Saints School News

School News – November 2, 2020

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS,

We give a huge shout out this week to all of our wonderful school parents!  You are amazing in helping your child/ren with all that they need to do for school during the quarantine days as well as when you are sending your kids into the school building.

We are so apprecaitive of the extra time your spend waiting in lines to pick up and drop off, with making sure your kids have appropriate clothing and clean masks, and sending them with full water bottles each day. We are so thankful for your quick repsonses when you need to quickly pick up your child. Thank you for adjusting your schedule when your child has a symptom so that you can see if they are healthy or for getting them tested when you are not sure.  We are appreciatve of your consideration for the other children and for the staff.

Thank you for your love, your support, and your cooperation with the school. Thank you for your patience, your flexibility, your trust, and your prayers for everyone who is part of our SWS family. We all need and count on each other as we go through this life and now more importantly during this pandemic. Thanks for being the greatest school parents!

“Pray Often, Work Hard, Trust God”

Food Drive for our local food shelf.

Please send items to donate to the food shelf to school on Wednesday, November 18

Send all items in a grocery bag so that your child can personally carry it to the food shelf.

“Peace of Mind” – Parent Mental Health and Wellness
Join Dr. Jules Nolan each month for virtual group counseling webinars for parents. This opportunity comes to you through CSCOE (Catholic School Center of Excellence.

Parenting Changes in Elementary and Middle School
November 4 at 6:30 PM
November 10 at 6:00 PM

Conference Link for November 5
Watch for an invitation to come to you directly from your child’s homeroom teacher.  This will be the link to your private Google Meet Conference on Thursday.  If you need to change times, please contact the teacher directly.

If you would like to meet with a teacher who is not your child’s homeroom teacher, please contact that teacher by e-mail to secure a time slot.

NWEA Test Results – Grades 1 – 8
The NWEA report for your child’s growth came home in a backpack last week. Please have this report handy during your virtual conference time so that you can discuss results with the teacher.

NWEA tests are given in fall, winter, and spring. Normally, the reports show a growth plan from fall to spring. These tests are used to help the teachers zero in on the greater needs of the class and each student so that they can develop a curriculum to meet learning standards better.

This year we adjusted the report to show growth from last fall 2019 to this fall 2020. We want to look at the results including “Covid spring distance learning time and the typical summer slide” so that we can set direction with our goals.

Amazon Smile Program
With the holiday coming, I am sure that many of you will be shopping online.  Please sign up for this program and name St. Wenceslaus Catholic School (In Minnesota – as there are also schools by the same name in other states)  Our school receives 0.5% back on all purchases. It might not seem like a lot, but it all adds up over time.
Go to this link to register.

Saintly Service
In November/December we study St. Ignatius. Our goal is to be “assume positive intent” like St. Ignatius.

September –  St. Benedict – to offer incredible hospitality
October – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta – to be assertively friendly

Moms in Prayer Group
This group is open to all moms and perfect for our SWS moms! The intent of the group is not only to form great friendships in prayer activities but to gather in prayer for all of our local schools.  All activity this year is virtual. Here is a link if you would like to join or simply check it out.

Home and School Association
This is a group of school parents who meet each month (virtual meetings this year at 6:00 PM)

Goal: To support the SWS students and teachers throughout the school year with fun treats and/or activities.

Great group for any parent who is new to the school. Just let Kim know if you wish to join the Zoom Meetings – Next meeting is November 10.

School Sweepstakes Raffle

This raffle is our next big fundarer that is required of all school families. You will receive $300 in tickets to sell. ($10 each)  The raffle will be for cash prizes.

Tickets will come out before Thanksgiving if possible and will be due by the end of January with the winners chosen during Catholic Schools week ( January 27).

More information to come soon.

Auction/Gala Committee 

The Starry Night is our biggest school fundraiser and is the largest community spirit builder that we host each year.

We are seeking people who are willing to serve on the committee

Endowment Board of Directors
SWS has an endowment fund that accepts donations and invests these donations for future needs. We have close to $200,000 collected in this fund.

We have a board of directors for this fund turning profits from this investment to tuition assistance for our current families. Approximately $15,000 has been reinvested in our school by supporting families in the past few years.

We are seeking people who are interested in helping the school obtain invested funds, .

Substitute Staff Members Wanted
Teacher substitutes:
Anyone with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (college diploma must be submitted)

Classroom monitors:
if the kids are in school and a teacher is remote. ( people with good management skills)

General helpers:
Kitchen, Office, and Club House, and Preschool aides.

Please let Kim know if you are available to be called to help this year.

COVID Contacts –  when your child is feeling sick, is getting COVID test, or has been exposed.
Please be sure to send the message to the school office before sending any notes to teachers.

SWS COVID Points of contact:
Health Aide –
Principal –
Office Manager-

Calendar of Events:

Mon., Nov. 2 – All Souls Day
Tues., Nov. 3 – Election Day
Wed., Nov. 4 – 8:00 School Mass ( gr. 3 plans)
Thurs., Nov. 5 – Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tues., Nov. 10 – Home/School Meeting 6:00PM
Wed. Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – no Mass this day
Tues., Nov. 17 – PreKIndergarten Family Dinner on us! 5:00-6:00 PM.
Wed., Nov.18, 8:00 School Mass ( Gr. 2 plans)
Wed., Nov. 18 – Food Drive for Thanksgiving
Wed., Nov. 25 – 8:00 School Mass
Thurs., Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving – No Club House
Fri., Nov. 27 – No School Thanksgiving Break- No Club House

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