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Absence Notification

Mr. Lambrecht-9/3-24/2021

Just a reminder that we have an online Absence Notification form.  The online form should be used for all absences. This online form replaces the phone call and parent notes for all absences. Future absences should be reported at least one week in advance. Illnesses should be reported by 7:30 am on the day of the illness. You can find this form on the family app in the “Absence Forms” icon.

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Alpine Holiday

Mrs. Mauritz-10-14-2021

Welcome to the 3rd Edition of “All About Alpine”.

Can you believe Alpine Holiday is only 4 weeks away! I hope you have cleared your calendar for the weekend of November 12-13 and will join in the fun at Columbus Catholic High School. 

I can’t say enough about how the success of Alpine Holiday is based off all of our fabulous volunteers! Because of YOU is why this event has been so successful in the past.  

Looking to declutter your bookshelves or game closets?  

The CCHS Student Council will be running the Alpine Book Room this year and we would love donations of books and games / puzzles.  We welcome gently used fiction and non-fiction books--ESPECIALLY classics, childrens, young adult, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy., biographies, humor, memoirs, etc.  Please do not bring in reference books, textbooks, or books that are not in good shape.  Board games and jigsaw puzzles that are in good shape (complete with all pieces and rules) are also welcome!  Thanks in advance for your generosity!  Donations of books, games, and puzzles can be dropped off in the Main Office at the Columbus Catholic HS/MS building.

Yard Signs

Have you ever thought to yourself, WOW, I could really use a yard sign in my front yard. Now is your chance!   Click HERE if you would like an Alpine Holiday sign in your yard.  We are also looking for volunteers to help distribute the signs as well. You can use the same link to sign up for that too.   

Calendar Raffle

The 24 Days of Christmas Calendar Raffle has had a fantastic turnout so far! Please keep turning in your order forms and we will get your orders filled and back to you. Raffle tickets can be purchased until Saturday, November 13th and can even be purchased at Alpine Holiday.  Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at all of the Weiler’s locations starting tomorrow.  Remember for every 10 raffle tickets sold your family’s name will be put in a drawing to win a prize! We have some great prizes to win; gift cards to Pizza Ranch, Hillers and The Store.  Thanks to a generous donation from Rita Blenker, the family who sells the most calendars will win $100 cash!!  

Lip Sync

Remember to get your lip sync forms turned in!  They are due tomorrow, October 15th.  If you need an extension reach out to Teri Wilczek at: wilczekt@charter.net

Bakers

We still have a lot of open slots available for the Dessert Cart.  If you are able to help with our baking needs please click HERE.

Silent Auction

One of our biggest fundraisers during the weekend of Alpine Holiday is the Silent Auction.  We are still accepting donations!  Please consider donating a basket full of goodies, power tools, gift certificates or even an experience such as a Badger game or tickets to an Escape Room!  No donation will be turned away!  Feel free to send me a quick email if you plan to donate. Donations do need to be sent in until October 29th.  It does help us if we know what donations will be coming in though. 

Thanks for taking the time to read over my weekly updates. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 

Until next time…….

Mrs. Mauritz-9/17/2021

A packet of information regarding our Silent Auction is going home with your child in the next week.  In case you don't get one, the links are in the principals' updates below.  Our Silent Auction is the second-largest fundraiser for this event… with our most popular items being hand-made items created by our elementary school students! Every year we ask for cash donations from parents to help defray the cost of materials. In past years, students have made items from Wooden Nativity Block Sets and Wooden Advent Trees, to Thumbprint Cookie Jars and Corn Hole Baggo Boards!  Not only do parents and grandparents LOVE these items, but the students love working on them!  This year we are asking parents to make a $5.00 donation for each student in the family, regardless of age.  This includes High School and Middle School students.  NOTE:  please make checks out to “Columbus Catholic Schools.”  Also, please use the envelope that was attached to the letter so as to give proper tax credit.  If you are unable to use the provided envelope, please use a blank envelope and write your name on it.  

Charlie Berens is performing at Alpine Holiday!  The tickets for his first show sold out very quickly.  Thankfully we were able to book him for a second show for Sunday, November 14th at 1:00pm.  Tickets went on sale this morning and having been selling very quickly.   If you still need tickets click HERE.

Thanks again for your support of Columbus Catholic Schools and Alpine Holiday!  We greatly appreciate our parents and look forward to working with you!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Development Office at 715-387-2444 or giving@columbusdons.org.  

Mrs. Mauritz-10-7-2021

Happy Thursday Morning!  I hope everyone is having a great week so far. It’s time for the weekly “All ABOUT Alpine” updates  

Calling All Bakers!

Do you like to bake?  The Dessert Cart is a great opportunity to whip up some deliciousness and help make money for Columbus Catholic Schools.  This is also a great way to volunteer for Alpine if you are not able to the weekend of. We are still looking for cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies and pistachio torte (we have a recipe if you need one!) If you have something else in mind that we can easily plate & sell for $3 a piece, please email nielsen.kris@columbusdons.org. 

 If you are able to help with our baking needs please click this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da4af23a4fa7-alpine87

Lip Sync Competition

Share your talent at Alpine Holiday!  Get a group together for the famous Lip Sync Battle.  The Lip Sync is one of the most popular events of Alpine Holiday.  Columbus students of all ages are welcome to get a group together.  To register, please complete the attached flyer and post your music to:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ahqpiicb9MB3jIu0KvouP6BzL5LKxvUh?usp=sharing

Get your running shoes ready!

It’s time to dig in your closet and find your Ugly Christmas sweater and dust it off!  Why?  Because it’s time to start thinking about the Ugly Sweater 5K Run/Walk!!  Medals will be handed out to the top three runners in the male and female division.  Maybe you’re not a fast runner. That’s ok!  We still have prizes to give away.  Come with the Ugliest sweater or even the most creative Christmas outfit and you could be a winner!  For only $35, your registration fee will include a pair of mittens and a ticket to the pancake breakfast!  

There will also be a Kids Fun Run beginning at 8:45am.  Little kids have the chance to show off their running skills and dash in front of the High School. The Kids Run is a free event and all finishers will receive a medal of participation.

A portion of the run will benefit the Columbus Cross Country and Track programs.  Please share the attached registration form and poster with your friends and family and help raise some much-needed funds for these programs. 

Alpine Holiday Calendar Raffle

We will be selling Alpine Holiday Calendar Raffles again this year.  These will be back from the printer next week.  I will be sending home a RAFFLE TICKET PRE-ORDER FORM next week that you can use to let us know how many tickets you think you can sell.  There is also a form attached to this email. We are asking families to sell $100 worth of tickets, or a minimum of 5 tickets but, you can sell as many as you want!  However, for every 10 raffle tickets you sell your name will be entered into a drawing to win a prize! 

The reason we ask you to pre-order raffle tickets is because we are only printing a maximum of 3,000 and we track who has what.   State gaming laws prohibit us from mailing or sending raffle tickets, so please submit your pre-order form.  You can submit payment up front; or return with the filled-out raffle ticket stubs.  Please make checks payable to “Columbus Catholic Schools” or pay with cash.

 Did you know if we sell all 3,000 tickets our school would make $60,000?!  Let’s make this the best calendar raffle possible!

What can I do to help now?

We are still accepting donations of items, talent or experiences for our Silent Auction!  Do you own a business and can donate gift certificates?  Are you a crafter and would be willing to donate one of your handmade items?  Do you have a special talent you’d be willing to share?  How about offering up a special experience such as Badger Basketball tickets or an Escape Room?  Please consider making a donation to our Silent Auction!  These donations are more meaningful when they come from families that we know!  Please fill out the attached Gift in Kind Form so we can credit your donation and give you a letter to use for tax purposes.  

That concludes my weekly edition of “All About Alpine”.  If there is anything you want more information about or included in next week's issue please let me know.   

Mrs. Mauritz-9/30/2021

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Krisann "Altmann" Mauritz and I was hired in June 2021 as the Events Coordinator for Columbus Catholic Schools. Being a Columbus alum and a current parent, I am very excited to be in this new role.  I have been busy planning our fall fundraising event, Alpine Holiday.  Each week I will be sending out “All About Alpine” updates.  These emails will contain information pertaining to Alpine. 

