Dear St. Francis School Families,
Dear God, be with each of us this day.
Help us take a moment to feel your presence,
and the strength and courage you provide.
May your presence lift our hearts and our souls
and enable us to direct all our actions toward you.
Help us be faith-filled people
as we carry out your great work today.
PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOKS: The 2017-18 Parent/Student handbook was sent to parents at our Back-to-School night. If you have not signed and returned the compliance form included in the handbook, please do so and return it to the school by Friday, September 29.
SEPTEMBER HOME & SCHOOL MEETING: Thank you to all parents who attended the Home & School Meeting last week. It was a productive meeting and full of positive vibes! The minutes are included in today’s packet.
HOME AND SCHOOL DUES REMINDER: As with being a member of an organization, there are dues. As a member of the Home and School Association, each family is required to pay $10.00. This money is divided among the teachers to be used to purchase items such as stickers, incentives, student prizes, materials for students to make their parents’ Christmas gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, etc. throughout the year for their students. If you have not turned in your Home and School dues, please take care of that this week. Thank you!
CUB SCOUTS: The representatives from the local Cub Scout troop will visit St. Francis Catholic Elementary School on Tuesday, September 19. They will do a short presentation to our students.
DIOCESAN TEACHER INSERVICE - NO CLASSES - FRI., SEPT. 22: St. Francis students will not have classes on Friday, Sept. 22 as our teachers will be attending a Diocesan Teacher In-service that day.
FIRE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM – MONDAY, SEPT. 25: The Ellsworth Fire Department will be at St. Francis at 8:00 am on Monday morning September 25 for the annual Fire Safety presentation to our 4YK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade classes. We ask that your permission slip be returned by Wednesday, September 20 to allow your child to ride the fire truck. Also, the Child Comprehensive Form needs to be on file at school for your child to participant in this event.
GR. 4 - PIERCE CO. FARM & RURAL SAFETY DAY - THUR., SEPT 28: Fourth grade students will have the opportunity to join with other fourth grade students in Pierce County for Farm & Rural Safety Day, held at the Pierce County Fairgrounds on Thursday, September 28. The permission slip is included with next week’s newsletter for fourth grade families. Please return the permission slip by Wednesday, September 20. Also, the Child Comprehensive Form needs to be on file at school for your child to participant in this event.
SCHOOL COLORS DAY/CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS/PET BLESSING - OCT. 4: The feast day of our school and parish patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, is Wednesday, October 4. This day is always one of great celebration for our entire parish! We will attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Wednesday and students are encouraged to show their school spirit by dressing in school colors: blue and white. We do not permit face paint or hair color on any school color days. We will have a special blessing of animals, following the Mass, on the grassy area east of our church. This will include our 4YK students. There was a special sign-up sheet included with next week’s newsletter asking for parents or grandparents who would be willing to bring an animal or pet to be blessed after Mass and taken home again immediately following. Please, no pets or animals in classrooms. Please return this form by Wednesday, Sept. 27th.
GRADE 5 - FIELD TRIP TO THE MN ZOO - FRI., OCT. 6: Fifth grade students will take a field trip to the MN Zoo on Friday, October 6. The permission slip is included in today’s packet for fifth grade families. Please complete and return with payment by Wednesday, September 27. Also, the Child Comprehensive Form needs to be on file at school for your child to participant in this event.
4H AWARDS: Ann Webb from the Pierce County 4H office will be at St. Francis School on Thursday, October 12 starting at 12:30 to distribute and cash checks for prizes students received at the Pierce County Fair.
NO SCHOOL - OCT. 16 & OCT 27: Students do not have classes on Monday, October 16 or Friday, October 27. These are district-wide in-service days.
FIRST RECONCILLIATION MEETING WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 AT 6:00. Please plan to attend if you have a second grader who will receive the sacrament this year.
PICTURE RE-TAKES - OCT. 24: Our picture re-take day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24. Students who did not have their picture taken on August 22 during our Back-to-School Night will need to have theirs taken on October 24 so that we have a photo for the student permanent record and the yearbook. Let me know if your need another copy of the picture form which illustrated your background and pose choices. This was originally mailed to you in August.
If you wish to have your child’s photo re-taken, please return the complete original package to the office by Wednesday, October 11.
ALL-SCHOOL ASSEMBLY - OCT. 25: The Windy City Players will perform at St. Francis on Wednesday, October 25.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sept. 19 - Cub Scouts visit St. Francis
Sept. 22 - No School (Teacher in Service)
Sept. 25 - Ellsworth Fire Dept. Fire Safety presentation
Sept. 28 - Pierce County Farm and Rural Safety Day
Sept. 30 - EHS Fall Dance Clinic
Oct. 4 - Feast of St. Francis
Oct. 6 - Fifth Grade Field Trip to the MN Zoo
Oct. 12 - 4H Fair Awards presentation
Oct. 16 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Oct. 18 - First Reconciliation Parent Meeting (Second Grade)
Oct. 24 - Picture Retake Day
Oct. 26 - End of 1st Quarter
Oct. 27 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 email@example.com