St. Wenceslaus Catholic School Office News
April 8, 2024

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of the Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;

Why Accreditation?  Getting accredited is not required. It is a choice that our school makes. Accreditation helps our school grow and helps us set goals. It keeps us focused on those things that are most important and critical instead of randomly jumping all over with many wild ideas or issues that are only important to a select group of people (staff, parents, or other supporters). Accreditation is an ongoing process and not something that just happens and then is done for the next seven years. Accreditation validates the good things that happen in our school and challenges our school to improve. Accreditation gives us a title and a level of respect among other schools.

Our school is accredited by MNSAA (Minnesota Non-public School Accrediting Association), along with almost 300 other religious and private schools in the State of Minnesota. A team from MNSAA visits the school after two full years of study and planning.  We have written a long-range strategic plan based on the findings that our school had in the self-study.  After the team visit, the school will make additions to the strategic plan based on the recommendations of the visiting team and the MNSAA Board of Directors. Then, we will monitor and follow our plan to ensure that we make the improvements that we set our course to do.   The process is difficult, requires lots of input, and even more work in the years to follow. But it is an excellent thing for the school, and you can be assured that our school is doing what we are supposed to do in all respects.

Kim Doyle, Principal

Psalm 86:11
Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart so that I may honor you.

Accreditation Team Members

Let’s welcome the following people to our school on April 8-10.

1. Team Chairperson – Dr. Timothy M. Plath, Principal
Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, New Ulm

2. Mary Ziebell, Assistant Principal, Saint John the Baptist Catholic School, Savage

3.  Kari Marsh, Principal, Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Montgomery

4.  Taylor Zweber, Teacher, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Jordan

5.  Heidi Gallus, Principal, St. Michael Catholic School, St. Michael

6.  Kevin Cassidy, Physical Education Teacher, Shakopee Area Catholic School, Shakopee

7. Jonathan Schoettle, Middle School Teacher, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Jordan

8.  Angie Breen, Preschool Teacher, St. Michael Catholic School,
St. Michael

Pot-O-Gold – Win $20,000 in Cash!

It is time to turn in your ticket stub for the one ticket that you received for the Pot-o-Gold.
Please sell your ticket and turn in your money for this amazing raffle opportunity. If you are able to sell more tickets, please let us know, as we would like all 650 tickets sold before the drawing.

All tickets must be accounted for so please do not lose your ticket.

We are building a Canoe!

CSCOE chose our school to participate in the Urban Wilderness program next school year. Our 7th and 8th grade students will build an actual canoe.  Urban Wilderness will be coming to our school for two weeks. Students will rotate in and out in small groups to help with the canoe building. After it is built, students will try it out on a local lake.  We are so excited! We are waiting to hear what weeks the team will be coming to our school.

Volunteer –  Required Hours
Survey for all parents – Preschool to Grade 8

Please complete this survey to tell us how you helped this year with our events.
https://forms.gle/StEXgJJe53vsSaa4A

SWS Middle School shout out!
Sometimes we take things for granted. A perfect example of this concerns our very own SWS middle school program, so let’s highlight a few things here:

Our middle school teachers are top-notch, each skillful in their content area, but more importantly, each one truly cares about the success of their students. They help the students become independent and confident learners. They help the students grow up so that they can hold their own academically, socially, and spiritually. As parents, we often want to keep our children little, and we are all guilty of “babying them” a bit. Our teachers help students make a transition to be capable of doing it on their own. It has been testified over and over again by past students and parents that their kids have done so well in high school because of the skills that the SWS middle school teachers taught them. Likewise, we often hear from high school teachers how well-trained our students are in learning, studying, self-advocating, and overall classroom skills.

In our middle school program, the students are given so many wonderful opportunities. They have leadership roles. They get a chance to work as a team. They learn to perform and discuss confidently. The students learn through the STEM philosophy of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. They are pushed to become higher-level in these areas and we see when they graduate from 8th grade how that pays off in many big ways. They are in small groups where they get noticed and can be involved – even the shyest. A smaller environment means they have more chances to stand out.

Above all, the longer a student attends a Catholic School, the more likely their faith and faith practices will stick. The students have opportunities to learn so many things in their daily religion classes. They can join in the traditions and in the practices of our faith in a deeper way than the little kids. They do service and learn about how to serve others near and far. Past students often write about their days at SWS and, years later, present their faith writings to the school or to a particular teacher. They connect in ways that are incredible like you would with brothers and sisters. 

There is so much a middle school program in A Catholic School like ours has to offer. Don’t take all the good for granted.

Take a look at a new middle school video we created for you. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkYls3gutj0

The middle school lock-in is coming up soon! This is one fun night for both teachers and students. Thanks to the middle school teachers for making this special night happen for our students.

Ron McBroom Project

The recipient of the “Spirit of St. Wenceslaus Award” is gifted with the choice of one special project for the school that donations can be directed to at any point throughout the year.

Ron has chosen a project to help the school purchase new Religion textbooks and supplies.  Our supplies could use a nice upgrade. Funds donated for this project at the Starry Night and all funds designated for this project for the next year will go to make this happen.  This is an amazing project and a great gift to the school.

Please share this with others who may want to gift the school at this time.

Kids Heart Challenge! 

You and your family can learn about Hands-Only CPR, learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, discover how the heart works, and more!   