What is Alpine Holiday?

In 1978 Columbus High School parents organized and held a one day event centered on a ski swap to raise money to maintain a teaching position at Columbus High School.  The event was so successful and FUN that the ski swap was expanded and in 1979 became known as Alpine Holiday.  Over the years it grew into a huge community social event.  Friends, family, alumni, and anyone looking for FUN were invited and packed the building.   Everyone worked hard to turn the school into a winter wonderland.

 This year as we celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of Alpine we’re bringing back the camaraderie, the community, the classmates, the FUN, the parents, students, teachers and volunteers-in full force. Games for kids, a pancake breakfast, delicious desserts, lots of crafters, non-stop entertainment and much more!

 Volunteers are the reason Alpine Holiday was started and are the reason it continues. Alpine proceeds support ALL of the Columbus Catholic Schools, therefore CCS students, parents and teachers are encouraged to volunteer before, during and/or after Alpine.   More information about volunteering will be coming out soon.

When is Alpine Holiday?

Alpine Holiday will be Friday, November 12th through Sunday, November 14th.  More detailed information about Alpine Holiday 2021 is coming soon!

Silent Auction Classroom Donation

Thank you to the families who have returned their silent auction classroom donation. If you have not sent in your donation yet please do so soon (we recommend $5.00 per child).  We will be dividing those monies and giving them to our teachers in the next couple weeks.  This will allow them enough time to organize their themed packages for the silent auction and kids raffle.  The silent auction and kids raffle is one of the major fundraisers for the weekend. 

Lip Sync Competition 

The student lip sync competition is one of Alpine’s biggest draws. Parents, grandparents and family friends will pack the gymnasium to watch the Columbus students of all ages perform their favorite song. An added bonus to the show is watching the High School Senior parents perform.  Trust me, it’s not something you want to miss!   Attached to this email is the Lip Sync Battle registration form and a Media Release Form.  Since the Lip Sync Competition will be filmed, any student wishing to perform will need to have a media release form on file. 

Thank you for taking the time to read through my weekly edition of “All About Alpine.”  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me anytime at mauritz.krisann@columbusdons.org or at 715-387-2444.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-9/17/2021

Alpine Flyers

  • Parent Silent Auction Letter HERE
  • Alpine Holiday Sponsorship Flyer HERE

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AmeriCorps

Mrs. Wieland-10/1/2021

Last May, Columbus Catholic Schools were awarded an AmeriCorp member. For decades, AmeriCorp members have worked to make service to others an indispensable part of the American experience. Their members and volunteers support students in nearly 12,000 public, private, and charter schools across the country. AmeriCorps programs put caring, capable people in classrooms to support students’ social, emotional, and academic development.

Each year, AmeriCorps projects provide educational programming to more than 1 million youth. Last year, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers tutored and mentored over 230,000 children.  Their philosophy aligns perfectly with the mission statement of our school and we are excited to have Kimberly Broeske on board at the high school and middle school as we aim to increase our mentorship and have her help facilitate our mental health services. 

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Angels and Archangels

Mr. Eaton-10/1/2021

Bulletin Article from Fr. Weighner: ANGELS AND ARCHANGELS 

On September 29th, we celebrate(d) the Feast of the Archangels, and soon after, on Oct 2, we celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels. These two feast days bringing September to a close and at the beginning of October are a beautiful time to reflect on angels in our world and in our personal lives. Developing a relationship with these heavenly and spiritual friends brings so many blessings into our lives, some of which we recognize as they happen, some we recognize in retrospect, and I assume a magnitude we will only see when we are with them in eternity. The word angel comes from angelos, a Greek term meaning messenger.

The Archangels, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael are God’s envoys. Gabriel’s name means ‘the strength of God’, and appears in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament and in the nativity narratives in the New Testament. Michael means ‘Who is like God’, and is found in Daniel, the Letter of St Jude and in Revelation. Michael led the battle against Satan when he rebelled against God, and continues to fight these battles today. Raphael means ‘Divine healer’, and is found in the Old Testament book of Tobit. Although there are other ancient texts that make reference to other archangels, these three are traditionally the ones the Catholic Church recognizes and are specifically found in Sacred Scripture.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church 328:

The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition. 329. St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.'” With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do His word, hearkening to the voice of His word”.

330: As purely spiritual creatures, angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness.

Christ “With All His Angels”

331: Christ is the center of the angelic world. They are His angels: “When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him…” (Mt 25:31). They belong to Him because they were created through and for Him: “for in Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities— all things were created through Him and for Him” (Col 1:16). They belong to Him still more because He has made them messengers of His saving plan: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?” (Heb 1:14).

332: Angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation, announcing this salvation from afar or near and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan: they closed the earthly paradise; protected Lot; saved Hagar and her child; stayed Abraham’s hand; communicated the law by their ministry; led the People of God; announced births and callings; and assisted the prophets, just to cite a few examples. Finally, the angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Precursor and that of Jesus Himself. continued

The Angels in the Life of the Church 335:

In her Liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God. She invokes their assistance (in the Roman Canon’s Supplices te rogamus… [“Almighty God, we pray that your angel…”]; in the funeral Liturgy’s In Paradisum deducant te angeli… [“May the angels lead you into Paradise…”]). Moreover, in the “Cherubic Hymn” of the Byzantine Liturgy, she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly (St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and the guardian angels). 336. From its beginning until death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life” (St. Basil). Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

Angels of God, Pray for us! Fr Jim

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Ashley Strong Tees and Jeans

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8/2021

We will have an #Ashleystrong t-shirt and jeans day on Friday, October 15th.  Wear your Ashley strong t-shirts or purple shirts in support.  

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

For those who are not aware, Ashley Herman, the daughter of Mrs. Becca Herman, one of our 4th grade teachers, is undergoing treatment for cancer.  Last year, we had an extra day of jeans for our students so they could show their support for the Herman family.  We will continue that opportunity this year with an Ashley Strong Tees and Jeans day.  On Friday, September 17, elementary students may wear either their Ashley Strong shirts or a Columbus shirt with jeans or uniform shorts.  We continue to keep Ashley and her family in our prayers.

Mr. Lambrecht-9/10/2021

We will have an #Ashleystrong t-shirt and jeans day on Friday, September 17th.  Wear your Ashley strong t-shirts or purple shirts in support.  

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Athletic Eligibility

Mr. Lambrecht-10/15/2021

Just a reminder that the Athletic Handbook was updated this summer. This was sent out this summer and all fall athletes and parents were asked to sign before participation. Student-athletes must maintain a C- or better in each class or course. Please review the excerpt below from the "Guidelines for Participation" section of the CCHS/MS Athletic Handbook. 

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8/2021

Just a reminder that the Athletic Handbook was updated this summer. This was sent out this summer and all fall athletes and parents were asked to sign before participation. Student-athletes must maintain a C- or better in each class or course. Please review the "Guidelines for Participation" section of the CCHS/MS Athletic Handbook. You can also find the Athletic Handbook in the app in the Resources icon.

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Book Fair

Mrs. Heise-10/15/2021

The St. John's Scholastic Book Fair is coming! Please mark your calendars for October 18-21 (family night is Tuesday, October 19 from 2:30 p.m. until 7p.m.).  The Book Fair will be set up in St. Francis Hall which is in the school basement near the cafeteria.  Signs will point you in the right direction. 

Check out the fast, safe, and easy way to have your child shop the Book Fair using e-Wallet (perhaps those grandparents, family members, or friends can also add funds - the holidays are quickly approaching, and books make great gifts!). E-wallet is also a fantastic, easy option for parents to give children money to shop the fair! It's quick and easy to set up. Parents may also shop virtually online via our book fair page. It's linked on the Columbus website and you may also click here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stjohnsprimaryschool

Thank you for shopping at the book fair. Proceeds help to update our library selections and provide more appropriate and relevant books for our students.  We also offer a tremendous THANK YOU to Mrs. Mueller, our SJB librarian, for her time and efforts in directing the fair and for encouraging a love of reading in our students. Reading is a gift of a lifetime.

