Dear St. Francis School Families,
4YK Class Prayer
Dear Jesus, we pray for our 4YK students this week. We pray that they continue to bless others with their smiles, helpfulness, and kindness. Help them continue to learn and grow. Thank you for friends, family, outside time, toys, and fun times. Thank you for other people. Help them care for other people on a daily basis. We also pray that they have a safe and enjoyable summer. In Jesus Name we Pray, Amen
Please join us in prayer for our 4YK Class
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 4YK Class in prayer ~Samantha Augustine, Adeline Dopp, Sawyer Francis, Ryland Hines, Theodore LaFave, Lillian Martin, Cooper Moldenhauer, Ella Murphy, Ellyse Nelson, Trystan O’Neil, Walter Rewolinski, Kate Rohl, Lyla Soley, and Griffin Thompson.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12
PRAYER PARTNERS: Next week, we will join together in prayer for all our St. Francis Students and Families Congratulations to our fifth grade students who will be crossing over to the middle school next year. We ask God’s blessings for you, and want you to know that you will be missed!
WALK FOR VIRTUES UPDATE: Congratulations on the Walk for Virtues! We held our all-school assembly this morning to hand out the feet and recognize top achievements. Our new total is $10,459! Thanks, everyone, for your great support. This is a great fundraiser to get involved in as 100% of the funds raised stay at our school, and are used for annual technology costs.
Our top student for donations is Austin Peterson, grade 5, at $670.00!! He is followed closely by Walker Loberg, Kindergarten, at $650.00. Awesome job!!!
The fifth grade met my challenge of raising at least $100 per student and walked to Dairy Queen on May 8th for a treat on me. I am very grateful for their leadership.
The energy put forth by the students in walking is simply amazing! Many students were recognized today for tying the school mileage record for their grade, or being among the miles recognized for their grade. Students - you are the best!
SPRING PROGRAM AND ART SHOW: Thanks to all who were able to attend our Spring Concert & Art Show! It was a wonderful presentation by Mrs. Penton and our students. Thanks to all who brought food for the reception, and to the many people who helped with clean-up afterwards! Special thanks to our Home & School Officers and their husbands for serving the beverages, and taking care of the food!
LAST DAY EARLY RELEASE FORM FOR GRADES K-5: In today’s envelope is a form to let us know how your student(s) will be going home the last day of school. We need all families to complete the form and return by Wednesday, May 30.
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST: Our student supply list for next year is included in your weekly envelope
2018-2019 SCHOOL CALENDAR: The 2018-2019 school calendar is included in today’s packet for your reference.
Please note: The Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 from 4 - 7 p.m. School Pictures will be taken on this evening. Classes begin Tuesday, August 28.
2018-2019 EVENTS CALENDAR: The 2018-2019 events calendar is included in today’s packet for your reference.
FOOD SERVICE ACCOUNTS: Please check your family’s food service account to make sure you have enough funds in it to finish the year. Quite a few bills went out in today’s newsletter. Report cards will not be issued to anyone with a negative balance. If your family will have children at St. Francis next year, any positive balance will be carried over for next year, otherwise a check will be mailed to you. Please call if you have questions (715 -273-4391), or need help accessing your account balance. Thanks.
CONGRATULATIONS - PIERCE PEPIN POSTER CONTEST WINNERS: We have two winners in the Pierce Pepin Poster Contest!
Jianna Jean - Third prize for the 4th-5th grade level - $15 cash prize
Gretchen Hallock - Third prize for the 2nd-3rd grade level - $15 cash prize
GR. K & 1 - CARPENTER NATURE CENTER – MAY 25: Kindergarten and First Grade students will take their field trip to the Carpenter Nature Center Friday, May 25. Students will leave at 12:30 and return by 2:45. Parent chaperones are asked to please come to the office to check-in by 12:20.
MEMORIAL DAY - MAY 28 - NO SCHOOL: Students do not have classes Monday, May 28, due to our observance of Memorial Day.
GR. 5 – MASS OF COMPLETION AND TREE PLANTING – MAY 30: Our fifth grade Mass of Completion will be at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30. After Mass, our fifth grade students will be planting a tree in memory of their class.
Following the Tree Planting, we will have a light brunch reception for the fifth grade class with their parents.
ORDER FORM FOR LAST DAY PICNIC LUNCH: All food orders from the Youth Group must be turned in, with payment, no later than Wednesday, May 23. Make checks payable to St. Francis Youth Group.
GRADES K-5 - LAST DAY OF CLASSES/MASS/AWARDS CEREMONY - JUNE 1: Our last day of classes for kindergarten through fifth grade students will be Friday, June 1. This day will include our all-school Awards Assembly in our church immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Our fifth grade class will take on their parents in the annual softball game, and we will have our usual picnic lunch (bring your own or order in advance from the St. Francis Youth Group). Students will be dismissed at 12:30.
We will use the following schedule:
8:05 Classes begin, as usual.
