5th Grade Class Prayer
Dear Lord, Thank you for our teachers, our friends and the education we receive. Thank you for the opportunity to praise Jesus at our school and for Father Jerzy as he helps us praise Jesus at church. Thank you for allowing our school to continue to grow. Amen.
PRAYER PARTNERS: Please join us as we lift up Mrs. Swanson and our Fifth Grade students in prayer during the month of October.
Don’t worry about anything: instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
During the month of November, we will be lifting up Mrs. Huebel and our Fourth Grade students in prayer.
*As an addition to our 3 year old preschool, Mrs. McHardy and Mrs. Matzek opened up their program to an afternoon class, and afternoon wrap around care for the students in preschool and 4YK. This has been a wonderful addition to our school!
*Eagles Nest Before and After School care has found a new home in the Parish Hall. This space allows for more activities while keeping our physical distancing in place.
*Mr. Buckel has cut his schedule to one day a week (something tells me he is trying to retire). To help with administrative duties, Mrs. Swanson was hired as the lead teacher and splits her time between teaching 5th grade and the Principal’s Office.
*We have welcomed Mrs. Teri Kulow as our 3rd grade teacher. The good ones never stay retired!
*We are also thrilled to welcome Mr. David Poole to our custodial staff. Things are gleaming around here!
*As always, if you need to contact us please do not hesitate to call the office (715) 273-4391.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL VIRTUES PROGRAM: Virtue Program: St. Francis Catholic Elementary School has had a strong tradition of promoting the virtues associated with devoted religious life. As a staff, we will continue the Virtues Program, “Following in Jesus’ Footsteps,” to instill in our students the desire to practice these religious virtues both at home and at school. Although there will not be a structured curriculum taught on a regular basis, the core of the program will be the recognition of “teachable moments” that arise each day. Each month at St. Francis, we will focus on one or two different, specific virtues school wide.
Because students attend Mass on alternate weeks, we will create a schedule that covers awards at all the Masses our children attend. (A Virtue Awards Schedule will be sent through JMC) When a student is found using behavior exemplifying any virtue, they will be recognized with footprints on the wall in the parish hall. These footprints will recognize virtuous behavior pertaining to any one of the religious virtues at any time the behavior is observed and it will not necessarily be the virtue or virtues of focus for that month. 4YK students will be “Caught Showing Character” and will be recognized with butterflies on the wall and certificates that will be presented in their classroom and sent home.
If your K-5 student will be receiving a certificate at Mass, parents will be notified on Monday of that week in order for you to attend Mass and celebrate with your child if you so choose.
Each month the Virtue Award recipients will get to have lunch with Mr. Buckel or Mrs. Swanson!
SCHOOL PICTURES: School pictures have arrived and will be sent home in your monthly envelope today.
TUITION STATEMENTS (K - 5th): Tuition Statements are included in your monthly envelopes. Please remember you can view your statement at any time in JMC. https://stfrancis.onlinejmc.com
For those who asked for Tuition Assistance, a set amount will be applied to your account once we have received the check from the donor and you have paid at least half of your tuition. This is part of the guidelines set by the donor.
*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 or you can send an email to the school indicating the change.
*Birthday treats can be sent with your child on the date scheduled with their classroom teacher, in prepackaged individual servings. Thank you for making this adjustment--we really miss those homemade treats and hope they can return soon!
CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS/PET BLESSING/SCHOOL COLORS DAY -
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1: The feast day of our school and Parish Patron Saint, St. Francis of Assisi, is Saturday October 4. We will be celebrating this special day on Thursday, October 1. This day is always a great celebration for our entire parish! Please read the Pet Blessing directions that came out through JMC and discuss with your child what your Pet Blessing Plan is. We can’t wait to see all of you (and your pets) on Oct. 1.
FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE THEIR BIBLES – THURSDAY OCTOBER 8. The Knights of Columbus will be presenting our fourth grade class with their Bibles on Thursday, October 8 during Mass. Parents plan ahead to reserve your seat in Church for this special event!
4YK ONLY (NO SCHOOL) - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14: Our 4YK students will not have class on Wednesday, October 14. This includes all 4YK students in the district.
GR. 5 FIELD TRIP TO NILSSEN’S GROCERY STORE - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14: Please find the permission slip and Child Comprehensive Form (required by the Diocese of La Crosse) for this educational field trip in your white envelope. Please return forms to school no later than Friday, Oct. 2nd.
