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COVID-19 Updates

November 11, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

We just received the following information from Portage County Public Health and wanted to forward it on to help you utilize the resources available for testing. We have heard that some of the hospitals and clinics who are testing are getting faster results, but it can also be challenging to get an appointment. The drive thru clinic at the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is easy, quick, and free! Here’s an easy guide to registering on your phone while you wait in line.

If you have any concerns that you might be Covid positive, we highly recommend getting tested. The more we can all work to keep the individuals who are positive isolated away from everyone else until 10 days after they become sick or had a positive test, the more likely we are to keep open five days a week and prevent more people from getting sick.

With cases hitting an all time high on the state level this past week, it truly takes all of us working together to keep each other safe and healthy!

In faith,

Cindy Weber

October 28, 2020

Here’s the latest update from Pacelli Catholic Schools president Cindy Weber.

October 19, 2020

Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stephen Moving to eLearning

Dear PCS Parents,

This communication is to inform PCS parents that due to illness and concerns related to COVID-19 at Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stephen, PCS will be moving that school building to full eLearning for all students and staff. The decision was made due to a number of close contacts and shortage of available substitute teachers.

All PCES-St. Steve’s students will be moved to eLearning beginning October 20, and may return to face-to-face instruction on November 2.

Students and staff of this school are not required to quarantine as a result of this decision. This closure is meant to help disinfect the school, alleviate pressure related to the lack of substitutes, and mitigate the spread of potential COVID-19/other illnesses.

Please note this is only for Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stephen and no other schools in the system but also includes not providing before/aftercare.

As a Pacelli family, our goal has been and will continue to be to create safe, in-person learning environments for our students and staff. Over the past nine weeks, all of our staffs have gone above and beyond to achieve this goal. We are very proud of the work everyone has done throughout the system.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your building administrator.

Sincerely,

PCS Administrative Team

October 13, 2020

See the updates from Pacelli Catholic Schools in this letter and DHS guidelines defining close contact and symptoms to watch for.

September 28, 2020

Please see the attached September update and guidelines for sick students.

August 14, 2020

Please see the attached Pacelli Catholic Schools reopening overview.

August 12, 2020

Gift Card News

  • Gift Card Hours: Beginning August 24, back-to-school gift card hours will be expanding! Gift card sales will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:30am-4pm. We’ll be accepting all forms of payment (cash or check only for Target, Walmart, and Amazon). Curbside pick up will still be available. We request at least 1 hour notice and the cut off for pick up is 2pm. Gift cards are not available for purchase on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
  • Family Fee: The family fee for 2020-2021 has been reduced to $300 meaning you can begin earning towards tuition more quickly this year! Be sure to stock up on gift cards for back-to-school shopping.
  • Shop with Scrip eCards Phone App: Can’t make it to the office? Check out the new mobile Shop with Scrip RaiseRight app for purchasing e-gift cards!

Contact Andrea at akulick@pacellicatholicschools.com with questions.

July 31, 2020

Check out the latest updates regarding school this fall in the Pacelli Catholic Schools Reopening Plan.

July 30, 2020

Starting on Monday, August 3 all children ages 3 and up will be required to wear masks at the Tim Copps Early Childhood Center. In addition, all staff and students at the Summer Blast program will be required to wear a mask. These actions are in response to the statewide mandate put forth by Gov. Evers effective August 1.

July 17, 2020

Dear Pacelli Families,

Thank you to those of you who participated in our informational meeting last night about the reopening of Pacelli Catholic Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. We were able to get through the presentation and had over 30 minutes to address the many great questions each of you had. Rest assured, our top priority is to safely return all of our students to the classroom.

For those of you that missed last night’s virtual meeting, we are sharing both the slideshow and a recording of the meeting. If, after watching you have questions for us, email us at pacelli@pacellicatholicschools.com and we’ll follow up to address one-on-one.

>> Click here to watch the meeting recording.

