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3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-4/22-29/2022

We are excited to announce that last year's 3 on 3 basketball tournament was a huge success and is back by popular demand.  We hope this year is bigger and better.  Please register your 3rd-8th grade team HERE and share with your contacts!

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Absence Notification

Mr. Lambrecht-2/25-3/10/2022

Family vacations and other extended absences should be planned within the Columbus Catholic scheduled vacation days. If vacations/absences are planned outside the scheduled vacation days, prior notification and an agreed-upon contract for making up the missed work are required.

Follow Absence Procedures as listed above at least one week in advance so a

  • “Homework Contract” can be issued.
  • Failure to follow the one-week guideline for known future absences may result in no credit being received for work or examinations missed.
  • Student gets “Future Absence” slip signed by all teachers
  • Advance homework is at the discretion of each teacher
  • Check Family Portal and/or Google Classroom for homework
Mrs. Heise-1/14/2022

It is extremely important that your first contact for student absence be either Mrs. Vine (at OLP) or Mrs. Voight (at SJB).  When you email the teachers instead of the secretaries, the teachers then need to let the secretaries know.  If the teachers do not have time in the morning (as they are preparing for the day and/or have duties) or they are absent and a substitute teacher is in the room, we may not know about a child's absence until after the start of the school day.

The same applies when notifying us about appointments that arise or changes in schedules.

You can find online absence notification forms in your app (Absence Forms icon) or on our website at this link https://www.columbuscatholicschools.org/parent-resources/absence-forms.cfm.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/19/2021 & 12/3-22/2021 &1/7/2022

Friendly reminder to please submit appointment and illness absences prior to 7:30 am of the day of the absence. Forms can be submitted days in advance. This will eliminate extra interruptions to classes.

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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Accreditation

Mrs. Heise-3/4/2022

Accountability for schools and school systems comes in many forms; one of which is an accreditation process.  Columbus Catholic Schools went through this intense process in 2017 and annually completes the re-evaluation of our programs, facilities, and finances. 

Next week, Mr. Lambrecht and I will be spending time at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, in Stratford as members of a site visit team that will verify Sr. Joseph’s efforts and what they have found to be great and what needs to be improved. Please keep St. Joseph’s and all Catholic schools in your prayers as they continue to provide outstanding educations to their students.

ACT Test

Mr. Lambrecht-3/4/2022

Next Tuesday, March 8th all of the juniors will take the ACT.  Juniors are allowed to have a dress-down day. Testing will take place in the Media Center beginning around 8 a.m. There will be a short break time after the 2nd test where students can have a snack if they choose to bring something with them.  There is no food allowed in the testing room.  If you have any questions you can contact Mr. Brown. 

Mr. Lambrecht-2/25/2022

Wed. Mar. 2: Science with Mrs. Wieland, Ms. Storch, & Mr. Coombs in the biology lab from 2:50-3:30 p.m. Juniors will take the ACT on March 8th.

Mr. Lambrecht-2/18/2022

ACT Prep Sessions

  • Tues. Feb. 22: Math with Mr. Coombs & Mrs. Fleischmann in room 28 from 2:50-3:30 p.m.
  • Thurs. Feb. 24: Math with Mr. Coombs & Mrs. Fleischmann in room 28 from 2:50-3:30 p.m.
  • Wed. Mar. 2: Science with Mrs. Wieland, Ms. Storch, & Mr. Coombs in the biology lab from 2:50-3:30 p.m.

Students should do the prep test for that subject before coming to the session.

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Administrative Professionals Day

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-4/29/2022

Our schools would not be what they are without the dedication and talents of the Administrative Assistants in our buildings.  As we celebrated this special day for them, we are so grateful for the roles of Mrs. Alexis Vine at OLP, Mrs. Jenny Voight at SJB, Mrs. Bernick and Mrs. Casperson at COL, and Mrs. Potts in Athletics as they assist our staff, take care of our students, and do everything in between.  God’s blessings to these ladies for their gifts.

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Adopt-A-Grade

Mrs. Heise-12/22/2021

The students received candy cane treats from their Adopt-a-Grade buddies. Thank you to the high school students for bringing smiles to the faces of the elementary students.  This is a wonderful program and I know all of the elementary students are excited to receive things from their buddies.  I’m sure the same goes for the older students, as well.

Mrs. Heise-11/11/2021

Thank you to the Columbus High School homeroom teachers and students for another year of participation in the “Adopt a Grade” program. It is so much fun for the elementary students to have that connection with the “big kids” and be excited to be a Columbus Don. 

Thanks to the high school teachers and students for their gifts of coupons for the students to use at the Kiddie Games during Alpine, this weekend.  I know the elementary students are excited to give the games a try and this is their chance!

See you at Alpine!  P.S. I’ll be at the Snowflake Café on Saturday. Stop in for fresh cheese curds…yum!

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Advent

Mrs. Heise-12/22/2021

Students from OLP and Columbus MS/HS celebrated their last Advent Mass together, on Wednesday.  As Father Robertson blessed the Bambinellis from the families, students sat with their siblings during Mass.  

Thank you to the Columbus staff and students for leading the Mass and to Father Robertson for sharing God’s word with us, as well as, this tradition of Blessing of the Bambinellis started by Saint Pope John Paul II. 

Our Advent service project was a tremendous success.  Thank you to all those who brought in items for KATS (Keep Area Teens Safe), the homeless shelter in Wausau for teenagers.  Your gifts of warm wear, paper products and cleaning items will be much appreciated.  Kindness to others is what life is all about.

The weeks of Advent have gone by quickly and now we have lit the last candle on our Advent wreaths. 

The celebration of the birth of our Lord is only days away and then, we will light the Christmas candle.  Prayers to you and your families that even during another difficult year, the peace of Christ will fill your homes with hope, love, and joy this Christmas time and into the new year.

Mrs. Heise-12/14/2021

Today, students at SJB had two wonderful Advent celebrations; the Blessing of the Bambinellis and a Christmas Caroling special by our Columbus High School Choir.  Thank you to Father Weighner for sharing this beloved tradition started by St. Pope John Paul II.  And we loved hearing the beautiful voices of the choir directed by Mrs. Brunson.  There has been much “joy” celebrated this week of Advent.

As we spend our last few days together before Christmas vacation, it will be with much excitement.  Not only because the students (and staff) will have time with families and friends, but because the best gift of all will be waiting for us on Christmas day.  The star still shines, the miracle still happens.

Mrs. Heise-12/10/2021

Thank you for your support of our Advent service project, collecting items for KATS, the Teen Homeless Shelter, in Wausau.  Life is a very different kind of difficult when you do not have a home, food or warm clothing. Your donations will make a difference in the lives of these young people.  Remember that prayers matter, too.

Students celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday. As we continue through the season of Advent, there is much we are looking forward to. It is not just the excitement that comes with thinking about Christmas and receiving presents, but it is the anticipation that the best gift of all is about to be present in each of us.  Advent…a season of hope and anticipation.

Mrs. Heise-12/3/2021

The season of Advent began on Sunday. With this season comes opportunities for our elementary students to find additional ways to reach out to those in need. This year, our students will be working to provide support and assistance to KATS, Keep Area Teens Safe, which is a teen homeless shelter, in Wausau.  Letters regarding our Advent projects were sent home with students on Monday and the items we are collecting were listed.  We are grateful for the cleaning items and paper products that came in this week. Please continue to support this worthy cause.  Next week: warm clothing (hats, scarves, and mittens or gloves). Thank you in advance.

As we journey through Advent, we focus on the four candles that stand in our wreaths, waiting to shine their light.  That light of hope, peace, joy, and love speaks volumes as to how we should work toward a better future, how we should pray for God’s grace, how we should celebrate the gifts of the Father, and certainly how we should love one another.  During these days of Advent, let us walk side by side, lighting the way for everyone to that child of God.

Mrs. Heise-11/19/2021

The season of Advent begins on November 28.  When we return to school, there are many things the students and teachers will be working on, including our Advent Service Projects. The Advent Committees have come up with great ideas for us to show how we live our faith, take part in almsgiving, and share the spirit of Christmas with others.  Watch for more information to come home with the students on Monday, November 29.

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After School Care

Mrs. Heise-2/4/2022

Last week I had a note in the updates regarding information about aftercare at St. John’s.  We have been monitoring the number of students in the program and while excited that we have so many join us, we are at capacity on some days. 

For those who call in, we may need to say, “We are sorry, but we do not have room today.”  Please know that we are not being disrespectful, but for staffing and space reasons, we have to make certain that we have the safety and best interests of the students at heart.

Mrs. Heise-1/28/2022

We love the fact that we can provide an extended care program for our elementary students. Sometimes, however, we have to make some adjustments in programming. Next week an email will be sent out to all families who have their children enrolled in the St. John’s Extended Care program.  Please be sure to read it as it may affect attendance.  Thank you in advance!

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All Saints Day

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

More important than Halloween, is the celebration of the Feast of All-Saints which takes place on November 1.  The tribute to the Saints reminds us that we are to love God and others by living our lives as Jesus and the saints lived theirs.  Columbus students 5K-12 will celebrate Mass on Monday, November 1.  OLP will join with Columbus at 8:00 a.m. and St. John students will attend Mass at 10:00 a.m. Please note the date and times. Elementary students will not attend Mass on Wednesday and Thursday next week.  Note: Due to the number of staff and students at the All-Saints Day Mass, masks are strongly recommended.

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Alpine Holiday

Mrs. Heise-11/19/2021

Thank you for your support of and donations towards our Columbus Alpine event.  The staff and students were excited to see that their hard work with projects paid off through your bids.  Thank you to them for their shared talents and to you for your purchases.  Enjoy what you have won!

P.S. A special thank you to Sara Collins for her assistance to the teachers with their projects.

Mrs. Heise-11/5/2021

The staff and students have been working hard to create their Silent Auction projects for the upcoming “Alpine Holiday”.  The artistic gifts of the children (and their teachers) certainly shine through in their creations.  Be sure to mark November 12-13 on your calendars for this amazing extravaganza as you won’t want to miss your chance to bid on these and many other great items.

And be sure to purchase your Calendar Raffle tickets for chances to win a grand prize of $10,000 and 23 days of raffle drawings.  Tickets are only $20!

Mrs. Mauritz-10/21/2021

Guess what day it is?? It’s Thursday and that means it's time for my weekly “All About Alpine” updates!!  This week’s edition does have a lot of information so please read it over carefully. 

Wanted: Volunteers

As I have stressed in the past, Alpine Holiday relies on the vast amount of volunteers to make this event successful. I’ve included a brief description of each area and the link to sign up. Feel free to sign up in any and every area that interests you!

Beer Garden: Serve beer in the gymnasium. Bartenders need only to take tickets and smile!  If this sounds like a good fit, sign up HERE

Entertainment: When you click on this LINK, you will see a number area miscellaneous areas including:  

  • Cover Charge Collectors: Collect cover charge money at the doors and give wristbands for the headliner band on Friday night. 
  • Lip Sync:  Help kids groups backstage and onstage for their performance. 
  • Charlie Berens: Help us get ready for Charlie's show!!  So many different ways to help pull this off.  Each area has a small description to help you decide.

Fish Fry:  Light kitchen and dining room work, serving food and dish washing. I have been the Committee Chair for Fish Fry for the past 12 years and was sad that I had to give it up this year. If you want to see what the hype is all about click HERE

Kiddie Games: Tend to one of a variety of games. Collect tickets, explain simple games to children, watch them play, give them tickets for the prize table. If you love loud and crazy sign up HERE

Main Office & Raffle Ticket:  Answer questions, make change and monitor the volunteer check in/out, and assist the raffle ticket table.  Sound like fun, click HERE

Pulled Pork Dinner: NEW this year!  Cody Casperson and Josh Mauritz will be firing up their smokers and smoking some pork shoulders for this amazing pulled pork dinner this year!  Help is needed in the kitchen and dining room, serving food and dishwashing is needed. Be a part of this fun new event HERE

Set Up and Clean Up: This area entails assisting in creating the Alpine Holiday experience with decorating and basic area prep for set up.  Clean up involves proper boxing of decor and hauling to the storage area.  If you would like to help click HERE

Silent Auction: There are several areas to help with Silent Auction. You can assist with the setup of the Silent Auction display, sell tickets for the kids raffle table and assist with the closing of the Silent Auction tables. Find the sign up HERE

Snowflake Cafe: This is similar to a concession stand where you make food and/or serve food, take orders, dishwashing and just general help.  The kitchen is always a fun place to work. See what's available to work HERE

Lip Sync Competition

Are you still thinking about forming a lip sync group but missed the deadline? Now is your time to sign up because the deadline has been extended to Thursday, October 28th!!   Parents please don’t feel like your child’s lip sync needs to be super long and detailed. Sometimes the short and fun ones are just as exciting!  

The Lip Sync committee has offered some new incentives to get more groups to participate:

Any Middle School or High School student who participates will earn 3 extra dress down days!!  

Any grade school student who participates will be entered into a drawing to win a prize basket!!  

 I’ve attached the lip sync form so you can get your groups signed up!

Facebook

Angie has been busy working on creating event pages for our Facebook page.  As long as you Like the Columbus Catholic Schools Facebook page you will be able to see all of our updates about Alpine Holiday.  Please share these events with your family and friends!  Let’s make Alpine Holiday GREAT this year! 

Raffle Tickets

As of today we have sold 938 calendars! This first week of sales has been amazing! Thank you to everyone who has been selling them!  We are still very short of selling our goal of 3,000 tickets.  If you haven’t ordered any tickets yet and still need some please fill out the attached form and we will get them to you.  Don’t forget about the crisp $100 bill you can win just for being the top seller.  As of today the top seller has sold 60 calendars.  There are few families who are close behind.  Let me know if you need more tickets to sell!

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-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. 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. 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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App

Mr. Lambrecht-11/11-11/19/2021

You can find the app for Apple or Android at: https://a3a.me/columbuscatholicschools or scan this QR code below. Once you go to the link, click on the orange Apple or Android icon, create a profile, and you are ready to go! You will be required to sign in to your account as if you are signing in to Family Portal. Our district code is MACS-WI.

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Annual Appeal

Mrs. Heise& Mr. Lambrecht-3/4/2022

This past week we officially reached our goal of $85,000 for our 2021-2022 Annual Appeal!  We'd like to thank everyone who made a donation and helped contribute to our success!  However, donations are always needed, so we will continue to accept donations.  Please know that all support (financial and non-financial) is greatly appreciated!

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Ashley Strong

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-12/10/2021

In honor of Ashley Herman’s “My Cause, My Cleats” competition win, Friday, December 17 is a #AshleyStrong t-shirt and jeans day. Be sure to watch Sunday night’s game (12/12) to see Aaron Jones wearing cleats designed by Ashley. 

Perhaps some of you have seen the newest Green Bay Packers’ “My Cause, My Cleats” video. This year’s video focuses on Ashley Herman, her journey, and her entry in the competition to design cleats for Packer Running Back, Aaron Jones.  Ashley won the competition and this weekend, Aaron Jones will be wearing a pair of Ashley-designed cleats during the Packer vs. Vikings game. 

We are so proud of Ashley, her family, and their continued fight against cancer.  Be sure to click on these links, watch the videos, and cheer on Ashley (she and her family will be guests at the game) and the Packers.  Go Ashley!!!

https://www.packers.com/video/ashleystrong-part-1-my-cause-my-cleats

https://www.packers.com/video/ashleystrong-part-2-the-reveal

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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Athletics

Mrs. Heise-3/25/2022

Columbus Catholic has athletes in all arenas of sports, and we are proud of their efforts and their successes.  Best of luck this weekend to those participating at state levels in wrestling, 5th grade boys’ basketball, martial arts, and all other sports.  Best of luck and safe travels to the Columbus high school softball team as they take on teams in Florida.  No snow, there!

Mrs. Heise-12/3/2021

Go Dons! This is the chance for students in grades 5K-3rd to be involved in our youth basketball program.  Earlier this fall, Coach Konieczny sent an email to parents inviting the kids to be a part of this great program.  If you have not had a chance to complete and return the registration form, you can also register online HERE. This link can also be found in the app in the Athletics icon. Be sure to get the form in soon!  The program takes place on several Saturdays in December and January.

Mr. Lambrecht-10/22/2021

SC Football will be competing tonight against St. Croix Falls in level 1 playoffs in Spencer.  Cross Country, Soccer, and Volleyball will all be competing this Saturday in their respective Tournament Series.  Cross Country will be competing in their Sectional Meet at Weyauwega-Fremont at 12:00pm.  Soccer will host Aquinas at 1:00 pm at Griese Field.  The Volleyball team will host Pacelli at 7:00 pm at Columbus. Good luck to all our teams and athletes as they go into the playoffs. 

Athletic Eligibility

Mr. Lambrecht-11/15/2021

Just a reminder that any students that earn a failing grade for the quarter will not be eligible to compete in athletic competition according to our Guidelines for Participation.  Below is the part of the guidelines relating to quarter grades.  The complete policy may be found in the Athletic Handbook which can be found on our website.  

Academic Eligibility at the end of the quarter/semester

  • Students receiving one (1) F on their Quarter Report will be ineligible for five (5) school days.
  • Students receiving two (2) F’s will be ineligible for 15 school days.
  • Students receiving three (3) or more F’s will be ineligible to participate in athletics for the entire quarter.

Reestablishing Eligibility

  • Students will have the time they are Academically Ineligible to improve grade(s) in order to regain eligibility.
  • If the academic standard is met during the respective period, assessed on Tuesdays, a student will be considered eligible on the following school day.
  • Academic progress will be reviewed for the remainder of the quarter in order to verify that the minimum academic standards are maintained.
Mr. Lambrecht-10/15-22/2021

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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Band

Mr. Lambrecht-4/14/2022

  • Thursday 4/21, Large Group Band Festival in Edgar
  • Saturday 4/23, UW Eau Claire Jazz Fest
  • Sunday 4/24 at 3:30, Choir Concert 
  • Sunday 4/24 at 6:00, Band Concert 

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Book Fair

Mrs. Heise-12/17/2021

The results of the OLP Scholastic Book Fair are in and we are pleased to announce that the book fair raised $3875!  Mrs. Bauer will be able to purchase $1800 worth of books for the OLP library! Amazing and we thank you for your purchases and support of the library.  New books are great for our kids!

Mrs. Heise-12/10/2021

Thank you to all who shopped at, shopped online, and supported our OLP Scholastic Book Fair.

Books make great gifts and the joy a child gets from reading or being read to is something beyond measure.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to read to your children, regardless of whether they are two or ten.  Reading is a gift of a lifetime!

You can still order books online until December 19 by following this link. However, the company cannot guarantee delivery prior to Christmas.

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ourladypeace

Mrs. Heise-12/3/2021

We are excited to invite you to the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair!  The book fair will take place during the week of December 6-10, 2021 with a special Family Night on December 6 from 2:45-7:00 p.m. This will be a wonderful opportunity to build those home libraries, as well as, add books to the OLP library used by all of the OLP students.

As you do your Christmas shopping, remember that the Book Fair will have loads of books to select from.  There is a cash-free payment option called eWallet, which is a digital account your child can use for shopping at the fair.  If you can’t make it to the fair, then you can shop online at the Virtual Book Fair. 

To learn more, please visit our Book Fair homepage and get started with eWallet and online shopping:  https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ourladypeace. Thank you in advance and thank you to our OLP Librarian, Mrs. Terri Bauer for organizing the event.  Be sure to stay tuned!

Mrs. Heise-11/19/2021

We are excited to invite you to the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair!  The book fair will take place during the week of December 6-10, 2021 with a special Family Night on December 6.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to build those home libraries, as well as, add books to the OLP library used by all the OLP students.

As you may be heading out to start Christmas shopping during the Thanksgiving break, remember that the Book Fair will have loads of books to select from.  There is a cash-free payment option called eWallet, which is a digital account your child can use for shopping at the fair.  If you can’t make it to the fair, then you can shop online at the Virtual Book Fair. 

To learn more, please visit our Book Fair homepage and get started with eWallet and online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ourladypeace. Thank you in advance and thank you to our OLP Librarian, Mrs. Terri Bauer for organizing the event.  Be sure to stay tuned!

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

Thanks to our SJB Librarian, Mrs. Jen Mueller, and your generous support, we had the best book fair ever!!!  The total dollar amount for books sold was $5377.32!!!  Way to go, now read away!

Mrs. Heise-10/22/2021

Thank you to all of the families that shopped at the book fair on Tuesday evening! It was a joy to see so many smiling faces and excitement over new books.  Our teachers were blessed by your donations to their class libraries and so far, we've sold over $4000 in books and merchandise. That means we have more than $1700 for new books in our St. John's library. I am humbled by your kindness. 

Did you miss parent night? Need to find some holiday gifts? Our virtual fair option is available until October 31! You can shop using our link here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stjohnsprimaryschool.  Every purchase supports our school library. Thank you for your consideration and for sharing the gift of books with our young students. 

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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Brackets for Babies

Mr. Lambrecht-3/10/2022

"Brackets for Babies" is back! Mr. Hart, in conjunction with the High School Pro-Life Club, is organizing the "Brackets for Babies" fundraiser where students and staff have the opportunity to compete in a bracket challenge for the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament.  The funds raised this year will be added to our "Feed My Starving Children" collection.  All Middle and High School students will receive an email on Monday, March 14th with instructions on how to join.  All participants will get a dress-down day with college apparel on Wednesday, March 16th.  The cost to participate is $3 and will be collected in homeroom on Wednesday.  Brackets can be filled out anytime after you register but need to be finalized by the time games start on Thursday morning.  The top 3 finishers will receive medals, and the top 10 will get an extra dress-down day with college apparel after the tournament.  Questions about filling out the brackets and registering for the contest can be directed at Ms. Schmelzer or Mr. Hart.

