Dear St. Francis School Families,
Dear God, you have given me the gift of a special talent.
You have created me to do something special for you.
May I listen to you faithfully and with love. Amen
FOLLOWING IN JESUS’ FOOTSTEPS
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING CONTENT:
Content – You are not greedy or always wanting things
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Markus Lorentz, Rowan Nelson, Hunter Halverson, Jianna Jean, Lily Vesely
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING OBEDIENT:
Obedient – Doing what you are told and doing it right away
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow his commands given today, The Lord your God will set you high above the nations on Earth. Deuteronomy 28:1
Grace Turvaville, Oskar LaFave, Merrick Mason, Sienna Lansing, Evie Puhrmann, Karli Gutting
4YK – CAUGHT SHOWING CHARACTER:
Content – Lyla Soley
Obedient – Ella Murphy
REGISTRATION FORMS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: We begin taking registrations for next school year today, and will continue through Wednesday, January 24. Each child who will attend St. Francis School next year will need to have a completed Registration Application Form and Tuition Payment Plan on file. These forms are included in today’s envelope for those families who will have children in grades K-5 next school year. Please complete and return as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, January 24. A 4YK registration packet will be mailed to incoming families. The price break for parish members, when originally established, was intended to recognize the financial commitment these families were already making to St. Francis Parish. Each family who claims parishioner status is asked to review their financial contributions to St. Francis Parish and make an increase where appropriate. For the 2018-2019 school year, tuition will increase $200 per student for parish families, and $200 per student for non-parish families. See the enclosed Tuition Payment Plan for more specifics. 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.
ST. FRANCIS BEFORE SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM: We are excited about our new before school care program! This program will be called the Eagle’s Nest, named after our St. Francis mascot the Eagle. Yes, we are the St. Francis Eagles! This program begins everyday at 7:00am and is will be located in our school library which provides a comfortable, carpeted area with many books, access to computers and tables for activities. Our library is also located next to a drinking fountain and the restrooms. For this program you will enter through the front doors of the school (facing the church). The library is at the bottom of the stairs. Just follow the signs! Your child will be able to keep their belongings in the cubbies right outside the entrance to the library. Registration forms were sent home before Christmas Break and they are also available in the school office. Parents are asked to walk their child to the library and sign them in each day in the attendance binder. Each day your child attends it will be recorded in your account which you will have access to from our JMC program (similar to our lunch accounts). If your account balance is below $25.00 a notice will be sent to out to in your weekly envelope.
We are working hard to make this the best program possible for your child and we are so glad that we are able to offer this service to our families.
NEW SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Just a reminder that our new start time is 8:05am. Students are able to start arriving at 7:45 am and go directly to their classrooms. Our school bells will be fixed this week so you will be able to hear the bell outside. Our new end time is 3:25 pm.
WINTER PICNIC LUNCH - JANUARY 10 (PLEASE NOTE THIS MENU AND DATE CHANGE): Mrs. Brooks has planned a winter picnic lunch for us on Wednesday, January 10. Students are encouraged to bring a beach towel to sit on! Tuesday’s Lunch will be Chicken Chow Mein. A complete January menu will be available by the end of the week. It will be posted on our school website and sent home with your oldest child at St. Francis. Thank you for your patience!
CARNIVAL: Please mark your calendars for the Carnival on Feb. 25th! We will need 1-2 volunteers from each family to fulfill the many game and kitchen shifts. Look for sign up opportunities near Feb. 1st. Thanks for your participation in selling raffle tickets! Please continue to spread the word. There are more of both Grand and Traditional tickets in the office.
RECORDERS - GRADE 4: As part of our fourth grade music curriculum, students will study the recorder. Each fourth grade student will need to have a recorder and a methods book. Additional information and an order form is included in today’s packet for fourth grade families.
END OF SECOND QUARTER: Our second quarter will end Friday, January 12. Report Cards will be sent home on Tuesday, January 16. Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday, January 23 starting at 4:00. This conference is by teacher or parent request. If you would like to request a Conference with your child’s teacher, please go follow the link http://signup.com/go/FgZCpTO at signup.com and find your grade level. Teacher request forms will be sent out with your child’s report card. You will not need to go to this site if a request is not make my your child’s teacher and you do not want to
request a meeting.
NO SCHOOL - JANUARY 15: Students will not have class on Monday, January 15. This is a district-wide in-service day.
FIRST RECONCILIATION FOR SECOND GRADE – JANUARY 16: First Reconciliation will be at 6:00 pm in the church.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK OPEN HOUSE - JANUARY 28: We will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools
Week January 28 – February 3, and kick off the week with an Open House on Sunday, January 28.
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 10.
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 Knights of Columbus will
serve a pancake breakfast on this morning as well.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Parent volunteers are needed to run our book fair during Catholic Schools Week and at our Open House on Sunday, January 28. All information and training will be provided and a flexible schedule will be available during the week. Please contact Mrs. Sandy Karlstad at school or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Jan. 10 - Recorder Order Form and Money is due (Grade 4)
Jan. 10 - Winter Picnic Lunch
Jan. 12 - End of Second Quarter
Jan. 15 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Jan. 16 - 2nd Grade First Reconciliation
Jan. 23 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Jan. 28 - Catholic Schools Week Open House 9:15 - 1:00 (Students in Grades 1-5 will sing at 10:30 Mass)
Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 – Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 30 - Home and School Meeting at 6:00
Feb. 25 - St. Francis School Carnival
Happy New Year to you and your family! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 or email@example.com
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