Weekly Rundown for November 21

St. Charles Parish & School
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
November 21, 2019

MISSION STATEMENT: St. Charles Parish School in Hartland, Wisconsin nourishes and grows a vibrant Catholic community committed to innovation, responsiveness and compassion as it prepares and challenges students in their intellectual, spiritual and moral lives.

Parents and Students, 

"I don't have any homework." We've all heard that one before. Read... read... read! Please make sure your children are taking the time to read at home every night! This is especially important as we head into the start of the holiday season and tend to have more days away from school. I know many families have a dedicated time and routine for ensuring the kiddos are reading regularly. I read with my son Danny every night before bed, even though he is only one year-old and it is usually the same book. He is also getting opportunities to practice basic motor skills of opening the book and turning the pages. His favorite book is called Dear Zoo, and he loves to make the animal noises and movements when he discovers which animal is hiding under the flap. Some of the best moments are finding him with his books all on his own and eavesdropping on the "conversation" he is having as he turns each page. Even at his age, he is beginning to develop and create his "vocabulary." 

So, when your child says they don't have any homework or they are bored and looking for something to do, remind them to grab their library book, a magazine, or access different student-friendly news articles online and read for thirty minutes. You can also say, "Mr. Garvey said you have to read." One of my personal favorites for those that really love TV is to turn off the sound, turn on the closed captioning, and step back to watch the fireworks.
It has been brought to our attention that there is some confusion in regards to Friday, December 20 on whether it is a full day of school or an early release day. We will have early release at 11:45 a.m. on December 20. 

Following His plan,
Mr. Garvey
Report Cards: Report cards will be sent home with students in grades 1-5 on Thursday, December 5!

Arise Saturday Night: Join us for our Arise Advent Retreat on Saturday, November 30 from 1-4:30 p.m. Dinner will follow the 5 p.m. Mass. The event is $25/person and is open to ages 13 and up. There will also be a free event from 7-9 p.m. that night. Click here for more information and to register.

St. Nick's Birthday Party for Jesus: Our Advent-into-Christmas St. Nick's Party for Jesus will be on Wednesday, December 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Borromeo Room. Children up to the age of 5 are invited, and the cost is $7 per child. Click here for information and the sign-up form.

Living Nativity: Our 2nd and 3rd grade students will perform a live, costumed enactment of the Christmas Story in Scripture and in song on Friday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us! 

Giving Tuesday: Save the date for #GivingTuesday on December 3! St. Charles will be participating in the 2019 #GivingTuesday with donations designated to our Cornerstone Campaign. We will use the money raised to help fill the gap between our pledges to date and the estimated construction cost of the new church. On December 3, the parish and school websites will land on a page with information about the event and electronic giving. Donations can also be dropped off in the school and parish offices. More information will be coming soon!

Announcements from the Lake Country Life Teen Office:
  • Middle School Advent Party is on Saturday, December 14 in the Life Teen Cafe. The party includes dinner, decorating cookies, watching Elf, and more!
  • EDGE Middle School Summer Camp will be from July 12-19, 2020 at Camp Hidden Lake in Georgia. The camp combines a faith-filled retreat experience with outdoor fun. The week includes daily prayer, Mass, powerful speakers, zip lining, messy games, canoeing, swimming, and making memories for a lifetime! 
To register for either of these events or to learn more about the ministries of Lake Country Life Teen and EDGE, click here or contact Corrie Christiaansen


Rosary Group: Our Parent Rosary Group will be meeting again on Monday, November 25 at 8:30-8:50 a.m. in the Spanish Room. Join us to pray for students, staff, parents, and the St. Charles community. All are welcome to join in prayer - no experience necessary! Prayer sheets and rosaries will be provided. 

Family Thanksgiving Mass: We are in need of students to help participate in the Family Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday, November 27 at 7 p.m. Volunteer children will need to arrive by 6:45 (or earlier if they are a greeter). Click here for more information and for the sign-up form.

Jingle Shop: Our Jingle Shop will be open to students on Friday, December 6 during the school day! Interested in helping? Click here to volunteer!

Culver's Night Out: St. Charles Night at Culver's will be on Monday, December 9 from 5-8 p.m. Mention you're with St. Charles, and 10% of sales from the evening will be donated to the parish and school. Offer good for dine in or carry out.


Artsonia Holiday Sales: Help raise funds for our school art program! Holiday cards are now available at discounted prices on Artsonia's website. You will need to log in using your child's account to purchase items. You can also get 25% off any one item with the code HolidayFunds19; this is valid through December 16. Don't forget - St. Charles earns 20% on all purchases.  

Vase Donations: Have vases that you no longer want? We'll take them! We are in need of vases that can be used as part of our decor at the auction. Please note: they will not be returned to you. Please place vases in the box outside of the office. Thank you for your donation! 

Jingle Shop Donations: Laurie DeAngelis and her team are coordinating our Jingle Shop this year! We are in need of many new items for the Jingle Shop. Please consider donating an item so that we have enough gifts for all of the kids to purchase treasures for their loved ones. There is a bin outside of the school office to collect small gifts. All items are due by Wednesday, November 27. Thank you for your donations!

Jingle Shop: Are you able to help with setting up on December 5, or are you maybe free during the day on December 6? We would love your help! Click here to volunteer. 

We are always in need of volunteer assistance throughout the year and would love your help! Please click here to check out a list of opportunities available throughout this year. Thank you in advance!
Chesterton Academy Dodgeball/Soccer Event: Join current Chesterton Academy students for dodgeball, soccer, and pizza on Friday, November 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.! There will be teams for 4-6th graders as well as 7-8th graders. The event will be at Carmelite Sisters Center in the gym. Space is limited. Click here to reserve your spot! 

Catholic Memorial Upcoming Events:
  • Future Crusader Service Activity: This event is open to students in grades 5-8 on Wednesday, November 27 from 1-3:30 p.m at Catholic Memorial. Click here for more information and to sign up.
  • Junior Crusader Boys Basketball: Open to all 3rd and 5th grade boys on January 18-19. Register to compete in the 2020 Shootout in a 6-team bracket; three games are guaranteed per team. Click here for more details and to register.
  • Shadow Day Opportunities: All 7th and 8th Graders are invited to shadow at CMH! Students have the opportunity to come and shadow a current student you know, or you will be paired with a freshman or sophomore who shares similar interests. It's a great way to see the school, meet students and teachers, and experience what classes will be like. Click here to schedule a visit!
Click here or scan the code below to see what's on our Amazon wishlist! Thank you to everyone who has purchased items from the list. We are so grateful for your support!
Don't forget to go through Amazon Smile to make purchases! St. Charles received $226.87 from Amazon this past quarter from purchases our families made. 
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