One thing remains clear – it will take a partnership between us all – students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators to keep our kids safe and to maintain our high academic standards. We left last night’s meeting feeling very encouraged.

Thank you for being part of the Pacelli Catholic Schools family!

Cindy Weber
President, Pacelli Catholic Schools

Very Rev. Daniel Hackel
Dean, Pacelli Catholic Schools

Greg Kaster
Principal, Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Bronislava & Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stephen

Ellen Lopas
Principal, Pacelli Catholic Middle School

Larry Theiss
Principal, Pacelli Catholic High School

July 13, 2020

Dear Pacelli Families,

As we continue to work through the process of reopening Pacelli Catholic Schools for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to share with you where we’re at in our current planning process. That’s why we’re inviting you to join us this Thursday, July 16 at 6pm for a virtual informational meeting. As you can imagine, there are a million details to cover and each decision often leads to more questions and the need for answers and contingencies. Additionally, we have families, teachers, staff, and students who all have different perspectives, coupled with an ever changing pandemic environment and public perception in our community. Our primary guiding lights in this process are the Diocese of La Crosse and the Public Health Department. We welcome input and suggestions, but know that we are not going to be able to implement all ideas. We are working to do the best we can for our students, staff, and families.

Please join us this Thursday, July 16 at 6pm for a virtual meeting to learn more.

>> Click here to join the meeting or join by phone (audio only) ‪by dialing 1.413.398.2885‬, PIN: ‪101 598 497‬#

If you are unable to join us at that time, we will be sharing the presentation afterwards as well. Our plan is to have at least one more similar meeting as we get closer to starting the new school year.

Thank you in advance!

Cindy Weber
President, Pacelli Catholic Schools

Very Rev. Daniel Hackel
Dean, Pacelli Catholic Schools

Greg Kaster
Principal, Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Bronislava & Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stephen

Ellen Lopas
Principal, Pacelli Catholic Middle School

Larry Theiss
Principal, Pacelli Catholic High School

June 18, 2020

Bishop Callahan has announced his plan to reopen Catholic schools in the Diocese of La Crosse this fall. Click here to read a message from Pacelli Catholic Schools President Cindy Weber and the letter from Bishop Callahan.

June 2, 2020

Update from Gregg Hansel

May 20, 2020

An Update from the Gift Card Desk – May 20, 2020

With the recent loosening of restrictions for retail sales, the PCS Gift Card desk will be opening on a limited basis with curbside pick up. This will be for a short term until we can get more safety measures in place inside. This is how it will work to start:

  • On Monday, May 18th we will be available from 9-11am for phone in orders that can be paid by credit card only. Please call 715-341-2445. If we have your card on file, you have the option to email your order to akulick@pacellicatholicschools.com. We can only accept payment by credit card at this time so we will not be able to sell Walmart, Amazon or Target. These orders will be ready for curbside pick up on Wednesday, May 20th from 7:30am-12pm.
  • Due to the Memorial Day holiday, on Tuesday, May 26th we will be available from 7:30am-3pm for phone in or online orders paid by credit card only. These orders will be ready for curbside pick up on Wednesday, May 27th from 7:30am-12:30pm. Please call 715.341.2445 when you arrive and we’ll bring your cards out to you curbside.
  • Beginning Monday, June 1st, we will continue to be available for gift card orders every Monday from 7:30am-3pm and curbside pick up every Wednesday from 7:30am-12:30pm until further notice. Please call 715.341.2445 when you arrive for pick up and we’ll bring your cards out to you curbside.

We look to continue to expand our schedule as soon as it is safe to do so. Please remember that your family fee will be reduced for the next school year based on when we reopen so you can expect more information on that shortly. Until then, stay happy and healthy. We thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you soon.

