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Weekly Office News – November 14, 2022
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;
We are anticipating the Advent season in school. Although still two weeks away, we have been making plans to decorate, to have our special prayer services around our Advent wreaths, to participate in a reconciliation morning, and setting themes for entire school and individual classroom instruction of the coming of Christ. This is such a meaningful, rich time of the year in a Catholic school and one that makes us stand out as absolutely special. And of course, the students love the Advent season more than any other!
I often tell the children and teachers how unique it is for us to balance our academic time with activities that build virtue, character, and morals. Our time learning our faith during instruction, practicing our traditions, serving our community, and allotting time for prayer and meditation are the key ingredients of our strong Catholic school education.
“Souls on Fire for God”
Give to the Max Day
November 17, 2022
Our goal is to collect $20,000 to help with our tuition assistance program. Our view is to provide a Catholic education to every child whose family seeks our faith-based environment. We know that many families cannot afford the full tuition rate. Families have the opportunity to apply for assistance. If they qualify with financial need, a small amount of assistance helps a family manage, and their children benefit from enrollment in our Catholic school.
Congratulations Mrs. Hathaway!
We wish blessings on our kindergarten teacher, Ms. Schneider. She was married on Saturday to Alex Hathaway. Congratulations to the two, for a long and happy life together.
Watch for tickets to come home in backpacks on Tuesday, November 15!
You will receive an envelope with tickets for our sweepstakes and our Pot-o-Gold.
The Sweepstakes is required and you will get $300 worth ($100 for preschool) of tickets to sell. We are giving these to you early so that you have plenty of time before the drawing which takes place on February 1.
Pot-o-Gold is a raffle for our $20,000 prize. This year each family will get one ticket to buy or sell. Drawing is in June.
We have 650 to sell in total. We need people to try selling more to meet our goal. Call or stop in at the school office.
Food Drive Collection – November 16 at Mass
We are collecting food for the local food shelf. Each student is asked to bring some items to our school Mass on November 16.
After Mass we will carry it to the food shelf – have your child’s donation placed in a plastic grocery bag for easier carrying.
For PreK Families – only
PreK MWF and M-F kids:
Dinner is on us on Thursday, November 17.
One of our school teachers will be delivering a pizza, a packet, and a prize to your home.
PARENT SESSION with Dr. Julene Nolan
“Technology and Social Media”
November 16 at 7 p.m.
The use of social media and technology is one of the most popular areas of concern for parents of children and adolescents. How much is too much? How do we keep our kids safe online? What about the constant social comparisons? This session will focus on the latest research on use of social media and technology. It will also help us understand the relationship between brain development and what drives the need to feel connected online as well as those areas of big concern like pornography and algorithms that target adolescent vulnerabilities. Parenting tips will be offered.
Clink for the November Meeting
Christmas Lights Hanging
We Need your help!
Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 AM
Meet together in the back parking lot.
Thanks to everyone who donated a box of Christmas lights to light up our yard!
Morning Car Drop off
Please drop off your children between 7:10 and 7:30. We will be locking the door at 7:30. If you come late, please drop off on Columbus and walk your child to the front door of the school to get buzzed in.
Adopt a Family for Christmas Gifts
This program helps the needy of LeSeuer County with Christmas. Click here to read more.
(Shopping must be completed by December 4)
Boys Basketball Registration Link
You filled out the initial survey – now use this link to register for the team. We will host two boys’ teams in grades 4/5/6 and 6/7/8.
1. Fill out this form
2. Send a team fee of $100 to the school office.
Practice starts in a few days. Watch for more information.
(We will not host a girls team this year due to low interest and no available coach)
Living Nativity – December 2
This is going to be so exciting. What a great way to showcase our parish and our school. There will be a Living Nativity on our property on the night of the New Prague Parade of Lights – Friday, December 2.
See the Flyer about this event.
Living Nativity adult helpers
We are looking for people
1. to come dressed in parts of the Nativityaand be part of “the scene”.
2. to help with some set up/clean up.
