Founded in 1915, St. Casimir’s School provides a Christ-centered
Catholic, elementary education for students in preschool through
sixth grade.

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The Pumkin-Cano!

Thank you to all who attended the recent Knights of Columbus sponsored Fall Breakfast that was held to raise funds for the expanded SCS Early Childhood program.  Our thanks also go to the Knights for organizing this delicious event!  The all day, every week day Little Saints PreKindergarten program has been a successful addition to our school offerings and a very welcome option for our community’s families.

Although I serve as a full-time teacher at SCS, I also serve as the coordinator for our Kid Zone program which offers before and after school child care for all area children from four years of age through sixth grade.  This month in Kid Zone we had a lot of fun as we learned about Native Americans, the Mayflower, Pilgrims and traditional Thanksgiving foods.  Each week the students in Kid Zone receive homework help (with a certified teacher/reading specialist) and participate in story time, cooking, arts and crafts, science,  and games.  One of the favorite activities this month was our Pumpkin-Cano which was a volcano created in a pumpkin.  We made predictions about what would happen when each ingredient was added to the pumpkin and watched the results.  Kid Zone is a wonderful learning environment for children, and there are still some spots available if you would like to enroll your child.  For more information,  please contact me at 507-553-5822.

Submitted by Mrs. Cherlelynn Bednar
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Hello from the Third and Fourth Grade Classes!

We have been very busy, and the quarter has flown by quickly. For Veterans Day last week, the students presented a very successful program for our community service men and women. During this event, the third and fourth graders played songs on the recorders, the fifth and sixth graders played The Marine’s Hymn on the choir chimes and the kindergarten, first and second grade students sang America, the Beautiful. The students did a wonderful job honoring our veterans! We are now moving on to practice for the school Christmas program which will be held on December 21st. Please mark this date on your calendar and join us!

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In Art class, the third and fourth grades created very nice seasonal pictures of horns of plenty overflowing with all the fruits and vegetables. They also painted fall leaves, and the projects were hung in the gym for others to enjoy at the recent SCS Fall Breakfast. In Religion class, the fourth graders have learned how to be Fr. Vogel’s newest Mass servers, and they are very excited about these new duties!

Learning how animals stay safe from predators by blending into their environments is the current topic in Science. The students learned the concept of camouflage when they tried to find colored noodles that had been that were thrown in the grass. We also studied invertebrates and vertebrates through the use of various food items. Pretzels were used for the backbones, along with marshmallows for the bodies of the vertebrates. Twizzlers represented worms as part of the invertebrates group. Throughout all of their subjects, the students are showing great growth in their reading, writing and grammar skills.

After all of this work, we are looking forward to Thanksgiving next week. It will be great to spend time with family—there is so much for which to be thankful. We wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Submitted by Mrs. Cindy Bixby

Kindergarten News

Greetings from the SCS Kindergarten classroom!  We are hoping you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. During our morning session, the students talk about weather, and our calendar helper has the opportunity to serve as the weather person.  We discuss the current conditions and what it will be like the next day in attempt to predict what will come next.  We had our first big Math test this week, and our little minds remembered so much about greatest, greater, least, less, more, fewer and patterns.  That list is just a few of the things we have been learning, and we love it all!!!  We are also learning many new words, and our list of learned words continues to grow.  Just this week we were introduced to the spelling of “fit, pit, tip and it” and also how to sound them out.  Soon we will be able to write complete sentences, so this is a very exciting time!  In Religion class we have been talking about all of the wonderful gifts from God.  This week we talked about the gifts of animals --how they help us and how we can prove our love for God by taking care of them.  We are so thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow both academically and spiritually at St. Casimir's School! 

Submitted by Mrs. Beth Emerson

Dining with the Bishop!

In November of 2014, Bishop John Quinn of the Diocese of Winona visited St. Casimir’s School in Wells to join in the celebration of the school’s DSC03147centennial year of education.   Now that St. Casimir’s School has entered into their next 100 years, Bishop Quinn returned to SCS dine with the families and staff, the governing board and council members and congratulated the school on its status as the sole parochial school in Faribault County. How wonderful it is to provide this educational alternative for families! Following the meal blessing and Subway-catered meal (in which Father Vogel’s famous lemonade was much appreciated), Bishop Quinn’s conversations with those present included sharing his gratitude to the parents who stand strong as their child’s first teachers of the faith and who continue in that path by sending their children to St. Casimir’s School where their efforts are supported both spiritually and educationally. The Bishop also shared his thanksgiving for those who work “tirelessly” to ensure St. Casimir’s School is available to families for another 100 years. As individual children came forward to thank the Bishop for coming, they received his apostolic blessing. The diocesan parochial schools are very fortunate to be blessed with a Bishop who takes their welfare very much to heart and is such a strong support for the efforts of the numerous people who give sacrificially to ensure their school’s continued successes. Thank you, Bishop Quinn! Come and visit us anytime! 

National Pastor Appreciation Day

The students of St. Casimir’s School in Wells recently honored their pastor, Father Andrew Vogel, in celebration of National Pastor Appreciation Day which was celebrated on October 11th. In doing so, the older students presented Father with a “Spiritual Bouquet” in which each student created a flower and wrote a blessing for Father upon it. The younger students had created a poster in which they each made a sheep from cotton balls and cutout of their hand to follow the theme of the sheep and the good shepherd. What can you do to show appreciation for your priest or pastor? When a group of parish priests were asked, “How can your parishioners best let you know that they are thankful for you and the work you do?” the following suggestions were given:

    • Pray for Your Priest:  “The most important thing a parishioner can do for his/her priest is to IMG 1461pray for him.  It’s a great joy to know of prayers since my life and ministry are only as fruitful as the people praying for me.”
    • Cook Him a Meal:   Find out his favorite meal and make it for him.
    • Write Him a Note Expressing Your Gratitude:  “It is very powerful to hear somebody describe exactly HOW the thing I said or did was so fruitful for them.  It is a reminder that Jesus is a lot bigger then me, and he can do great things with the little I have to offer.” 
    • Say Thank You:  “Thank the priest for every Mass. Even something as simple as saying ‘Thank you for your ministry and I will pray for you’ can mean a great deal.”
    • Invite Him Over:  “It’s nice when people think to invite me to family gatherings, even special birthdays or anniversary celebrations.”
    • Strive for Holiness:  “There’s nothing more exciting for a priest than witnessing holiness in the lives of the people to whom he ministers; not only is that an experience of grace that his labor is bearing fruit, but it’s also tremendously edifying in his own pursuit of holiness.”