Weekly Family Newsletter
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
This time of the year we express to people our thankfulness for many things. I want to share my thankfulness with all of you for the blessings you give me and all of us at Saint Patrick Catholic School by sharing your children with us. Thank you for choosing our school and all that you do to support us. Happy Thanksgiving!
Ms. Holz - Preschool Teacher to become full-time!
With the increasing demand for our 3-year-old Preschool and our 4-year-old Junior Kindergarten, Ms. Holz will start full-time after Thanksgiving Break on Monday, Nov. 30th to help ensure the best quality of instruction for these students.
Catholic School Management
This week Fr. John, Mr. Bell, school parent and volunteer Karen Vivian, and Administrative Assistant Carrie Whitacre attended a Diocesan workshop in Rice Lake on Monday and Tuesday. The Diocese of Superior received a grant from Catholic Extension to partner with Catholic School Management (CSM) for the next four years to provide training to all 15 Catholic Schools in the Diocese. CSM has worked with over 4000 Catholic schools with strategic management strategies.
Our assignments include a review of our Mission (Philosophy and Mission Statements) and to compile 10 narratives on specific areas of our school identifying where we are. Examples include technology, curriculum, facilities, etc. This is a dynamic opportunity for our school to focus on what we are doing well, where we can improve, where we would like to be, and how we can best position ourselves in the Hudson community.
- As Mr. Bell mentioned above, I spent Monday and
Tuesday with Mr. Bell, Karen Vivian, and Mrs. Whitacre in Rice Lake meeting with
representatives of Catholic School Management. It was a long but exciting two
days planning for our future.
- Wednesday was a wonderful day as I listened to
each fourth grader present a report he/she prepared on his/her favorite Saint.
It was great fun hearing who they picked and what they would ask the Saint if
the Saint were sitting next to them.
- Wednesday was also the day I learned about
GoNoodle and joined our kindergarten and some of our first graders in having
fun and being silly. They also told me what they will be most thankful for this
Thanksgiving and who they would like to invite to Thanksgiving Dinner. Some
families may want to set an extra plate because I received at least three
- My school visit concluded Wednesday as I
listened to some reports given by our seventh graders. They were comparing
people and events from the Old Testament to Jesus’ Crucifixion. My school
reports used to involve making overhead transparencies and drawings using
colored pencils. Their reports involved using computer images and the
Promethean Board. Even more amazing are the similarities in the stories of Adam
and Eve or Abraham and Isaac to Jesus’ death on the cross.
UPCOMING REMINDERS / CALENDAR
- 11/21 Costume Sewing Event, yee haw
- 11/24 Early Release, 1:25 PM, Staff in-service; After Care Available, on line sign up on Sycamore
- 11/25-26 No School, Thanksgiving Break
- 11/30 Out of uniform – cozy day!
Daddy Daughter Dance – a rousing success!
The consensus was that Daughters and Dads (and a Father) alike all had
a terrific time! Many thanks to all who helped with organizing, volunteering,
and donating to this inaugural event! Special thanks to Emilee and Tim Wagner
for all of their hard work at organizing and coordinating. To access pictures
taken at the dance, please visit this site: https://saintpatsfddance.shutterfly.com
Day of Prayer
Our Veteran's Day
Remembrance challenged all of us to Remembrance: Freedom is Never
Free. During our program Mrs. Bekkum announced that our school
will be doing a 12 Hours of Prayer for our Veterans and we are
also asking for you and your family to pray.
Our 12 Hours of Prayer will
be Monday, November 23rd from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
at 9:00am and going until 3:20pm, classes will be in the
Chapel praying for our soldiers for 20 minute time slots. If you are
free and can come down during these hours, we encourage you to join us.
However the more important part for your family (or friends) is to take a 20
minutes time slot between 3:20pm and 9:00pm to gather together
to pray for our veterans, our active soldiers, and especially peace
in our world. This can be done anywhere; you do not need to go to the church or
school chapel for your prayer time. Ms. Pieper sent out an email earlier
today with the link to sign-up for a prayer time. If you are having a
hard time with the link (below), simply email Ms. Pieper.
Thank you to our countless volunteers and those who
have donated items for our many activities the past two weeks! You are
truly amazing!! THIS WEEKEND we need YOUR help! Our preschool-4th
grade Christmas program needs help Saturday morning
from 9-11am with creating 48 angel robes...yes 48!
