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Weekly Office News – November 22, 2021

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;

O Come, O Come Emmanuel into our school, our families, and all of our hearts this Advent Season.
Our school is decorated and we have symbols of the wonderful season around the building to help us stay focused on the birth and life of Christ.

Each classroom has an advent wreath and we will pray for Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy in our classrooms and with our entire school each week.  The Advent season is a great time for the children to learn about how the birth of Jesus came to be as we read in the Old and New Testament of the Bible.

Focus on Jesus keeps us directed to what is important.  We are so lucky to be in a school where this focus is alive year-round but it is also such a special gift to be in school druing this season. You cannot get this in all schools.

Thank you for being a part of this Christmas gift for our children, staff and families.


Kim Doyle, Principal

“Be Still and Know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10

Advent Activities

Prayer Services for the entire school
Nov. 30 – Hope 9:15
Dec. 7 – Love 12:45- followed by blanket making
Dec. 14 – Joy 10:00
Dec. 21 – Peace 8:00

Class Prayer
Lighted Advent wreaths and prayer each day

Special projects
1. Christmas Star – each child will create to decorate the PAC hallways with a holy scene.
2. Christmas ornaments made for our special trees
3. Classroom door decorating

Fleece blanket making for the homeless shelters – We will do this with our family groups.

Santa Secret Shop  – This week!

We have a special shopping opportunity for all of the students on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Preschool put $10 in an envelope for a gift for mom and dad.

K-8 use the special Santa Shop envelope. Then mark who to purchase for and how much to spend. Put that amount in the envelope.

All kids will get a chance to shop, have their gifts wrapped and tagged.

Fun “Christmas Sweater” Day

All students and staff are invited to wear a fun Christmas sweater or shirt on Friday, December 17.  Red/Green outfits are also acceptable.

Adoration time for Bishop Cozzens

We have made a promise to pray for Bishop Cozzens as he moves to the Diocese of Crookston.  We will pray for him during an adoration time on Friday, December 3. Bishop Cozzens was a wonderful advocate for 79 our Catholic Grade Schools and a number of Catholic High Schools.

Here is a link to a book that he will be given from all of the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis.


Club House and Preschool Extended Care
—- closing for one afterschool time.

We are closing both of these programs on the afternoon pick-up time on Friday, December 17.

K-8 pick up – 2:30
Preschool pick-up – 3:00

This is to allow all of our staff to attend our Staff Christmas Party which takes place after school on this day.

Parents – please make other arrangements.

Parents – Mark your calendar and get a babysitter!

Parent Gathering
Preschool through grade 8 parents and staff are invited to Giesenbräu Bier Co. party room.
Thursday, December 16 at 6:00 PM

Beer and snacks!
Meet someone new!
Come alone or bring a friend who is thinking of joining SWS!
Christmas Sweaters encouraged!
Give aways and prizes!

Covid Update

Please continue to closely monitor your family for symptoms of COVID.  STAY HOME WITH SYMPTOMS!

Please test and report Covid when you face this in your family. The school can then allow others to take care.

Our response as Christians is to also protect the more vulnerable people of our community and families, thus we need to be alert about spreading the virus.

The SWS families have been awesome in keeping kids home when ill. Please do not let up.

All family members are required to stay home (14 days) if anyone living in the family home has tested positive!
(There are exceptions to this based on the MDH Decision Tree.)

If you need more information about how to deal with Covid, do your research with the  MDH -Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC- Center for Disease Control.

Schools in some communities are closing – We want to stay open, so please follow the rules and do your part!


 Lack of Substitutes for the classrooms

We do not have enough people to cover all of the classes at school when a teacher needs to be absent. So far we are doing lots of juggling of things to cover it all.

If you have a Bachelors Degree in any area, then you can be a sub. Please let Kim or Sherry know if you are interested and available on short notice.

If a teacher/sub cannot be found for a particular class – then we will close the class and keep the kids at home or send them home after arrival. This may sound extreme, but this is what is happening at other schools similar to ours. If the teacher is not ill but cannot come to school, they can do distance learning from home with all students. If the teacher is ill, there will be no lessons until the teacher is able.  Please pray this doesn’t happen.

