The Saints' Sentinel; vol. 15

From the desk of Nicolle Schroeder

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Seriously Savvy Saints~

Dear parents and guardians,


I am delighted to be able to communicate with you today. Here we are in November. Thanks to all who joined us on Tuesday for our All Saints' mass. As Fr. Paul said in his homily, there are many well-known saints- some of who you may recognize above. All Saints' Day, however, gives us the opportunity to remember our own personal saints. Many children remember their grandparents and great-grandparents. And how do we celebrate them, "be more like them!" It's such an important reminder- to be kinder, more patient, and show love to others. I was chatting with 2nd graders at lunch today about this message and they added, "treat others as Jesus did," and "we are at the age of reason." That last comment made me laugh!


This time will advance quickly as the holidays are upon us. Find some moments to care for yourself so that you can care for your others. Please know we are always here for you, and not just for school concerns.

Parental Choice Program next year~

A survey was sent to primary family member emails yesterday that allows you to indicate your interest in joining Choice and a simple Yes/No as to whether or not you believe your family may be eligible.


Note: We will continue to offer tuition assistance if it's needed AND your family is not eligible for Choice.


Please DO complete the survey for us (even if you will not participate in Choice) as this information will help us determine how many additional seats to add.

Invent your own animal project

The 3rd grade learned about animal survival, habitats, and adaptations in class the last couple weeks. Students were asked to use the information they learned to create their very own animal. They were to write specific details about their animals using vocabulary studied. They presented the information to their classmates with the help of a 3-D model they created. Students did an awesome job with this project and were able to show what they learned in such a creative way! It was so fun to see everyone’s unique creations!

Safe Environment Session to be held at WCS

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (most likely will end before 9)


To complete the initial Safe Environment certification, one must:


  • create an account in CMG Connect
  • review curriculum sections
  • attend a live training session (which is what we are hosting on the 17th)
  • consent to a background check


Click on the button below for full instructions.

COVID-19 Guidance

Unfortunately, we are seeing an uptick of cases so I am reposting the following:

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has provided guidance to K-12 schools for this academic year.


The DPI states, "The DPI’s role in providing the following recommendations for the school setting is to provide a balance between science-based mitigation measures and creating an environment conducive to schools operating during a third pandemic year."


As such,


  • WCS is a mask-optional environment. While masks are not required in school, any individual who wishes to continue to mask will be supported in that choice.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of illness should stay home from school. If experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should also get tested for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.
  • Staff or students are not allowed to work or study in-person while sick.
  • When a student can return to school will depend on the duration of illness, type of symptoms, laboratory testing for COVID-19 or other illnesses, or other medical diagnosis.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should follow their doctors' orders about when to return to school. The school office cannot provide medical advice about isolation periods, masking, or return dates.
  • WCS will neither monitor COVID-19 cases nor send out notifications about individual cases. However, we will notify when clusters of cases or outbreaks occur.
  • Those who have been exposed but are asymptomatic can continue to come to school.

Basic Infection Prevention:
  • Stay home when you are ill.
  • Clean and disinfect classrooms, materials, and surfaces.
  • Provide good ventilation and air flow.
  • Wash hands and use good cough etiquette (cover coughs).
  • Vaccinate against vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Covid-19 Symptoms:

• Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches
• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies), when in combination with other symptoms

Christmas basket raffle~

Wauwatosa Catholic School is raffling off a large basket to get you ready for the holidays. Tickets are $5 and will be sold by volunteers (and/or their students) after masses at St. Pius X Parish on November 5th & 6th, November 12th & 13th and November 19th and 20th. Wauwatosa Catholic School appreciates your continued support of their important educational mission. Please see Sign-up Genius below.


You can buy tickets here at the school office as well.

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Scenes from the Rosary Club~

Next Saturday is Skate Night!

Our next Skate Night is November 12th (6:00 to 9:00pm).


We only need a few volunteers to skate around supervising others (skate guards). Middle school students can volunteer but if the crowds are big, it is nice to have a couple of adults as well.


Here are the dates and the Sign Up Links:


November 12: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACA628A1F94-skate2

January 28: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACA628A1F94-skate3

February 25: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACA628A1F94-skate4

March 25: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4EACA628A1F94-skate1

A few additional items for the library~

Thank you to the Martinez family for donating the Magnetix set to the library. They've been a hit!


Additionally, we are looking for:


  • string lights
  • lamp(s)
  • prayer items
  • inspirational pictures or posters
  • plants (live ones probably wouldn't get enough light so fake ones)


We are trying to create some cozy reading and prayer corners.

Have a blessed weekend~

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If you should have any comments or suggestions, please email me at nschroeder@wauwatosacatholic.org.


Sincerely,


Nicolle Schroeder

Principal

Wauwatosa Catholic School

414-258-9977 (ext. 110)

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