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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday February 24, 2017


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         Grandparents and Special Persons Day is always a day our students look forward to. Mass, lunch with people important to them, a chance to perform for their grandparents or other special people is something they prepare for, and just being able to show off their classrooms is an important part of the day. I promise though not to ask any of kids what they prefer: Grandparents Day or a snow day off from school.

·         The third graders had a chance to ask me some great questions about Saints this week. For example: “who was the first saint” and “how many saints are in the communion of saints” are examples of some of their questions. One question I was expecting but wasn’t asked, “who is my favorite saint?” I wonder if someone will ask me that question in the next week or two.

·         The seventh graders were talking about volcanoes in Social Studies and the eighth graders were making volcanoes in Science. Mr. DuBois asked his class how volcanoes came to be. The students gave great answers explaining the shifting of plates and earthquakes. I pointed out to the class that one advantage of going to a Catholic School is that if you don’t know the answer to a question answer “God” and most of the time you will be correct.

·         Enjoy the snow and remember Lent begins next Wednesday!

Readings for next Friday’s school Mass can be found here (actually Ash Wednesday, March 1):


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         3/1 Ash Wednesday Mass @ church, 10am

·         3/3 Two Hour Early Release, after care available,  link to sign up form:

·         3/3 KC Fish Fry @ church, 4:30-7pm

·         3/6 – 3/10 No School Spring Break

·         3/15 Spirit Wear Day (uniform bottoms)

·         3/17 Mass @ school, 9:00am

·         3/17 St. Patrick Day Carnival at church, green and white out of uniform

·         3/17 KC Fish Fry @ church, 4:30-7pm

·         3/22 3rd grade field trip to Hudson High School – String lessons!

·         3/24 Mass @ school, 9:00am

·         3/24 Service project – Blankets for a Brighter Day immediately following Mass

·         3/24 5th and 6th grade handball tournament, 3:45 – 6pm, sponsored by student council

·         3/30 LEAD STREAM night, 6-8pm

·         3/31 Mass @ school, 9:00am. End of 3rd quarter

·         4/1 Gala @ School: 5pm social and silent auction, 6pm dinner, live music begins at 8pm.


Fr. John explains the Mass

The third installment of Fr. John’s new hit series: Mass explanation #3


Grandparents and Special Friends Day

The snow missed Hudson and we were able to celebrate with our family and friends! It was a wonderful day with Mass at church, grandparents and friends in the classrooms and lunch, and the program in the gym. Making her 39th consecutive appearance at Grandparents Day was Mrs. Elizabeth O'Brien, pictured with youngest grandchild and graduating 8th grader, Brady. 


Thank you for parent-teacher conference meals

Thank you to all the parents who provided dishes and/or money for sub sandwiches for our teachers during conferences! Everything tasted wonderful and was very much appreciated.


Volunteer Spotlight

MANY THANKS to the families that have stepped up in a big way during this crazy month of February! Your service has been amazing. Have a wonderful Spring Break everyone!!  Follow this link to sign up:  


·         Hospitality Sunday at Church – Sunday, February 26th for families with children in the following grades: Jr. Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 7th.  We are still in need of fruit donations and servers for both the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses.

·         KC Fish Fry Dessert Donations – Fridays, March 17th, and April 7th

·         Can Crushing 6th/7th Grade for 2016-2017 – Crush cans at church to earn $$ towards ELC.  Openings beginning weeks of March 11th and 18th through the remainder of the school year.  Families are encouraged to sign up for 2 weeks/year. 


**LEAD is also looking for parents who are willing to either present at or volunteer at STREAM night (formerly known as Family Science Night) coming up on Thursday, March 30th.  Please contact Mrs. Bekkum directly if you are able. 


Show off your musical talents in Mrs. Ashwood’s class

2nd-4th grade students will have the opportunity to share their musical talents in music class after spring break. If the student wishes to share, they will fill out and return a "music class talent day" slip and turn it into Mrs. Ashwood. They will only perform for the students in their class during music that week. They can perform something that they have practiced in class or at home. They may bring in instruments that day if they can work it out with their parents (please do not take large instruments on the bus). Contact Mrs. Ashwood with any questions:


Blankets for a Brighter Day

This is an organization founded by Katelyn and Shannon Baier of our parish and graduates of Saint Patrick School. Katelyn was diagnosed in 2008 with Crohns Disease, and has had three surgeries and countless procedures, most of them at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Working with the Child Life Department at the hospital, her foundation now donates tie blankets to be given to children in difficult situations facing surgeries, procedures, or complicated tests.


On March 24 after the school Mass, Saint Patrick students – working in Spirit Families – will have a service project to make tie blankets for this organization to donate to the hospital. We are looking for donations of fleece material: 2 pieces of 1.5 yards (1 piece for each side of the blanket), OR you can donate money to go towards the purchase of fleece. Donations may be made to the school or church office to “St. Patrick”. To learn more about Katelyn and Shannon’s organization, go to their website: Thank you very much for any donation you might provide!


Scholastic Book Fair

The winner of the $25 Kwik Trip drawing (for all parents who shopped at the Book Fair) was Darryl Aurn – Congratulations Mr. Zurn!


LEAD – Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE!!!  LEAD would like the parents and students of Grades K-8 to save the evening of Thursday, March 30, for our 3rd family science night, which we have enhanced this year to be a Family ST(R)EAM Night (ScienceTechnologyReligionEngineeringArtMath).  We will explore the theme of flight as well as other interesting topics.  Presenters and volunteers are needed!  Please contact Mrs. Bekkum as soon as possible if you can help in any way.  More information and a registration form will be coming soon.


Imaging World

If you are in need of any Spirit Wear or updated uniforms for your growing cherubs, check out Image World:  If you would like to stop in the store for sizing, they are located at 412 2nd Street in downtown Hudson.


Wide World of Sports

Baseball and softball registrations are now available online for students in 5th through 8th grade. Practices will start in March, and games mid-April. Link to permission form here:


Box Tops – due now!

All Box Tops submitted by March 1 will be included in the (sure to be) massive check school receives in April. Please bring them in ASAP.


Gala Update

Don't be a fool, Save the Date: April 1st, 2017.  "An Evening at the Circus" is this year's theme and the votes were tallied, live music is BACK! Tom Petty (Free Fallin) will be opening for the Beatles (Rubber Soul). More great information will be coming soon!


Food Shelf Schedule Recommendations

At stake for the February food shelf challenge is an out of uniform day for the class with the highest percentage participation, and a treat from Mrs. Dumont!

·         February – Bar Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste

·         March – Peanut Butter and Jelly

·         April – Baby Diapers, Toilet Paper, Crackers

·         May – Mustard, Ketchup, Mayonnaise


Women of Grace

Follow this link to learn about upcoming dates: Women of Grace


RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Please click on this link for more information: RCIA or contact Deacon Howard Cameron or Katie Waldal. Train children in the way they should go. Even when they are old they will not depart from it. 






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