McDonell Area Catholic Schools

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McDonell Area Catholic Schools are committed to the formation of community, academic excellence and the spiritual and physical well-being of each student in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up today to Volunteer at MACS!
Please sign up for 2014-2015 School Year - here's how it works in three easy steps:
1. Click this botton above to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your date and spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Infinite Campus Portal

Updating Infinite Campus
New phone number or mailing address? Did you know you can change and update your contact information in Infinite Campus Portal. Click here for directions.

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Questions? Call Central Office 715.723.0538

• 14-15 School Calendar
14-15 Education Alliance and Enrollment Contract
and Enrollment Guide
• Daily Announcements -McD
• Daily Announcements -ND
• Homework Help link
• Library | Media News
• MACS Home and School Association
• MACS Music Boosters
McDonell Athletic Booster Club
Notre Dame Athletic Association

Student Ambassadors
• Volunteer Handbook

MACS Family Newsletters

• January newsletter
December newsletter
• November newsletter
October newsletter

Safe Environment forms
- fill out and bring these first three forms to MACS Central Office
Verification of Safe Environment Training

Basic Criminal Background
Confidential Questionnaire

• Diocese of La Crosse Safe Environment
• Video - Please watch this video
• Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures (Green Book)
• Sexual Misconduct (Red Book)

• Teaching the Way of Love
• Middle School - Career Activities for Parents and Students
• College Information - Junior and Seniors
• Precollege programs U of W system

enrollment Forms
• 14-15 McDonell Area Catholic School's Enrollment Guide
• Education Alliance Agreement Form and the Enrollment Contract.
• FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment apply online here
Volunteer Form

MACS All School Fundraisers

November 10 is Spaghetti Spectacular See classroom basket photos by clicking here

Mardi Gras Tickets sold here Purchase your Mardi Gras tickets by clicking here! Purchase your Mardi Gras tickets by clicking here!

What do we save for our schools?

turn them in at any macs school
Box Tops for Education - Elementary Schools
Empty Ink Cartridges - Technology
Campbell's Labels - St. Charles Borromeo Primary
Gordy's Receipts - Notre Dame Athletics/ Sew and Sow Club
Kwik Trip Moola - NDMS
Kwik Trip card - MACS
Pop Can Tabs (Ronald McDonell House)
Amazon Smile program

Are you a Volunteer?
Before you start volunteering with the schools please check with Barb Gale, administrative assistant in the MACS Central Office, at 715.723.0538 ext. 3301 to see if all of your Safe Environment forms are on file. Diocesan policy requires background checks completed prior to participation. (See forms above)

What is the Volunteer Hours Form and why is it important?
 McDonell Area Catholic School families are encouraged to volunteer 30 hours or more each year because the benefits are HUGE for our children.
 Not only do our after school activities survive on volunteers, but our daily volunteers extend the hours our libraries and computer labs to be open for research and knowledge growth.
Third Source Income
 Part of the third source income for our schools comes from grants. For grant writing purposes each volunteer hour is worth $12.50 for our schools.
 So it is VERY important that your volunteered hours are recorded and turned in. Please submit your hours quarterly to any school administrative assistant or Barb Gale in the Central Office.
Thank you for volunteering!


Props needed for Peter Pan If anyone has these items to loan, please email a photo to Carol Way at or call 715-723-2097.

Wooden toys and vintage looking toys: ex. wagon, rocking horse, scooter, sailboat, soldiers, toys on wooden wheels etc.
Barn Rope Heavier rope for pirate ship, rope ladders, heavier netting etc..
Wooden Cradle
Old Patio Umbrella (not to be returned)
Small dresser with 2-3 drawers
Pirate Costumes or Parts
Black long haired curly wig for Captain Hook

Parents Are Invited
We would like to invite you to our Parent Forum and Moving Forward night. The Parent Forum will be held on December 18th at 5:30 p.m. in the community room upstairs in the MACS Central Office at McDonell High School. Moving Forward night will be held on April 15, 2015.

Any questions you may have for the Education Commission on December 18th please submit before the meeting to MACS President Jeff Heinzen at

Just in time for holiday shopping!
Music apparel is available to order. Those planning on going on the trip to Nashville will need to have the polo shirt ordered as soon as possible.

Order your shirt today What you can order
Order a music shirt today!
Print order form
View shirts

WI tuition tax deduction in 2014 returns
MACS would like to share with you information regarding the 2014 Private School Tuition Deduction (Wis. Stat. s. 71.05(6)(b)49) for your taxes.

At this time the state has a draft of Schedule PS that once final you will need to fill out to send in with your state tax form.

There is specific information on what an individual will need in order to complete Schedule PS:

1. The State of Wisconsin does not require the school system to provide you with a form of what tuition was paid in the calendar year of 2014.

You will need to look through your paperwork (check stub, etc.) to determine what amount you paid in tuition for each child to the school from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. MACS does not have the software available at this time to do this for you.

2. You will need our official name and address:

McDonell Area Catholic Schools, Inc.
1316 Bel Air Blvd.
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729-1908

3. You will need our School FEIN number:


Schedule PS defines what is tuition and examples of what is not tuition. Individuals may be eligible to deduct up to $4,000 for students K-8 and up to $10,000 for students 9- 12.

If an individual has a child that was in both 8th grade and 9th grade they are instructed to add the amount paid for 8th grade and the amount paid for 9th grade.

Click here to read talking points on what you can deduct, etc.

Clearly all payments that fall under the definition of tuition made in calendar year 2014 may be eligible for a tax deduction.

The tax deduction is one way the state can affirm the vital role parents play in their children's education by giving families meaningful choices in where and how children are educated.

view talking points
for more information on what is deductable, etc.

Scrip volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the holiday season, when scrip gift card sales may triple.  If you are able to volunteer for a couple of hours a week to help, it would be greatly appreciated.  You can set the time that works best for you, anytime between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
The list of projects you would be helping with may be:

  1. Selling Scrip gift cards
  2. Count Scrip gift cards after they are picked up
  3. Stuff Scrip envelopes
  4. Cut out articles for scrapbooks
  5. Help with mailings
  6. Proofread articles and newsletters
  7. Help other MACS Central Office staff with projects

Mobile Device Portal Setup
Parents/Guardians with a mobile device:

Infinite Campus has released an app for the parent portal. Campus Mobile Portal will give you real time information on your son or daughter enrolled in the McDonell Area Catholic Schools. You will get access and notification sent to you regarding, assignments, attendance, grades and schedule changes. You can download the app at the iTunes app store (use this link) or through Google Play.

The school district ID for this download is GBKXLN. This information is also available on your parent portal account, as are more directions on the set up. If you have any questions, you may contact the central office 715.723.0538.


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Copyright 2014• McDONELL AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS • 1316 Bel Air Boulevard • Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729
Tel 715.723.0538 • Fax 715.723.1501