Recent News from St. Andrew's, Delavan, WI

Archive for February, 2014

Kids Caring for Kids

Delavan, Wisc. – St. Andrew Parish School students recently completed a service project collecting much needed items for the Tree House of the Walworth County Alliance for TreeHouseChildren.

 The Walworthy County Alliance for Children and their new child advocacy center, the Tree House provides a safe place for children who may have been abused or neglected. In this one location a team of specially trained professionals investigate cases of child abuse to help children and their families. Studies show that using child advocacy centers for a collaborative apporach to investigation and prosecution saves money, results in faster charges against perpetrators and increases successful prosecutions. Since April 2013, the Tree House has received over 1,000 referrals alleging abuse and negelct of children, with more than 300 children having forensic interviews. For more information visit wcac4kids.org.

 St. A students in kindergarten through eigth grade donated items on The Tree House Wish List such as socks, new books, notebooks and writing journals, snacks and more. They also wrote a few words of prayer and encouragement on leaves for their own tree display. Jesus holds a special place in his heart for children, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)

St. Andrew Parish School in Delavan, Wisc. is celebrating over 70 years of developing students’ moral and spiritual growth, physical and psychological development, academic and cultural advancement to prepare them as useful, productive and caring Christian citizens of the community. Serving grades K-8.  Kindergarten registration is going on now. For more information visit standrews-delavan.org or call 262-728-6211.

Written by Beth Nateghi

40 Years = 40 Bags

My name is Giovanna Zambito Moses and I’m turning 40 on June 4, 2014.  Rather than having a typical party with family and friends, I’ve decided to host a blood drive. I want to try to gather 40 bags of blood for my 40th birthday, with the help of the Blood Center of Wisconsin and Community Bank CBD. I will need to sign up at least 54 donors. Why blood? It’s the gift that keeps on giving and I’d like to give a little something back to my amazing community, family and friends for supporting our family during my daughter’s diagnosis and treatment for leukemia.

I attended Marquette University along with my would-be husband Cevin Moses and my first job out of school was as a medical technologist with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. I worked in their satellite lab in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin cross-matching blood products for kids in need of transfusions. Since that time, I went on to study optometry and returned to Delavan to work at Morrison Eye Clinic as an optometrist, but I never forgot where it all started. There is a lot of job satisfaction, knowing you’re helping children get the blood products they need to stay alive, be it after an accident, during surgery, because of premature birth or disease, such as cancer. It’s that last one that really hits home, now.

Our daughter, Katherine Mary Grace, was born in the fall of 2011. She was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and had been a healthy baby, until her cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2013. Katherine simply had some unusual bruising at diagnosis. I knew something wasn’t right, and I also knew that individuals with Down Syndrome are more likely to get blood cancers. We took Katherine to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for evaluation, and although hospitals can be scary for some, to me, it felt like home. Katherine was diagnosed in August 2013 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and was then kept in-patient for the initial month of chemotherapy. During her treatment for ALL thus far, Katherine has used two bags of platelets and two bags of packed red blood cells. She’ll likely need more blood throughout her two year treatment course.

My family and I can’t ever personally thank the donors who gave blood to Katherine while her need was critical, as blood donation is anonymous. The blood collected by the Blood Center of Wisconsin stays within the local community, however, and this birthday blood drive is one way we can give back to our community who has supported us so well throughout Katherine’s treatment. Giving blood is truly giving the gift of life and having my friends and family help me do that on a big scale would be better than anything that comes in wrapping paper and a bow. Please consider joining me and help me collect 40 bags of blood for my 40th birthday.

Please plan to donate blood at the Community Centre adjacent to Community Bank CBD, June 4, 2014, any time from 2 to 7 pm. New blood donors welcome. Experienced blood donors, please put this date on your calendars. People with Type O blood are the universal donors and their donations are often in highest demand. Thank you and hope to see you this summer.

Parent Letter 2.11.14

Registration Begins for the 2014 -15 School Year The Family Intent/Registration Form was sent home in the Family Envelope last week.  This Form is due back tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12th.  Thank you for your prompt response, as it helps us to do a better job of planning for the 2014-15 School Budget.


