Dear St. Francis School Families,
Dear Lord, may we make the right choices so we will learn better.
May we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit,
which is a powerful guide in all the decisions we make.
We ask this through Jesus our Lord and Savior. 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 3rd Grade Class in prayer ~ Cayman Anderson, Ella Auckland, Evan Beissel, Gretchen Hallock, Bethany Kaufer, Sienna Lansing, Reese Matzek, Darien McGrath, Jack McMahon, Rowan Nelson, Max Olson, Shelby Olson, Atlanta O’Neil, Vincent Oricchio, Jordyn Paider, Rosemary Shafer, Kyle VanWatermeulen, and Gavin Wittenberg.
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 2nd Grade Class.
FOLLOWING IN JESUS’ FOOTSTEPS
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING HELPFUL:
Helpful – You find things that needs to be done and do them.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Zachary Shafer, Lane Rohl, Carter Moldenhauer, Cayman Anderson, Nora Feuerhelm, Gavin Puhrmann
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING HONEST:
Honest – You tell the truth
Honest people will lead a full, happy life. Proverbs 28:20
Levi Acker, Regan Nelson, Shelby Olson, Ian Nelson, Nolan Kummer
4YK – CAUGHT SHOWING CHARACTER:
Helpful – Lillian Martin
Honest – Trystan O’Neil
Thanks to our families who helped their children get into the spirit of Catholic Schools Week last week! We had wonderful participation in the dress themes and activities all throughout the week! Their creativity only added to the fun and made some happy memories for all involved.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Books for Breakfast and Mass last Wednesday, it was so nice to see such a great turnout! Our book fair was a huge success; we earned over $1,400.00 in free books!
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.
HOME & SCHOOL MEETING MINUTES: The meeting minutes from last week’s Home & School Meeting are included in your
weekly envelope today.
GR. 5 PARENT & STUDENT MTG - “GROWING IN LOVE” – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 - TONIGHT: Wonder how you’ll talk with your child about his/her body changes as he/she approaches puberty? Alice Heinzen and Jeff Arrowood, of our diocesan Office of Family Life, have a presentation, entitled “Growing in Love”, for fifth grade parents and their child that conveys the information children need to know, integrated with appropriate humor and a deep respect for God’s gift of sexuality. Fifth grade students and their parents will meet for this presentation on Monday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Because of the sensitive nature of the puberty topics that will be covered, no child may attend without his/her parent present.
FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING – WEDNESDAY, FEBURAY 7: A First Communion parent meeting for second grade will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 7. Please note the date change as the original date for this meeting was February 21.
CARNIVAL: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2018 11:30 to 4 PM
Carnival Raffle: Check out our progress below. There are still more Traditional ($1) Raffles available in the office. Thanks to all of you for your participation.
Carnival Volunteer Sign Up: The carnival would not be a success without the involvement of each family! In order to cover the nearly 100 positions for our many games and activities, we ask that both parents sign up for a shift. Please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/QsYBWFd
Carnival Decorating: Please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/DQTUZYv
D.A.R.E. Police Officer Chad Koranda, Pierce County D.A.R.E. School Resource Officer, will begin teaching the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) curriculum at St. Francis this week.
The primary goal of D.A.R.E. is to teach effective peer resistance and refusal skills, so that adolescents can say “no” to drugs and to their friends who may want them to use drugs. The secondary goals of the program are to build students’ social skills and enhance their self-esteem, as these are believed to be linked to adolescent drug use.
The curriculum is concentrated in the fifth grade with a 45 minute class once a week for 10 weeks. Grades K-4 will meet with Officer Chad as time permits.
GR. 5 BAKE SALE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9: Our fifth grade class will sponsor their first bake sale on Friday, February 9.
Items will be sold for 50 cents apiece, with the proceeds being used toward the cost of their class trip to ValleyFair.
VALENTINE PARTIES – WEDENSDAY, FEBRAURY 13: Our school will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the Wednesday, 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.
GR. K-5 ROLLER SKATING TRIP – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15: Our skating party has been set 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! A packet of information is included in your weekly envelope last week and is due back by
Wednesday, February 7.
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.
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Feb. 5 - “Growing In Love” Grade 5 and parents (6:30 - 8:30)
Feb. 7 - 1st Communion Meeting for Parents at 6:00 (Date change from February 21)
Feb. 9 - Advanced Carnival Game Tickets Orders Due
Feb. 9 - Fifth Grade Bake Sale
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. 5-9 - Spring Break
Once again a “Big Thank You” to all who helped us celebrate “Catholic Schools Week”. As one staff member pointed out this was truly a school wide celebration. Just a reminder that registration for the 2018-2019 school year is underway. If you know of someone who is seeking a traditional 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 firstname.lastname@example.org