Dear St. Francis School Families,
PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We have 85 students enrolled at St. Francis this year, with 56 families. The following shows the updated distribution by grade:
4YK - Mrs. Sandy Karlstad - 9 students
Kindergarten - Mrs. Amanda Gates - 13 students
Grade One - Miss Beverly Miller - 12 students
Grade Two - Mrs. Dawn Koch - 12 students
Grade Three - Ms. Tessa Davis - 10 students
Grade Four - Mrs. Sarah Matzek - 16 students
Grade Five - Mrs. Kathy Swanson - 13 students
Music - Mrs. Kay Lee Penton
In addition to the teachers listed above, our school staff currently includes:
Mrs. Liza Chatt - Teacher Aide
Mr. Chuck Buckel - Principal
Mrs. Amy Matzek - Secretary
Mrs. Nancy Brooks - Food Service Manager
Mrs. Rita Niesen - Food Service Assistant
Mr. Greg DesLauriers - Custodian
If you have questions or concerns at any time during the year, please call Chuck Buckel, principal at St. Francis (715-273-4391), send an e-mail (email@example.com) or stop in any time during the school day. Our answering machine is on 24 hours a day. Please do not hesitate to leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2018 - 2019
1 )Parent Communications: This year we will continue to use the large white envelope as a weekly communication system. They will be sent home with the oldest child in your family who attends St. Francis School.
You, as parent/guardian, are asked to read the information enclosed, complete any requested forms, permission slips, etc., DATE AND SIGN THE ENVELOPE, and return it (along with any forms) with your oldest child by Wednesday of that
week. Please expect the envelope each Monday. If there is no school on a particular Monday, the envelope will be sent home the following day that we are in session.
2) Absences, Appointments, Late Arrivals: If your child will be absent due to illness or arriving late due ¬to an early appointment, etc., please call the school office by 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the absence/late arrival. Because the answering machine is on 24 hours a day you will be able to call any time before 8:30am. In addition, you are also required to send a dated and written note explaining the reason for the absence with your child on the day they return. According to diocesan directives, we must have a written excuse, indicating the date, reason, and parent signature, from the parent/guardian kept on file for each absence/late arrival or tardy.
If your child needs to leave school early for an appointment or funeral, please send a note with him/her stating the date, time he/she needs to leave, and who will pick him/her up. You do not need to call unless he/she will not be in school for the 8:05 a.m. attendance roll. This note should be given to your child’s teacher who will send it to the office. Parents are required to come into the office to sign out their son/daughter each time the student leaves school before the end of the school day at 3:25 p.m.
If your child is late (after 8:05 a.m.), you, as parent or guardian, need to come into the office with your child to sign your child in, and provide a written excuse, before the child goes to the classroom.
Any time your child’s after school destination is someplace other than their usual destination, he/she needs a dated, written note signed by parent/guardian indicating the change. One note will suffice for the entire year if the after school destination is always to the same location, or a set schedule of days such as every Tuesday, or every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or daycare every Thursday. If you choose to call or email the office (firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com ) with any bus changes for the day we ask that if you have not received a reply by 2:15, please try again to be sure we received the message.
3) School Day: School begins at 8:05 a.m., and dismisses at 3:25 p.m. 4YK begins at 8:05 a.m. and dismisses at 11:05 a.m.
Morning Recess (Grades 4YK-5): 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Lunch & Noon Recess (Grades K-2): 11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Lunch & Noon Recess (Grades 3-5): 12:05 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Recess (Grades K-2): 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
4) Mass: We have school Masses on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. You are always invited to attend these Masses. The children love to see you there! The kindergarten students will wait until October to join us for Mass. Our 4YK students will not attend school Masses.
5) Calendar: An updated copy of the 2018-2019 events school calendar is included in today’s packet. This calendar includes of dates for our Home & School meetings and various parent meetings connected with our Sacrament
Program. Please keep it in a handy place for your reference throughout the year.
6) Food Service Program: Mrs. Brooks will be on hand at our Back-to-School Night to answer questions about our breakfast and lunch programs. You may also reach her at 715-273-4391. These are the 2018-2019 prices:
Breakfast Lunch Ala Carte Milk
Students: $1.95 $2.80 $.45
Adults and non-program participants: $2.35 $3.45 $.45
4YK and K Snack: 85 cents
We have the JMC online program to keep track of our breakfast/lunch program deposits and expenditures. This system works like a checking acount, requiring money in the family account at St. Francis in order to provide meals to students. Parents/guardians are expected to maintain a positive balance in their family food service account and will be able to view their individual family account balance online at https://stfrancis.onlinejmc.com
Your user name is your family last name. Your family password will remain the same as last year unless you reset your password on your own on the login screen. If you are new to our school and have not provided a password for your JMC account please contact the school office. At the beginning of the school year, families are to send money to be placed in their family account. Please note that the St. Francis School accounts are not related in any way to accounts at the public school. It is recommended that student/family lunch account balances be maintained at a level equivalent to one week’s student lunch and/or breakfast and/or 4YK/K snack charges per student. Balances that fall below $14.00 during the school year will generate a “Low Balance Notice” that will be e-mailed or sent home with the student. It is the responsibility of the parent to make a deposit to the account in a timely manner and to avoid future low balance notices. Please see the “Food Services Policies” section of the Student Handbook for information about Delinquent Debt and steps St. Francis School will take in the case of persistent delinquent food service debt.
Breakfast and lunch menus are posted on our school website, in the cafeteria, and emailed to families along with our newsletter. Paper copies may be requested from the office. Milk is included in the prices for breakfast and lunch. If your child brings a bag lunch, milk may be purchased for 45 cents per carton. Please make checks payable to: St. Francis School Food Service. Since the Food Service bank account is different from the school account, please keep lunch money separate from any other school fees. Menus will be available at the open house.
