A Message from the Principal
Happy March! As spring brings hope, promise, and renewal, so does the season of Lent. During this season of Lent, we will be asking students and staff to slow down and reflect upon our values, faith, and sins for which we seek forgiveness and renewal. Students will participate in a number of traditions and meaning activities that will lead them closer to God during this Lenten season. We
appreciate every opportunity that families take to expand our children’s experiences and truths. We have spring break coming up and a chance to rest and rejuvenate. I wish everyone a blessed and reflective Lenten season.
First Grade Class Prayer
March Petitions ~ Please answer: LORD PLEASE HEAR OUR PRAYER
PRAYER PARTNERS: Please join us as we lift up Miss Miller and our First Grade students in prayer during the month of March. Claire, Nathaniel, Adelyn, Hailee, and Deni.
Don’t worry about anything: instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he
has done. Philippians 4:6
During the month of April, we will be lifting up Mrs. Wescott and our Kindergarten students in prayer.
*Celebration of Virtue Awards: 8:30 Mass, Thursday, February 25th
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR KINDNESS:
Kindness – You treat others with respect just as you would want to be treated.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
Lyla, Grace, Eian
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR PATIENCE:
Patience – You wait and have a good attitude while waiting.
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. Proverbs 14:29.
Macy, Claire, Ellyse, Markus, Charlie
4YK – CAUGHT SHOWING CHARACTER:
Kindness - Mason
Patience - Jack
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK THANK YOU: Thanks to our families who helped their children get into the spirit of Catholic Schools Week! We had wonderful participation in the dress themes and activities all throughout the week. Gathering in the presence of God and the St. Francis Catholic community was a great experience!
REGISTRATION FORMS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: We begin taking registrations for next school year today, and will continue through Wednesday, March 3. Families who wish for their child(ren) to attend St. Francis for the 2021 - 2022 school year will need to fill out a registration form for each child and will need to complete one tuition payment plan for the family. 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 them as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, March 3. A 4YK registration packet will be mailed to incoming families.
ST. FRANCIS PRESCHOOL: Registration is now open for next year’s 3-year old class! More details can be found on our website! If you’d like more information please contact our school office at 715-273-4391.
FIRST RECONCILIATION: Congratulations to Samantha Augustine, Adeline Dopp, Ryland Hines, Cooper Moldenhauer, Ella Murphy, Ellyse Nelson, Trystan O’Neil, Kate Rohl, and Lyla Soley, our second grade students, who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Thursday, January 28.
SERVICE PROJECTS FOR LENT: Serving and giving thanks to those in our community and school is the focus of our Lenten Service Projects this year. Our projects will include making thank you cards for our bus drivers and our upcoming Gala, making Easter cards/projects for the Care Center and helping out around our school.
GR. 5 - MUSIC CLASS – FOLKTALE – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25: 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 of the presentations of the folk tale in the lunchroom (Parish Hall) on: Thursday, February 25 at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:45 p.m.
NO 4YK CLASSES ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26: Our 4YK students will not have class on Friday, February 26 as they will be following the district schedule for this day.
DR. SEUSS DAY - TUESDAY, MARCH 2: We will celebrate Dr. Theodore Seuss’ Birthday on Tuesday, March 2. Please wear comfy clothes or pajamas.
SCHOLASTIC VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 4: St. Francis will be continuing the Book Fair Tradition. However, this year the fair will be held virtually. The fair runs February 19 - March 4. Check out the fair at:
https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stfranciselementaryschool3. Also see the attachment for additional information. Paper flyers will be sent home with each child.
During technology class, the students will visit the Virtual Book Fair. Families are highly encouraged to visit the Virtual Book Fair as well. If you have questions, please let Mrs. Karlstad know.
SCHOOL COLOR DAYS - FRIDAY, MARCH 5: Students are encouraged to dress in school colors, blue and white, on Friday, March 5. Show your school pride!
EAGLES NEST AFTER SCHOOL CARE - CLOSED FRIDAY, MARCH 5: Eagles Nest After School Care will be closed on Friday, March 5. Eagles Nest Before School Care will be provided.
SPRING BREAK – MARCH 8-12: Students will not have classes during the week of March 8-12 due to Spring Break.
SCREENING DAY - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17: Our 4YK students will not have class on Wednesday, March 17 due to District Screening that day.
FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING - THURSDAY, MARCH 18 (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE): First Communion Parent Meeting will be Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm in the St. Francis Church. This meeting is for parents only, whose children will be making their First Communion on April 11, 2021.
GR. 5 PARENT & STUDENT MTG - “GROWING IN LOVE” 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. More details to come in a separate communication once details are confirmed.
