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Weekly Office News – December 5, 2022
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of the Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;
This week we light the candle of peace on our Advent wreath. We call Him the Prince of Peace. The prophet, Isaiah, predicted the coming of a Messiah who would come to forgive our sins of the world. Through this peace, people would be drawn to a new kingdom setting aside their sinful ways.
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Keep things in your life simple. Bring peace to life around you and all you meet this Advent season.
Immaculate Conception on Thursday, December 8
We will not have school Mass this week on Wednesday but will have it on our Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This day we believe that the mother of Jesus was pure and sinless. We honor her as a mother who brought our Lord and Savior into the world. Because she is His mother, she becomes our mother too and we can look to her for guidance like we do our earthly mother.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Our School Nativity Manger Scene
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for pictures.
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Day by day, our students are adding one item at a time to create our Nativity Manger Scene. Students in each class worked in groups creating (STEM) each figure: the people, animals, stable, stars, etc…..
It is beautiful!
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:
Create a routine of saying a short prayer each time you get in the car or drive to a specific place. Say a Hail Mary or a quick personal prayer so that your children become familiar with the words and can connect with God as they grow older.
St. Nicholas Day Cookies
FYI – our School Parents Association traditionally gives cookies to each classroom on St. Nick’s day!
At home – tradition is to put shoes outside the door and they get filled with treats during the night for kids to wake up to on Dec. 6. This is to recall the SAINT – who brought shoes and gifts to the poor. Look up more about the saint on the Internet.
Santa Secret Shop ——– THIS WEEK!
This is a special shopping time for the students. We will be setting up a gift shop. Kids can purchase gifts for their family members and get the gifts wrapped and labeled to go under your Christmas tree.
This will take place on December 8th and 9th.
Most gifts are between $1 and $10 (Some gifts are higher proced)
Students in K-8 will get an envelope. You can decide who they will shop for. Write the names of those people on the envelope and place a small amount of money inside the envelope. (Ex. Mom = $5, Brother = $2, Grandpa = $3) Students will learn to budget to get what they want and make hard choices in their shopping.
Preschool – We will send you an envelope to put $10.00 – Just a flat amount. Our School Mom’s will help the child pick out two gifts – one for mom and one for dad. The gifts will come home wrapped and labeled.
Dashing through December Fun for Students and Staff
Christmas Angel Program
This is a program that we have here at SWS ( planned by our School Parent Association) to make it easy for parents to give gifts to the staff. This is TOTALLY OPTIONAL and please know that the school staff does not expect gifts from anyone. Due on Dec. 16.
Here is the link to the form if needed.
SWS Classroom Basket Themes & Amazon List Links
Please see the letter from the Starry Night Committee. All items for our class basket are wanted by the beginning of January so that we can start to build our class baskets.
Details come as an attachment so that you can open the Amazon links – see attachment.
Club House during our Christmas Break
Club House will be open for only 3 days during our Christmas Break. These days are Dec. 27, 28, and 29.
We will be closed for the rest of the break days to let our staff have some needed time off for their own families.
Concert and Christmas Program Dates
Tues., Dec. 20 – School Christmas Concert 1:00 and 6:30 for K-8 students – Dress up for both concerts. In church
Wed. Dec. 21 – PreK Christmas program 10:30 am. In church
Kindergarten Nativity play 1:00 PM. In church
Thurs., Dec. 22 – 3/4 preschool Christmas program 10:30 AM. In church
Reconciliation – Grades 3-8
One of the many advantages for students attending a Catholic School is the opportunity for many forms of prayer. Reconciliation is a time for all of us to have our sins forgiven. Students will participate in a private confession on December 15.
Non-Catholic kids can also go to talk with the priest at this time by simply identifying that they are not Catholic when they sit down to talk.
Parents – there is the same opportunity for you on that evening – December 15 in the church 5:00-8:00 PM.
Sweepstakes and Pot-o-Gold
Please make sure you have the tickets that were sent home in your child’s backpack!
$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.
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.
When your child is sick
Please be sure call in the child’s symptoms.
Influenza or covid diagnosis
Fever, sore throat, or cough
Vomit and/or diarrhea
We appreciate your good communication with sick children.
In most cases child needs to be free of symptoms without medication for 24 hours to return to school.
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 from November 1 to February 22.
Click here for more details.
PreK Early Learning Scholarship
The application is open from November 1 and remains open until the money runs out.
It takes only a few minutes to complete. Most families receive between $500 to $1500 for preschool tuition.
Click here for more details.
Virtus Account Set-up
To volunteer in the school, the following steps must be followed:
Make a username and password.
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.
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.
Every Tuesday (On days when school is in session)
8:00 AM -10:00 AM – For Toddlers and their parents
Mon., Dec 5 – Advent Prayer
Tues., Dec. 6 – St. Nicholas Day
Wed., Dec. 7 – No School Mass
Thurs. Dec. 8 -8:00am – Immaculate Conception Mass (Gr. 2 plans)
Santa Secret Shop – Dec. 8/9
Fri., Dec. 9 – Christmas socks and head gear day
Mon., Dec. 12 – Advent Prayer
Starry Night meeting/seminar 6:30-8:30 PM
Wed., Dec. 14 – 8:00 School Mass -(Gr. 6 plans)
Thurs. Dec. 15 – Reconciliation Gr. 3-8 (9:00-11:00)
Fri., Dec 16 – Christmas Sweater day or Red/Green
Mon., Dec. 19 – Advent prayer
Tues., Dec. 20 – School Christmas Concert 1:00 and 6:30 for K-8 students
Wed. Dec. 21 – 8:00 School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans)
PreK Christmas program 10:30 am
Kindergarten Nativity play 1:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 22 – 3/4 preschool Christmas program 10:30 AM.
PJ day for the K-8 students and staff
Christmas Break – December 23 – January 2
Club House open on Dec 27, 28, 29 only
Tues., Jan. 3 – School Resumes
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2022-2023 School Calendar
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