Second Quarter Conferences Optional Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are held in February.  Each conference is scheduled for 15 minutes with the teacher.  If you desire a conference, please indicate so on the Conference Request Form.  Please return the form to school by Friday, February 14th.   The teacher will then contact you to arrange a time.

 

Good News-Tax Deduction for Private School Tuition  – Recent Wisconsin tax law allows for a tax deduction for private school tuition beginning in the 2014 tax year. Taxpayers can deduct up to $4,000 for tuition paid for each dependent child in grades kindergarten through eighth and up to $10,000 for each high school student. Since the tax break is set up as a deduction, the average Wisconsin family would get a $240 tax cut per grade school child and a $600 tax cut for each high school student.

 

Sell Your Stuff and Earn Money – Did you know that the upcoming fundraiser for our school is also an opportunity for you to raise some funds for yourself? The St. Andrew School’s Annual Children’s Clothing Sale is a fundraiser in which all of you are invited to sell your quality children’s clothing (size infant to 16), maternity clothes, baby equipment, toys, books, games, movies and sporting equipment. Think of it as having your own resale, but without all the work. We provide the indoor location, set up, advertising and lots of buyers. You just need to register, price your items and drop them off (there will be a volunteer opportunity as well). Plus you will receive 60% of the profits while the school keeps 40%. It is a win, win for everyone!

The first step is to register at Seller Sign-up, which is Friday, February 14 from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, February 15 from 10 am – 1 p.m. All details will be provided at seller sign-up and we will be happy to answer any of your questions. Spread the word– anyone is welcome to sell. Enter through the school auditorium doors on 7th St.

 

Attention Parents of Eighth GradersTo help our parents and students be more prepared for Registration Night on February 18th, DDHS would like to host a Registration Informational Session for our 8th grade students and parents at St. Andrew School. This presentation is for students and for any parent that wishes to attend.  This presentation will be Wednesday, on February 12th at 8:30 AM in Mrs. Amici’s Room.  Please mark your calendars for this very important event.

 

 Dishing with the Disciples presents The Gospel Unplugged – Dishing with the Disciples will happen on Thursday, February 20th. We meet in St. Andrew’s, Delavan cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  This month we will be watching a presentation given by Chris Stefanick titled The Gospel Unplugged:  Uncovering the Heart of Christianity.  Chris is a well known youth minister and speaker.  His talk is directed to teens AND the young at heart.   Grandparents, parents, high school students, and young at heart searchers will find this evening an opportunity to give your faith a boost, and re-charge your sense of wonder and awe of our Lord.  This evening is for YOU!

 

This is an opportunity for Adult Christian Formation AND an avenue to take advantage of being together as a FUN faith community.  Please consider joining us and bring a friend (evangelization).  We ask that if you feel in the mood to bring a snack to feed 4 people, but it is not a requirement.  Take the plunge and experience “Dishing with the Disciples” this month.

 

Ski Club – Ski Club is underway for this season.  If you have not signed-up yet but are still interested in joining, please call Mr. Pat Fleming at 262-749-4775.

 

SPARTAN NEWS:  Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who help make our 2014 Spartan Spectacular Tournament a success.  It is a long two week tournament that has many shifts and area’s that needed coverage.  We couldn’t pull it off without you.  From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!  – The Spartan Committee.

A big “Shout Out” to our Spartan Spectacular Chairs, who worked tirelessly in planning and seeing everything through.  Thank you to Bob Quartucci for handling the Sponsorship/Advertising and designing the program booklets and getting them ready for print.  Monica Damrow and Anne Foster for running Admissions and printing the Tourney Passes.  Stephanie Frietag, Terri Timmerman, and Sandra Gonzalez for running Concessions and making sure we had plenty of food and beverages and setting up and breaking down for every day of the tournament.  Ruben Rendon for co-chairing the tournament.  Ruben worked every area of the tournament to get an idea of how things run.  A lot to process, but did an awesome job! – Tim and Kathy Ruesch

We would like to also “Thank” all our sponsors and to Swift print (Tom & Kelly Schwigel) for printing and donating our programs.  They looked awesome!
Also, we were honored to have Deacon Kilkenny come and bless our Championship games and Josie Picard from 1st grade sang the National Anthem beautifully.

