The Importance of a Catholic Education from a Mom

Life is messy. Sometimes it is tempting to look at other families or friends and think, “wow, I wish I was them,” or, “look how lucky they are,” or, “everything is perfect in their life, why can’t it be perfect in my life.”

The reality is there is no such thing as a perfect life; only a life that is perfect for you. Most of life isn’t something that just happens to us, although sometimes it is easier to use that as an excuse. The truth is that decision after decision, some small, some large, build upon each other and create the life that we have. Over the years, and through experience, I have come to believe more and more that it is our moral ground, our faith, and our belief system that determines which way we go on so many of those decisions. As a parent, not only do those decisions affect you personally, but they also impact those around you.

Do you ever look at your kids and beam with pride and think how blessed you are to be their mom or dad? Sometimes it can be the absolute simplest gesture your child makes. Maybe it is seeing the kid next to him at lunch not having much food to eat and he shares half of his sandwich. Maybe it is pausing when he is walking in a building to hold the door open for someone else and lets them go in ahead of them or seeing some litter on the sidewalk and picking it up and throwing it away.

You may wonder what all of this has to do with a Cathollic education and my answer to you would be everything.

Long before I took the position of president at Pacelli Catholic Schools I was an ardent supporter of Catholic education. My husband and I come from multi-generational families of Catholic school attendees. When our kids were ready to go to school, it wasn’t even a decision we consciously made; we just signed them up at St. Joe’s in Sturgeon Bay. But the reality is the reason it was a forgone conclusion in the minds of both my husband and myself was the grounding each of us received throughout our Catholic educations, even though we are 15 years apart in age and the Catholic education each of us experienced was very different. It was the same morals, same beliefs, and same faith that we wanted to give our kids to be able to draw upon when they were going to be faced with all of the decisions that life throws at oneself. We wanted to ensure that, even when we were not there by their side, they would have the resources internally to draw upon and make the best choices possible.

As we prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week the first week of February, I want to applaud those parents who made a commitment to their children’s future by enrolling them in a Catholic school. While finances should never be a barrier to a Catholic education, despite available help like tuition assistance, school choice, and scholarships, for many paying for Catholic school tuition is a sacrifice, and dare I say it a choice.

For those of you who make a decision to have your child become a part of our Pacelli Catholic Schools family, I want to assure you that we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that we are giving them the best education possible, in a safe and secure environment with the resources of faith and values to draw upon as they grow to become their individual best!

If you are interested in learning more about attending or supporting Pacelli Catholic Schools please feel free to reach out to me at any time. My number is 715.341.2445, you can email me at, or come and visit me in our Central Office. I invite you to witness the difference of a Pacelli Catholic education in the life of your child. In my humble opinion, it may be the best choice you make.

In Faith,

Cindy Weber
Cindy Weber

Community Corner: November eNewsletter

Community CornerGet in the Christmas spirit by participating in the first ever edition of “A Very Plover Christmas” – a special drive thru Christmas lights event.

The Winter Farmers Market is in full swing every Saturday from 8am-12pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church – ELCA.

In search of some locally made gifts for Christmas? Head to the Tomorrow River Christmas Craft Show Dec. 7-8, CREATE Portage County’s Downtown Holiday Makers Market on Dec. 12, or the Holiday Makers Market at The Rose House on Dec. 12.

Make your own wreath this year by participating in The Rose House’s handcrafted wreath workshop on Dec. 3 with Inspired by Nature – Fine Floral Finds. Prefer to craft from the comfort of your own home? Check out CREATE’s virtual wreath-making workshop with Central Rivers Farmshed, Solin Tree Farm, and The Main Grain Bakery.

Save a life – donate blood. Sign up to participate in Ascension St. Michael’s Blood Drive on Dec. 11.

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Community Corner: October eNewsletter

Community CornerUWSP recently announced that Dr. Thomas Gibson will assume the role of chancellor effective January 11, 2021.

Get ready to test your aim! A new ax-throwing facility, to be known as Section 715 Throwing Co., is set to open this November in Plover.

The relatively new-to-Plover Monk’s Bar & Grill is set to renovate to a more open-concept design to include four garage doors. New menu items including mac and cheese, pizza, and wings will be featured.

