This is a busy time of year in many ways. We are preparing for a very different Christmas season, trying to fit in our regular curriculum and instruction, keeping an eye on safety and health recommendations, and planning the budget for the 2021-22 school year. Every day I give a small prayer of thanks that we are open for in-person learning, and that all the teachers showed up! They are working so hard on behalf of our Blues!
Our School Advisory council (SAC) met last week to discuss tuition for the 2021-22 school year. Many factors are considered in setting tuition year to year:
- Educational plan and needs for next year
- Projected enrollment
- Faculty and staff (salaries and benefits)
- Fundraising expectations
- Parish contribution
- Capital needs
- Tuition history at St. Michael
- Scrip requirement
- Neighboring schools’ tuition
We set tuition for the 1st child next year at $5,125. This reflects a tuition increase of $150 and also the inclusion of the Scrip $200 buyout option. Over 90% of the funds raised by Scrip came from the $200/family buyout. Scrip will no longer be required, and that buyout was averaged to $125/student and included in the cost of tuition.
At $5,125, we are still in line with (or below) our neighboring Catholic Schools. The true cost of a St. Michael Catholic education in 2021-22 will be about $8100. The parish contribution on average is $1,800/child and the rest must be made up through our fundraising efforts. Detailed information was also shared via a separate email that went out earlier today.
We have been experiencing increased interest in our excellent school. Parents are appreciating the value of the Catholic education they are receiving here at St. Michael, and they are telling their friends! That is exciting for us, and also challenging. We want to make sure we have space in next year’s kindergarten for our current preschool families, our parish families, and the siblings of enrolled students. To that end, we will open our enrollment four weeks early this year. It will begin on January 4th.
The Catholic School Center of Excellence (CSCOE) recognizes this challenge and has offered us a grant to award an “Early Signing Bonus” for kindergarteners. Any family who registers a kindergarten student in the month of January will receive $150 from CSCOE once your child starts here in the fall!
We do expect to be full next year, so don’t miss this opportunity to reserve your spot early!
This weekend we light the 4th candle on our Advent Wreath which reminds us of the message, “Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men” given to the shepherds by the angels.
Here is a reading from the Gospel According to 1st Grader Gabriel Y.:
Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “You will have a baby, and you will name him Jesus!” Then Angel Gabriel told Joseph that Mary will have a baby. Then Angel Gabriel told the shepherds to come and worship him. The shepherds came along. Then Angel Gabriel went up to heaven and shined like a star. He showed the wisemen where to go. Then baby Jesus was born.
God bless your families this final week of Advent. I’m looking forward to having one of my favorite Advent songs at Mass this weekend:
People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.
As always go Blues and go Gophers (facing a tough Badgers team in a battle for Paul Bunyan’s axe on Saturday and coming off a win over Nebraska last weekend)!