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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday October 13, 2017


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

Ø  Ask your child(ren) today what paraskevidekatriaphobia means. Though my spellcheck says it isn’t a word, it really is. Also ask them if when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday it automatically means we will have a bad day?

Ø  Checking out classrooms this week, I appreciated seeing the cell models created by some of our middle school students, especially their creativity. Wiffleballs, beads, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, glass bowls, and a variety of craft items make up the parts of cells very well and add a lot of color.

Ø  One of the 8th graders asked Mrs. Carslon when they would use the algebra they were learning in life. She did a great job explaining that in addition to learning algebra they are learning to learn and study, learning about following a process, leaning about hard work and sticking to something that might not come easy, and even occasionally learning that it is ok if I can’t get the answer, for then we learn about asking for help. I know that these are some of the skills that tend to make Saint Patrick School graduates so successful. It is not just what they learned in our school, but that they learned how to study, ask questions, approach a teacher, ask for help, succeed, and even struggle. Added to that they learn our Catholic faith and values. Sounds like a sure recipe for success.

Readings for next Friday’s school Mass can be found here:

Mass Readings for October 20, 2017


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         10/16 No school, teacher in-service

·         10/20 Mass @ school, 9 AM

·         10/20 4th grade field trip, Interstate Park

·         10/24 ELC Parent Meeting, 6:00 PM school gym

·         10/26 Spooky Family Fun Night, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

·         10/27 No school, annual fall conference for teachers in Rice Lake; 4K still in session

·         10/31 Out of uniform, Black and Orange

·         11/1 Mass @ church, 10 AM, All Saints Day

·         11/4 Altar Server training @ church, 10:00 AM Candle Bearers, 11:00 AM Master Servers; KC sponsored pizza party 1:00 PM, details below

·         11/9 Out of uniform, Red, White, and Blue; Veteran’s Day Program @ 2PM

·         11/10 2 Hour District Wide Early Release, After Care Forms Available on Sycamore: Permission


Volunteer Spotlight

Thank you all so much for your commitment to our school community!!  We are all called to serve our school, students and staff…and you are doing an amazing job!!  Follow this SignUp website link to choose your spots:

·         Spooky Family Fun Night – Thursday, Oct. 26thAssist with this annual event to make it a ‘spooktacular’ time for all – sign up for volunteer shifts and donations. 

·         Passport Club – Thursday, Oct. 26th.  Be a Passport Club checker by quizzing students during the school day. 

·         Friday Coffee SocialON A WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1st.  Students will be attending All Saints’ Day (Holy Day) Mass that week at church (10:00 AM).  Provide treat/snack for coffee social after Mass.  Better yet, stay to socialize!

Additional activities during the year can also be found on SignUp including;

·         Can Crushing 6th/7th Grade for 2017-2018 – Crush cans at church to earn $ for ELC.

·         Food Shelf Delivery – Deliver food shelf donations from school to church.

·         ELC Trip to Wolf Ridge for 7th/8th Grade – December 4th-6th. Parent chaperones for overnight field trip.




Shamrock Pride Focus – Hallways


Box Tops – collection date October 27th!

Please turn in all Box Tops you have to the school or church so they can be counted in time for the first check!


Drama Club 3rd – 8th grades, you can still sign up!

Monday morning on the gym stage, 7:30AM – 8:25AM

Mrs. Wagner has extended the sign up period, and added 3rd grade! If your child is interested and would like to try it, they are welcome to attend a session for free in October. There is no school Monday October 16, but come check it out on the 23rd or 30th! If enough kids sign up, they may perform Peter Pan on stage during Catholic Schools Week (last week of January 2018).


There is a $75 fee for drama club. To sign up or ask any questions, please contact Mrs. Wagner at:


Catholic Bible Study for Women

Are you interested in getting together with a group of women to explore your faith? Would you like to see how the Scriptures apply to your everyday life? If so, we invite you to consider joining Walking with Purpose at St. Patrick Church. Monday evening weekly group sessions are starting October 23. Opening Your Heart, our 22-week foundational course, is designed for women new to WWP as well as those with more Bible study experience.


Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Bible study for women that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Christ. Through personal study and small group discussions, the group helps to link our everyday challenges with solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church. Interested in learning more? Please bring a friend and join us on October 23 in the Music Room (in the basement next to the KC room) at St. Patrick from 8-9:30 PM


For questions or to RSVP, call or email Susan Gotrik at 617-821-6568 or You can also visit for more information. We hope to see you at Walking with Purpose this fall!"




Altar Server Training

Saturday November 4, 2017. Candle Bearers, 4th grade or older: 10:00 AM; Master Servers, 6th grade* or older: 11:00 AM.

Altar Server appreciation outing planned from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Permission slips required and available in the sacristy at church, or attached to this email.

*Adults are welcome to be trained as Master Servers


For more info contact: Terry at 381-5120 ext 104


Food Shelf Recommendations:

October – Collect for Stuff-a-truck at the end of the month (canned goods)

November – Coffee, tea, hot chocolate

December – Boxed stuffing, boxed or instant potatoes

January – Syrup, pancake mix, facial tissues

February – Bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste

March – Peanut butter and jelly

April – Toilet paper, paper towels

May – Mustard, ketchup, pint jar of mayo


Recycle your aluminum cans at church

Please remember to drop off any aluminum cans you may have at the lower level garage at church. Our students crush them weekly to earn money towards their ELC fees in their 7th and 8th grade years.


CAA – early notice of dates for annual swim meet

Preliminary events will be held April 7-8 at Skyview Middle School in Oakdale. The Boys’ swim finals will be Tuesday April 10 at the University of Minnesota. The Girls’ swim finals will be Wednesday April 11 at the University of Minnesota.


Saint Patrick has never had a team to attend this free meet, but we have several HASA swimmers. If there is a group that is interested, any parent could act as ‘coach/supervisor’. If interested, please contact Athletic Director Heather Reece ( or Nancy Hoffman (







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