Saints School News
School News – January 13, 2020
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS,
This month is huge for our school! We have a few very active weeks ahead of us with recruitment events and the Catholic Schools Week celebration! We count on people sharing all of the great things that we do at our school. We hope that each inquiry can be answered with enthusiasm that our Catholic School is for children to be academic students in a place where they also learn to live a life filled with the Holy Presence of God.
Our mission is to introduce and experience Jesus Christ alive in our lives as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit throughout our regular daily activities. This sets St. Wenceslaus apart as a school within our community with a amazing focus. We welcome and invite you to be a part of all of the upcoming events and to reach out to encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to check us out as well.
Snowman Celebration- Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 PM
This special party is for all of our kindergarten and preschool age children! Our 5th and 6th graders have been busy designing snow-themed games. We hope all of the little ones can join us for an hour of fun!
This event is open to the public and is free.
Please invite neighbors and friends with little kids to attned with you.
Preschool Open House and Registration for Fall 2020
6:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 21
Please share the news:
Registration for preschool is now open.
Those who register in January can use their $100 coupon.
– 3 or 5 day program for for PreK 4/5 year old.
– 2 or 5 day program for 3/4 year old.
Extended care is offered before and after classes for 7:00am to 5:30 PM.
Geography Bee Grade Winners
This group will now compete against each other on Friday, Jan., 17 for the school championship.
8 – Mary Soderlund and Wyatt Pauly
7 – Bobby Goggins and Cullen Otremba
6 – Elizabeth Smyth and Kyla Klein
5 – Isabel Egan and Maddie Weiers
Parents are welcome to come watch at 8:30 AM in the gym.
The school winner will do the regional geography bee test to try for state competition.
All ticket stubs will be due in the office by Tuesday, January 28.
This is one of our 3 required fundraisers. (1–marathon pledges, 2-sweepstakes tickets, and 3-fish fry tickets)
K-8 families have $300 in tickets.
Preschool families have $50 in tickets.
Funds not returned to the office will be billed to tuition accounts, so it is in your best interest to take your chances on the cash winnings!
Catholic Schools Week – Coming Soon
This includes all preschool families too!
We have so many fun activities are being planned for this week in which we clelbrate our special qualities of of Catholic School.
1. Save the date for Sunday for our Mass, pancake breakfast, book fair, and open house.
2. Save the date for Wednesday and have your children invite a special guest to Mass and Bingo.
3. Save the date for our Family Breakfast on Friday.
….. and there is more – see the flyer.
Important School Survey (Only 3 questions)
The link to take this survey is:
We are moving forward during 2020 with a development and strategic planning process designed to improve our development, communication, and enrollment management efforts. This process will seek the involvement from many people – parents, parishioners, alumni, faculty and staff, and others. One of the first steps in this process is to conduct a survey.
Please click on the link or fill out the paper copy. This survey is on Survey Monkey which makes it completely anonymous. Paper copies require no name.
The Knights of Columbus will be cooking up their famous pancakes on Catholic Schools Week Sunday on January 26. 100% of the profits will go to the school.
Plan to bring your family to the breakfast in our school cafeteria. It is a free will offering.
Parents and students in grades 6 – 8 are encouraged to help serve and bus tables.
Summer Preschool Interest Survey
The survey is still open for those possibly interested in a summer preschool program.
The link is still open:
We will know if this program is a “go” within the next few weeks!
Kindergarten Preview Night
This event is for those who have enrolled for fall 2020 and for any family who is considering our school for kindergarten.
All school families can help by encouraging others to seek more information and sharing good experiences of your children at SWS! Remember for every new child who enrolls, all kindergarten families get a discount of $50 in tuition. So far the discount is up to $400 for next fall.
Our kindergarten preview night is on February 11 at 6:00 PM.
Substitute Teacher Training Session
Training is offered for anyone who has a BA/BS degree in any area to substitute teach. The training takes place on February 3 and 4 in St. Paul. You must register ahead of time and attend two full days to obtain a certificate. Please contact Kim for details if interested.
The Starry Night in Italy – March 28.