7)Morning Snacks: Grade 1-5 students may bring a nutritious snack for themselves to eat in the classroom at 9:45 a.m., if they wish. Please do not send a beverage, candy, cookies, puddings, potato chips, etc. The expectation is that the snack you send is for your child only - not to be shared with other classmates unless it is sent for the entire class. 4YK and kindergarten students will have a snack and milk supplied by St. Francis School Food Service. The cost for this snack will be 85 cents per day and will be subtracted from the family breakfast/lunch account set up through our JMC online program. A snack menu will be posted on our website and in the cafeteria each month. Paper copies may be requested from the office.
ITEMS TO BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED:
These items are included for your information. Please complete and return these items with your son/daughter in your weekly envelope by Wednesday, September 5.
1) Student Medication Policy: A copy of our Medication Policy is included in our weekly envelope today. Prescription and Non-Prescription Medical Forms can be found on our website at www.stfrancisellsworth.org under the Resource tab, or copies are available in the school office. If your child has an inhaler at school you need to have the prescription form completed. Any prescription medication requires a physician’s signature or it may not be administered. The medical clinics in the area also have an acceptable form - just ask your child’s physician to complete when he/she writes the prescription. Please send all prescription medication in the original container from the pharmacy.
2) Regarding dress code: clothing depicting professional wrestling, as well as musical groups or individuals, or concert tours may not be worn to school. Shorts may be worn but the length must be at least fingertip length. Spaghetti straps may be worn only if a t-shirt or tank top is worn underneath. No bare midriffs, halter tops, excessively open tank tops, off the shoulder tops or very tight clothing may be worn. The new style of open shoulder tops is acceptable so long as there is a wide strap between the neck and shoulder. Torn clothing may not be worn, especially clothing torn at the knees. Tennis shoes with a closed back that tie or fasten are required for all recesses and phy-ed classes. Students will be allowed to change into tennis shoes before recesses and phy-ed, if needed. Flip-flops should not be worn for school.
3) It is strongly recommended that student cell phones not be brought to school. If your child brings their phone to school he/she may not use it during the school day. We require it to be turned off and kept in that student’s bookbag.
4) Radios, headsets, boom boxes, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, remote-controlled toys, hand-held video games, and trading cards of any sort may not be brought to school unless their use is for a pre-approved activity.
5) Parties: To avoid hurt feelings, parents are asked not to have children give out invitations at school to private parties unless everyone in the class (boys or girls, or both) is invited. Alternatives include mailing the invitations or telephoning parents of invited guests. Parents are also encouraged to provide the classroom teacher with a list of invited students in order for permission slips to be confirmed.
6) After 8:05 a.m. our doors will be locked and our hallways and classroom areas are restricted to school staff members and students. All others, including parents, are required to report to the school office upon entering the building. If you are picking up your child, he/she will be called to the office via the intercom. If you are delivering something for your child, bring it to the school office, and we will take it to your child’s classroom.
Thank you for helping us and your child to successfully begin this new school year. We consider your families a great blessing and especially appreciate those who keep St. Francis School in their prayers. I am looking forward to this year and the opportunity to celebrate our faith while providing an excellent learning environment.
St. Francis School is happy to announce our new Kindergarten teacher, Amanda Gates. Amanda is a new face to our community. She grew up in Marion, Illinois (far southern part of Illinois, near Kentucky) and attended college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (near St. Louis, Missouri) where she graduated this last May. While attending college she met her (now) husband, who was originally from Arkansaw, Wisconsin. After graduation, they decided to move back to the Arkansaw area to her husband’s family’s crop farm.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
I student taught in a 4th-grade classroom so I’m really looking forward to this new and exciting adventure in Kindergarten. I’m eager to see the students’ growth through the year and their excitement to learn. It will be great fun to experience learning together with them.
What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?
I love doing anything outside; fishing, kayaking, and riding the four-wheeler. And during any long weekends or holidays, I enjoy traveling back home to visit my family.
What’s your favorite color? Pink
What’s your favorite season? Fall
What’s your favorite food? Ice cream - Strawberry ice cream to be exact.
What’s your favorite children’s book? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Please join us in giving Amanda a warm welcome! We feel very blessed to have her join our school family here!
St. Francis School is happy to announce that Kathy Swanson will be returning to our school family as our new 5th-grade teacher. Many know Kathy from her years as our 4YK teacher before she retired in 2016. She wasn’t retired for long before she was back to help fulfill a few long-term sub positions.
Why did you decide to come back to permanent teaching after retiring?
Truthfully, I missed being here! After my last long-term sub position in 4YK last spring, I was actually sad and missing everyone at St. Francis.
What are you looking forward to the most with teaching 5th grade?
I really look forward to teaching these kids again…they are a great class! I was their first teacher here in 4YK, and I’m very excited to be with them as they complete their final year here at St. Francis. I really enjoy helping students prepare for middle school. I found when I taught 5th grade in White Bear Lake (prior to when I came to St. Francis), increased responsibility and independence play a big part in success as students leave elementary school.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love traveling with my husband and spending time with my 9 grandkids. My favorite hobby is watercolor and acrylic painting.
What’s your favorite subject?
Language Arts…writing in particular.
What’s your favorite color?
Orange and pink…I can’t pick just one!
What’s your favorite food?
For healthy food, I would pick caprese salad. For comfort food, I would pick garlic chicken pizza.
Please join us in giving Kathy a great big “welcome back”! We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her here again!
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