Class Baskets  – Due January 1
The committee is trying to make things easy for each family. Here is an option for families to help with our Starry Night

Preschool3/4 (Conway) Gift Wrapping Wish List
PreK (Fimon) Gardening Wish List
PreK (Gullickson/Heinz) Gardening Wish List
PreK (Sirek)- Yeti Wish List
Kindergarten (Martin) Lego City Kindergarten Lego City Wish List
Kindergarten (Schneider) LOL Kindergarten LOL Wish List
1st Grade (Dalsin) Crafts 1st Grade Crafts Wish List
1st Grade (Fahey) Slime 1st Grade Slime Wish List
2nd Grade Fidgets/Interactive Wish List
3rd Grade DIY 3rd Grade DIY Wish List
4th Grade STEM 4th Grade STEM Wish List

5th Grade Outdoor Fun 5th Grade Outdoor Fun Wish List
6th Grade Pool/Beach 6th Grade Pool Beach Wish List
7th Grade NP Gift Cards/Trojan Gear 
– Shop local!
8th Grade Insta Pix 8th Grade Insta Pix Wish List

Amazon List Purchasing Instructions

  1. Ensure your Amazon Account is linked to St. Wenceslaus in AmazonSmile
    1. To set up AmazonSmile navigate to account & lists in the upper right corner and select Amazon Smile Charity Lists
    2. In the search bar type “St Wenceslaus” and select
    3. Note you MUST be logged in through when making purchases for St Wenceslaus to receive the monetary donations generated from AmazonSmile
  2. Click on the appropriate List Link (below)
    1. A banner will appear at the top of the screen that will prompt you to enter the list through AmazonSmile. Please click on Visit AmazonSmile to view the list and make purchases.
  3. Navigate through the list for the item you wish to purchase
    1. If your grade has multiple lists, either can be purchased from
  4. Add to cart and continue to checkout
  5. Select Ship To ‘Sherry Hartman’s Gift Registry’
  6. In gift options you can choose if you’d like to leave a note
  7. Please do not gift wrap if given the option
  8. Select your payment method and place order

We’ll handle the rest!

Sweepstakes Tickets

K-8 families – 30 tickets.
Preschool families (with no K-8 kids) – 10 tickets.
Tickets are $10 each.

This is 2nd of our 3 required fundraisers. The ticket sales/drawing is not until the end of January.
You can offer them to family and friends in the holiday weeks ahead.


Wanted: Parents willing to help with our Starry Night

We are building our teams to help with our amazing Starry Night – to be held live this year. This event will be held on March 26. 

Please talk to Colleen Sullivan or Sarah Kallal to join a team.

Kim will connect you if you do not have their contact information.

Registration is now open
          for kindergarten and preschool?

Reserve a spot for fall 2022.
Spread the word to families who might be interested in enrollment. We appreciate our current families helping us make connections.

Tours of our programs are welcome. We will also hold a preschool open house in January and a kindergarten preview evening in February.

Registration forms are available on our main school website: 

Apply NOW!
Schulze Family Foundation Early Learning Scholarship

Application closes when money is used up – apply early

This scholarship is open to any child:

1. Enrolling in the prekindergarten class next fall.
2. Comes from a middle-income class


More details

Aim Higher Foundation/Catholic Service Appeal Scholarship – Application closes on Feb. 22.

This scholarship is open to any child:

1. Family has a financial need and qualifies for TADS Financial Assistance
2. Grades K-8


More details

Dr. Jules Nolan Parenting Virtual Sessions
These will be available through the end of December.

Emotional and Behavioral Regulation in School: Changes Since COVID <>

Technology, social media, Screen Time, and Parenting

Back-to-School 2021

Covid Protocols

Calendar of Events:

Advent activities begin
Wed. Dec. 1 – School Mass – (Gr. 1- Dalsin plans)
Thurs., Dec. 2- Santa Secret Shop
Thurs., Dec 2 – Gr. 7/8 Field Trip
Fri., Dec 3 – Santa Secret Shop
Fri -Dec. 3 – Adoration for Bishop Cozzens
Mon., Dec. 6 – St. Nicolas Day treats from Parent’s Assoc.
Wed., Dec. 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception School Mass (Gr. 6 plans)
Thurs., Dec. 9 – Late start day – 9:00 am
Thurs., Dec. 9 – Cardboard Box City -Gr. 7/8
Wed., Dec. 15 – School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans)
Thurs., Dec. 16 – Gr. 3-8 Reconciliation 9:00-11:00
Thurs., Dec. 16 – Parent Gathering 6:00PM
Fri., Dec. 17 – No Club House/No Afterschool Extended Care
Christmas Sweater day
Tues., Dec. 21 – K-8 Concert 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 22 – School Mass ( Gr. 5 plans)
Wed., Dec. 22 – Preschool concert 10:00 AM
Wed., Dec. 22 – Kindergarten Nativity play 1:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 23- Fri., Dec. 31 – Christmas Vacation
Mon., Jan. 3 – School resumes


Click here for the
2021-2022 School Calendar

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Uniform Exchange site

Give away or trade uniforms for free.  You can post your used uniforms and get new ones by clicking the link in Facebook  – SWS Uniform Exchange


Amazon Smile Program

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5. Choose school reward
6. Select: St. Wenceslaus Catholic School