Saints School News
School News – December 7, 2020
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS,
Inside our school building we have many Advent and Christmas activities taking place. We have trees and mangers set up. We have the Advent candles of hope, love, peace, and joy in the halls and in the classrooms. The kids are making manger scenes that are hanging on display in the PAC atrium. Oraments with prayers and words of peace are decorating the trees. We have lights up all over the place. It looks like we are decorating for guests, but we are not. Our staff and students are truly enjoying our own school environment that is closed off to the rest of our community. It is evident that we have become a close family, the kind of family that we are each year: the SWS family.
The difference this year compared to the past is that our doors keep the staff and students inside and the parents, volunteers, and supporters outside. This is not what we like, but it is what we must do in 2020. Please know that we need and want our school open for all to experience this wonder. SWS is an unbelieveable place where families become connected. Our greatest connection is to God and to our faith followed by our common desire to bring hope, love, peace and joy to our children by a Catholic school education. Although you are locked out of our space, we truly hope that you remain as connected as you can in other ways so that you will once again know how our family lives. And for those who are new to our school, we hope you can taste and feel that SWS is a place unlike any other. You can live this connection through your children in 2020. Just look at their smiles when you ask them if they like coming to school each day!
“Pray Often, Work Hard, Trust God”
Baby Jesus is still missing! Last year when our manger was set out, we noticed that someone took our Baby Jesus. Our hope is that a little child has taken care of Jesus all year long. If you find him in your home, please send Jesus back to school. We will put Jesus back in our manger.
Join us for our annual Christmas concert on Monday, December 21. We will be sending you virtual links on this day to the preschool concert and the K-8 concert. You can share these links with grandparents, relatives and friends of your family. There is nothing more special at a Catholic school than the annual Christmas concert. We are happy to bring this to you this year.
We are looking for one or two volunteers to help livestream the school Masses in the month of January. You will work alone in the sacristy running the camera. Training will be given but it is not a difficult task. We need you on Wednesday 7:00 to 9:00am – thanks!
Wellness and Mental Health Session for Catholic School Parents
Peace of Mind Sessions are brought to you free of charge by the Catholic School Center of Excellence. CSCOE realizes the stress that all parents are going through during these Covid days. The sessions are Zoom Webinars/Meetings with many other Catholic school parents. What a great opportunity for your to stay healthy!
December – Self Care and Parenting During Covid
Jan – Technology and Parenting
Feb – Executive Functioning and Parenting
March – Helping your Struggling Learner
April – Mindful Parenting for Resilience
May – Discipline Strategies that Work
SWS 2020 Finish Strong
Year End Fundraiser
All gifts to this fund will help our school maintain our COVID-19 safety protocols.
School Sweepstakes Raffle
Watch for a packet of tickets to come home in your child’s backpack this week.
This raffle is our next big fundraiser that is required of all school families. K-8 families will receive $300 in tickets to sell and preschool will receive $50 in tickets. ($10 each) The raffle will be for cash prizes.
Tickets will will be due by the end of January with the winners chosen during Catholic Schools week (February 3)
Dashing Thru December– Fun at School!
Friday, December 11th – NO SCHOOL!
Monday, December 14th
“SANNNNTTTTAAAA!!! I KNOW HIM!!!!” – Buddy
Wear your favorite Christmas t-shirt (or red and green)!
Friday, December 18th – POLAR EXPRESS!!!!
Wear your PJ’s and enjoy a snack while we watch THE POLAR EXPRESS in the afternoon!
Monday, December 21st
“Buddy, you’re more of an elf than anyone I ever met.
And the only one I would want working on my sleigh tonight” – Santa
Wear your antlers, elf hats, ears, earrings…your favorite holiday headgear!
Tuesday, December 22nd
“There’s room for everyone on the Nice List” – Buddy
It’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and
let’s all watch THE GRINCH to send us off into Christmas break!
Amazon Smile Program
Holiday Shopping online?
Sign up. Name St. Wenceslaus Catholic School (make sure it is our school in Minnesota because 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.
Registration for Kindergarten Families
Now – Open to the public!
1. For every kindergarten student who registers from this point until June 1 – all kindergarten tuition gets lowered by $50 for every kindergarten family.
Congratulations to those already registered – we have 19 students so all get a $200 reduction at this point. We would like to have 2 classes of kindergarteners again next fall.
2. Kindergarten students who are registered by January 31, 2021, and stay enrolled in fall 2021 will receive an additional $150 tuition credit from a CSCOE (Catholic School Center of Excellence) grant! – This is a firm deadline so don’t miss it.
Aim Higher Foundation Tuition Scholarships for K-8
The window is now open for applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Apply before February 20 deadline.
This is a needs-based scholarship program. Families apply through TADS by filling out the TADS application and then clicking on the scholarship button for the Aim Higher Foundation. Click here for more information.
Early Registration for Preschool 2021
We are accepting registration for preschool for fall 2021.
Little Saints Preschool – Click here for forms.