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Calendar

Mr. Eaton-2/18/2022

Please find our 2022-23 calendar HERE.

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Camp HOPE

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-4/8/2022

Camp HOPE will be held May 14-15 and registration is currently open until April 15th.  Camp HOPE is a free weekend bereavement camp for grieving children.  We welcome kids from all over the United States, ages 5-18.  Adult family members of our youth campers are also welcome to attend Camp HOPE if they wish and will participate in a separate peer-to-peer program located on the Lion's Campgrounds.  

At Camp HOPE, kids will build connections with other kids their age who are processing similar losses and emotions.  They are invited to participate in all the same summer camp activities, such as boating, fishing, hiking, ropes courses and wall climbs, music, campfires, and arts and crafts- but we also make lots of time for sharing stories about our loved ones, journaling, mindfulness yoga, building memory crafts and participating in a special candlelight memorial.

Campers arrive at the Wisconsin Lion's Camp located in Rosholt, WI on Saturday morning at 9:00 am.  Our closing ceremony occurs at 2:30p m on Sunday.  For more information, please click below.

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Catholic Schools Week

Mrs. Heise-2/4/2022

What a great week we had!  The staff and students are tired, but spending time playing games, participating in “Olympic” events, and starting our gift bags for residents of nursing homes, “Soup or Socks”, and First Communicants made for great interactions and a nice change of pace.

And the students loved not having homework.

Of course, the best parts of the week were being able to spend time in prayer while OLP students and teachers attended Mass with Bishop Callahan, our parish priests, and the Columbus students and staff, on Tuesday.  And on Wednesday, SJB students and teachers celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  Thank you to everyone who worked to make these celebrations so special. What a wonderful way to share our faith lives with one another.

Mr. Lambrecht-2/4/2022

Our middle and high school students enjoyed an event-filled Catholic Schools week. I would like to thank all those who helped make this week a success, especially Mrs. Volkman and Ms. Schmelzer for all their hard work in planning activities for our students.  I would like to also thank the Parent Association for the treats for our staff and students this week.  

Mrs. Heise-1/28/2022

We are so excited to celebrate our staff and students during Catholic Schools Week!  We love spending time together, sharing in the Eucharist, working on projects, and just having fun. And of course, there is a bonus for the week…no homework for elementary students!!!

Catholic Schools Week packets were sent home with every student on January 20.  You can also find them in the app in the Catholic Schools Week icon. Please be sure to check out the activities for the week as your children will want to be prepared for every day.  Students will not be required to wear their uniforms next week. However, the dress code for each day, though different, must be appropriate for school

There are permission forms in the packets that must be returned no later than Wednesday, February 2nd.  We know the students are excited to be able to participate in these activities so be sure to get those forms back on time. Thank you to those who have already done so.  Please note that these events are a celebration for students and staff.  While we appreciate your offers to join us, we must politely say, “no thank you”.

Columbus Catholic students participate in a variety of service projects throughout the school year.  Not only is service part of our school mission and that of the Catholic Schools Week theme, it is an important component in who we are as Columbus Dons and as people of God.

This year, our CSW service project will continue through Valentine’s Day as elementary students and staff create gift bags for three different groups of people.  Residents of a local nursing home, First Communicants from both our school and Religious Ed programs, and “Soup or Socks” will receive these gift bags filled with items sure to bring smiles to their faces.

Mr. Lambrecht-1/21/2022

Every year Catholics Schools all over the nation set aside the last week of January to celebrate all the great things happening in our Catholic Schools. Each day will have a dress-up theme, and we will have activities throughout the week.  You can find the details here: MS and HS. We are also looking forward to having Mass with Bishop Callahan on Tuesday Afternoon. 

Mrs. Heise-1/21/2022

While this is the National Catholic Education Association theme for our upcoming Catholic Schools Week, we thought we would add a little twist.  Please help us celebrate, “Jesus’ Disciples Go to the Olympics”!  Our students are learning to be great disciples, and we are proud of them.

Teachers and staff are busy planning for Catholic Schools Week activities. We can’t wait for some of these activities to be underway. CSW packets went home with students, today. You can find them here: SJB and OLP. Plan to attend Mass with your families, check out the many fun happenings, and get ready to help your children show that Don spirit.   Be sure to complete the permission forms and get them back to school early next week, so we can finalize our plans. 

Note: The times for Our Lady of Peace Sunday Masses are 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.  This was inadvertently listed incorrectly.

Mrs. Heise-1/14/2022

CSW is only two weeks away and the Columbus staff is working hard to create plans to celebrate our students. Sadly, “Grandparents'/Grandfriends' Day” will be virtual, and we will not be able to have visitors, but know that you are in our prayers. 

We will be sending informational booklets regarding CSW home with the students on Thursday, January 20.  Be sure to watch for them as there are daily themes and ideas for student clothing as the students will not have to wear their uniforms that week. We will also have an icon in our app with all things CSW visible starting January 20. Great news…we will be taking our trips to the Bowling Alley (4K-2nd) and Melody Gardens (3-5) on February 4, so watch for the permission forms and information associated with the trips.   

Teachers at SJB are in need of some items for CSW projects.  If you are able to donate toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, and empty Jell-o and/or tea boxes it would be very much appreciated.  Please send these items in no later than January 28.  Thank you!

Mrs. Heise-1/7/2022

Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of the students in our schools.  Every year, the Columbus Staff plans a variety of activities for students in preschool through high school letting them know how much we appreciate and care about them. 

Please be sure to watch for CSW information packets to come home in the next few weeks. We are excited to celebrate the gifts of our students. Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.

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Chalice of Mercy Campaign

Mrs. Heise-3/25/2022

While we are apart, please remember that there is much taking place in the world that certainly is not positive.  Those living in Ukraine are experiencing untold tragedy, and we have to wonder how they are living day to day.  There are so many children in our own community and country going without food and families that are homeless or jobless. 

Mr. Lambrecht-3/20/2022

The high school mission club is holding a collection of specific items as part of a diocesan-wide drive to help the Ukrainian people until next Thursday. Each class has a specific focus: Freshmen- infant and toddler, Sophomores- food and medications, Juniors- items for women, and Seniors- items for men. Please see the supply lists HERE (please note that all items must be NEW). Cash donations are also encouraged! Freshmen will turn in donations to Mrs. Hart, sophomores and seniors to Mrs. Volkman, and juniors to Mr. Iwanski. Thank you for your generosity! Please bring donations in by Thursday, March 24.

The MS Mission Club is also collecting items for Ukraine. They can be found HERE. These can either be dropped off in the office or they can be brought to Mrs. Lamermayer's classroom (room 14). Our first diocesan collection date will be Friday, March 25th.

Mr. Lambrecht-3/10/2022

Columbus High School and Middle School Mission Clubs will be joining a Diocesan-wide Campaign to gather supplies for people in Ukraine. Please donate only items that are on the list HERE. To meet shipping criteria, all items, including clothing, must be NEW. Items from the list may be dropped off in the Columbus office. There is no deadline at this time as donations will be picked up weekly to be shipped to Ukraine. The first pickup will be on March 25th.

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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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Choir

Mr. Lambrecht-4/14/2022
  • Thursday 4/21, Large Group Band Festival in Edgar
  • Saturday 4/23, UW Eau Claire Jazz Fest
  • Sunday 4/24 at 3:30, Choir Concert 
  • Sunday 4/24 at 6:00, Band Concert 

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Choose Kindness

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

I am sad to say that there has been an increase in treating others disrespectfully and unkindly at school, and I ask that you help us to teach your children that this type of behavior is not acceptable in any way, at any time. We are giving reminders, teaching respect and the importance of living the virtues, recognizing “Bucket Fillers” and everything else we can to support positive behavior, but it is a struggle.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

While life continues to throw us challenges, we must remember to treat others with kindness, to be respectful, and know that God created all of us equally and with love.

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-12/17/2021

We had two beautiful elementary concerts, on Wednesday, and you should be proud of your children. I know that the staff and I certainly are. Thank you to everyone who played a role in the practices, organization and celebration of the concert: our staff, our maintenance staff, Mr. Z for his assistance with the sound system, Mr. Lambrecht and Mr. Wolf for creating the video link, and Father Robertson for graciously allowing us to perform in the church. Special thanks go out to Mrs. Kristine Johanek, our 4K-5th grade Music teacher. God has blessed us with very special gifts.

Thank you, also, to Mrs. Kennedy and the Mission Team for hosting their bake sale before and between the concerts.  I saw a lot of delicious goodies going home with families.  Thanks to the customers, too!

Congratulations to our 5th graders on their successful Band Concert which took place on Sunday.  We have so many talented students in many areas; academics, the arts, and athletics.  It is nice to see them shine.  Thank you to our Band Teacher/Director Mr. Zimmerman (Mr. Z) for his time and efforts in teaching instrumental music to our 5th graders. It won’t be long and the 4th graders will have a turn, as well.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-12/10/2021
  • Preschool Concerts (Preschool) = preschool concerts will be recorded and the link will be emailed to parents for your viewing
  • Primary Choral Concert (4K-2nd grade) =  at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15th, at Our Lady of Peace Church
  • Intermediate Choral Concert (3rd-5th grade) =at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15th, at Our Lady of Peace Church.  
  • MS/HS Choir Concert (6th-12th grade) = at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 12th, in the Columbus gymnasium.
  • Band Concert (5th-12th grade) = at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 12th, in the Columbus gymnasium.
Mrs. Heise-12/10/2021

It’s Christmas Concert time!  Students in grades 4K-5th grade will present their Christmas Concerts on Wednesday, December 15th.  Students in 4K-2nd grade will perform at 5:00 p.m. and 3rd-5th grade students will perform at 6:30 pm., both at Our Lady of Peace Church.  An email notice went out to parents and guardians on December 7, with more information specific to the concert. Thank you to Mrs. Johanek, our music teacher, for sharing her talents with the students.

Of course, our preschool students will not be outdone when it comes to Christmas programs.  The teachers and students have been working hard on songs and actions to celebrate this blessed season.  In order to share these special gifts with the parents, the concerts will be recorded and the link will be emailed to parents for your viewing. The performances will be priceless!

Mr. Lambrecht-12/3/2021

Columbus Choir Concert (6th-12th) - Sunday, December 12th starting at 4:30 in the Columbus gymnasium.

Columbus & Our Lady of Peace Band Concert (5th-12th) - Sunday, December 12th starting at 6:oo pm in the Columbus gymnasium.

Mrs. Heise-11/5/2021

Mark your calendars for December 15th as that is the date of our Elementary Christmas Concert at Our Lady of Peace Church!!!

As we have a large number of elementary students and want to do our best to shorten the time frames, there will be two separate concerts.  SJB 4K-2nd grade students will perform at 5:00 p.m. and should be finished by 5:45 p.m.  That should give us enough time to have parents with only SJB students exit the church and those for the next concert to enter. OLP students will begin their concert at 6:30 p.m. and should be finished by 7:15 p.m.  Make plans to see this wonderful celebration of Christmas.

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

Mark your calendars for December 15th as that is the date of our Elementary Christmas Concert at Our Lady of Peace Church!!!

As we have a large number of elementary students and want to do our best to shorten the time frames, there will be two separate concerts.  SJB 4K-2nd grade students will perform at 5:00 p.m. and should be finished by 5:45 p.m.  That should give us enough time to have parents with only SJB students exit the church and those for the next concert to enter. OLP students will begin their concert at 6:30 p.m. and should be finished by 7:15 p.m.  Make plans to see this wonderful celebration of the birth of our Lord.

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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Cloverbelt Athletes and Scholars

Mr. Lambrecht-4/8/2022

Congratulations to Mark Fieweger and Cole Timmler on being selected to represent Columbus Catholic as Cloverbelt Scholars.  They will be recognized at the Cloverbelt Scholar Banquet next week in Spencer.  

Congratulations to Autumn Vine and Sam Wilczek on being selected to represent Columbus Catholic as Cloverbelt Conference Scholar-Athletes.  Both were recognized at a banquet in Loyal earlier this week.  

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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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Confirmation

Mr. Lambrecht-2/11/2022

This is a reminder that Columbus Confirmation Preparation option B, starts next Wednesday, February 16th. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to be Confirmed this September signs up, so please remind your friends about this class.  They can still register on this webpage. https://www.marshfieldfaithformation.org/

We are planning to meet after school from 3 to 4 pm.  Please meet in Mrs. Walker's room next week. The dates and times are at the bottom of the following webpage for your reference.

https://www.marshfieldfaithformation.org/calendar.html. Here is the complete list of classes.  There is also a required one-day retreat in the summer, the date should be finalized soon.

  • Wednesday, February 16th, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday, February 23rd, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday, March 2nd, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday, March 9th, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday, March 16th, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday, March 23rd, 3-4 pm
  • NO CLASS MARCH 30th (SPRING BREAK)
  • Wednesday, April 6th, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday, April 13th, 3-4 pm
  • Wednesday, April 20th, 3-4 pm

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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Crystal Apple

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-12/10-17/2021

Each year the Marshfield Area Chamber Foundations recognizes outstanding educators with the Crystal Apple Awards.  Students, parents, community members, and colleagues are encouraged to nominate their favorite teacher. The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, December 20th. Nomination forms can be found in the office, or you may click HERE the online nomination option.

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Dairy Fest

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

Volunteer at Dairy Fest and earn money for your favorite CCS sport! The signup is HERE. Ann Dieringer of Nutz Deep II in Marshfield, is looking for volunteers to work the beer garden during the live concert events occurring during Dairy Fest.  Nutz Deep II will share a portion of the proceeds with our sports programs in exchange. Workers must be 18 years old or older and will serve beer or sell beer garden tickets at the event. We are looking to fill 3 shifts of 6 workers. Date and times include:

  • Shift 1: 1-4 PM (Dave Kroening and the Guiness Book of World Records after party)
  • Shift 2: 4-8 PM (Modern Throwback)
  • Shift 3: 8-11 PM (Shirts and Skins)
Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-4/29/2022

Volunteer at Dairy Fest and earn money for your favorite CCS sport. The signup is HERE.

Message from Erik Stratman, Booster Club President: The Columbus Catholic Athletic Booster Club has been presented with a unique opportunity during Dairy Fest in Marshfield on June 4, 2022, to earn extra funds for our athletic programs.

Long time Gold Level Booster, Ann Dieringer, Marketing and Promotions Director for Nutz Deep II in Marshfield, is looking for volunteers to work the beer garden during the live concert events occurring during Dairy Fest.  In exchange, Nutz Deep II will share a portion of the proceeds with our sports programs.

To that end, the Booster Club would like to take on this endeavor, and we are looking for those interested in earning extra money for their favorite Columbus sport(s).

We are looking to fill 3 shifts of 6 workers. Date and times include:

  • Shift 1: 1-4 PM (Dave Kroening and the Guiness Book of World Records after party)
  • Shift 2: 4-8 PM (Modern Throwback)
  • Shift 3: 8-11 PM (Shirts and Skins)

A SignUp Genius has been created and can be found HERE.  

You may sign up for as many shifts as you wish. Workers must be 18 years old or older and will serve beer or sell beer garden tickets at the event.  When you sign up, you will indicate your name and your designated sport you would like to see funds go to support.  The more volunteers who indicate a specific sport, the higher the proportion that sport will receive from the Nutz donation.  If you would like to volunteer but do not have a preference for a sport, just indicate "greatest need" as your sport.  Note this will not impact the standard donation to each sport.  Also note that Columbus youth sports and middle school sports may also be indicated, specifically!

This should be one of the most fun ways to volunteer to make money for the booster club!

Go Dons Go!

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Diocesan Educator Awards

Mrs. Heise-4/8/2022

As you know, we are proud to have the Diocesan Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2021-22 come from our Columbus Catholic School staff (way to go, Mrs. Bachhuber!). We also learned that we had a well-deserved nomination for Diocesan Support Staff of the Year. Congratulations to Preschool Teacher Assistant, Mrs. Michele Hopperdietzel. We are so proud of you and your talents, Mrs. Hopperdietzel, and blessed to spend time with you every day!

Mrs. Heise-3/20/2022

Congratulations to First Grade teacher, Tammy Bachhuber (Schlagenhaft) on her selection as “Diocesan Elementary Teacher of the Year”!  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful teachers and staff members at Columbus Catholic Schools.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-1/7/2022

The Diocese of La Crosse will issue educator awards for this school year.  Pastors, administrators, fellow teachers, support staff, parents, students, and parishioners can all nominate an individual for a Diocesan award.

The eight awards are: St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Award, Holy Family Award, Diocesan Support Staff Award, Early Childhood Educator of the Year, Elementary Educator of the Year, Middle School Educator of the Year, High School Educator of the Year, Diocesan Administrator of the Year

Please see the link HERE to get more information about each award and a link to the Google form used to nominate an individual for an award.  Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2022.

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Diocesan Faith Knowledge Assessment

Mrs. Heise-2/11/2021

Making certain that we are meeting the needs of all our students requires ongoing assessment.  Students in grades 5K-5th grade take part in the Easy CBM (Curriculum-based Measurements) three times per year.  Those assessments are taking place right now.  Additionally, 5th grade students are taking part in the Diocesan Faith Knowledge assessment (parents received letters regarding this) and the Knights of Columbus Math and Spelling competition tests.  Coming in March/April, students in grades 3-5 will also be taking the Forward Exams.  More information will be shared as it comes.

Regardless of the assessment and the age level, students are expected to do their best.  As always, in order to do well in school, students should get plenty of sleep, eat well, and be active.  Screen time should be limited. We have students as young as kindergarten telling us about the video games, tablet time, and television time they have at home which goes well beyond recommended screen time.  Technology is a wonderful thing, but late-night game playing or games that are not appropriate for the age range of the child, does not help them as students.

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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-2/4/2022

We have another opportunity to order Dons' Gear at the link HERE. The sale ends on February 14.

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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Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Mrs. Heise-3/4/2022

We had a wonderful time celebrating Dr. Seuss, READ Across America, and a day of wearing some comfy clothes.  The SJB teachers decorated their doors, students at both buildings donned their finest casual wear and there were books, flashlights, forts, and writing under tables as the students were reminded that reading is a gift. I encourage you to spend some time reading with your children over the weekend while the sleet and snow fly.

Mrs. Heise-2/25/2022

As we head into March the busyness continues with a great deal of work and activity on our plates.  Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration will take place on Tuesday, March 1. Elementary students and staff will have the opportunity to wear appropriate comfy clothes or pajamas and spend extra time reading or being read to.  This is a great idea for home, too, as you have popcorn or other snacks as part of a Mardi Gras celebration.

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Dress Code

Mrs. Heise-5/15/2022

Students in 4K-5th grade may wear uniform shorts with their uniform shirts, but NOT to Mass. Students may bring shorts to change into after Mass.  We do not have pants for the students to change into, so I ask that you help remind them of the appropriate clothing for Mass days. 

Mrs. Heise-4/29/2022

Believe it or not, the month of May arrives this weekend.  And yet the temperatures continue to seem more like March than those proclaiming sunshine and warm weather.  I know the students are excited that they are allowed to wear uniform shorts (except to Mass) during this spring month, even though it may not be the best choice of clothing when it’s 30 degrees.

Parents have asked about the May dress code for shorts so included is the excerpt from our handbook. Please note the types and length of shorts allowed at school and what types are not allowed.  Also note that girls must be wearing shorts/leggings/or tights under their skirts and/or jumpers at OLP and jumpers at SJB. 

Mrs. Heise-10/22/2021

At this time, Victory Apparel is unable to provide Columbus Dons sweatshirts for our students and families.  The sweatshirts will be available beginning with our Alpine Event on November 12-14.  From now until January 3, if your child wants to wear a crewneck or hooded solid navy, white or gray sweatshirt that would be fine.  Please note that there cannot be any logos on sweatshirts other than Columbus Dons. We will go back to Columbus navy, white, or gray sweatshirts only (per our uniform policy) on January 3.

Mr. Lambrecht-10/8-22/2021

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 Days

Mr. Lambrecht-5/15/2022

The High School Mission Club dress down day fundraiser raised $207.25 for the Marshfield Meals on Wheels program, and the Middle School Mission Club dress down day fundraiser raised $203.00 for Our Lady Queen Africa. Thank you for your generosity. 

Mr. Lambrecht-4/8/2022

Today in the High School we collected $227.50 for Meals on Wheels.  The Middle School collection for Our Lady Queen of Africa totaled $209.75.  Thank you for your generosity. 

Mr. Lambrecht-3/4/2022

Today the Middle School raised $244.25 for the Our Lady Queen of Africa, and the High School raised $264.00 for the Meals on Wheels program in Marshfield. Thank you for your generosity. 

Mr. Lambrecht-2/25/2022

Friday, March 4th will be a Dress Down Fundraiser Day for Middle School and High School students. Middle School funds will go to Our Lady Queen of Africa, and the High School funds will go to the Meals on Wheels program in Marshfield. 

Mr. Lambrecht-2/11/2022

Today was a Dress Down Fundraiser Day for Middle School and High School students. Middle School raised $231.40 for the Our Lady Queen of Africa, and the High School raised $207 for the Meals on Wheels program in Marshfield. Thank you to all who participated. 

On Monday, February 14th, the Students for Life Club are sponsoring a dress-down day for the High School. The cost is $2 to be paid in homeroom. High School students are encouraged to wear red or pink. All funds will be donated to the Hannah Center.

Mr. Lambrecht-2/4/2022

Friday, February 11th will be a Dress Down Fundraiser Day for Middle School and High School students. Please give generously. 

Mrs. Heise-1/21/2022

It's always fun to support our Dons and also cheer on other great teams.  Should the Packers win on Saturday in their game against the 49ers, we will have a “Greens and Jeans” day or students can wear their Dons gear with jeans on Monday, January 24th. This is a bonus day. Thank you for allowing them to join in the excitement and for always supporting our Columbus Dons.  Go Teams!