DIOCESAN IN SERVICE - FRIDAY, MARCH 26: No school for students. Staff will be involved in virtual activities that deepen our faith and service in the Catholic school environment.
END OF THIRD QUARTER – FRIDAY, MARCH 26: Our third quarter ends Friday, March 26.
TEACHER IN-SERVICE – MONDAY, MARCH 29 (NO SCHOOL): Students do not have classes on Monday, March 29. This is a district-wide in-service day.
SPRING PICTURES – THURSDAY, APRIL 8: Students will have an opportunity to have a spring photo taken on Thursday, April 8. More information coming soon.
2020-2021 YEARBOOK ORDERS: Yearbook Online Ordering is open! Visits https://ybpay.lifetouch.com to order. Our ID code is: 1934621. Last year there was a composite error that gave either a coupon or a yearbook to fix that error due to COVID. We are back to regular ordering.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWS
It's that time of year we start the nomination process for the Home and School Association's new positions. Please see the enclosed paperwork and send in your nominations by Thursday, March 18th. The next Home and School meeting will be on Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. Please join us as we social distance IN PERSON in the parish hall. Please note there will be no daycare or meal available. I am excited to get together in a responsible way to have our last meeting! Hope to see you there!
HAVE A SPORTING GOOD TIME CARNIVAL: Thank you to all the family members, students, teachers and staff that put in their time to make this Carnival successful! We could not pull this off without everyone's involvement. Please be sure to see the list of donors listed in the newsletter and thank these sponsors when you shop locally! We do not have any totals yet but we'll get them out to everybody as soon as we have them. THANK YOU to everyone for helping and making this Carnival successful!!
1st: $3000 Cash - Lincoln Diess
2nd: $1000 Cash - Laurette Hove
3rd: DJI Drone Mini 2 - Chuck Smith
4th: Milwaukee Trimmer with Extra Battery - John Brickner
5th: Bose Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones - Mike Thom
6th: Yeti Cooler - Jason Marks
7th - 10th: $100 Cash - Randy Brickner, Dustin Anderson, Dominic Harris, Nicole Lodahl
1st: $500 Cash - Brian Yanish
2nd: Dyson Cordless Vacuum - Lisa Gannon
3rd: Samsung Tablet - Grace Turvaville
4th: Outdoor Projector with Screen - Tony Birkel
5th: $100 Cash - Mark Hotter
BIKE RAFFLE WINNERS
Boys Bike: Everett Anderson
Girls Bike: Jaimee Sorenson
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL VIRTUAL GALA – APRIL 13-17
Did you mark your calendars to celebrate the Gala virtually from April 13-17, 2021?! You aren’t going to want to miss this year’s “Readin’, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithemetic” Gala taking place on our website at stfrancisellsworth.org/gala and Facebook page @stfrancisellsworth. On April 17, we will live stream our Grand
Finale on our Facebook page at 7 pm. We encourage you to gather with family and friends that evening to enjoy a meal package catered by The Ridgetop. Meal packages will be available to purchase on our website soon. Thank you to those families that already signed up to donate an auction item, become a sponsor, make a monetary donation or volunteer your time! If you haven’t yet turned in your “Family Donation Form” please be sure to do so ASAP. For those interested in donating an auction item, there is an auction wish list posted on our website at stfrancisellsworth.org/gala. Many items on the auction wish list are linked to an Amazon wish list, which allows you to easily purchase the item through Amazon and have it shipped directly to our school. Sponsorships or monetary donations can also be made on our website or sent to the school. Lastly, all school families can bring their wine donations for the wine pull to the School Office by April 1. Thank you for supporting this vital fundraiser for our school!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Feb 19 - Mar. 4 - Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
Feb. 25 - Patience and Kindness Virtue Awards following Mass
Feb. 26 - No School for 4YK ONLY
Mar. 2 - Celebrate Dr. Seuss
Mar. 5 - School Color Day
Mar. 8-12 - Spring Break
Mar. 17 - Screening Day - No School for 4YK ONLY
Mar. 18 - First Communion Parent Meeting
Mar. 18 - Home and School Nomination Forms Due
Mar. 25 - Forgiveness Virtue Awards following Mass
Mar. 26 - End of 3rd Quarter
Mar. 26 - Diocesan Teacher In-Service (No School)
Mar. 29 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Mar. 30 - Beginning of 4th Quarter
Apr. 2 - No School Good Friday
Apr 5 - No School (1st snow make up day) TBD
Apr. 8 - Spring Picture Day
Apr 11 - First Communion at 12:30pm
Apr. 14 - Home & School Meeting at 7:00pm
Apr. 13 - 17 - St. Francis School Virtual Gala
May God Bless Our St. Francis Catholic School Families!