St. Wenceslaus Catholic School Office News

September 25, 2023

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of the Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS:

Coming up next Saturday, our school will hold our annual Marathon for Non-Public Education. We will join all parochial and private schools in our State of MN on this day in an effort to raise funds to operate our school. While public schools get funds from the state through your taxes, our Catholic school operates from three sources: tuition, fundraising, and donations. The marathon is one of four required fundraisers held each year. There are many other fundraising events, but these four are set into our annual budget: marathon, sweepstakes, fish fry, and pot-o-gold.

Let’s take our example from Mr. Ron McBroom, who is an amazing supporter of our school and has literally single-handedly collected more marathon pledges and donations for the school than anyone can imagine. He has been collecting marathon pledges for the last 35 years from members of the community. Ron has brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars over time.  This year, Ron’s goal is to raise $10,000.  Ron will walk the marathon route once again as he prays the Rosary, which gives him strength in his life. Thank you to Ron McBroom for his extraordinary dedication to the school and example of faith and giving.

Fr. Theisen and Fr. Gifford will also be collecting donations for the school. Their goal is to exceed Ron.  All staff members have been actively participating in this event, and you will see them on Saturday helping with numerous tasks. Our School Parents Association is there to help serve, and the community Knights of Columbus, who are continuous supporters of our school, will be there with lots of food and ready to greet each family coming to participate in the marathon.  A special thanks to all.

See you on Saturday. The details are below.

Kim Doyle, Principal

Psalm 86:11
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.


All School Reunion – Let’s fill the school

This is open to all who are connected to SWS in any way.

Register this week for October 7, our 145th-year All-School Reunion.  We are planning an evening of food, beverages, and entertainment.

Register for the event here.


Parents of Grades 2 and 3
We would like your children to sing at the reunion for all of the guests. They do such a lovely job, and we would like to showcase our school with our students.

Please, please, please – make this a priority for your child and our school. Saturday, October 7.

30 minutes MAX!
They will need to wear their best uniform to perform.

You and your kids are a part of the 145th-year legacy here at SWS. Be proud!

Mr. Gorr’s “voice studio students” are also asked to sing for the 4:30 Mass that day.


What happens on Marathon Day?

All students and their parents/families in grades Preschool to Grade 8 are highly encouraged to attend. (Bring a stroller if your kids are young)

We build school spirit on this day and you can become an invested part of the SWS family!

1. Each student should check in with the homeroom teacher between 8:30 and 8:45.
They will get a race card on their back for tallying the laps.
2. Prayer and start – 9:00
3. Walk or run around the school campus as many times as you wish from 9:00-10:00
4. Collect prizes 10:00-10:30 based on the number of laps.

For All:
Coffee, water, and donuts provided by our School Parents Association

Hot Dogs and Chips are provided by our local Knights of Columbus


 Marathon Donation Link:

Lunch Account for the school staff members

School parents have asked how they can buy a few lunch tickets for the teachers. Here is a link to donate. You can also send a donation to the school office. The goal would be to have $20,000 in the account so that any teacher could get a free lunch at any point in the year, but we will accept any amount. Teachers can get one lunch per week or one per month. Whatever is given will go straight back into the staff lunch account.

Normally (according to the National Lunch Program rules), any adult lunch is $5, and any adult breakfast is $2.25.


Social Emotional Learning  (SEL) activities.

SWS has invested in a curriculum to meet the learning needs of our students. This is a highly interactive program with a professional instructor available to us all year online. Teachers can monitor the mental health of their students through a simple ” daily/weekly question”. They can then choose activities and lessons that address any problems that their students are having at school or even some that are out of school, if appropriate.   We are excited to bring in the program for all K-8 grades. Last year, we tried it out for our students in grades 5-8, and the levelsstaff found it extremely helpful in guiding students on their social-emotional skill level.

NWEA Testing K-8

This week, we finish our testing on Wednesday for our students in grades 3-8 in the area of language and for any students who missed a test last week.

Parents will get their child’s results at the fall conferences on November 2 or 3.


Applications for Benefits – Needs to be completed before Sept. 30
(for those who meet financial criteria)

See the attached form – fill it out and send it to Kim Doyle in a sealed, confidential envelope.

Back-to-school forms

Click here

Also, all forms are available under the enrollment tab on our website.

We need everyone to complete all forms

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.

Calendar of Events:

Mon., Sept 25 – GR. 5 Field Trip to Cedar Lake Farms
Tues., Sept. 26 – Endowment Bd. meeting 4:00
Wed., Sept. 27- No School Mass
Thurs., Sept 28 – Feast of St. Wenceslaus Mass at 8:00 ( Gr. 5)
Sat., Sept. 30 – School Marathon 9:00 AM
Wed., Oct 4 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 4)
Fri., Oct. 6 – Children’s Rosary Pilgrimage – gr. 7/8. to Cathedral
Marathon Money Due
Sat. Oct. 7 – All-School Reunion 4:30 – 9:00 PM
Wed., Oct 11 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 3)
Thurs. Oct 12 – Grr. 2-4 Trip to Works Museum
Wed., Oct 18 – 8:00 Schol Mass (Gr. 2)
Thurs, Oct 19 – No School MEA
Fri., Oct 20 – No School MEA
Tues., Oct 24 – Peace of Mind virtual parent session
Wed., Oct . 25 – 8:00 School Mass ( Gr. 8)
Fri., Oct. 26 – Gr. 6-8 to State Capitol
Sat. Oct. 28 – Handmade Market – 9:00-2:00

Wed., Nov. 1 – 8:00 Mass (Gr. 3) – All Saints Day
Thurs., Nov 2 – Teacher/Parent Conferences – No School
Fri., Nov. 3 – Teacher/Parent Conferences – No School
Wed., Nov. 8 – 8:00 Mass (Gr. 2)
Mon., Nov. 13 – Teacher workshop – No School


Click here for the
2023-2024 School Calendar

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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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