Mrs. Heise-10/1/2021

The St. John's Scholastic Book Fair is coming! Please mark your calendars for October 18-21 (family night is Tuesday, October 19 from 2:30 p.m. until 7p.m.). Reading aloud is the single most important activity that parents and caregivers do to help prepare children to learn to read. Did you know that books expose children to 50% more words than they would normally hear in everyday conversation or on television or radio? Reading is vital to building a strong vocabulary.

Check out the fast, safe, and easy way to have your child shop the Book Fair using e-Wallet (perhaps those grandparents, family members, or friends can also add funds — the holidays are quickly approaching, and books make great gifts!). It's secure and takes only a few moments to set up. Thank you for reading with and encouraging your children to read — it is truly a team effort to turn our young students into proficient readers. You can learn more HERE.

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Box Tops for Education

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

Box Tops for Education are no longer available to clip off boxes.  You must download an app on your smartphone and scan your receipt within two weeks of the purchase date.  For more information, please contact Alexis Vine at OLP.

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Boy Scouts

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

Boy Scouts - HERE

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Child & Family Counseling Services

Mrs. Wieland-10/15/2021

We are all familiar with the saying it takes a village to raise a child.   Likewise,  it can take a multifaceted approach to assist those in need.   Here at Columbus we recognize the importance of working together and that includes working with outside agencies to enhance our efforts.   PDC Orenda Center, Child Advocacy, and Crisis Intervention are just a few of the many resources we utilize when working with families. Please don't forget that we now offer a simple means for students and families to seek the help they may need.  Families can now access the Child & Family Counseling Form in the Forms icon in the app (under School Year Forms) or HERE.  From there, families can fill out the needs of their child and have that go directly to the intake department of Children's Wisconsin.  

Mrs. Wieland-10/8/2021

Columbus Catholic Schools is excited to announce that we have a new means for students and families to seek the help they may need.  Oftentimes it can be intimidating or scary to seek help when one faces a mental health challenge, but we have made that much easier.  Now families can access the Child & Family Counseling Form in the Forms icon in the app (under School Year Forms) or HERE.  From there, families can fill out the needs of their child and have that go directly to the intake department of Children's Wisconsin.  They will work directly with me here at school to get your child seen during the school day so as to minimize scheduling conflicts or concerns of the already busy lives our students lead.  

If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Choose Kindness

Mrs. Heise-9/24/2021

Being kind and respectful to others are essential to the overall well-being of a school.  It has been wonderful having the students back in the buildings, but it has also been difficult for many of them to get back into the “Do as Jesus would do” manner of how they treat their classmates and teachers. The staff and I are doing our best to encourage feelings of belonging and to live out the virtues we are teaching.  Please spend some time with your children discussing ways that they can make everyone feel welcome and cared about.  It certainly is what Jesus would want us to do.

Mrs. Heise-9/17/2021

I would like to think that the “Choose Kindness” wall-hanging in my office is a good reminder to me and to all of us.  During these stressful times, God does not give us permission to be rude and unkind.  He asks us to be patient and supportive.  It’s time to act as Jesus did.

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Christmas Concerts

Mrs. Heise-10/15/2021

Please note that you will be able to see our calendar of events on our website and in the Calendar icon of the family app.  Calendars will be updated weekly so that you can stay tuned to all of the great things happening at Columbus Catholic Schools. One date to highlight is December 15th as we will host our Elementary Christmas Concerts. Students in 4K-2nd grades at 5:00 p.m. and 3rd-5th grades at 6:30 p.m. Both at Our Lady of Peace Church. 

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Coke Rewards

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

Using the following website, you can enter the offer codes found on Coca Cola bottle caps or on the inside of the Coke boxes.  Enter the codes under "Continue to support your local school".  Please feel free to collect bottle caps and box codes to send to OLP!

https://us.coca-cola.com/offers/

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Confidentiality

Mrs. Heise-9/17/2021

I have had several parents ask COVID-related questions.  The answers to those questions all reference confidentiality.  I ask that you please read and understand.

First-Are all the teachers vaccinated?  The answer is I don’t know, and it is not my place to ask.  The Diocese of La Crosse has chosen to respect all employees' privacy in that matter.

Second-Why don’t you tell parents which children test positive or which class is quarantined when you have to make an announcement?  Again, there are laws with regard to confidentiality.

Third-Do you follow through when a student and/or family has positive COVID test results? I can assure you that I am in communication with the Wood County Health Department (and other counties depending on where a family resides) to get accurate information and report/contact trace when necessary. I quarantine students/classes based on those reports.  I do not make those decisions, but follow health department protocol.

As I have shared with you the reasons for confidentiality, I ask that you, our school parents, show the same respect and confidentiality to others, as well.  Thank you.

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Cornhole/Baggo Equipment Request

Mr. Lambrecht-9/17/2021

Thank you to the many people who offered to loan us their Cornhole/Baggo sets.  Please plan to drop them off on Thursday, September 23 under the outdoor concession stand overhang and to pick them up from that same location after school on Friday, September 24!

Mr. Lambrecht-9/10/2021

Last year was the first time we organized a cornhole tournament during Homecoming--and it was very successful!  This year, students voted to have it again.  I am sending out a request for wooden cornhole boards and bean bags.  After our experience from last year, we learned that the plastic boards did not work.  If you have wooden boards and bean bags, and you are willing to let us use them Friday, September 24 for our class competition day, please email volkman.mandy@columbusdons.org by Friday, September 17 so we know how many we will have and can plan the tournament accordingly.  Thanks!

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Diocese of La Crosse Religion Essay Contest

Mr. Lambrecht-10/15/2021

Each year seniors in the Diocese of La Crosse are asked to write an essay that reflects their understanding of Catholic values using one of the novels they read in high school.  The essays are assessed over the summer.  Out of all the class of 2021 seniors in the seven diocesan high schools, Kelsey Moore earned second place in this contest for her reflection upon F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.  In her essay, she was able to show understanding of the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding the sanctity of marriage and the dangers of benign corruption by greed.

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Dons Apparel Order

Mrs. Loucks-9/17/2021

We will be placing a group order through Victory Apparel.  To participate simply fill out the online form and pay with your credit card.  Please allow four weeks delivery after the deadline.  Orders must be picked up at the Development Office (located at Columbus High School) within 30 days.  (Items not picked up after 60 days will go back into stock.)  The deadline is September 25, 2021 (delivered Oct. 18)  CLICK HERE TO ORDER. You will also find this link in the family app in the Resources icon (then Dons Gear).

NOTICE: DUE TO A SHORTAGE IN PRODUCTION OF SHIRTS, DEADLINES AND DELIVERIES WILL VARY

Mrs. Loucks-9/10/2021

Thank you so much for your patience regarding our Columbus Group Shirt Order.  As you know, there has been a shortage of shirt production nationwide and that has been affecting us here at Columbus.  Victory Apparel has been working hard to accommodate us and fulfill our orders as quickly as they can.  I've asked them to put together a scaled-down order of shirts and items they think they can fill (please see link).  You'll notice there are no polo shirts (also, if you ordered polo shirts in our LAST order, they still have not come in yet).  The deadline 9/21/2021 at 11:54 pm.  If you have any questions, please let me know! I can be reached at loucks.angela@columbusdons.org. 

https://stores.inksoft.com/columbus_dons/shop/home

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Dress Code

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8-15/2021

As fall temperatures set in, please remind students that crew neck and hooded sweatshirts are not allowed to be worn to class Monday – Thursday. Full-zip and ¾ zip lightweight sweaters and drift or fleece jackets are acceptable.  If you have questions, please see the link below or talk to Mr. Lambrecht. The dress codes can also be found in the app in the Resources icon.

High School Dress Code

Middle School Dress Code

Mr. Lambrecht-10/1/2021

As fall temperatures set in, please remind students that crew neck and hooded sweatshirts are not allowed to be worn to class Monday – Thursday. Full-zip and ¾ zip lightweight sweaters and drift or fleece jackets are acceptable.  If you have questions, please see the link or talk to Mr. Lambrecht.