Here’s how you can help:  

  • Register TODAY: http://www2.heart.org/goto/StWenceslaus 

  • Registered? Great! Let’s Complete Finn’s Mission: Watch a 2-minute video to learn Hands-Only CPR, spot the signs of a stroke and more! 

  • Share your student’s link with friends and family through social media, text and/or email. 

Don’t forget about our fun incentives this year! 

  • Complete Finn’s Mission and you will receive the Finn’s Lifesaver Slow Rise Ball and get entered into a drawing to win a travel package and two tickets to the 2025 Super Bowl! 

  • Raise $100: Be entered in a drawing to win 1 of 2 warmies as a special bonus to help the American Heart Association celebrate 100 years of saving lives! 

Mark your calendars with our Spring Concert times.

Thurs., May 2 – Spring Concert Day K-8
          9:00 Living Rosary in the Church
10:00 – Concert in the Gym
6:30 – Concert in the Gym
Preschool will NOT participate in this concert or the Living Rosary

Special Guest Day in Preschool

Friday, May 3
Guests can join the preschoolers for an activity and treat on this day from 10:30-11:30 AM.

Guests can be parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or a special friend. All guests should park in the parking lot behind the church and school and enter through the gym doors. 
All guests will need to sign in.

Club House Summer 2024

The schedule for the summer program is ready, and we are accepting registrations. We will be open for 11 of the 12 weeks of summer (closed for the week of the 4th of July)

Summer Club House is open to students entering SWS kindergarten in the fall of 2024 and older.

Registration form here

Club House Summer 2024 Activities Calendar

Click here

 

    Peace of Mind Sessions with Dr. Julene Nolan
  • Parent session: April 16, 2024 | 7:00 pm
    Topic: Perfectionism and Motivation at Home. Learn the subtle and not-so-subtle ways we accidentally promote perfectionism at home, as well as concrete alternative strategies.
    Register: 
    Click here

 Peace of Mind School has been awarded to SWS

Beginning with the 2024-25 school year, our school will become one of the Peace of Mind Schools awards by CSCOE (Catholic School Center of Excellence). This means that our teachers will be getting extensive training and continued coaching to deal with students who need SEL. SEL stands for “Social Emotional Learning”.  Our teachers will be attending special workshops over the summer to help them learn skills and techniques. Then, in the fall, we will be assigned a counselor who will guide and coach the teachers regularly. This is a huge gift to the school that is funded by CSCOE. We are lucky to have been chosen to become a Peace of Mind School.

Calendar for next year
Please try to avoid too much time away from school for your children.
Family vacations are amazing, and everyone deserves to relax and refresh.  Please look very closely at the calendar for the next school year as you are planning.  Time away from school is not necessarily relaxing for many children, parents, or teachers. We encourage you to have your children in school as much as possible. We have less than 1/2 the days in a full year to work with your kids. Please schedule as many breaks as possible during the planned school breaks so the children are in school when school is in session. We also understand that many times, dates cannot be adjusted due to your personal work schedule.

Also, mark all of our event dates now so that you can participate fully in the life of the school.

School Calendar for 2024-2025

Calendar of Events

April
Mon., April 8-10  – Accreditation Team Visit
Wed., April 10 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 3)
Fri., April 12 – Gr.2-4 field trip
Wed., April 17 – 8:00 School Mass (Kinder)
Fri., April 19 – Middle School Gr. 5-8 Lock-in
Sat., April 20 -1st Eucharist retreat
Mon. April 22-April 26 – Staff Appreciation Week
NWEA Spring Testing
Wed., April 24- 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 5)
May
Wed., May 1 – 8:00 School Mass
Thurs., May 2 – Spring Concert Day
          9:00 Living Rosary in the Church
          10:00 – Concert in the Gym
          6:30 – Concert in the Gym
Fri., May 3 – PreK Special Guests 10:30-11:30 AM
Sun., May 5 – 1st Communion
Wed., May 8 – 8:00 School Mass – (Gr. 2 Celebration Mass)
Thurs., May 9-Fri., May 10 – 8th gr. retreat
Mon.,  May 13 – School Field Day – AM on the playground
Wed., May 15 – 8:00 School Mass – (Gr. 4 plans)
Fri., May 17 – PreK Graduation
Mon., May 20 – Move up day K-7
Mon., May 20 – Spring Music Studios Recital – 6:30 PM in PAC
Wed., May 22 – 8th Grade Graduation- 6:00 PM
Thurs., May 23 – Last Day of school – 8:00 Mass
Picnic at Memorial Park 12-2:00 PM
Thurs., May 23 – Club House Closed
Fri – May 24 – Club House Closed
Mon., May 27 – Memorial Day
Tues., May 28 – Club House Closed
Wed., May 29 – Summer Club House Open
Fri., June 7 – SSWS Golf  Tournament

 

Click here for the
2024-2025 School Calendar

Click here for the
2023-2024 School Calendar

Our Mission Statement

St. Wenceslaus Catholic School is a Christ-centered family community committed to the intellectual and spiritual formation of our students. We provide a high-quality academic program that builds leadership and self-confidence while nurturing a loving relationship with God & encouraging service to others.

Our staff members have been enjoying complimentary lunches when they choose to eat. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the fund that made this possible.

Staff Lunch Ticket Link

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