Saints School News

School News – October 21, 2019

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the office of principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS,

Last Wednesday, our staff was picked up by charter bus at 6:00 AM and taken to the Minneapolis Convention Center for a conference of all 79  Catholic elementary schools in our Archdiocese. This was provided to us by the Catholic School Center of Excellence. It was an amazing day with more than 2000 staff members and many fantastic speakers.

It was so inspiring, especially to have the entire assembly participate in a Mass with Archbishop Hebda where we prayed for our Catholic schools. Catholic education is huge and a vital party of our society. Our job is to bring more souls to Christ! This a very important goal and one the takes us all into eternity. We are so very blessed to have our a wonderful Catholic school for our children.

Help Wanted – Meeting tonight
Be a part of the biggest event of the school year  Starry Night Event at SWS.
We need a few more people to step forward to help us plan this fun adult event. Please consider joining this group. Our first meeting is on October 21, tonight at 6:30 PM. We welcome everyone to join us. Meet in the staff room next to the office.

Preschool Halloween Craft Night
October 23 6:00-7:00 PM

Join us for a fun night to make a craft with your preschool child, meet other preschool parents, and visit with our preschool staff.

Friends and neighbors who want to see our preschool area are welcome to join us.

Preschool Parents Save the Date!

Monday, November 4 – 5:30 PM
Click here for an invitation for your entire family.
Dinner is on us!

The Little Mermaid Play

K-8 students will all head out on the bus on Thursday, Oct. 24 to see the play in Bloomington. We will leave at 8:15 and return at around 1:00.
Students can bring a bag lunch or order a bag lunch from the kitchen. Please let your child know ahead of time because we need to place our order in the kitchen a few days before.

Students may wear a nice outfit to school this day instead of their uniforms.

Handmade Market- October 26 – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Our annual fall craft fair take place on Saturday. Don’t miss it. Over 60 vendors will display their handcrafted products.
Our Home and School Association ( moms from the school) will have a booth filled with crafted items and a concession area that will serve coffee, treats, and lunch.
Send the day with us and be sure to notify all of your family and friends.

Trunk or treat – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30-4:30
This is a free, fun and safe event that brings Halloween to our church parking lot.  Bring all of your little ones in costume to get their treats.

We’re in need of several more “trunks” to make this event a success. Set up starts at 2:45 PM.  Decorate your trunk and/or dress in a costume.

Congratulations to Ms. Kait!
Kaitlyn Schoenbauer, our school counselor was married on Saturday to Michael Fadden. She is now Mrs. Fadden and will be on her honeymoon for the next week. We will still be calling her Ms. Kait! 
Recently, she has been teaching classroom lessons on not bullying, not being a bystander, and working cooperatively with others in school. Kait has also been providing teachers with lessons on mindfulness which provides ways for kids to relax in school and lower stress levels.

Student Adoration
Students in K-8 have the opportunity for personal prayer each month in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
This takes place in the chapel this week on Friday. We invite students to choose to come and pray. They may leave their classroom anytime during the hours of 8:30-10:30 AM and come to pray on their own accord. It is a beautiful experience!  Students can keep a rosary, bible, or other prayer books/cards in their desks or lockers and use them on our adoration days this year.
Please talk to your child about their experience with this opportunity. You might be surprised to hear of their faith life – even when they are so young.



Fall Conferences
Conferences will take place at the following times.
Tuesday, November 5 – 3:00-5:00 and 6:00-8:00
Thursday,November 7 – 12:00-5:00 and 6:00-8:00

Conference Sign-up Link

Note: Due to the 8th grade trip to Washington DC, some staff members will not be available, but will set up special arrangements for conferencing with you.

Archdiocesan Synod
You are invited to come to this very special listening session sponsored by the Archdiocese
. These sessions are taking place at various parishes around the Archdiocese. One session will be at St. Wenceslaus on Thursday, November 7 from 6:00-9:00 PM in our parish activity center.
This is a great way to give input in how things are going with the Catholic Church. These conversations will guide the goals of the Archdiocese for the future.
It is important to have representation for our school and our parish at the synod events. Please feel free to join in. The future of our Church is in all of our hands.

School Picture days are November 5 and 6. Please try to avoid appointments so the students can get their photo taken.  All students will get their picture taken. Purchasing a packet is optional.

Monster Mash

1:00 PM on Thursday, October 31
Anyone with a costume is welcome but you must reveal your identity by checking into the office before going down to the gym to join the students at the dance!

Students can bring a costume to change into after lunch. They may also wear orange and black in the morning.



Mon., Oct. 21 – Auction Committee Meeting – 6:30 PM
Wed., Oct. 23 – 8:00 Mass ( Gr. 7)
Preschool Halloween craft night with parents 6:00-7:00 PM
Thurs., Oct. 24 – Grade K-8 to The Little Mermaid Play – 8:15-1:00
Fri., Oct. 25 – Adoration K-8 – 8:30-10:30
Set up for Handmade Market
Sat., Oct. 26 – Handmade Market 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Wed., Oct. 30 – 8th gr DC meeting in Stem Lab 6:30 PM
No school mass today
Thurs., Oct. 31 – Halloween
1:00 All school Monster Mash Costume Dance. Bring costume. Wear orange and black in the morning.
Fri., Nov. 1 – All Saints Day Mass ( Gr. 8) followed by adoration until 10:30
Mon., Nov. 4 – Preschool Dinner 5:30 PM
Tues., Nov. 5 – School Picture Day – Preschool, Gr. 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
Conferences 3:00-8:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 6 – School Picture Day – PreK, 3, 2, 1, K
School Mass 8:00 (Gr. 2)
Gr. 8 trip to Washinton DC
Thurs., Nov. 7 – No School
Conferences 12:00-8:00 PM
Archdiocesan Snyod- 6:30 PM in PAC – All welcome

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 :
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

Preschool Families——The Schulze Early Learning Scholarship is open to students in the 4/5-year-old preK class  – one year away from entering kindergarten.

If you are considering sending your child to SWS for kindergarten you now qualify for this grant up to $3000!

You must be Middle income to apply! Low income people should apply for Financial Aid with TADS. High income people might not qualify.

Find answers to some of your school questions. Click on the “Parent Handbook” on our school website. Listed under “Current Parents”