Dear St. Francis School Families,
Lord Jesus, teach us not to waste the gifts you have given us.
May we recognize the talents we have.
May we find the courage and knowledge to use these talents to help others,
to build up your kingdom, and to enjoy a fulfilled and happy life. 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 Kindergarten Grade Class in prayer ~ Levi Acker, Arie Christensen, June Feuerhelm, Tate Francis, Ben Johnson, Walker Loberg, Markus Lorentz, Anna Puhrmann, Aaron Riester, Lane Rohl, Zachary Shafer, and Grace Turvaville
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 of March 3-9 we will join together in prayer for a fun and safe Spring Break for everyone!
The following week, March 10-16, we will lift up our 4YK class in prayer
2018 Down on the Farm Carnival ~ Thank You!
The Down on the Farm Carnival was a great success! It was obvious how much fun the kids had and the adults walked away with many great prizes too! The prizes were made possible by the donations of many local businesses! Please take a look at the list of donors on the next page. I am so grateful to everyone who helped make this day happen including our committee members, school staff, parents, students, and families, who worked during the carnival, area businesses, members of our parish, those who sold raffle tickets, and those who came to enjoy the day! May God bless each of you for the work you have done. St. Francis will be better for it. Anne Matzek ~ Carnival Chair
Grand Raffle Prizes:
POLARIS SPORTMAN FOUR-WHEELER – Won by Karen Stadler
$1000 Cash – Won by Laurette Hove
Samsung 50” Smart UHD 4K TV – Won by David Matzek
Yeti Cooler – Tundra 45 – Won by Laurie O’Neil
Apple iWatch – Won by Gary Johnson
Chromebook – Won by Ryan O’Neil
$100 Cash – Won by Nolan Kummer
$100 Cash - Won by Keith Radloff
$100 Cash - Won by Eric Soley
$100 Cash – Won by Mary Acker
Top Traditional Raffle Prizes:
$500 Cash – Won by Bethany Kaufer
Jetson Z5 Hoverboard – Won by Jen Voelker
Amazon Echo Show – Won by Gary Evenson
Argo 100 10’ Kayak – Won by Mal Voelker
$100 Cash Prize – Won by Harley Cylkowski
Boys Bike – Donated by: Brenners Overhead Doors – Won by Rowan Nelson
Girls Bike – Donated by: Todd and Angie Olson – Won by Ron Gutting
Top Selling Raffle Family - $100.00 Target Gift Card – Won by Tom, Ladonna, Brielle and Dayla O’Neil
JOE RICHARDS PRESENTATION - “DIVINE PERSISTENCE”: All are welcome, Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:00 pm in the St. Francis Church to hear Joe Richards. In this presentation, Joe will lay out how the covenants of the Old Testament play out and how Jesus ultimately fulfills them in the incarnation. The Wednesday Evening Supper will be held prior to this presentation and the Stations of the Cross will follow at 7:00 pm.
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 several 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: Father Eric will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to our third grade students on Wednesday, February 28.
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. 28 - Patience and Kindness Virtue Awards following Mass
Feb 28 - Joe Richards Presentation - “DIVINE PERSISTENCE”
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.
PKC FAMILIES: PKC will be OPEN over spring break, March 5th– 9th. We have been informed that PKC will be held at the Ellsworth High School Media Center. You can bring your child(ren) in through the main entrance. The Media Center will be to the right. Signs will be posted. Reminders: You need to send a lunch & beverage with your child, clothes for outside play (weather permitting), and your balance MUST be current. Keeping it FUN!!!!!
Tuesday, March 6th will be "Wear Pajamas Day"
Friday, March 9th will be "Bring a toy from home" (NO electronics).
The 2018 St. Francis Carnival is in the history books and by all accounts it was a big success. I would like to thank Anne Matzek and the Carnival Committee for all of their hard work. What a testament to the school, parents and parish, it wouldn’t have been possible without everyone pulling together. I would also like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who contributed to the Carnival; your support is truly a blessing. A reminder that Spring Break is next week March 5 – 9, I hope all of our St. Francis families take the time to relax and reconnect after this long and cold winter. May God Bless you All. If you have and questions please call or e-mail me: 715-273-4391 or email@example.com
God’s Grace be With You