SCHOOL PICTURES RETAKE DAY - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20: If you are not pleased with your child’s photographs, you may return the entire package for a re-take. Picture retake day will be Tuesday, October 20. The class composite will be sent after retakes are completed. Please contact the office if you need a picture retake form which illustrates your background and pose choices. If you wish to have your child’s photo retaken, please return the complete original package to the office by Wednesday, October 7.
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 (NO SCHOOL): Parent-teacher conferences are required first quarter for all students grades 4YK through grade 5. This year conferences are scheduled for Friday, October 23. You will be scheduled for a 15 minute conference with your child’s teacher between the hours of 1:00pm and 6:00pm. Conference Sign Up Link: COMING SOON. Conferences will be held through a phone call or Google Meeting. Please express your preference to your child’s teacher
SPECIAL HARVEST BREAKFAST - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29: We will have a special Harvest Breakfast for students on Thursday, October 29, complete with pumpkins carved by our fifth grade class.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: The first quarter ends on Thursday, October 29.
2020-2021 STUDENT DIRECTORY: This year’s directory of our school families is included in today’s packet. If I’ve made an error for your family, please let me know. Also, if your address, telephone, or e-mail changes during the year, please send a note of the change to my office and update your info in your JMC account. Thanks for your help!
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWS
Our 2020-2021 Home and School Officers
Kate Acker - President
Emily Rohl - Vice President
Jay Acker - Secretary
Ashley Soley - Treasurer I
Thia Rewolinski - Treasurer II
Thank you to all the parents who joined our virtual Home and School meeting. I appreciate all the ideas, comments and feedback. The minutes are included in this week's envelope. Our next Home and School meeting will be Thursday, December 3rd. I know we usually start the meetings at 6pm but I would like to try switching it to 7pm. That way parents can get home from work and it's a little later to get supper done. We also discussed having the next meeting in person and virtual so families can choose whatever works best for them. We will be sending out more info on that as it approaches. Please let me know anything you would like added to December's meeting agenda.
Kate 715-495-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see our 2020-2021 Home and School Committee Assignments in your monthly envelope. Thank you for your help and participation in our fundraisers! Also, thank you for sending in your Home and School Dues, this will be used by our teachers to purchase items for their classrooms.
We will be running a St. Francis clothing order online soon. It's not too early to start thinking of any Christmas gifts. Look for more to come in the next week.
CARNIVAL NEWS: Hello families!! We are excited to bring you Carnival 2021 Virtually this year!! It will run from February 1, 2021- February 6, 2021. The committee has decided that with all the unknowns in our future that the Carnival would be best done virtually. We will still be selling raffle tickets (Traditional and Grand) so look for those to come home in November. We will also be taking donations for an online auction. In addition to those things we will have a medallion hunt, classroom carnival games and exploring other fun winter activities that we can do from a distance. We look forward to making this a unique and fun event for all. Blessings! - Carnival Committee.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Oct. 1 - Feast of St. Francis ~ Mass and Pet Blessing/School Color Day
Oct. 8 - 4th Grade Students receive their Bibles at Mass
Oct. 14 - 4YK ONLY - No School
Oct. 14 - Fifth Grade Field Trip to Nilssen’s
Oct. 20 - Picture Retake Day
Oct. 23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 1:00-6:00 (No School)
Oct. 29 - Harvest Breakfast
Oct. 29 - End of 1st Quarter
Oct. 30 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Nov. 2 - Beginning of 2nd Quarter
Nov. 25-27 - Thanksgiving Vacation
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!! Please call or email if you have questions: 715-273-4391 or
Chuck Buckel - Principal email@example.com
Kathy Swanson - Lead Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear St. Francis Parents and Students:
*I know many (all) of you are wondering when our present online learning will end and the school year will wrap-up. The St. Francis staff will start to transition on May 11th. At that time instruction will be geared towards Reading and Math and the emphasis on other curricular areas will be transitioned out. There will be less work assigned.
Grades will be similar to the public school except St. Francis teachers will grade as Pass/Still in Progress. Those students Still in Progress and needing additional help will receive direct help from their teachers. The individual teacher assistance will start on May 11th. Those students receiving a Pass grade will be done on May 22nd and on that date any student who is still wrapping up their work will be given even more individual/personal help from their teachers until they reach the pass status.
