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Mrs. Heise's Updates

September 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

While there were some cold and rainy days, this week, the buildings were filled with sunshine from the smiles of students and staff as they had their school pictures taken.  Thank you to those who brought their preschool students in on non-school days and to Mr. Tishim for sharing his photographic talents.  For those who missed the event or would like to have retakes, that date is set for October 20. 

Tees and Jeans Day

Today is our first “Tees and Jeans” day of the school year.  There are more of these days scheduled for school year, so please watch for the specified dates on the weekly updates. Please remember that jeans must be free from holes and tears and the “designed tears” that are popular.  Also, as this is a show of school spirit, please consider donating one dollar for the opportunity to wear jeans and support their teachers at the same time.  Thank you.

School Masses

Being able to join together to celebrate Mass was a wonderful thing, at OLP, yesterday.  Thank you to Father Robertson for sharing God’s word and leading us in our faith lives.  Beginning September 16, students at St. John’s will have the opportunity to attend Mass.  Due to the limited space at SJB, our 2nd grade students will attend Mass every Wednesday, with our 1st graders and 5K students alternating weeks. Please be sure to check the calendar in the weekly updates for the times when your child will be attending. Thank you to Father Weighner for leading us on this journey. Note: For the present time, Father Weighner has asked that our parents and grandparents do not attend the school Masses at SJB.  I ask that you are respectful of these guidelines, knowing that someday we will all be together, again. Thank you.


Prayer should be an important part of every day.  We spend time in prayer at school, at church, and at home.  There are many in our school family going through difficult times. Please pray for those who are in need of food and shelter, sympathy and support, kindness and generosity.

The power of prayer is an amazing thing.


Columbus Catholic Schools has been approved to offer free lunches to its students attending classes in person through a federal program until December 31st or when the funding runs out (could be before or after December 31st).

Reimbursable meals are included but seconds, extra sides (these are for grades 6-12, only) and milk for cold lunches will be charged as they normally are. Students must tell their homeroom teachers if they will be taking hot lunch, so we can get an accurate meal count for the day.  

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Krautkramer (Finance Director) at 715-387-1177 ext 3306 or

Regarding Clothing and Weather

Weather in Wisconsin is always changing and this week the mornings were chilly (35 degrees this morning).  There were many students that came to school without sweatshirts and/or jackets and then were cold when it was time to go outside.  Please make certain that as we continue into the fall and winter, that children have appropriate outside gear.  It may be warmer next week, but 40’s and 50’s at recess time is still cold.  Thank you.


  • Monday 9/14
    • Normal School Day
    • 5th Grade Band with Mr. Zimmerman 2:55-3:55 at CCHS
  • Tuesday 9/15
    • Normal School Day
  • Wednesday 9/16
    • Mass 8:00 at SJB Grades 1 and 2
    • Education Commission Meeting at 6:00 p.m. CCHS Media Center
  • Thursday 9/17
    • Mass 8:00 at OLP Grades 3-5
  • Friday 9/18
    • Normal School Day
  • Saturday 9/19
    • Piñata Market 10:00-2:00 in Room 6 at CCHS
    • Proceeds go to Casa Hogar, in Peru
    • Watch for more details in next week’s update!

Coming Soon

  • September 25
    • Alternative Progress Reports; more information next week
  • October 20    
    • Picture Retake Day at both buildings
  • October 23    
    • No School Diocesan Teacher In-service

Until next time…God bless.


Columbus Catholic Schools are dedicated to excellence in Catholic education, founded in the love of Jesus Christ, and designed to instill in our students faith, knowledge, and a desire to serve others.