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Weekly Office News – October 31, 2022
Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update
From the Office of Principal:
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;
A continuous line of events at St. Wenceslaus School displays a very active community. Each week we add one, two, or three new postings to participate in or become a part of. SWS is open to all, and one unique characteristic is that as an adult (parent, grandparent, supporter, and friend), you can be included in a place where you believe in the mission of what we do as a school and faith-filled community.
Connecting with other adults, you make friendships along the way. You are in a place of belonging. Just like the children in the school, adults need this inclusiveness too. The best way to connect here at SWS is to simply “jump in.” We want you! We need you! Each of you has something to offer our school, and in return, we hope you will feel blessed and rewarded for keeping our school thriving!
Join us in our 2022-23 theme…..
“Souls on Fire for God”
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:
Talk with your kids about how the day after Halloween is a Holy Day in the Church- All Saints Day- and talk about the saints that share their name or are the patron saints of something they are interested in. Some fun ones include- St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint of animals), St. Catherine of Bologna (patron saint of artists), St. Sebastian (patron saint of athletes), St. Luke (patron saint of doctors), St. Isidore (patron saint of farmers), St. Florian (patron saint of firefighters), St. Anthony of Padua (patron saint of lost things), St. Cecilia (patron saint of musicians), St. John Baptist de la Salle (patron saint of teachers),
Handmade Market a Success!
Thanks to our School Parent Association for the amazing and wonderful Handmade Market. So much work and planning took place to make this event a success. Hopefully everyone got many great gifts from all of the talented vendors!
All Saints Day / All Souls Day
Tuesday, Nov. 1 is a Holy Day – We will have Mass for All Saints Day.
Wednesday, Nov. 2 is All Souls Day – Many classes will take a walk to the church cemetery to pray for our deceased family and friends.
Christmas Lights – Donations Wanted
Looking for more “All white LED lights with a green cord! (large rolls welcome)
Feel free to buy on Amazon and have them sent directly to the school at 227 East Main St.
Christmas lights hanging crew:
Need a bunch of school parents – please!
Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 AM
Meet together in the back parking lot.
A few parents willing to serve on our planning committee for Starry Night Gala 2023.
The Starry Night requires many, many workers to help. Most of the work takes place the week before the event on March 25. Now – We need a few people to join us for some planning meetings to get the ball rolling.
If you are willing and interested in planning the gala with a team of school parents, please contact us! Kim.email@example.com
SWS Basketball Teams for grades 4-8
Final call – Student Interest Survey- Click here
Boys teams are a go………. BUT we need a few more people to help with practices, etc. (coaches assistant)
Girls teams are still pending….. We need a few more girls in the older grades to join in and we need a coach.
Food Drive Collection – November 16 at Mass
We will be collection 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 grocery bag for easier carrying.
Fall Conference Sign-up Link
Thursday, November 3 – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, November 4 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Schedule your conference here.
Teachers will share your child’s NWEA test scores with you.
Club House will be open on Nov 3, 4, and 14
Open on Conference days on 3rd and 4th
Open on Workshop day for staff on November 14
Club House will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 24th and 25th .
We will be open from 7:00 am to 5:30 PM for kids in K-5.
$40 per child for a full day or $6 per hour fro part-day.
Children need to bring their own lunch. Clubhouse will provide morning and afternoon snacks.
Link to sign up.
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
For PreK Families – only
This special note is to the families of our PreK MWF and
M-F kids. Dinner is on us on Thursday, November 17.
Save the date! More news to come.
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 and upto for preschool tuition.
Click here for more details.
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
Tickets coming home soon!
You will soon 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, but the drawing does not take place until 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 need a group of willing parents to try to sell more than one ticket. We have 650 to sell in total. If you are willing to try harder – call or stop in at the school office.
Exciting News for Married Couples
On Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th Worldwide Marriage Encounter will be coming to Holy Cross Catholic School in Webster.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is an enrichment for married couples who value their relationship and desire a richer, fuller life together.
The Marriage Encounter experience will give you the tools to remain strong as a couple and be a united force to provide a stable and loving environment for your children.
Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend without having to travel a great distance and no overnight stay.
For more information and to register: wwme.org or call 612-234-7440.
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Here is how fundraising works for the year at SWS
Require events for parents to help contribute to goal:
1. Marathon – $150 per child
2. Sweepstakes Raffle – $300 per family
3. Fish Fry – Sell or buy 10 tickets
Optional event participation
1. Handmade Market
2. Starry Night Gala (except for a donation for the class basket and other auction items)
3. Golf Tournament
4. Pot-o-Gold (however, we would like each family to buy or sell at least one $100 ticket)
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.
Tues., Nov. 1 – All Saints Mass (Gr. 3 plans)
Aim Higher Grants now open for 2023-24.
Wed., Nov. 2 All Souls Cemetery walk
Staff vs 8th grader volleyball match
Thurs., Nov 3 – No School – Parent /Teacher Conferences 8:00 am. – 8:00 PM
Club House open
Fri., Nov. 4 – No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00
Club House open
Tues., Nov. 8 – School Parent Association Meeting 6:30 PM
Wed. Nov. 9 – School Mass ( Gr. 2 plans)
Fri., Nov. 11 – Veterans Day service 10:30 am
Mon., Nov. 14 – No School – Staff Workday – Club House open
Wed., Nov. 16 – School Mass ( Gr. 8 plans) – Food collection for food shelf
Thurs., Nov. 17 Pizza Delivery to PreK families
School Advisory Council 6:30 PM
Sat. Nov.19 – Decorate the 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
Wed., Nov. 30 – School Mass 8:00 (Gr. 7 plans)
December – looking ahead!
Fri., Dec 2 – Living Nativity/Parade of Lights
Thurs. Dec. 8 – Immaculate Conception Mass
Santa Secret Shop
Tues., Dec. 20 School Christmas concert 1:00 and 6:30
Wed. Dec. 21 – 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
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2022-2023 School Calendar
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