April 24, 2020

On Monday, April 27 the Pacelli Catholic Schools Tim Copps Early Childhood Center (ECC) will be reopening to families currently enrolled. Due to the guidelines surrounding childcare centers per the Governor’s order, the ECC is limited to less than 50 children and 10 staff. As a result, available childcare spots will be prioritized for health care and other essential workers. For more information, contact ECC director Jennifer Stroup at jstroup@pacellicatholicschools.com.

April 17, 2020

Pacelli Families,

As you have probably heard, yesterday Governor Evers announced the extension of the “Safer at Home” order, including the closure of schools and activities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This is not the way any of us hoped the year would end, but we must remember that the safety of our students is what is most important.

Our teachers will continue to provide eLearning to students throughout the rest of the year. I want to commend our teachers on the job they are doing. This is an entire new way of instruction, and teachers have been working very hard. Many people from various parts of the country have shared with me the lack of technology and education their children are getting. I am very happy this is not the case for us. I am also very proud of you, our parents. This is a hard time, working from home, caring for and helping your children learn. Thank you for all the extra time and energy you are putting into this process.

There are many things that we will need to determine as we move through the next several weeks.

  • How do we handle milestone events, like graduation?
  • How do we collect technology devices and other materials and how do parents and students collect personal items?
  • Perhaps, most importantly, how do we help to provide our students some closure during this strange time?

I’m sure you have many more questions too. Please continue to be patient with us as we work on the best possible solutions for our students. Lastly, please remember to do everything you can to keep safe and healthy. Eventually, things will become more normal, or at least a new normal. We will all get there.

I expect to be communicating with you soon as we continue to navigate the best path forward. Have a relaxing weekend. The warmer weather should help. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers.

Warm Regards,

Gregg Hansel
Director of Education

April 8, 2020

Early Childhood Center

The Pacelli Catholic Schools Early Childhood Center will remain closed at least through April 27. We will continue to adhere to the “Safer at Home” order by Gov. Evers. The ECC will update families about future opening or closing as we get closer to that date.

– Jennifer Stroup, ECC Director

April 1, 2020

Early Childhood Center

The Pacelli Catholic Schools Early Childhood Center will remain closed at least through April 13. The center will be calling families today about their interest in childcare during the “Safer at Home” order. We will reevaluate our status next week.

– Jennifer Stroup, ECC Director

March 27, 2020

Update from Gregg Hansel

March 24, 2020

“Safer at Home”

Today Governor Evers issued a “Safer at Home” order that will take effect at 8am on Wednesday, March 25 and remain in effect for 30 days (until 8am April 24). Our school buildings and offices will remain closed but we will continue with eLearning as planned for the next month and will inform you if anything changes. Please stay safe and know you’re all in our prayers.

-Gregg Hansel, Director of Education

March 23, 2020

eLearning for Middle School (5-8) and High School (9-12)

eLearning has begun for Pacelli Catholic Schools. Students will be expected to complete course work as assigned Monday-Thursday. Teachers for grades 5-12 will be available Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm to provide assistance and answer any questions. Please take advantage of this time to communicate with them.

Beginning on Friday, April 3 PCMS and PCHS will be reserving Fridays as individual student support days. On these days, teachers will be asked not to introduce any new learning topics or assign any new work. Students should focus on completing any work they have been assigned throughout the week and reaching out to teachers for additional support on Fridays.

eLearning for Elementary School (K-4)

Elementary teachers each have their own expectations and requirements for students depending on grade level. Teachers will maintain regular weekly contact with elementary students and parents/guardians about school work and requirements. K-4 teachers are available Monday-Friday 9am-12pm to provide assistance and answer any questions. Please take advantage of this time to communicate with them.

Technology Support

Technology issues can be first directed to your child’s teacher and then to the Technology Help Desk – helpdesk@pacellicatholicschools.com.


March 18, 2020

Early Childhood Center Closure

The Pacelli Catholic Schools Tim Copps Early Childhood Center will close at 5:30pm on Friday, March 20. The center will be closed until at least April 6. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further communication at a later date about the status for the ECC.