Saints School News
November 12, 2018

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Weekly Office Update

From the Office of Principal

Thanks for attending our parent/teacher conferences last week. It was so nice to see so many of you leaving the school with happy faces as you visited with the teachers about your child’s progress. Students go through many phases as they learn and grow. This is more evident in today’s society than in past years. We are challenged as parents and as teachers to work together to give each child the exact instruction that they need at the exact moment that they need it. It is critical that all adults work together, listen to each other, and each do our part to guide our children to grow in mind, heart, and soul!

I am so proud of our school community. Our teachers work so hard to design meaningful lessons and help our students know God through prayer and practice. Our students are responsive, positive, willing to learn, and seem to truly enjoy their time in school. Parents are supportive and helpful in so many areas. We have wonderful support from our donors, alumni, and parishioners as well as others in the community.  We are truly blessed.


Veterans Day will be celebrated on Tuesday
We are so thankful for all who are serving and have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We will have a very short prayer service to recognize this special day. All are invited, especially and parents, grandparents, or other friends of SWS who are veterans. 9:30 – 9:40 in the church and then out to the flagpole. Dress accordingly.

Food Drive
On November 14, our school will be celebrating Thanksgiving at mass. It has been a tradition for our students to bring non-perishable food and personal care items to share with those in our community who are less fortunate. Please consider some of the following items for which there is currently a greater need at the Peace Center.
Condiments (mayo, dressings, seasonings)
Juices (apple, orange, tomato, etc.)
Soup (all varieties)
Breakfast foods (cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars)
Personal care items (soap, shampoo, deodorant)

Please send donations to school November 12, 13 or 14 so that the students may present these items before the altar at Mass. 
Thank you for your generosity.

Preschool Grant Money is Available
The Schulze Early Learning Scholarship is available for the 2019-20 school year for preschool families who plan to enroll in preschool next fall and will continue on to SWS kindergarten. Spread the word. The application link opened on November 1. Families may qualify for $500 to $4000.

  • The child must be enrolling in the final year of Little Saints Preschool. (PreK class – 3 or 5 days)
    The family must be a middle-income family.
    The family must be considering enrollment at SWS kindergarten in the future.

There is still money available of our current PreK students enrolled in th 2018-19 class of PreK. Nine of our families received a grant this year but the foundation has more funds to give. If you did not get a grant or did not apply and your child will be enrolled in our SWS kindergarten next fall – YOU QUALIFY!

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


Santa Secret Shop – Dec. 6-8
This is an opportunity for the children to shop for gifts for the entire family on their own. Envelopes will come home. Parents put money in the 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

 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

( see “Events” on school website)

An Irish Starry Night – Saturday, March 16
Join the committee to help plan this fun event for our community.

Please think about planning a party to be put on our group events sign up tables such as a hayride, 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.

We are also looking for larger donations that would be great  “Live Auction Items” such as great game tickets, theatre tickets, vacation homes, trips, sporting or fishing packages, and ladies nights out.

Watch for your Save the Date Postcard and be sure to clip it to your refrigerator as a reminder. Plan to attend and bring a few guests with you! This is an adult event for those 21 and beyond.



Mon., Nov. 12 – Adoration in Chapel 8:30-10:30
Tues., Nov 13
Veterans Day Prayer 9:30
Home and School Assoc. Meeting 6:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 14 -8:00 School Mass (Gr. 1 and Kindergarten Plans)
Food Drive at Mass
Marketing meeting 6:30 PM
Thurs., Nov. 15 – Gr. 8 trip to Global Market
STEM video taping sessions
Fri., Nov. 16 – Grade 8 day off for marathon
Mon., Nov. 19 – School Advisory Council 6:30 PM
Tues., Nov. 20 – Climb Theater shows – Gr. K-6
Wed., Nov. 21 – No School
Thurs., Nov. 22 – No School
Fri., Nov. 23 – No School
Wed., Nov. 28 – 8:00 School Mass (gr. 8 Plans)
Thurs, Nov. 29 – Family Group 1:45
Sun, Dec. 2 – Lego League Competition at Holy Family
Mon., Dec. 3 – 1:45 Advent Prayer Service
Wed., Dec. 5 – No school Mass – Reconciliation Service for gr. 3-8 at 1:00 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. 11 – Christmas 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
Tues., Dec. 18 – Preschool 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


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