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Weekly Office News – November 8, 2021
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;
There are always so many things going on inside of our school each week. The kids and teachers are very busy with all of our curriculum and projects that help them grow into confident learners and leaders. You might not see it with your own kids yet, but little by little these important skills are developing.
Last week we had our conferences. You might have heard how your child could improve, work harder, or change in some way. What you heard from teachers is their passion in trying to guide your child along. There are so many areas where we want the kids to grow. We aim to develop the mind, body, spirit, and soul of each SWS student in preschool and beyond. We know that wholistic (whole person) education is worth it and that is exactly what Catholic education is and what our SWS school sets goals to do.
Thank you for partnering with us in the formation of our students and your children.
Kim Doyle, Principal
“Be Still and Know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10
Please continue to closely monitor your family for symptoms of COVID. We are still seeing illness.
The SWS families have been awesome in keeping kids home when ill. Please do not let up and notify us right away so that we can track.
This has been our best mitigation yet! – Closely monitor, track, and isolate the situation so that it does not spread to others.
School Picture Days are this week!
All students will have their picture taken for our yearbook and school records. Purchases are optional. Watch for the picture packet to come home.
Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Grades: preschool 3/4, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd
Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Grades: PreK, Kinder, 1st, 2nd
Late Start Day – Thursday, Nov. 11
School starts at 9:00
This does not affect the preschool start time.
Click here for Club House Sign up
Fleece cutting update
We have a great start to our fleece cutting for blankets for the homeless!
Katielynn Lusignan will be at school this week at 2:30 at the pickup doors on Tuesday and 9am Thursday at drop-off doors for the late start for any parent wanting to pick up blankets that are already cut to size to cut the ties at home.
Each blanket takes 20-30 min to cut ties so any help in the final weeks to meet our thanksgiving deadline is appreciated! We have about 60 more blankets that need ties cut.
Contact Katielynn to set up another time if you are able to help! 763-236-4518
PreKindergarten Families – Mark the date.
Our staff will be making a delivery to your house on November 16 – between 5:00-6:00 PM.
This is for families with prekindergarten kids in the M/W/F or the M-F sessions only!
Look forward to: A Pizza, A Packet, and A Prize!
Food Drive for the Food Shelf
We encourage all students to bring an item or a bag of items for the food shelf. We will be doing a collection of items on November 17 at the school Mass. This is our annual Thanksgiving collection.
We are collecting the following items for an Advent Art Project:
1. Old Cereal boxes and Cracker boxes
2. Old Christmas cards
3. Glitter and Sequins
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.
We need lots of help. We need some people to dig in and others to help with less involvement. Please consider joining in. We promise that you will find this to be a worthwhile effort.
Call Kim to talk about the opportunities on the team. firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-758-3133.
West Point Glee Club
This is a huge treat to have this most prestigious group perform at our church.
Saturday, November 13, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Free admission, open to the public
St. Wenceslaus Church
We are excited to see one of SWS class of 2014 graduates, West Point Cadet Maggie O’Neill. Maggie is a member of the Glee Club.
Calling all Veterans
If you are a veteran or if you know a veteran, we invite all veterans to come to our school on Tuesday, November 16. We will be doing a Patriotic Rosary at 1:00 in the church.
Sweepstakes Tickets will be coming home soon!
The 2nd of our 3 required fundraisers is about to begin. This one is a cash raffle. Tickets are $10 each.
You will get these within the next week. The ticket sales/drawing is not until the end of January but we are giving them to you now so that you can offer them to family and friends in the holiday weeks ahead.
K-8 families will get 30 tickets.
Preschool families (with no K-8 kids) will get 10 tickets.
Adopt a Family 2021
Sign up starts on November 7 to select a family to adopt for Christmas. You select the family and purchase a few items for their Christmas gifts.
This program is run through LeSueur County. Each year families need to apply and qualify as needing help for Christmas. Approximately 200 families with over 600 children benefit each year.
Click here for more information and to select a family to adopt. (All items must be purchased by Dec. 5)
Ready for kindergarten or preschool?
Looking for all siblings who are NOT already enrolled at SWS who will be coming next fall.
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
Aim Higher Foundation/Catholic Service Appeal Scholarship – Application closes on Feb. 22.
This scholarship is open to any child:
1. Who has a financial need and qualifies for TADS Financial Assistance
2. Grades K-8
Bethlehem Academy Open House November 18
Bethlehem Academy, an authentically Catholic, Dominican prep high school in Faribault is hosting an open house for prospective students Thursday, November 18, at 6pm.
Grounded in faith, our programs help students achieve academically, grow spiritually, and lead lives of service to others. Offering student transportation outside Faribault.
More information, including our online application, student shadow days, and daily family tours, can be found at www.bacards.org <http://www.bacards.org> .
Change in the calendar
We will now hold our Christmas K-8 concert on Tuesday, December 21. We will have an afternoon show and an evening show. Mark your calendar.
Dr. Jules Nolan Parenting Session for November
Technology, Social Media, Screen Time, and Parenting
November 22, 7pm
The use of social media and technology is one of the most popular areas of concern for parents of children and adolescents. How much is too much? How do we keep our kids safe online? What about the constant social comparisons? This session will focus on the latest research on the use of social media and technology. It will also help us understand the relationship between brain development and what drives the need to feel connected online as well as those areas of big concern like pornography and algorithms that target adolescent vulnerabilities. Parenting tips will be offered.
Our school parent association will be treating the kids once each month with the Wildcat Cart. The cart will consist of treats and snacks that will be given to the students during their regular snack time. The cart will have healthy snacks, peanut-free snacks, and gluten-free snacks so that everyone in the school can have a fun treat. The next date is on Nov. 15.
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
AM drop off for the K-8 students
Your K-8 student might be coming too early or too late.
Drop off only between these times 7:10 -7:25.
School starts at 7:30! The door is locked in the back at 7:35 for late arrivals. After this time, the kids must come to the front school door and stop at the office for a tardy pass.
Tues., Nov. 9 – School Parent Association 6:00 PM
Tues., Nov. 9 – School Picture Day – Preschool 3/4, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd
Wed., Nov. 10 – School Picture Day – PreK, Kinder, 1st, 2nd
Wed., Nov. 10 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 1-Fahey plans)
Thurs., Nov. 11 – K-8 late start day- 9:00 AM
Fri., Nov. 12 – Family Group Activity 8:00 am
Sat., Nov.13 – West Point Glee Club Concert – 1:30 PM
Tues., Nov. 16 – Pizza Delivery for PreK families
Tues., Nov. 16 – 1:00 Patriotic Rosary – all welcome
Wed., Nov. 17 – 8:00 Mass (Kinder-Schneider plans) Food Drive for Food Shelter
Wed., Nov. 17 – 6:30 School Advisory Council (click for more news)
Wed., Nov. 24 – 8:00 Mass (Kinder-Martin plans)
Thurs., Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving Break
Fri., Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Break–NO Club House
Advent activities begin
Wed. Dec. 1 – School Mass – (Gr. 1- Dlasin plans)
Thurs., Dec. 2- Santa Secret Shop
Thurs., Dec 2 – Gr. 7/8 Filed 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 – Card Board box City -Gr. 7/8
Wed., Dec. 15 – School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans)
Thurs., Dec. 16 – Gr. 3-8 Reconciliation 9:00-11:00
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
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2021-2022 School Calendar
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