Saints School News
Weekly Office News – October 17, 2022
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;
Giving it all to God. A person who holds the role of school principal is used to taking charge, being in control, and giving lots of directions to others. That is the nature of the job. In the past few months, I have been on a quest to seek God in greater ways in my life. I have been faced with difficulties over the years which put me on my knees praying for God’s guidance. I have recently decided that my own control over things is overwhelming and draining me of my energy. I have finally decided to let go and let God take over.
I have to admit that letting God work in my life is freeing and alleviates so much stress! My tasks are to stay true and faithful to God, to be a decent person that is kind to others, and to continue to pray in thanksgiving for the grace and blessings given to me while also putting trust in God for my requests. Then, I try to trust that God is at work and I am leaving it up to Him to lay the next steps out clearly for me to follow. It has been amazing. The freedom is totally worth trusting God.
I recommend seeking God, then letting go so God can work in your life.
Souls on Fire for God here at SWS.
Kim Doyle, Principal
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: This is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30
Fall Conference Sign-up Link
Conferences take place on the following dates and times:
Thursday, November 3 – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, November 4 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
15 minutes is allowed for each preschool – grade 5 conference.
10 minutes is allowed for each Grade 6-8 conference.
SWS Basketball Teams for grades 4-8
Student Interest Survey- Click here
SWS teams are learning opportunities. We accept all students who wish to play no matter what their skill level is.
4/5/6 and 7/8 grade boys – Coaches are Colin Smisek and Garrett Ykema
Assistant boys coach wanted
Girls in all grades are needed.
We have 4 girls for grades 4/5/6 and 4 girls for grades 7/8 This is not enough for a team to be formed yet. New girls who never have played basketball are welcome to join.
We also need a head coach
We have two assistant coaches
Christmas Lights – Seeking Donations
6. Need by November 10.
Light hanging crew:
Need a bunch of school parents – please!
An email will go out in early November with the exact date and time
Let’s make our property festive!
Magic Show and Former Vikings Football Player
Something fun for the kids in K-8.
Our School Parent Association will sponsor an afternoon of fun for the kids allowing teachers some time free of kids in their classrooms to work on materials for the upcoming conferences.
The students will see a magic show and will also listen to an inspirational speaker, Mark Mallaney, former Vikings Player.
Come on Thursday, October 27 to the school parking lot.
You will love this!
Stop by to view the 9 plows that will be taking care of the snow in the city of New Prague. Not only is it fun to look up close at the snowplows, but it is going to be even more fun to see how our 6th-8th graders painted the plow blades!
No School on October 19
The school staff will be joining all other Catholic school staff members from our 79 schools of the Archdiocese. There will be nearly 2500 Catholic school staff members gathered.
This event is called the Summit of Excellence. It takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center and begins with Mass with Archbishop Hebda, followed by workshop learning sessions.
Club House and preschool are closed on this day.
Club House will be open on Oct 20 and 21 for K-5
Please click this link if you plan to use the Club House on these two fall days. We will be open from 7:00 am to 5:30 PM for kids in K-5.
Link to sign up.
Every Tuesday (On days when school is in session)
8:00 AM -10:00 AM – For Toddlers and their parents
Come when you can and bring your friends and neighbors who also have toddlers. This time is for kids and parents together.
Park in the school parking lot and enter through the main doors near the gym. These doors are locked and entrance is supervised to admit our guests.
Handmade Market- Saturday, October 29
We have a full slate of vendors ready with their handcrafted items. (66+ vendors)
Coffee and breakfast treats for purchase.
Lunch for purchase.
It is going to be a great craft fair.
All are welcome. Share this information with your friends and neighbors.
Halloween Ball to take place on Oct. 31 – 1:00-2:00
Students can dress in costume for the afternoon of Oct. 31. We will hold a student dance for the K-8 kids in the gym.
No costume weapon items are allowed.
Parents are welcome to join but must check in at the office to enter the building. Wear a costume!
All Saints Day / All Souls Day
Tuesday, Nov. 1 is a Holy Day – We will have Mass for All Saints Day.
Wednesday, Nov. 2 is All Souls Day – Many classes will take a walk to the church cemetery to pray for our deceased family and friends.
What is Heaven’s House Carnival?
A fun morning for the little kids put on by the St. Wenceslaus Youth program.
