Saints School News

School News – September 16, 2019

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of Principal 
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS,

This week we have the opportunity to join in with the greater New Prague community in the Dozinky Day parade. We hope to have as many of our school families join us as possible, but would be thrilled if we had teachers, alumni, grandparents, and friends of our school join us too. Please read below to learn more.

Marathon collections continue. We need the support of everyone. Our families are asked to collect sponsorships to raise $45,000.  We can only do this with the help of many many people who are excited about our school. Please consider making a donation to support our beautiful Catholic school. You’ll find an online link below.

SWS is a very special school, one that has been here in the community since 1878.  We have a mission to build a Christ-like community so that each person young and old is free to engage in their personal relationship with God. We thank you for working toward this goal together.

Dozinky Parade – September 21

We need as many preschool and up families and students to be in the parade with us. We want to be impressive- right?

We are unit #14 – so you will have plenty of time to be on our parade unit and still watch the rest of the parade. Yes your kids will still get plenty of candy too.

We will have a float to ride or you are encouraged to walk along. We will be handing out candy and special items to preschoolers.

Stop by the office to pick up an adult “red t-shirt”, free to parents to wear in the parade, if you did not yet get one. The students will be getting their own spirit wear t-shirts to wear to the parade. (Coming home on Tuesday)

Here is a link to sign up to join us.

Marathon Donation On line link!
For friends and relatives to make an easy donation to the school on behalf of your child/ren. The link is located on the main school website page or click here.
Link Here

Marathon in Saturday, September 28
8:00 start time and over by 10:00

Please note the September 28 is the Feast of St. Wenceslaus so we will begin our marathon with a School Mass in the church. All preschool to grade 8 students and their families should attend.

8:00 – 8:40 ish – Mass
8:45 – 9:00 – check in ( get wrist bands for laps)
9:00 – 10:00 – walk/run
9:00-10:00 (Hot dog and chips served by the Knights of Columbus)

 Late Start Days and October 16 Staff Day

Reminder: We will participate in the 90 minute late start days along with the school district. There are 8 of these days throughout the year. School for K-8 will start at 9:00 AM on these days. This does NOT affect the preschool start time of 9:00 AM. Club House for K-8 will NOT be available at this point on the late start dates. (We are seeking a staff person but at this point there is not one available) This also does NOT affect the preschool early morning extended care which will continue to open at 7:00 AM.

October 16 is a special staff in-service day and we will NOT have school for preschool to grade 8 and there will be no Club House and no Preschool Extended Care.

Our staff will be going to the Minneapolis Convention Center for a conference with all other Catholic school teachers in our Archdiocese. That is about 5000 teachers who teach 21,000 students making our Archdiocese the biggest district in the State with 79 different campus sites. It will be an amazing day for our staff.

Free or Reduce price lunch applications are now due
If you think your family might qualify for the national school lunch program, please apply. It is confidential and easy. You benefit by getting free lunch and our school benefits by getting money for many different things based on the amount of people who apply. The more who apply and qualify, the better it is for SWS.

Here are the Lunch guidelines with qualifying salary

Here is the free lunch application




Mon., Sept. 16 – NWEA fall testing Wed., Sept. 18 –  School Mass 8:00am (gr 6 plans)
School Advisory Meeting 7:00PM
Thurs., Sept. 19 – 90 minute late start  – 9:00 AM start time
Sat., Sept. 21 – Dozinky Parade 12:00 Noon- line up at 11:30
Wed., Sept. 25 – 8:00 School Mass ( Gr. 5 plans)
Thurs., Sept. 26 – Gr. 5 to Cedar Lake
Fri., Sept 27 – 5:30-7:30 all parents social at Giesenbrau Brewery
Sat., Sept 28Feast of St. Wenceslaus Celebration Mass at 8:00 AM followed by the School Marathon
Thurs., Oct 3 – Toddler Time for 2-3 year olds – 6:00-7:00PM


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

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

Preschool Families——The Schulze Early Learning Scholarship is open to students entering the 4/5-year-old preK class next fall  – 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.

Parents Night
Join us! All parents in preschool to grade 8  – this night is for you.  The first beverage is on us!
This is casual, informal time for all school parents. Stop by between 5:30 and 7:30 at Giesenbrau Brewery.