Dear St. Francis School Families,
1st Grade Class Prayer
Thank you for Miss Miller as our teacher and our classmates as our friends.
Please help us remember to take Jesus to recess with us. In Jesus Name we pray,
Please join us in prayer for our 1st Grade 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 1st Grade Class in prayer ~ Taelyn Hines, Ellie Holst, Oskar LaFave, Bentley McHardy, Charlie McMahon, Carter Moldenhauer, Eian Murphy, Brielle O’Neil, Sophia Oricchio, Emmie Pechacek, Gretta Rewolinski, and Vander Truttman.
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 our St. Francis Kindergarten Class.
WALK FOR VIRTUES: My thanks to each person who helped to make our Walk for Virtues a great day for our school! The children put forth amazing effort as they worked to achieve their goal, encouraged along the way by our fantastic and creative group of teachers! Our weather was perfect, and the group of parent volunteers was wonderful as ever! Thank you!
All pledge money was due today. Early tallies indicate we will raise $10,062.00 through this fundraiser!! The following are the class averages. After all pledges have been collected, we will hold our all-school assembly to announce our top mile winners and top pledge winners. The feet will be distributed on that same day!
Grade 5: $200.08 average per student (Way to go, student leaders!!)
Kindergarten: $147.16 average per student
Grade 2: $141.18 average per student
Grade 3: $ 96.33 average per student
Grade 1: $ 87.83 average per student
Grade 4: $ 83.92 average per student
Grade 4YK: $ 67.14 average per student
Does your company have a matching funds program? These are some area companies that have matched funds in the past! Check with your HR department.
3M, AIG, Ecolab, General Mills, Johnson Controls, Marathon Oil, Medtronics, MN Mutual Life, NSP, Pillsbury, Ralston Purina, Red Wing Shoe, Securian, St. Paul Companies, St. Paul Travelers, Thomson West, UPS, Wells Fargo, Xcel
HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE SIGN-UPS: Enclosed you will find a sign-up sheet for next year’s committees. We ask each family to sign up and actively participate in at least one Home & School Committee. Please return forms by Wednesday, May 16. Thank you!
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. Please place your order by Friday, May 18.
4YK - CARPENTER NATURE CENTER - MAY 8: Our 4YK students will take their field trip to Carpenter Nature Center on Tuesday, May 8. Students will depart at 8:15 and return at 10:15. Parent chaperones are asked to please come to the office to check-in by 8:05.
Mike Gaustad & Patti Gaustad (with Ellyse)
MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE: We will have school Mass on Thursday, May 10 instead of Wednesday, May 9. We will be having an all-school program practice on Wednesday morning.
SPRING PROGRAM/ART SHOW - MAY 10: We will present our Spring Concert & Art Show Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall. Our 4YK students will present their songs at the beginning of the program, and will then be invited to join their parents in the audience for the remainder of the concert.
Each family is asked to bring some type of food (cookies, bars, cheese & crackers, veggies & dip, etc.) for the reception that will follow. Weather permitting, we will hold the reception outside!
We will have a K-5 dress rehearsal Wednesday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. This is open to anyone who would like to attend.
CHRISTMAS/SPRING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE ON DVD: Our Spring Program will be recorded and placed on a DVD along with our Christmas Program from last December. If you’d like to purchase a copy of the DVD ($25 each) and haven’t already, please complete the order form that was sent out last week, along with payment by Wednesday, May 9. DVDs will be sent home prior to the end of the school year.
LIBRARY BOOKS – DUE MAY 11: All library books will need to be returned by Friday, May 11 so the books can be inventoried before the end of the school year. Thank you!
PICNIC LUNCH - MAY 15: Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Place have planned a picnic lunch for us on Tuesday, May 15. Students are encouraged to bring a beach towel to sit on as we plan to eat outside! (weather permitting)
GRADES 4YK - 5 - ELLSWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY FIELD TRIP - MAY 17: 4YK through grade 5 students will have the opportunity to take a field trip to the Ellsworth Public Library Thursday, May 17 to learn about summer reading programs.
GR. 5 CLASS TRIP TO VALLEY FAIR - MAY 18: Fifth grade students will take their class trip to Valley Fair on Friday,
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.
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: An order form is included in today’s packet for those families who would like to order food for the last day of school, June 1, rather than bringing their own picnic lunch. Please include payment with your order form and return no later than Wed., 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.
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. VBS is for children who will be completing 4YK through 4th Grades. The cost is $35 per child with a $55 family maximum. Each child will receive a VBS T-shirt. Each day will include crafts, games, snacks, music and Bible centers as well as large assemblies and skits. Registration forms are being sent home this week.
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. Registration, Payment and/or Volunteer forms can be returned to the school office until 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.
BAND SIGN-UP: The 6th Grade Band Sign-up Night will be Monday, May 7 from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the middle school band room. This is for our current 5th graders and incoming sixth graders. There will be two music companies there for instrument rental.
ELLSWORTH IN-TOWN BASEBASE/SOFTBALL: Coming in June is our Ellsworth In-Town Baseball/Softball Program. Our May 15th registration deadline is approaching fast so please sign your child up ASAP. For more information, please visit https://www.ellsworthpanthers.com/prepbaseball.
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 7 – Walk for Virtues Pledge Money due
May 7 - Gala Meeting from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
May 8 - Carpenter Nature Center (4YK)
May 9 - Dress Rehearsal for our Spring Program (1:30 p.m.)
May 9 - DVD Orders due
May 10 - School Mass (instead of Wednesday, May 9)
May 10 - Spring Program (6:00 p.m.)
May 11 - Library Books due
May 15 - Picnic Lunch! (Remember to bring a beach towel)
May 17 - Library Visit (Grades 4YK - 5)
May 18 - Valleyfair Trip (Grade 5)
May 18 - Yearbook Order due
May 23 - Self-Control Virtue Awards following Mass
May 24 - Ambulance Visit (Grade 3)
May 25 - Carpenter Nature Center (Grades K and 1)
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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