Mr. Lambrecht-1/14/2022

Today was a dress-down day fundraiser in the Middle and High Schools. The middle school students raised $239.10 for Our Lady Queen of Africa and the high school students raised $215.50 for the Meals on Wheels Program in Marshfield. Thank you for your generosity.

Mrs. Heise-12/17/2021

On Monday, December 20, Preschool through 5th grade students will have a comfy day at school.  Students will be able to wear school-appropriate pajamas, sweats or flannel pants and warm sweatshirts, a good thing since temperatures will be colder. They should plan to wear their shoes, not slippers.  Remind the students that they will still be going outside for recess so they need their snow pants, hats, mittens, and boots. We have a lot of students forgetting to bring these items to school and our supplies are limited.

Mr. Lambrecht-12/10/2021

The HS Student Council is sponsoring a Christmas Spirit Dress Down day on Thursday, December 16. Cost is $2 to participate. There will also be an ugly Christmas sweater/ugly Christmas tie competition–details are on class bulletin boards.

The MS Student Council is also sponsoring a Ugly Sweater Fundraiser on Thursday, December 16. Cost is $2 to participate. See Ms. Schmelzer for details. 

Mr. Lambrecht-12/3/2021

Today was a dress-down day fundraiser in the Middle and High Schools. The middle school students raised $211.25 for Our Lady Queen of Africa and the high school students raised $211.25 for the Meals on Wheels organization. Thank you for your generosity.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/5/2021

Today was a dress-down day fundraiser in the Middle and High Schools. The middle school students raised $220.10 for Our Lady Queen of Africa and the high school students raised $215.00 for the Meals on Wheels organization. Thank you for your generosity. 

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-5/15/2022

While it got really warm, it was nice to have sunshine and watch the students play outside at recess.  The temperatures for next week are back to the 60s with morning temps in the 40s.  Be sure to send sweatshirts and light jackets for those morning recess times.

Mrs. Heise-4/22/2022

I would like to say that we are heading into warm weather days, but other than this weekend, it doesn’t look like it.  A reminder that students go outside in the morning when the temperatures are still in the 30s and 40s.  Our policy is that the students need jackets until the temps are 50 or higher.  The students will be cold if they are not dressed appropriately, but they are going outside unless we have inclement weather.  If you want your students to have hats and gloves, please send the items with them. We are no longer providing hats and gloves from our offices.

Mrs. Heise-3/20/2022

It was great to see the sunshine and have warmer temps this week.  Please know that students will still need to have appropriate winter gear as temperatures will be in the 40s with snow and rain next week.  School policy for recess is students can wear fleece jackets and sweatshirts at recess, instead of winter jackets, when the temperatures are above 50 degrees.  As for boots and snow pants, SJB students until the snow is gone.  OLP students when they are on the blacktop and not in the snow.  Thank you and prayers for warm temperatures after spring break.

Mrs. Heise-2/18/2022

It was wonderful for the students to get outside for recess, get some fresh air and exercise, and play in the snow for at least one day.  Hopefully, there will be a few more outside days, next week. Please be certain to have your children bring their winter coats, snow pants, boots, hats and mittens.  They can’t have fun when they are cold.

Mrs. Heise-2/4/2022

While the temperatures next week will be slightly warmer, it is still winter in Wisconsin.  Please be sure to have your children dressed in winter gear.  We continue to have students coming to the office for hats and mittens (which we are low on), snow pants and boots.  As we move through February, there will be cold days and students should already have their warm clothes. 

Mrs. Heise-11/5/2021

It’s November and the weather has been a clear reminder to wear warm coats and get out the hats, gloves and mittens.  We have students coming to the offices to borrow coats and other gear, but coming to school with coats and hats is the responsibility of parents and students. Please know that our supply of warm clothing at school is limited. 

Should you need winter coats, but not be able to afford them, please contact Amanda Krautkramer at krautkramer.amanda@columbusdons.org.  All requests are confidential.

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

Temperatures in the morning when students go outside for recess are in the 30s.  We have students coming with sweatshirts, lightweight jackets, and sometimes no jackets at all.  Next week, high temps will be in the 40s with lows in the 20s.  Please spend time this weekend finding warm jackets, hats, and gloves.

Mrs. Heise-10/22/2021

We had two beautiful fall days and the students really enjoyed this extended summer. Now we are back to reality and mornings, particularly will be chilly with morning temps in the 30s.

Please spend time this weekend digging out sweatshirts and jackets and maybe hats.  No snow in the forecast, but for now the students need more than short sleeves to stay warm.

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-3/4/2022

Sometimes life hands us craziness, but we always seem to figure things out.  Thank you for your patience during drop-off at SJB, on Wednesday.  With Mass taking place during our drop-off times, the parking lot and Blodgett Street were extremely congested and difficult to navigate. 

Thank you to Amber Stueland for her gracious assistance in helping students get out of the cars, Mr. Mike for directing parents through the parking lot, and to Mrs. Brock for helping me get the students to the doors.  It was truly a group effort in both the front and back of the building, but all of our children (and adults) were safe. Thank you to the parishioners, as well, for their patience when leaving.

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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Dual-Credit

Mr. Lambrecht-2/25/2022

Our offerings continue to grow with giving our students the opportunity to gain Dual Credit. Students are able to earn free college credits. Courses offered are in IT, Business, Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Health Services and Manufacturing. Please contact Mrs. Hattamer at hattamer.erin@columbusdons.org if you have any questions. 

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Earth Day

Mrs. Heise-4/22/2022

Today we celebrate Earth Day.  This annual event began in 1970 and was the idea of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.  The day was established as an event to demonstrate support for the protection of our environment and people have promoted the cause since its inception.

(Thank you, Mrs. Kupfer and 5th graders for your clean-up efforts around the Columbus block!)

What can we do to show that we care about our planet?  Recycle, compost, clean up our streets and highways, and my favorite…plant a tree.  Find ways that you and your family can invest in our God-created home.  It is the only one we have. 

Mrs. Heise-4/14/2022

Since it began in 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated to promote clean living and as ways to provide a healthy, sustainable habitat for people and wildlife. Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it. 

The students in our fifth-grade class will be doing their part as they spend time cleaning up around the OLP and Columbus MS/HS block.  Find some ways that you and your family can help to protect our environment. God gave us this home…let’s take care of it.

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Easy CMB

Mrs. Heise-5/15/2022

Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade will be concluding their CBM progress monitoring assessments this next week. These measurements of progress are used by the teachers to guide instruction for the success of the students.  Students are measured against themselves, not others, so we can see how much they have grown. It is great to see how far the students have come.

Mrs. Heise-2/11/2022

Making certain that we are meeting the needs of all our students requires ongoing assessment.  Students in grades 5K-5th grade take part in the Easy CBM (Curriculum-based Measurements) three times per year.  Those assessments are taking place right now.  Additionally, 5th grade students are taking part in the Diocesan Faith Knowledge assessment (parents received letters regarding this) and the Knights of Columbus Math and Spelling competition tests.  Coming in March/April, students in grades 3-5 will also be taking the Forward Exams.  More information will be shared as it comes.

Regardless of the assessment and the age level, students are expected to do their best.  As always, in order to do well in school, students should get plenty of sleep, eat well, and be active.  Screen time should be limited. We have students as young as kindergarten telling us about the video games, tablet time, and television time they have at home which goes well beyond recommended screen time.  Technology is a wonderful thing, but late-night game playing or games that are not appropriate for the age range of the child, does not help them as students.

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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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End of Quarter

Mr. Lambrecht-3/25/2022

Friday 3/18 was the end of the 3rd quarter. Parents and students may 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. Report cards were emailed yesterday, 3/24. 

Mrs. Heise-3/20/2022

Today is the end of the third quarter of the school year.  It is hard to believe we only have one quarter of teaching and learning remaining.  The fourth quarter of the year brings more work, more challenging learning, and an intent to prepare for the next grade level.  It will take a great deal of effort to move forward, but we know the students are up to it.

Report cards will go home with students on March 25. We will not provide early report cards for those vacationing, but we hope you have a good time on your break.  Remember to submit anticipated absence forms either online or to the school offices.  Thank you!

Mr. Lambrecht-3/20/2022

Friday 3/18 was the end of the 3rd quarter. Parents and students may 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. Report cards will be emailed on Thursday 3/24. 

Mrs. Heise-3/10/2022

It is hard to believe that we are one week from the end of third quarter.  While the year has been different and sometimes difficult, there is certainly much success to be celebrated.  I would like to thank the teachers, the students, and you for the efforts put into helping our students grow in their learning, their faith lives, and their service to others. Report cards go home on March 25th!

Mr. Lambrecht-3/10/2022

We are closing in on the end of the 3rd quarter, which ends March 18th. Parents and students may 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-3/4/2022

We are closing in on the end of the 3rd quarter, which ends March 18th. Parents and students may 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-1/21/2022

First semester grades were sent out on Thursday.  Please contact your teacher if you have any questions or concerns. 

Mrs. Heise-1/14/2022

The first semester of the school year ended today.  While the first quarter of the school year was a lot of review and introduction into new content, the second quarter brought more difficult material for the students to learn.  Some students worked hard while others found themselves taking things easy and not seriously enough.

When report cards go home on January 20, please read and discuss them with your students.  We are confident that the students have or will gain the skills they need to be successful.  Now they just need to put all of that to good use and show the effort we know they are capable of as we go through the remainder of the school year.

Mr. Lambrecht-1/14/2022

We will finish up the first semester on Friday, January 14th. High School students took their first semester finals before Christmas break. Semester grades will be emailed to parents and students Thursday, January 20th. Please contact your teachers if you have any concerns about your grade.  You are able to see current grades at any time using FACTS. 

The second semester will start on Monday, January 17th. I ask that students look over their second-semester schedule before Monday. If you need to make changes to your schedule, High School students should contact Mr. Brown and Middle School students should contact Mr. Lambrecht. Class schedules can be found on FACTS and the HS students should have received a printed copy.

Mr. Lambrecht-1/7/2022

We will finish up the first semester on Friday, January 14th. High School students took their first semester finals before Christmas break. Semester grades will be emailed to parents and students Thursday, January 20th. Please contact your teachers if you have any concerns about your grade.  You are able to see current grades at any time using FACTS. 

The second semester will start on Monday, January 17th. I ask that students look over their second-semester schedule before Monday. If you need to make changes to your schedule, High School students should contact Mr. Brown and Middle School students should contact Mr. Lambrecht. Class schedules can be found on FACTS or your students should have received a printed copy of the schedule. 

Mrs. Heise-1/7/2022

The second quarter of the school year ends on January 14.  There is much to be achieved during the remainder of the school year and we ask that you help us to keep the students excited and engaged as they grow academically.  Report cards will go home with students on January 20.

Mrs. Heise-12/22/2021

Also, when we return from our break, note that there will only be two weeks of classes before the end of the 2nd quarter of school. Students will have a lot of work to do when they return as teachers complete the lessons necessary to move on successfully into the 3rd quarter of school.  Just a hint for kids during break: Reading is fun…pick good fit books and enjoy!  Practice math facts and quiz your parents.

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

The first quarter of the school year ended today. The last nine weeks have seemed long, but there was a great deal of teaching and learning that took place. Report cards for the first quarter will be sent home with students on November 5. Please review the grades with your child(ren) and celebrate the many successes they have achieved.

Mrs. Heise-10/22/2021

The first quarter ends on October 28.  This means that students have one last chance to get their work in and show us how much they have learned thus far.  We will be stepping things up as we begin the second quarter and it is important to end this last nine weeks on a good note.

Mr. Lambrecht-10/22/2021

We are closing in on the end of the 1st quarter, which ends next Thursday, 10/28. Parents and students may 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.

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Enrollment

Mr. Eaton-2/18/2022

Please Complete Your Online Re-Enrollment

We have 91% of our current students re-enrolled already! We have 42 students shadowing on Monday and 41 new students have already enrolled. We have many more families signed up for tours.

As enrollment continues to grow, it is more important than ever that we know the enrollment status of our current students as early as possible. A number of grades are likely to need to expand into another classroom and the sooner we can decide that, the better our chances of adding needed staff in time to prepare for next year.

Mr. Eaton-2/4/2022

We have 85% of our current students re-enrolled already! As enrollment continues to grow, though, it is more important than ever that we know the enrollment status of our current students as early as possible. A number of grades are likely to need to expand into another classroom and the sooner we can decide that, the better our chances of adding needed staff in time to prepare for next year.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-1-14-2022

There are wonderful things taking place at Columbus Catholic Schools, and we are grateful that you choose to share your children with us.  Exciting to us is the enrollment/re-enrollment of students for the 2022-23 school year.  We cannot wait to welcome back our current students and say “hello” to new ones. 

We are launching our online enrollment/re-enrollment for the 2022-23 school year for CURRENT FAMILIES only on Monday. Please watch for an email from Mrs. Nielsen with instructions on Monday morning. Because we had waiting lists this year, we are opening our enrollment to current families for two weeks. We will then open enrollment to new families.

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Eucharistic Adoration

Mr. Lambrecht-3/25/2022

We will have Adoration in the Columbus Chapel on Friday, April 8. If you have some time to come pray for our Columbus community, please sign up using this link: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da4af23a4fa7-eucharistic

Mr. Lambrecht-2/25/2022

We will have Adoration in the Columbus Chapel on Friday, March 4th. If you have some time to come pray for our Columbus community, please sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da4af23a4fa7-eucharistic

Mr. Lambrecht-10/15-22/2021

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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Feed My Starving Children

Mr. Lambrecht-5/15/2022

For the past few weeks, the HS has been fundraising for Feed My Starving Children.  Fourteen faculty/staff members said they would take a dousing and one said she would take a whipped cream pie in the face if students contributed at least $75.  While eight faculty/staff members did have at last $75 in their bucket by the deadline, a generous anonymous donation of $1000 paid for ALL 15 to receive one round of dousing or pie, and those who had the $75 took a second "shower" or pie.  Adult participants picked students for their first round, but tickets were sold for the chance to douse/pie the eight faculty/staff members who took a second round of dousing (raising another $61 for FMSC in ticket sales).  This particular fundraiser resulted in just over $1,700 for FMSC.

Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

​CCHS students and staff all volunteered today at a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack.  We packed 133 boxes of food, which is 28,836 meals, which will feed 78 kids for a year.  We are still accepting donations to cover the ingredients that we packed until next week.  If you still want to volunteer, check their website HERE for available shifts tonight or tomorrow.

While the HS students volunteered today by packaging meals, we have also been raising funds to donate to this worthy cause.  There is an extension to the fundraiser and a few adjustments to the event. Until Wednesday, May 11, students can still contribute money to the buckets of the 15 teachers/staff members who are participating in an effort to get at least $75 in each bucket (if we fill each bucket with $75, we will have raised $1125). Instead of showering in the chem lab emergency shower, participants who have at least $75 in their buckets will be doused with a full bucket of water on Thursday, May 12. Students can purchase tickets on Thursday to be one of the bucket dumpers!  Due to the beautiful weather forecasted, we can host this event outside.  The good news is that three teachers already have $75 in their buckets, and another four teachers are halfway to that amount.

Mr. Lambrecht-4/29/2022

The entire CCHS will be provided a service opportunity on Friday, May 6.  We will be attending a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack in Marshfield.  The 3-day event is hoping to raise $30,000, which will pay for the ingredients and shipping for over 124,000 meals.  Starting March 25, the volunteer sign-up will be available online, if your family wants to join a shift, as well (we know that some of you do this as a family, through your church, or through your work.)  In Particular, they could use some strong volunteers for their set-up shifts (Thursday, May 5: 2:30-4:00, 4:00-5:30, 6:30-8:00).  See Mrs. Fleischmann for more info at fleischmann.ruth@columbusdons.org.

https://youtu.be/ech5XOryipM

High School Fundraiser for Feed My Starving Children

Let’s Make It “Rain” on these staff members: Mrs. Wieland, Mrs. Volkman, Mr. Krasselt, Ms. Thompson, Mrs. Fleischmann, Mr. Coombs, Mr. Hart, Mrs. Hart, Mr. Lambrecht, Mrs. Brunson, Ms. Wojcik, and Mr. Brown! And Ms. Broeske is willing to take a pie in the face!

How It Works:

  1. Each participating staff member has a container labeled with his/her name in Mrs. Volkman’s room—they will also be in the cafeteria daily during 6th and 7th hours.
  2. Any staff member who has at least $75 in his/her container by 12:35 pm on Thursday, May 5 at 12:45 will have to take a shower (fully clothed) in the Chem Lab Emergency Shower or take a pie in the face on Friday, May 6.
  3. If multiple staff member containers have at least $75, then they will each shower/take a pie in the face.
  4. Raffle tickets for a chance to pull the shower lever or throw the pie will be on sale Friday, May 6 ($1 per ticket).
  5. All money raised will be donated to FMSC—we can raise $975 if each staff member has at least $75 in his/her bucket! 

Feed My Starving Children Permission Slips

CCHS students have gotten their permission slips for Feed My Starving Children and these were due today. Please see the FMSC website for allergen information and jewelry information  (https://www.fmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer-info/allergy-information).  If you have a concern about your child attending this service project, please communicate with Mrs. Fleischmann.

Mr. Lambrecht-4/22/2022

Let’s Make It “Rain” on these staff members: Mrs. Wieland, Mrs. Volkman, Mr. Krasselt, Ms. Thompson, Mrs. Fleischmann, Mr. Coombs, Mr. Hart, Mrs. Hart, Mr. Lambrecht, Mrs. Brunson, Ms. Wojcik, and Mr. Brown! And Ms. Broeske is willing to take a pie in the face!

How It Works:

  1. Each participating staff member has a container labeled with his/her name in Mrs. Volkman’s room—they will also be in the cafeteria daily during 6th and 7th hours.
  2. Any staff member who has at least $75 in his/her container by 12:35 pm on Thursday, May 5 at 12:45 will have to take a shower (fully clothed) in the Chem Lab Emergency Shower or take a pie in the face on Friday, May 6.
  3. If multiple staff member containers have at least $75, then they will each shower/take a pie in the face.
  4. Raffle tickets for a chance to pull the shower lever or throw the pie will be on sale Friday, May 6 ($1 per ticket).
  5. All money raised will be donated to FMSC—we can raise $975 if each staff member has at least $75 in his/her bucket! 

CCHS students may have already gotten their permission slips for Feed My Starving Children (or will get them next week.)  Please return the first page to homeroom teachers and keep the second page for reference.  Please see the FMSC website for allergen information and jewelry information  (https://www.fmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer-info/allergy-information).  If you have a concern about your child attending this service project, please communicate with Mrs. Fleischmann.

Mr. Lambrecht-3/10/2022

The entire CCHS will be provided a service opportunity on Friday, May 6.  We will be attending a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack in Marshfield.  The 3-day event is hoping to raise $30,000, which will pay for the ingredients and shipping for over 124,000 meals.  As a school system, we will be encouraging families and students to consider some sacrifices during Lent to raise some money.  (Keep your eyes out for some fun fundraising activities, as well.)  Starting March 25, the volunteer sign-up will be available online, if your family wants to join a shift, as well (we know that some of you do this as a family, through your church, or through your work.)  In particular, they could use some strong volunteers for their set-up shifts (Thursday, May 5: 2:30 – 4:00, 4:00 – 5:30, 6:30 – 8:00).  See Mrs. Fleischmann for more info. Please watch the video at the link HERE to learn more about Feed My Starving Children.

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Final Exams

Mr. Lambrecht-12/17/2021

The high school semester finals will be December 20th, 21st, and 22nd.  HERE is a link to the finals schedule. Each day of finals students are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of their first final and remain until the conclusion of their last final. If they have a final at 8:00 a.m. and their next one is at 10:20, they must report to study hall in the meantime. If their first exam that day is not till 9:10, they need to enter through the front doors, check in at the office, then report to study hall. Students are only allowed in the hallways/lockers prior to the first exam and during passing times (9:00-9:10; 10:10-10:20). Students are dismissed after their last final. If students report late to a final, they will need to report to the office for a pass. They will not be allowed to enter an exam room late. It is up to their class teacher’s discretion whether to allow a separate exam time. In the event of an illness, a separate exam time will be set up. Exams missed due to unexcused absences will not be made up. Dress code for finals week consists of comfortable, but modest and school-appropriate apparel.

Mr. Lambrecht-12/10/2021

The high school semester finals will be December 20th, 21st, and 22nd.  Here is a link to the finals schedule. Each day of finals students are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of their first final and remain until the conclusion of their last final. If they have a final at 8:00 a.m. and their next one is at 10:20, they must report to study hall in the meantime. If their first exam that day is not till 9:10, they need to enter through the front doors, check in at the office, then report to study hall. Students are only allowed in the hallways/lockers prior to the first exam and during passing times (9:00-9:10; 10:10-10:20). Students are dismissed after their last final. If students report late to a final, they will need to report to the office for a pass. They will not be allowed to enter an exam room late. It is up to their class teacher’s discretion whether to allow a separate exam time. In the event of an illness, a separate exam time will be set up. Exams missed due to unexcused absences will not be made up. Dress code for finals week consists of comfortable, but modest and school-appropriate apparel.