Next year most of our Chair members will have a child or two in high school.  Their time will be divided between St. Andrew and DDHS.  So, we are looking for family members to come and join the Spartan Spectacular Committee. You don’t need to have a child in the program to join.   This is a wonderful and important fundraiser for the Athletic Department and for the school.  It keeps the Volleyball and Basketball registration fee’s down; covers the costs of referee’s;  and provides free use of uniforms.  Plus contributes $1,000 to the school annual fund drive.  It also covers the costs for Buildings and Grounds of  having the bleachers inspected/repaired and the floor polished.  After these expenses are covered, we usually have some money left to help out in other area’s of the school.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Tim or Kathy Ruesch.  Without additional members, we are afraid that there may not be a 17th Annual Spartan Spectacular.

Also, we are looking for someone to run Concessions during our Volleyball and Basketball 2014/2015 season.  This volunteer position will round up volunteers to work shifts during home games.  Stock concessions with food and beverages.  Set up before every game and breakdown after the games.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruesch.

ATHLETIC NEWS:  PICTURES – We are currently working on setting up a date/time for Basketball pictures.  Parents, please make sure your child uniform is cleaned and hang them up until we have word on when pictures will be.  Also, make sure they have ALL 4 pieces (except 7th and 8th graders – 3 pieces).  On picture day, the players will be turning their uniforms in.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

Congratulations to our 6th grade boys for placing 3rd at the annual Our Redeemer Tournament.
Congratulations to our 5th/6th grade girls for placing 1st at the annual DCS Tournament.

 

Market Day News – Thank you to all who placed orders last month. We are about halfway through our market day year and have earned over $1700 in profits. We are halfway to our goal. In this week’s Family Envelope you will find Market Day order forms.   Please take the time to fill one out and return it to school by Thursday, Feb 13th, or you can place an order online at www.marketday.com until Feb 17.  Pick up will be Thursday, Feb 20th, from 3:30-5:00p.m..

 

Child Supervision – A reminder to parents that children should never be left unattended during before or after school activities.  Teacher duties after school prevent them from supervising children that are waiting for athletic practices or other activities to begin.  K-Club is available to families that need supervision of their children before or after school.   The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.

 

Office Check-in –Please remember to stop in the office for your visitor identification sticker and to sign-in if you are visiting the school. If children are leaving early from school they must be signed out and signed back in when they return. Thank you.
Lunch Playground Supervision – The following people have Lunch Playground Supervision for the month of February: We have no one signed up for the last week of February.

Feb. 10th to 14th – Christee Maass

Feb. 17 to 20th – Shari Loback

Feb. 24th to 28thSupervision Needed

 

Connect with St. Andrew School – Our school/parish has a website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The links are below and they provide a great way to stay up-to-date on daily events.
website: standrews-delavan.org
blog: standrewdelavan.wordpress.com
facebook: facebook.com/standrewschool
twitter: staschdel
We are looking for parents, students and teachers to contribute photos from all events big and small. Contact Beth Nateghi at loveybam@hotmail.com or 608-343-0346 to pass your photos along.

 

St. Nick’s Breakfast: We are looking for a chairperson or co-chairs for the Children’s Gift Shop next year.  Please consider helping with this exciting part of the breakfast!  The children love doing their Christmas shopping there!!  Please contact Jen Martin: 262.949.2205 or bsn_jen@yahoo.com if you are interested.

 

Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Logan Hermann for being selected for Lunch with the Principal.   Logan is a fourth grade student in Ms. Tracey’s Class.  My thanks to all of the students that received a ticket, and keep up the good deeds!

 

St. Andrew “PRIDE” – During Catholic Schools’ Week, our students wrote essays about what they like about St. Andrew School.  Over the next three weeks, I’d like to share three of these excellent essays with you.  The first of these essays is from Hailey Murphy in Grade 6:

 

“Why I Like to go to St. Andrew’s” By Hailey Murphy

I like going to St. Andrew’s because the teachers and faculty are so nice.  They all care so much and want their students to succeed.  The teachers give lots of attention and extra help that you wouldn’t get at other Catholic Schools.  This extra work really benefits the students.  The teachers aren’t there to be our best friends though.  They crack down and take care of situations when needed.  Yes, the teachers like to have fun, but they TEACH too, in fact, that’s what makes learning at St. Andrew’s so fun.  I really love seeing all the smiling faces of the teachers at St. Andrew’s.

