Dear St. Francis School Families,
As we approach Christmas, dear God, help each of us recognize what Jesus has done for us
and the new direction he has given us. May each of us this Christmas make a special effort
to live out Jesus‘ example and make this Christmas a beautiful one. Amen
Thank you to all who attended our Christmas Program last Thursday evening! What a great job by the children! Special thanks to Mrs. Penton, our music teacher, along with all of our staff, for their efforts in working with the children to make it special! Thanks for the wonderful assortment of food brought for the reception and to our Home & School officers for taking care of the beverages. Thank you to all who helped with clean-up in the church, and in the parish hall following the reception.
On behalf of the entire staff, thank you to our Home & School Association for the Christmas gifts. Each of us will enjoy our soft blankets! We are grateful for your thoughtfulness!
KC CHRISTMAS POSTER WINNERS: Congratulations to these students whose entries won top prizes in the Knights of Columbus Christmas Poster Contest. The posters of the first place winners in grades 1-4 are eligible for the diocesan level of the contest, and will be sent to La Crosse.
Gretta Rewolinski, Evelyn Peterson, Darien McGrath, Lori Moldenhauer, Noah Matzek
Oskar LaFave, Shawn Huppert, Atlanta O’Neil, Maggie Pechacek, Karli Gutting
Emmie Pechacek, Marley Halverson, Gretchen Hallock, Evie Puhrmann, Lily Vesely
CARNIVAL: Look for the enclosed flyer that shows off the raffle prizes. Use it, when offering up the opportunity to buy a ticket! Also, you’ll find 5 books of Traditional Raffle Tickets and a letter, describing the details. Request more from the office at any point. Good luck as you continue to sell the two different kinds of raffle tickets. Thank you so much for your participation!
ST. FRANCIS BEFORE SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM: St. Francis will be offering a before school care program that will start at 7:00am each school morning beginning Thursday, January 4. Please see the registration form and information sheet that were sent home last week for more information. If you will be starting your child in the program after Christmas vacation please turn in your registration form by Wednesday, December 20 so we can plan accordingly. We are excited to provide this service to our families!
4YK WINTER PROGRAM - DECEMBER 19: Our 4YK students will present a Winter Program to their parents and guests on Tuesday, December 19. The 4YK students and their parents are invited to join us for breakfast before the program. Following breakfast, 4YK students will return to their classrooms to get ready for their program. Grandparents and any other guests are asked to arrive between 8:10 and 8:15. The program will be presented in the parish hall, and will last approximately 15-20 minutes. Following the program, parents are asked to join their child in the classroom. We will conclude our activities at 9:30.
CHRISTMAS VACATION: Students will be dismissed at 2:45 on Wednesday, December 20 for Christmas vacation.
Classes will resume on Thursday, January 4 at 8:05 a.m.
REGISTRATIONS FOR NEXT YEAR: As mentioned in an earlier newsletter registration materials will be sent to potential
4YK and K families at the beginning of January. If you have a child who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2018 and
would like to receive materials for our 4YK program, or know of a family who might be interested in St. Francis for any grade,
please send me the contact information. Registration forms for our present students will also be sent home on the January 8.
END OF SECOND QUARTER: Our second quarter will end Friday, January 12. Report Cards will be sent home on
Tuesday, January 16. Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday, January 23 starting at 4:00. This conference is by
teacher or parent request. More information to come.
NO SCHOOL - JANUARY 15: Students will not have class on Monday, January 15. This is a district-wide in-service day.
FIRST RECONCILIATION FOR SECOND GRADE – JANUARY 16: First Reconciliation will be at 6:00 pm in the church.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK OPEN HOUSE - JANUARY 28: We will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 28 – February 3, and kick off the week with an Open House on Sunday, January 28.
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. If your child would like to be considered for one of these roles as lector or server, please send a note to my office no later than Wednesday, January 10.
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 Knights of Columbus will serve a pancake breakfast on this morning as well.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Parent volunteers are needed to run our book fair during Catholic Schools Week and at our Open House on Sunday, January 28. All information and training will be provided and a flexible schedule will be available during the week. Please contact Mrs. Sandy Karlstad at school or by email.
TUITION STATEMENTS: Tuition statements are included in today’s packet. Payments are due January 13.
As a reminder, these are the three plans choices available for paying tuition:
Plan 1: Pay total amount August 15
Plan 2: Pay by the semester: August 15 and January 13
Plan 3: Monthly ACH from a checking account: One initial payment August 15, then smaller payments on them 15th of each month, September through March.
WI TAX SCHEDULE PS - PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION: WI tax Schedule PS is used to claim the subtraction for tuition paid for your dependent child to attend a private school. The subtraction is available for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. The form requires the name, address, and federal employer identification number (FEIN) of the private school where your child was enrolled during 2017. For St. Francis students, you will need to use: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 264 S. Grant Street, P.O. Box 839, Ellsworth, WI 54011. The FEIN # is 39-0813434. Reminder: In order to claim tuition expenses on your 2017 tax return, payments must be received by the parish no later than December 31, 2017.
HOLIDAY SCHWAN’S CAMPAIGN: Looking for a great Christmas gift or some holiday treats? Thank you for your support!
1. Visit www.schwans-cares.com/c/34856
2. Click "Shop to Give"
3. Select team member, if applicable
4. Start shopping!
ORDER BY PHONE: Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID: 34856 and Team Member ID, if applicable.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Dec. 19 - 4YK Winter Program
Dec. 21 - Jan.3 – Christmas Vacation
Jan. 4 - Classes resume at St. Francis at 8:05
Jan. 4 - St. Francis Before School Care Program begins at 7:00
Jan. 12 - End of Second Quarter
Jan. 15 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Jan. 16 - 2nd Grade First Reconciliation Meeting
Jan. 23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Jan. 28 - Catholic Schools Week Open House 9:15 - 1:00 (Students in Grades 1-5 will sing at 10:30 Mass)
Jan. 30 - Home and School Meeting at 6:00
Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 – Catholic Schools Week
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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