Saints School News
September 17, 2018
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Weekly Office Update
This week we start our fall testing. Your children in grades K-8 will be taking the NWEA tests. These tests give us a baseline to begin the school year placing students at various levels in many different strands across the curriculum.
Testing at this time will help teachers plan their strategies to reach all of the children viewing them where they are at. Teachers can then plan and build goals for each student to grow.
We will also take winter tests in February and end of year tests in spring. On the NWEA’s we want to see growth in reading and math skills (Also in writing skills for grades 3-8). Some students will grow much over the year as they get those “ah-ha” moments and things begin to click. Other students will be on a steady course of growth making consistent steps right at their grade level. This helps us know which students to challenge more and which students to support to a greater degree.
Since ALL students now have a 1:1 device in our school ( iPad or laptop computer) to use in the classrooms, testing should be less disruptive to the school day. Testing will take less than 1 hour for each of the reading, math and writing skills. These tests will be given over the next two weeks.
Dozinky Day Parade Participation – Saturday, September 22
We invite everyone to ride or walk along with the SWS Float for the Dozinky Parade. We would like to see our school (Preschool-Grade 8) out in the community with strong numbers. We would like to show our “RED”. Parents wear the free t-shirt that we gave you last year or in August. Kids wear any red shirt (SWS spirit wear shirt, uniform shirt, or another red t-shirt). We have some shirts (limited sizes) for sale for $15 in the office. Our unit number is #45. Please meet at the lineup site beginning at 11:30 for a 12: 00-noon start. Bring an empty ice cream bucket for candy.
Parade Donations wanted:
A big bag of candy or two would be an awesome donation so kids have plenty to toss out while riding the float or walking along.
If we make our goal- the school benefits to meet our fundraising budget.
Our School Goal is $43,00
Donors can contribute online.
Click this link to donate for a particular student.
- Everyone meets at school.
- Check-in starts at 8:15.
- All students get a wristband to collect prizes in the end.
- Prayer and “ready set go”
- Complete as many rounds as you wish but at least 1.
- Have a hot dog with the Knights of Columbus.
- Cheer on all participants.
- Event ends by 9:30 AM.
Walk or run. Strollers and wagons for little ones welcome!
All current and past school parents, grandparents, Supporters, and past students are invited.
Students must be high school age or older to attend.
5:00-6:00 – Mass at St. Wenceslaus – (Grades 7 and 8 to sing)
6:00-7:00 – Social Hour (Grades 7 and 8 to help with hosting)
Entertainment by students in Grades 2, 4, 7, 8
8:00… More socializing
All guests will have appetizers, dinner, and beverages. It will be a great night, so please consider joining us.
This is one fun evening for parents and students in Preschool and beyond. Come on Thursday, Oct 11 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Parents and child work as a team to do a variety of STEM challenges. Every student must have an adult partner!
We will have STEM challenge activities for all levels, robots, the high school robotics team will be here to show off their competition robotics unit and give our students some STEM challenges, MN Microscopy Society will have fun things to look at in the microscopes, Chart Industries will have a table of the real-life STEM, SWS staff will guide you into Thinking, Experimenting, and Competing to get the best results, and much more!
This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so invite your adult neighbors to bring their children. Grandparents, supporters, and friends of SWS, please come to see STEM in action.
It is a very special treat for our school to participate this year in the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This Mass will be at the US BANK Stadium. We will be in attendance with 14,000 students from 79 Catholic Schools in grades 4-8. We will celebrate with the Archbishop and with hundreds of our priests. This Mass is sponsored by the Catholic School Center of Excellence. The date is Wednesday, October 10. This is a private event and only preapproved teacher and adults who are fully Virtus trained and have background checks will be allowed to attend.
Watch for the permission slips from the 4th – 8th-grade students to attend.
Winter Clothing Collection
For the students who are attending the Mass of the Holy Spirit at US Bank Stadium in grades 4-8: We are asked to donate a new or gently used winter coat, snow pants, or other winter item when we come to Mass. There will be 14,000 students in attendance and the Catholic School Center of Excellence would like to collect 14,000 winter items.
We are looking for a few more parents. The jobs are easy, you will meet other parents, and it is fun! The group meets monthly but we are so flexible and open to any help you can give us. Please contact Kim if you are willing to be a part of our Home and School Association.
We need about 4-5 more parents to join. Join with a friend!
Wed., Sept. 19 School Mass (Gr. 6 plans)
Thurs., Sept 20 Cub Scout Sign up 6:00-7:00 in PAC
Fri., Sept 21 – Gr. 6 Field Trip to Cedar Lake
Sat., Sept., 22 – Dozinky Celebration Parade 12:00 – Meet at SWS Float at 11:30
Mon., Sept. 24 – The Ned Show – Character Development. (Yoyo’s for sale) 1:30 PM
Wed., Sept. 26 – Grades 4/5 Field Trip to the Water Festival
School Mass (Gr. 3 plans)
Fri., Sept. 28 – Feast of St. Wenceslaus Prayer Service 8;00 AM
Homecoming Parade 1:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 29 – School Marathon at St. Wenceslaus School – PAC. Preschool to grade 8 and all parents.8:15 AM check-in.
Mon. Oct 1 – Marathon Money due.
Tues., Oct 2 – Toddler Time 6:00-7:00 PM
Grades 3-5 Field trip to Nay Nature Center
Wed., Oct. 3 – School Mass ( Gr. 7 plans)
Thurs., Oct 4 – Gr. 5-6 field trip to Farm America.
Fri., Oct 5 – Marathon Pizza Party and Prize Rally
Tues., Oct 9 – Home/School Meeting 6:00 PM
Wed., Oct. 10 – Mass of the Holy Spirit at US Bank Stadium Gr. 4-8 to attend by bus.
Thurs., Oct 11 – STEM Fair 6:00-7:30 PM for PreK-8 and parents (open to the public)
Sat., Oct. 13 – 140 year – All School Reunion 5:00-9:00 PM
Mon., Oct 15 – School Advisory Council meeting 6:30 PM
Wed., Oct 17 – Possible day off if students reach marathon goal.
Gr. 8 trip to Washington DC
Thurs., Oct 18 – MEA – Day off
Fri., Oct 19 – MEA – Day off
Mon., Oct 22 – Gr. 5-6 meeting for the Long Lake Camp Trip
Wed., Oct 24 Preschool Halloween Craft 6:30 PM
School Mass ( Gr. 5 plans)
Sat., Oct 27 – Handmade Market 9:00AM – 2:00 PM
Wed. Oct 31 – No School mass Halloween
Thurs., Nov. 1 – All Saints Day School Mass ( Gr. 4 plans)
If your child is absent from school, comes late or needs to leave early….. Please contact the school office with this information. Do NOT assume that the office knows about these irregular schedules. This is also true if you plan a vacation ahead of time.
The office number is 952-758-3133 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
The office will inform the classroom teachers of the changes!
St. Wenceslaus School is a family centered faith community committed to the intellectual and spiritual formation of our students. We provide a high quality academic program that builds leadership and self confidence while nurturing a loving relationship with God and encouraging service to others.