 

Another reason why I love St. A’s is all the service projects we do together as a school.  These projects not only help us learn to give back to the community, they help others in need.  These service projects help us to remember that we ARE a Catholic School, and to keep the Faith.  I love all the Religion classes here at St. A’s.  I love learning about God, Our Father.  Going to St. Andrew’s has totally opened my mind to being accepting of others, to love, to practice God’s Word, and to be everything that I am today.

 

This essay by is a wonderful example of how our students feel about their school.  Thank you for providing the opportunity for your children to attend St. Andrew School.  It is the most important investment that you can make for your child.  As Scripture states: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”   Proverbs 22:6

Thank you for your continued support of St. Andrew School.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Chovanec, Principal

St. Andrew School

Parent Letter 2.4.14

Registration Begins for the 2014 -15 School Year The Family Intent/Registration Form is being sent home in the Family Envelope today.  This Form is due back by Wednesday, February 12th.  Thank you for your prompt response, as it helps us to do a better job of planning for the 2014-15 School Budget.


Second Quarter Conferences Optional Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are held in February.  Conference Request Forms are included in today’s Family Envelope.  Each conference is scheduled for 15 minutes with the teacher.  If you desire a conference, please indicate so on the Conference Request Form and return the form to school by Friday, February 14th.   The teacher will then contact you to arrange a time.  If your child’s teacher is requesting a conference, the Request Form will be in your Family Envelope today.

“Soup”er Bowl/ Tree House Collections ContinueDue to the short week last week, please note that the collection for “The Tree House” and the “Soup”er Bowl collection will continue through the end of this weekStudents should bring in socks, new books, and notebooks for children affected by abuse and cans of soup for our Food Pantry.  Thank you for your help with this very important service project.

Second Quarter Music Grades – Second Quarter Music Grades have been added to the Report Card and are now available to check on Option C.  Please remember to choose “2nd Quarter” in the pull-down menu.

Children’s Offertory Envelopes – Child offertory envelopes will be available to the students to reflect and offer something back to God.  When children learn the value of being good and faithful stewards of God’s gifts, they carry those values through to their daily living and make generous gifts of their time, talent and treasure.  Maybe your child wants to say thank you for something special that has gone on in their life.  It could be a simple note saying “I was kind to my little brother or sister”, “I played a game with my family” or even “I helped mom with the dishes”.  If your child would like to offer money, that is great too.  This is just an opportunity for them to give back in whatever way they are comfortable with.  The envelopes will be available at the back of the church.

 

Attention Parents of Eighth GradersTo help our parents and students be more prepared for Registration Night on February 18th, DDHS would like to host a Registration Informational Session for our 8th grade students and parents at St. Andrew School. This presentation is for students and for any parent that wishes to attend.  This presentation will be Wednesday, on February 12th at 8:30 AM in Mrs. Amici’s Room.  Please mark your calendars for this very important event.

 Dishing with the Disciples presents The Gospel Unplugged – Dishing with the Disciples will happen on Thursday, February 20th. We meet in St. Andrew’s, Delavan cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  This month we will be watching a presentation given by Chris Stefanick titled The Gospel Unplugged:  Uncovering the Heart of Christianity.  Chris is a well known youth minister and speaker.  His talk is directed to teens AND the young at heart.   Grandparents, parents, high school students, and young at heart searchers will find this evening an opportunity to give your faith a boost, and re-charge your sense of wonder and awe of our Lord.  This evening is for YOU!

This is an opportunity for Adult Christian Formation AND an avenue to take advantage of being together as a FUN faith community.  Please consider joining us and bring a friend (evangelization).  We ask that if you feel in the mood to bring a snack to feed 4 people, but it is not a requirement.  Take the plunge and experience “Dishing with the Disciples” this month.

