St. Wenceslaus Catholic School Office News
January 22, 2024

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of the Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;

Starting with Sunday Mass on January 28, we begin National Catholic Schools Week, our annual celebration of what makes education at St. Wenceslaus Catholic School outstanding. We have a whole week of activities planned to celebrate the community we have built.

The theme for our celebration is “United in Faith and Community.”  The theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. The theme focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence, and dedication to service. These elements set Catholic education apart from other educational options, and this is why families make sacrifices to enroll their children.

We are thankful for the staff, parents, council members, volunteers, parishioners, and supporters who make our school a success. This is a good time to recognize everyone who is dedicated to and serves our school.

Kim Doyle, Principal

Psalm 86:11
Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart so that I may honor you.

Starry Night requests to our school families

1.  Donate $5-$10 per child. Your child’s teacher will then take the money and purchase an item or multiple items for our silent auction. 

2. Cocktail Basket Items
Drive by and drop off in the parking lot. Wednesday, January 24th, and Wednesday, January 31st. 

Click here for our beverage signup to tell us what you can bring

3. Bottles of wine
We need lots and lots of wine for our wine pull. Consider buying a case of wine as your donation.

Starry Night Donation and Reservation website

https://saintwenceslaus.ejoinme.org/starrynight2024

 We are looking for sponsors, table purchasers, item donors, cash donors, and lots and lots of guests!

Plan to attend with friends, neighbors, relatives, or alone.

Attend Mass at St. Wenceslaus on January 28
Catholic Schools Week Begins on Sunday!
Mass and pancakes. We hope every school family Preschool -8 can attend.

You have two options: 8:30 and 10:30 AM
* We need grades K and 1 students to help be greeters at the doors of the church.
* We need students in grades 2 and 3 to sing at the 8:30 Mass.
* We need the Music Studios students to sing at the 10:30 Mass.

Afterward, pancakes are in the church basements – A free-will offering.

See the full list of activities and special dress up days

Family poster – now past due

But still – turn it in this week please

If you lost yours – please get one from the school office.

Catholic Schools Week Activities

* Sunday, January 28 – Mass and then a pancake breakfast 
* Monday, January 29  – Grades 6-8 Mass of the Holy Spirit 
Bowling grades 2 and 4
* Tuesday, January 30 – Grades 5-8 ski trip
Bowling grades 1, 3, and Kinder
* Wednesday, January 31 –  Mass with Special guests  followed by bingo. (Special guests can be any person who is out of high school that is special to your child. Children can invite more than one guest if they desire) Guests – meet kids in church.
*Thursday, February 1 – Volleyball game 8th grade against teachers
*Friday, February 2 –  Family breakfast 7:00-7:45 AM and then Roller Skating K-8

Pancake Breakfast helpers are needed

Parents, we need your help:
Pancake makers, coffee servers, and table cleaners.
 
Students in grades 5-8 can earn service hours – but we especially need adults to do the main jobs.

This event is sponsored by our local Knights of Columbus.

Please email Kim if you can be added to the list.

Report Cards are coming home.
The report cards  and NWEA tests are coming home in the backpacks. 

Keep in mind….
The lower grade levels use standards to grade on a 1 to 4 scale, with 2 being a great average score for a child at this time of year as it shows progress.

The upper grades use traditional letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F.  Most students will receive the grades of A, B, and C. These are all great grades. If your child receives a D or an F, then they have put in no/little effort and have chosen to get this grade.

It is not the teacher who earns the grade, but the student. Please embrace this with your child.  

Preschool Registration for Fall 2024 Class – This week!

Tuesday, January 23, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

Please share the word with other families who have small children.

Preschool for 3s and 4s (two years away from kindergarten) on T/TH – half days or full days.
Prekindergarten for 4s and 5s (one year away from kindergarten) on MWF or M-F – half days or full days
Extended care for all sessions before and after classes

Early Learning Scholarship for preK classes –  Fall 2024 Class

The Schulze Family Foundation once again is accepting applications for scholarships for our incoming PreK students.

The criteria are very simple:

  • Your child will be attending an eligible Catholic preschool;
  • Your child will be in their last year of preschool in 2024-2025; and
  • Your family is middle-income

https://www.schulzefamilyfoundation.org/early-learning-scholarship

If your child is entering the PreK program, we highly encourage you to apply. Most scholarships range from $500-$3000.

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2024 Class

Kindergarten registration is now open for classes starting in fall 2024.

We will have a fun night for all registered kindergarten potentials and parents on Tuesday, February  13.  Mark your calendar for one of our favorite evenings for all parents, kids, and teachers. 6:00 PM.