Mrs. Heise-9/24/2021

October 1 is the last day for students to be able to wear shorts to school until May. (As I shared last week, consideration may be made to extend that if we have temperatures in the 80s.)  Please remember that shorts are not to be worn to Mass.  In related matters, students in grades 4K-5th are required to wear uniform clothing to school.  We have had students wearing clothing, including sweatshirts, that does not meet the uniform requirements. Please refer to the uniform policy in the Student/Parent Handbook for more information. You can find the handbook in the family app in the Resources icon. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

Mrs. Heise-9/17/2021

In addressing clothing, remember that shorts are not to be worn on Mass days.  The teachers are great about allowing the students change into their shorts after Mass. Additionally, hooded sweatshirts must be Columbus Dons sweatshirts.

Note: The dress code policy is that shorts may only be worn during the months of September, May and June.  As our month of September ends on a Thursday, we will extend the wearing of shorts through Friday, October 1, but not for Mass.  We will also monitor the fall temps and may make exceptions based on any really warm days. 

Dress Down Fundraiser

Mr. Lambrecht-10/1/2021

The Middle School and High School Mission Clubs held a dress-down day fundraiser on Friday, October 1st. The High School raised $201.00 and the Middle School raised $190.30. Thank you for your generous support. 

Mr. Lambrecht-9/3/2021

We held a dress-down day fundraiser on Friday.  The High School Mission Club raised $236.85.       The Middle School Mission Club raised $225.50. 

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Dress for the Weather

Mrs. Heise-10/15/2021

Some rain and cooler temps, a double rainbow on my ride home Tuesday, and loads of sunshine for students to play outside.  That is what autumn should be like.  With continued cooler temperatures on the horizon, please send students to school with sweatshirts and/or jackets.  Morning recess and physical education classes outside can be very chilly.

Mrs. Heise-10/8/2021

We are so fortunate to have had fall weather that allows us to get outside and have fun.  The leaves on the trees and those on the ground make way for enjoying God’s beauty and making awesome art projects.  The forecast for next week is for showers and cooler weather.  Be sure to spend some time digging out jackets, as morning recesses can be cold.  Let’s hope the snow holds off until at least November. 

Mrs. Heise-10/1/2021

We had a beautiful week for getting outside and enjoying the fall weather. I hope you and your family did, too.  The weather forecast for next week brings more typical fall temperatures and while mostly sunny, still cooler. Please remember that today is the last day for wearing shorts to school until May.  And a reminder that students may wear navy or white Columbus sweatshirts in class. Other styles of Dons sweatshirts (tie-dyed) are allowed as outerwear.

Mrs. Heise-9/17/2021

There was a little chill mixed in with some warmer temperatures to make outdoor play during recess a lot more fun this week.  And while temperatures this weekend are supposed to be above average, please remember that the temperatures are cold in the morning and students do go outside for recess and physical education, so they need to have sweatshirts and/or jackets.  It might be time to search those closets for hats and gloves, too.  We’ll hope that the snow pants and boots can stay put away for the time being

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Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Mrs. Heise-9/17/2021

While drop off and pick up seemed better, this past week, I ask that you please follow the guidelines listed on pages 19-20 in SJB/OLP Parent Student Handbook.  This can be found in your family app in the Resources icon. There are tremendous safety concerns when parents choose not to abide by the guidelines shared in the handbook and by the teachers.

We have different protocols at both of our buildings and while many of you have to learn two different methods, I ask you to please do so. 

SJB Pick-Up-Preschool, 4K, and 5K students are to be picked up in front of the building.

1st and 2nd grade students are to be picked up in the parking lot.  In both situations, parents MUST get out of the cars and come to get the students (from the teachers PS-5K and at the bottom of the back steps 1st-2nd).  We are not allowing students to run to parents. There are too many risks to allow this during pick up.

OLP Pick-Up-Parents are either to enter the far driveway and drive through in a safe, circular pattern and stop long enough for students to get into vehicles or parents must park in the center of the lot and come to get the students from the Safety Zone where the students are standing with their teachers.  Please do not pass other vehicles while in the drive through lane.  People are walking between cars to get back to vehicles.

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

I ask for continued patience as we work out the glitches with parking for drop-off and pick-up, especially at SJB.  Your concerns are heard, and we will do our best to accommodate you and your children as you join us at school. 

Mrs. Heise-9/3/2021

Managing drop off and pick up at both of our elementary buildings can be a challenge.  However, you have been great at following our guidelines (new at OLP) and bearing with us as we navigate entrance and exits, parking or stop and drop, and moving around vehicles parked for daily Masses. We know it is not easy and far from perfect, but we appreciate your willingness to work with us. Note: Classes begin at 7:40 at SJB and 7:45 at OLP.  Students must be in their classrooms at that time or will be marked tardy.

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Electronic Devices

Mrs. Heise-10/1/2021

We have many elementary students who are bringing electronic devices to school each day including Apple/Smart Watches.  While I understand that technology is important, and you may want your student to have Apple/Smart watches for communication with you, we have policies in place to safeguard students and staff.  Those policies are also in place for proper notification and communication when it comes to family and school schedules. 

You, as parents and guardians, in addition to your students, have signed agreements to support those policies. We have protocols in place to support communication via our school phones and emails and we will enforce those protocols.

Should you need to let us know about schedule changes, appointments, or other information you are to call or email our secretaries, Mrs. Vine and/or Mrs. Voight, not text or call students. (Please do not call or email teachers as they are busy teaching and may not get the information until after the end of the school day.) This is a serious concern and we have to work together for the safety of our students.

#1 in our Acceptable Use Policy

OLP/SJB students will turn their cell phones/electronic devices into the designated location upon arrival and pick them up at a designated location at the end of the day.  This location is the school office in each of the buildings.

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Eucharistic Adoration

Mr. Lambrecht-10/15/2021

 

A tradition from before the COVID pandemic was the practice of offering First Friday adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Columbus School Chapel. Adoration is a Catholic tradition of spending silent time of prayer and reflection before Jesus present in the Eucharistic Bread exposed in the monstrance. Beginning next month, this will be offered every first Friday and be open to parents and grandparents of students in the Columbus Catholic School community. I highly encourage everyone to consider taking a period of prayer in which to commit praying for our Columbus community.

To sign-up for a period of prayer for November, please follow the link HERE. Those who sign up for a time period will need to be buzzed in at the front door and then sign in at the school office. Once your time of prayer is over, you will need to sign out in the office. Even if you do not sign up in advance for an hour, you are still welcome to come to spend time in the chapel. The periods of prayer are in coordination with the school bell schedule to enable teachers to bring their classes to spend some or all of the class period in prayer.

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FAFSA

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8/2021

A representative from UW-Stevens Point will be here to meet with all Seniors and their parents on October 13th at 6pm in the Cafeteria to present information on filling out a FAFSA for college. Mr. Brown has sent out information to all Seniors with information regarding the presentation. We will have Chromebooks on hand, but you are encouraged to bring your own device.  To apply for Federal Financial Aid for College, Seniors will use the online application called FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which opens on October 1st every year.  The sooner Seniors apply the more aid they will be eligible to receive. You can access the application at: www.fafsa.gov.

Mr. Lambrecht-10/1/2021

A representative from UW-Stevens Point will be here to meet with all Seniors and their parents on October 13th at 6pm in the Cafeteria to present information on filling out a FAFSA for college. Mr. Brown has sent out information to all Seniors with information regarding the presentation. We will have Chromebooks on hand but you are encouraged to bring your own device.  To apply for Federal Financial Aid for College, Seniors will use the online application called FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which opens on October 1st every year.  The sooner Seniors apply the more aid they will be eligible to receive. You can access the application at: www.fafsa.gov.

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Fire Prevention Week

Mrs. Heise-10/8/2021

This week, we pay tribute to the firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs who give of themselves every day to keep us safe. Yesterday, firefighters brought one of the fire trucks to St. John’s and visited the preschool students.  The students were so excited to see the firefighters (and the big truck) and learn about fire safety.     

