Saints School News
School News – February 17, 2020
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS,
Get ready, Get set, Go!
We are now moving into some of the busiest weeks ahead for our SWS parents and other volunteers. We have the Starry Night auction and the fish fry which both require more help that you can possibly imagine.
In all my years as a principal, I have been told over and over again – yes this is alot of work but parents have fun. It is in helping at these events and other volunteer positions that school parents have made best friends with each other. Parents have gotten to know other parents who have children in the same classroom. Parents have felt the sense of family and connectedness. Volunteers have been rewarded knowing that they are making a difference.
The links to sign up to volunteer are below. We request each family sign up for two events or two shift positions at one event. Both of these activities are important for the school. Join in, meet new people, help the school, and have fun. Please know that YOU ARE SO APPRECIATED.
PS – All of our school friends, supporters and grandparents are often volunteers at our school events. To you, we give a special star of appreciation!
Aim Higher Tuition Grants will close on February 18!
Once your child qualifies for this grant, they will get the grant every year until they graduate from grade 8 even if you transfer to another Catholic school.
To apply for this grant, you must apply for financial assistance with TADS. (This is a needs based grant. Do not be afraid to apply. The process is very confidential.)
Class Baskets for our Starry Night
Final Call for donations
We will have a drive-by drop off -Tuesday 7:00 – 7:30 AM in the back parking lot.
Wanted: 60 bottles of wine and 40 gift cards of $20-$50 value.
Preschool ¾’s – Playtime Basket – Things to play with when you are a preschooler – toys and game
Preschool PreK – Fiesta Basket – Cinco De Mayo anything for families or for adults
Kindergarten – Bird house/ birdseed – Cash to purchase this or items
Grade 1- Coffee & Tea – a variety of these drink items, teapot, coffee mugs, coffee maker
Grade 2 – Lottery Ticket Basket– random tickets to make up a profitable basket
Grade 3 – MN Vikings tailgate gear – items to use for tailgating plus Viking logo items
Grade 4 – Spa/Calming basket – Candles, face masks, spa GC, Subscription to Calm app
Grade 5 – Italian Night – restaurant Gift Certificate. Pasta, sauces, pasta bowls, wine, olive oil, etc
Grade 6 – Play and Stay Golf Outing (Teacher is collecting cash to purchase this item)
Grade 7 – New Prague Trojans Basket – get any items with NP Trojan on it
Grade 8 – Up North Brainerd Resort Weekend (Teacher is collecting cash to purchase this item)
Thank you so very much for participating in this collection.
Science Fair Judges Needed on Thursday
No experience necessary. You will simply look at the projects and ask the students questions about their research. This takes place this week. Thurusday 9:30-11:00.
please contact Beck Zwirner of you can help.
The Starry Night in Italy
Registrations and donations can be made on line
Announcing our New Family / Transfer Grant
$1000 grant is available for any student who enrolls at SWS in grades 1-8 for the 2020-2021 school year.
Spread the word to any family who may be considering registration in our school. Please note – Students who are enrolled in other local schools and are entering middle school will be moving to a new school this year from their local elementary school. A move to St. Wenceslaus for grades 6-8 could be an amazing experience for that student! If you know someone with children this age, please be sure to pass the word about our transfer grant!
Parent Meeting – Please plan to attend!
Join our School Advisory Council on Monday, February 24 at 6:00 in the gym. The council will share all the new developments in our tuition structures and in our plans to support our future. We want to share information and give you a chance to ask questions. This school belongs to all of us so please stay involved and informed.
Automatic Re-enrollment will begin on March 15.
You recently received a letter from our School Advisory Board. To make our paperwork process less cumbersome, we will be doing an automatic re-enrollment for the next school year. You will receive a registration fee charged to your TADS account of $50 per child on March 15. Please come to the annual parent meeting (Feb. 24) to learn more.
Fish Fry Tickets
Our Annual Fish Fry will take place on March 6th. Every family received tickets to purchase or to sell.
K-8 will – 10 adult tickets
Preschool will get 5 tickets.
New this year – the back of the ticket has an option to cut in half for children meals, however each family must cover the cost for both halves.
Adults are $12 or $14 at the door.
Children ages 5-10 at $6 or $7 at the door.
Children 4 and under are free.