See the flyer for more information
Every Friday – SWS spirt wear allowed: marathon shirts, red “Property of St. Wenceslaus” shirts, volleyball hoodies from this year, 8th grade class shirts, performing arts shirts for current year (when the time comes), SWS basketball shirts
We have a part-time position open in our school kitchen. The job entails food preparation for our school lunch, serving, and clean up. M,W,F from 8:30-1:30 or so. The position will begin after the Christmas break.
We would love to have a school parent or grandparent apply for this job! Contact Kim if interested.
Picture Retake Day
Those who had school pictures taken will be getting the packets the were purchased this week. There will be a retake day on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Retake day is for:
1. Anyone who missed the first round of pictures
2. Those who have a photo with something wrong such as eyes shut . Retakes are not allowed for a good picture that you don’t like clothing or something not significant.
Bring original picture packet back to school for retake.
Living Nativity – December 2
This is going to be so exciting. What a great way to showcase our parish and our school. There will be a Living Nativity on our property on the night of the New Prague Parade of Lights – Friday, December 2.
See the Flyer about this event.
Virtus Account Set-up
To volunteer in the school, the following steps must be followed:
Make a username and password.
The 1st time will take at least 1.5 hours. After the first time that you are approved then, you will have short sessions each year to update the account.
4. Watch 14/15 short videos. You will be given a pre-video question, then allowed to watch the video, followed by a post-video question. You must watch all videos and sign and date after each question in the video section.
5. Do the background check (McDowell Agency) will ask questions of you, including your social security number.
C. – Fill out a 123B form by hand and bring that to the school office. Click here to download the 123B form
You will then complete your part, and your background check will be processed.
Here is how fundraising works for the year at SWS
Require events for parents to help contribute to goal:
1. Marathon – $150 per child
2. Sweepstakes Raffle – $300 per family
3. Fish Fry – Sell or buy 10 tickets
Optional event participation
1. Handmade Market
2. Starry Night Gala (except for a donation for the class basket and other auction items)
3. Golf Tournament
4. Pot-o-Gold (however, we would like each family to buy or sell at least one $100 ticket)
From the School Advisory Council
We know that families are busy and sometimes it helps to have new ideas to incorporate more of the faith into your family life.
For the Love of Family
This week’s challenge:
As the weather changes, take a moment to discuss with your children. Take note of the fall harvest and the bounty that God shares with us as well as the beautiful sunrise and sunset. Use the change of the season to inspire your family to increase your faith practices. More time inside might mean more time for family, faith and prayer. Create a new habit to take you through the winter months such as an added daily prayer or an added weekly mass together.
Tues., Oct. 18 Family group lunch and recess.
Magic Show and Professional football player assembly. 12:45
Wed., Oct. 19 – no school/ no daycare – staff going to CSCOE Summit
7th/8th grade trip to Washington DC – Oct 19-22
Thurs., Oct. 20 -No School, Club House open
Fri., Oct. 21 – No School, Club House open
Mon. Oct. 24 – Home Volleyball vs St. Joe’s
Preschool Halloween Craft NIght 6:00-7:00 PM
Wed., Oct 26 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 6 plans)
Picture Retake Day
Thurs., Oct. 27 – Snow Plow Showcase 5:00-6:30PM
School Advisory Council 6:30 PM.
Sat., Oct 29 – Handmade Market – 9:00-2:00PM
Sun., Oct 30 – Heavens House Carnival 9:30-10:30 provided by SW Youth Group.
Mon., Oct. 31 – Halloween Ball – 1:00-2:00PM
Tues., Nov. 1 – All Saints Mass (Gr. 3 plans)
Wed., Nov. 2 All Souls Cemetery walk/Rosary
Thurs., Nov 3 – No School – Parent /Teacher Conferences 8:00 am. – 8:00 PM
Club House open
Fri., Nov. 4 – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00
Club House open
Wed. Nov. 9 – School Mass ( Gr. 2 plans)
Mon., Nov. 14 – No School – Staff Workday – Club House open
Wed., Nov. 16 – School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans) – Food collection for food shelf
Wed. Nov. 23 – School Mass (Gr. 1 plans)
Thurs., Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving No School/No Club House
Fri., Nov. 25 – School/No Club House
Sun., Nov 27 – Advent begins
Wed., Nov. 30 – School Mass 8:00 (Gr. 7 plans)
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2022-2023 School Calendar
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