Thank you to the Marshfield Fire Department for their gifts of fire prevention guides and materials for our students.  Fire drills are being conducted in our buildings, each month, and we recommend that you practice drills in your own homes, as well.  Stay safe.

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First Week of School

Mrs. Heise-9/3/2021

We have completed our first week of school!  It has been so much fun seeing our returning students and getting to know our new students and families.  While there were a few tears (mostly from moms and dads), the students have settled in and are already learning so much.  Thank you for allowing us to have them in our school.  The “fuller the buildings”, the more fun we all have!

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Flyers for Athletics

UW-Eau Claire/Columbus Dons Pre-Season Girls Basketball Camp (grades 3-8) HERE

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Flyers from the Community

  • Boy Scouts (grades K-5) HERE

  • Central Wisconsin Outdoor Youth Day (ages 16 and under) HERE
  • Discovery Education Station 
    • Internship Opportunity (ages 13-18) HERE
    • Marshfield Area Aviation, Rocketry, and Spaceflight Club (ages 6-12, interns 13-18, volunteers 19+) HERE
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Agriculture, and Mathematics Program (ages 7-12) HERE
    • Volunteer Opportunities HERE
  • Girl Scouts Fall Flyer HERE
  • Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth — Mental Health Event HERE
  • Marshfield Youth Hockey (ages 4-12) HERE

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Flyers/Info from the Parishes

  • Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary ~ Marshfield Deanery Rosary Rally. Thursday, October 7 in Columbia Park. Join us for the rosary at 5:00PM. Potluck at 5:20PM (bring a dish to pass). Listen to adorer testimonies at 5:40 and reflect on information about Our Lady of Fatima shared by Fr. Daniel Williams beginning at 6:00PM. Inclement weather-meet in the Columbia Room/St. John the Baptist School. Sponsored by St. John Paul II Perpetual Adoration Committee. For more information, see flyer HERE.
  • Marshfield Deanery Perpetual Adoration ~ St. John Paul II Adoration Chapel ~ 2nd Adorer Needs. “Our lives must be woven around the Eucharist...fix your eyes on Him who is the light; bring your hearts close to His Divine Heart; ask Him to grant you the grace of knowing Him, the love of loving Him, the courage to serve Him. Seek Him fervently."~ St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The St. John Paul II Adoration Chapel welcomes you to adore our Lord, the Real Presence in the Eucharist anytime / any day of the week.  It is our goal to have at least 2 adorers in the chapel 24/7.  2nd adorers are needed.  For more information, see flyer HERE.  God Bless You!

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Google Classroom

Mrs. Wieland-9/24/2021

We are so grateful to those parents and guardians that are active in supporting their student's academic progress.   If you are wondering how your student is doing but unsure of where to start, think about signing up as a guardian in Google Classroom.   It is easy to do, just simply contact Mr. Wolf at brandon@columbusdons.org and ask to be added.  You will have the ability to receive daily, weekly or monthly summaries for your student.   You can also track progress in the academic section of the school's app.

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Grades and Homework

Mr. Lambrecht-10/15/2021

 

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8/2021

We are now just over halfway through the first quarter and progress reports were sent out last week. Parents and students may also access grades through the Family Portal in FACTS or through the app. If there are any concerns or questions about a grade, please reach out to your teacher.

Mr. Lambrecht-9/17/2021

We are now finishing up our third week of school.  In talking to the teachers and the students, we seem to be getting off to a good start to the year. At this point in the quarter, most of the teachers have a number of assessments in the grade book.  Now is a great time to start looking at your progress in class and see what adjustments need to be made for you to be successful in class.  I encourage students to reach out to teachers if they have any issues or questions.  

Mr. Lambrecht-9/3/2021

Parents and students can check their grades using the FACTS Family App in the "Academics" icon. You can see a student’s grade and how he/she has done on all graded assignments or see if there are any missing assignments.

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Grandparents Day

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-9/10/2021

Grandparents Day has been changed to February 4, 2022.

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Homecoming

Mr. Lambrecht-9/24/2021

It was nice to see all the school spirit this week with Homecoming.  Thank you to Mrs. Volkman and all the staff and students who helped make homecoming week a special at Columbus Catholic.

Mr. Lambrecht-9/17/2021

Homecoming is the week of September 20-25. Please click HERE for the Homecoming 2021 Flyer and HERE for the Homecoming Fundraising Causes we are supporting The information (dress days, etc.) is posted in the family app in the Homecoming icon.  Contact Mrs. Volkman with any questions about the week.  Contact Mr. Krasselt or Mrs. Fait with any questions about the dance.

Mrs. Heise-9/17/2021

Next week is Homecoming Week. While our students will not be attending the Pep Rally, it doesn’t mean that we can’t cheer from our playgrounds and sidelines. Have a great Homecoming Week and Go SC Rockets! Best of luck as you take on the Nekoosa Papermakers!!! Homecoming information can be found in your family app in the Homecoming icon.

Mr. Lambrecht-9/10/2021

Homecoming is the week of September 20-25. All high school students have been invited to join the homecoming planning committee and many students have been working hard to come up with fun ideas.  The student body has been bombarded with surveys to get their input on many aspects of the week.  Mrs. Volkman will be sending out a separate email to all HS students and their parents/guardians sometime this weekend so that students can start planning their costumes for dress up days and plan their schedules for homecoming week.

Mr. Lambrecht-9/3/2021

Homecoming is the week of September 20-25. All high school students have been invited to join homecoming planning committees. The first meetings are during lunch Friday, September 3. Once the events are all planned by the student committees, the information will be shared with the student body and parents.

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Hope Squad

Mrs. Wieland-9/17-24/2021

This year CCHS and CCMS will begin instituting the Hope Squad program.  You are probably thinking, "What is Hope Squad?"  Started in 2004, Hope Squad is a structured, school-based program that trains students to identify struggling peers and refer them to adults. Members learn skills to create a safe school environment, promote connectedness, support anti-bullying, encourage mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and prevent substance misuse. Hope Squad is in more than 800 schools in 25 states and Canada. It was created because of passionate efforts to educate youth and adults about mental health challenges. In those efforts it identified that there was a gap in the approach to reach youth with these messages.  That gap being students go to students when they are in crisis or emotionally challenged.  To give students the means and education to support one another requires a trained adult to facilitate that training.  Students become Hope Squad members through being nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers.  Those students are invited to become our school's Hope Squad and if they accept the invitation, they are trained by our school's advisors. This program reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. Our goal is to begin this program in October.  Look for more information to come and talk with your student about this program if the opportunity presents itself.

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Inkjet Cartridges

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-10/15/2021

Changing your printer ink? Don't toss those used inkjet cartridges! Did you know they can earn money for our schools? Please send in your used inkjet cartridges with your child. Thank you for your support! More information can be found HERE.

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Lunch

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8/2021

National School Lunch Week is October 11-15.  I would like to take the time to recognize the ladies that provide nutritious lunches for all our students.

Mrs. Heise-10/8/2021

October 11-15 is National School Lunch Week.  We are so blessed to have a wonderful hot lunch staff at both of our elementary buildings.  These ladies provide nutritious meals and always share their smiles with our staff and students. 

Thank you to Karen Dumler, Debbie Hebert, and Kelly Bauer at SJB and to Karen Fischer, Ann Kundinger, and Gina Berger at OLP.  You ladies are the best!  P.S. Thank you, also, to Alice Niehaus, Food Services Director for Columbus.  We are grateful to you for leading the team.

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Microwaves Needed

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8-15/2021

Do you have any nonworking or barely working microwaves you want to get rid of? Contact Tech Ed teacher Lee Hoernke at hoernke.lee@columbusdons.org.  He will be having students take them apart and identify what’s inside.  