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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 Communion

Mrs. Heise-4/29/2022

This weekend will be a very special one for most of our school second graders and those in our parish religious education program as they celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.  Congratulations to the following students and their families: Hoyerr Altmann, Graham Bauer, Rylan Conner, Liam Dieringer, Dante Dietel, Andrew Drexler, Ashton Gumabon, Theodora Hannasch, Amelia Hattamer, Jasper Jacobson, Adler (AJ) Karl, Rose Keding, Joey Kitchner, Eli Konieczny, Ellie Kraus, Josephine Kroening, Evie Leschke, Alex Logan, Amelya Marshall, Henry Maurer, Mayva Moeller, Joe Niehaus, David (Ben) Olsen, Phinehas Prusinski, Gigi Rootellis, Eliza Schuld, Ava Shedivy, Annelise Spindler, Kaycie Sullivan, Emma Wieland, Nicholas Wojcik, and Felix Young.  Congratulations, also, to those second graders who continue their faith lives in their own parishes. God’s blessings on all of you

Mrs. Heise-4/14/2022

As our second graders continue their preparation to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, I thank the priests, the teachers, and you, the parents for sharing the spirit of God’s love with these children.  Thank you to Katie Nemitz and those who led the First Communion Retreat last evening for the students as they continue to make their way toward this amazing gift of Eucharist. 

The second graders will take part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on April 21. Thank you to all those who have helped them understand the need for penance and reflection.

Mrs. Heise-4/8/2022

The Second Graders in our school and parish will soon be celebrating their First Holy Communion.  What wonderful faith journeys these students and their families have been on as they prepare for this special moment.  There will be a First Communion Retreat on Wednesday, April 13, at Our Lady of Peace Church beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Please continue to pray for these young people and ask God to keep them close to Him.

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First Reconciliation

Mrs. Heise-1/7/2022

Our Second Graders have been preparing for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation.  This instruction is a very important part of their faith lives as they move forward to receiving First Holy Eucharist.  Please keep the students, their teachers, and their families in your prayers as they continue to grow in faith and their love of God.  The students will meet with Father Weighner on January 12, as part of their preparation to receive this sacrament.

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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

  • Dribbling Dons (gr. 4K-3)
    • Flyer HERE
    • Online Registration Form HERE
  • Softball Breakfast Buffet HERE (February 13)
  • Spencer/Columbus Youth Wrestling (grades 4K-8) HERE
  • UW-Eau Claire/Columbus Dons Pre-Season Girls Basketball Camp (grades 3-8) HERE
  • Volleyball (grades 3-8) HERE (registration due January 13)
  • Youth Softball Summer (grades 1-7)Info HERE and Registration HERE

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Flyers from the Community

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Flyers/Info from the Parishes

Marshfield Deanery Pre-Lenten Prayer, Presentation, and Potluck. The Marshfield Deanery Adoration Committee is sponsoring a Pre-Lenten Prayer, Presentation, and Potluck on Sunday, February 27 beginning at 12:30 PM at Our Lady of Peace in Fr. Dillenberg Hall.  More information is available HERE.

Marshfield Deanery St. John Paul II Adoration Chapel. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11: 28-30. All are welcome to adore Jesus, the Real Presence in the Eucharist. More information is available HERE.

  • 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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Food Drive

Mrs. Heise-11/5/2021

All of our elementary students, in collaboration with the St. John Parish Social Justice Committee, will be participating in a food drive from November 1-11.  Our collections will be donated to the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry. We ask you to donate non-perishable food items; think peanut butter, flour, sugar, canned meats, canned fruits, and vegetables, soup, and cereals. Please support this worthy cause and help our local families in need. For more information about the Marshfield Community Thanksgiving Dinner, please click HERE.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/5/2021

Wednesday, November 3rd through Wednesday, November 10th each MS grade will compete against each other to see who can bring in the most items. The winning grade will win a treat. All donations are welcome. Please check the "Best Used By" dates to make sure they are not expired.

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Forward Exam

Mr.s Heise-4/22/2022

Students in grades 3-5 have been participating in the Forward Exam standardized tests.  The assessments will end on April 29.  Thank you for your support during the exam period by ensuring that the students had good breakfasts, plenty of exercise, and nights of rest.  Exam results come back in the fall of the next school year. 

Mr. Lambrecht-3/25/2022

Wisconsin Students in 6-8th grade and 10th grade will be participating in the Forward Exam. Our Freshman and Sophomore students will be taking the ACT Aspire Test. Our students will be taking the exam on April 6th. 

Here is a link for the Forward Testing Informational Brochure for Families and the ACT Information for Families which gives more information about the assessment including its purpose, what scores will be provided, and how the scores will be used.

This assessment measures the knowledge and skills your student(s) should have acquired by the time they reach each grade level. Their performance on the assessment will not affect any of their current grades. Please encourage your son or daughter to take the test seriously and do the best they can. The results of these tests will be used to help school staff make determinations or placement in classes to best support your child(ren).

If you have any questions, please contact me at lambrecht.michael@columbusdons.org.

Mrs. Heise-2/11/2022

Making certain that we are meeting the needs of all our students requires ongoing assessment.  Students in grades 5K-5th grade take part in the Easy CBM (Curriculum-based Measurements) three times per year.  Those assessments are taking place right now.  Additionally, 5th grade students are taking part in the Diocesan Faith Knowledge assessment (parents received letters regarding this) and the Knights of Columbus Math and Spelling competition tests.  Coming in March/April, students in grades 3-5 will also be taking the Forward Exams.  More information will be shared as it comes.

Regardless of the assessment and the age level, students are expected to do their best.  As always, in order to do well in school, students should get plenty of sleep, eat well, and be active.  Screen time should be limited. We have students as young as kindergarten telling us about the video games, tablet time, and television time they have at home which goes well beyond recommended screen time.  Technology is a wonderful thing, but late-night game playing or games that are not appropriate for the age range of the child, does not help them as students.

Mr. Lambrecht-1/21/2022

The results of the 2020-2021 Forward exams will be mailed home next week for students in Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11.

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Galleon

Mrs. Heise-4/14/2022

Our biggest fundraiser of the school year is only a week away.  Thank you to all those who have worked to make Galleon a wonderful event for our school.  Be sure to purchase your raffle tickets, get ready for online bidding, and support Columbus Catholic Schools. I hope to see you there!

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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

Mrs. Heise-12/3/2021

I would like to remind all parents and students that when students are out of school for any reason, including quarantine, the expectation for completed work does not change.  Students are expected to have their work (age-appropriate) completed when they return to school; not one or two weeks later or in some cases, not at all.  Missing work in grades 4K-2nd grade is certainly reflected in how students perform.  In grades 3-5, missing work also has great bearing on report card grades. Students will struggle when they do not complete lessons taught and work assigned.  We are all about student success, but we have to work together to make that happen.

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-2/4/2022

February 4th is our "Virtual Grandparents Day!"  We have photos and videos of our students sending special messages to their Grandparents/Grandfriends on our website HERE and on our Facebook page HERE.  Please check for photos of your students and forward them to their special Grandparents/Grandfriends... especially those who might need a little extra help with technology! 

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambercht-1/7/2022

As you know, we rescheduled Grandparents / Grandfriends Day from last fall to Feb. 4, 2022, at the end of Catholic Schools Week. After assessing the risk to our students and visitors, we decided to make Grandparents / Grandfriends Day virtual again like last year. Instead, teachers (from 3K to 12th Grade) will have the opportunity to submit photos and/or videos with special messages for our Grandparents & Grandfriends! These will be posted on our Facebook page and on our website. If you know somebody who might need help logging into Facebook or locating our website, please plan to help out. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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

Grandparents Day has been changed to February 4, 2022.

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Guest Speakers

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

What better way to learn about the weather than to have a meteorologist stop in and share the facts!  On Wednesday, Channel 9 Meteorologist, Justin Loew, spent time with our 3rd graders teaching them about weather conditions, atmospheric and barometric pressure, and wind speed and direction. The students had even made their own anemometers to try outside!  Thanks to Mr. Loew, Mrs. Baierl, and Mrs. Strack for teaching our students the importance of learning about science and weather.

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Hair Donation Event

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

Thank you to all the donors at the event and those who donated earlier in the year and those who decided to donate after the event--our grand total was 33 donors!  Thanks also to our amazing stylists (Amanda and Tina from Hair We Are in Loyal, Mariah from Beauty by Mariah at Evolve, Kristen from Split Ends Salon, and Katrina from Studio 211 by Katrina) for generously sharing their time and talents free of charge!  Please see the tallies for this year HERE and the tallies from 2014-2022 HERE.

Mr. Lambrecht-4/29/2022

The HS and MS will run a special schedule on Wednesday for the 8th annual "Cutting for a Cause" hair donation event.  This year's donors have a green event shirt and may wear jeans that day.  The rest of the HS/MS (students and staff) must wear dress code pants/bottoms but are encouraged to wear a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or hoodie that is a color that shows support for specific types of cancer.  See the color chart HERE. Hair donors will be dismissed at 1:44 that day to go to the cafeteria to have their hair pony-tailed for donating.  The rest of the HS/MS will report to the gym at 2:20 for the event.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-3/20-25/2022

This year we are planning to host an in-person event on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4.  Donors need to complete the permission slip/consent form HERE and return it to Mandy Volkman at Columbus Catholic High School (or email the completed form to volkman.mandy@columbusdons.org) by Friday, April 8th.  (Sorry about the deadline change--but in order to get shirts in time, Mandy must finalize the order by April 8th.)

At this point in time, we have not lined up the stylists yet.  If you are a stylist (or know of a stylist) interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Mandy Volkman by Friday, March 25.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-3/4-10/2022

This year we are planning to host an in-person event on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4.  Donors need to complete the permission slip/consent form found HERE and return it to Mandy Volkman at Columbus Catholic High School (or email the completed form to volkman.mandy@columbusdons.org) by Friday, April 22nd.  

At this point in time, we have not lined up the stylists yet.  If you are a stylist (or know of a stylist) interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Mandy Volkman by Friday, March 25.

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Healthy Smiles Dental Program

Mrs. Heise-3/4/2022

We are fortunate to have the Wood County Healthy Smiles preventative dental health program provided to our 2nd and 3rd graders.  Licensed dental health professionals will be here next week to meet with the students and explain good dental health, as well as, provide services at no charge to parents.  Permission slips were sent home with students for parents to enroll their children in the program. Thank you to these health care providers for offering this wonderful opportunity to us.

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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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Homework Request

Mr. Lambrecht-1/21/2022

Many parents have asked how to request homework when a student is absent. Please have students check Google Classroom for posted assignments first. If books or hard copies of assignments are required please reach out to the main office columbusoffice@columbusdons.org or call 715 387-1177. 

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Hope Squad

Mrs. Wieland-10/22/2021

Yesterday, high school and middle school students were asked to complete a nomination for HopeSquad.  HopeSquad is a group of students who are trained to watch for at-risk peers, provide friendship, identify suicide warning signs, and seek help from adults.

Some of the characteristics of a student who would make an ideal nominee:

  • Concerned about others
  • Easy to talk with
  • A good listener
  • Someone you could turn to if you needed a friend
  • Someone who does not bully others

We encourage families to learn more about what the HopeSquad is, by visiting their website and learn more about the powerful reason behind the program's creation.  Visit the link HERE and initiate a conversation with your student on this selection process.  CCS is excited to implement this program as next steps include notification of selection to those respective students and their families.

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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Hunter Education

Mr. Lambrecht-2/18/2022-3/10/2022

Daniel Flees has scheduled a Hunter Education class the week of March 21-25 in the OLP Church basement. Please see the flyer HERE.

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Inkjet Cartridges

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-5/15/2022

Did you know that donating your used inkjet cartridges can raise money for our school system? Please send cartridges to school fully sealed in a Ziploc bag (some will leak ink)! Please do not send new inkjets as these cannot be recycled. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Mueller, SJB Librarian by emailing mueller.jennifer@columbusdons.org.  Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-2/18/2022

Did you know that donating your used inkjet cartridges can raise money for our school system? Please send cartridges to school fully sealed in a Ziploc bag (some will leak ink)! We appreciate your support. Please do not send new inkjets as these cannot be recycled. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Mueller, SJBP Librarian, by emailing mueller.jennifer@columbusdons.org.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-10/15-22/2021

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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Letter Jackets

Mr. Lambrecht-11/11/2021

Letter jacket ordering will take place on Wednesday, November 17th.  Our representative will be here right after school in the Cafeteria at 2:45 pm.  Parents need to attend with their high school son/daughter, as sizing is only done at this time.  Have your son/daughter come to the Cafeteria first and go to their sports practice after sizing is done.  No down payment is needed when ordering.  Full payment is made when jackets arrive.  

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Knights of Columbus Competitions

Mrs. Heise-5/6/2022

Charlie Kohlbeck is the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest champion!  Charlie made 24 out of 25 free throws at the competition last weekend. We are so proud of you, Charlie!

Mrs. Heise-4/29/2022

Congratulations and good luck to Charlie Kohlbeck as he competes at the Knights of Columbus State Basketball Tournament.  We are so proud of you, Charlie, and are cheering you on! Thanks to the KC Organization for all the ways they support and promote our Catholic School.

Mr. Lambrecht-3/25/2022

Last month our middle school students took part in the Knights of Columbus Knowledge Competition.  Congratulations to all the students who competed.  Below is a list of our place winners:

  • 6th Grade Spelling: 3rd Place - Audrina Krizenesky, 2nd Place- Norah Alcott, 1st Place - Abigail Schuld
  • 7th Grade Spelling: 3rd Place - Ben Weiland, 2nd Place - Vivian Graham, 1st Place - Ava Rootellis
  • 8th Grade Spelling: 3rd Place - Mason Edwards, 2nd Place - Dakota Hannasch, 1st Place -  Lucky Laessig
  • 7th Grade Math: 3rd Place - Vickram Sinha, 2nd Place - Nathan Scheer, 1st Place - Mary Keding
  • 8th Grade Math: 3rd Place - Miles Jaime, 2nd - Place MacArthur Konieczny, 1st Place - Adeline Foley 
Mrs. Heise-3/20/2022

Last week we shared the names of the fifth graders who earned places in the Knights of Columbus Knowledge Contest.  Two of those students, John Fieweger and Bryce Lang moved onto the diocesan level of competition on March 12 and they certainly did Columbus proud!

John earned a first-place finish in the spelling competition and Bryce a third place in the math competition.  Very impressive! Good luck to John as he competes at the state level at the end of April.

Mrs. Heise-3/10/2022

Recently, students in our fifth grade took part in the KC Math and Spelling competition.  Congratulations to all of our fifth graders on their success in the competition.  Hats off to the following students for their top three place finishes: Math: John Fieweger-1st, Bryce Lang-2nd, Evie Bennett-3rd.  Spelling: John Fieweger-1st, Elly Gardner-2nd, Rosie Washington-3rd.  John and Bryce will advance to the Diocesan Tournament on March 12th.  Good luck to them!

Mrs. Heise-3/4/2022

Students from 1st through 5th grades took part in the Knights of Columbus Christmas Poster Contest.  The artwork done by all of our students was amazing, and each contestant received a certificate of participation.  A sincere thank you to the Knights of Columbus organization for all they do to support our schools.

Recently we received the list of Poster Contest award winners. Congratulations to First Grade: Trinity Wolf-1st, Peyton Behm-2nd, Rai Kasner-3rd.  Second Grade: Mayva Moeller-1st, Kollyns Wenzel-2nd, Kato Gardner-3rd.  Third Grade: Landon Bauer*-1st, Oliver Knauf-2nd, Nolan Pankratz-3rd.  Fourth Grade: Farrah Phillips-1st, Xoey Bluth-2nd, Felicity Alcott-3rd. 5th Grade-Emily Prusinski-1st, Rachel Loucks-2nd, Landon Edwards-3rd.  We are so proud of all our students and their God-given talents. *Landon Bauer took first place at the Diocesan level and his poster has been moved to the state level of judging.  Best of luck, Landon!

Note: The KC 5th grade Knowledge Contest winners will be announced next week!

Mrs. Heise-2/18/2022

The Knights of Columbus organization supports and is involved in many youth activities.  Recently our 5th grade students took part in the KC Knowledge Contest in the areas of math and spelling.  Good luck to the students!

The Marshfield Knights of Columbus is holding their annual Free Throw Contest on Sunday, February 20, 2022. The contest is open to all boys and girls ages 9 – 14 in both private and public schools. The contest will take place at St. John the Baptist School gym in Marshfield. Details are shown on the contest poster HERE. Note: please enter using the door marked "GYM" which faces Blodgett Street.

One other note; the Diocesan Free Throw Contest is being held here in Marshfield at Columbus High School gym on March 26th.  That will be an exciting event!

Mrs. Heise-2/11/2022

Making certain that we are meeting the needs of all our students requires ongoing assessment.  Students in grades 5K-5th grade take part in the Easy CBM (Curriculum-based Measurements) three times per year.  Those assessments are taking place right now.  Additionally, 5th grade students are taking part in the Diocesan Faith Knowledge assessment (parents received letters regarding this) and the Knights of Columbus Math and Spelling competition tests.  Coming in March/April, students in grades 3-5 will also be taking the Forward Exams.  More information will be shared as it comes.

Regardless of the assessment and the age level, students are expected to do their best.  As always, in order to do well in school, students should get plenty of sleep, eat well, and be active.  Screen time should be limited. We have students as young as kindergarten telling us about the video games, tablet time, and television time they have at home which goes well beyond recommended screen time.  Technology is a wonderful thing, but late-night game playing or games that are not appropriate for the age range of the child, does not help them as students.

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Lent

Mrs. Heise-4/22/2022

Thank you for your donations of items for Mary’s Place and money for the Missionary Childhood Association placed in the mite boxes.  Your kindness makes a difference in the lives of others.

Mrs. Heise-4/14/2022

Thank you to all who donated to the OLP collection for Mary’s Place.  Mrs. Kupfer’s 5th grade students will be delivering the many personal items and cleaning supplies to them. Thank you to the students and families from SJB for their collection of money in mite boxes for the Missionary Childhood Association.  These donations will make a positive difference in the lives of many.

Mrs. Heise-4/8/2022

We are nearing the end of our Lenten journeys.  These days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving remind us of the ultimate glory we will soon witness. 

In giving alms, please remember that our elementary students and staff are participating in Lenten service projects.  We continue to collect items for Mary’s Place and fill mite boxes for the Missionary Childhood Association.  Please purchase your donations and collect your coins through Holy Week.  We will be delivering our donations when we return from Easter break.

As we look to the coming of Holy Week, let us spare this week for our God. Let us find time for reflection and prayer.  Let us be thankful for the blessings God has given to us.  And let us have a week filled with the true meaning of this message before us.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…” ~John 3:16

Mr. Eaton-4/14/2022

Triduum and Easter Mass Times

  • Our Lady of Peace: Holy Thursday: 5:30pm; Good Friday: 12:30pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 8:00am, 10:00am
  • Sacred Heart: Holy Thursday: 6:00; Good Friday: 6:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 8:30am, 6:00pm
  • Corpus Christi: Easter: 10:00am
  • St. John the Baptist, Marshfield: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm; Good Friday: 1:30pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am
  • Christ the King: Holy Thursday: 8:00pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 8:00am, 10:00am
  • St. Mary’s, Neillsville: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 8:00am, 10:30am
  • St. Joseph’s, Stratford: Holy Thursday: 5:30pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:00pm; Easter: 10:00am
  • St. Andrew’s, Rozellville: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:00pm; Easter: 8:00am
  • St. Michael’s, St. Killian’s, St. Mary’s: Holy Thursday: 6:30pm (B); Good Friday: 1:00pm (B); Easter Vigil: 8:30pm (B); Easter: 8:30am (A), 10:30am (H)
  • St. John the Baptist, Edgar: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:00pm; Easter: 9:00am
  • St. James, St. Joachim, Holy Rosary: Holy Thursday: 6:00pm (WR); Good Friday: 1:00pm (V); Easter Vigil: 8:30pm (P); Easter: 7:00am (V), 8:30am (WR), 10:30am (P)
  • St. Anthony’s, St. Mary’s, Holy Family: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm (G); Good Friday: 12:30pm (L), 3:00pm (W); Easter Vigil: 8:00pm (W); Easter: 8:00am (G), 10:00am (L)

Service Times for our Non-Catholic Friends

  • Trinity Lutheran: Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm, Good Friday, 7:00pm, Easter Vigil, 7:00pm, Easter, 10:00am
  • Christ Lutheran: Maundy Thursday, 6:30, Good Friday, 1:15pm, 6:30pm, Easter, 6:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am
  • First Presbyterian: Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm, Good Friday, 12:00pm, Easter, 9:30am
  • Grace Baptist: Easter, 10:00am
  • NorthRidge: Good Friday, 5:00pm, 7:00pm; Easter 9:00am, 10:45am
  • Calvary Bible: Good Friday @ NorthRidge; Easter, 10:45am
  • Cornerstone: Good Friday@ NorthRidge, Easter, 8:55am, 10:30am
  • Center City: Good Friday @ NorthRidge, Easter, 10:00am
  • Faith Lutheran: Maundy Thursday, 6:00pm; Good Friday, 6:00pm; Easter, 8:00am, 10:00am
  • Immanuel Lutheran, Marshfield: Thursday: 4:00pm, 6:30pm; Good Friday, 1:00pm, 6:30pm, Easter, 6:30am, 9:00am
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran: Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm, Good Friday, 7:00pm, Easter, 9:00am
  • Zion Methodist: Good Friday, 6:30pm; Easter, 9:30am
  • Immanuel Lutheran, Hewitt: Saturday, 6:30pm; Easter, 9:00am
Mr. Eaton-4/8/2022

Wear Red for Palm Sunday

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, which remembers Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem.  It is also called Sunday of the Lord’s Passion or Passion Sunday because the Gospel reading (this year from Luke 22:14-23:56) is the Passion, from the Last Supper through the Crucifixion. Red is the traditional color for Palm Sunday, and for all of Holy Week except Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.

The Easter Triduum

Triduum (pronounced treed’-you-uhm) is literally “Three days”. It is the shortest season on the Catholic liturgical calendar, being just three days long: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Those three days recount the important events of the Last Supper, Jesus’s suffering and Crucifixion, the darkness of the tomb, and, finally, the transition from darkness into the light of the Resurrection.