Lunch 11:00-1:00 (students can use tickets for lunch)
Lots of volunteers are needed for this event. Go to this link to sign up:
Volunteers for the Starry Night in Italy
1. Help decorate, build, paint, and make decorations before the event – March 25,26,27
2. Work the night of the Starry Night event – March 28. Help serve the guests who will be attending.
3. Work on the cleanup crew the day after the event – March 29.
Spirit Shirts for Sale
1. Get the Grey with red sleeves SWS spirit shirt
2. or a red with “Property of St. Wenceslaus” on front.
$10 in the office – adult sizes available only
Dear Edwina – 7th and 8th Grade School Musical
Order your tickets ahead of time by sending in the ticket fee. Click here
We are so proud of our 7th and 8th grade students and all of the teachers who work with them. Students not only act, sing and dance in the play, but they also build the sets, make the costumes, designs the programs and marketing items, and do the make-up. Students learn how to put on the entire production. This is STEM at it’s finest! Please come to the play and bring family and friends.
Sign up to meet with your child’s teachers. Conferences take place on March 10 and 12.
Grades PreK-4 have 15 minute times
Grades 5-8 have 10 minute times
If you cannot find a time that works for you, please contact your child’s teacher by e-mail to set an alternate plan but we hope you can continue to schedule within the teachers’ conference blocks.
If you would like to meet with the teachers of art, physical education, technology, library, or music – then please email these teachers directly to set up a time.
Here is the link:
Preschool Registration for Fall 2020 is now in progress
Prekindergarten sessions – 5 spots left
3/4 preschool – 11 spots left
Announcing!!!! – Opening a multi-age summer preschool program for students ages 3-5. Come 1-5 days full or half.
Please click to get the registration form for Summer 2020.
Mon., Feb. 17 – No School/Holiday
Tues., Feb 18 – Aim High Grant deadline
Auction meeting 6:30-7:30
Wed., Feb. 19 – School Mass (Gr. 2 plans)
School Advisory Meeting 7:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 20 – Late Start 9:00 AM
Pizza with the Padre – 6:00PM
Catholic school development meeting 6:00-7:30 PM
Science Fair judging 9:30-11:00
Mon., Feb. 24 Parent Annual Meeting 6:00-7:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 26– Ash Wed. Mass ( Gr. 8 plans)
Thurs., Feb. 27 – School Musical
9:30 school performance
6:00 – musical performance
Fri., Feb. 28 – School Musical
5:30 and 7:30 performances
Sat. Feb 29 – Couples Speaker 9:15-10:15 am
Tues., March 3 – Home/School meeting 6:00
Wed., March 4 – 8:00 Mass ( Gr. 3)
Fri., March 6 – Fish Fry
11:00-1:00 and 4:30 – 7:00
Tues., March 10 – Conferences 3:00-8:00
Wed.., March 11 – 8:00 Mass (K and 1 plan)
Thurs., March 12 – Conferences 12:00-8:00/No School on this day
Wed. March 18 – School Advisory Council meeting 7:00
8:00 School Mass (Gr. 7 plans)
Thurs., March 19 – Late Start 9:00 am
Fri, March 20 – No School /staff retreat
Wed., March 25 – 8:00 School Mass (gr. 6 plans)
Fri., March 27 – 1:00 Living Stations 1:00 in church
Sat., March 28 – Starry Night in Italy 5:00 check-in
The Schulze Early Learning Scholarship is now open for Fall 2020 school year!
For all preschool students going into the 4/5-year-old class – one year away from entering kindergarten.
You must be Middle income to apply!
Click to the application website!
The Starry Night in Italy – March 28.
For registration to event
To make a donation for the event
To become an event sponsor
So what are the requirements?
In case you forgot or never knew!
Volunteer Time Required These events qualify:Fish Fry, Starry Night Auction, Golf Tournament or Home/School Board
1. Every K-8 family works at least two events
2. Every preschool family works at least 1 event
$150 per event buy-out
(Fish Fry, Starry Night Auction, Golf Tournament or Home/School Board)
Required Fundraising Monetary Participation
3. Fish Fry
Volunteers: Keep your Virtus Accounts Current!
Go onto your account to check for updates. Things are constantly changing and you need to keep up in order to volunteer at SWS. Thanks.
New volunteers :
Go to Virtus.org
Set up an account
Sign up for a mandatory class session
Fill out a background check
Sign a Code of Conduct
Watch any required movies
Answer all questions
Find answers to some of your school questions. Click on the “Parent Handbook” on our school website. Listed under “Current Parents”