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Nut-Free Buildings

Mrs. Heise-9/3/2021

As we have several students in our elementary buildings with allergies to nuts, we are asking that you respect our need to refrain from allowing nuts of any kind to be brought in as snacks.  We understand that peanuts and walnuts, especially, are healthy sources of protein and a good snack, But we also need to be respectful of the health of our classmates and staff.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Note: Students do have snack time.  Please remember that we allow healthy snacks; string cheese, fruit, whole grain crackers, etc.  Cookies and candy are not that, and candy is not something that should be packed for lunch.

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Parent Association

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-10/15/2021

CCS Parent Association is meeting this Sunday (Oct. 17) from 6:00-7:00 pm at Columbus in the media center. Everyone is welcome. We will be doing a little teacher appreciation activity at the meeting. We hope to see lots of parents there! You are welcome to bring your children. They can help with the activity. If you have any questions, please contact Teri Wilczek via text at 715-937-8428 or email at wilczekt@charter.net.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mrs. Heise-10/15/2021

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held, in person, at SJB on October 19 and 21.  A sign-up genius has been sent out so you can select your conference time.  Please note that conference time frames are 10 minutes in length. I ask that you respect the time limits.  If you need more time than is allowed, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a separate time.  We look forward to spending this time with you.

As we are still following COVID protocols for our buildings, please enter the school building at the front door of school for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  You will be directed to your child’s classroom from there.  Should you wish to go to the Book Fair, you may then proceed to the St. Francis Room near the cafeteria in the basement following your conference.  There will be signs to direct you to the Book Fair.

Mrs. Heise-10/8/2021

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held, in person, at SJB on October 19 and 21.  A sign-up genius will be created, so you can select your conference time.  Please note that time frames are 10 minutes in length. I ask that you respect the time limits.  If you need more time than is allowed, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a separate time.  We look forward to spending this time with you.

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Progress Reports

Mrs. Heise-10/1/2021

Progress reports went home with 4K-5th grade students, today.  Please be sure to review these with your child(ren) and return them to the teachers no later than October 6th.  The 1st quarter of the school year ends on October 28, and we want to make certain that the students are heading in the right direction for success. They’ve got this!!!

Mr. Lambrecht-10/1/2021

1st Quarter Progress Reports were emailed on September 30th. This is a great time to look at your progress in each class.  Please reach out to any teachers if you have any questions or concerns with your grade.  Progress reports will also be used to determine academic eligibility.  You may also check your grades on FACTS at any time. 

Mrs. Heise-9/24/2021

Progress reports will go home with 4K-5th grade students on October 1.  Please be sure to read and discuss the reports with your children regarding these first weeks at school and how your children are doing academically, as well as, socially.  Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on October 19 and 21 for 4K-2nd and November 9 and 11 for 3rd-5th.  Sign-up genius notifications will go out closer to the dates of the conferences.

Mr. Lambrecht-9/24/2021

1st Quarter Progress Reports will be emailed on Friday, October 1st. This is a great time to look at your progress in each class.  Please reach out to any teachers if you have any questions or concerns with your grade.  Progress reports will also be used to determine academic eligibility.  You may also check your grades on FACTS at any time using the family app. 

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PSAT

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8/2021

We will be administering the PSAT test next Wednesday, October 13 to all of our 10th and 11th graders who are in school that day. The benefit of taking standardized tests is to give the students practice for when they take the ACT in the spring of junior year so that they can become more comfortable with the format, learn how to pace themselves in a timed test, and try to improve in areas that may need more attention. Their individual scores will not be shared with any colleges and are for their own self-awareness. Each student received the PSAT Student Guide earlier this week, so they will know what to expect next Wednesday.  Each student can read through the content more thoroughly on his/her own time as well as take the practice test.

Mr. Lambrecht-10/1/2021

We will be administering the PSAT test next Wednesday, October 13 to all of our 10th and 11th graders who are in school that day. The benefit of taking standardized tests is to give the students practice for when they take the ACT in the spring of junior year so that they can become more comfortable with the format, learn how to pace themselves in a timed test and try to improve in areas that may need more attention. Their individual scores will not be shared with any colleges and are for their own self-awareness. Each student received the PSAT Student Guide earlier this week so they will know what to expect next Wednesday.  Each student can read through the content more thoroughly on his/her own time as well as take the practice test.

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Rosary

Mrs. Heise-10/8/2021

October is the month of the Rosary.  As a family, take some time to pray the rosary, or for those little ones, a Hail Mary.  As we celebrate the gifts of our Mother, Mary, may we also find ways to be as kind and considerate as She was. May we live our faith lives as one with God. And may the goodness and grace that God gives to us be what we share with others.

There will be a Diocesan Rosary event on Wednesday, October 13 at 9:00 a.m.  Students, teachers, and administrators from across the diocese will gather in their respective locations to pray the rosary in honor of the Miracle of the Dancing Sun and to request Mary’s intercessions for our struggling world.  Being united in prayer is a powerful thing.

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Reading is Important

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

Reading just twenty minutes per day builds empathy for others, creates a strong vocabulary, and positively affects and boosts your mental and physical health. Read with your children. It matters.

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School Masses

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8/2021

Mass for the middle and high schoolers will be on Thursday 10/14 instead of Tuesday 10/12. 

Mrs. Heise-10/8/2021

As our priests will be attending a Clergy Conference on October 12, we welcome the Columbus MS/HS students and staff to join us for our regular Thursday Mass on October 14.  Bringing all of us together to celebrate the Eucharist is always a joyful celebration.  As we gather together in a large group for Mass, students and staff will be required to wear masks. Please send masks with your students that day.

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

Please remember that students may not wear shorts to Mass.  They may change into shorts after Mass.

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School Pictures

Mrs. Heise-10/15/2021

Picture retake day will be on Tuesday 10/19.  Any students who missed the original date will have their pictures taken. If your student had a picture taken, and you ordered a package but did not like the picture, a retake can be done. Please write a description of what you would like to be different AND send the original picture packet to school with your students. The packets must be returned that day in order to have a retake. 

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8-15/2021

Picture retake day will be on Tuesday 10/19.  Any students who missed the original date will have their pictures taken. If your student had a picture taken, and you ordered a package but did not like the picture, a retake can be done. Please write a description of what you would like different AND the original pictures must be returned that day in order to have a retake. 

Mrs. Heise-9/17/2021

It was nice to see so many smiles during our school picture days.  Thank you for having your children dress appropriately while out of uniform…they looked great!  For those who were not at school, picture retake day is October 19 for students at both buildings.

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

Our school picture days will be held on September 14 at SJB and September 16 at OLP.  Paul Tishim will be our photographer as he has been for several years, and we are grateful for his shared talents.  On picture days at our specific buildings, the children do not need to dress in uniform.  However, clothing for pictures must be appropriate to our school dress code. Please be sure to have the picture envelopes and any payment returned to school by picture day. 

Mr. Lambrecht-9/3-10/2021

Picture forms will be sent home on Tuesday, 9/7.  Even if you are not purchasing pictures, please fill out the form and have your child return this to school, as they need their pictures taken for their school ID. 

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Sports Practices and Games

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8/2021

As a reminder, if your child is absent for any part of the day, which includes being ill or staying home to sleep in, they are not allowed to attend sports practices or games that evening. Exceptions to this rule will be made for those with a pre-approved excused absence for an appointment.  

Mr. Lambrecht-10/1/2021

As a reminder, if your child is absent for any part of the day, which includes being ill or staying home to sleep in, they are not allowed to attend sports practices or games that evening. Exceptions to this rule will be made for those with a pre-approved excused absence for an appointment.  

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Student Council — High School

Mr. Lambrecht-9/10/2021

The deadline for candidate forms to run for student council or class office is Monday, September 13 at 3:00 pm.  Turn forms in to Mrs. Volkman.  Elections will take place during homeroom late next week.

Mr. Lambrecht-9/3/2021

High school students have the opportunity to run for student council—information is available from Mrs. Volkman. The deadline for completed paperwork to run for office is Monday, September 13.

