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Weekly Office News – October 10, 2022

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;

October bring us so many school activities to keep track of. Our school news this week is jam-packed with links to other information, with things to sign up to join, and with events to attend.  It is important to keep up with all that takes place. This weekly newsletter contains the details of the over-all school calendar. Be sure to browse through it each week for the events that apply to you. Classroom teachers will post a scaled down version of important events as well on their classroom pages and through email.

You can alway search back at the weekly news on our school website. Just go to “current families” then to “weekly office news” where you will find current and past versions of the news. Many of our articles have links that will get lost but this is one way to always search back to the important things you will need to know about the happenings in school and stay “in the know”.

Souls on Fire for Christ in many ways!

Kim Doyle, Principal
“”And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: This is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30


Peace of Mind Virtual Seminars with Dr. Julene Nolan

Dr. Jules Nolan hosts monthly webinars for our Catholic school parents throughout the academic year. The webinar recordings will be available for 30 days after the sessions.


“Psychological Wellness Begins at Home” — October 11, 7:00 p.m. 

Our children are more stressed and anxious than any time in modern history. How we parent and manage emotions at home can protect our children and bolster their emotional resilience, or it can hinder development and make things worse. This session will focus on parenting strategies that promote healthy psychological development. The influences of technology, pressures of modern life, and common parenting mistakes will be discussed. Parents will leave with concrete strategies to help their children thrive. 




Fall Conference Sign-up Link

Conferences take place on the following dates and times:

Thursday, November 3 – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, November 4 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

15 minutes is allowed for each preschool – grade 5 conference.
10 minutes is allowed for each Grade 6-8 conference.

Schedule your conference here.


SWS Basketball Teams for grades (4 possibly) 5-8

Student Interest Survey

SWS teams are learning opportunities. We accept all students who wish to play no matter what their skill level is.

We are seeking coaches to make sure we can offer this program to our kids.

Head Boy’s Coach is Mr. Colin Smisek. Seeking several assistant coaches for boys.

Need a Girls coach and an assistant coach.


Christmas Lights – Seeking Donations
Any and all donations will be appreciated.

Have your kids bring them in so that they will know that they had a part in decorating our school for Christmas!


1. We are asking for one box of lights per family of 100 or more lights.
2. Green wire
3. All white or all red
4. Must be new in the box – not used, please.
5. We will take the LED ones or the regular ones

6. Need by November 10.


Get them when you see a sale within the next month and send them to school.


**We are putting together a group of parents (adults- not kids) who are willing to hang these on the trees around our school – to be done before Thanksgiving so we can light up the Advent/Christmas seasons.  Reply back if you can help decorate.


Magic Show and Former Vikings Football Player

Something fun for the kids in K-8.
Our School Parent Association will sponsor an afternoon of fun for the kids with a magic show followed by an inspirational speaker, Mark Mallaney, former Vikings Player.

Tuesday, October 18 at 12:45. 
Parents are welcome to attend. Please enter through the main office door and check in.


No School on October 19
The school staff will be joining all other Catholic school staff members from our 79 schools of the Archdiocese. There will be nearly 2500 Catholic school staff members gathered.

This event is called the Summit of Excellence. It takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center and begins with Mass with Archbishop Hebda, followed by workshop learning sessions.

Club House and preschool are closed on this day.


Club House will be open on Oct  20 and 21 for K-5
Please click this link if you plan to use the Club House on these two fall days.  We will be open from 7:00 am to 5:30 PM for kids in K-5.

Link to sign up.


Handmade Market- Saturday, October 29

We have a full slate of vendors ready with their handcrafted items. (66+ vendors)

Coffee and breakfast treats for purchase.
Lunch for purchase.

It is going to be a great craft fair.
All are welcome. Share this information with your friends and neighbors.


Halloween Ball to take place on Oct. 31 – 1:00-2:00

Students can dress in costume for the afternoon of Oct. 31. We will hold a student dance for the K-8 kids in the gym.

No costume weapon items are allowed.

Parents are welcome to join but must check in at the office to enter the building. Wear a costume!


All Saints Day/ All Souls Day

Tuesday, Nov. 1 is a Holy Day – We will have Mass for All Saints Day.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 is All Souls Day – Many classes will take a walk to the church cemetery to pray for our deceased family and friends.


Marathon Total = $68,372.00 collected
(includes Mr. McBrooms $10,000 in pledges)

Thanks to everyone who participated, donated, volunteered, and cheered us on!

