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Weekly Family Newsletter

NOVEMBER 20, 2015


Thanksgiving Blessings!  

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 invitations!!

  •      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.

  • 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:

Veterans 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.


Starting 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!  And, on 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 robes.  

  • Hospitality Sunday at Church (Sunday, Nov. 22ndThis 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.

Operation Help

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:


1.     16 year old girl. Shirts (women’s medium), pants (women’s 7), socks (shoe size 10) and underwear (size 6); perfume, makeup, and jewelry.

2.     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.

3.     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

We 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 6

1:45 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 gym

2:00 p.m.     Preschool-­Grade 1 Program Begins

2:30 p.m.     Reception for all in the Cafeteria; Clear the gym, removing all personal items

3:00 p.m.     Grades 2­-4 Report to classrooms; Seating for Front Row Gala winners; Seating for all Grade 4 families

3:15 p.m.     Seating for all remaining families

3:30 p.m.     “Angels We Have Heard” Grades 2­-4 Program begins

We 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 together.

LEAD November Challenge

The 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!


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 Crossing

Before 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
 (Grades 6-8) Youth Events/Dates:

GRACE PLACE SERVICE MORNING: Saturday 11/21, 8:30am-12pm

(Permission forms in by Wed, Nov. 18th)


WINTER BLAST: Friday & Saturday, 12/11-12, 4pm-7:30am

(Permission forms in by Sun, Nov. 15th)

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