application. Financial Assistance will be distributed sometime before May 1 and will be applied to the 2021-22 school year.
Any family having significant financial hardship due to Covid-19 should reach out to the principal for opportunity of a “special grant”.
As always, help is offered to any family who would like their child to participate in our Catholic school but needs financial support with tuition. Parents should reach out to the principal to confidentially consult.
We will be focusing on “The Way of the Cross” for our Lenten plan:
Lenten Items will be given to students
1. Station Picture Booklet
2. A wooden cross
3. Station booklets – traditional “Way of the Cross”.
Students should bring a Rosay to school (keep in desk). Please contact Kim or the teachers if your child does NOT have a Rosary and we will get one for them.
Week of Feb 22 – Individual classes to do the stations in church
Wednesday, March 3 – Traditional stations with Fr. Eugene at 1:00
Tuesday, March 9– All school rosary – Sorrowful Mysteries 10:00
Thursday, March 18 – Confessions Grades 2-8 – 9:00-11:00
Thursday, March 25 – Living stations 1:00 with Grade 8 Week of March 29 – Holy Week /Spring Break
Baby Bottle Project – Proceeds to go to the Alpha Woman Center
There is a significant number of SWS people traveling over Spring Break. We ask everyone who is traveling to make prudent decisions as far as your exposure to others.
Here are some ideas:
Stay home upon returning with even 1 symptom.
Do a self-quarantine if you have been places with lot of people, at least over the weekend or 3-7 days.
Get tested 5 -7 days after returning.
If parent is ill, keep kids home from school until there is a solid diagnosis/negative test.
Adults should stay at least 6 ft away from other adults.
Here is a reminder of the guidance:
Travel outside the USA – student needs to do a 14 day quarantine and have proof of negative PCR Covid test before coming back to school. CDC Executive Orders are followed.
Travel outside of Minnesota – Discouraged
Families are asked to make prudent decisions about where they travel and by what mode. Families should assess the risk of exposure while on the the trip. Possible quarantine and negative covid tests may be required. Test five days after returning with a virual PCR test not a rapid antigen test. Students must have zero symptoms to return to school after travel.
If parents travel alone leaving kids at home, this does not affect school attendance decisions unless the parent has been exposed to a positive person, has any symptoms, or has tested positive for the virus. For these situations, the parent must have a negative PCR test – following the MDH Decision Tree.
The kids grow – some of their masks are getting too small – especially seen in grades 3-7. Some kids need to move away from a child size and wear an adult size.
Noses must be covered and the sides must not bow out but fit snuggly to the sides of the face. If their nose pokes out or over the top of the mask when talking, then the mask is not the correct size.
Masks must be two ply fabric with straps that go behind the ears covering the full mouth and nose.
Our safety plan says that students should wear regular masks but If your child has been allowed the accomodation of a gaiter – please make sure they are made of 2-ply fabric. We see some kids with gaiters with terrible posture and the gaiter does not stay up like a mask thus causing a spread of more germs.
The State of Minnesota has given all students in K-8 another new mask. These were sent home last week in the backpacks.
Remember to wash the mask everyday – and each student needs a back-up mask. Neck lanyards help so much as well to keep track of masks.
Paper masks are given out to any child who needs one at any point during the day. We also have a limited supply of shields. You are welcome to have your child wear a shield in addition to a mask if you would like the added protection but not instead of a mask.
SWS will continue to follow MDH/CDC and Archdiocese guidlines for masking at this point
Dial back safely for our children
As time moves forward and as we find that the covid positive cases are lower in our community and the number of people getting immunizations are higher, then we can slowly makes changes in school.
1. We are now including some singing in some of our music classes. We can do this safely with the children. We may also include some student led singing at our Wednesday Masses.
2. We will make a few of our clusters larger, allowing various classes to play with each other on the playground and/or participate at various points throughout the day where they can be more social.