The three days of the Triduum are distinctly different. On Holy Thursday we commemorate the Last Supper. During this celebration we typically see the Washing of the Feet [technically called the Mandatum, (pronounce man-dah’-toom) which is Jesus’s order to the disciples to do for others as he has done for them]. In this, together with the later command to “Do (offer) this in remembrance of me” we see the institution of the priesthood (Sacrament of Holy Orders). (See a similar description of the Old Testament institution of priesthood in Exodus 40:12-13, 30-32 and Leviticus 8:7).

On Holy Thursday we also specially celebrate the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the first Eucharist. While the Catholic Church does this at every Mass, this is especially important on Holy Thursday when we commemorate the Last Supper. For the Catholic Church, Christ’s words, “This is my body” (Matthew 26:26, Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19) and “This is my blood” (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke22:20) are literal and become again literally true at each Mass during the Consecration following Jesus’s command to “Do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:19).

The Last Supper is the foundation for Catholic teaching that the Eucharist (Communion) at Mass is the actual, literal, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ. That gives rise to the Catholic practice of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. At the end of the celebration on Holy Thursday, there is the Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament to what is technically known as an Altar of Repose, and a period of Adoration.

Good Friday is both distinct from, and an extension of, the celebration on Holy Thursday. It is not, technically, itself a Mass as there is no Consecration. Communion uses reserved Eucharist from the night before.

The primary features of the Good Friday celebration are another reading of the Passion as on Palm Sunday, the Solemn Intercessions, and Adoration of the Cross. The Solemn Intercessions sometimes overlooked, I think. While it is common for Catholics to pray for the Church, the Pope, Church leaders, all Catholics, public officials, and the sick and suffering at Mass, the Solemn Intercessions include prayers for those becoming Catholic the next night at the Easter Vigil, for Unity of all Christians, for the Jewish People, for those who don’t believe in Christ, and for those who don’t believe in God at all.

Adoration of the Cross is easy to misunderstand. It’s not Worship of the common, physical representation of the Crucifix used during this part of the Good Friday celebration. It’s a physical action meant to cause a spiritual disposition or attitude that leads to Worship of Christ. Showing reverence for the physical manifestation of the Cross draws us to remember with gratitude and worship the one who died on the Holy Cross on Calvary.

The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday is the most important night of the year in the Catholic Church. The celebration starts in darkness and a new fire is lit. (Usually outside, but I’ve seen small fires lit inside the church, also.) From that fire is lit the Easter Candle (also called the Paschal Candle – Paschal meaning relating to Passover.)

From the new Easter Candle is lit candles held by the congregation. Next comes the singing of the Easter Proclamation (also called Exultet from it’s first word in Latin). The Proclamation is a call to rejoice for the salvation brought about by Christ. It includes a condensed retelling of salvation history from Adam’s fall, Passover and the Exodus, to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. I was privileged to sing the Proclamation for about 15 years in my home parish and I firmly believe that I have been in the presence of the Holy Spirit while doing so.

The Easter Vigil continues with up to seven Old Testament readings telling of Creation, the call of Abraham, Moses and the Exodus, and the foretelling of the Messiah from the Prophets Isaiah, Baruch, and Ezekial.

We then hear the Gloria which has been silent except for Holy Thursday and major Solemnities since Ash Wednesday. This is followed by the Epistle, the Alleluia, also silent since Ash Wednesday, and the Gospel.

When there are new members joining the Church there may be Baptisms, including a Litany of the Saints. There will be a Renewal of Baptismal Promises for all of the congregation, and a Sprinkling with Holy Water. New members will also be Confirmed and make their First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil.

Finally, the Easter Vigil concludes with Consecration, Holy Communion, the final blessing, and recessional hymn. This is the first time a final blessing is given since the start of the Triduum on Holy Thursday. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil are three distinct celebrations, but are also only one celebration.

For young children, the celebration of Holy Thursday usually starts around 6:00 or 7:00, so, a little late, but not too bad. It’s also not terribly long and has events they won’t see any other time, primarily the Washing of Feet. Good Friday services are usually in the afternoon but can be pretty long for young kids. I think a good rule of thumb would be if they’re old enough to be a server (Acolyte) they’re old enough for Good Friday. The Easter Vigil can be a good two hours or more depending on how many of the Old Testament readings are used and whether or not new members are joining the Church. In my opinion, though, it is absolutely crucial to an understanding of Catholicism to have an understanding of the Easter Vigil. The feeling of moving from darkness to light, from death to Resurrection, is palpable at the Easter Vigil.

I encourage you all to participate in the Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter services at your Church.

Triduum and Easter Mass Times

  • Our Lady of Peace: Holy Thursday: 5:30pm; Good Friday: 12:30pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 8:00am, 10:00am
  • Sacred Heart: Holy Thursday: 6:00; Good Friday: 6:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 8:30am, 6:00pm
  • Corpus Christi: Easter: 10:00am
  • St. John the Baptist, Marshfield: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm; Good Friday: 1:30pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am
  • Christ the King: Holy Thursday: 8:00pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 8:00am, 10:00am
  • St. Mary’s, Neillsville: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:30pm; Easter: 8:00am, 10:30am
  • St. Joseph’s, Stratford: Holy Thursday: 5:30pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:00pm; Easter: 10:00am
  • St. Andrew’s, Rozellville: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:00pm; Easter: 8:00am
  • St. Michael’s, St. Killian’s, St. Mary’s: Holy Thursday: 6:30pm (B); Good Friday: 1:00pm (B); Easter Vigil: 8:30pm (B); Easter: 8:30am (A), 10:30am (H)
  • St. John the Baptist, Edgar: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm; Good Friday: 1:00pm; Easter Vigil: 8:00pm; Easter: 9:00am
  • St. James, St. Joachim, Holy Rosary: Holy Thursday: 6:00pm (WR); Good Friday: 1:00pm (V); Easter Vigil: 8:30pm (P); Easter: 7:00am (V), 8:30am (WR), 10:30am (P)
  • St. Anthony’s, St. Mary’s, Holy Family: Holy Thursday: 7:00pm (G); Good Friday: 12:30pm (L), 3:00pm (W); Easter Vigil: 8:00pm (W); Easter: 8:00am (G), 10:00am (L)

Service Times for our Non-Catholic Friends

  • Trinity Lutheran: Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm, Good Friday, 7:00pm, Easter Vigil, 7:00pm, Easter, 10:00am
  • Christ Lutheran: Maundy Thursday, 6:30, Good Friday, 1:15pm, 6:30pm, Easter, 6:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am
  • First Presbyterian: Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm, Good Friday, 12:00pm, Easter, 9:30am
  • Grace Baptist: Easter, 10:00am
  • NorthRidge: Good Friday, 5:00pm, 7:00pm; Easter 9:00am, 10:45am
  • Calvary Bible: Good Friday @ NorthRidge; Easter, 10:45am
  • Cornerstone: Good Friday@ NorthRidge, Easter, 8:55am, 10:30am
  • Center City: Good Friday @ NorthRidge, Easter, 10:00am
  • Faith Lutheran: Maundy Thursday, 6:00pm; Good Friday, 6:00pm; Easter, 8:00am, 10:00am
  • Immanuel Lutheran, Marshfield: Thursday: 4:00pm, 6:30pm; Good Friday, 1:00pm, 6:30pm, Easter, 6:30am, 9:00am
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran: Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm, Good Friday, 7:00pm, Easter, 9:00am
  • Zion Methodist: Good Friday, 6:30pm; Easter, 9:30am
  • Immanuel Lutheran, Hewitt: Saturday, 6:30pm; Easter, 9:00am
Mrs. Heise-3/25/2022

Our Lenten journeys continue as our students pray the Stations of the Cross and attend Reconciliation.  Stations of the Cross will be prayed at SJB on April 7 at 2:00 and at OLP on April 8 at 2:00.  You are welcome to join us as we spend this time on the journey with Jesus.

Thank you to our teachers and to our fifth graders who led the prayers for us. 

As we leave for spring break, there is always a sense of excitement about having some time away whether we are traveling, working on those spring projects, or just having some downtime.

While we are apart, please remember that there is much taking place in the world that certainly is not positive.  Those living in Ukraine are experiencing untold tragedy, and we have to wonder how they are living day to day.  There are so many children in our own community and country going without food and families that are homeless or jobless. 

During this season of Lent, may our prayers be for all those going through difficult times.  May we be grateful for all the positive moments in our own lives.  And may we remember that Jesus gave His life for us so that we could be here to share all that is good with others.

Mrs. Heise-3/20/2022

Our OLP collection of items for Mary’s Place, in Marshfield and coins for Missionary Childhood Association are going well.  As we continue on our journey with Jesus, may we work to serve and support others to the degree that we are able.  Not only as a mission of who we are at Columbus Catholic, but who we are as people of God.

Mrs. Heise-3-10/2022

We continue our journey through Lent with our focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. 

Thank you to the teachers and students for praying the Stations of the Cross, for “giving up or to” as they fast, to the SJB students as they find chores to do as part of their Mite box collections, and to OLP students for their donations to Mary’s Place.

Mr. Lambrecht-3/4/2022

This week the Middle School collected items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry for a Lenten Service Project. Over 350 items were collected. Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause. 

Mrs. Heise-3/4/2022

We began our Lenten journeys, this week, as we celebrated at our Ash Wednesday Masses. Thank you to all those who prepared our liturgies and lead us in God’s word.

As we continue on the road that Jesus walked, our students will be praying the Stations of the Cross.  1st and 2nd grade students will pray them at St. John’s on March 10, 24, and April 7.  OLP students will pray the Stations on March 18, 25, and April 8.  Prayer begins at 2:00 p.m. You are welcome to join us.

Students and teachers will be attending Adoration at various times and will also take part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  All of these moments with God are part of what Lent is all about; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Thank you for supporting your children in their faith development and in helping them learn to treat others as Jesus wants us to do.

Mr. Eaton-2/25/2022

Wednesday, March 2nd, is Ash Wednesday, the start of the liturgical season of Lent.  While thinking about Lent this year I came across something I sent out in an update 12 years ago: “All About Lent”, which I originally got from the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) website. You can view it HERE as a fairly in-depth commentary on Lent.

For an easier way to think about preparing for Lent, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qDG51cl9gY&t=428s

I encourage you to consider something Fr. Mike Schmitz suggests in the video: read the Gospels every day. Think about starting Ash Wednesday with either Matthew, Chapter 4, or Luke, Chapter 4. Both recount the story of Jesus’s 40 days in the wilderness. Read a little bit each day, trying to reach Matthew, Chapter 21 or Luke, Chapter 19 by Palm Sunday. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week, read Matthew, Chapters 22 through 25, or Luke, Chapters 20 and 21 plus John, Chapter 13. On Holy Thursday, Read Matthew, Chapter 26 or Luke, Chapter 22. On Good Friday, Matthew 27 or Luke 23. On Holy Saturday, read John, Chapters 14 through 17. That last one backs up to John’s Last Supper discourses.

Mrs. Heise-2/25/2022

Ash Wednesday Masses

Students at both Our Lady of Peace and St. John Primary will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass on March 2nd.  OLP students and staff will attend 8:00 a.m. Mass at OLP with the MS/HS students and staff.  Students and staff at SJB will take part in the Ash Wednesday Mass at St. John’s at 9:30 a.m. 

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving…the three disciplines of Lent.  We encourage our students to pray at times other than the daily meal and school prayers.  As they fast, we remind them that this is not about giving up candy or a vegetable they don’t like, but about giving up something that would allow for more time in service.  And “Giving ‘alms’” is more than just giving money to help others, it is a matter of heart-felt concern for those in genuine need. Be sure to read the information being sent home with students from both buildings, on Monday.

Lenten Service Projects

This year, the elementary students and staff will be participating in two service projects.  Those students at SJB, will focus on collecting money for the Propagation of the Faith as they fill their Mite Boxes.  Students will be given Mite Boxes into which they can place their coins.  Doing chores around the house and helping grandparents or neighbors are great ways for students to earn money for their Mite Boxes.  Money raised goes to help children from poor countries living in poverty and in need of food, clothing, school supplies and tuition, and playground equipment.

OLP students will be collecting items for Mary’s Place, here in Marshfield. Mary’s Place is a non-profit housing facility focused on helping the homeless, no-income, and low-income individuals in Marshfield and surrounding areas. The goal of Mary’s Place is to get the community involved with volunteer work, and to help support those in need in our community. Items needed to help individuals temporarily residing at Mary’s Place include:

  • Hygiene items: deodorant (men & women), body sprays (men & women), hand lotion, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors (men & women)
  • Cleaning products: general surface cleaners (such as Pine-Sol or Mr. Clean), bath tissue, face tissue, paper towel, glass cleaner, oven cleaner, laundry detergent, dryer sheets
  • Bottled water

Additionally, all OLP students will receive Mite Boxes, so students can participate in their own almsgiving.  Chores, babysitting, and helping neighbors are wonderful ways to earn those coins and dollars to help children in need.

Lenten Journey

As we begin this journey of 40 days let us be mindful of the reason we are walking the road that Jesus walked. May our hearts be cleansed and filled with love…the kind of love that God has shown to us through His sacrifice.

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Library Donations

Mrs. Heise-5/15/2022

We are so glad that your students have loved our books and grown so much in their learning this year.  Thank you for sharing them with us!  We are in need of some new (to us) book titles.  As you clean out your shelves and closet in anticipation of summer, we hope you might consider donating gently used books to our school libraries.  Please send any book donations to the schools between May 16 and June 2, 2022.  Thank you…Mrs. Bauer and Mrs. Mueller.

Mrs. Heise-5/6/2022

We are so glad that your students have loved our books and grown so much in their learning this year. Thank you for sharing them with us! We are in need of some new (to us) book titles. We hope that as you clean out your shelves and closets in anticipation of summer, you might consider donating gently used books to our school libraries. Please send any book donations to the school between May 16 and June 2, 2022.

All books must meet these conditions:

  • In gently used condition
  • Pages and covers are free of marks and writing
  • Pages and covers are tear-free
  • Book spines are in good condition
  • Titles are appropriate for preschool through 5th grade

The OLP Library could particularly use chapter books, including:

  • Warriors series
  • Wings of Fire series
  • Babysitters Club series

The St. John’s Library could particularly use books on the topics of:

  • Faith
  • Nonfiction for kids (animals, space, tractors, sports)
  • Barbie and Disney princesses
  • Superheroes (Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Avengers, etc.)
  • Dr. Suess (any and all titles)

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Living Stations

Mr. Lambrecht-1/14-2/11/2022

As we start the second semester, we will be welcoming back Mrs. Paulick who was out on maternity leave.  We would also like to thank Beth Stratman, Emily Callaghan, and Stephaine Johnson who did a great job filling in for her while she was out.  We are very fortunate to have people who are not only willing to step in to help but are able to do a great job while doing so.  

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Lost and Found

Mr. Lambrecht-12/10-17/2021

Please encourage Middle and High School students to check the lost and found basket in the main office if they are missing items.

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Lunch

Mrs. Heise-11-5-2021

We have had parents asking if they will be able to join their children for lunch at school this year.  I am sorry, but due to the large number of students and doing our best to distance during lunch, we will not be able to have guests for lunch. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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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Madison Field Trip

Mrs. Heise-4/14/2022

Today, our fourth graders and teachers traveled to Madison for tours of the State Capitol, the Veterans’ Museum, and the Historical Museum.  This trip is a special one and the students learn a great deal about the history of our state and the sacrifices made by those who came before us. I look forward to hearing the stories from their experience.

A special thank you to the parents who traveled to chaperone and to the Columbus Catholic School Parent Association for sponsoring the cost of the bus.

Mrs. Heise-4/8/2022

4th graders will head to Madison for their class trip, on April 14. The students will tour the capital building, meet with some of our legislators and representatives, and tour the Historical Museum. This trip is part of our 4th grade Wisconsin curriculum, and we are grateful that the students are able to take the trip this year.  I look forward to hearing their many stories and shared information when they return.

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Marawood Honors Band/Choir

Mr. Lambrecht-10/22/2021

Congratulations to the students of Columbus Catholic Band and Choir who will be participating in the Marawood Honors Band and Choir.  Band students include Mira Torbey, Lizzy Gruenloh, Hailey Zimmerman, and Autumn Vine.  Choir Students include Madi Wittman and Kate Howlett. Students will have the opportunity to play a concert with other band and choir members of the conference on November 2nd.  

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Martial Arts in Physical Education

During the weeks of January 17 and 24, 1st and 2nd graders will be participating in martial arts training during their physical education classes.  Instructors from Reis Martial Arts will teach lessons focusing on developing coordination, confidence, discipline and self-control.  Thank you to Mr. Reis and the instructors for providing our students with these important life skills.

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May Crowning

Mrs. Heise-5/6/2022

Students at both OLP and SJB paid tribute to Mary with their May Crowning celebrations this week.  Honoring Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is an important part of living our faith.  It also reminds us of the need to honor our own mothers who show us unconditional love, strength, and hope even on the hardest of days.

To all of those moms, grandmothers, daughters, and aunts out there… Blessings to you on this Mother’s Day. 

Mrs. Heise-4/29/2022

The month of May brings with it the celebration of springtime, Mother’s Day, and the special gift of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Next week, we will pay tribute to Mary with our special celebrations. 

At St. John’s, May Crowning will be a part of our special Mass to celebrate First Holy Communion with our second graders on May 4. While space at St. John’s will be limited to our First Communicants, their parents, and our school students, you are welcome to join us for May Crowning and the praying of the Rosary at Our Lady of Peace.

May Crowning will take place at OLP Church on May 5 at 12:10 p.m. Our Fourth Graders will lead the procession at Our Lady of Peace as we honor this most wonderful of women.  We will follow the Crowning of Mary by praying the Rosary.  What a wonderful way to show love for our own mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters.

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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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National Honors Society

Mr. Lambrecht-3/10/2022

National Honor Society is happy to announce that Cole Timmler has been selected as one of this year's NHS Scholarship semifinalists and will receive a scholarship award of $3,200! Congratulations Cole!

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No School

Mrs. Heise-3/25/2022

Spring Break has Arrived! The robins were wet and the students were dry with many inside recesses, this week.  But God will bring spring to Wisconsin someday and the students will get outside to play.  With cool temperatures and not the best weather forecast for spring break, hopefully there are still things to do while getting some rest and a break from school work.  To those traveling, you are in our prayers for safe travels.

Mrs. Heise-3/10/2022

Our teachers and administrators will spend the day tomorrow, in virtual meetings with other educators from around the Diocese of La Crosse. The meetings will focus on several subjects relevant to what is taking place in our world today.  Thank you to Father Williams for celebrating Mass with us and to Tom Reichenbacher, Superintendent of Schools, for arranging the virtual in-service.  I hope your children enjoy the day off of school.

Mr. Lambrecht-3/10/2022

There will be no school on March 11th due to staff in-service.

Mrs. Heise-2/25/2022

Thank you for your patience and understanding during our ice/snow-related weather days. We know the difficulty with getting late notice and finding child care and making other arrangements, but we do follow the closing determinations of the School District of Marshfield.

As hard as these decisions are, they are made in the interest of the safety of the children.  Hopefully, though, we won’t have any more days off due to the unpredictable Wisconsin weather.

Mr. Eaton-1/28-2/11/2022

All Columbus Catholic Schools will be closed on Friday, February 18th for a teacher workday. We have many teachers who have to complete a required Diocese of La Crosse training and that is the day the presenter, Monsignor Mark Pierce, is able to offer the in-service. All teachers new to CCS this year, and all those who were new last year and unable to complete this training due to COVID, are required to attend. With nearly twenty teachers required to be in this all-day session, it will not be possible to have enough substitutes to hold school for the students. Teachers not required to participate in the diocesan in-service will have a workday at school.

Mr. Lambrecht-10/22/2021

There will be no school on 10/29 because the teachers of Columbus Catholic will be participating in the Diocesan In-Service.  Students may enjoy a much-needed three-day break from school.  

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-5/6/2022

As we celebrated our teachers and staff this week, our Parent Association graciously provided treats to make the days even better. Thank you to them for their kindness and generosity.  Together we have a wonderful family where everyone should feel appreciated.

Mrs. Heise-2/11/2022

Thank you to the Columbus Parent Association for their continued support of our school.  The group graciously provided CSW lunches for the staff, this week.  We are so blessed to be a part of the Columbus Catholic Schools community.

Mrs. Heise-2/4/2022

Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to the members of our Parent Association for the time and finances spent to help us celebrate our school.  Students had treats to go along with their activities, and it is thanks to this hard-working group that they were able to do so. 

Please remember that all parents and guardians are members of the Parent Association. You are always welcome to become active members. The meetings are few, but the wonderful things that are done by this group for our students and staff, are so important to us.  We are so blessed.

If you’d like to get involved with CCS Parent Association which can be as simple as giving an hour of time to help with a project, please contact paofficers@columbusdons.org

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-1/21/2022

Columbus Parent Association will be meeting this Sunday, Jan 23 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm at the Columbus Cafeteria.  All parents are invited and encouraged to join.  We will be discussing Catholic Schools Week and spring activities.

Mrs. Heise-10/22/2021

Teachers at SJB were treated to great sack meals during conference nights, thanks to members of the Columbus Parent Association.  With little time for breaks, these were the perfect meals. Thank you to the PA for all they do for our school.  We are blessed!

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

Mr. Lambrecht-3/25/2022

April 6 starting at 3:00 Parent-Teacher Signup

Mr. Lambrecht-3/20/2022

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on April 6 starting at 3:00. Please sign up HERE.

Mrs. Heise 1/28/2022

Thank you to those parents who joined us for Parent-Teacher Conferences, this week.  It is always nice to share wonderful things about your children and to discuss any areas where further growth may be needed.  As we look to the work ahead for the remainder of the school year, we know that it is by challenging our students and communicating with you that we will prepare them for the next school year, which isn’t that far off.

