Saints School News
Weekly Office News – January 23, 2023
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of the Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;
There are nearly 6000 Catholic schools in the the United States. Like the others, our school exists to serve a very important ministry. Bringing God into the souls, hearts, and minds of our students is our passion. For those who work in the school, we know that life is only possible with God, therefore we work on building a relationship with God and teach our students to do the same.
Academic study is the purpose of all schools, so of course our Catholic schools are expected to have stellar academic programs. Statics show that 85.24 % of Catholic school graduates go to four year colleges. Small class sizes are definitely an advantage for growth. The average class size in elementary Catholic schools throughout the nation is 12:1. For the high school the average is 10:1.
Students become leaders and confident learners as they navigate their own personal growth journey. A Catholic school provides an environment for the whole person to thrive.
Thank you for trusting in and believing in Catholic school education. You join millions of Americans and people all over the world who support this vital opportunity for students, their teachers, and their families.
Career Principal of a Catholic School by Choice!
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.
Sunday Mass Next Weekend
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! This is a free will offering with 100% of the profit coming to the school financial assistance fund.
HELP WANTED AT THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Adults to help serve and bus tables – women and men.
Students in grades 5-8 can get service hours.
(Assisting the Knights of Columbus)
Shift 1 – 7:25am-10:00am
Shift 2 – 10:00am-12:15pm
Join in the kitchen to make this breakfast a success.
Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
Grades 6-8 students are wanted at Mass on Sunday
It is important to have a nice choir to help us worship.
All students in grades 6-8 should show up to sing at the 10:30 Mass.
Confirm with Mrs. Gorr
Family Posters are due!
We are hanging them up now!
Send yours to school tomorrow if you forgot!
Catholic Schools Week
Special Guest Mass and Bingo– PreK-8, February 1
Guests can attend Mass with the K-8 students, then head to the gym for bingo and donuts. Preschool guests can arrive at 9:00 and join for bingo and donuts.
Parent Breakfast for K-8, February 2
Come to the gym between 7:00-7:45 for some oatmeal to start your day.
Rollerskating at Skateville K-8, February 3
All Students ride the bus. Hot dog, chips, and drink for lunch included. Students may bring money for extra food or treats.
Parents are welcome but will need to drive separately and pay upon arrival at the skating rink.
See the detailed flyer for all activities!
Book Fair starts this week
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.
Fish Fry Tickets are coming home with students
The Fish Fry will take place on February 24. The tickets are being sent home now. Check the backpacks. Each preschool family has 5 tickets and each k-8 family has 10 tickets. The school normally serves 1200-1400 dinners so hopefully you can find.
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.
The best resource to recruit additional students 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.
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.
Needed 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)
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.
Only one week until the Sweepstakes drawing!
$300 worth ($100 for preschool) of tickets to sell.
Drawing on February 1.
More tickets are available in the school office.
Drawing takes place at the Guest Bingo on Feb. 1.
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.
NWEA Testing – This Week
Tuesday and Wednesday will be winter testing for K-8. Tests will show growth from fall until now. These tests are tools for teachers to gauge their teaching.
Report Cards are in the Mail
We sent are sending the first semester grades in the mail. You can also see report cards using our parent portal, Sycamore, by following the instructions that were sent out by Mrs. May, our technologist.
K-4 parents – please look on the school website or on your child’s teacher site for the rubric to the report card standards for their grade level. (goto swsaints.org, then to current parents, then to standards rubric)
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.
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.
Every Tuesday (On days when school is in session)
8:00 AM -10:00 AM – For Toddlers and their parents
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)
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
Thurs. and Fri. – March 9/10 – School Musical – Shrek -(rescheduled to this new date)
Click here for the
2022-2023 School Calendar
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