Stevens Point Brewery plans $2.5M in upgrades. Check out this and other business news in the Stevens Point Journal’s Streetwise feature.

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Community Corner: June e-Newsletter

Community CornerStevens Point based Worzalla publishing company announced the completion of their $12.5 million expansion.

Check out the start of the Summer Concert Series at Tiki Beach Bar & Grill featuring Spicy Tie Band on July 2.

City leaders in Stevens Point have approved an ordinance change allowing open intoxicants in the Downtown area from 12-9pm Wednesday-Friday until October 16. Area restaurants and businesses will also be able to expand outdoor sales and serving space into municipal parking spaces.

Head over to the new District 1 Brewing Company for one of many dates of food and music on tap showcasing local music and food trucks.

The Riverfront Arts Center has announced some upcoming exhibits starting this week with Visions XXI, the 21st annual juried exhibit themed with the artist’s unique vision.

To learn more about all the great things going on in our community, check out

If attending community events, please keep CDC and Portage County Health guidelines in mind, remembering to practice social distancing or staying home if you feel unwell.

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Bishop Callahan Announces Reopening of Catholic Schools in Fall

Dear Parents & Staff,

I want to take a quick moment to introduce myself and share with you how excited I am to be the new President of Pacelli Catholic Schools!

I have lived in Door County almost my entire life, except for attending Carroll University in Waukesha for four years. I ran our family business for more than 20 years, was Vice President of our YMCA for almost 10 years, and most recently was CEO of Sunshine House, an organization that meets the needs of seniors as well as intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals through personal care services. It also helps them to be successful by working on our manufacturing floor as well as through career development and so much more. I have served in leadership positions on more than a dozen boards and was part of the committee who worked to consolidate our Catholic schools in Door County.

I am passionate about Catholic education and the moral values and spiritual grounding we instill in our youth, all the while helping them reach academic excellence and individual success. In fact, our family has 4 generations of Catholic school attendance! We have so much to be proud about in the work we do and the impact we have! I am a huge believer in continuous improvement, and while Gregg Hansel has left big shoes to fill with his retirement and years of dedicated service to PCS, every new leader brings in new ideas, perspectives and expertise.

I want to personally thank Gregg for positioning our school well for continued success and growth and wish him a fulfilling retirement! Hopefully we can do a celebration of his service sometime this fall.

Starting a position like this in the middle of a pandemic is something I am sure no one would ever imagine having to do and I will share with you that it has been, and will be, all-consuming for the foreseeable future. Based on that, I apologize if I am not able to connect with each of you personally, face-to-face, as soon as I would like.

Attached you will find a  letter from Bishop Callahan outlining his support of us opening this fall. We fully embrace his directive to open in as “normal” a fashion as possible, but unfortunately normal is not going to mean the same now as it did 6 months ago.

Over the next couple of months we will communicate as much as we can what our plan will be, with the understanding that there will be several variations and progressions based on current outbreaks and infection rate, increased knowledge, public perception and more.

I want to also thank each of you who took the time to fill out the family survey we sent last week – if you have not filled it out yet, you are still able to do so and we encourage you to share your perspective.

Based on the survey results to date as well as CDC, Public Health, and Diocesan Guidelines our number one priority is to provide face to face education in fall of 2020. Pending availability of equipment, we hope to offer remote access into our classrooms for those who cannot attend in person due to personal choice or whatever their individual situation may be day-to-day. We are working to put resources and training in place to help us not “skip a beat” whether in person or remote.

We are establishing cleaning protocols and putting plans in place to limit unnecessary interactions between multiple groups of students, all the while acknowledging the importance of socializing and mental health. Things like lunch and recess will look different.

We know we have families who fall on both ends of the spectrum in regards to items like wearing masks and whatever decisions we make will not satisfy everyone, but I want to personally assure each of you that we are spending hours and hours, doing the best we can to hear all perspectives and make what we feel are the best decisions at any given time.

This is going to take a team effort on all of our parts to be successful – from staying home if you are ill, trying to limit the exposure your children have to individuals who may be potentially positive, to everyone washing their hands more and covering their coughs.

