Fr. John's Weekly School Chronicle
The week ended on a great note with blue skies,
the students able to go outside, and I had the opportunity to read the book Spring
is Here to the Junior Kindergarteners.
Earlier in the week in wasn’t so comfortable
sitting outside watching our girls’ softball team. With powerful hitting and
strong play in the field they really heated things up though.
Last weekend and this weekend our second graders
have been making their First Holy Communion. If you have a second grader, ask
him or her how the Sisters make the bread for Communion.
Our fourth graders study a unit on logging.
Being from norther Wisconsin, I appreciate the importance of the history of
logging and its current impact. Each year I have the joy of sharing a more
colorful aspect of the logging era – the legend of the Hodag. If you don’t know
what a Hodag is, checkout www.hodagpress.com/about.htm.
A goal for us as a school is to continually
integrate our faith into all aspects of our school. I was able to bring
religion into a math class this week that was studying about counting numbers.
These are also called ordinal numbers, from which we get “Ordinary Time” in the
church year. This the time when we are counting the weeks from an important
season to the next, such as from Easter to Advent.
***Thought or question for the week: Pope Francis recently said that he
is often asked if he worries, after hearing folks’ confessions in Saint Peter’s
Square that he may be too easy on people. He said this worry often does come to
him, but he stands in front of a crucifix, apologies to Jesus for being too
lenient, but then adds, “Remember Lord, you are the one who gave me the bad
Two-hour Late Start – Before Care available, forms on Sycamore
5/6 May Crowning, Mass at church 9:15am, coffee
social BEFORE Mass starting at
5/6 Festival of Nations Field Trip, 6th
5/9 Final Parent Social, 7pm Postmark Grill
5/11 Faith & Wellness Walk
5/12 1st grade Field Trip to Como Zoo
5/12 Fine Arts’ Festival, 5:30pm Art Gallery
open, 6:30pm music performance
5/13 Mass at school 9am; Immigrant Day (4th
Grade); 3rd Grade Field Trip to Gibbs Farm
5/20 Summer sendoff party, ‘A Night at
the Hop’ 6:30-8:30pm. If anyone has a
1950’s vintage car they would be willing to display outside of school, please
contact Emilee Wagner: firstname.lastname@example.org
5/26 7th & 8th Grade Play @
the Phipps, The Pirates of Penzance, 7:00pm
5/27 7th & 8th Grade Play, 1:30pm & 7:00pm;
K-1 Field Trip to the Hudson Public Library
We have some exciting end of the year activities that
require many hands! Please consider
serving our school community by participating in one or more of the following
activities. Sign-ups are available on
Volunteer Spot by following this link: http://vols.pt/WXVR44 .
May Crowning - Friday
Coffee Social –
Friday May 6th after mass at church.
We would appreciate several families providing snacks/treats for social
Faith & Wellness Walk – Wednesday, May 18th. Assist staff along the route with serving as
crossing guards, stamping rosary cards, etc.
Summer Send-Off Party – Friday, May 20th from
6:30-8:30pm – “A Night at the Hop”.
Assist the Home & School Association in putting on a fantastic end
of the year party for the entire school community.
K-4th End of
– Friday June, 3rd. Assist
our staff with a fun-filled day of games/activities/lunch at Burton Field.
Can Crushing at Church for
6th & 7th Grade Families –
crushers needed: May 28th, and ALL of June/July/August. We provide this service during the summer
months as well.
A Night at the Hop - Friday, May 20th 6:30-8:30PM
Saint Patrick Home and School Association Presents: A
Night at the Hop
Wear your best
poodle skirt and letterman's jacket as we travel back in time to the
1950s. Have your picture taken and view a line-up of vintage cars as
you enter the school to begin dancing the night away. Do the hand
jive, limbo and other classics with our DJ and professional dancer,
Melissa Huber, owner of The Dancing House. Have your photo taken in our
professional photo booth provided by Stop & Pose Photo Booth of Hudson and enjoy
soda floats, hot dogs and popcorn from our malt shop concession stand.
This is a free event you won't want to miss! See you at the Hop
Education Foundation of Hudson Star Grant Recipient
Mrs. Sittlow applied for and was
awarded the Star Grant for her request to purchase the “Leveled Literacy
Intervention”. This program will assist her with students struggling to read at
grade level. Congratulations and thank you Mrs. Sittlow!
Meal Train for the Nelsons
On February 29, The Nelson Family
welcomed twins Adalyn and Aleah, who are both now home! Proud parents are Joy
and Drew, and brothers Aiden (3rd grade) and Alton (K), and sister
Audrey (2nd grade). If you would like to sign up to bring a meal,
please click on this link: Meal
Camp Badger Attendees
We would like to
congratulate and recognize four 7th grade students for their acceptance into
Camp Badger. Camp Badger is an engineering camp for students entering the
8th grade next fall. In order to be accepted, students had to write an essay,
submit transcripts, and get teacher recommendations. The camp takes place at
either The University of Wisconsin, River Falls or Madison. Students will
attend this week long camp in July. They will stay on campus – all at River
Falls – and learn about engineering concepts while taking several field
Congratulation to Luxi Feyereisen, Julia
Annen, Sam Landry, and Tony Weeks. We
are proud of you! Have fun at Camp Badger.
Wide World of
Baseball and softball are in full swing! After some
early warm weather we experienced a brief return to winter this week with rain
and sleet, but hopefully spring makes a permanent come back next week and games
can be played as (re)scheduled!
A reminder that yearbook orders should be turned in
if you would like your child/ren to receive a yearbook. Order forms are
available on Sycamore, or in the school office.
Home and School Update
May 6, Last coffee
social after Mass at church, 10:30am.
May 9, Last Home
and School Parent Social, Postmark Grill, 7pm.
May 20, Summer
Send-off Party! Join us for a night at the Hop, 6:30-8:30pm. We will conclude
our 2015-16 school year 1950’s style!
Thanks for clipping Box tops and please remember there is
still time to turn in Box tops before the end of the school year. Check those
expiration dates and please drop off at school or the church before they
expire! Thanks for all your help.
Labels for Education
The program is
ending July 31, 2016. However, there is a 1 year grace period (July
31, 2017) to turn in the points. From now until July 31st,
they will accept any and all points. After July 31st and
for the following year, all points will need to include the UPC and the Label
for Education Logo for them to be accepted. They are pulling all labels
from products now, but understand that there will still be some out there that
we can turn in. This is the reason for the 1 year grace period.
Sister Kathleen Agnes Brady Trust Scholarship
The Diocese of
Superior is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for
the Sister Kathleen Agnes Brady Trust Scholarship. This
perpetual trust offers partial tuition scholarships to children enrolled in
kindergarten through grade eight in the Catholic schools of this diocese.
Families must be active, registered, contributing members of a parish in the
Diocese of Superior. All scholarship grants are awarded based on need as
documented in the application process.
Interested families should contact Principal
Dan Bell for an application form and complete application instructions. Applications
must be returned to Mr. Bell by June 1, 2016.
Middle School Youth Ministry
Our April focus this month is on the corporal work of
mercy "Visit/ pray for the imprisoned". As part of our monthly
activity for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, St. Patrick Parish is having a sock
drive to assist the prison/jail ministry. They are also in much need of new or
clean sweatpants, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. There will be collection
boxes at school and at church for these items. We ask that you also pray for
the imprisoned and those who serve in this ministry. See the Year of Mercy
display boards at school and church for additional information or online
and service project info, click here: Movie night