Week 1, Hope
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us to slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.
Week 2, Peace
Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.
Week 3, Joy
Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. Amen.
Week 4, Love
Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. Amen.
FOLLOWING IN JESUS’ FOOTSTEPS
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING ATTENTIVE:
Attentive – I watch and listen carefully.
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Proverbs 4:20
Adelyn Loberg, Theo LaFave, June Feuerhelm, Sophia Oricchio, Audrey Marks, Gavin Wittenberg
4YK – CAUGHT SHOWING CHARACTER:
Attentive – Jordy McHardy
CHRISTMAS CARDS: Send us your Christmas Cards! We would love to add your family to our St. Francis Families Christmas Card Display. You may send your card to school with your child or mail it to:
St. Francis School
PO Box 250
244 W. Woodworth Street
Ellsworth WI, 54011
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
SHOPAROO AND BOX TOPS: Thank you for sending in your box tops! We will be receiving a check for $230.00 Thank you for taking the time to use the Shoparoo App, we recently received a check for $99.00
POTENTIAL INCOMING 4YK STUDENTS AND REGISTRATION FOR NEXT YEAR: We will begin our registration process for next year in early January with a mailing to potential 4YK students. If you have a child who will be 4 years of age by September 1, 2019, and would like to receive registration materials for St. Francis School, please send me your child’s name and birth date as soon as possible. If you know of a family in our area who might like to receive registration information for any grade, please send or call me with the contact information. Registration materials will be sent to potential 4YK and K families at the beginning of January. Registration forms for our current students will also be sent home on January 6. Thank you for your help in spreading the good news about our school!
THANKSGIVING VACATION - NOVEMBER 27-29: There will be no school on Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving Vacation. Classes will resume again on Monday, December 2.
HOME AND SCHOOL MEETING - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5: Our Next Home and School Meeting will be Thursday, December 5 at 6:00pm.
SCHOOL COLORS DAY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6: Students are encouraged to dress in school colors, blue and white, on the first Friday of the month, December 6. Show your school pride!
FAMILY FUN NIGHT DANCE - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6: Our Family Fun Night Dance is scheduled for Friday, December 6. Please see the Home and School Association section of this newsletter for more information.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12: Grades K-5 will present our annual Christmas Program on Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. in our church. We will have a reception in the parish hall immediately following the program. Each family is asked to bring some type of food (cookies, bars, cheese & crackers, etc.) for this reception. A dress rehearsal will be held Wednesday, December 11 at 1:30 p.m. This is open to anyone who would like to attend.
Our main focus for the next few weeks will be making the final preparations for our K-5 Christmas Program! Mrs. Penton and our children have been working hard, and are very eager to share their efforts with you!
CHRISTMAS/SPRING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE ON DVD: Our Christmas and Spring Programs will be recorded and placed on a DVD. If you’d like to purchase a copy of the DVD ($25 each), please complete and return the order form that is included in your weekly envelope, along with your payment. DVDs will be sent home prior to the end of the school year.
ELLSWORTH FOOD PANTRY FOOD DRIVE: Thank you for your support thus far, but we need a LOT more food to give our friends and neighbors in need of a hearty holiday meal. We are trying to meet needs for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, so please help us by giving what you can.
Reminder: Tell your relatives that we will be accepting food and money donations at both performances of the Christmas Program on December 11th and 12th. 5th grade will be delivering our donations to the Ellsworth Food Pantry on Friday, December 13th.
FIFTH GRADE CLASS TRIP TO THE FOOD PANTRY – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13: On Friday, December 13 our fifth grade class will be delivering the donation items to the food pantry. A permission slip for this trip is included in the monthly envelope for those students. Please complete the permission slip and return it by Wednesday, December 4.
4YK AND PRESCHOOL WINTER PROGRAM - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18: Our 4YK and Preschool students will present a Winter Program to their parents and guests on Wednesday, December 18. Refreshments will be served after the program.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHRISTMAS POSTER CONTEST: Students in grades 1-5 have been invited to participate in the annual KC Christmas Poster Contest. First place entries from grades 1-4 are eligible to be sent on to the diocesan level contest. Students will complete these posters at school. Winners will be announced at our Christmas program on December 12.
CHRISTMAS VACATION: Students will be dismissed at 3:25 on Friday, December 20 for Christmas vacation. Classes will resume on Thursday, January 2.
FIRST RECONCILIATION FOR SECOND GRADE - JANUARY 15: First Reconciliation will be at 6:00 pm.
END OF SECOND QUARTER - THURSDAY, JANUARY 16: The second quarter ends on Thursday, Jan. 16.
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 (NO SCHOOL): Parent-teacher conferences is by teacher or parent request. Teacher requests will be sent out closer to the date
Please remember that you can view your child’s grades (Grades 3-5) in our JMC program.
