Saints School News
School News – November 9, 2020
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS,
We draw attention to our hard-working teaching staff this week. During this pandemic, our teachers work more focused and more intentional as they plan out every minute of their school day. There are so many protocols to follow from the moment they get to school until they leave the building. Teachers assess student health each day, keep track of who is in the hall, who uses the bathroom, who walks in the hallways at what time, where each student sits in every area of the school, and who washes their hands. They monitor masks that won’t stay up and track who is sitting and standing by who and, check if they are too close to others. Teachers supervise students at recess and eat lunch with their class this year giving up one of the few times in the day when they can talk with their colleagues.
Teachers instruct while wearing a mask and their voices get tired. They plan for each student who is sick getting homework together for them. They plan for any child that is on a short term or a long term quarantine. When they finish their school day, they turn to their computers to host classes for those children who are studying at home. Then they stay longer to plan for the next day or correct student work finally packing up a big bag to take home so they can make sure they produce valuable experiences for their students.
Our teachers are consistently thinking out of the box, helping where needed, making adjustments with high flexibility, and doing what they can to make school as normal as possible. Each day they bring a smile and a positive outlook.
Our teachers are heroes in this pandemic! They love our school, they love their jobs, and they truly love your children.
“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 10 at 6:00 PM
PreKindergarten Families ( PreK classes only)
We are serving you dinner! Please see the special flier invitation to be our dinner guest on November 17.
We will bring dinner to your door step. (5:00-6:00 PM)
We will also be bringing your kindergaten registration forms to you – Even if you are undecided, we want you to take a look!
We have some surprises (only for you) that you don’t want to miss!
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.
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.
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
Anyone with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (college diploma must be submitted)
if the kids are in school and a teacher is remote. ( people with good management skills)
Kitchen, Office, and Club House, and Preschool aides.
Please let Kim know if you are available to be called to help this year.
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. 18 – School Advisory Meeting 6:30 PM
Wed., Nov. 25 – 8:00 School Mass
Thurs., Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving – No Club House
Fri., Nov. 27 – No School Thanksgiving Break- No Club House
Wed., – Dec 2 – School Mass 8:00 AM
Thurs. Dec. 3 – Student Confession 9:30 – 11:00- Gr. 3-8 – Reconciliation for Grade 2 – 6:00-7:00 PM Sun., Dec 6 – St. Nicholas Day Drive-by for all families – 6:00-6:30PM
Tues., Dec. 8 – Immaculate Conception Feast Day School Mass at 10:00 AM
Saints Return 2020 – Page
A. Stay up-to-date on all activities that take place in 2020
B. Latest learning plans for the 2020 year
C. Resources for parents
D. Links to teachers pages
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.