Saints School News
Weekly Office News – November 7, 2022
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;
A breath – in and out! Inhale and then exhale! Breathe deeply.
Conferences last week gave all of us a break and time to regroup again. Our school year comes in stages with different levels of activity and excitement. One stage ends and then we engage in the next.
We are moving deeply into our curriculum at this time with the kids trying to zero in on important skills at their level. We will soon have Advent activities that will take us into the next break at Christmas. Each of these check points gives us time to restart, re-energize, and re-focus making sure our mission is on track and our goals are attainable.
SWS is clearly a lively and active place!
“Souls on Fire for God”
Starry Night Gala 2023
We need a few parents willing to serve on our planning committee.
The Starry Night requires many, many workers to help. Most of the work takes place the week before the event on March 25. Now – We need a few people to join us for some planning meetings to get the ball rolling.
If you are willing and interested in planning the gala with a team of school parents, please contact us! Kim.firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Day Service
We will be holding a small Veterans Day service in our gym on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 – 10:30 AM.
Veterans are welcome, especially those who are connected to our school.
Our service will consist of:
Presentation of the flag by our local VFW Color Guard.
The pledge of Allegiance
The National Anthem
A talk by Fr. Eugene about his time in service
Christmas Lights – Donations Wanted
Looking for more “All white LED lights with a green cord! (large rolls welcome)
Feel free to buy on Amazon and have them sent directly to the school at 227 East Main St.
Christmas lights hanging crew:
Decorate the School Yard with Lights
We need school parents – please!
Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 AM
Meet together in the back parking lot.
Adopt a Family for Christmas Gifts
This program helps the needy of LeSeuer County with Christmas. Click here to read more.
(Shopping must be completed by December 4)
Boys Basketball Registration Link
You filled out the initial survey – now use this link to register for the team. We will host two boys’ teams in grades 4/5/6 and 6/7/8.
1. Fill out this form
2. Send a team fee of $100 to the school office.
Practice starts in a few days. Watch for more information.
(We will not host a girls team this year due to low interest and no available coach)
Food Drive Collection – November 16 at Mass
We will be collecting food for the local food shelf. Each student is asked to bring some items to our school Mass on November 16.
After Mass we will carry it to the food shelf – have your child’s donation placed in a plastic grocery bag for easier carrying.
For PreK Families – only
PreK MWF and M-F kids:
Dinner is on us on Thursday, November 17.
One of our school teachers will be delivering a pizza, a packet, and a prize to your home.
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
This wonderful opportunity for children who will be in our PreK program. The Schultz Family Scholarship supports families with young children to attend the approved Catholic preschool programs.
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.
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:
“Never miss a Monday”…have you ever heard of that or used it with exercise or other routines? Let’s try it with our families! Never miss a Monday ideas: holding hands and praying before school, at dinner, or before bed, taking a moment to discuss highs and lows of your day, telling each of your family members one thing you love or appreciate about them.
Club House will be open on Nov. 14
Open on Workshop day for staff on November 14
Club House will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 24th and 25th .
We will be open from 7:00 am to 5:30 PM for kids in K-5.
$40 per child for a full day or $6 per hour fro part-day.
Children need to bring their own lunch. Clubhouse will provide morning and afternoon snacks.
Link to sign up.
Looking Ahead for Club House in December
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.
Every Tuesday (On days when school is in session)
8:00 AM -10:00 AM – For Toddlers and their parents
Early Childhood ScreeningEarly Childhood Screening is provided through the New Prague Area School District on Thursday afternoons at the Central Education Campus in New Prague (same building as the aquatic and fitness center.)
Please follow this link, Schedule your child’s appointment and find a date that will work for you and your child. We encourage screening after your child has turned 3 years old. Waiting till your child is older does not mean they will do better. The screening is developmentally appropriate.
Living Nativity – December 2
This is going to be so exciting. What a great way to showcase our parish and our school. There will be a Living Nativity on our property on the night of the New Prague Parade of Lights – Friday, December 2.
See the Flyer about this event.
Living Nativity adult helpers
We are looking for people
1. to come dressed in parts of the Nativityaand be part of “the scene”.
2. to help with some set up/clean up.
3. to do a few other jobs during the event
Click to volunteer to help
Tickets coming home soon!
You will soon receive an envelope with tickets for our sweepstakes and our Pot-o-Gold.
The Sweepstakes is required and you will get $300 worth ($100 for preschool) of tickets to sell. We are giving these to you early so that you have plenty of time, but the drawing does not take place until February 1.
Pot-o-Gold is a raffle for our $20,000 prize. This year each family will get one ticket to buy or sell. Drawing is in June. We need a group of willing parents to try to sell more than one ticket. We have 650 to sell in total. If you are willing to try harder – call or stop in at the school office.
Exciting News for Married Couples
On Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th Worldwide Marriage Encounter will be coming to Holy Cross Catholic School in Webster.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is an enrichment for married couples who value their relationship and desire a richer, fuller life together.
The Marriage Encounter experience will give you the tools to remain strong as a couple and be a united force to provide a stable and loving environment for your children.
Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend without having to travel a great distance and no overnight stay.
For more information and to register: wwme.org or call 612-234-7440.
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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.
Tues., Nov. 8 – School Parent Association Meeting 6:30 PM
Wed. Nov. 9 – School Mass ( Gr. 2 plans)Fri., Nov. 11 – Veterans Day service 10:30 am
Mon., Nov. 14 – No School – Staff Workday – Club House open
Wed., Nov. 16 – School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans) – Food collection for food shelf
Thurs., Nov. 17 – A Pizza, A Packet, and A Prize
Pizza Delivery to PreK families – 5:00-6:00 PM
School Advisory Council 6:30 PM
Sat. Nov.19 – Decorate the school yard with lights – 10:00 am. – Adult helpers welcome!
Wed. Nov. 23 – School Mass (Gr. 1 plans)
Thurs., Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving – No School/No Club House
Fri., Nov. 25 – School/No Club House
Sun., Nov 27 – Advent begins
Wed., Nov. 30 – School Mass 8:00 (Gr. 7 plans)
Thurs., Dec. 1 -Gr. 2-4 Field Trip
Fri., Dec 2 – Living Nativity 5:00 -6:30 PM
Parade of Lights at 6:30 PM.
Thurs. Dec. 8 – Immaculate Conception Mass
Santa Secret Shop – Dec. 8/9
Tues., Dec. 20 School Christmas concert 1:00 and 6:30
Wed. Dec. 21 – PreK Christmas program 10:30 am
Kindergarten Nativity play 1:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 22 – 3/4 preschool Christmas program 10:30 AM.
Christmas Break – December 23 – January 2
Club House open on Dec 27, 28, 29 only
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2022-2023 School Calendar
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