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Weekly Office News – November 28, 2022

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of the Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;

Blessings to you this Advent season. This is a happy time for most people, especially those of us who have excited children and surrounding family, events, parties, and more. This is also one of the saddest times of the year for many people due to loss, loneliness, financial hardships, and grief. Many times these symptoms are obvious, but sometimes they may go hidden and unnoticeable. 

Advent is the season of light. What does it mean to bring light to the world? You might be able to offer one small gesture that will bring great light to another person. Look at the people around you this Advent. Find those most in need of your light and support them as you can. That is the meaning of our faith.  For Jesus was born in a cold stable amongst the animals and his family was supported immediately by the common people of the village of Bethlehem. His birth brought great light to those who witnessed and all who believed from afar.

Be the Light of Jesus this Advent,

Kim Doyle


 Sweepstakes and Pot-o-Gold

Please make sure you have the tickets that were sent two weeks ago in your child’s backpack!

The Sweepstakes 
$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.


Starry Night Gala 2023 – Tomorrow night (Tuesday)

Planning committee seminar/meeting – Tuesday, November 29  6:30-8:30 PM in the STEM Lab.

New parents who wish to get involved are are welcome!

Enter through the front Main Street door and go to the top of the stairs.

Gr. 5 and 6 Long Lake Trip meeting – Tonight!
Monday, November 28  6:30 PM in the STEM Lab.

Parents and students are to attend.

Enter through the front Main Street door.

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 (scroll to the bottom of the letter for specific class items)


Living Nativity – December 2 – This week!

Join in before the parade!
Nativity with live animals – 5:00-6:30 PM
Hot dogs will be served.
New Prague Holiday parade starts at 6:30 on Main St.

See the Flyer about this event.


Living Nativity adult helpers are still needed.

We are looking for people
1. to come dressed in parts of the Nativity and 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


Santa Secret Shop

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.

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 open 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.

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 families a decorative note to post in a room they all frequent or a place where every family member turns on and off the light.
Each time people flip the light switch, ask them to look at the note and remember that God offers a glorious light that’ll never burn out


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)

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.


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.


Toddler Tuesdays
Every Tuesday (On days when school is in session)

8:00 AM -10:00 AM – For Toddlers and their parents

Correct snow clothing for your child?

Now with the cold and snowy weather, please make sure all students have the proper clothingeven if there is no snow on the ground.

Hats, mittens/gloves, coats, snow pants, boots, and a scarf/face mask when the temperature is cold.

Preschool through grade 7 will be going outside for recess every day. (Grade 7 has study hall options, and 8th grade has extended time for math class) Recess is 20-25 minutes long.

We will go outside when the temperature is above zero. We watch the windchill, and usually go outside if the windchill is above zero in combination with the temperature.

Our playground supervisors and office staff will also make a decision on indoor/outdoor recess on a day-by-day basis, depending on the wind level on the playground and temp/windchill.

Please be sure to tell the school the symptoms of the illness as you are calling in.  We have had many students ill in the last few weeks, and we need to report our numbers to the health department. 

If your child has the flu or covid diagnosis, let us know. If they have a fever, sore throat, or cough, let us know this too. An entirely different flu might be one with vomit and diarrhea.

We appreciate your good communication with sick children.

Virtus Account Set-up
To volunteer in the school, the following steps must be followed:


A. Setting up a Virtus account:
Go to
Click on the registration button. ( new account)
Scroll to St. Paul/Mpls Archdiocese or Archdiocese fo St. Paul/Mpls.
Then scroll to St. Wenceslaus School

Make a username and password. 


B. Completing the Virtus requirements
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.
1. Log into your Virtus account
2. Complete the personal information stating that you are a “volunteer” or if you are a paid staff member, click “church personnel” button.
3. Read the “code of conduct” and scroll to the very bottom to sign your name and type in a date.
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.


Calendar of Events:

Mon., Nov. 28- Long Lake trip meeting for grade 5 and 6 parents/kids – 6:30 PM
Tues., Nov. 29 – Starry Night meeting/seminar 6:30-8:30 PM
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.
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
Mon., Dec. 12 – Advent Prayer
Wed., Dec. 14 – 8:00 School Mass -(Gr. 6 plans)
Thurs. Dec. 15 – Reconciliation Gr. 3-8 (9:00-11:00)
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.

Christmas Break – December 23 – January 2
Club House open on Dec 27, 28, 29 only

Tues., Jan. 3 – School Resumes

Click here for the
2022-2023 School Calendar

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.


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