St. Wenceslaus Catholic School Office News
January 8, 2024

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of the Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;

We are now in the planning stages of the biggest event for our school, The Starry Night. All associated with the school recently were sent a letter asking for sponsorship and donations.  This event is a fun evening for the adults of our community. It includes a social time, a great dinner, and opportunities to support the school with live and silent actions. Our letter encourages you to register to attend, but it also asks for support and donations from the community.

We need you to consider gifting the school. We are especially looking for connections to events such as sporting events, theatre, and family experiences. We need gifts for hotel stays or condos, cabins, and resort stays.  We need donations of wine, beer, and other adult beverages, which will be auctioned off in cocktail baskets. We also need new household items, new men’s equipment and entertainment, ladies’ spa products, and games for kids or families.  Please consider making a donation.  Cash sponsorships and donations are truly appreciated.

Please talk to your family and friends to make plans to attend the event.  This is a fun night to show your support for the school. Also, know that guests range from 18 to 95 years of age, and all typically enjoy it. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 16th, 5:00-9:30 PM.

More information:
https://saintwenceslaus.ejoinme.org/starrynight2024

 

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.

Snowman Celebration
Kindergarten Parents:
Can you help on the night of the Snowman Celebration? January 9 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM 

We need you to help serve cookies and juice and to welcome everyone at our registration table. 

The job is easy! We typically have, kindergarten parents do this since your kids will be coming to the event.

Starry Night Committee

We invite any school parents to join us for the next meeting. We could use a few more helpful volunteers who are willing to take on a planning role.

The next meeting is Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 PM.
Enter through the front door and meet in the staff room next to the school office.

Preschool Registration for Fall 2024 Class

Registration for the fall 2024 preK and preschool classes may now take place. Registration forms may be downloaded from our website or picked up in the office.

We will officially hold our Preschool Open House and Registration on 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.

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

Fish Fry – February 16

The Fish Fry tickets will be coming home soon. Every family will be 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.

Volunteer Requirements for Parents:

* The Fish Fry is a required event. Volunteer opportunities to fulfill your two event requirements will be ample.
* The Starry Night Gala is not a required event – but it is an event that will require many volunteers, and the hours count toward your volunteer required hours of working two events.

Catholic Schools Week is coming!
This is a fun week at the end of January where our school, along with all Catholic Schools in the Nation, celebrate with joyful activities that bring recognition to our unique mission of our faith-based education.

* We start out with Mass and then a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. – January 28
* Grades 6-8 will join 7,000 other Catholic school students of the Archdiocese for Mass on Monday, January 29.
* There will be a ski trip for grades 5-8 – Tuesday, January 30.
* Wednesday of that week, we will have Special guests come to Mass, 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) – January 31.
* We will have a K-8 rollerskating trip to Skateville – parents are welcome to attend. February 2.

* There will be a special dress-up each day.
More information on these and all activities will come within the next two weeks.

Pancake Breakfast helpers are needed
To kick off the week of celebration for Catholic schools, we hold a pancake breakfast in our cafeteria for all school families and parish members.

Plan to attend with your family on Sunday, January 28 – 8:00-12:00.

We need a few pancake makers, coffee servers, and table cleaners.

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

All school families will be asked to attend the Masses this Sunday, and some of our students will be leading us in the choir.

Club House Sign up for January  Workshop day

Club House will be open on January 15 for the staff workshop day.

Sign up here

Art Room Projects – Donations wanted:

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

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

Calendar of Events

January
Tues., Jan. 9 – Snowman Celebration 6:00-7:30 PM
Wed. Jan. 10  – 8:00 AM School Mass (Gr. 1)
Thurs., Jan.. 11 – 7:00 PM – Starry Night Meeting
Fri., Jan. 12 – End of 1st Semester
Mon., Jan. 15 – Staff Workshop Day/ No School
Tues., Jan. 16 – 6:30 PM School Parent Assoc. Meeting
Wed., Jan. 17 – 8:00 AM School Mass (Kinder)
Tues. Jan. 23 – Preschool Open House/Registration
Wed., Jan. 24 – 8:00 AM School Mass (Kinder)
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.
February
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

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