Mrs. Heise 1/21/2022

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, January 25 at both St. John’s and OLP. This quarter, conferences are at the request of the teacher or parent for 4K-5th. Preschool conferences are required.

Mrs. Vine and Mrs. Voight have created a Sign-up Genius for your ease in scheduling conferences. Just as we did in the fall, conferences will be in-person (unless specified differently by the teachers) 10 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for teachers to prepare for the next conference.  Note: All parents must come through the main school doors for conferences. 

Mrs. Heise-1/14/2022

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, January 25 at both Our Lady of Peace and St. John’s Schools. This quarter, conferences will be held at the request of the teachers or parents for students in 4K-5th grade.  Conferences for parents of Preschool students are required.

A sign-up genius link will be sent out by Mrs. Vine and Mrs. Voight on January 20 for your ease in scheduling conferences.  As we did in the fall, conferences will be in-person, 10 minutes in length with 5 minutes for teachers to prepare for the next conference.   Note: All parents must come through the main school doors for conferences.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs. Heise-1/7/2022

Parent-Teacher Conferences for parents of all Preschool students, as well as, those parents of 4K-5th grade students whose teachers request a conference will be held on Tuesday, January 25.  A Sign-Up Genius will be sent out on January 20, for parents to sign up. Please be sure to sign up.

Mrs. Heise-11/11/2021

Thank you to the parents and guardians who met with our OLP teachers this week during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Working together for the success of our students is important in helping the students to grow academically.  If you were not able to schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact him/her no later than November 18 to ensure that students are on the right track as we move forward through the second quarter.

Note: A special thank you to the members of the Parent Association who graciously brought meals for the teachers.  Your kindness is very much appreciated.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/11/2021

We will be hosting parent-teacher conferences on November 17. The Signup Link is now open, please CLICK HERE to sign up for an available 10-minute conference time with any of their child’s teachers. Parents may choose to attend in person or virtually. If you sign up for a virtual conference, that teacher will send you a link for a Zoom Conference.  Please sign in to the conference at the time you signed up.  You will be placed in the waiting room until the teacher is finished with the previous conference. You may also choose to attend an in-person conference which will be held in the teacher's classroom.

Mrs. Heise-11/5/2021

Parent-Teacher Conferences for OLP students will be held on Tuesday, November 9 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 11 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. A Sign-Up Genius has been created for you to register for conferences:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DA4AF23A4FA7-conferences164 

The conferences will be scheduled every 15 minutes with 10 minutes for the conference and 5 minutes in-between.  In-person conferences went very well at SJB and we look forward to the same at OLP.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/5/2021

We will be hosting parent-teacher conferences on November 17. The Signup Link is now open, please CLICK HERE to sign up for an available 10-minute conference time with any of their child’s teachers. Parents may choose to attend in-person or virtually. If you sign up for a virtual conference, that teacher will send you a link for a Zoom Conference.  Please sign in to the conference at the time you signed up.  You will be placed in the waiting room until the teacher is finished with the previous conference. You may also choose to attend an in-person conference which will be held in the teacher's classroom.

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

Parent-Teacher Conferences for OLP students will be held on November 9 and 11. A Sign-Up Genius will be created for you to register for conferences.  That link will be sent out on November 1. Please remember that first quarter conferences are required, so please sign up.

Mrs. Heise-10/22/2021

Thank you to those who joined us for our SJB conferences this week.  It is important that we work together for the success of the students.  Please note that first quarter conferences are required for parents/guardians so if you did not attend, the teachers or I will be contacting you to schedule a time to meet.  OLP Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for November 9 and 11.  A sign-up genius will be set up on November 1 for you to schedule your conference.

Mr. Lambrecht-10/22/2021

We will be hosting parent-teacher conferences on 11/17 from 3:00 to 6:30 pm.  There will be a Signup Genius sent out to all parents to allow parents to sign up for a 10-minute conference with any of their child’s teachers. Parents may choose to attend in person or virtually. If you sign up for a virtual conference, that teacher will send you a link for a Zoom Conference.  Please sign in to the conference at the time you signed up.  You will be placed in the waiting room until the teacher is finished with the previous conference. You may also choose to attend an in-person conference which will be held in the teacher's classroom.

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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Penance

Mrs. Heise-4/8/2022

OLP students participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, yesterday.  This time of penance allows the students to reflect on their choices and responsibilities to their faith.  Thank you to Father Robertson and fellow pastors for their time sharing these moments with us.

Mrs. Heise-12/17/2021

Thank you to Father Weighner, Father Williams, Father Kitzhaber, and Father Saylor for spending time with the OLP students as they gathered for confession.  These moments afford us the opportunity to ask forgiveness for those not so good choices we have made as we seek God’s grace during this Advent season.

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Personal Development Center

Mrs.Wieland-10/22/2021

Did you know CCS collaborates with PDC for youth advocacy?  PDC, or Personal Development Center, is a private, non-profit victim services agency providing case management, advocacy, and prevention education to individuals and families in the North Wood County and Clark County area. Having served the community since 1977, the agency has a history of identifying and addressing needs within an atmosphere of confidentiality and concern.

The Personal Development Center, Inc. is guided by a Board of Directors representing area businesses, service providers, the medical community, individuals, and organizations. Personal Development Center provides advocacy and support services for children who are victims of and/or affected by domestic/dating violence or sexual assault and those who have been identified as at risk. A list of supports include:

  • Education and Skill Building
  • Support Groups
  • Individual Advocacy
  • Resources and Referrals
  • Prevention Education
  • Parent/Child Support Groups
  • Family Centered Programming

Referrals for the Youth Advocacy Program come from teachers, counselors, community service agencies and parents. For a referral, please use the HERE. For more information, please see HERE.

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Pi Competition

Mr. Lambrecht-3/20/2022

Our geometry classes held a Pi Day competition this week. Emily Dick recited 40 digits of pi behind the decimal point, Claire Becerra had 45, Akosua Yeboah recited 60, and….Wayne Walter had 125 digits. Congratulations to all who competed!

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Pioneer Day

Mrs. Heise-2/25/2022

The 4th graders and their teachers had a great time during their Pioneer Day experience.  From dressing the part, bringing their lunches in buckets and making butter, to creating their own marbles for a quick game, the students lived a day in the “Big Woods”.  Thank you to Mrs. Herman, Mr. Krasselt, and Ms. Karen for designing this special day, and to all those who donated items to help the students experience this day in history. 

Mrs. Heise-2/18/2022

Our 4th grade students and teachers will participate in the annual “Pioneer Day” on February 25.  Each year, as part of the Wisconsin history portion of our Social Studies curriculum and a follow-up to the “Little House on the Prairie” story, the students spend a day dressed in the clothing styles of our pioneers, have flapjacks and eggs, and take part in activities and games from the early 1900s.  I know they are looking forward to a change of pace and a new learning opportunity.  Walking to school uphill both ways through deep snow probably is not on the list, though.

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Progress Reports

Mr. Lambrecht-4/29/2022

Progress reports were emailed Thursday afternoon.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your teachers.

Mrs. Heise-4/22/2022

We are now back at the books and the teaching and learning that has to take place for a successful school year.  Progress reports will go home on April 29 for those students who may need some extra encouragement to achieve what we know they are capable of. Please be sure to speak to your students and help them to understand that hard work, a positive attitude, and belief in themselves can make all the difference in accomplishing their goals.

Mrs. Heise-2/18/2022

Progress reports were sent home with students 4K-5th today.  Please review these reports with your child(ren) and discuss progress made and areas that may need more work.  We are midway through the third quarter of school.  There is more work ahead, and it continues to become more difficult.  Suggestions: practice those grade-level skills and READ a lot.  Reading to your child(ren)or having them read to you is a great way to bond, as well as, see how much they know.  Note: We have a great Superkids Parent Portal for 5K-2nd grade students.  Be sure to get logged on.

Mrs. Heise-2/11/2022

Progress reports will go home with students 4K-5 on February 17.  Please review these reports with your child(ren) and discuss progress made and areas that may need more work.  We are midway through the third quarter of school.  There is more work ahead, and it continues to become more difficult.  While children have different levels of ability and gifts, we still want them to do their best. It is not about getting an A, it is about succeeding where they are at.

Mr. Lambrecht-2/11/2022

3rd Quarter Progress Reports were emailed out on Thursday. This is a great time to check progress in each class. Please reach out to any teachers if there are any questions or concerns with your grades. Progress Reports will be used to determine academic eligibility. You may also check your grades on FACTS at any time. 

Mrs. Heise-2/4/2022

Everyone had a great week, and we are grateful for your support of our school. We have a day off on Monday, February 7, but then it is back to working hard at school and at home. 

Progress reports will go home with students on February 17. That means it is time to raise the bar on effort: pay attention to the teachers as they provide instruction, do work in class so students know how to build their skills, and complete homework so they continue to grow in their learning.  We need your support for the education of your students, just as you support them in their many activities. Be their cheerleaders and let them know that what they learn and how they show their faith lives matters.  We will do the same.

Mr. Lambrecht-2/4/2022

3rd Quarter Progress Reports will be emailed out Friday, February 11th. This is a great time to check progress in each class. Please reach out to any teachers if there are any questions or concerns with your grades. Progress reports will be used to determine academic eligibility. You may also check your grades on FACTS at any time. 

Mrs. Heise-12/10/2021

Progress reports went home with students, today. 2nd quarter reports do not go home with every child, but are sent based on the need to communicate any questions or concerns that the teachers may have. If your child’s teacher has requested a time to meet, either based on this report or your inability to join us for Parent-Teacher conferences, I ask that you contact him/her prior to Christmas break to schedule an appointment.  While you may not be able to meet prior to the break, scheduling a time now will allow for time to meet when we do return. Remember… celebrate the many successes of your child and work toward improvement in areas of need.

Mrs. Heise-12/3/2021

Progress reports for the second quarter will be sent home on December 10. These reports are for students in 5K-5th grade, but during this quarter will only be sent with students who are need of working a little harder at this time.  While we know this school year is different, the time and efforts that students put into their work should not change. 

Mr. Lambercht-12/3/2021

2nd Quarter Progress Reports will be emailed out on Tuesday, December 7th. 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-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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Prom

Mr. Lambrecht-4/29/2022

We will be hosting Prom on Saturday, April 30th from 8:00 p.m until 12:00 a.m at the Columbus gym. 

Mr. Lambrecht-4/23/2022

We are looking forward to this year’s Junior prom. The event will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. at the Columbus gym.  Coronation is at 9:30 p.m. Tickets will be for sale for $15 from Tuesday, April 19 until Friday, April 22 before and after school in Ms. Storch's room.  

A guest permission form must be filled out for any guest attending Prom. The purpose of this form is to ensure the safety and security of CCHS students and guests. The form must be returned to Ms. Storch by April 25. This form will not be accepted on the night of the dance.

Traditionally many of our students have attended the 4:00 p.m. Mass at OLP before Prom.  This year the church will be holding First Communion at that Mass.  St. John’s will have Mass at 4:30 p.m. and Sacred Heart will have Mass at 5:00 p.m. We encourage students to attend one of those Masses.

Mr. Lambrecht-4/14/2022

We are looking forward to this year’s Junior prom. The event will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 8:00 p.m until 12:00 a.m at the Columbus gym.  Coronation is at 9:30 p.m. Tickets will be for sale for $15 from Tuesday, April 19 - to Friday, April 22 before and after school in Ms. Storch's room.  

A guest permission form must be filled out for any guest attending Prom. The purpose of this form is to ensure the safety and security of CCHS students and guests. The form must be returned to Ms. Storch by April 25. This form will not be accepted on the night of the dance.

Mr. Lambrecht-4/8/2022

Columbus Catholic High School Prom will be held on April 30. Please click on a link for more information.

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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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Quiz Bowl

Mr. Lambrecht-12/10/2021

The High School Quiz Bowl team competed in the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Wisconsin High School tournament on Saturday, December 4th at UW-Madison. Team members included: Senior Mark Fieweger, Juniors Emma Alcott, Isaac Mauritz, Mira Torbey, Josh Weiland, and Denali Volkman, and Sophomores Jonathan Hafferman and Seth Roewe. 

The team competed in nine rounds and finished the day with a 6-3 record, including undefeated play (3-0) in the afternoon playoff. Mark Fieweger finished in the top-10 individual scorers for the entire tournament and the team's 1st place finish in the small school division qualifies them for the 2022 NAQT National Tournament.

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READ Across America

Mrs. Heise-5/6/2022

Columbus Middle School students spent time at SJB this morning reading to and with students in preschool through 2nd grade as we celebrated READ Across America Day.  In addition to reading and sharing stories, the students spent time playing board games and having recess together.  Thank you to Mrs. Lamermayer for organizing the trip to SJB and to the MS teachers and students for sharing their gifts.

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Remind Text Alerts

Mr. Eaton-10/22/2021

If you are new to Columbus Catholic Schools or did not sign up for Remind text alerts last year, you were sent a text message earlier this month inviting you to participate in Remind. Remind text alerts are just one of the ways we notify school families of days off due to weather. If you signed up for Remind last year, you’re still in the system and don’t need to re-enroll.

If you have not yet signed up for Remind and would like to, please email me and I will send a new invitation. I can be reached at eaton.david@columbusdons.org.

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Report Cards

Mrs. Heise-3/25/2022

Report cards were sent home with 4K-5th grade students today.  Please take some time to read and discuss your child(s) grades; celebrating the success and making plans for improvement in areas that may need some extra help.  We are proud of our students, but also know that there is always room to grow.  This 4th quarter is a tough one, but we know they can do it!

Mr. Lambrecht-3/25/2022

Friday 3/18 was the end of the 3rd quarter. Parents and students may 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. Report cards were emailed yesterday, 3/24. 

Mrs. Heise-1/21/2022

Yes, the days for teaching and learning are limited for this school year. As you review your child’s report card please take some time to celebrate the many achievements that your child has made and discuss any areas that may need more focus for success.  This isn’t about earning all A’s, but about doing their best and making progress.  God has gifted them with so many talents.  It’s time to see them shine.

Mrs. Heise-11/5/2021

Report cards for the first quarter were sent home with students, today.  Please review the grades with your child(ren) and celebrate the many successes they have achieved.  In areas of study where more work needs to be done, encourage them to always do their best.  Grades reflect what the child has earned for work completed and lessons learned.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/5/2021

By now you should have received an email with your first quarter report card.  I encourage parents to take the time to carefully review the grades and comments with their son/daughter. Ask questions that invite reflection and discussion about what students felt they did well and what areas they could improve in. Please take the time to talk about goals for the 2nd quarter and what can be done to achieve these goals. I also encourage you to reach out to teachers if you have any questions or concerns. 

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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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Retreats

Mr. Lambrecht-1/7/2022 & 3/10-4/8/2022

Sophomore Retreat is April 12th.    

Mr. Lambrecht-12/3-22/2021

Freshman Retreat is January 7th. Sophomore Retreat is April 12th.    

Mr. Lambrecht-11/19/2021

Freshman Retreat is January 7th. Sophomore Retreat is April 12th.    

Mr. Lambrecht-11/11/2021

Junior Retreat is November 17th. Freshman Retreat is January 7th. Sophomore Retreat is April 12th.  

Mr. Lambrecht-11/5/2021

MS retreat is November 11th. Junior Retreat is November 17th. Freshman Retreat is January 7th. Sophomore Retreat is April 12th.  

Mr. Lambrecht-10/22/2021

Senior class retreat will be November 3rd & 4th.  Junior Retreat is November 17th.  MS retreat is November 11th. Freshman Retreat is January 7th. Sophomore Retreat is April 12th. 

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Robotics

Mr. Lambrecht-1/21/2022

Congratulations to the Robotics team on placing 12th in their competition last Saturday in Hortonville.  Our students did a great job in preparing a machine for the competition.  A lot of time and hard work goes into preparing these machines for competitions.  Thanks to the coaches for the time and guidance in helping our students have this opportunity to learn and compete.  

Mr. Lambrecht-1/14/2022

Good luck to the Robotics team as they will compete this Saturday in Hortonville.  The Robotics team has been building and preparing their robot since the beginning of the school year. 

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Scholarships

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-3/4-10/2022

CCS has many scholarships available to be used toward tuition for the 2022-23 school year (we gave out over $20,000 in scholarships for the 2021-22 school year!). There is a single application covering all undergrad scholarships this year. The application is HERE. Applications are due April 4.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/11/2021

Please watch our website for graduating senior scholarship opportunities. They can be found at this link and will be updated as we receive information.

https://www.columbuscatholicschools.org/admissions/scholarships-senior-2021.cfm

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School Closings

Mr. Eaton-12/3/2021

Weather-related school closings will be posted to our Facebook page, WSAW, wsaw.com, WDLB/WOSQ, wdlbam.com, posted on our website, and sent out as an email.  If you see an announcement of the Marshfield Public Schools being closed, that will mean CCS is also closed as we share busing with the school district. You would most likely see a closing announcement for “Marshfield Public and Private Schools” on WAOW.

Mr. Eaton 111/4-0/22/2021

After discussion with the CCS Education Commission and taking into consideration the extension of Alpine Holiday into Sunday, November 14th, it has been decided to add a day off for all students and staff on Monday, November 15th. Our teachers put in volunteer time during the Alpine Holiday weekend. With the additional Sunday performance, there will be less time for teachers to prepare for instruction and to return the Columbus building to school readiness. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

Mr. Eaton-10/22/2021

If you are new to Columbus Catholic Schools or did not sign up for Remind text alerts last year, you were sent a text message earlier this month inviting you to participate in Remind. Remind text alerts are just one of the ways we notify school families of days off due to weather. If you signed up for Remind last year, you’re still in the system and don’t need to re-enroll.

If you have not yet signed up for Remind and would like to, please email me and I will send a new invitation. I can be reached at eaton.david@columbusdons.org .

Mr. Eaton-11-4-10/22/2021

Aside from text alerts, school closings will be posted to our Facebook  pageWSAWwsaw.comWDLB/WOSQwdlbam.com, posted on our website, and sent out as an email.  If you see an announcement of the Marshfield Public Schools being closed, that will mean CCS is also closed as we share busing with the school district. You would most likely see a closing announcement for “Marshfield Public and Private Schools” on WAOW.

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School Masses

Mr. Lambrecht-5/15/2022

Our school Mass will be on Thursday 5/19 next week with OLP students. 

Mr. Lambrecht-12/17/2021

The Columbus students, along with the OLP students, will be attending mass on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. Mass Dress Code is not required. High School students can wear finals approved dress code, and Middle School students can wear a Columbus shirt with jeans. 

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

Mr.Lambrecht-5/6/2022

On Tuesday, May 10th, Paul Tishim will be here to take group pictures of grades 6, 7, 8 & 12.  He will also take individual pictures of grades 8 & 12.  Order forms went home earlier this week and are due Tuesday morning.  

Mr. Lambrecht-4/29/2022

On Tuesday, May 10th, Paul Tishim will be here to take group pictures of grades 6, 7, 8 & 12.  He will also take individual pictures of grades 8 & 12.  Order forms will be going home early next week.  

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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Seniors

Mr. Lambrecht-5/15/2022

Baccalaureate Mass will be held Wednesday 5/18 at OLP at 5:30.  Seniors, please meet in the OLP basement at 5:00 in your cap and gown.  An award ceremony will follow the mass.  

Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

On Tuesday, May 10th, Paul Tishim will be here to take group pictures of grades 6, 7, 8 & 12.  He will also take individual pictures of grades 8 & 12.  Order forms went home earlier this week and are due Tuesday morning.  

Tuesday’s Mass at 8 a.m. at OLP will be our Senior Farewell Mass.  Parents are welcome to attend.  

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Service Hours

Mr. Lambrecht-5/15/2022

The American Legion has a service hour opportunity on May 29th. They will be putting out the mini flags at Hillside Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. for about an hour. If anyone is interested in helping, please just come at that time.  

The Chestnut Center for the Arts is looking for student volunteers to help with "Make Music Day" activities at the Chestnut Center on Tuesday, June 21, 12-4 p.m. No experience is needed. Please contact Edie Smazal of the "Make Music Day" Planning Committee at 715-389-8999 or manager@chestnutarts.org.

Mr. Lambrecht-12/3/2021

Chestnut Center for the Arts is in need of able-bodied students to help set up and take down for their Holiday Showcase. They are moving furniture and setting up tables for vendors starting Saturday, December 4, at 5:00 p.m. They will be taking down tables and returning the furniture on Sunday, December 5, starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Edie Smazal at office@chestnutarts.org or 715-389-8999.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/19/2021

All high school students were required to work a two-hour shift in a non-club area. If you worked more than the two hours, please fill out the service hours form HERE. You can enter Mrs. Nielsen’s email address for the supervisor (nielsen.kris@columbusdons.org) because she has the list of all the student volunteer hours from Alpine.

Chestnut Center for the Arts is in need of able-bodied students to help set up and take down for their Holiday Showcase. They are moving furniture and setting up tables for vendors starting Saturday, December 4, at 5:00 p.m. They will be taking down tables and returning the furniture on Sunday, December 5, starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Edie Smazal at office@chestnutarts.org or 715-389-8999.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Mrs. Heise-4/8/2022

April 4-8 has been designated as Tornado Awareness Week in the state of Wisconsin. This annual campaign helps teach Wisconsin students and residents about weather hazards and provides resources to minimize the risks associated with severe weather. Yesterday, Columbus students and staff participated in the drill, so if your children come home talking about tornadoes, we were just practicing. This may be a good time to practice at home, too.

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Shadow Day

Mrs. Heise-2/25/2022

It was wonderful to welcome a large number of Shadow Students into our buildings, on Monday.  The teachers and students were able to share many of the great things taking place at Columbus Catholic Schools and learn something about our guest students, as well.  We look forward to having new students join us in the coming school year.  Enrollment continues and our school family is growing.