Please help us by passing this form on to family and friends who might be interested in our preschool program.
Preschool 2021-2022 Early learning Scholarship
All students going into the prekindergarten and one year away from kindergarten may qualify for this program.
Get a preschool scholarship $500 to $3000!
Spread the word! This is open to everyone who is “middle income”. Students likely to enroll in our SWS kindergarten the following year are given highest priority for getting this award.
Click here to get more information and the application link.
Scott County Health Free Covid Testing
This takes place each Monday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in New Prague and other area locations throughout the week.
Free Covid Testing – Saliva Test
There are many testing sites and test from home opportunities- all testing is now free so — if in doubt – go take a test!
November/December – St. Ignatius – to assume positive intent.
October – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta – to be assertively friendly.
September – St. Benedict – to offer incredible hospitality.
Car Pick up line
10 things to consider to help keep it smooth
1. Dismissal will be from 2:30-2:45.
2. Stay calm.
3. If parking, only park in second tier of parking lot.
4. If you normally have to get out of the car to help buckle in the younger kids, please park and do not go through the drive-through lane.
5. The drive-through lane works best for the kids who can open a door on their own and jump in quickly.
6. Kids are called out by name to avoid a bottleneck in the hall.
7. Please give your last name to the teachers who are outside helping. It is overwhelming to think quickly of who is who. It is also hard to tell who you are with a mask on.
8. Roll down your window to give your name if you aren’t getting out.
9. We will have students leave as soon as their name has been called.
10. This will all change when regular bussing returns.
Expectations on teachers for homework:
- Child sick with normal illness – teacher provides make-up work the next day.
- Child on vacation – teacher will give makeup work after return.
- Child home due to exposure quarantine – teacher give homework 1-day late and provide short Google meet after 2:30 pm.
- Child home due to positive testing – teacher will provide homework 1-day late or when child is healthy and will do short Google meet after 2:30 pm.
- Full class on quarantine – teacher provide full distance learning plan (but only if teacher is healthy)
Teachers may choose to make exceptional arrangements in special circumstances.
From the CDC Guidelines:
Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.
If you participated in higher-risk activities during your international travel, take the everyday actions listed above AND do the following after travel:
Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 14 days after travel. Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not. Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.
From: Governor Walz’s executive order- travel advisory
Unnecessary travel strongly discouraged. Consistent with federal guidance and to protect our neighbors, Minnesotans are encouraged to stay close to home and are strongly discouraged from engaging in unnecessary travel, particularly to other states or countries.
Travel advisory. Persons arriving in Minnesota from other states or countries, including returning Minnesota residents are strongly encouraged to practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival by limiting their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who must cross state or country borders for work, study, medical care, or personal safety and security.
From SWS Safety Plan:
We ask our families to make prudent decisions about travel and respect a possible quarantine upon returning from travel.
Travel during the school year – weekdays, weekends, and school breaks.
All families must inform the school if they have traveled to a location outside of the United States during the school year. All students and staff must quarantine for 14 days after returning from all foreign travel.
All families must inform the school when they have traveled by air and to any place outside of the State of Minnesota. Students may be asked to quarantine if they have traveled by air to any location. Students may be asked to quarantine after returning from a trip if the place of travel was in an area determined to be a “hot spot” by the CDC.
Tues., Dec. 8 – Immaculate Conception Feast Day School Mass at 10:00 AM (Gr. 7 plans)
Fri., Dec. 11 – No K-8 Classes
Wed. Dec. 16 – 8:00 School Mass (Gr. 1 Plans)
Wed., Dec. 16 – Picture retake day
Mon., Dec. 21 – Christmas Concert -Virtual Evening
Wed., Dec. 23 – School Closed for the Christmas break until January 3.
Mon., Jan. 4 – School/Preschool back in session
Tues., Jan 5 – Home/School meeting 6:00pm
Wed., Jan 6 – Mass – (Gr. 6 plans)
Wed., Jan. 13 – Mass ( gr 4a plans)
Fri., Jan. 15 – No K-8 Classes
Mon. Jan 18 – Teacher retreat – No K-8 or Preschool and no day care. (Martin Luther King Holiday)
Tues. Jan. 19 – Preschool open house and registration
Wed., Jan. 20 – Mass (gr. 4b plans)
Wed., Jan 27 – Mass (gr. 5 plans)
Sun., Jan 31 – Catholic Schools Week begins
*** Please note these schedule changes
Friday, December 11
No School for K-8, Preschool and Club House are open
Wednesday, December 23
No School Pre -8, No Club House, No preschool, or preschool extended care
December 23 – January 1
No School Pre-8, No Club House, No preschool, or preschool extended care
Friday, January 15
No School for K-8, Preschool and Club House are open
Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King Day- All staff retreat – No School Pre – 8, No Club House,
NO preschool, or preschool extended care
Friday, January 29
No School for K-8, Preschool and Club House are open
Saints Return 2020
Contains all Covid related plans.
Go to swsaints.org
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.