3. to do a few other jobs during the event
Click to volunteer to help
Aim Higher Grants
Applications for the Aim Higher Grant opens tomorrow, on November 1st. Families with financial need can apply for a $1000 tuition grant for the 23-24 school year.
The application is open from November 1 to February 22.
Click here for more details.
PreK Early Learning Scholarship
This wonderful opportunity for children who will be in our PreK program. The Schultz Family Scholarship supports families with young children to attend the approved Catholic preschool programs.
The application is open from November 1 and remains open until the money runs out.
It takes only a few minutes to complete. Most families receive between $500 to $1500 for preschool tuition.
Click here for more details.
Santa Secret Shop
This is a special shopping time for the students. We will be setting up a gift shop. Kids can purchase gifts for their family members and get the gifts wrapped and labeled to go under your Christmas tree. This will take place on December 8th and 9th. Watch for more information.
From the School Advisory Council
We know that families are busy and sometimes it helps to have new ideas to incorporate more of the faith into your family life.
For the Love of Family
This week’s challenge:
Begin your day with thanks and praise. Start your day, before you open your eyes or roll out of bed, with a few thoughts of how grateful you are for the opportunity to try your best another day. Thank God for your abundant blessings, thinking of one or two things that will make you smile. Do this before any anxiousness of a to-do list or heaviness creeps into your mind. Try this for a bright start to your day and encourage others in your family to do the same!
Looking Ahead for Club House in December
Club House will be open for only 3 days during our Christmas Break. These days are Dec. 27, 28, and 29.
We will be closed for the rest of the break days to let our staff have some needed time off for their own families.
Every Tuesday (On days when school is in session)
8:00 AM -10:00 AM – For Toddlers and their parents
Virtus Account Set-up
To volunteer in the school, the following steps must be followed:
Make a username and password.
The 1st time will take at least 1.5 hours. After the first time that you are approved then, you will have short sessions each year to update the account.
4. Watch 14/15 short videos. You will be given a pre-video question, then allowed to watch the video, followed by a post-video question. You must watch all videos and sign and date after each question in the video section.
5. Do the background check (McDowell Agency) will ask questions of you, including your social security number.
C. – Fill out a 123B form by hand and bring that to the school office. Click here to download the 123B form
You will then complete your part, and your background check will be processed.
Mon., Nov. 14 – No School/workshop day
Wed., Nov. 16 – School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans) – Food collection for food shelf
Thurs., Nov. 17 – A Pizza, A Packet, and A Prize
Pizza Delivery to PreK families – 5:00-6:00 PM
School Advisory Council 6:30 PM
Sat. Nov.19 – Decorate the school yard with lights – 10:00 am. – Adult helpers welcome!
Wed. Nov. 23 – School Mass (Gr. 1 plans)
Thurs., Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving – No School/No Club House
Fri., Nov. 25 – School/No Club House
Sun., Nov 27 – Advent begins
Mon., Nov. 28- Long Lake trip meeting for grade 5 and 6 parents/kids – 6:30 PM
Tues., Nov. 29 – Starry Night meeting 6:30-8:30 PM
Wed., Nov. 30 – School Mass 8:00 (Gr. 7 plans)
Thurs., Dec. 1 -Gr. 2-4 Field Trip
Fri., Dec 2 – Living Nativity 5:00 -6:30 PM
Parade of Lights at 6:30 PM.
Tues., Dec. 6 – St. Nicholas Day
Wed., Dec. 7 – No School Mass
Thurs. Dec. 8 -8:00am – Immaculate Conception Mass (Gr. 2 plans)
Santa Secret Shop – Dec. 8/9
Wed., Dec. 14 – 8:00 School Mass -(Gr. 6 plans)
Thurs. Dec. 15 – Reconciliation Gr. 3-8
Tues., Dec. 20 School Christmas concert 1:00 and 6:30
Wed. Dec. 21 – 8:00 School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans)
PreK Christmas program 10:30 am
Kindergarten Nativity play 1:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 22 – 3/4 preschool Christmas program 10:30 AM.
Christmas Break – December 23 – January 2
Club House open on Dec 27, 28, 29 only
Tues., Jan. 3 – School Resumes
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2022-2023 School Calendar
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