The teachers have been directed to start identifying students who will need their help to complete their learning. We value your input and it would be helpful to the teacher and school that we get your assessment of your child’s needs. This will help the teachers identify areas that your child might need assistance with. If you have any needs concerning this schedule please contact me by email or call the school during the posted office hours.
On May 12-15 the teachers will be packing the students personal items from their classrooms. Those items will be laid out in the Parish Hall on designated tables. Sarah Matzek will be scheduling parent pickup during the week of May 18-22 so those items can be retrieved. We would also ask that if you have items that need to be dropped off at school you do so at the same time. We will be following all of the COVID 19 restrictions and guidelines during this process.
** Please note that Office Hours for the remainder of the school year have been posted on the School’s Web Page and Facebook Page. If you need to contact the office for any reason please make sure you call first.
*** A reminder that if you have not turned in your child’s registration for the 2020-2021 school year, please do so soon.
**** Lastly Father Eric has asked me and I have agreed to stay on during the transition into the 2020-2021 school year. With the beginning of a new school year, the COVID- 19 closure wrap-up and the installation of a new parish priest he felt that it would be helpful.
Thanks for all of your support and understanding the past two months.
Second Grade Class Prayer
Dear God, We thank you for our grandparents, parents, friends, pets, shelter, food, water, and air. We also thank you for the sun, our lives and the world. Thank you for creating everything we see! Thank you for the life we live. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
PRAYER PARTNERS: Please join us as we lift up Mrs. Koch and our Second Grade students in prayer during the month of February.
Don’t worry about anything: instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
During the month of March, we will be lifting up Miss Miller and our First Grade students in prayer.
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING HELPFUL:
Helpful – You find things that need to be done and do them.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Evan, Ellyse, Lane, Eian, Vander, Lucy, Shelby
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING HONEST:
Honest – You tell the truth
Honest people will lead a full, happy life. Proverbs 28:20
Samantha, Levi, Gretta, Darien
4YK – CAUGHT SHOWING CHARACTER:
Helpful - Cedrec
Honest - Easton
WELCOME WEDNESDAYS: We are inviting interested families to tour our school during one of our upcoming ‘Welcome Wednesday’ events to see first-hand what their child will experience as a student at St. Francis School. Welcome Wednesdays take place Wednesdays, February 5 through April 8, from 10am-11am. This is an opportunity for them to meet the people and see the spaces that inspire children to dream big and do right. Our current school families are our biggest fans and best advocates! Enclosed in your monthly envelope you will find a “Welcome Wednesday” information card. We are asking you to help us spread the word by passing along one of these cards to anyone you think may be interested. If no one comes to mind, get creative as to where you could ask to leave a card (salons, local businesses, area churches, banks, etc). Thank you for helping to promote our great school!
REGISTRATION FORMS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: We begin taking registrations for next school year today, and will continue through Wednesday, February 12. Each child who will attend St. Francis School next year will need to have a completed Registration Application Form and Tuition Payment Plan on file. These forms are included in today’s envelope for those families who will have children in grades K-5 next school year. Please complete and return them as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, February 12. A 4YK registration packet will be mailed to incoming families. The price break for parish members, when originally established, was intended to recognize the financial commitment these families were already making to St. Francis Parish. Each family who claims parishioner status is asked to review their financial contributions to St. Francis Parish and make an increase where appropriate. For the 2020-2021 school year, tuition will NOT increase for parish families or non-parish families! See the enclosed Tuition Payment Plan for more specifics.
There is tuition assistance available to help those in need of financial support. An anonymous donor does not want the cost of tuition to inhibit your child from attending our school and may be able to help cover part of your tuition amount. Please contact the school office for more information about tuition assistance for next year; all inquiries will be kept confidential.
ST. FRANCIS PRESCHOOL: St. Francis School will be offering two 3-year-old preschool classes next year; one class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and one class on Tuesday and Thursday. More details coming soon! If you’d like more information please contact our school office at 715-273-4391.
FIRST RECONCILIATION: Congratulations to our second grade students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Wednesday, January 15.
Levi, June, Tate, Ben, Walker, Markus, Anna, Aaron, Lane, Zachary (Grace at St. Mary’s.)
