Dear St. Francis School Families,
Good and gracious God, we know that with faith and trust in you all things are possible. Help us each feel your presence and your calming influence in our lives. May the knowledge and awareness of your power assist each of us as we learn. Amen
Thank you for being a Prayer Partner for our school!
We all need to seek God in prayer with our joys, worries, and thankful moments. Thank you for being a prayer partner for our school. This week we will be lifting up our 2nd Grade Class in prayer ~ Ava Acker, Jens Christensen, Amelia Dopp, Lucy Feuerhelm, Marley Halverson, Shawn Huppert, Aubrey Marks, Merrick Mason, Kate Nelson, Regan Nelson, and Evie Peterson.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
PRAYER PARTNERS: Next week we will join together in prayer for our 1st Grade Class.
WELCOME TO JOE RICHARDS: A big Welcome to Mr. Joe Richards. In case you have not heard Mr. Richards is a Seminarian who will be completing 14 weeks of his internship at St. Francis in the parish and school. Part of Joe’s internship requires him to work with students and staff of the school. Presently Mr. Richards is scheduled in the classrooms as well as helping students with Wednesday Mass. Thanks Joe.
REGISTRATION FORMS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: Please send in your registration forms and tuition payment plans as soon as possible. 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 Mr. Buckel for more information about tuition assistance for next year; all inquiries will be kept confidential.
VALENTINE PARTIES – TUESDAY, FEBRAURY 13: Our school will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the Tuesday, February 13 due to Ash Wednesday.
ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBUARY 14: We will participate in the 8:30 a.m. Ash Wednesday Mass. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season.
Mass serving change for that day is as follows:
Servers: Bethany, Maggie P., Lily V
Greeters: Ava Acker, Jens Christensen, Lucy Feuerhelm
Gift Bearers: Connor and Carter P
Parishioners will also serve at Mass on Ash Wednesday.
LENTEN MITE BOX PROGRAM: The Lenten Mite Box program is an outreach from the Missionary Childhood Association. In the Diocese of LaCrosse, Mite Boxes are distributed to elementary and middle school students in Catholic schools, CCD and Religious Education programs. Inside your weekly envelope is a Mite Box for each child. The proceeds collected will help support missionary work.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Students will participate in The Stations of the Cross during Lent which will be led by our Seminarian Joe Richards.
SERVICE PROJECTS FOR LENT: St. Francis students will be participating in many special service projects during Lent. These projects will focus on reaching out to our community and sharing God’s love with others.
RECONCILIATION - GR. 3-5: Father Eric will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to our fourth and fifth grade students on Wednesday, February 21, and our third grade students on Wednesday, February 28.
GR. K-5 ROLLER SKATING TRIP – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15: Our skating party is scheduled for Thursday, February 15 for Kindergarten–Fifth Grade at Wooddale Recreation Center in Woodbury! As always, we need the help of many parents to make this activity possible!
NO SCHOOL - FEBRUARY 16: Students will not have class on Friday, February 16. This is a district-wide in-service day.
GR. 5 - MUSIC CLASS – FOLKTALE JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – FEBUARY 22: 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 22 at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The presentations will last approximately 15 minutes.
CARNIVAL: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2018 11:30 to 4 PM
Prizes: The Carnival could use more kid-themed prizes to use as giveaways during our Carnival Bingo game or for extra raffle prizes. If you have any new toys, games or kids items to share, please send them into the school office. This is completely optional, but works well if you find a good sale or have something extra tucked away in the closet. The value should be $5-$15.
Grand Raffle Tickets:
All grand raffle tickets are due back to the office today. Please indicate, on the enclosed form, if you would like more tickets, are returning any unpaid, or if you have a buyer for the tickets and need time to collect the payment. The family that sells the highest value of combined Traditional and Grand Raffle Tickets will be awarded a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card. Keep up the great work and thank you for your efforts!
Worker Sign Up: Thank you for the amazing response to last week’s request! We do still have about 15 families that we have not heard back from. If you are one of those families and would be able to help during shift two (from 1:30-4:00pm) we could really use your help!!! Areas where help is needed include Kitchen, Game Store, Wind Machine and Bingo.
Also, we could use a few more strong people to help with the clean-up, which involves transferring games into the church basement. Having a truck for this process would be an extra bonus!
Please take another look at the sign up and brainstorm if there is anyone else you can invite to help. Responsible kids that are 13 and over may sign up too. http://signup.com/go/QsYBWFd
Carnival Decorating: Please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/DQTUZYv
DR. SEUSS DAY – FRIDAY, MARCH 2: We will celebrate Dr. Theodore Seuss on his birthday on March 2. Please wear comfy clothes or pajamas. We will read together as a school at 8:30 a.m.
SPRING BREAK – MARCH 5-9: Students will not have classes during the week of March 5-9 due to Spring Break.
2017-2018 YEARBOOK ORDERS: Orders are being taken for this year’s yearbooks. As in the past, the yearbook will be delivered next September, allowing us to include photos through the last day of school! The price for the all-color, 28 page, soft-cover yearbook is $20.00. You can order your yearbook online at YBPay.lifetouch.com with the Yearbook ID Code: 1934618. You may also send your payment to school. Please make checks payable to St. Francis
School. You may write one check for all of your children.
VBS - SAVE THE DATE: Plans are underway for the 2018 St. Francis Vacation Bible School to be held during the mornings of July 10-14. Children who will have completed any of the grades 4YK through 4th Grade are invited to participate. Students currently in 5th grade and up are needed for decorating, skits, serving as a group leader, or helping with games, crafts, music, snacks, or Bible Center. High school students can earn Community Service hours at VBS. Save the dates! More information and registration forms will be coming later.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Feb 12 - Grand Raffle Tickets are Due
Feb. 13 - Valentine Parties
Feb 14 - Ash Wednesday
Feb 15 - Roller Skating Trip (Grades K – 5)
Feb. 16 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Feb. 22 - 5th Grade Folktale
Feb. 25 - St. Francis School Carnival
Mar. 2 - Dr. Seuss Day
Mar. 5-9 - Spring Break
Our Four Year Old Kindergarten just completed part of its Outreach program by hosting Donuts for Dads and Muffins for Moms. Thanks to all the dads and moms for taking the time to visit their child’s classroom it is greatly appreciated. Just a reminder that registration for the 2018-2019 school year is underway.If you know of someone who is seeking a traditional Catholic/Christian, family education please refer them to St. Francis. And as usual please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 or email@example.com