Mrs. Heise-1/7/2022

Columbus Catholic has so much to offer to students and we love to share that with others.  One way we do that is by hosting “Shadow Day” where students not attending Columbus can spend a day with us to see what we are all about.  This year, Shadow Day will take place on February 21.

Our current families are our best promoters! We will give a family a $50 tuition credit for every student that attends Shadow Day on February 21 at their referral. The referring family should fill out a form HERE. This form can also be found in the app in the Enroll icon. The prospective parents will then automatically receive an email inviting them to Shadow Day. They sign up for Shadow Day by filling out the inquiry form on our website.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-12/17/2021

Our current families are our best promoters! We will give a family a $50 tuition credit for every student that attends Shadow Day on February 21 at their referral. The referring family should fill out a form HERE. This form can also be found in the app in the Enroll icon. The potential parents will then automatically receive an email inviting them to Shadow Day. They sign up for Shadow Day by filling out the inquiry form on our website.

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Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-1/7/2022

Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) is an organization that builds and delivers beds to children in our community that are in need. Each bed comes with full bed frames built by volunteers during build events, mattresses, mattress pads, pillows, and full bedding. The requirements for a child to receive a bed are the following:

  • The child must be between 3 and 17 years old
  • The child must not currently have a bed to sleep on (or a bed in suitable shape for a child to be sleeping on)

Once they receive the requests for the beds, they send teams of volunteers to go into the homes and deliver the beds. Here are a few links that you may find helpful in learning more information about their organization:

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Solar Systems

Mrs. Heise-3/25/2022

The fourth graders have done an awesome job with their solar system projects!  From artistic drawings to 3D designs, we are proud of their efforts.  Be sure to check out pictures of the projects on our Columbus Facebook page.  We know you will be impressed!

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Spirit of Christmas

Mrs. Heise-12/22/2021

I would also like to thank all who purchased items and/or gave financially to make the “Spirit of Christmas” a success.  Thank you to Mrs. Kris Nielsen who organized the event.  What we do as a school system to help others does not go unnoticed and certainly should make everyone proud.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-11/19/2021

Will you please consider sharing the Spirit of Christmas with some of our CCS family members who are going through difficult times right now? You can help them with gift donations, monetary donations, and prayers. Please sign up for an item at one of the links below. These links can also be found in the FACTS Family App (Spirit of Christmas icon).

  • Need: HERE
  • Wear: HERE
  • Read: HERE
  • Wish: HERE
  • Monetary Donation: HERE (just be sure to select "Spirit of Christmas" under "Gift Designation") or drop off a check or cash in any of our school offices in an envelope that says "Spirit of Christmas"

Wrapped gifts are due at the Columbus Catholic High School office by Wednesday, December 8 along with gift receipts in an envelope with the item number written on the outside (especially with clothing items).   

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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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Stepping Up Day

Mr. Lambrecht-1/7/2022

Summer Activities

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Summer Jobs

Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

We know that many of you are looking for summer and/or part-time jobs. Some of our alumni and current parents are looking for workers. Please see the list below. If you are an employer and wish to add your information here, please email Kris Nielsen the information at nielsen.kris@columbusdons.org.

  • Brost Construction: Concrete laborer. (ages preferably 16+ with driver's license but may be open to 15). Call John at 715-897-8522. 
  • Discovery Education Station: Intern (ages 13-18): see flyer HERE
  • Lumberyard Bar & Grill: Servers and Cooks (ages 18+): Apply in person at 1651 N Central Ave, Marshfield, or online at http://www.lumberyardbarandgrill.com/employment 
  • Marshfield Parks and Rec: contact Mr. Casperson at justin.casperson@ci.marshfield.wi.us
  • Nutz Deep II, Marshfield & Spencer: Host (ages 16+), Server & Bartender (ages 18+), Line Cook (ages 18+): Contact Ann Dieringer at Ann@nutzdeep2.com or apply online at www.nutzdeepbarwi.com/employment. See flyer HERE
  • Pizza Ranch: Counter, Guest Attendants, Pizza Makers, Chicken Cooks, and Dish Washers (ages 15+): Please apply online at pizzaranch.com/careers. Progressive pay, and a fun work environment! See flyer HERE
  • Yard Work Near Hospital: Mowing and Trimming (age HS) twice a week in the summer for 2-3 hours at $10 per hour. Please contact Kris Nielsen at nielsen.kris@columbusdons.org for the person’s information.

Summer School

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-4/14/2022

Our students can register for and attend summer school through our public school system. The School District of Marshfield 2022 Elementary Summer School Course Description & Information Catalog is now available for viewing. Those interested can access the catalog HERE. Registration for elementary summer school courses (students entering kindergarten – 6th grade next fall) is done through the public school. Registration opened on Tuesday, April 12th, and closes on Thursday, April 21st. The classes have filled up quickly in the past.

Important Note: Summer school courses for students currently in 6th grade (entering 7th grade in the fall) will be offered at the Marshfield Middle School. Information regarding middle school offerings will be coming out in the near future.

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-4/8/2022

Our students can register for and attend summer school through our public school system. The School District of Marshfield 2022 Elementary Summer School Course Description & Information Catalog is now available for viewing. Those interested can access the catalog HERE. Registration for elementary summer school courses (students entering kindergarten – 6th grade next fall) opens on Tuesday, April 12th, and closes on Thursday, April 21st. The classes have filled up quickly in the past.

Important Note: Summer school courses for students currently in 6th grade (entering 7th grade in the fall) will be offered at the Marshfield Middle School. Information regarding middle school offerings will be coming out in the near future.

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T-Shirt Design Contest

Mr. Lambrecht-1/2022

The Marshfield Columbus Leadership Alliance (MCLA) Columbus Catholic High School Group sponsored a t-shirt design contest to bring awareness to the positive impact kindness has on mental health.  The top shirts for designs were selected for prizes.

T-Shirt Design Contest Winners were: 

  1. Isaac Scheer (HS) won the $50 gift card of his choice and a free t-shirt 
  2. Abigail Schuld (6th grade) won the $25 gift card of her choice and a free t-shirt 
  3. Madeline Bernick (6th grade) won the $25 gift card of her choice and a free t-shirt 
  4. Amiya Krizenesky (6th grade) her poster will be made into posters for around the school system. 
Mr. Lambrecht-1/7/2022

The Marshfield Columbus Leadership Alliance (MCLA) Columbus Catholic High School Group is sponsoring a t-shirt design contest to bring awareness to the positive impact kindness has on mental health. 

Guidelines: 

Designs must incorporate or represent the theme of Kindness Begins with Understanding

Any designs should be created by students and must not be taken from any copyrighted material

Students can work together but list all the participants if it's a team project 

You may submit more than one entry for the contest

Designs may be adjusted to comply with the printing requirements: 

Thin lines don’t work for printing and will be altered- try not to use thin lines 

T-shirts will be printed in only one or two colors

The Columbus Catholic High School MCLA student group will vote and choose the top designs and students will vote on the winning designs the week of January 17th

Winners will receive: 

1st place: a free t-shirt and a $50 gift card of their choice

2nd and 3rd place: a free t-shirt and $25 gift card of their choice

Additional design will be made into posters and placed throughout the schools

Completed designs must be submitted: January 14th, 2022 by 3 pm at the high school

Designs should be submitted as a document/photo via the QR code or inter-school routed to Ms. Broeske at Columbus Catholic High School

The winning design will be produced as a t-shirt and will be sold through Premiere Printing in Feb 2022. Kindness t-shirts will be worn at home sporting events in the month of Feb and March. Our hope is to have the t-shirts available on Feb 14th, 2022 to kick off a week of kindness activities at school. 

The funds raised in the t-shirt sales will go to facilitate mental health programming within Columbus Catholic Schools. 

Please Direct Any Questions to Ms. Broeske, Americorp Member at broeske.kimberly@columbusdons.org

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Mrs. Heise-1/7/2022

During Stepping Up, today, students in grades 2-5 spent time as the students they will be NEXT year.  It was fun for the 2nd graders to check out OLP and the 5th graders to head to Columbus Middle School classrooms.  And of course, our present 3rd and 4th graders hung out in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms, respectively.  This time-honored tradition helps students feel more comfortable about the coming school year and gives them a hint of what it is like to continue being a Don.  Thanks to everyone who made this a great day!

Mrs. Heise-12/22/2021

When we return from our Christmas break, we will celebrate the tradition of “Stepping-Up Day”.  On January 7, students from 2nd grade through 8th grade will spend time learning about the grade they will be in next year: 2nd graders as 3rd graders, 4th graders as 5th graders, and so on. 

The 2nd graders will travel to OLP to spend the morning as 3rd graders. 3rd graders will be 4th graders, and 4th graders will be 5th graders.  The 5th graders will go to Columbus Middle School for the day.  Lunches will be in the buildings the students are visiting and will take place as usual. 2nd Graders will return to SJB at 12:30 to finish out the day.  Letters have been sent to parents of 2nd and 5th graders. Be sure to sign and return the permission forms (including aftercare for 5th graders if needed) no later than January 4.

Mr. Lambrecht-12/17-22/2021

Stepping up Day will be on 1/07/2022. This is an opportunity for 8th graders to spend a day in the high school and our 5th grade students to spend a day as 6th graders. We have Stepping Up Day each year so the students are able to meet the teachers, see our middle school and high school, and to experience a day as a student at that grade level.  

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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 of the Month

Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

High School - She is kind, caring, and respectful toward everyone around her.  I have often witnessed her going out of her way to start up friendly conversations with students who otherwise might have been left out.  She shows concern for the needs of others, and I would consider her a "friend to all" because of the way she treats others and greets them with a smile.  Congratulations to our high school student of the month for friendship and respect, Courtney Sommer.

Middle School - He is courteous and agreeable, has a good sense of humor, is loyal and trustworthy. Always willing to help those around him with classwork, even those who are not his friends. He includes others as well as checks in with his classmates while maintaining a reputation for not spreading gossip.  Well-mannered and an asset to his grade by treating everyone with respect and kindness…which is what makes Devlin Timmler our student of the month. 

Mr. Lambrecht-4/14/2022

High School: Madi Wittman is a wonderful example of someone who knows the value of being involved in several activities (tennis, choir, and probably others) and manages to use her time wisely no matter how busy she is.  In addition, she is kind, helpful, and a good example of a person who respects herself, sees herself as God sees her, and is a wonderful friend.

Middle School: Temperance is moderation in action, thought, or feeling. Ben Weiland fits this virtue in all three ways. When speaking with peers and staff he always is thoughtful and respectful. Even when disagreeing on issues, he is able to maintain an even keel.  His commitment to the Columbus community through both sports and academics highlights his consistency and reliability. Ben is a leader amongst his peers though does so without being boastful or overly prideful.

Mr. Lambrecht-3/20/2022

Congratulations to Cole Timmler and Nathan Scheer for being February’s Student of the Month.

Cole Timmler - "Though the path is plain and smooth for men of good will, he who walks it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty, if he does not have good feet: that is, courage and a persevering spirit." -St. John of the Cross.

Cole has been a starting varsity player in both football and baseball for almost all of his high school career.  But for basketball, not so much.  Yet Cole does not hang his head about this.  Instead, using the strength he has through fortitude, he leads through example both vocally and with demonstration of working hard in practice to make others benefit.  He sees that the end goal for the team as a team is bigger than he is as a person, and he leads the way towards the end goal.  Please note that I am not a basketball coach, but that I have observed these things about Cole in both practices and games.

Nathan Scheer - By its denotation, or dictionary definition, the word fortitude means courage in pain or adversity. Courage requires having the strength of one’s own mind. Nathan displays this self-discipline in every area of his life. While in the classroom, he focuses on how to be a good role model as he continuously chooses to do the right thing. Nathan also respects his peers and teachers by giving them each personal space and talking with grace towards them. On the cross country course, Nathan shows mental courage by running his best and lifting other teammates up. With the many effects of COVID, things can be complicated, however; Nathan’s positive impact on his community is clear. Congratulations Nathan!

Mr. Lambrecht-2/18/2022

HS - Haley Van Wyhe

Haley Van Wyhe demonstrates “habitual right thinking and the uprightness of conduct toward neighbors” in her daily behavior.  She is patient, thoughtful, calm, and generous with her time and talents.  She is a friend that her classmates can rely on and someone who respects everyone around her.  She values her education and opportunities, and in turn, she pays it forward with kindness and quiet helpfulness.

MS- Sophie Wilczek

Sophie Wilczek is an honest, trustworthy, conscientious, and honorable young lady.  Whether she is playing sports or working in the classroom she leads by example and helps those around her to rise to any occasion.  Sophie is always respectful of her teachers, classmates, and her school.  She is an individual who her teachers and fellow students can count on to make just and fair decisions.  As a mother of three young children, Sophie is the type of person I would want my children to look up to. 

Mr. Lambrecht-1-14/2022

Congratulations to Jenny Schneider in the High School and Ancheleeya Hannasch in the Middle School for being recognized as the students of the Month for December’s Virtue of Prudence.  Both students have been great examples of this virtue for all students.  

Mr. Lambrecht-12/3/2021

Congratulations to Ella Kadolph in the middle school and Wayne Walter in the high school for being selected as November’s Student of the Month for the virtue of charity/love. 

Mr. Lambrecht-11/11/2021

Congratulations to Delia Trader in the middle school and Niah Jakel in the high school for being selected as October’s Student of the Month of October for the virtue of hope. Students were selected by the teachers as students who exemplify the virtue of hope. 

Both students exemplify the description of hope given in the catechism—"Buoyed up by hope, she is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity." (CCC 1818).

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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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Substitutes

Mrs. Heise-1/14/2022

For the past several months while Mrs. Scharenbroch has been on maternity leave, we have been blessed to have Mrs. Emily Callaghan as our 5K substitute teacher in that classroom.  Mrs. Callaghan and Mrs.Lai have been a great team and our students have continued to learn and grow.  Thank you, Mrs. Callaghan for sharing your time, talents, and faith with us.

As Mrs. Scharenbroch will still be out of school for a while, Ms. Stephanie Johnson will begin as our 5K substitute teacher in that room on January 17.  Ms. Johnson has been a substitute teacher at both OLP and CCMS, and we look forward to having her at SJB with us.

Mr. Lambrecht-1/14/2022

As we start the second semester, we will be welcoming back Mrs. Paulick who was out on maternity leave.  We would also like to thank Beth Stratman, Emily Callaghan, and Stephaine Johnson who did a great job filling in for her while she was out.  We are very fortunate to have people who are not only willing to step in to help but are able to do a great job while doing so.  

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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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Summer School

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-4/8/2022

Our students can register for and attend summer school through our public school system. The School District of Marshfield 2022 Elementary Summer School Course Description & Information Catalog is now available for viewing. Those interested can access the catalog HERE. Registration for elementary summer school courses (students entering kindergarten – 6th grade next fall) opens on Tuesday, April 12th, and closes on Thursday, April 21st. The instructions on how to register are on page 2 in the catalog. The classes have filled up quickly in the past.

Important Note: Summer school courses for students currently in 6th grade (entering 7th grade in the fall) will be offered at the Marshfield Middle School. Information regarding middle school offerings will be coming out in the near future.

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Summer Tutors

Mrs. Heise-5/6/2022

Some of our CCS teachers offer tutoring in the summer. Please see the flyer HERE for more details.

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Superkids Reading

This school year, we have adopted the Superkids Reading Program for students in 5K-2nd grade.  The teachers and students love the new program and its many reading characters, from Ettabetta to Alf and Sal and many more.  The students are growing in their reading skills and the program has had a positive impact on teaching and learning phonics and the importance of knowing “practice makes permanent…not perfect”.

We were fortunate to have Ms. Denise Seiler, a Superkids Reading coach, work with our teachers this week. Ms. Seiler observed the teachers as they presented the lessons, monitored the success of the students, and gave us some great tips for making this program even more fun.  We appreciate her shared time and expertise.

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Survey for Synod on Synodality

Mr. Eaton-3/10/2022

The Priests of the Marshfield Deanery encourage you to take the Survey for the Synod on Synoladlity at the link HERE

The Synod on Synodality is a process of listening and dialogue. From the USCCB: Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission.

You can find more information about his survey at your parish's website at the links below.

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T-Shirt Design Contest

Mr. Lambrecht-1/7/2022

The Marshfield Columbus Leadership Alliance (MCLA) Columbus Catholic High School Group is sponsoring a t-shirt design contest to bring awareness to the positive impact kindness has on mental health. 

Guidelines: 

  • Designs must incorporate or represent the theme of Kindness Begins with Understanding
  • Any designs should be created by students and must not be taken from any copyrighted material
  • Students can work together but list all the participants if it's a team project 
  • You may submit more than one entry for the contest
  • Designs may be adjusted to comply with the printing requirements: 
  • Thin lines don’t work for printing and will be altered- try not to use thin lines 
  • T-shirts will be printed in only one or two colors
  • The Columbus Catholic High School MCLA student group will vote and choose the top designs and students will vote on the winning designs the week of January 17th
  • Winners will receive: 
  • 1st place: a free t-shirt and a $50 gift card of their choice
  • 2nd and 3rd place: a free t-shirt and $25 gift card of their choice
  • Additional design will be made into posters and placed throughout the schools
  • Completed designs must be submitted: January 14th, 2022 by 3 pm at the high school
  • Designs should be submitted as a document/photo via the QR code or inter-school routed to Ms. Broeske at Columbus Catholic High School

The winning design will be produced as a t-shirt and will be sold through Premiere Printing in Feb 2022. Kindness t-shirts will be worn at home sporting events in the month of Feb and March. Our hope is to have the t-shirts available on Feb 14th, 2022 to kick off a week of kindness activities at school. 

The funds raised in the t-shirt sales will go to facilitate mental health programming within Columbus Catholic Schools. 

Please Direct Any Questions to Ms. Broeske, Americorp Member at broeske.kimberly@columbusdons.org

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Tardiness

Mrs. Heise-2/11/2022

The return to normal schedules after CSW and a day off on Monday was a little difficult for some (including the staff), but we made it through the week.  Having routines is good for students and adults and getting back on track for learning and teaching is important.  Thank you for your assistance in reminding your children about winter gear, assisting with homework, and getting them to school on time.  (Just a note: Classes begin at 7:40 at SJB and 7:45 at OLP.  That means they must be in their classrooms at those times, not just getting to school.)The return to normal schedules after CSW and a day off on Monday was a little difficult for some (including the staff), but we made it through the week.  Having routines is good for students and adults and getting back on track for learning and teaching is important.  Thank you for your assistance in reminding your children about winter gear, assisting with homework, and getting them to school on time.  (Just a note: Classes begin at 7:40 at SJB and 7:45 at OLP.  That means they must be in their classrooms at those times, not just getting to school.)The return to normal schedules after CSW and a day off on Monday was a little difficult for some (including the staff), but we made it through the week.  Having routines is good for students and adults and getting back on track for learning and teaching is important.  Thank you for your assistance in reminding your children about winter gear, assisting with homework, and getting them to school on time.  (Just a note: Classes begin at 7:40 at SJB and 7:45 at OLP.  That means they must be in their classrooms at those times, not just getting to school.)

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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Teacher Appreciation Week

Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

In honor of teacher appreciation week, I would like to take the time to thank all the teachers for everything they do for our students.  I am continuously impressed with the amount of time and energy the staff at Columbus Catholic puts in to make our students successful.  We have an incredibly dedicated staff who wants nothing but the best for our students and families.  Thank you for all that you do to make Columbus Catholic a great place to learn.  I would also like to thank the Parent Association for all the treats they were able to provide for our teachers this week.  Their continued support is truly appreciated by all our staff.  

Mrs. Heise-4/29/2022

Teacher Appreciation Day is described as “a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”  And while National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 5, we know our teachers and staff deserve to be honored for the whole week.

Please join me in thanking the wonderful teachers and staff who lead our Columbus Catholic students with talent, dedication, and compassion.  Maybe your students could thank them, too.

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Teacher Wish Lists

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-11/19/2021

We know many of our school families like to show their appreciation to their children's teachers at Christmas. Thank you very much for doing this. There are only so many “World's Greatest Teacher” mugs a person can have. A few years ago, we started publishing teacher wish lists, so you could see specific items each teacher really wants for the classroom. Some of these are pretty big, but others are quite small. Many of the items will last for years. None are unimportant to the teacher. Even the games help with cold, inside-recess days and can teach socialization, language, and math skills. Please click HERE to view the lists and look for your teacher's tab. These links can also be found in the FACTS Family App (Teacher Wish Lists icon).

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Tees and Jeans

Mrs. Heise-11/19/2021

The students and staff enjoy their tees and jeans days.  Thank you for supporting these days by allowing your children to bring in their dollars to donate to a charitable cause selected by our school. It is not a requirement to donate a dollar to wear jeans, but we appreciate the consideration and any charity would be grateful for your kindness. Next Tees and Jeans Day is December 3!!

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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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Mrs. Heise-11/11/2021

There are many in our local community in need of food for their families. Thus far, our food drive has not filled the boxes we have prepared for our collection.  We ask you to donate non-perishable food items; think peanut butter, flour, sugar, canned meats, canned fruits, and vegetables, soup, and cereals. We have extended the collection until 8:00 a.m. November 16.

Mrs. Heise-10/28/2021

All of our elementary students, in collaboration with the St. John Parish Social Justice Committee, will be participating in a food drive from November 1-11.  Our collections will be donated to the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry.  Please support this worthy cause and help our local families in need.

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Uniform Exchange

Mrs. Krautkramer-4/14/2022

Due to facility availability, there will be no Spring Uniform Exchange and Sale. Mark your calendars for the Back to School Uniform Exchange and Sale on August 10th and 11th in the Our Lady of Peace Gym. At this time, the only items we are accepting are uniform jumpers and skirts. To sell your items in the meantime, please join our Facebook group Columbus School Apparel/Uniform Buy/Sell/Trade. For questions, contact Amanda Krautkramer at krautkramer.amanda@columbusdons.org or 715-387-1177 ext 3306.

