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September 5, 2023
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of the Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS:
It was so nice to see the kids back in school and such a flurry of activities in the hallways and classrooms once again. Everyone jumped back in with lots of smiles and lots of enthusiasm. School spirit is energizing for everyone.
The one thing that we pray for every day at our school is that God’s Spirit is among us and guides our path. We work hard at our school, and we also pray hard. God guides us and brings us great staff, great families, and great energy each year. This year. is not an exception. God is with us, and His Spirit leads our way.
Kim Doyle, Principal
Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart so that I may honor you.
Annual School Marathon – Preschool to Grade 8
We kicked off this event with the kids on Friday. The annual marathon is one of 4 required fundraisers. This one brings great excitement to the school as kids earn prizes. Each student has a goal of collecting funds from family and friends. K-8 = $200 and Prechool = $100.
Generally, the event itself is a fun gathering on Saturday, September 30 – 9:00-10:30 AM. We walk/run around the school campus, have food, and win prizes.
Money is collected ahead of time. You can collect cash, send a check, or anyone can donate online. Each donation will be credited to the designated student to count toward their total.
A super easy way to spread the word is to send or post this link for friends to respond directly to the school with a donation.
Marathon Donation Link:
K-8 parents (Not preschool)
All parents are invited to come to school for a brief time to listen and learn from their child’s teacher. Teachers will go over classroom routines, activities, and curriculum for the year. This is also a great time to ask questions.
This time is NOT meant for a one-on-one parent conference but for a group gathering.
30 minutes is allotted for each teacher to talk to each group, so please be ON TIME.
7:00 -8:00 – Grades 6-8 – rotation
We apologize ahead of time if you have time slots that interfere.
Students should not attend.
We need as many SWS people as possible to join our parade unit. Once again, we want to make a huge impact on the New Prague community as we come down the street in our RED t-shirts.
Students can wear their new red t-shirts.
Parents can wear red too – $10 for an old style one and $20 for one with the new logo. Get these in the office this week.
Preschool parents – please plan to walk with us and put your kids in wagons and strollers.
K-1 students can ride the float ( but only with a parent onboard too) or they may walk with a wagon or stroller.
Grade 2-8 students can walk with us and toss candy.
The parade route goes from the railroad tracks down Main street to 7th street. We will unload the float near the baseball fields (by the Park Ballroom) – old pool lot.
We are number 55 in the line-up.
School Parent Association
Any parent is welcome to join the School Parent Association (SPA). The first meeting is Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 PM.
This meeting takes place in the staff workroom by the office. Enter through the front doors.
The SPA is a supportive group of parents who meet monthly. Their goal is to aid teachers and kids, making a cheerful impression on all. Activities are fun and involve special treats. Projects are focused on helping make the school great. Join us for the meeting if you can!
Teachers need a few minutes to prepare before students arrive. We hold them in the lobby if they come too early.
School Picture Days Sept 12-13
All students will have their pictures taken to use for our records, cum files, yearbooks and etc. StudentsIt is optional for you to purchase a packet. Students will bring their picture money in on the day that the are assigned for pictures.
Tuesday, Sept. 12 – Preschool, 8, K, 1, 2, 3rd grades
Wednesday, Sept. 13 – PreK, 4, 5, 6, 7th grades
Don’t forget to pay your fee for the program
Send a check to the school office.
$90 for grades 5-8 players
$50 for grade 4 players
Breakfast/morning snack/break – for K-8 students
8:00 – Grades 3-4-5
8:20 – Grades 6-7-8
8:40 – Grades K-1-2
(different on Mass days)
A choice is offered every day, and each student can take 3 free items, with one always being a fruit. More than 3 items will cost $.50 per item.
Students can also bring their own snacks from home.
11:05-11:35 – Grades 4-8
11:45- 12:15 – Grades K-3
12:10-12:40 – Preschool
Free and paid lunch includes a carton of milk.
Students can order an extra carton of milk for $.50
Students can order a double entree for an added $1.50
Students can also bring their own lunch from home and purchase a carton of milk.
You can put money into your family lunch account to cover any added expenses. To do this, simply send a check to the office marked “lunch money.”
Adult lunches are $5.00. Parents are welcome to come. Simply check in at the school office and purchase a lunch ticket.
Applications for Benefits
Please look at the chart below. If your family fits into the income levels – then please apply using the attached form.
This application brings lots of benefits to the entire 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.
Have you completed all of your back-to-school forms?
The required paperwork is ready for you online.
Also, all forms are available under the enrollment tab on our website.
Kitchen Volunteers are needed
We will take any time that you can give us.
One day per week or one day per month- 2-3 hours per day or even 1 hour will help.
Currently, we need people to wash dishes 8:00-9:30 AM and others to serve lunch and wash dishes – 10:30-12:30.
Please contact our school food services director, Katie, if you can help.
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.
We have lots of blue bottoms and many polos. All are located on a table in the PAC. Come and take as many as you wish. Items not taken within the next week will be given to a charity.
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
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
Colin 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
Mary Ray Jirik
Katie Cleveland – Chef
Mon., Sept. 4 – No School
Wed., Sept. 6 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 8)
Thurs., Sept 7 – 6:30 PM School Parent Association Meeting
Tues., Sept. 12 – School Pictures – Preschool, K, 1, 2, 3, 8th grades
Tues. Sept. 12 – Parents Information Night – see the time schedule
Wed., Sept 13 – School Pictures – PreK, 4, 5, 6, 7 grades
8:00 School Mass (Gr. 7)
Sat. Sept. 16 – Dozinky Parade Float 11:30
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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