March e-Newsletter: In the News & Community Happenings

The following are news snippets from the March e-Newsletter highlighting the Pacelli Catholic School system, individual students, alumni, staff, and members of the PCS community who have recently been highlighted for their accomplishments.

Check out the impressive, new, almost completed Cardinal Fitness Center located at PCHS. Thanks to the leadership and direction of the Big Red Club and our very generous donors, we were able to make dreams of this space a reality and it will be opening soon to students, families, and staff to promote wellness, fitness practices, and healthy active lifestyles.

Pasta and Playhouse, Pacelli Style, Please! That’s right the PCHS DI teams and theatre program are joining forces to bring you this “P4” evening of all-you-can-eat spaghetti and a live performance of West Side Story on Friday, April 28.

Kindergarteners at St. Stan’s learned about Antarctica, dressing like Tacky the Penguin, playing Don’t Break the Ice, and making their very own Tacky penguins.

Check out some of these inspiring “Real Catholic Life” videos by Chris Stefanick: How Do We Know If He Really Rose, Why Confession, How Do I Pray, and so many more to inspire you this lenten season.

Destination Imagination (DI) teams had a busy but successful weekend at their competitions. The 4th grade team “DI Double L Pickles” earned 3rd place medals at their first ever competition, PCMS teams Destination Koalification and Team CAMJAM are both off to compete at state in May, and PCHS improv teams Alpha Omega and Omikron earned 1st and 2nd, respectively, at regionals and are also off to compete at state. Alpha Omega was also presented with the Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award recognizing Outstanding Spirit, Teamwork, Volunteerism, and Sportsmanship.

A group of students from Assumption High School delivered care packages from PCMS students to Casa Hogar in Peru, getting to experience the pure joy and excitement the kids had as they opened them.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has some great lenten resources to help you reflect and renew your faith: 10 Things to Remember for Lent, Scriptural Stations of the Cross, Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance, Saints for the Lenten Season, 6 Ways to Evangelize During Lent, and more. It’s never to late to begin or refresh your lenten journey in preparation for the Easter season.

Congratulations to PCHS winter sports athletes who were named to the CWC-8 All Conference Basketball Teams: Andrew Blanker (1st Team), AJ Firminhac (2nd Team), Garret Parks (Honorable Mention), Chrissy Shafranski (Honorable Mention), & Sarah Mueller (Honorable Mention).

Mrs. Taylor’s art class at PCMS had a SWEET assignment recently.

It wouldn’t be Pi Day without Pi Day carols and, well, pies! Ms. Schroeders Finite Math & AP Calculus classes delighted the PCS central office with special Pi Day songs. Ms. Schroeder was also awarded 12 pies for Pi Day from Trig’s for being an inspiring teacher. Congratulations to her!

Holy Spirit, St. Joseph, St. Peter, & St. Stephen parishes are joining forces to sponsor the “Totally Catholic Maker Fun Factory” vacation Bible camp from Tuesday, June 13-Friday, June 16.

Flashback to the 1949-1950 school year, dug up in our building cleaning and moving process at St. Stan’s, where the class sizes were huge and all the teachers, and even the principal, were named Sister Mary!

Middle and high school band and choir students participated in solo and ensemble, with many qualifying for the state competition. Congratulations and good luck!

Early Childhood Center students got a visit from Fr. Jerzy on Ash Wednesday who explained the ashes, gave ashes to the kids, and had a prayer with them.

PCHS dance team traveled to Florida to compete at nationals and took 4th place!

Congratulations to PCMS February Students of the Month: Benett Klish (6th grade), Nicholas Schroeder (7th grade), & Jacob Mengel (8th grade).

St. Bron’s 1st graders are learning to think positive – “I am strong. I am in control. I can do it.” – during Mindful Movement.

Pacelli middle and high school students combined forces at the direction of Mr. Dahlseng and Mrs. Gruman for a Pops Concert, blowing us away with their talents in band and choir.

Thank you to all who attended the 4th Annual Cardinal Crusade Live Auction & Dinner! It was a great success with nearly 140 attendees, our biggest turnout yet.

St. Bron’s students and teachers were busy decorating their doors, participating in a book swap on Dr. Seuss’ 112th birthday, and recording the WINNING video clip for WAOW’s “Wake Up Your Imagination and Read” contest. To congratulate our students, WAOW Channel 9 reporter Josh Holland spent the morning with 4th and 5th grade students at St. Bron’s, delivered some new books to them, and even interviewed some kids on camera – congratulations!

March is Art Month and so many of our PCMS students have their work on display all around Central Wisconsin.

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Community Happenings

UWSP will host the 45th Annual Festival of the Arts on Sunday, April 2 from 10AM-4PM at the Noel Fine Arts Center.

The World’s Largest Trivia Contest, sponsored by WWSP 90FM & Friends, will be held April 21-23, so get your team together for “The Royalty of Contests – Trivia 48.”

Favorite local ice cream hotspot Belts’ Soft Serve opened for the 2017 season on Friday, March 3, marking the official start of spring as far as Point natives are concerned.

Despite an odd sign placement, the “Catholics Returning Home” campaign seeks to welcome lapsed Catholics back into the church family with open arms, open hearts, and open minds. This lenten season is a great time to reflect on your faith and grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and the church.

On the upcoming April 6 anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I, the Portage County Historical Society has a series of events, programs, and exhibits to commemorate and honor Portage County’s role in the war. This project would not be possible without the support of many in the community, including some of our Pacelli alumni.

Spot community updates or events? Share it with to include in the new Community Happenings section of our e-newsletter and website.

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