Book Fair – The “Nacho Showdown” between Mr. Donagan and Mr. Fritz will be tomorrow morning (2/5/14) at 11:00a.m. in the Gym.  Grades K through 4th should wear green to show your support for Mr. Donagan and Grades 5 through 8 should wear yellow to show your support for Mr. Fritz.  Thank you to everyone that helped with the Book Fair, your time was truly appreciated.

I would also like to thank everyone that came and bought books, and for your generosity to “The Tree House”.  The Book Fair raised over $4,300.00 because of you.  This means that we are able to put over $2,300.00 worth of books in our classrooms and the school’s Library.  Thank you! – Mrs. Gamble

Ski Club – Ski Club is underway for this season.  If you have not signed-up yet but are still interested in joining, please call Mr. Pat Fleming at 262-749-4775.

Market Day News – Thank you to all who placed orders last month. We are about halfway through our market day year and have earned over $1700 in profits. We are halfway to our goal. In this week’s Family Envelope you will find Market Day order forms.   Please take the time to fill one out and return it to school by Thursday, Feb 13th, or you can place an order online at www.marketday.com until Feb 17.  Pick up will be Thursday, Feb 20th, from 3:30-5:00p.m..

Child Supervision – A reminder to parents that children should never be left unattended during before or after school activities.  Teacher duties after school prevent them from supervising children that are waiting for athletic practices or other activities to begin.  K-Club is available to families that need supervision of their children before or after school.   The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.

Office Check-in –Please remember to stop in the office for your visitor identification sticker and to sign-in if you are visiting the school. If children are leaving early from school they must be signed out and signed back in when they return. Thank you.


2014 Spartan Spectacular – Thank you to Tim and Kathy Ruesch (and their many helpers) for another successful Spartan Spectacular.  It was an exciting two weeks.  Thank you to all our helpers for all you do for St. Andrew School!

Lunch Playground Supervision – The following people have Lunch Playground Supervision for the months of January and February: We have no one signed up for February 3rd, 5th and 6th and the last week of February.

Feb. 10th to 14th – Christee Maass

Feb. 17 to 20th – Shari Loback

Feb. 24th to 28thSupervision Needed

Connect with St. Andrew School – Our school/parish has a website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The links are below and they provide a great way to stay up-to-date on daily events.
website: standrews-delavan.org
blog: standrewdelavan.wordpress.com
facebook: facebook.com/standrewschool
twitter: staschdel
We are looking for parents, students and teachers to contribute photos from all events big and small. Contact Beth Nateghi at loveybam@hotmail.com or 608-343-0346 to pass your photos along.

St. Nick’s Breakfast: We are looking for a chairperson or co-chairs for the Children’s Gift Shop next year.  Please consider helping with this exciting part of the breakfast!  The children love doing their Christmas shopping there!!  Please contact Jen Martin: 262.949.2205 or bsn_jen@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Ethan Esch for being selected for Lunch with the Principal.  Ethan is a third grade student in Mrs. Raykovich’s Class.  Mackenzie Struck(Kdg.), Quinn O’Grady(Grade 3), Ross Gengler(Grade 6) and Ethan will have lunch with me at Culver’s on Wednesday, February 12th.  My thanks to all of the students that received a ticket, and keep up the good deeds!

 

 

St. Andrew “PRIDE” – In this week’s St. Andrew “PRIDE” section, I’d like to congratulate those St. Andrew School students (and their families), that were named to the Honor Roll for the Second Quarter at St. Andrew Parish School (to be on the Honor Roll, students must earn a 3.00 GPA or better).

 

 

St. Andrew School’s Graduating Class of 2014

Matthew Fahey, Madeleine Freitag, Cate Gamble, Olivia Hess, MaryClaire O’Keefe, Evelyn Rodriguez, Hana Romero, Andy Ruesch, Alexia Salinas, Madelyn Seuser, Dominic Thone and Carter Torkelson

St. Andrew School’s Graduating Class of 2015

Caroline Flesch, Brittany Flores, Sophia Foster, Eric Gonzalez, Trent Hernandez, Zach Mortlock, Olivia Patterson, Vianney Perez, Aidan Showalter, Madison Stone, Benny Thone and Jack Wright