Mrs. Heise-11/11/2021

We are busting at the seams with dress code apparel and are no longer taking items.  In the meantime, you can post items on the Columbus School Apparel/Uniform/Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook group HERE.  Thank you!

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United We Can

Mrs. Heise-4/22/2022

During the week of April 25-29, OLP and SJB will hold a canned food drive. The goal is to collect canned goods that will be distributed at “Soup or Socks”.  During the first week of May, the elementary staff will be creating a sculpture for the “United We Can” competition.  The more canned goods we have, the more creative we can be and the more food that can be provided to those families in need.  Send in your cans of food and we will try to win this competition as we benefit others!  Please see the flyer HERE.

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Valentine's Treats

Mrs. Heise-2/11/2022

Monday is Valentine’s Day and many students want to bring Valentine’s for their classmates.  The teachers have sent reminders, but in case you didn’t get them, please know that if your child chooses to bring Valentine’s it should be for everyone in the classroom.  Also, a reminder that treats must be purchased and packaged if you wish to send them to school.  Thank you for your consideration.

Valentine’s Day is a day meant to reflect love for others.  As God has loved His Son, may that be a reminder of how we should act toward those we meet and spend time with every day.  What a wonderful thought as we move ahead through difficult days and times.  “For God so loved the world….”

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Veterans Day

Mrs. Heise-11/11/2021

Veterans’ Day is a reminder of so much; the dedication of those who have and/or presently serve our country, the sacrifices made by families as their soldiers traveled far from home, and the freedoms we have as Americans because they fought for what is right and good.  As a school family, we have current soldiers serving our country.  Thank you and God’s blessings to them.

Students at OLP were fortunate to participate in a presentation by Dave Dick, a local veteran whose family also has very close ties to our school community.  Thank you to Mr. Dick for his service to our country and for sharing the true meaning of this important day.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/11/2021

I would like to thank all the men and women who have served this great nation.  We are forever indebted to you for your service.  I would like to thank the students and staff who made our Veterans Day program a meaningful event for all our middle and high school students.  

Mrs. Heise-11/5/2021

On Thursday, November 11, we will pay tribute to our veterans during our school Mass at Our Lady of Peace.  The third-grade students will take the readings and petitions and the intermediate grades will sing songs that honor our veterans and our country.  Please join us for Mass at 8:00 a.m. to celebrate the Eucharist and recognize the service of our veterans to all of us.

Later that day, students at OLP will have a presentation by Mr. Dave Dick.  We are very fortunate to have Mr. Dick, a former Marine (although I am told you are never a former marine) who served during Desert Storm speak to our students. Every day, but especially on Veterans’ Day, we should be grateful to those who have fought to keep our country safe and protect our freedoms.  Thank you to Mr. Dick for his time and shared stories, most importantly however, for his service to our country.

Mr. Lambrecht-11/5-10/22/2021

Our high school and middle school students will be participating in a Veterans Day program on November 11th.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have or are currently serving our country.  

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Vocations Week

Mrs. Heise-11/5/2021

We celebrate Vocations during the week of November 7-12.  Thank you to our priests and deacons, those in religious orders, and all who have heard God’s call to the vocation of teaching.  No matter what vocation our students will be called to, it is God’s presence that helps them find their ways.

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Volunteer Opportunities - Student

Mr. Lambrecht-2/25-3/4/2022

Volunteer Services in Marshfield is holding its annual teen orientation program and there are still spots available for interested teens. Teens must be at least 14 years old and entering their freshman year of high school in the fall semester of 2022. The commitment is at least one calendar year (it is a year-long program, not just summer), and one shift per week (shifts average 1.5-2 hours per shift).  

Orientations are being held:

  • Saturday, March 5, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 9, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Contact Melissa Darr to reserve your spot today! darr.melissa@marshfieldclinic.org,  715-387-7198

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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Washington DC Trip

Mr. Lambrecht-5/15/2022

In June of 2023, Columbus Middle School will be taking a trip to Washington D.C. We will be taking any current 6th and 7th graders who would like to go. The plan is to stay in Washington D.C. for about a week visiting monuments and museums. The first parent meeting will be on Wednesday, May 18th, and Wednesday, May 25th, at 6 pm in the cafeteria. (Please know you only need to attend one meeting) Any families who are interested in attending the trip regardless of financial need should attend the meeting. In the meeting, we will be going over the tentative itinerary as well as answering any questions you may have about the trip and funding. If you are unable to attend either meeting please email Ashley Schmelzer at Schmelzer.ashley@columbusdons.org

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Water Bottles

Mrs. Heise-5/15/2022

Our water fountains are bottle-fillers and students MUST have water bottles at school. Even with the warmer temperatures, students are forgetting to bring water bottles to school with them.  We are not handing out drinking cups as the water gets spilled in the hallways, classrooms, and on materials.  Student brains need to be hydrated for them to think well.  Thanks for your assistance.

Mrs. Heise-2/18/2022

Remember that our water fountains are bottle fillers and students must have water bottles to fill.  Hydration throughout the day is important. Thank you.

Mrs. Heise-1/7/2022

Parent-Teacher Conferences for parents of all Preschool students, as well as, those parents of 4K-5th grade students whose teachers request a conference will be held on Tuesday, January 25.  A Sign-Up Genius will be sent out on January 20, for parents to sign up. Please be sure to sign up.

Mrs. Heise-11/19/2021

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.  Thank you.

Mrs. Heise-10/22/2021

We still have students who are not bringing water bottles to school. We are not giving out cups to the students and our fountains are bottle-filling fountains.  It is important to stay hydrated so please be certain to send a water bottle to school with your child.  Also note: the students are only allowed to drink regular water.  Students are not allowed to have vitamin water, Gatorade, or other drinks in their metal containers.

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 (WPCP)

Mr. Eaton-4/8/2022

Voucher Application Deadline 4/21 For more information, see our website: https://www.columbuscatholicschools.org/admissions/parental-choice.cfm

Mr. Eaton-3/25/2022

Time is Running Out to Apply for Vouchers!

Where Do I Apply?

Applications are all online at: https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/ChoiceParent/

If you need help applying: Contact us at admissions@columbusdons.org or sign up for a time to complete the application in person with Mr. Eaton at 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da4af23a4fa7-wpcp.

If you already have vouchers, you Must re-apply to keep them.

No Income Verification if You Already Have Vouchers

Unless you’re applying for another child for the first time, you won’t need to have your taxes completed or even your W2s if you already have vouchers. The application system recognizes children already in the voucher program and skips all income-related questions for those children.

What Income Qualifies?

Participation in the voucher program is limited to those with a qualifying income based on family size. For the 2021-22 school year, the following incomes qualify.

WPCP INCOME LIMITS FOR 2022-2023

  • Family Size = 2 Maximum Yearly Income Single $38,324
  • Family Size = 3 Maximum Yearly Income Single $48,312, Married $55,312
  • Family Size = 4 Maximum Yearly Income Single $58,300, Married $65,300
  • Family Size = 5 Maximum Yearly Income Single $68,288, Married $75,288
  • Family Size = 6 Maximum Yearly Income Single $78,276, Married $85,276
  • For each additional member add $9,988
For Which Grades Can I Apply?

Children already attending a private school can apply for a voucher when going into 4K, 5K, 1st grade, or 9th grade. Children attending a private school for the first time, returning after a year away, or who enrolled after January 14, 2022, can apply for any grade.

How Do I Show My Income?

There are two ways to show your income. First, is an automatic look-up of your most-recently-filed State taxes. If you know your 2020 State taxes show a qualifying income, this is the recommended method. (DOR Method)

The other way to show your income is to type your 2021 Adjusted Gross Income into the application and provide a signed and dated copy of the first two pages of your 2021 Federal 1040 to the school. This will be used to confirm the income level you put on your application. This is the preferred method if your 2020 income would not qualify but your 2021 income would. (DPI Method)

Proving Your Address

You’ll also need to prove your address by providing the school with one of the following after you apply:

  • W2
  • Property Tax Statement
  • Paystub with your full address on it
  • Utility Bill (water, gas, electric, cable, or satellite. Not cellular or any other bill.)
  • Current Lease
  • Letter from Government Agency
Mr. Eaton-2/4-18/2022

I’ve discovered over the years that not everyone who could get a voucher through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program applies for one. Some don’t feel they need the help because they can pay our tuition. Others have said they were “leaving vouchers for others”.

The reality is, if you qualify, you’re helping the school by applying. Our elementary school tuition is less than half of the voucher amount. High school tuition is just over half the voucher amount. Particularly if you have multiple children, if you qualify, save yourself tuition and let the vouchers cover nearly the full cost to educate your kids, rather than just a portion. After that, if you really feel you should be paying something yourself, we have fundraisers like Alpine Holiday, Galleon, and our Annual Appeal.

Online Applications Now Open

Where Do I Apply?

Applications are all online at: https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/ChoiceParent/

If you need help applying: Contact us at admissions@columbusdons.org.

Your Re-Application Could be a Phone Call Away

If you’re re-applying for vouchers and need a little help you may not have to actually come to my office. I can talk you through the application over the phone, or, if you’re comfortable with me logging in for you, I can help with your application directly while you answer a few questions. We can probably complete your application this way in about six minutes. David Eaton: 715-387-1177, ext. 3304, or, better yet, email me a good time to call you.

No Income Verification if You Already Have Vouchers

Unless you’re applying for another child for the first time, you won’t need to have your taxes completed or even your W2s if you already have vouchers. The application system recognizes children already in the voucher program and skips all income-related questions for those children.

Children with Vouchers Keep Their Vouchers – Even if Your Income Went Up.

What Income Qualifies?

Participation in the voucher program is limited to those with a qualifying income based on family size. For the 2021-22 school year, the following incomes qualify.

WPCP INCOME LIMITS FOR 2022-2023

  • Family Size = 2 Maximum Yearly Income Single $38,324
  • Family Size = 3 Maximum Yearly Income Single $48,312, Married $55,312
  • Family Size = 4 Maximum Yearly Income Single $58,300, Married $65,300
  • Family Size = 5 Maximum Yearly Income Single $68,288, Married $75,288
  • Family Size = 6 Maximum Yearly Income Single $78,276, Married $85,276
  • For each additional member add $9,988

What Grades Can I Apply For?

Children already attending a private school can apply for a voucher when going into 4K, 5K, 1st grade, or 9th grade. Children attending a private school for the first time, returning after a year away, or who enrolled after January 14, 2022, can apply for any grade.

How Do I Show My Income?

There are two ways to show your income. First, is an automatic look-up of your most-recently-filed State taxes. If you know your 2020 State taxes show a qualifying income, this is the recommended method. (DOR Method)

The other way to show your income is to type your 2021 Adjusted Gross Income into the application and provide a signed and dated copy of the first two pages of your 2021 Federal 1040 to the school. This will be used to confirm the income level you put on your application. This is the preferred method if your 2020 income would not qualify but your 2021 income would. (DPI Method)

Proving Your Address

You’ll also need to prove your address by providing the school with one of the following after you apply:

  • W2
  • Property Tax Statement
  • Paystub with your full address on it
  • Utility Bill (water, gas, electric, cable, or satellite. Not cellular or any other bill.)
  • Current Lease
  • Letter from Government Agency

Creating an Account

Those applying for the first time will need to enter an email address and password. You’ll then receive an email with a place to click on to confirm the creation of your account. Once you’ve done that you’ll be able to log in to start the application.

Selecting Your School

Scroll through the list of all the participating schools to find Columbus Catholic Schools.

Enter Your Family Information

The following screens will ask for information about the parent(s) and child(ren). Complete this for all children for whom you are applying. You’ll then be given an opportunity to complete information for other family members. This information will be used to determine family size in order to determine the qualifying income.

Mr. Eaton-1/14/2022-1/28/2022

APPLICATIONS OPEN FEBRUARY 1ST!

What Income Qualifies?

Participation in the voucher program is limited to those with a qualifying income based on family size. For the 2021-22 school year, the following incomes qualify.

WPCP INCOME LIMITS FOR 2022-2023

  • Family Size = 2 Maximum Yearly Income Single $38,324
  • Family Size = 3 Maximum Yearly Income Single $48,312, Married $55,312
  • Family Size = 4 Maximum Yearly Income Single $58,300, Married $65,300
  • Family Size = 5 Maximum Yearly Income Single $68,288, Married $75,288
  • Family Size = 6 Maximum Yearly Income Single $78,276, Married $88,276
  • For each additional member add $9,988

What Grades Can I Apply For?

Children already attending a private school can apply for a voucher when going into 4K, 5K, 1st grade, or 9th grade. Children attending a private school for the first time, returning after a year away, or who enrolled after January 14, 2022, can apply for any grade.

Where Do I Apply?

Applications are all online at: https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/ChoiceParent/

How Do I Show My Income?

There are two ways to show your income. First, is an automatic look-up of your most-recently-filed State taxes. If you know your 2020 State taxes show a qualifying income, this is the recommended method. (DOR Method)

The other way to show your income is to type your 2021 Adjusted Gross Income into the application and provide a signed and dated copy of the first two pages of your 2021 Federal 1040 to the school. This will be used to confirm the income level you put on your application. This is the preferred method if your 2020 income would not qualify but your 2021 income would. (DPI Method)

Proving Your Address

You’ll also need to prove your address by providing the school with one of the following after you apply:

  • W2
  • Property Tax Statement
  • Paystub with your full address on it
  • Utility Bill (water, gas, electric, cable, or satellite. Not cellular or any other bill.)
  • Current Lease
  • Letter from Government Agency

Creating an Account

Those applying for the first time will need to enter an email address and password. You’ll then receive an email with a place to click on to confirm the creation of your account. Once you’ve done that you’ll be able to log in to start the application.

Selecting Your School

Scroll through the list of all the participating schools to find Columbus Catholic Schools.

Enter Your Family Information

The following screens will ask for information about the parent(s) and child(ren). Complete this for all children for whom you are applying. You’ll then be given an opportunity to complete information for other family members. This information will be used to determine family size in order to determine the qualifying income.

If you need help applying: Contact us at admissions@columbusdons.org or sign up for a time to complete the application in person with Mr. Eaton at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da4af23a4fa7-wpcp.

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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World Language Week (Culture Day & Theater in the Square)

Mrs. Heise-5/6/2022

Students in grades 3-5 spent Monday afternoon immersed in Spanish culture as they played games, read stories, and had cookies during the Culture Day event.  Thank you to Señora Kennedy, Señorita Fait, and the MS/HS Spanish students for providing this experience.

The 2nd graders traveled to Columbus on Thursday for the Theater in the Square.  While there, students enjoyed performances of 4 fairy tales performed first in Spanish and then in English. Four of our HS Spanish classes performed the plays. What a great way to get our 2nd graders excited to learn Spanish when they move to OLP in the fall.

Mrs. Heise-4/29/2022

Next week we celebrate Foreign Language Week.  We are fortunate to have Señora Kennedy as our OLP Spanish teacher and appreciate all that she does to share her love of the Spanish language with us.  Thanks also to Señorita Fait for sharing her foreign language talents, as well.

On May 2, students in grades 3-5 will spend time at the HS meeting their MS/HS pen pals and enjoying a variety of activities during Culture Day. On May 5, our second graders will celebrate Theater in the Square in the HS gym from 8:30-9:30. Our elementary students are so excited to be spending time learning about another culture.

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World Down Syndrome Day

Mrs. Heise-3/20/2022

World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st.  One way you can help spread awareness about Down Syndrome is by wearing your brightest, loudest, craziest socks and jeans with blue and/or yellow shirts (Don’s shirts work) on Monday, March 21.  The idea is to get others talking about the unique gifts God has given to everyone. Reminder notes were sent home with elementary students on Friday.

Mr. Lambrecht-3/20/2022

HS and MS students are welcome to wear crazy socks on Monday to support Down Syndrome Awareness.  The younger grades will be raising awareness in other ways, but at the HS/MS building, we will wear crazy socks.  See the flyer HERE for more information.

Mrs. Heise-3/10/2022

March 21st is designated as World Down Syndrome Day.  The specific date is due to the fact that March is the 3rd month and those with Trisomy 21 have an extra chromosome attached to the 21st chromosome making it 3 instead of the typical 2.

One way you can help spread awareness about Down Syndrome is by wearing your brightest, loudest, craziest socks on March 21st!  The idea is to get others talking about the unique gifts God has given to us and those with Down syndrome. Please join us in rockin’ your socks at school for those who are rockin’ Down Syndrome.

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Yearbook

Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

The Middle School Yearbook is now available for sale. The last chance to order a 2022 yearbook is Friday, 5/27. Order HERE. Parents, call Jostens 877-767-5217 to verify your yearbook order, or if you have any questions.

Mr. Lambrecht-4/14-29/2022

Middle School Yearbooks

The Middle School YEARBOOK is now available for sale. The last chance to order a 2022 yearbook is Friday, 5/27. Order at jostensyearbooks.com, or click on this link. https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01025623 Parents, call Jostens 877-767-5217 to verify your yearbook order, or if you have any questions.

High School Yearbooks

Order your high school yearbook now! Ordering your yearbook is easy, just follow the link!

https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09338300

Mr. Lambrecht-3/20-4/8/2022

Order your high school yearbook now through April 8th and save $10.00. Ordering your yearbook is easy, just follow the link!

https://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09338300

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Youth Apprenticeship

Mr. Lambrecht-2-25-2022

We continue to give our students opportunities to gain real-world experiences with the opportunity to apply to be in Youth Apprenticeship or Health Care Connections. Youth Apprenticeship focuses on classroom instruction and on-the-job experience. Health Care Connections gives students the chance to experience opportunities in healthcare.  Students interested in either program please contact Mrs. Hattamer at hattamer.erin@columbusdons.org if you have any questions.

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Youth Football and Cheer

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-5/6/2022

The Columbus Youth Football and Cheer Program is excited to announce that registration is now open for families to complete for their students.  Registration will be entirely online this year, and we hope that it will make things easier for families to sign up.  Please go to the link HERE and register today! Go Dons!

Mrs. Heise & Mr. Lambrecht-4/22-29/2022

For families with students currently in 2nd-5th grade, the Columbus Youth Football and Cheer Program is excited to announce that registration is now open for families to complete for their students.  Registration will be entirely online this year HERE, and we hope that it will make things easier for families to sign up.  We are asking that families sign up prior to our scheduled mini-camp which takes place on April 29th from 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm.  The football portion will be held at Walt Kroll Field behind Columbus High School.  The cheer camp will be across from the high school in the green space adjacent to Columbus Ave. This mini-camp is strongly recommended for all interested youth football and cheer players.  Just a reminder that there will be a parent meeting after camp concludes.  We will go over season structure, schedules, expectations, equipment try-on, and answer any parents' questions. Even if your participant cannot attend, still register them so we can accurately prepare for the fall season.  Please go to the link HERE and register today! Go Dons!

Mrs. Heise-4/8-14/2022

Columbus Dons Youth Football Mini-Camp: Friday, April 29th 3:15-4:45 pm – Columbus High School

Attention Potential Youth Football and Cheer Players (current grades 2nd-5th):

The Columbus Dons Youth Football and Cheer Program will be holding a mini-camp on Friday, April 29th from 3:15 – 4:45 pm.  The football portion will be held at Walt Kroll Field behind Columbus High School.  The cheer camp will be across from the high school in the green space adjacent to Columbus Ave. This mini-camp is strongly recommended for all interested youth football and cheer players.

The mini-camp will feature football stations for:

  • Punting/Kicking
  • Passing
  • Receiving
  • Running

The mini-camp will feature cheer stations for:

  • Cheers
  • Kicks
  • Stunts
  • Attitude/Fun

All participants should come dressed in athletic attire and cleats (football only) or athletic shoes.  Also, please make sure they bring a water bottle.

We will run the camp rain or shine (the camp will not run if it is lightning… Lightning date would be Friday, May 6th) with cancellations posted on our Facebook page. Join us on Facebook to receive updates.  

At the conclusion of camp there will be a brief parent meeting with equipment try-on for participants. We will go over information on registration and the upcoming fall season.

Can’t attend but plan to play in the fall? Contact columbusyouthfootballandcheer@gmail.com. Go Dons!

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Youth Ministry

Mr. Lambrecht-10/22/2021

Message from the Director of Faith Formation for the Marshfield Catholic Parishes: I hope you can join us this Wednesday for our High School Youth Group open to Grades 9-12.  We will meet in the Francis Room of St. John the Baptist Primary School from 7:45 to 9:00 pm.  Our theme this Wednesday is "Restless Hearts", referring to the quote by St. Augustine of Hippo, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Mr. Alcott is planning to meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Please see HERE for more information. He can be reached at teachdisciples@gmail.com.

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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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Youth Soccer

Mrs. Heise-4/22-29/2022
  • Who: 1st-5th Graders (2022-23)
  • What: 4 sessions of skills & games When: Mondays 3-4pm - 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3
  • Where: OLP & Columbus fields
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: HERE

CCS students are also invited to participate in the Marshfield Parks & Rec Fall Soccer League. This is a separate league from the CCS practices listed above. If your child would like to participate in Parks & Rec Fall Soccer (6 week season - games Sunday afternoons at Greise Park), please register and send payment for Parks & Rec soccer directly through Parks & Rec. We will do our best to coordinate with them again this year so that CCS students have a few classmates on each team.

If you would like to be a parent volunteer, please answer yes to the designated question below. No experience needed. We would love to have parents involved! If you have questions, please reach out to nicki.kitchner@gmail.com

All volunteers will need to complete the coaching paperwork through the Diocese of La Crosse Safe Environment Program. Kris Nielsen will get you the necessary paperwork.

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