Notes of Gratitude for Christmas Bonuses

Each year at Cathedral of the Risen Christ School, the school’s families and donor team have contributed a monetary gift to the “Christmas Bonus Fund” which is then divided amongst the staff and teachers. This year the kindness was incredible and was the most generous yet! Cathedral is blessed to have the most charitable families and donors, and the staff wished to share the following notes of gratitude with the Eagle community:

Dear Eagle Family,

If it was possible, I overuse that term - Family. Yet, after the generosity of the teacher bonus program run so successfully by Director of Development Erin Trummer, I feel it is as fitting as ever. And while I applaud Erin, I stand on my feet for all of you wildly clapping both for your contributions and your incredible support in what has been a most trying year. Recall our first meeting in August when we discussed the scandal within the Church and the numerous teachers who would be out of the building? We, Family of families, have navigated that together prayerfully and gracefully.

“As we teach our kiddos, prayer is not just about asking God for something. Rather, we adore, express our contrition and also give thanks. Be assured of our prayers of gratitude for each of you and your children - Merry Christmas!

Jeremy Ekeler

I am deeply grateful for your generous gift. It is a huge blessing in my life to be here and to teach these wonderful children of God!

God bless,

Rose Walsh
5th Grade Teacher

Dear Cathedral Families,

Thank you so much for your generous contributions to make our bonuses happen this year. We are so blessed to have such an amazing community in our school! I love the warm sense of family at CRC and I am so grateful and thankful for all of your support. We have the best families to work with!

I hope you all have a wonderful, Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

Mrs. Janet Wohleb
1st Grade Teacher

Thank you so much for your generous gift. It is an absolute joy and pleasure to be part of the Cathedral family. Please know my prayers are with you and your family.

God bless,

Patricia Korensky
Eaglet I Preschool Teacher

Thank you for your generous gift this Christmas!

I feel so blessed to be here at Cathedral and a part of this nest!

God Bless

Mrs. Slepicka
Kindergarten Aid

Thank you for donating to CRC’s bonus fund! Your contribution will allow me to fund my summer cycling tours across Iowa and Michigan. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated!

Courtney Weeda
6th Grade Teacher

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for thinking of me at this special time of the year. Your support (in all it’s forms) is essential to all we are doing at Cathedral. All of your families will be in my prayers during this Christmas season. Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!!

Kelley Garay
3rd Grade Teacher

Thank you for your generous gift to the Cathedral teachers! In my short time here, I have loved getting to know the students and families at Cathedral and am so thankful to have joined this school family. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone after Christmas when I come back from maternity leave!

Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas!!

Chanel Smriga
7th Grade Teacher

Thank you so much for your generosity! I am humbled and grateful for the kind support of our community!

Katie Pecha
Reading Specialist/WINGS Director

Dear Cathedral Families, Thank you so much for thinking of the teachers this Christmas. It is a joy to be part of this generous community!

Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year.

Sarah Kauffman
Eaglet I Aide

Cathedral Families, You have graciously welcomed Katie and I to Cathedral and have made us feel right at home! We are so grateful for the wonderful support and are excited to be a part of the Cathedral Eagle Family. Thank you for your generous giving this Christmas season! God bless you and your family this holiday season!

Tony Arens
Athletic Director & Phys. Ed

Cathedral Families, Thank you for your donation to our Cathedral Teacher Bonus. We appreciate your kindness and generosity. Have a blessed Christmas!

Julie Wisdom
6th Grade Teacher

Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness! What a wonderful Eagle Family!

God Bless You,

Carol Furasek
Kindergarten Aide

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity this year. The gift of money was very much appreciated. I will be using it to buy some Christmas gifts for my family.

Jeanne Pinkman
Kindergarten Teacher

What a blessing to receive this Christmas bonus! It will go towards preparing for the new baby. Thank you and God bless!

Elizabeth Izquierdo
Eaglet II Preschool Teacher

Thank you so much for your generous donations. I hope all our Cathedral have a blessed and happy Christmas.

Merry Christmas,

Rachel Hanigan

Thank you for your work on this Erin! Our school is lucky to have you!

Our family plans to use the Christmas bonus to help with work being done to our house. Thank you Cathedral family for this beautiful Christmas gift!

Mrs. Ashley DeWispelare
Kindergarten Teacher

Dear Christmas Bonus Fund Donors,

Thank you so very much for your generous gift to our Teacher Bonus Fund! Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated! I love all our families, you are what makes our school so awesome! I anticipate the bonus each year in order to do my family Christmas shopping!

May your hearts be filled with the love of Christ this Christmas!

Jackie Thompson
2nd Grade Teacher

Cathedral Families, Thank you for your support of the Christmas bonus program. I am humbled and blessed by your outpouring of donations and by your prayers. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Mark Simmons
Jr. High Science Teacher

Cathedral Families, Thank you so much for your contribution to our Christmas bonus! It means so much to receive such love and support from our Cathedral family. It is always helpful for buying Christmas gifts. Many blessings and prayers for you and your family this holiday season. God bless!

Heather Seier
2nd Grade Teacher

To the families of Cathedral,

Thank you so much for your generosity to the teachers! Your kindness and gift of money is greatly appreciated! Also, thank you for all the prayers and support that you give to the school on a daily basis!

This year my Christmas money will be put towards my family needs, and towards my four kids’ activities that they are involved in.

Thank you and God bless,

Dawn Raun
Art & Religion Teacher

Dear Cathedral Families,

My sincerest appreciation for your generosity in remembering those of us who work in the Cathedral School. Thank you for your kind gifts and for the opportunity to share Christ with your children each day as they learn!

Christmas Blessings to you and your families!

Leona Vocasek
Eaglet II Preschool Aide

Dear Cathedral Families,

I want to express my heartfelt thank you for all you do for our awesome Cathedral School! I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful Cathedral Family! I am very humbled and grateful for your kindness, thoughtfulness and generous Christmas gift! I pray that your Christmas and New Year are filled with joy and abundant blessings!

Alice Hagedorn
Parish Secretary

Dear Cathedral Families,

Thank you for your generous contribution to our Christmas bonus. Teaching at Cathedral and knowing all of you is a blessing I hold dear. I hope your Christmas was full of all the good things the season brings.


Pat Pavelka
First Grade Teacher