 

St. Andrew School’s Graduating Class of 2016

Taylor Barkes, Alex Flesch, Ross Gengler, Liana Gonzalez, Jay Greenwald, Braeden Hembrook, Cole Hess, Danny Martinez, Hailey Murphy, AJ Sanchez, Claire Schilz,

Isaiah Swanson, Kailea Timmerman and Maura Vaughn

St. Andrew School’s Graduating Class of 2017

Emiliano Aranda, Victoria Dewey, Moira Fahey, Luke Freitag, Kyle Janssen, Ashley Lefel, Luke Loback, Payton McCann, Ashlyn McKean, John Moses, Cameron Patterson, Camryn Rendon, Jennifer Ruesch, Jessie Seuser, Fletcher Struck, Ben Venteicher and Kyle Wright

I’d also like to give special recognition to eleven students that had a perfect 4.0 GPA for the Second Quarter!  They are: Fifth Graders Luke Freitag, Kyle Janssen, Cameron Patterson and Ben Venteicher, Sixth Grader Hailey Murphy, Seventh Graders, Caroline Flesch, Sophia Foster, Trent Hernandez, Olivia Patterson and Aidan Showalter and Eighth Grader, Madeleine Freitag.

St. Andrew Parish School is proud of the academic achievement of our students.  It is this dedication to hard work and achievement that will prepare them for future success as adults.  As Scripture states: “He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.” 

2 Corinthians 9: 6

Sincerely,

John Chovanec, Principal

St. Andrew School

Parish School Committee Minutes 1.8.14

ST. ANDREW SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

REGULAR MEETING

 

JANUARY 8, 2014

 

MINUTES

 

Members Present:        John Chovanec                           Jesse Wright

Cathy Gengler                            Shari Loback

Fr. Jim Schuerman                     Dave Malisow

Lauren Bandler

Members Absent:         Anne Foster

Fr. Angel Anaya

Jeff Scherer

 

It was reported that John Chovanec took over coaching for Tim Ruesch.

 

There was no Pastor’s Report.

 

See handout for Principal’s Report.

 

There was no Teacher’s Report.

 

It was noted that it is time to prepare for the budget.  There is still a deficit.  The St. Nick’s Breakfast raised approximately $13,000.00.

 

There was no Home and School Committee Report.

 

Athletics – Tim Ruesch reported that the Spartan Spectacular will be starting on January 20, 2014.  The team has personalized uniforms.

 

Shari Loback suggested that contact be made with 4th and 5th graders getting ready to go to public school and invite them to the Spartan Spectacular.

 

There was no Building and Grounds Committee report.

 

The Technology Committee reported that the computer lab is fully functional.  15 Ipads have been delivered and are waiting for cases and apps to connect with smart boards.

 

The School Committee discussed the addition of a St. Pat’s member to this Committee.

 

Under New Business, ideas for the 2nd half of the year included reducing redundancy of fundraising approaching businesses; and understanding what types of committees and structure is needed – where the individual committees fit.

 

The idea of rolling fees into the cost of tuition was also discussed.

Visioning & Dreaming Minutes 2.11.14

Mark 7:5-8

Why would a youth, or any adult for that matter, want to build a bridge between their hearts and God?  One way to answer that question is by addressing the “What’s in it for me?” which is so very obvious and central in our culture.  But I suspect that unless we help people change their perception of God, no bridge building to him will take place.

Who is this God whom we worship?  How is our/my life connected with this God?  Am I existing independently from him?  Do we feel compelled to make our moral choices based on his instructions?  Why does he seem so distant when I am in pain and difficulties?  Why is God so out of touch with today’s culture?  Each question presents an opportunity to help our students deepen their appreciation of who this God really is.  The difficulty exists in that most of our answers are countercultural and in conflict with the lies that the world is espousing.  That makes it all the more necessary, that first of all we, the teachers, live Christ centered lives.  Our being needs to radiate the joy of knowing God.  It requires that our love for God and others is sacrificial.  We need to help our audiences develop a holistic image of God, so that they can answer Jesus’ question; “but who do you say that I am?”  To know God is to love God.