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK - JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 1: We will join in the National Observance of Catholic Schools Week January 26 - February 1. A complete schedule of activities and dress themes for Catholic Schools Week was previously sent home with your child.
“BEACH” PICNIC LUNCH – MONDAY, JANUARY 27: Ms. Dougherty has planned a “beach” picnic lunch for us on Monday, January 27. Students are encouraged to bring a beach towel to sit on!
BOOKS WITH BREAKFAST - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29: Parents and grandparents are invited to join us for Books with Breakfast in the parish hall on Wednesday, January 29 following Mass. Light refreshments will be served.
SCREENING DAY - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29: Our 4YK students will not have class on Wednesday, January 29 due to District Screening that day. All day Wrap Around Care will be provided for our 4YK students.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK OPEN HOUSE - FEBRUARY 2: Catholic Schools Week is January 26 - February 2. We will conclude the activities with an Open House on Sunday, February 2. Students in grades 1-5 are asked to sing in the choir for the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Fifth grade students will be selected for the role of lector, and fourth and fifth grade students for servers. Our Open House on Sunday will begin at 9:15, following the 8:30 Mass, close during the 10:30 Mass, and continue again after the 10:30 Mass until 1 p.m. The St. Francis Youth Ministry will be serving cinnamon rolls on this morning as well.
SERVERS FOR MASS ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2:
Servers - Shelby, Amelia, Emmie
Readers - Bethany, Gavin, Atlanta (welcome)
Greeters - Evie, Bentley
Petitions - Atlanta
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 5: It’s Scholastic Book Fair Time! We will be having a book fair starting Monday, January 27 and ending Wednesday, February 5. Students will be able to shop during the school days. On Tuesday, January 28, the book fair will be open prior to the Home and School Meeting. On Wednesday January 29, parents can shop with their child during Books with Breakfast. On Sunday, February 2, the book fair will be open during our Open House. Can’t find a book you are looking for? Want to purchase items online? Please visit https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stfranciselementaryschool3.
HISTORY IS ALIVE - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2: Once again, our 5th grade students will present their historical biography research projects at our Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, February 2nd. Come enjoy these presentations as our students “become” George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and many more! Through their hard work and creativity, history truly is “ALIVE”!
SCHOOL COLOR DAYS - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 and MARCH 6: Students are encouraged to dress in school colors, blue and white, on Friday, February 7 and Friday, March 6. Show your school pride!
FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12: A Parent Meeting for 1st Communion will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 5:45pm - 7:00pm.
D.A.R.E. STARTING FEBRUARY 13: Police Officer Chad Koranda, Pierce County D.A.R.E. School Resource Officer, will begin teaching the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) curriculum at St. Francis on February 13. The primary goal of D.A.R.E. is to teach effective peer resistance and refusal skills, so that adolescents can say “no” to drugs and to their friends who may want them to use drugs. The secondary goals of the program are to build students’ social skills and enhance their self-esteem, as these are believed to be linked to adolescent drug use.
The curriculum is concentrated in the fifth grade with a 45 minute class once a week for 10 weeks. Grades K-4 will meet with Officer Chad as time permits.
NO SCHOOL - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14: Students will not have class on Friday, February 14. This is a district-wide in-service.
GR. K-5 ROLLER SKATING TRIP – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21: Our skating party has been set for Friday, February 21 for Kindergarten–Fifth Grade at Wooddale Recreation Center in Woodbury! As always, we need the help of many parents to make this activity possible! The sign-up sheet for parent chaperones and the student permission slip are included in your monthly envelope today and are due back by Wednesday, February 12.
GR. 5 - MUSIC CLASS – Why Bats Fly at Night FOLKTALE – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27: As part of our music curriculum, our fifth grade students study a folktale, and incorporate a variety of musical instruments into the telling of the tale. Fifth grade parents are invited to attend one or both of the presentations of the folk tale in the lunchroom: Thursday, February 27 at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The presentations will last approximately 15 minutes.
DR. SEUSS DAY – MONDAY, MARCH 2: We will celebrate Dr. Theodore Seuss’ Birthday on Monday, March 2. Please wear comfy clothes or pajamas. We will read together as a school at 8:30 a.m.
SCREENING DAY - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4: Our 4YK students will not have class on Wednesday, March 4 due to District Screening that day. All day Wrap Around Care will be provided for our 4YK students.
SPRING BREAK – MARCH 9-13: Students will not have classes during the week of March 9-13 due to Spring Break.
FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18: A Parent Meeting for 1st Communion will be held on Wednesday, March 18 from 5:45pm - 7:00pm.
CARPENTER NATURE CENTER: Each class will take a field trip to the Carpenter St. Croix Nature Center this spring as part of our science curriculum. Permission slips and the request for parent chaperones will be sent home with the March Newsletter.
The schedule is as follows: Please mark your calendar!
4YK – Monday, May 18 Second & Third – Friday, May 15
K & First – Tuesday, May 12 Fourth & Fifth – Thursday, March 19
2019-2020 YEARBOOK ORDERS: Yearbook Online Ordering is open! Visits https://ybpay.lifetouch.com to order. Our ID code is: 1934620. Additional ordering options will be open at a later date.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWS
HOME & SCHOOL MEETING - TUESDAY, JANUARY 28: Our next Home and School Meeting is Tuesday, January 28th at 6:00. There will be only snacks provided that night. All are welcome!!
“FUN IN THE SUN” CARNIVAL: Thank you to all the family members, students, teachers and staff that put in their time to make this Carnival successful! We could not pull this off without everyone's involvement. Please be sure to see the list of donors listed in the newsletter and thank these sponsors when you shop locally! We do not have any totals yet but we'll get them out to everybody as soon as we have them.
THANK YOU to everyone for helping and making this Carnival successful!!
1st: $4000 Cash - Rhonda Jensen
2nd: $1000 Cash - Chuck Buckel
3rd: YETI Cooler with $100 Gift Card - Dominic Harris
4th: Milwaukee Battery Operated Weed Whip - Michael Gaustad
5th: Samsung Tablet - Cory Dodge
6th: Two Oversized Folding Club Camp Chairs - Chad Wittenberg
7th - 10th: $100 Cash - Chad Conroy, Emily Rohl, Emily Loberg, Linda McConn
1st: $500 Cash - Holly Hasting
2nd: Roomba - Aaron Rohl
3rd: FitBit Versa - Hattie Graetz
4th: Altec Lansing Life Jacket XL Jolt Portable Speaker- Quinn Myrick
5th: $100 Cash - Larry Wiskerchen
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA – APRIL 18, 2020: Plans for this year’s “Glory Days” Gala are now in full swing and we can’t wait to celebrate with you on April 18, 2020 at 5 pm at the Ridgetop Pavilion! Enclosed in your white envelope please find a parent letter that outlines the details of the event and ways that you can help make it a success! We are asking each school family to volunteer their time, become a sponsor, make a monetary donation, or donate an item for the auctions. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the auction wish list please visit https://signup.com/go/rQACpCg. Many items on our auction wish list are linked to an Amazon wish list, which allows you to easily purchase the item through Amazon and have it shipped directly to our school. Please return the enclosed “Family Donation Form” to the school office. More information about the Gala can also be found at www.stfrancisellsworth.org/gala. The next Gala committee meeting is scheduled for February 18 at 6 pm at Clyde’s Corner. All are welcome to attend to share your ideas and assist with planning!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Jan. 26 - Feb. 1 – Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 27 - Feb. 5 – Scholastic Book Fair
Jan. 28 - Home and School Meeting at 6:00pm
Jan. 29 - Virtue Awards for being Honest and Helpful (4YK awards will be given out on Thursday)
Jan. 29 - Books with Breakfast (following Mass)
Jan. 29 - Child Development Screening (No School for 4YK only)
Feb. 2 - Catholic Schools Week Open House 9:15 - 1:00 (Students in Grades 1-5 will sing at 10:30 Mass)
Feb. 2 - History is Alive (5th Grade)
Feb. 7 - School Color Day
Feb. 12 - 2020-2021 Registration Forms due
Feb. 12 - First Communion Parent Meeting (5:45 - 7:00 pm)
Feb. 14 - No School - Teacher In-Service
Feb. 19 - Virtue Awards for being Patient and Kind
Feb. 21 - Roller Skating Trip
Feb. 26 - Ash Wednesday
Feb. 27 - Fifth Grade Folktale
Mar. 2 - Celebrate Dr. Seuss
Mar. 4 - Child Development Screening (No School for 4YK only)
Mar. 6 - School Color Day
Mar. 9-13- Spring Break
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 email@example.com
Chuck Buckel - Principal