Covid Update as of 2/22/21
Number of positive staff cases = 0
Number of positive student cases = 0
Number of staff quarantined = 0
Number of students quarantined = 0
Here is your chance to win $20,000 in cash!
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Drawing will be at our summer golf event on June 11.
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Total of $25,000 cash prizes
We appreciate if each family would consider buying 1 ticket! Send a check in and we will send your stub home.
Can you help sell 3-5 tickets? We will not send blank tickets home with the children.
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Preschool 2021-2022 Early learning Scholarship from the Schulz Family Foundation
All students going into the prekindergarten and one year away from kindergarten may qualify for this program. This is NOT a needs based program so all should apply.
$500 to $3000!
Click here to get more information and the application link.
As we head into the second half of the 2020-21 school year, the St. Wenceslaus School Advisory Council, has decided to waive the volunteer requirement for this school year (and the fee if chose not to volunteer). This is a one time waive as we see most of the big fundraising events will be virtual or being planned differently and we have less opportunities to volunteer. We recognize some may not be able to volunteer for various COVID related reasons.
We are very grateful for the generosity of time and talent of our families and look forward to the days when we can gather under more normal conditions.
That being said, we do have many activities coming up and will appreciate many of our school parents freely volunteering to help. (Starry Night, Fish Fry, Pot-O-Gold, Golf Tournament)
February 26 –Teacher Planning Day
Club House open 7:00-5:30 for grades K-5 Preschool open as usual
March 11 – Virtual Conferences
Preschool – Grade 8
No school for Preschool – Grade 8 classes
Club House open 7:00-5:30 for Grades K-5
No preschool care
March 12 –Teacher Planning Day
Club House open 7:00-5:30
Preschool open as usual
March 11 and March 12 Club House Sign up Link
Club House will be open for K-5 students both days
Wed. Feb. 24 – School Mass (Gr. 2)
Fri., Feb 26 – No K-8 Classes, Preschool and Club House will be open.
Wed., March 3 – Mass (Gr. 1)
Wed., March 3 – Station of the Cross 1:00 K-8
Mon., March 8 – Rosary Making (Grade 6)
Tues., March 9 – All school Rosary 10:00 am
Wed., March 10 – Mass ( Gr. Ka)
Thurs., March 11 – Conference Day/No School for Preschool – grade 8. Club House open
Fri., March 12 – K-8 Planning Day – No School for K-8. Preschool as usual. Club House open
Tues., March 16 – Home/School Meeting 6:00
Wed., March 17 – Mass ( Kb)
Wed., March 17 – School Advisory meeting 6:30
Thurs., March 18 – Confessions Gr. 2-8 9:00-11:00
Sat., March 20 – A Starry Night!
Wed., March 24 – Mass (Gr. 6)
Thurs., March 25 – Living Stations 1:00
Mon, March 29 – Monday, April 5 – Spring Break
Tues., April 6 – School resumes
Thurs/Fri. April 22-23 – Gr. 7/8 School Play
Fri. April 30 – Fish Fry
Fish Fry – delayed until April 30
Registration for 2021 -2022 Kindergarten
Click for registration form
Registration for Preschool 2021- 2022
Click here for forms
Saints Return 2020
Contains all Covid related plans.
Go to swsaints.org
Amazon Smile Program
Sign up. Name St. Wenceslaus Catholic School (make sure it is our school in Minnesota because there are also schools by the same name in other states) Our school receives 0.5% back on all purchases. It might not seem like a lot, but it all adds up over time.Go to this link to register.
Coborns More Reward Points
Here is such an easy way for you to contribute to the school. Coborns give away $150,000 each year to schools. The money is divided between all schools that have members with points. It is so easy to sign up. Then we get the rewards each time you shop and SWS gets a donation.
1. Go to: moreRewards.com
2. Create an account
3. Proceed to login
4. Goto: manage my membership
5. Choose school reward
6. Select: St. Wenceslaus Catholic School