Parent Letter 02-09-2017

Dear Queen of Peace families,

The Catholic Schools Raffle is in full swing!  Please ask friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers if they would like a chance to help our school and possibly win $20,000.

Our school keeps every dollar raised through this raffle and the PRIZES are wonderful!

A message from our Raffle Committee:

The Catholic Schools Raffle is officially half way over and we are at 17% of our goal!

I’ve been hearing that many folks are selling away but holding onto tickets.  Please do NOT keep your sold tickets!!  We are required to turn them in throughout the fundraising timeline and need to collect whatever you have sold.  Whether you have 1 or 100 sold PLEASE turn them in.  It will also be a great help to us if we don’t have to count so many tickets at the very end.

I am more than happy to collect your tickets and money during drop off/pick up or even meet you somewhere convenient! Please see the Catholic Schools Raffle pdf attachment for more details. …from Kim Frye, chairperson

We need to sell an average of 60 or more tickets per family to reach our goal. We can do it!!

Email address change:

Please update your email contacts list, as Mrs. Megan Kalm’s email address has changed. It is no longer the “qop5@ qwestoffice” address, which will soon be turned off by the provider.

Her new address is: Thank you!

Mardi Gras is coming Saturday Feb. 25th – The FUNdraising event of the Year! Tickets are available in the school office and after weekend masses.

Pennies for Patients: As in past years, we are participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s program to raise money to help in the fight against blood cancer. The dates are February 10 through March 30. Students will be bringing home a flyer and a collection box this Friday. Students are encouraged to collect dollars, checks, and change to help with the Pennies for Patients effort. More information is available online at:

We are still looking for a part-time Pre-School Aide. Would you like to help? (Pay is $9.50 per hour.) Any adults (18 or older) interested in being a part-time aide in the preschool classroom for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours during the middle of the day, are asked to contact the school office at 218-879-8516. A Background Study and Safe Environment Training must be completed before working with preschool students.

School Survey “Last Call” –As part of our school’s self-study and accreditation renewal process, we are asking for your responses to about 35 questions on a survey which is set up on-line with Survey Monkey.

If you haven’t already done so, please respond to the survey before February 14th. It can be accessed through this weekend and Monday at this web-link:  

We appreciate your participation and feedback to help our school become even better.

Best wishes for God’s blessings to all,

from Bill Van Loh, Principal

*** More raffle news:

Two schools from our diocese are in the TOP TEN.

(from the office of Catholic United Financial in St. Paul- February 9, 2017)

The raffle drawing is on Thursday March 9th at the Catholic United Financial Home – Can you believe the Grand Prize Drawing is just one month from today?

We will live stream the drawing on our website:

Now for the info I know you all are waiting for…

Last week 51 schools returned a total of 32,003 tickets.  That translates into $160,015 already raised in the Catholic Schools Raffle!  This is a great start, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us to reach that $1 million goal for this year.  Keep up the good work and I know we’ll be able to announce that big million dollar number at the Grand Prize Drawing on March 9!

The Top Ten Schools selling the most tickets per student after the first ticket return are:

  • 10 – St. Mary Help of Christians, St. Augusta MN with 7.9 tickets per student
  • 9 – Mary Queen of Peace, Rogers MN with 8.2 tickets per student
  • 8 – Epiphany, Coon Rapids MN with 9.4 tickets per student
  • 7 – Holy Cross, Marty MN with 11.0 tickets per student
  • 6 – St. Agnes, Osakis MN with 11.9 tickets per student
  • 5 – St. Francis of the Lakes, Brainerd MN with 12.6 tickets per student
  • 4 – St. Mary’s School, Worthington MN with 13.8 tickets per student
  • 3 – St. Scholastica HSC Academy, Cambridge MN with 14.4 tickets per student
  • 2 – Marquette Catholic School, Virginia MN with 15.8 tickets per student
  • 1 – Sts. Peter & Paul, Richmond MN with 16.0 tickets per student

The results have been posted on the Catholic Schools Raffle Facebook page, so go share, share, share! J

Bill Van Loh, Principal
Queen of Peace Catholic School
102 4th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

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