 

Lord, we pray for your help in telling people about you and your love for them, so that they can love you in return.                                                                                                                                             Amen

 

Notes for the February 11, 2014 Dreaming/Visioning session

In Attendance:

Pastor and/or Associate Pastor: Father Jim

Parish Counselors: Shari Loback

Parish School:

Christian Formation: Deacon Phil, Patty, AL

Parish Life:

At Large: Theresa

 

The meeting began with Mass in church and prayer in the upper room.  Scripture was from the Gospel of the day.  The dialogue question dealt with the ways we use to help our students build bridges between their hearts and God.

 

Agenda Topics:

Men of Christ conference March 15, 2014.  Discussed various means for publication.  Shari did put it on the parish website.  Theresa will print a flyer and have it inserted in Bulletin.  Al will write a bulletin announcement to be run for the next three Weekends.  Al will also ask Father Angel to invite the men to attend during weekend Masses.  The conference will also be part of the 2014 Lenten action listing.

 

Do we want to have the Hispanic Community sponsor a Harvest Fest Pot Luck this year?

There was no representative from the Hispanic community present.  Al will take the idea to have the Hispanic community to sponsor a Harvest Festival at St Andrew this October.  Then next year the Caucasian faction of the parish would be hosting.  Theresa and Polly are willing to share what they have learned from putting on the previous festivals.

 

Budget for 2014/15

We want to keep all of the transportation monies in the budget.  We need to budget for printing costs.  On top of our budgeting wish list is a mission headlined by a popular speaker.

 

Your Dreams and your Vision for 2014

Continue the prison ministry.  Do the Prayer Tree project.  It was recommended that we focus our future efforts in one area.  It was agreed, that to make a focused effort work, the current, every-other-month meeting format will not work.  The suggestion was made that a subcommittee would need to be created to carry out the focused action.  Theresa will put together a Lenten to do list for St Andrew.

 

Others:  Blood Drive

Giovanna Moses wants to hold a community Blood Drive.  The plans now are for an off-site location in June 2014.  Perhaps the Delavan Woman’s Service Club, who takes care of the four annual blood drives at the Our Redeemer Church, could be asked to help run the drive

 

Updates:

New Year’s resolution:  Sign a covenant to spend one hour each week at Eucharistic Adoration.  Focus to include our Hispanic community.

Theresa and Al dried to salvage the unsuccessful Holy Resolution effort with no luck.

 

DWTD

Patty will present one of Christopher Stefanick’s DVDs at the February meeting.   One session of Father Baron’s new evangelization will be presented every Thursday during Lent.

 

Letter writing to people in prison

Discussed earlier.  Collecting and donating Bibles and rosaries for the prison ministry was mentioned as an addition to the letter writing.

 

Frank Runion  Al – parish

Due to communication difficulties this did not happen.

 

Christopher Stefanick Patty school PTA? Others? (see DWTD above)

 

Grocery bag – food donation as a service project for the school & CF classes.

 

Recruitment of members for this committee?

 

Tabled subjects

Prayer tree to be reconsidered in fall of 2014

Person to research and publish scheduled retreats on our website and in the bulletin

Birthday calls

 

Prayer, Blessing, Song: 816 Where Charity and Love Prevail

 

Next Meeting April 8, 2014

Parish Council Minutes 1.28.14

St. Andrew Parish Council Minutes

Minutes

January 28, 2014 7:30pm Rectory basement

Meeting called by

Father Jim Schuerman

Type of meeting

Monthly Parish Council Meeting

Facilitator

Father Jim Schuerman

Note taker

Shari Loback

Timekeeper

Shari Loback

Attendees

PRESENT: Father Jim Schuerman, Patti Wright, Enrique Rodriguez, Tina Janssen, Lauren Bandler, Tom Bertrand, Shari Loback

ABSENT: Patti Soukup, Brooke Heide, Jim Stiles

 

PASTOR’S REPORT, Father Jim Schuerman: Erick Bourgeois is withdrawing from Parish Council and President for personal reasons. Laura Szatkowski (Human Concerns Representative) has also resigned from parish council for personal reasons. We welcome Patti Wright to Parish Council. She will represent Christian Formation.

