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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday September 22, 2017


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

Ø  This week I had the opportunity to meet with 4th graders to discuss the difference between needs and wants. At Mass I invited classes to talk about this as well. Would be a great conversation item for families as well!

Ø  Saint Patrick Parish will be getting another Seminarian to mentor, just as we did with (now) Father Samuel Schneider. He will be with us one weekend a month and most Wednesday afternoons at school. I am meeting with him for the first time today (Friday). Please pray for him and all seminarians/religious as they discern their vocations and throughout their studies.

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

Mass Readings for September 29, 2017


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         9/25 Morning study halls start, details below

·         9/28 Parent teacher conferences, 4-8 PM

·         9/28 Book Fair starts, details below

·         9/29 Mass @ school, 9 AM

·         10/3 Parent teacher conferences, 4-8 PM

·         10/4 Spirit Day, uniform bottoms with a Saint Patrick themed shirt

·         10/6 Grandparents Day, Mass @ church, 10:30 AM (updated flyer attached)

·         10/10 First Reconciliation and First Communion Parent Meeting @ church, 6:30 PM

·         10/12 Picture re-take day, out of uniform only for those students getting pictures taken


Volunteer Spotlight

Service opportunities are ramping up as our school activities approach this fall.  We are all called to serve our school, students and staff.  Follow this SignUp website link to choose your spots:

·         Scholastic Book Fair – Sept. 27th through Oct. 9th.  Please consider helping with Set-up, Selling books, and/or Tear-down of this awesome program for our students and school.  The fair will run during the school day, on the evenings of conferences, and on Grandparents/Special Persons Day.

·         Conference Meals for Teachers – Thursday, Sept. 28th & Tuesday, Oct. 3rd.  Provide dinner for our awesome teachers during the evenings of conferences. 

·         Passport Club Sept. 28th & Oct. 2nd.  Two opportunities to be of service.  1-be a Passport checker by quizzing students. 2-show your creativity by making a display in the cafeteria for the Country of the Month (October is Brazil). 

·         Grandparents Day – Friday, Oct. 6th.  Many spots open to assist at school in the afternoon for Grandparents/Special Person Day. 

·         Photo Retake Day – Thursday, Oct. 12th.  Assist Lifetouch staff with photos. 


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.

·         Junior Achievement – Only one class left…sign up to work with the 4th grade class in making connections between school and the real world.  Materials provided. 

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


Greenhouse Club:

If you have any extra pumpkins or gourds, please consider donating them to the Greenhouse Club. We will be dissecting them to harvest the seeds for future planting and learning about how to use pumpkins for food.  Also as you do your fall garden cleaning, if you find any old seeds, we would gladly take them too!   


Remember to keep sending in your used coffee cans! We will take the big and small ones. We will also take any butter or cottage cheese containers.    


Scholastic Wild West Book Fair!

September 28, 29, Oct 2, 3, and 6. The book fair will be open in room #139 during school hours and on conference nights, with a bonus day on Grandparents and Special Persons Day! Help us pop our 10 gallon hat by surpassing our goal of 575 books sold. Watch Facebook for updates – and consider signing up on Volunteer Spot to help out at the fair! Happenings with Mrs. Hansen

I hope everyone is getting into the swing of the new school year and enjoying this beautiful weather!!


I wanted to let you know that I will be sending out the topics we will be covering in our guidance lessons at the beginning of each month in our school newsletter. This month our topics were Bullying and Friendship. October’s topics will be Tolerance and Empathy.  Please let me know if you missed the Anti-Bullying presentation and would like some information.

Thank you!

Mrs. Hansen


Please feel free to contact me about questions or concerns@


Phone: 715-386-3941 Extension 189


Morning Study Halls Available, starting 9-25-17

Mrs. Hansen will be doing Morning Study Halls Monday – Friday from 8:15-8:35. Students can come into a quiet atmosphere and get some homework done or read independently.


Drama Club 4th – 8th grades, begins October 2nd

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

Mrs. Wagner will be directing students interested in acting, directing, or creating costumes and sets. The first 10 weeks will be dedicated to learning all aspects of theatre through focused creativity and team building. Once these skills are mastered, rehearsals will begin for a short play (possibly Peter Pan if enough kids sign up!) to be performed 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:


Photographers Needed!

If any parent would like to take photos throughout the school year – on field trips, at weekly Masses, programs, games, etc. – please simply email any pictures to If you would like to come in on a more ‘official’ basis and take photos, you are welcome to do that as well. Our volunteer coordinator Stacie Ramthun has been tasked with this role for several years, and would love to share the fun with other photographers! Thank you in advance.


Amazon Smile

Help us earn free money for Saint Patrick Parish and School using Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon in every way, except that 0.5% of every purchase gets donated to the parish. (Which may not sound like much, but 0.5% can add up rather quickly!!). In order to get started, please go to the url: It is a separate url, so please try to bookmark it to come back to whenever you shop Amazon. After you confirm your login, it will ask you to pick a charity. If you type in "St Patrick Hudson" you will see that our parish comes up. And yes, this does work great while using Amazon Prime as well. THANK YOU for considering this quick and easy fund raising opportunity!



If this is the year for your child’s First Reconciliation and First Communion, there is an information session at church on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 PM.  You will receive the calendar of events and all other pertinent details about sacrament preparation.  This session is geared towards parent/s.

Contact:  Emily Todd, Coordinator of Children’s Ministry,


Shamrock Pride Focus – Cafeteria


Food Shelf Recommendations:

September – Boxed Cereal and Oatmeal

October – Collect for Stuff-a-truck at the end of the month

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.








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