8:30 Mass, and Awards Ceremony
10:00 Recess (approximate time, 15 minutes of recess will follow the awards ceremony.)
10:15 Return to classrooms for cleaning, final projects.
11:00 Annual softball game. Fifth grade students versus their parents.
11:45 Picnic lunch
12:25 Return to classrooms for report cards & summer farewells
12:30 Dismissal for those students going home with parents
1:00 Dismissal for those students riding a bus.
Please note: in the event of significant rain, announcement would be made in church at the end of the Awards Ceremony regarding adjustments in the schedule for the remainder of the day. Most likely we would omit the softball game, and move the picnic lunch to 11:00 in the lunch room. Students would then be dismissed at 11:30, with those riding buses being dismissed at 1:00. This adjustment would be made so that the food ordered from the Youth Group would not be wasted.
Cheese Curd Festival Voluntary Fundraiser: The Ellsworth Chamber is recruiting volunteers to help with this year's Cheese Curd Festival. They will donate $10/hour back to us for each hour volunteers work on behalf of our organization. Plus, we also earn a share of their profit from the sales of deep fried cheese curds at the event! Last year over $4000 was donated to local non-profits. Please consider working a shift or two on behalf of St. Francis. Signup at: http://signup.com/go/xbKmEjX
ST. FRANCIS FAIR STAND: We would like to give you the opportunity to work at the St. Francis Fair Stand. A list of all the days and times are included in the weekly envelope today. Look the list over and sign your name on the day and time you would like to work at the fair stand. Please return the sheet in your envelope by Wednesday, May 30. We think you will have fun and you will get to meet some wonderful parishioners. Fair Committee
WORLD YOUTH DAY: Sign up now for World Youth Day – Ellsworth, Friday July 20/21st! Join friends 4th to 12th gr. at St. Francis for less than 24 hours of outdoor water fights/games, mission work, Family Feud, James Bond, bonfire, camping and outdoor movie, lighted pilgrimage/adoration, right here in Ellsworth! You’ll find the permission slip and flyer enclosed or visit the parish website at https://www.stfrancisellsworth.com/ Friends DO NOT need to be St. Francis parish members to attend – ALL ARE WELCOME!
Contact Cheryl Kaufer firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or if you would like to volunteer your help!!! WE NEED YOU!
ST. FRANCIS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS): VBS will be held from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday, July 16 - 20, 2018 for children who will be completing 4YK through 4th Grades. The cost is $35 per child with a $55 family maximum which includes a VBS T-shirt for each child registered. Each day will include crafts, games, snacks, music and Bible centers as well as large assemblies and skits.
5th grade Volunteers Needed: Youth who have completed 5th grade and up, and adults, are encouraged to sign up to volunteer for various jobs for VBS. All volunteers will receive a free VBS T-shirt. Sign up sheets can be found on the back of the VBS Registration Forms.
Reminder: A convenient way to Register is by sending your registration, payment and/or volunteer form back to the school office before the school year is finished. Forms can also be found on the St. Francis Website, at each entrance to the church and on the wall near the Rel. Ed. Office in the Parish Hall. Any questions contact Joan Foley, 715-338-1199 or Colleen Belland, 715-273-4279.
TASTE OF TUSCANY – JUNE 1:: The Ellsworth Community School District Foundation will be holding their annual Taste of Tuscany Fundraiser on Friday, June 1 starting with a 4:30PM social half hour followed by a buffet from 5:00-8:00PM at Vino in the Valley. The Foundation has been very gracious in awarding grants to our students and staff at St. Francis (3rd Grade was awarded $500.00 for the science of hatching eggs, 4th Grade was awarded $1000.00 for educational robots that teach programing, Kindergarten was awarded $315 for STEM engineering kits and Technology was awarded $1000.00 for a projector and robots). As you can see from what they have awarded us over the last couple of years, attending this fundraiser would be great way for us as parents and parishioners to show the Foundation how much we appreciate their support. Tickets are $35.00 a piece and include a buffet dinner that is amazing, music, wine tasting, school art exhibit, a silent auction, hay rides and an amazing atmosphere. Tickets may be ordered by sending your payment to the school office. Checks can be made payable to the Ellsworth Community School District Foundation.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 21 - 5th Grade visit to EMS
May 22 - Staff Appreciation Brunch
May 23 - Self-Control Virtue Awards following Mass
May 24 - Ambulance Visit (Grade 3)
May 25 - Carpenter Nature Center (Grades K and 1)
May 25 - 2018 Senior Walk at 8:30 – Congratulations 2018 Senior Graduates!
May 28 - Memorial Day (No School)
May 30 - 5th Grade Mass of Completion and Tree Planting
May 31 - Last Day of School for 4YK ONLY
June 1 - Last Day of School K - 5 (Half Day)
If you have any questions please call or e-mail me: 715-273-4391 or email@example.com
God’s Grace be With You
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