Discussion: Father Jim will need to appoint replacements. 3 people are currently needed to fulfill parish council spots.

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

Put openings in Parish Bulletin and on website. Shari Loback 2.4.14
Father Jim needs to appoint any interested people. Father Jim Schuerman 3.18.14
Patti Wright needs to attend Christian Formation Meetings Patti Wright Beg.Next Month

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE (10 MIN): None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

v  ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCE SERVICES, Tina Janssen: Three motions were made and approved by FC. From the bequest: –$20,000 grant to Friends of St. Andrews; –Not to exceed $14,000 for rectory kitchen renovations; –$135,000 to pay down mortgage (all these are subject to Fr. Jim and Fr. Angel’s final decision) Remainder of bequest to be used towards Parish Center. Budget presentations to start in March. Looking to form committee to explore Parish Life Center with members from Parish Council, Parish Finance, and Buildings & Grounds. Lauren Bandler has accepted the position on the Parish Life Center Committee representing Parish Council. Other members as of date Fran Schmidt, Jim Stiles and Neill Flood.

v  HUMAN CONCERNS (Need Rep), Father Jim Schuerman: 20 people using homeless shelter at this time. We need more volunteers. Father Angel has made an appeal to the parish men at Mass.

v  PRAYER & WORSHIP (Need Rep), Father Jim Schuerman: There is 1 Feast before Lent begins, Ash Wednesday March 5: The Presentation of Our Lord on February 2.

v  COMMUNICATIONS, Shari Loback: Shari has been keeping up the St. Andrew online calendar for school and parish. Would like this taken care of by parish and school secretaries to keep it more accurate and get rid of redundant work. Calendars can be printed from the website and separate ones do not need to be kept. Father Jim approved scheduling training with Virginia.

v  CHRISTIAN FORMATION (Patti Wright just appointed): No report.

v  SCHOOL COMMITTEE, Lauren Bandler: Held Open House late January. Approximately 3 new families took a tour. District 3 School Choice program will take place on February 20 at Catholic Central and several SC members, interested parents, and principal will be attending to see if there are benefits to becoming a school choice district. Looking to add a St. Patrick Parish Member to School Committee. Will be restructuring School Committee and sub-committees to improve communication and streamline processes. School computer lab completely functional and serves the largest class with a few computers to spare in case of breakdowns.

v  HISPANIC LEADERS, Enrique Rodriguez: Will be doing retreat in the summer. February 14 will be a party in school cafeteria for adults and children watched and entertained on 3rd floor.

v  BUILDINGS & GROUNDS (Need Rep): No report.

AGENDA ITEMS: OLD BUSINESS

nEXT STEPS IN FORMATION OF PARISH LIFE TEAM

FATHER JIM SCHUERMAN

Discussion

We are in need of a leader to take over the Parish Life Team. We need someone who really understands the goal and agenda of this committee.

Conclusions

Ask Parish Leaders and people involved with the Parish Life survey to make recommendations.

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

Bring Ideas for Leadership All PC Members 3.18.14

Synod Preparation

Lauren Bandler

Discussion

All meetings have been held along with the Dishing with Disciples groups. 3 High School students needed to participate March 1 at St. Francis de Sales day-long session, can send as many as 8 people. Synod takes place in June Archdiocese-wide.

Conclusions

Contact Shelley Koch for possible H.S. Students

Action items

Person responsible

Deadline

Contact Shelley Koch for possible H.S. Students Lauren Bandler 2.28.14

Observers

Resource persons

Special notes

current parish council members

(please use as email list)

Patti Wright, Christian Formation               patricia.wright@kellyservices.com

Enrique Rodriguez, Hispanic Ministry        rodriguez.enrique40@yahoo.com

Tina Janssen, Finance                                   ztjanssen@gmail.com

Lauren Bandler, School Committee            laurenbandler@yahoo.com

Tom Bertrand, Trustee Treasurer             tpbertrand@hotmail.com

Patti Soukup, Secretary                                waterclerk@ci.delavan.wi.us

Jim Stiles, Trustee Secretary                        jimstiles40@att.net

Shari Loback, Communications                   sloback@americoncrete.com

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