We have a tremendous staff and administrative team in place who are doing their best to ensure the 2020-2021 school year will be as successful as possible.

Thank you for being a part of our Pacelli family and may God’s grace be with each and every one of you.

In faith,

Cindy Weber
President, Pacelli Catholic Schools

>> Click here to read the letter from Bishop Callahan

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Virtual Scholastic Book FairPacelli Catholic Schools
Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Stephen & Pacelli Catholic Elementary School-St. Bronislava are hosting a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from May 11-September 4, 2020. The virtual fair is a great way to get books in the hands of your students now to keep them reading at home over the summer.

  • All purchases benefit our schools and earn rewards
  • Shop Book Fair exclusives, best-sellers, skill-builders, and more
  • Orders ship direct to home
  • Book-only orders over $25 receive FREE shipping
  • Over 6,000 items to choose from through the Scholastic Store Online

Visit the book fair homepage by clicking the link below to support your school and shop now!

Shop PCES-St. Steve’sShop PCES-St. Bron’s

In addition, Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza is excited to share Scholastic Home Base, the perfect companion to your Virtual Fair! Home Base is the ultimate destination for kids to interact with favorite characters, play games, track reading streaks™ to unlock book donations, earn rewards, and more. It’s FREE – click here!

Community Corner: May e-Newsletter

Community CornerCREATE Portage County’s ArtsWalk & Mass Guitar Incident has gone virtual this year – check it out starting this Friday, May 29.

Check out the awesome videos UWSP student naturalists are putting out exploring Schmeeckle Reserve – then get out and run, walk, or bike through the reserve yourself.

The Portage County Business Council is holding a blood drive on May 29 from 10:30am-2pm by appointment, with only a few spots available. Donate blood and save lives!

Got a high schooler? Curious about the world of makers yourself? Check out UWSP’s Point Makers Online Camp June 8-13.

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Cindy Weber Hired as New President

Cindy WeberPacelli Catholic Schools (PCS) is excited to announce the hiring of a new president, Cindy Weber, effective July 1, 2020. Weber, who will be starting in an unofficial capacity in May, will oversee all aspects of the school system’s operation including fundraising and development, messaging and public relations, budgeting, and supporting the school administrators.

Weber has a career spanning more than 30 years in the private and nonprofit sectors, most recently serving as the president and CEO for Sunshine House Inc. in Sturgeon Bay, a nonprofit providing services to Door County’s citizens with special needs and disabilities. Prior to that, Weber served as vice president of mission development for the Door County YMCA and has run her own strategic consulting firm for the last 8 years advising organizations on fundraising, strategic thinking, business development, and marketing. She is the past board chair for the Door County Economic Development Corp., Door County Visitor Bureau, and Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and a past board member of the Door Kewaunee Business Education Partnership.

Weber holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and marketing from Carroll University and is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE).

Weber will assume responsibilities from longtime PCS principal and administrator Gregg Hansel who is set to retire on June 30.

Stevens Point Journal: Pacelli Catholic Schools names Door County nonprofit leader as new president

Stevens Point News: Weber will serve as New Pacelli Catholic Schools president

Community Corner: April e-Newsletter

Community CornerWe live in a truly special community and this month, we’re proud to highlight a snapshot of some of the amazing work happening in our community during this difficult and unprecedented time.

Many in our community have been donating their time, talent, and resources to sewing homemade masks for those in healthcare and beyond. UWSP held a national Pointer Day of Sewing on April 20 and community members have banded together to form the Sew Together for Covid-19 Facebook community.

CREATE Portage County, in collaboration with many local businesses and organizations, has spearheaded efforts to transition using their 3D printers to print face shields.

Working in partnership, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and United Way of Portage County established the Portage County COVID-19 Relief Fund (PCCRF) to provide flexible resources to organizations working to address critical needs of our area, granting nearly $200,000 to date.

Economic development partners in our community have banded together forming the Portage County Economic Recovery Team to provide information and resources regular community briefings and their website.

Point Brewery recently donated some of their tasty sodas to frontline healthcare workers at Aspirus.

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