St. Wenceslaus Catholic School Office News
December 11, 2023

Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School Office Update

From the Office of the Principal:

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of SWS;

Our school is fully accredited by the Minnesota Non-Public School Accreditation Association. This means that every seven years, our school digs deep into all areas of our school for study and review.  We study areas of curriculum, staff resources, finances, facilities, service, community relations, and more. We look at our effectiveness and strengths as well as areas that are challenging and need more support and research. 

The school develops a strategic plan based on the findings. This plan is what is used to drive the goals and plans for the future 5-7 years.  In spring, a team of teachers and principals will visit our school for three days to validate our findings and make suggestions.  Continuous growth and improvement is what we aim for each and every year.

Our strategic plan is always available for viewing on our school website.  It is updated every spring. There are goals each year that the school works on so that a directed and strong focus remains for school improvement.

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.

Advent at SWS – Activities this week

This week, we are announcing the winners of our door decorating contest with an Advent theme. The winning class will get an additional out-of-uniform day.

Each classroom will have a daily prayer around an Advent Wreath.

We will have an all-school Advent wreath prayer in the gym on Monday.

Grades 3-8 will have a reconciliation time with a confession opportunity on Tuesday.

Christmas Concerts

Grades K-8
Tuesday, December 19 
12:30 and 6:30 PM – in the church (Piano Prelude starts at 6:00)

PreK classes
Wednesday, Dec. 20
10:00 AM in the church

Kindergarten Nativity Play
Wednesday, Dec. 20
1:00 PM in the church

Preschool 3/4s class
Thursday, Dec. 21
10:00 AM in the church

Christmas Concert Etiquette at the Evening show!

We have a few procedures that we wish for everyone to follow.

1. Do not save benches by coming ahead of time and placing coats and personal articles in the bench.

2. If one person from your family comes and sits in the bench early to save it, that is more acceptable.

6. Six adults fit in each bench, so if you are not a party of 6 then invite others to have a seat. The church will be jammed full at 6:00 pm for the evening concert.

7. Do not hold a camera up the entire time to get a recording. This blocks other people’s views. We also take recordings from the camera high up in the choir loft.

8. Do not hold babies up higher or let them stand on your lap if their body is higher than your head. This blocks the view of other people.

8. Do not place anything in the aisles; we use all 4 aisles for kids coming on and off stage. (This includes cameras on tripods, baby care sears, walkers, canes, wheel chairs, etc….)

9 Do not let younger kids or kids of guests sit in the aisle. Also do not get out of your seat to come up the aisle to snap a picture.

12:30 show

1. We encourage you to have grandparents and others attend this show. Parking is often a problem, and it is a long walk to the church.

2. Not as many people come to this show so if you wish to record or take pictures, you can be seated behind the rest of the crowd to stand and to do so. 

3. The K-8 students may go home with a guest in attendance after the afternoon show – BUT ONLY IF YOU SEND AN EMAIL AHEAD OF TIME TO MRS HARTMAN  GIVING PERMISSION FOR THE GUEST TO TAKE YOUR CHILD. Chances are the show will end only a few minutes before dismissal, so regular routines are great too!

PreK, preschool and kindergarten nativity shows

There will be plenty of room and seating. You are allowed to get up and move around to take pictures. We will stop at one point to let you take a group photo.

 

 We are very excited to present to you at all of these events.  Sit back and relax and enjoy our Christmas celebrations.

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.

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

Peace of Mind Session with Dr. Jules
Virtual webinar open to all Catholic school parents

  • Parent session: December 12, 2023 | 7:00 pm
    Topic: Parenting in Unpredictable Times
    Register: Click here

Your Sweepstakes tickets went home last Monday!

CIf you have not yet seen them, check with your child or check your child’s backpack. 

K-8 families will be getting 30 – $10 tickets.
Preschool will be getting 15 – $10 tickets.

You can sell these over the Holidays or simply buy them for a chance to win some cash.  The drawing will take place on January 31 at our Guest Bingo day for Catholic Schools Week.

Fundraiser Reminders

These are required:
Marathon
Sweepstakes ticket
Fish Fry
Pot-o-Gold

Not required but support is appreciated:
Handmade Market
Starry Night Gala
Golf Tournament
MIsc. smaller things that come up

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 also 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.

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

Club House Sign up for Christmas Break and January  Workshop day

Club House will be open during Christmas break on December 27, 28, and 29.
Club. House will also be open on January 15 for the staff workshop day.

Sign up here

Parent Satisfaction Survey

Just a reminder to fill out the survey if you have not yet done so.  Use the link that was sent to you earlier.

This is only for K-8 parents.

Starry Night Committee Members Wanted

We are seeking committee members to help plan the next Starry Night Gala. This year, the gala will take place on Saturday, March 16.

Each committee member will focus on one area, and you can team up with others. When we put the parts together, we will have a big successful event.

We are having a meeting on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 PM.
Enter through the front door and meet in the staff room next to the school office.

Please join us if you are willing to get involved in the biggest and best fundraising evening of the year at SWS.

Basketball Referees are needed.

Male or female – if you know basketball, we need you. Our boys team of grades 4-7. We have 5 home games left to play.
All games start at 4:00 or 4:30 PM.

We need a ref to play. Open to high school or college students, parents, grandparents, or any relative/neighbor. You do not need to be a professional. Our games are simple and are learning experiences for our players.

Those parents with younger students at SWS – please consider!

Art Room Projects – Donations wanted

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

December
Mon. Dec. 11 – 2nd week of Advent prayer service. 9:10- Faith
Tues., Dec. 12 – Confession for grades 3-8
Peace of Mind Parent session – 7:00 PM
Starry Night planning meeting – 7:00 PM
Wed. Dec. 13 – 8:00 Mass ( Gr. 6 plans)
Mon. Dec. 18 – 3rd week of Advent prayer service 8:45 – Joy
Tues. Dec. 19 -School Christmas Concert for K-8 – 12:30 and 6:30 PM
Wed. Dec. 20 – 8:00 School Mass
Wed., Dec. 20- PreK – Christmas program 10:00-10:30 AM
Kindergarten Nativity Play 1:00 PM
Thurs., Dec. 21 Preschool 3/4 Christmas program 10:00-10:30 AM.
Fri., Dec 21 – Christmas break begins.
Wed., Dec. 27 – Club House open
Thurs., Dec. 28 – Club House open
Fri., Dec. 29 – Club House open

January
Tues., Jan. 2 – School resumes
Tues., Jan. 9 – Snowman Celebration
Tues. Jan. 23 – Preschool open house/Registration
Sun., Jan 28 – Catholic School Week begins with a Mass and Pancake Breakfast.

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.

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