This is a fun night for adults in our community with dinner, bidding, and lots of fun.
Plan to attend! Guests include preschool – grade 8 parents, friends of parents, teachers, past parents, parishioners, community members, alumni, and friends of all. This event is open to the public and is appropriate for all adult ages 21 and older. Guests ages 18-21 are welcome to attend with a responsible adult/parent. Children under 18 are not included.
Christmas Concert DVD, including Kindergarten & Grade 1 Nativity
You can get a DVD copy of the school Christmas concert, which also includes the kindergarten and grade 1 nativity production and some still photos of the practices and performances. The footage is taken from the choir loft. Mrs. May, our school technologist, is willing to make copies for anyone who wants one at $5 each. An order form is here, or you can stop by the school office.
The Schulze Early Learning Scholarship is now open for Fall 2020 school year!
For all preschool students going into the 4/5-year-old class – one year away from entering kindergarten.
You must be Middle income to apply!
Click to the application website!
Aim Higher Tuition Grants are now open for K-8 families. The grant will close in February!
Once your child qualifies for this grant, they will get the grant every year until they graduate from grade 8 even if you transfer to another Catholic school.
To apply for this grant, you must apply for financial assistance with TADS. (This is a needs based grant. Do not be afraid to apply. The process is very confidential.)
Wanted (for our Starry Night):
1. Corks from wine bottles
2. Donation of bottled wine – all kinds
3. Donations of things for our live and silent auction
Bigger items are wanted for the live auction: examples are tickets to something special, cabins, dinners, parties, sports, timeshares, access to something fun.
We will be looking for workers for the night of the Starry Night event so if for some reason you cannot come as a guest, please think about coming as a worker. Please contact Kim to be included in volunteering for the Starry Night.
This is a great way to be involved in the Starry Night, see the event in action, and provide a great service for the school. (Volunteers must be 18 and older)
Mon., Jan. 13 – Auction Meeting 6:30 PM
Tues., Jan. 14 – Snowman Celebration 6:00 PM
Wed., Jan. 15 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 7)
Thurs., Jan. 16 – Late Start K-8 9:00 AM
Fri., Jan. 17 – End of 1st Semester
Geography Bee – 8:30 AM
Mon., Jan 20 – No School/ Workshop Day
Tues., Jan. 21 – Preschool Open House/Registration Night 6:00-7:00 PM
Wed., Jan. 22 – 8:00-School Mass (Gr. 4)
School Advisory Meeting 7:00 PM
Thurs., Jan 23 – Student Adoration 8:30-10:30 AM
Fri., Jan 24 – Book Fair Begins
Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 26 – Feb. 1
(See separate CSW calendar/flyer)
Sun., Jan. 26 – Mass on Sunday- 8:30 or 10:30 at St. Wenceslaus
Pancake Breakfast to benefit the school
Open House in the school building
Book fair in the Lobby of PAC
Mon., Jan. 27 – Ski trip for grades 5 – 8
Tues., Jan 28 – Sweepstakes Tickets due
Wed. Jan. 29 – Special Guest Morning
8:00 Mass with a special guest (Gr. 8 plans)
9:00-10:00 – Special guest Bingo
10:00 – Sweepstakes Drawing
Fri., Jan. 31 – Family Breakfast 7:00 AM
Tues., Feb. 11 – Kindergarten Preview Night – 6:00 PM for all incoming kindergarten students and perspective students
Thurs., Feb. 27 and Fri., Feb. 28 – School Musical
The Starry Night in Italy – March 28.
For registration to event
To make a donation for the event
To become an event sponsor
Volunteers: Keep your Virtus Accounts Current!
Go onto your account to check for updates. Things are constantly changing and you need to keep up in order to volunteer at SWS. Thanks.
New volunteers :
Go to Virtus.org
Set up an account
Sign up for a mandatory class session
Fill out a background check
Sign a Code of Conduct
Watch any required movies
Answer all questions
Find answers to some of your school questions. Click on the “Parent Handbook” on our school website. Listed under “Current Parents”
Congratulations to our Little Saints Preschool
We have been awarded “The Best of the Best” in the preschool division for the New Prague area.