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 Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday December 8, 2017


Mr. Bell: Lunchroom Wisdom

Lesson learned from a preschooler: Cheez-It snack crackers have salt on them. If you put them in your eyes the salt will hurt, so don’t put Cheez-It crackers in your eyes.


Now we know.


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         The excitement for the week was traveling with our 7th and 8th graders to Wolf Ridge, an environmental learning center north of Duluth. This annual trip is a great opportunity for our kids to bond, spend time outdoors, and learn a variety of skills and lessons. One lesson that always seems to be a struggle for many is how to dress when you will be spending three hours outside and the wind-chill is -16. I enjoy being able to interact with the kids in a different environment – I see them in new ways and they see me in a setting away from school or church as well. I also offered Mass for the kids there – inside!

·         Coming back we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. I really enjoy being able to celebrate Mass with our kids, but especially when we gather at our church. It is a special opportunity for kids to be able to pray together with their teacher and classmates. As a Catholic School, this is something we can often take for granted. It is interesting to see the reaction of kids who do not attend a Catholic school when they first hear that our kids attend Mass as a part of the school week. 

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

Mass Readings for December 15, 2017


Christmas Mass Times

Sunday December 24, Christmas Eve: 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM, and 11:00 PM

Monday December 25, Christmas Day: 9:00 AM


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         12/12 Preschool thru 4th grade Christmas program @ school, 6:30 PM NOTE DATE CHANGE

·         12/14 5th & 6th grade Christmas program @ school, 6:30 PM

·         12/15 Mass @ school, 9 AM

·         12/15 6-8PM Cookies and Milk with Saint Nick, details below

·         12/19-12/21 Santa Grams available for 50¢ each

·         12/22 Mass @ school, 9 AM; Out of uniform, Red and Green Day

·         12/22 Christmas Bingo – Donations of small prizes needed!

·         12/23-1/3 No school, Merry Christmas!

·         1/23 – Save the Date: STREAM NIGHT. We are in need of adult presenters, our theme will be ‘Water’. Topics could include conservation or scuba diving, or someone from the DNR or city water plant could present, etc. Let your imaginations flow! For more information contact Mrs. Harnett, Lohr, Mattimiro, Dumont, or Carlson.


Yearbooks for sale – prices increase January 1

If you would like to order a yearbook this calendar year, the price is still $17.50. It will increase to $22.50 after the first of the year. Order forms are available in Sycamore under ‘Documents’.


Christmas Program Notes: K – 4

The kids should be in their classrooms by 6:15 (4th grade 6:00 to get into costume).  Everyone except for 4th grade can wear their own Christmas outfit/nice concert attire.  There are a couple of volunteer opportunities: someone to video the concert so the kids can watch it, and someone who is crafty who would like to fabric paint some words onto the costumes. Contact Mrs. Ashwood to volunteer.

Santa Grams

Ho Ho Ho! To celebrate the joy of the season, the Saint Patrick Student Council will be selling Santa Grams on Tuesday December 19Wednesday December 20, and Thursday December 21. Santa Grams are candy canes attached to a small card wishing a very Merry Christmas to friends, classmates, and even the students themselves! They will be sold during lunch time and cost 50¢ each. Students can purchase as many as they want! Have a peaceful Christmas season. 


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:

·         Christmas Program Receptions - Tuesday, December 12th & Thursday, December 14th. Set up, serve cookies/drinks after our programs & assist with clean-up. We are still in need of 2 adults for each performance and middle school youth to help serve. 

·         Cookies & Milk with Saint Nick Friday, December 15th. Many donations and volunteers are needed to help make this special event a success. Both adults and middle school youth are encouraged to sign up.  

·         Passport Club – Thursday, December 21st. Be a Passport Club checker by quizzing students during the school day. Now with shortened shifts to accommodate busy schedules.  We are still in need of several adults for this date.


ELC trip a success!

No one got lost, left behind, injured or sick; all were successful orienteers; everyone climbed the rock wall, where some kissed the goat; and they proficiently traversed the ropes’ course. Of course all students fulfilled KP duty and survived the sub-zero wind chills with Shamrock Pride!


Cookies and Milk with Saint Nick

Tickets are $10 per Family, on Sale in the School Office. Limited spots still available!

We have the privilege of seeing a very special Santa this year, who also visits the Kelly Art Gallery and Marnie Marie Santa Experience


You won't want to miss this memorable evening of Christmas cheer and treats, crafts, games, movies, photos and more!  Our theme this year will be “Santa’s Elves.”  When you arrive for the evening, your child will become a real elf!  An elf is a helper who does work to share and spread the spirit of giving to others.  Once your child has entered Santa’s workshop, he/she can work on many different and exciting projects, enjoy treats and take a break to watch a movie!  Come for the whole party, and when it’s your turn to get your photo taken with Santa, round up your family and head over to the chapel, where you will be able to visit with Santa and get your picture taken by photographer Jacky Cook of JCreative Photography.  


If you or your child are interested in helping with this magical event, please contact Emilee Wagner to learn more!


Scrip for Christmas!!

Shop with Scrip to pay for your Christmas gifts, OR give Scrip cards AS Christmas gifts! Either case is a win win. Check out all of our retailers here: Scrip Order Form


Christmas Bingo

Small donations of toys, games, and gift cards are needed to award as prizes for Christmas Bingo on December 22. Children are asked to simply drop them with their homeroom teacher until the date approaches. Items from the Dollar Store or cans/bottles of pop are totally fine. Thank you!


Spirit Wear Store

Let's show our school spirit! Each month, we have an out of uniform school spirit wear day. Those days, students are encouraged to wear clothing that shows their Shamrock Pride (with uniform bottoms)! Below is a link to our local spirit wear shop, Imagining World-located in downtown Hudson. They offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, caps, hats and many more items for spirit wear days as well as our uniform tops with logos for every other day of the school year. The following is a list of the remaining Spirit Wear Day's for the 2017-2018 school year....Dec 6Jan 10Feb 7March 14April 4, and May 2.


Hudson Ski Club 2018

The Hudson Ski Club will once again be sponsoring 5 weeks of recreational skiing at Afton Alps starting January 4, 2018. This program is open to students in grades 6th and up. The registration sheet with additional details is attached to this email or available on Sycamore as a Document.


Food Shelf Recommendations:

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.


Links to church sites:

RCIA  or  Women of Grace






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.”


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