SCHOOL CARNIVAL - SUNDAY, JANUARY 26: Our St. Francis school carnival is scheduled for Sunday, January 26. Please see more information under the Home and School Section of this newsletter.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK OPEN HOUSE - FEBRUARY 2: We will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 26 - February 2, and 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. 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 8. 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.
TUITION STATEMENTS: Tuition Statements can be printed from JMC for tax purposes.
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. Reminder: In order to claim tuition expenses on your 2019 tax return, payments must be received by the parish no later than December 31, 2019.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWS
ST. FRANCIS CLOTHING ORDER: Please use the following link to order St. Francis Clothing. Orders need to be placed by Saturday, November 30 to receive items in time for Christmas.
HOME & SCHOOL MEETING - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5: The next Home and School Meeting will be Thursday December 5th at 6:00pm in the KC room at the school. Supper will be provided starting at 5:30pm and also childcare for the kiddos. If anyone has anything they would like added to the agenda please call or message Kate Acker at 715-495-2600. See you there!
FRIDAY FAMILY FUN NIGHT GLOW DANCE: We are super excited to be hosting a “Glow in the Dark” family dance in honor of Marlee May Erlandson on Friday, December 6th from 6-8pm in the St. Francis Parish Hall. All are welcome! You don’t need to be connected to St. Francis to attend! The cost is $25 a family and includes a hot dog meal, drinks, Josie Erlandson's homemade cookies, face painting, music, dancing and prizes! We will also have candy for sale for $1 at our "Candy Shop." All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Donations accepted if unable to attend! All proceeds go to new technology upgrades for St. Francis School and the Marlee May Erlandson Scholarship Fund. Please share with friends and family! It is going to be such a fun night!
MEAT RAFFLE FUNDRAISER: Thank you to all who attended the St. Francis meat raffle at Broz! It was a fun night and it was great to have extras from a different crowd helping us! Angie M, and Katie F, and all others who helped did an amazing job! Look forward to more of these in the future.
“FUN IN THE SUN” CARNIVAL UPDATE: Hello families! The carnival committee is in full swing now! You should have received your Grand Raffle tickets and Traditional Raffle tickets last week. They were sent home with your oldest child in their daily folders that come home from their teacher. We are asking all families to try to sell 2 Grand Raffle tickets and 5 booklets of Traditional raffle tickets. If you have sold some raffle tickets please be sure you're turning that money into the office so we have an accurate count as we move along as to how many tickets we have left to sell!
We are asking all families to bring in 2 - two liter bottles of pop as follows:
4YK: Sprite 3rd: Orange
K: Root Beer 4th: Mello Yello/ Mt. Dew
1st: Coke 5th: Dr. Pepper
2nd: Diet Coke
If you have a student in more than one grade, just pick one grade to send pop with. We thank you for your support!! Carnival Committee
Carnival Need: We are looking for prizes for kids between $5-$10. Please keep us in mind as you are Black Friday shopping and Christmas Shopping.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA – AUCTION WISHLIST: The elves on the auction committee have been busy preparing a wishlist for this year’s “Glory Days” Gala taking place on April 18, 2020. We hope you will consider purchasing an item on our auction wishlist this holiday season while good deals are to be had! Please visit https://signup.com/go/rQACpCg to sign up to donate an item. Many items on our auction wishlist are linked to an Amazon wishlist, which allows you to easily purchase the item through Amazon and have it shipped directly to our school! With your help and generosity, the auction is sure to be a huge success! Thank you!!!
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING VIDEO – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5: We will be offering the Safe Environment Video Training following our Home and School Meeting on Thursday, December 5 in the Parish Hall. If you are in need of this requirement please plan to attend at approximately 7:00.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Nov. 27-29 - Thanksgiving Vacation
Dec. 5 - Home and School Meeting (6:00)
Dec. 6 - School Color Day
Dec. 6 - Family Fun Night Dance from 6:00-8:00pm
Dec. 11 - Dress Rehearsal (Christmas Program) at 1:30pm
Dec. 12 - Christmas Program at 6:00pm
Dec. 12 - Food Drive Donations Due
Dec. 13 - Fifth Grade Field Trip to Food Pantry
Dec. 18 - Obedient and Content Virtue Awards following Mass
Dec. 18 - 4YK and Preschool Winter Program at 10:00am
Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 - Christmas Vacation
Jan. 2 - Classes Resume
Jan. 15 - 2nd Grade First Reconciliation
Jan. 16 - End of Second Quarter
Jan. 17 - Teacher In-Service/ Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
Jan. 20 - Beginning of 3rd Quarter
Jan. 26 - School Carnival
Jan. 28 - Home and School Meeting at 6:00pm
Jan. 29 - Child Development Screening (No School for 4YK only)
Jan. 26 - Feb. 1 – Catholic Schools Week
Feb. 2 - Catholic Schools Week Open House 9:15 - 1:00 (Students in Grades 1-5 will sing at 10:30 Mass)
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Buckel - Principal