Sunday morning, we are
hosting hospitality for our parish after all masses. Please consider
giving your time this weekend. Check out Volunteer Spot for specifics and
to sign up by following this link:
- Christmas Program Costume
Sewing (Saturday, Nov. 21st) - help cut/sew/iron angel
- Hospitality Sunday at Church (Sunday,
Nov. 22nd) This date is for 3 year-old Preschool, Jr. Kindergarten,
Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 6th grade families. Help host donuts/coffee for
the parish and show them how much we appreciate their prayers and support.
Saint Patrick School will once
again be participating in Operation Help this Christmas season. The children we
are sponsoring, along with their needs, wants, and sizes follows:
16 year old girl. Shirts (women’s medium), pants
(women’s 7), socks (shoe size 10) and underwear (size 6); perfume, makeup, and
12 year old boy. Shirts (XL boys or men’s
medium), pants (30 x 31), socks (shoe size 7.5), underwear; Xbox 360 game,
Walmart gift card, and books – sci-fi/fantasy.
10 year old boy. Shirts (14/16 boys), pants (14
slim boys), socks (shoe size 6.5), underwear; Pokemon, remote control car, and
Play Station 3 game.
Gift tags are available on the
bulletin board in front of the gym at school. Children are welcome to remove a
gift tag, and you may return the UNWRAPPED gift to school no later than
December 4th. We will transport all gifts collected on Monday
December 7th. Families may
also donate cash or gift cards (Walmart or Target would be ideal) toward the
purchase of specific items.
Please remember to shop with Scrip cards this
Christmas season, either for purchases or as gifts!
Christmas Program Information for students
in Preschool-Grade 4
are delighted to have all our Preschool through Grade 4 students share
in our Christmas Program experience this year! We want the day to be a
warm and memorable experience for all.
Schedule: Sunday, December 61:45 p.m. Preschool
and Junior Kindergarten students arrive to Mrs. Miller’s Room;
Kindergarten and First Grade arrive to the Music Room; Seating opens in
the gym2:00 p.m. Preschool-Grade 1 Program Begins2:30 p.m. Reception for all in the Cafeteria; Clear the gym, removing all personal items3:00 p.m. Grades 2-4 Report to classrooms; Seating for Front Row Gala winners; Seating for all Grade 4 families3:15 p.m. Seating for all remaining families3:30 p.m. “Angels We Have Heard” Grades 2-4 Program beginsWe
hope every family will be present for our reception! Although our gym
is limited in seating capacity we encourage those who are able, to come
early to support our younger students and to stay late to support our
older students. This is a celebratory event to bring all families
LEAD November Challenge
LEAD November Student Challenge was sent home in an email earlier this
week. Students in Pre K-4 are invited to learn more about our Catholic
Saints by playing Saint Bingo with their family and completing a We
Played Saint Bingo! sheet. Students in 5-8 are invited to do a Saintly
Scavenger Hunt and a 3-2-1 reflection sheet on a saint. All necessary
materials can be found in Sycamore resources. The due date for this
challenge is November 20. Polish up those halos and get started now!
BABY DIAPER DRIVE
The Knights of Columbus, St Croix Council
1762 is holding a BABY DIAPER
DRIVE during the month of November. The
diapers that you/your children bring will be donated to Project Life to
help young families and their new babies. There will be a crib at school
where the children can deposit new and unopened bags, boxes, and packages of
diapers of any size. Project Life is a pregnancy and family resource center
that provides free and confidential services to families in the St. Croix
Valley as they help to build families and restore hope!
School Bus CrossingBefore
and after school, instead of crossing directly in front of school on
4th Street, please use the crosswalks at the corners. If that is not
convenient for you, we ask that you wait until all buses are out of the
area, including parked in front of Willow River Elementary. Too often
bus drivers cannot see a parent or child if they are darting between or
ahead of buses. Rather than enforcing this haphazardly, in the interest
of safety we ask that you please honor this modest request.
Recycle your cans at Saint Patrick Church!Saint
Patrick Church accepts CLEAN beverage cans for recycling in the lower
level parking lot. Drop off your bagged cans so that 7th and 8th grade
students can crush them to earn money for ELC, the annual field trip to
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN. Thank you!
Upcoming Middle School
GRACE PLACE SERVICE
(Permission forms in by
Wed, Nov. 18th)
WINTER BLAST: Friday & Saturday,
forms in by Sun, Nov. 15th)
Saint Patrick School Online at http://www.stpatrickofhudson.org
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YOU CAN AFFORD A CATHOLIC
EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILDREN!
We welcome families from all religious, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, who desire an exceptional education.
“We never want money to stand between a family and giving their child a great education.”
- FR. JOHN