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Student Services Available to Families

Mrs. Wieland-9/3-10/2021

Columbus Catholic Schools continues to partner with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW), for services addressing emotional needs and ways to treat issues ranging from trauma to anxiety. Our schools work with their providers to establish a schedule that best meets the needs of our students.  Please know that services are available during the school day, within the school building, and during school hours.  We have a designated space for students to meet confidentiality with a provider and are proud to make this an option for families. To start this process, we instruct interested families to call the Marshfield Office and ask for an "Intake Packet".  (See the contact information below.) Please be sure to mention that your student goes to Columbus so they provide the correct paperwork to you.  

Please reach out to Lori Wieland or CHW with any questions.

  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
  • 725 S. Central Ave.
  • Marshfield, WI 54449
  • (715) 387-2729

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Students Who Are Ill

Mr. Eaton-9/24/2021

Our positive cases have remained very low this week and most students who were previously quarantined are back in school. Masks are still very strongly recommended, however.

Please continue to keep home children with any symptoms and to have children with COVID symptoms tested before returning them to school.

Mrs. Heise-9/24/2021

Week four of the school year is in the books and we have made it through with little disruption.  Yes, we do have some quarantining taking place, but considering that those cases are few, we are grateful.  Please help us to keep everyone healthy as we encourage masking, frequent hand washing, and disinfect our buildings daily. And students must have water bottles as our fountains are bottle fillers.  I would also remind you that children should stay at home if they exhibit symptoms of illness. One day at home is better than missing several days of school.

Mrs. Heise-9/3/2021

Please be certain to read the updates shared by Mr. Eaton with regard to the use of masks at school.  We will remain diligent in working to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.  Remember that students who are ill should remain at home for their own wellness as for that of others in their classes and the school.  Thank you for attention to this.

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Mrs. Wieland-9/3-10/2021

The Mental Health Task Force which is a part of the Marshfield Area Coalition For Youth (MACY) wants you to participate in a month-long event throughout the month of September in addition to a vigil that is taking place on September 10th.  All of this is centered around Suicide Prevention and Awareness in addition to bringing forth what resources there are available.  We were hoping to have your help in spreading the word.  HERE is a flyer with more information.

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Tardiness

Mrs. Heise-10/1/2021

It is the end of week five and we are still struggling with getting students into classes on time.  Please note that classes begin at SJB at 7:40 and at OLP at 7:45. Students MUST be in their classrooms (not walking into the buildings, in the halls, or just arriving) at those times.  If you drop your student off at 7:40 or 7:45 respectively at SJB/OLP, he/she is tardy and you should be signing him/her in at the school office so a pass can be given for class.  Thank you for working with us for the success of our students. Students need to be in their classrooms to learn.

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Tees and Jeans

Mrs. Heise-9/10/2021

Tees and Jeans Day is a day when our students can wear Dons shirts and jeans rather than their required uniform clothing. While we grant this opportunity to do so, we ask that you consider a $1 donation.  This donation will be given to a local charity. Tees and Jeans days will be listed in the calendar. I hope the students enjoy their day of sharing in the spirit of the Dons, while helping others in need.

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Volunteer Opportunities - Student

Mrs. Wieland-9/24/2021

If you have a high school student who is looking for service hours, please tell them to reach out about opportunities in and outside of the school.  Remember that high school students are responsible for attaining 10 service hours per semester in order to qualify for National Honor Society in their junior or senior year.   There are a wide variety of tasks available and we encourage everyone to consider doing some service even if they do not plan to apply for the NHS. Please remember, students are to track their service hours electronically.  That form can be found in the family app in the Family Info icon.  Any student wishing to know what their totals are towards the requirement is able to do so.  Please have them reach out to myself, Mr. Lambrecht, or Mrs. Nielsen. 

Some current service opportunities include:

  • Youth Football and Cheer: They are looking for someone to assist in recording the games and taking stats on a device. See the signup HERE. They are also looking for students to help at a weekday game on October 5th.
  • Chestnut Center For The Arts: They have some upcoming events that require the assistance of volunteers.  They include: Masquerade Fundraising event Sat. Oct.30 (2- or 3-hour time-slots: coat checks, ticket sellers, gallery sitters), Holiday Showcase Sun. Dec. 5 (2- or 3-hour time-slots: greet/hand out programs; raffle room sitters; coffee bar servers; raffle table sellers) 
  • Please reach out if you have any questions about the volunteer needs for the Chestnut Center For The Arts activities and events by contacting, Bridget O'Brien, President Board of Directors at Chestnut Center for the Arts, 715-389-8999 or office@chestnutarts.org
Mrs. Wieland-9/7/2021

If you have a high school student who is looking for service hours, please tell them to reach out about opportunities in and outside of the school.  Remember that high school students are responsible for attaining 10 service hours per semester in order to qualify for the National Honor Society in their junior or senior year.   There are a wide variety of tasks available and we encourage everyone to consider doing some service even if they do not plan to apply for the NHS. Please remember, students are to track their service hours electronically.  That form can be found in the family app in the Family Info icon.  Any student wishing to know what their totals are towards the requirement is able to do so.  Please have them reach out to myself, Mr. Lambrecht, or Mrs. Nielsen. 

Some current service opportunities include:

  • Youth Football and Cheer: Assisting at the Maple Fall Fest breakfast tent as a food runner, cleaner, cook, food assembly, and helper. See the signup HERE.
  • Youth Football and Cheer: They are looking for someone to assist in recording the games and taking stats on a device. See the signup HERE.
  • Chestnut Center For The Arts: They have some upcoming events that require the assistance of volunteers.  They include: Masquerade Fundraising event Sat. Oct.30 (2- or 3-hour time-slots: coat checks, ticket sellers, gallery sitters), Holiday Showcase Sun. Dec. 5 (2- or 3-hour time-slots: greet/hand out programs; raffle room sitters; coffee bar servers; raffle table sellers) 
  • Please let reach out if you have any questions about the volunteer needs for the Chestnut Center For The Arts activities and events by contacting, Bridget O'Brien, President Board of Directors at Chestnut Center for the Arts, 715-389-8999 or office@chestnutarts.org
Mrs. Wieland-9/3-10/2021

If you have a high school student who is looking for service hours, please tell them to reach out about opportunities in and outside the school.  Remember that high school students are responsible for attaining 10 service hours per semester in order to qualify for the National Honor Society in their junior or senior year.   There are a wide variety of tasks available, and we encourage everyone to consider doing some service even if they do not plan to apply for the NHS. Please remember, students are to track their service hours electronically.  That form can be accessed in their FACTS Family App in the "Family Info" icon.  Any student wishing to know what their totals are towards the requirement is able to do so in the app.  Please reach out to Mrs. Nielsen if you have any questions about service hours that have already been entered. Or reach out to Mr. Lambrecht or Mrs. Wieland if you have questions about service hours requirements. Some current service opportunities include:

  • Maple Fall Fest Breakfast: Areas to volunteer are as a food runner, cleaner, cook, food assembly, and helper.
  • Youth Football and Cheer: They are looking for someone to assist in recording the games and taking stats on a device
  • Chestnut Center For The Arts: They have some upcoming events that require the assistance of volunteers.  They include:
    • Hallway painting project Aug. 30-Sept. 6
    • Masquerade Fundraising event Sat. Oct. 30 (2- or 3-hour time-slots: coat checks, ticket sellers, gallery sitters)
    • Holiday Showcase Sun. Dec. 5 (2- or 3-hour time-slots: greet/hand out programs; raffle room sitters; coffee bar servers; raffle table sellers) 
    • Please reach out if you have any questions about the volunteer needs for these activities and events by contacting, Bridget O'Brien, President Board of Directors at Chestnut Center for the Arts, 715-389-8999 or office@chestnutarts.org

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Water Bottles

Mrs. Heise-10/8/2021

Please remind your children to bring water bottles to school as our fountains are bottle-fillers.  We will not continue to provide cups for water as the cups tend to get spilled and water does create a mess on books and school work.

Mrs. Heise-10/1/2021

Our school fountains are bottle-filling stations.  Students must have water bottles at school. We encourage hydration for brains and bodies and certainly provide times to fill the water bottles. 

Mr. Lambrecht-9/24/2021

Please have your child bring a water bottle to school instead of using the drinking fountains.

