Dear St. Francis School Families,
O God of Love, let the simple gestures we perform be filled with love.
May we recognize all that we are and work to do our best.
In all this may we feel your presence.
We know through experience that life’s not easy.
However, we have our family, friends, and faith to strengthen us.
It is in living out your love, O God, that life gains its greatest meaning.
Give us love and let us know we can do all this with your grace, O God and Father of all.
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 1st Grade Class in prayer ~ Taelyn Hines, Ellie Holst, Oskar LaFave, Bentley McHardy, Charlie McMahon, Carter Moldenhauer, Eian Murphy, Brielle O’Neil, Sophia Oricchio, Emmie Pechacek, Gretta Rewolinski, and Vander Truttman.
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 Kindergarten Grade Class.
Thanks so much to each of our committees who are busily preparing for our carnival! The cooperation of so many people is gratifying and reminds me of the above scripture reading. Know that YOU have helped to put those smiles on the children’s faces on Sunday whether your contribution was a gift of your time, talent, or treasure!
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.
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. 3-5 MID-QUARTER PROGRESS REPORTS - TODAY: Students in grades 3-5 will receive a mid-quarter progress report today. Parents are asked to discuss this report with their child, sign and return the report no later than Wednesday, February 21. Questions should be directed to your child’s teacher.
GRADE 5 FAMILIES: Grade 6 Registration Forms were due on Thursday, February 15 and they were taken to the Middle School. If you have not turned in your forms please take them directly to the Middle School. If you have any questions, please contact the Middle School at 715-273-3908
GR. 5 - MUSIC CLASS – FOLKTALE JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – FEBRUARY 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: Join us this Sunday, Feb. 25th, 2018 11:30 to 4 PM
Thanks for the wonderful donations! Take a look at our many sponsors, as well: http://www.stfrancisellsworth.org/carnival.html
Grand Raffle Tickets: Thanks for all of your efforts on this! It’s a huge support to our school. We’re down to the last tickets and need to sell them ASAP. Let the office know if you have any final buyers. To save time, collect money and contact info. We’ll enter the info onto a ticket. The family that sells the highest value of combined Traditional and Grand Raffle Tickets will be awarded a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card. We will tally this on Thursday Feb. 22nd.
Worker Sign Up: 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. We do have about 20 spots remaining to be filled. http://signup.com/go/QsYBWFd.
Carnival Decorating: Join us Thursday night ( + pizza) and Friday morning: http://signup.com/go/DQTUZYv
Cakes, Cupcakes and Cereal ~ Needed For Cake Walk: Donations of cakes, cupcakes, and cereal are needed for the cake walk. Thank you in advance for your donation!
We look forward to seeing you all at the Carnival!
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.
From our St. Francis Religious Education:
CORRECTION: VBS - SAVE THE DATE: Last week’s VBS - Save the Date announcement had the wrong dates, sorry about that! The 2018 St. Francis VBS will be the mornings of July 16 - 20. 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. 22 - 5th Grade Folktale
Feb. 25 - St. Francis School Carnival
Mar. 2 - Dr. Seuss Day
Mar. 5-9 - Spring Break
Mar. 23 – End of 3rd Quarter
Mar. 26 – Teacher In-Service (No School)
Mar. 30 – Good Friday (No School)
BALL CHAIRS: Just an FYI-Recently the risk management consultant from Catholic Mutual Group Insurance, completed a safety inspection of the school and made several recommendations which would make the school facilities much safer. One of the observations centered on ball chairs in the classrooms. The recommendation is to remove all ball chairs from classrooms to help eliminate trip and fall hazards. So starting next year ball chairs will not be allowed in the classrooms unless it is required to help facilitate an IEP or 504 Plan.
As usual if you have and questions please call or e-mail me: 715-273-4391 or email@example.com
God’s Grace be With You
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