School News 06.09.19

It’s been a very busy school year and a very good one. As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some school news.

First, we would like to thank all of our staff members especially those who are leaving us this year for different opportunities! Our head cook, Ruth Treml, and our music teacher, Marilyn Goodenough, will be retiring. Our second grade teacher, Molly Demaske, will be leaving us to take over her family business, Castle Rock Golf Course. Our third grade teacher, Ali Ruetz, will be moving to Kuwait to teach school for the next two years. Our principal, Linda Layer, will also be leaving us. We thank them all for their time here at St. Patrick’s and wish them all well. We will miss them!

Now we look forward to the new school year. We have already filled some of our staff positions. Rhonda Ready became our new maintenance person in May. Tammy Nedza will be our new head cook and Tanya Onsager will our new part time aide in the fall. We are also pleased to announce that Karla Reinhardt will be joining us as our new principal beginning July 15th.

Karla currently lives in Baraboo with her husband Josh and her children Katrina (17), Helena (10), Jacob (3) and Charlotte (1). They plan to move closer to St. Patrick’s within the next year. In 2008 Karla opened a licensed childcare center. She created an early literacy based curriculum and managed the center for several years. When Karla began teaching her husband took over the daycare center while also practicing real estate at a local company.

At St. Joseph School Karla was the second grade teacher. From there she moved into several roles at Jack Young Middle School. Karla taught seventh grade language arts while also holding several coaching positions. She was the District PBIS Behavior Coach, supporting all schools in grades K – 12, as well as the Trauma Coach and Triage Coordinator at Jack Young Middle School. In this role Karla coached and guided staff through many strategies to use with students who have experienced trauma and loss. She also held interventions for students with social emotional needs.

Karla is thrilled to go back to a small, Catholic school setting. She is happy to once again have the opportunity to incorporate Christ in her practice and career in education. She is so excited to be joining us at St. Patrick’s, and she cannot wait to meet the St. Patrick’s families! Please be sure to welcome her when you get the opportunity.

As you can see, we have a lot of changes in store for us with the new school year. With that in mind, we have formed a “Strategic Planning Committee”. This committee is made up of parishioners and school family members as well as a consultant who are all committed to seeing our school continue and thrive for many years to come. The goal of this committee is to look at every aspect of our school—buildings, staff, curriculum, extracurriculars, etc. and plan for the future. They have met many times and continue to meet regularly to address these needs.

One identified need to improve our technology connectivity within the school and between all parish buildings. We realize that we live in a world that is connected and we need to provide for our students the ability to learn the skills needed to live in a world that is so connected. Our students need to be well-prepared to step into the world so that they can live as Christians with strong Catholic values. This project will not be inexpensive. The investment will be about $76,000. Of that amount, we already have commitments for $37,000. We will begin work on this project in June and plan for it to be completed before school begins in the fall. If you would like to help with this project, we would be most grateful. Donations can be made in the weekend collections or you can mail them or drop them at the rectory. We thank you for supporting our school.

During the 2019-2020 school year, we will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of St. Patrick’s School. What an accomplishment! We are planning several activities and events throughout the year to commemorate this anniversary. Let us also plan for the next 125 years of our school.
One last note: we are still accepting enrollments for all grades for the 2019-2020 schoolyear. If you know of someone who is thinking our joining our school, please let them know.
Thank you again to everyone who has made this year a success and we look forward to the next year!