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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday November 17, 2017


A Note from Mr. Bell

Once a month our four-year old Wraparound students and three-year old Preschool students attend the Friday morning School Mass.  Mr. Bell was serving as a communion minister this morning when one of the four-year olds came through his line with hands outstretched for communion. Mr. Bell gave him a blessing, but the child persisted, loudly asking, “Where’s mine? When do I get one?  Everyone else is getting one!” as he went back to his seat.  Ms. Prasnicki will have a dedicated student studying for his First Holy Communion in three years.


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

  • As you read this I am on my way to Detroit with 50 people (including three current students) for the Mass of Beatification for soon to be Blessed Father Solanus Casey. Father Casey made his First Holy Communion at Saint Patrick Parish. I enjoying reminding our kids that they are walking on the same streets someone who is only one step away from being declared a Saint in the Church also walked. I am excited as I will have the opportunity to help distribute Communion to some of the 70,000 people attending the Mass.
  • While 70,000 people are attending the Mass of Beatification in Detroit, another 25,000 people will be attending the closing Mass for the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. Just think: in only two locations almost 100,000 people attending Mass.

Readings for the next Friday’s school Mass can be found here (December 1):

Mass Readings for December 1, 2017


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

  • 11/17 Movie Night!
  • 11/21 Out of uniform, Sports’ Day
  • 11/22 – 24 No school, Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 12/1 Mass @ school, 9 AM
  • 12/4-6 ELC for 7th & 8th grade students
  • 12/6 Spirit Wear
  • 12/7 @ Hour District Wide Late Start, permission forms available on Sycamore: Permission Form
  • 12/8 Mass @ church, 10 AM Immaculate Conception, Holy Day of Obligation
  • 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
  • 12/22 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!


Operation Help

Saint Patrick School is once again participating in Operation Help this year, and we will have gift tags available in the school office for the family we are sponsoring. Each child will have 3 ‘wants’ and 3 ‘needs’. It is not necessary to fulfill every wish, these are just suggested items. Please bring any gifts to school unwrapped (though wrapping paper rolls are appreciated by Operation Help). All gifts should be delivered TO SCHOOL on or before Friday December 1, and we will deliver December 4/5 to Operation Help. Excitement

  1. 12 year old boy
  2. 11 year old girl
  3. 9 year old girl
  4. 8 year old boy
  5. 4 year old girl
  6. 1 year old girl

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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:

  • Passport Club – Tuesday, Nov. 28th. 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.
  • Vision & Hearing Screenings – Wednesday, Nov. 29th & Thursday, Nov 30th. We are in need of 2 Adults/morning to assist with screenings. 
  • Christmas Program Receptions - Tuesday, December 12th & Thursday, December 14th. Serve cookies/drinks to our program guests & assist with clean-up.  We are looking for adults and middle school youth to help serve.  Also we are looking for an adult to help coordinate the program receptions each night to organize set-up and lead servers.  Please contact Stacie Ramthun directly if you are able at:


Change of transportation plans at end of day…

While plans can change – life is unpredictable, we understand that – if you could make the office aware of changes to your child/ren’s after school plans BEFORE 3:00 PM, it would be greatly appreciated. Often we are scrambling to contact teachers and kids between 3:15 and 3:25, then the teachers on bus duty don’t know who’s riding, who’s supposed to be in After Care, or whose parents are actually picking up. Compounding the problem is when siblings have different thoughts on those end of day plans!


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!


Cookies and Milk with Saint Nick

Tickets are $10 per Family, on Sale in the School Office starting November 27th

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!


Opening Your Heart Talk: God—First Place in All Things

Please join us for a taste of Walking with Purpose (WWP) as we discuss putting this priority first in the midst of the messiness of life. Our most important priority is our relationship with God. This is the place that God needs to have in our lives. When He is at the center, everything else stays in balance.  When we let other things take center stage, it all comes crashing down. 


All women are welcome to this event - no need to be signed up for the weekly Bible Study. Just come as you are for some fellowship (wine will be served!) and a chance to see what Walking with Purpose is all about. It will be Monday, November 27, 8-9:30 PM, in the Music Room - St. Patrick Church


“He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He himself will come to have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:18)


Walking with Purpose is a women’s Catholic Bible study held on Mondays from 8-9:30 PM at St. Patrick Church from October through May.  The program aims to bring women to a closer relationship with Christ.  Personal study and small group discussions at WWP each week link our everyday challenges with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.  For more information, contact Susan Gotrik at or Jessica Timmerman at


Scrip – we need your support!

For anyone unfamiliar with the Scrip program – or for anyone familiar who does not currently avail themselves – families shopping with scrip are raising money simply by changing their method of payment. If you purchase a $25 County Market Scrip card for $25, its value to spend is $25. The school earns money because we do not purchase the cards at face value – most retailers offer a discount of 3% up 15%, and Agava Kitchen offers a whopping 25%! For a list of all retailers and to access an order form, click on this link: Scrip Order Form


While we need more people to be a part of the Scrip program and purchase cards, we also need more volunteers to sell Scrip after the weekend Masses at church. It is always available at the school office during the week, but the weekend Masses are when the vast majority of sales take place. If you are interested in this opportunity (and it is quite easy to sell), please contact Leah Bezanson at: or (715) 699-4522.


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 (


Food Shelf Recommendations:

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.


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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