Mr. Lambrecht-9/17/2017

Please have your child bring a water bottle to school instead of using the drinking fountains.

Mrs. Heise-9/3/2021

The water bottle filling stations are a hit-especially when the students finish with physical education or come in from recess. And being hydrated helps our brains work better, so we want our students to drink a lot of water. Please be sure to send water bottles with your children, regardless of age, so they can be filled.  Thank you.

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Weekly Updates

Mrs. Heise-9/3/2021

For those new to Columbus or for those who forgot, I will be writing a weekly update which Mrs. Nielsen will send out via FACTS. It will also be available in the Family App and on our website. It will be very easy to navigate as she includes a “click here” note for you to use. The purpose of the update is to keep you informed of what is taking place in our classrooms, appraise you of special events (like our weekly Masses), and recognize the efforts of our students and staff.  I know that life is busy for parents, but it is important to check out what is taking place.  We don’t want you to miss any of the excitement happening at Columbus Catholic Schools.

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Welcome

Mr. Lambrecht-9/10/2021

Even after over 20 years in education I still get excited with anticipation for the first week of school.  This year is no exception.  I really enjoyed walking through the halls and visiting classrooms to see the teachers and students busy in class.  It was great to welcome new students and teachers into the building along with our returning teachers and students. I would like to thank all of you who made all the new additions to our community feel welcome. 

Mrs. Heise-9/3/2021

We are not only fortunate to have a large number of new students in our school, but we also have new teachers and staff members.  Welcome to: Caryn Degneau-Morning Preschool Teacher, Shelley Zank-1st Grade Teacher, Kristine Johanek-Music Teacher, Megan Haslowe (Bauer) and Jayme Blomberg-4K Assistants, Pam Alt-5K and Pam Ziegahn-5K Assistants, Terri Bauer-OLP Librarian and Computer Teacher, Jen Mueller-SJB Librarian and Computer Teacher, and Kelly Bauer and Debbie Hebert-SJB Hot Lunch Assistants and Gina Berger-OLP Hot Lunch Assistant. Amy Clifford will be teaching 2nd Grade at SJB and Christy Kitzhaber will be the ERC Interventionist Teacher at SJB. We have restructured our Preschool program and the teachers for 3-Year Old Preschool are Carrie Apfelbeck and Alyssia Burt.  The teachers for the 4-Year Old Preschool are Katie Howlett and Erinn Manteufel.  I also want to welcome Stephanie Johnson (an alumnus of Columbus) as she will be the long-term substitute for Becca Herman.

Mr. Lambrecht-9-3-2021

It is great to welcome all the new students and all of our returning students for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.  It is great to see all the students in the building settling back into their routines.  I hope it is a great school year for all our students.  If there are any questions or concerns, please reach out to any teachers or me.

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Wisconsin Education Fair

Mr. Lambrecht-9/24/2021

Juniors will be going to the Wisconsin Education Fair on September 28th at Mid-State Technical College.  Students will visit with over 100 representatives from Universities and Technical Schools from around the Midwest.  This is a great opportunity for our students to look at some of their post-secondary options.  

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Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WCPC)

Mr. Eaton-9/24/-10/1/2021

Please join me and Terry Brown from the Wisconsin Federation for Children on Monday, October 4th, at 6:30 in the Columbus cafeteria. We’ll be discussing efforts to increase the income limits for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) to 300% of the federal poverty guidelines. That is the level the Milwaukee and Racine parental choice programs have by statute. There has been an ongoing effort for the past several years to have the WPCP limits match the limit of those other programs. The practical impact would be to raise the qualifying income for a family of four by over $20,000.

Each year, families who are here at CCS miss out on vouchers due to the lower income limits outside of Milwaukee and Racine. Even if you are not a voucher family, or likely to be a voucher family, please come to learn what you can do to help make this change.

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Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Mr. Lambrecht-10/15/2021

Columbus Catholic 6-12th grade students will be taking the Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (WRBS) next week. The YRBS is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise. Please contact Mr. Lambrecht if you have any questions. 

Mrs. Weiland-10/15/2021

Just a reminder that our school is taking part in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction. The survey will ask about health behaviors that keep young people healthy, as well as behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries, tobacco use, and alcohol and other drug use. It will also ask about bullying, sexual risk behaviors (mostly for high school students), online risk behaviors, stress and anxiety, self-harm, dietary behavior and physical activity. It also focuses on positive things like strong connections to the school and to other people.

Students will be asked to fill out an anonymous, online questionnaire that takes about 25-35 minutes to complete. They will take the survey during regular class time.

Completing this anonymous survey will cause little or no risk to your child. The only potential risk is that some students might find certain questions to be sensitive. The survey has been designed to protect your child’s privacy. Students will not put their names on the survey and it does not ask for student IDs or any other individual identifiers. The classroom setting will be set up like a test so that students’ answers remain private.  The school will only not have access to individual students’ answers and no class or student will ever be mentioned by name in a report of the results. Your child will get no benefit right away from taking part in the survey. However, the results of this survey do help students by providing schools and the community with information that is used to improve health and safety programs. We would like all selected students to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary. No action will be taken against you, or your child, if your child does not take part. Students can skip any question that they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop participating in the survey at any point without penalty. If you have questions about the survey, you may ask your child’s teacher or school counselor.  If they cannot answer your questions, they can direct you to the proper person at the Department of Public Instruction. 

If you do not want your child to take part in the survey, please email Mrs. Wieland. 

Mrs. Wieland-10/8/2021

Our school is taking part in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction. The survey will ask about health behaviors that keep young people healthy, as well as behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries, tobacco use, and alcohol and other drug use. It will also ask about bullying, sexual risk behaviors (mostly for high school students), online risk behaviors, stress and anxiety, self-harm, dietary behavior, and physical activity. It also focuses on positive things like strong connections to the school and to other people.

Students will be asked to fill out an anonymous, online questionnaire that takes about 25-35 minutes to complete. They will take the survey during regular class time.

Completing this anonymous survey will cause little or no risk to your child. The only potential risk is that some students might find certain questions to be sensitive. The survey has been designed to protect your child’s privacy. Students will not put their names on the survey and it does not ask for student IDs or any other individual identifiers. The classroom setting will be set up like a test so that students’ answers remain private.  The school will only not have access to individual students’ answers and no class or student will ever be mentioned by name in a report of the results. Your child will get no benefit right away from taking part in the survey. However, the results of this survey do help students by providing schools and the community with information that is used to improve health and safety programs. We would like all selected students to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary. No action will be taken against you, or your child, if your child does not take part. Students can skip any question that they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop participating in the survey at any point without penalty. If you have questions about the survey, you may ask your child’s teacher or school counselor.  If they cannot answer your questions, they can direct you to the proper person at the Department of Public Instruction.

If you do not want your child to take part in the survey, please email Mrs. Wieland. 

Mrs. Wieland-9/24/2021

Every two years the Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is administered to students in Wisconsin through the efforts of the Department of Public Instruction.  It is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.  Here in Marshfield, we administer the survey to provide an accurate picture for all youth in our city and surrounding area.  A number of grants are written and funded because of this data.  More importantly, strategic initiatives are developed for the health and wellbeing of our students.  While we have never been more interested in data on student wellbeing, the recent events of our state, nation and world lead to the YRBS not being administered last year and is being conducted this year.  CCHS and CCMS are planning to have students in grades 6-12 take the survey on October 13th.

Mrs. Wieland-9/10/2021

Every two years the Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is administered to students in Wisconsin through the efforts of the Department of Public Instruction.  It is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.  Here in Marshfield, we administer the survey to provide an accurate picture for all youth in our city and surrounding area.  A number of grants are written and funded because of this data.  More importantly, strategic initiatives are developed for the health and wellbeing of our students.  While we have never been more interested in data on student wellbeing, the recent events of our state, nation and world lead to the YRBS not being administered last year and is being conducted this year.  CCHS and CCMS are planning to have students in grades 6-12 take the survey before the month of December. We will continue to provide more information on when this survey will be administered and these details develop. 

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