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Fr. John's Weekly School Chronicle

·         The week ended on a great note with blue skies, the students able to go outside, and I had the opportunity to read the book Spring is Here to the Junior Kindergarteners.

·         Earlier in the week in wasn’t so comfortable sitting outside watching our girls’ softball team. With powerful hitting and strong play in the field they really heated things up though.

·         Last weekend and this weekend our second graders have been making their First Holy Communion. If you have a second grader, ask him or her how the Sisters make the bread for Communion.

·         Our fourth graders study a unit on logging. Being from norther Wisconsin, I appreciate the importance of the history of logging and its current impact. Each year I have the joy of sharing a more colorful aspect of the logging era – the legend of the Hodag. If you don’t know what a Hodag is, checkout

·         A goal for us as a school is to continually integrate our faith into all aspects of our school. I was able to bring religion into a math class this week that was studying about counting numbers. These are also called ordinal numbers, from which we get “Ordinary Time” in the church year. This the time when we are counting the weeks from an important season to the next, such as from Easter to Advent.

***Thought or question for the week: Pope Francis recently said that he is often asked if he worries, after hearing folks’ confessions in Saint Peter’s Square that he may be too easy on people. He said this worry often does come to him, but he stands in front of a crucifix, apologies to Jesus for being too lenient, but then adds, “Remember Lord, you are the one who gave me the bad example.”

Upcoming Reminders/Calendar

·         5/5 Two-hour Late Start – Before Care available, forms on Sycamore

·         5/6 May Crowning, Mass at church 9:15am, coffee social BEFORE Mass starting at 8:30am

·         5/6 Festival of Nations Field Trip, 6th grade

·         5/9 Final Parent Social, 7pm Postmark Grill

·         5/11 Faith & Wellness Walk

·         5/12 1st grade Field Trip to Como Zoo

·         5/12 Fine Arts’ Festival, 5:30pm Art Gallery open, 6:30pm music performance

·         5/13 Mass at school 9am; Immigrant Day (4th Grade); 3rd Grade Field Trip to Gibbs Farm

·         5/20 Summer sendoff party, ‘A Night at the Hop’ 6:30-8:30pm. If anyone has a 1950’s vintage car they would be willing to display outside of school, please contact Emilee Wagner:

·         5/26 7th & 8th Grade Play @ the Phipps, The Pirates of Penzance, 7:00pm

·         5/27 7th & 8th Grade Play, 1:30pm & 7:00pm; K-1 Field Trip to the Hudson Public Library

Volunteer Spot(light)

We have some exciting end of the year activities that require many hands!  Please consider serving our school community by participating in one or more of the following activities.  Sign-ups are available on Volunteer Spot by following this link: . 

·         May Crowning - Friday Coffee Social – Friday May 6th after mass at church.  We would appreciate several families providing snacks/treats for social following mass. 

·         Faith & Wellness Walk – Wednesday, May 18th.  Assist staff along the route with serving as crossing guards, stamping rosary cards, etc. 

·         Summer Send-Off Party – Friday, May 20th from 6:30-8:30pm – “A Night at the Hop”.  Assist the Home & School Association in putting on a fantastic end of the year party for the entire school community. 

·         K-4th End of Year Picnic – Friday June, 3rd.  Assist our staff with a fun-filled day of games/activities/lunch at Burton Field.   

·         Can Crushing at Church for 6th & 7th Grade Families – crushers needed: May 28th, and ALL of June/July/August.  We provide this service during the summer months as well.  

A Night at the Hop - Friday, May 20th 6:30-8:30PM
Saint Patrick Home and School Association Presents: A Night at the Hop


Wear your best poodle skirt and letterman's jacket as we travel back in time to the 1950s.  Have your picture taken and view a line-up of vintage cars as you enter the school to begin dancing the night away.  Do the hand jive, limbo and other classics with our DJ and professional dancer, Melissa Huber, owner of The Dancing House.  Have your photo taken in our professional photo booth provided by Stop & Pose Photo Booth of Hudson and enjoy soda floats, hot dogs and popcorn from our malt shop concession stand.  This is a free event you won't want to miss!  See you at the Hop 2016!

Other News

Education Foundation of Hudson Star Grant Recipient

Mrs. Sittlow applied for and was awarded the Star Grant for her request to purchase the “Leveled Literacy Intervention”. This program will assist her with students struggling to read at grade level. Congratulations and thank you Mrs. Sittlow! 

Meal Train for the Nelsons

On February 29, The Nelson Family welcomed twins Adalyn and Aleah, who are both now home! Proud parents are Joy and Drew, and brothers Aiden (3rd grade) and Alton (K), and sister Audrey (2nd grade). If you would like to sign up to bring a meal, please click on this link: Meal Train.

Camp Badger Attendees

We would like to congratulate and recognize four 7th grade students for their acceptance into Camp Badger. Camp Badger is an engineering camp for students entering the 8th grade next fall. In order to be accepted, students had to write an essay, submit transcripts, and get teacher recommendations. The camp takes place at either The University of Wisconsin, River Falls or Madison. Students will attend this week long camp in July. They will stay on campus – all at River Falls – and learn about engineering concepts while taking several field trips. 


Congratulation to Luxi Feyereisen, Julia Annen, Sam Landry, and Tony Weeks. We are proud of you! Have fun at Camp Badger.   

Wide World of Sports

Baseball and softball are in full swing! After some early warm weather we experienced a brief return to winter this week with rain and sleet, but hopefully spring makes a permanent come back next week and games can be played as (re)scheduled! 


Yearbook Orders

A reminder that yearbook orders should be turned in if you would like your child/ren to receive a yearbook. Order forms are available on Sycamore, or in the school office.


Home and School Update

·         May 6, Last coffee social after Mass at church, 10:30am.

·         May 9, Last Home and School Parent Social, Postmark Grill, 7pm.

·         May 20, Summer Send-off Party! Join us for a night at the Hop, 6:30-8:30pm. We will conclude our 2015-16 school year 1950’s style! 



Thanks for clipping Box tops and please remember there is still time to turn in Box tops before the end of the school year. Check those expiration dates and please drop off at school or the church before they expire! Thanks for all your help.


Labels for Education

The program is ending July 31, 2016.  However, there is a 1 year grace period (July 31, 2017) to turn in the points.  From now until July 31st, they will accept any and all points.  After July 31st and for the following year, all points will need to include the UPC and the Label for Education Logo for them to be accepted.  They are pulling all labels from products now, but understand that there will still be some out there that we can turn in.  This is the reason for the 1 year grace period.

Sister Kathleen Agnes Brady Trust Scholarship

The Diocese of Superior is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Sister Kathleen Agnes Brady Trust Scholarship.  This perpetual trust offers partial tuition scholarships to children enrolled in kindergarten through grade eight in the Catholic schools of this diocese.  Families must be active, registered, contributing members of a parish in the Diocese of Superior.  All scholarship grants are awarded based on need as documented in the application process.


Interested families should contact Principal Dan Bell for an application form and complete application instructions.  Applications must be returned to Mr. Bell by June 1, 2016.


Faith Formation


Middle School Youth Ministry

Our April focus this month is on the corporal work of mercy "Visit/ pray for the imprisoned".  As part of our monthly activity for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, St. Patrick Parish is having a sock drive to assist the prison/jail ministry. They are also in much need of new or clean sweatpants, sweatshirts, and t-shirts.  There will be collection boxes at school and at church for these items. We ask that you also pray for the imprisoned and those who serve in this ministry. See the Year of Mercy display boards at school and church for additional information or online at


Movie night and service project info, click here: Movie night

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