Dear St. Francis School Families,
November 1 - Feast of All Saints;
November 2 - Feast of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.
- Wisdom 3:1-9
It is a centuries-old tradition of the Catholic Church to dedicate the month of November to the memory of their departed relatives and friends. During this time set aside for remembrance, our community prays for those who have died, and we celebrate the ways in which they continue to inspire and bless our daily lives. The tradition is one which members of all faith are welcome to share.
You are invited as a member of our school community to join in this prayerful remembrance. Please write the names of your departed relatives and friends on the enclosed form and return it. These names will be placed in a basket near the altar at church. Please return the form to school, place it in the collection basket at a weekend Mass, or place it in the basket at the altar. Throughout the month of November we will remember our deceased loved ones and friends, as a community, in our Masses and prayers.
PRAYER PARTNERS: Next week, we will join together in prayer for our 4th Grade students.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA – TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE! Do you have your Masquerade mask and attire ready?!? The Gala is only 5 days away!! Don’t miss your chance to win one of our awesome auction items or take a toast with Mr. Buckel! Check out the auction sneak peek at http://www.stfrancisellsworth.org/gala.html. We urgently need your help selling the remaining tickets, as there are still almost 100 tickets available. Please purchase your tickets from the school office or online at http://www.stfrancisellsworth.org/gala.html ASAP so that the committee can plan appropriately. Send a personal invitation to your family, friends, and neighbors to join you as well! In addition, if you have a sponsorship or donation that you plan to contribute to the Gala, please deliver it to the school office by this Wednesday, October 31. Finally, we are looking for volunteers to help with cleanup on Sunday, November 4 from 10am - 12pm. Please sign up to lend a hand at http://signup.com/go/wZitrPg. With help from everyone, the Gala is sure to be a fun and successful evening for our school!
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL MARKETING VIDEO: The Diocese of La Crosse has chosen to create marketing videos for all the schools in the La Crosse Diocese. On Tuesday, October 30, The Post House from Eau Claire will be at St. Francis School filming scenes for our marketing video. This video will be posted on our school and parish websites and Facebook pages and will also be used in marketing opportunities for our school.
SCHOOL COLOR DAY – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30: Students are encouraged to dress in school colors, blue and white, on October 30 for the filming of our marketing video.
MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE: We will be participating in Mass on Tuesday, October 30 instead of Wednesday, October 31 due to The Post House marketing team being here that day. This will allow them to film our students participating in Mass, our Virtue Awards presentation and our 4th grade students receiving their Bibles.
FOURTH GRADE WILL RECEIVE THEIR BIBLES – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30. The Knights of Columbus will be presenting our fourth grade class with their Bibles on Tuesday, October 30 during Mass.
SPECIAL HARVEST BREAKFAST - OCT. 31: We will have a special Harvest Breakfast for students on Wednesday, October 31, complete with pumpkins carved by our fifth grade class. A flyer was emailed with the newsletter last week.
ST. FRANCIS “TRUNK OR TREAT”: Please join us for “Trunk or Treat” on Wednesday, October 31st from 5-8 pm in St. Francis School Parking Lot. Please bring your kids to trick or treat while youth and adults dress up like the Saints and hand out treats!!! All are welcome!!! Questions, please contact Cheryl Kaufer at 651-308-8576 or email@example.com
ALL SAINTS DAY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (NO SCHOOL): There will be no school on Thursday, November 1 in honor of All Saints Day.
TEACHER IN-SERVICE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (NO SCHOOL): Students do not have classes on Friday, November 2. This is a district-wide in-service day.
HEAD LICE: Please continue to do your part to prevent the spread of lice by checking your child(ren) daily for the next few weeks, and on a regular basis thereafter. If you should discover a case of head lice, be sure to follow a recommended treatment plan and notify the school office.
ST. FRANCIS HOME AND SCHOOL SCHWAN’S CAMPAIGN: Just in time for the Holidays! Please show your support for St. Francis School by adding our new Schwan's Campaign Code (#42263) to all your purchases. If you buy a $25 gift certificate, $10 automatically comes back to St. Francis School, plus 20% of all purchases! This is for both new and existing customers. If you've used before, just switch to the new code. All of your purchases will give back to the kids! We appreciate your support! Thank you!!
1. Visit https://www.schwans-cares.com/campaigns/42263-st-francis-school
2. Click "Shop Now".
3. Select team member (if applicable).
4. Start Shopping
ORDER BY PHONE:
Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID: 42263 - The Campaign runs until February 1, 2019.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Oct. 30 - School Color Day
Oct. 30 - Gentle and Diligent Virtue Awards following Mass
Oct. 30 - Fourth Grade students receive their Bibles at Mass
Oct. 30 - St. Francis Marketing Video Filming
Oct. 31 - Harvest Breakfast and Lunch in a Pumpkin
Oct. 31 - End of 1st Quarter
Oct. 31 - St. Francis “Trunk or Treat” from 5:00-8:00pm
Nov. 1 - All Saints Day (No School)
Nov. 2 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Nov. 3 - St. Francis School Gala
Nov. 5 - Beginning of 2nd Quarter
Nov 21, 22, 23 - Thanksgiving Vacation
Nov. 29 - Home and School Meeting
Dec. 12 - Dress Rehearsal (Christmas Program) at 1:30pm
Dec. 13 - Christmas Program at 6:00pm
Dec. 24 - Jan. 2 - Christmas Vacation
Jan. 3 - Classes Resume
God’s Grace Be With You and please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 firstname.lastname@example.org