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Weekly Office News – January 16, 2023
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of the Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;
Are you wondering why the school needs to have fundraising projects? We have these to support the program expenses for the current year. Fundraisers help us manage actual costs that would have to be charged to families in the form of tuition.
There are 3 required fundraisers. These are the Marathon, the Sweepstakes, and the Fish Fry. All families need to work to support these by getting pledges or selling tickets. The largest event is our Starry Night Gala/Auction. Although this one is not required, we sure hope that everyone participates in it. We need lots of help for this, but more importantly, we need the entire New Prague Community to join us in sponsoring, donating, and attending. Similarily, the Golf Tournament in spring and the Pot-o-Gold drawing raise large profits that are absolutely necessary for school operations as budgetary items.
We all need to work together to make each and every one of these events successful. So with that in mind, how can you help? We don’t want all funds to come out of a few pockets. We need many people. This includes extended family, friends, neighbors, and business associates. They need you to tell them about these opportunities and to ask them to participate. Please reach out to people that you have contact with and ask for their assistance and their consideration for our school.
All of us make our school possible. Let’s keep the energy going as we sustain and build our school for this year and many more.
Matthew 22:37 – And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
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.
For the Love of Family
This week’s challenge:
Give family members each 10 pieces of yarn, 4 inches in length. Ask them to spend the next week thinking of the many ways God has provided for them. Challenge them to find 10 things they can tie a piece of yarn to (zipper pulls, rearview mirrors…) as a reminder of how God has provided. Encourage them to say a brief prayer of thanks whenever they see the yarn tied to something—whether it’s theirs or another family member’s.
Family Posters are due!
We use the family posters to line our hallways for our upcoming Catholic Schools Week celebration. The students and staff love to look at the pictures of every family.
Please get your poster in.
The poster consists of an 8.5×11 piece of paper that has a family picture glued to it. Students can color the paper. There are three lines to put a couple of good thoughts about SWS.
Preschool families through 8th grade need to complete this project.
Catholic Schools Week – January 26 to February 3
Activities to plan ahead for:
1. Poster of your Family is due this week
2. Book Fair starts, January 26
3. Sunday Mass, January 29 – All families!!
4. Pancake Breakfast, January 29 after Mass
5. Special Guest Mass and Bingo- PreK-8, February 1
6. Parent’s come for breakfast, February 2
7. K-8 Rollerskating trip, February 3
Sunday Mass – Your presence is requested!
Please join us for one of our Sunday Masses at St. Wenceslaus Church at 8:30 or 10:30 AM on January 29. The school is planning, singing, reading, etc. We WANT and NEED as many school families/students as possible.
Parents wear your SWS spirit wear.
Students please wear a uniform – or your black “Souls on Fire” t-shirt.
Pancake Breakfast after Mass!
Book Fair is coming
Scholastic Book Fair will be set up at SWS from January 26 to February 1. All students can bring money to school to purchase books. You may also buy them on Sunday after the Mass.
This does bring a small amount of profit with 100% of it going to purchase books for our school library. More importantly, it puts more books into the hands of your children.
PreK Early Learning Scholarship
– for kids going into the PreK Program
It takes only a few minutes to complete. Most families receive between $500 to $1500 for preschool tuition.
Click here for more details.
We are currently seeking the following things for the Starry Night.
1. Bottles of Wine (for our wine pull) – all kinds and all prices.
Events (sporting, theatre, or family focussed)
Places to go (restaurants, amusement)
Places to stay (hotel night, week at the cabin, condo get-aways)
Contact KIm with ideas – email@example.com
Our event chairperson,
Colleen Sullivan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Register to attend the Starry Night in Greece
Click here to go to the website to register to attend the event.
Invite your friends to attend with you or sign up alone. This event is for adults of all ages – 21 to 100 (18 yr. olds may come with parents)
You can also donate an item online, donate a cash gift, or become an event sponsor.
We appreciate all who support our school.
$300 worth ($100 for preschool) of tickets to sell.
Drawing on February 1.
More tickets are available in the school office.
Pot-o-Gold is a raffle for our $20,000 prize.
Each family was given one $100 ticket
Drawing on June 9.
We have 650 to sell in total. We need people to try selling more to meet our goal.
Call or stop in at the school office.
Our enrollment numbers are key to sustaining and growing our school programs. Gaining a few new students each year benefits all families and staff members. Having our kindergarten and preschool classes filled are critical to sustaining our numbers. Enrollment time is coming in January and February for families. We will host several open house/registration events. We have been contacting potential families in a variety of ways. The best resource to recruit additional students, however, is the testimony and the invitation from you, a current school family or supporter. Please reach out to your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Invite them to consider our school in 2023.
Aim Higher Grants
Applications for the Aim Higher Grant opens tomorrow, on November 1st. Families with financial need can apply for a $1000 tuition grant for the 23-24 school year.
The application is open until February 22.
Click here for more details.
Virtus Account Set-up
To volunteer in school, each person must complete the Virtus Child Safety Program.
Here is a link with instructions on how to get this completed:
School Accreditation from MNSAA
(Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association)
School accreditation is a continuous process that helps our school focus on improvement. The school sets a seven-year improvement plan. During the 6th and 7th year of the plan the school does a full comprehensive study and sets future goals. The accreditation process also requires a review by the accreditation association to give an outside view and review to support the school’s future plans. Our association is called MNSAA. You will be hearing more about this during the entire 2023 as we are now in the 6th year of the process. Our visit by MNSAA will take place in spring of 2024. Watch for more about this throughout the year.
Every Tuesday (On days when school is in session)
8:00 AM -10:00 AM – For Toddlers and their parents
Tues., Jan. 17 – Preschool Registration and Open House 5:30-7:00PM
Wed., Jan. 18 – 8:00 Mass (Gr. 4)
Wed. Jan. 18 – Fri., Jan. 20 – Grades 5 and 6 to Long Lake
Sun. Jan 22 – March for Life at State Capital with prayer at the Cathedral.
Tues., Jan 24 – NWEA winter testing
Wed., Jan. 25 – 8:00 Mass (Kindergarten)
NWEA winter testing
Thurs. Jan 26- Tues. Jan. 31 – School Book Fair.
Sun. Jan. 29 – Catholic School Week Begins
All families to Sunday Mass and Pancake Breakfast and Book Fair
Free throw contest 12:30
Mon. Jan. 30 – Gr. 7/8 Ski Trip and 5/6 Bowling
Tues.,, Jan. 31 – Gr. 5-8 Silent Disco and bowling K and 3
Wed., Feb. 1 – Sweepstakes Drawing
Special guest day – Mass and Bingo
8:00 Mass ( Gr. 6)
Bowling 2 and 4
Thurs., Feb 2 – Parent Breakfast 7:00-7:45 AM
8th grade vs staff volleyball rematch
Bowling – Gr. 1
Fri., Feb. 3 – K-8 Rollerskating
Mon., Feb. 6 – Annual Parent Meeting 6:30 PM
Wed., Feb. 8 – 8:00 Mass ( Gr. 3 plans)
Thurs., Feb 9 – Kindergarten Preview Night
Wed. – Feb 15 – 8:00 Mass (Kindergarten plans)
Thurs. and Fri. – Feb 16/17 – School Musical – Shrek
Mon., Feb. 20 – Presidents day – No School and No Club House
Wed., Feb 22 – 8:00 Ash Wed. Mass (Gr. 7 plans)
Last Day to apply for Aim Higher Scholarship
Fri., Feb 24 – Fish Fry
Sat., March 25 – Starry Night
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2022-2023 School Calendar
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