Top Runners
1. Holden Scheffler
2. Evan Otremba
3. Blake Seifert
4. Julia Kallal/Ryan Seifert
5/6.  Tommie Sullivan/Drew Schmitz

6-10th Place (5th-8th grade)
6.  Julia Kallal/Ryan Seifert
7.  Crosby Cleveland
8.  Beau Reiland

9/10. Honu Fierst, Grace Miller, Brody Bendzick, Liam Kapphahn, Bentley Vacko, Olivia Brimhall

6-10th Place (PreK – 4th grade)
6. Tommie Sullivan/Drew Schmitz
7.  Korbin Jabas
8.  Oliver Miller
9.  Tyler Johnson
10. Iker Renteria, Hadley Bailey, LIncoln Sidla, Frank Jirik, Rhys Giesen


Top 5  – HIghest number of sponsors/supporters
Mr. Ron McBroom had 118 sponsors this year.
1 – Emma Kneip – Kindergraten
2. Aubrielle LaVigne – Kindergarten
3. Violet Henry – Pre-kindergarten
4. Ruby Henry – Preschool
5. Sam Rynda – Grade 1


Here is how fundraising works for the year at SWS

Require events for parents to help contribute to goal:
1. Marathon – $150 per child
2. Sweepstakes Raffle – $300 per family
3. Fish Fry – Sell or buy 10 tickets

Optional event participation
1. Handmade Market
2. Starry Night Gala (except for a donation for the class basket and other auction items)
3. Golf Tournament
4. Pot-o-Gold (however, we would like each family to buy or sell at least one $100 ticket)


Toddler Tuesdays
Every Tuesday (On days when school is in session)

8:00 AM -10:00 AM – For Toddlers and their parents

Come when you can and bring your friends and neighbors who also have toddlers. This time is for kids and parents together.

Park in the school parking lot and enter through the main doors near the gym. These doors are locked and entrance is supervised to admit our guests.

Come for lunch!
Parents are welcome to come to school for lunch. Please call ahead to get on the lunch count. Stop by the school office upon arrival. Adult lunch cost is $5.


Virtus Account Set-up
To volunteer in the school, the following steps must be followed:


A. Setting up a Virtus account:
Go to
Click on the registration button. ( new account)
Scroll to St. Paul/Mpls Archdiocese or Archdiocese fo St. Paul/Mpls.
Then scroll to St. Wenceslaus School

Make a username and password. 


B. Completing the Virtus requirements
The 1st time will take at least 1.5 hours. After the first time that you are approved then, you will have short sessions each year to update the account.
1. Log into your Virtus account
2. Complete the personal information stating that you are a “volunteer” or if you are a paid staff member, click “church personnel” button.
3. Read the “code of conduct” and scroll to the very bottom to sign your name and type in a date.
4. Watch 14/15 short videos. You will be given a pre-video question, then allowed to watch the video, followed by a post-video question.  You must watch all videos and sign and date after each question in the video section.

5. Do the background check ( McDowell Agency) will ask questions of you, including your social security number.


C. – Fill out a 123B form by hand and bring that to the school office. Click here to download the 123B form


You will then complete your part, and your background check will be processed.


7th/8th grade trip to Washington DC
Each year a group from our school goes on a trip to Washington DC. This is an amazing trip that is jam-packed with opportunities to see many amazing places.

Parents and students will be going on the trip this year from October 19 to October 22.

If you have younger children, this is a great trip to take with your child when they reach the 7th or 8th grade level.

Those attending this year – Don’t forget the meeting this week with Mrs. Schoenbauer. Monday, Oct 10 at 6:30 in Mrs. Schoenbauer’s classroom.


From the School Advisory Council
We know that families are busy and sometimes it helps to have new ideas to incorporate more of the faith into your family life. We will be highlighting a family challenge in the newsletters.

For the Love of Family
This week’s challenge:
Pray together as a family. Have each person in the family list an intention.

Calendar of Events:

Mon., Oct. 10 – Home Volleyball game vs United Christian
Fire prevention week! – Fire Drill today!
6:30 Meeting for DC trip – 7th/8th grade
Tues., Oct. 11 School Parent Association meeting at 6:30.
Volleyball vs Faribault Lutheran School
Peace of MInd – parent virtual seminar at 7:00
Wed. Oct. 12 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 4 plans)
Tues., Oct. 18 Family group lunch and recess.
Magic Show and Professional football player assembly. 12:45
Wed., Oct. 19 – no school/ no daycare – staff going to CSCOE Summit
7th/8th grade trip to Washington DC – Oct 19-22
Thurs., Oct. 20 -No School, Club House open
Fri., Oct. 21 – No School, Club House open
Mon. Oct. 24 – Home Volleyball vs St. Joe’s
Preschool Halloween Craft NIght 6:00-7:00 PM
Wed., Oct 26 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 6 plans)
Thurs., Oct. 27 – School Advisory Council 6:30 PM.
Sat., Oct 29 – Handmade Market – 9:00-2:00PM
Sun., Oct 30 – Heavens House Carnival 9:30-10:30 provided by SW Youth Group.
Mon., Oct. 31 – Halloween Ball – 1:00-2:00PM

Tues., Nov. 1 – All Saints Mass (Gr. 3 plans)
Wed., Nov. 2 All Souls Cemetery walk/Rosary
Thurs., Nov 3 – No School – Parent /Teacher Conferences 8:00 am. – 8:00 PM
Club House open
Fri., Nov. 4 – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00
Club House open
Wed. Nov. 9 – School Mass ( Gr. 2.1 plans)
Mon., Nov. 14 – No School – Staff Workday – Club House open
Wed., Nov. 16 – School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans) – Food collection for food shelf
Wed. Nov. 23 – School Mass (Gr. 1.2 plans)
Thurs., Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving No School/No Club House
Fri., Nov. 25 No School/No Club House

Click here for the
2022-2023 School Calendar

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