Aim Higher Foundation
Did you know the Aim Higher Foundation provides $1,000 scholarships to students at St. Wenceslaus Catholic School?

This is a needs-based scholarship for K-8 families.

To be eligible, you need to complete the TADS Financial Aid application before February 23!

See the attached flyer for more information.

 

Sweepstakes tickets

K-8 families sell or buy 30 – $10 tickets.
Preschool families sell or buy 15 – $10 tickets.

The drawing will take place on January 31 at our Guest Bingo day for Catholic Schools Week.

Uncollected funds will be added to your TADS account in February.

Annual School Parent Meeting

Please join our School Advisory Council on Monday, January 29, at 6:30 PM in the gym. All parents in preschool to grade 8 are encouraged to attend.

Each year the council presents a “State of the School” session.

Information about the work of the council, which represents the school community in advising the principal and pastor on school operations, will be given. 

Discussion about the areas of success and the areas of challenge will be addressed.
Your input and questions are welcome.

Fish Fry – February 16

Every family was given ten tickets to sell or purchase. There will be lunch and dinner options. Students can use a ticket to have the fish instead of the school lunch on this day. The evening dinner is a joyful celebration of our school and community. SWS normally serves around 1400 guests for lunch and dinner on our Fish Fry day.

This a required event. Volunteer opportunities to fulfill your two event requirements will be ample.

Here is the link to sign up to volunteer.

Soup Supper
The parish is planning to host the 30th Annual Soup Supper here at St. Wenceslaus on Monday evening, February 19th. This year, all proceeds will be given to Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis. Again, three different soups will be offered. We hope you will be able to support this Soup Supper and enjoy the soup. Questions, call Norb Sticha 758.3888

Volunteer Requirements for Parents:

* The Fish Fry  – Volunteer opportunities to fulfill your two event requirements are available.
* The Starry Night Gala will require many volunteers, and the hours count toward your volunteer required hours of working two events.

Art Room Projects – Donations wanted:

Pool Noodles – we need these soon
Popsicle sticks
Glitter/sequence/gems
Acrylic paint
Old jewelry pins

Calendar of Events

January
Tues. Jan. 23 – Preschool Open House/Registration 5:30 -7:00 PM
Wed. Jan. 23 – Cocktail drop off 7:00 AM and 2:30 PM
Wed., Jan. 24 – 8:00 AM School Mass (Kinder)
Thurs., Jan. 25 – Climb Theatre Presentation Gr. 3-6
School Advisry meeting 6:30 PM
Fri., Jan, 26 – Chilfest for Gr. 6-8
Sun., Jan 28 – Catholic School Week begins with a Mass and Pancake Breakfast.
Mon., Jan. 29 – Annual Parent Meeting – 6:30 PM
Sweepstakes ticket stub and cash due to the office.
Gr. 6-8 goes to Mass of the Holy Spirit in St. Paul
Tues., Jan. 30 – Gr. 5-8 Ski Trip
Wed., Jan. 31 – 8:00 AM Mass (Gr. 7) with Special Guests followed by Bingo in the gym with Guests until approximately 10:15.
Sweepstakes Drawing at this event.
Wed. Jan. 31 – Cocktail drop off 7:00 AM and 2:30 PM
February
Thurs., Feb 1 – Starry Night meeitng 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 2 – All School Rollerskating Trip
Wed., Feb. 7 – 8:00 AM – School Mass (Gr. 4)
Tues., Feb 13 – 6:00 PM Kindergarten Preview Night
Wed., Feb. 14 – 8:00 AM – Ash Wednesday School Mass – (Gr. 3)
Fri., Feb. 16 – Fish Fry
Mon., Feb. 19 – No School/Presidents Day
Wed., Feb. 21 – 8:00 AM Mass (Gr. 2)
Thurs., Feb. 22 – Willy Wonka Jr. 6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 23 – Willy Wonka Jr. 5:30 and 7:30 PM
Wed., Feb 28 – 8:00 AM School Mass (Gr. 1)
Thurs., Feb. 29 – Conferences/No School
March
Fri., March 1- Conferences/No School
Reservations due for the Starry Night
Donations due for the Starry Night
Sat., March 16 – Starry Night Gala 5:00 PM

Click here for the
2023-2024 School Calendar

Our Mission Statement

St. Wenceslaus Catholic School is a Christ-centered family 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 & encouraging service to others.

Our staff members have been enjoying complimentary lunches when they choose to eat. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the fund that made this possible.

Staff Lunch Ticket Link

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