Dear St. Francis School Families,
G L O R I A
See him gleaming
against the straw
save for the
love of those
- Christine Rogers
Thank you to all who attended our Christmas Program last Thursday evening! What a great job by the children! Special thanks to Mrs. Swanson, our music teacher, along with all of our staff, for their efforts in working with the children to make it special! Thanks for the wonderful assortment of food brought for the reception and to our Home & School officers for taking care of the beverages. Thank you to all who helped with clean-up in the church, and in the parish hall following the reception.
On behalf of the entire staff, thank you to our Home & School Association for the Christmas gifts. We are grateful for your thoughtfulness!
KC CHRISTMAS POSTER WINNERS: Congratulations to these students whose entries won top prizes in the Knights of Columbus Christmas Poster Contest. The posters of the first place winners in grades 1-4 are eligible for the diocesan level of the contest, and will be sent to La Crosse.
Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3
1st - Evelyn Peterson 1st - Gretchen Hallock 1st - Maggie Pechacek
2nd - Ava Acker 2nd - Bethany Kaufer 2nd - Lori Moldenhauer
3rd - Lucy Feuerhelm 3rd - Vincent Oricchio 3rd - Carter Plummer
Grade 4 Grade 5
1st - Austin Peterson 1st - Aubrey Wittenberg
2nd - Wyatt McGrath 2nd - Maria Harrington
3rd - Karissa Kollbaum 3rd - Cory Jahnke
MASS SCHEDULE: The Mass schedule for second semester is included in the white envelope today.
FELLOWSHIP HOSTED BY OUR ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL FAMILIES: On January 14th and 15th we will be hosting a fellowship after each mass. Without the support of parish members, our school wouldn’t be the same. We’d like to show our appreciation by inviting them to the school for treats! Please consider helping to make this possible by volunteering to set up and serve for a mass and/or to supply the donuts, coffee cake and fruit for the occasion. Please sign up at the following link: http://signup.com/go/5eFt7E. Bring your children, so they can hand out thank you cards as parish members arrive.
WEDNESDAY MASS MUSIC: Please contact the school if you know of anyone who might be able to play piano/organ for the Wednesday morning Mass that is attended by our students.
FIRST RECONCILIATION: First Reconciliation will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 at St. Francis Church.
4YK WINTER PROGRAM - DEC. 20: Our 4YK students will present a Winter Program to their parents and guests on Tues., Dec. 20. Our 4YK students and their parents are invited to join us for breakfast before the program.
CHRISTMAS VACATION: Students will be dismissed at 2:45 on Thursday, December 22nd for Christmas vacation. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL SCHWAN’S CAMPAIGN: The St. Francis Home and School Organization is launching a new Schwan's campaign for the holidays. If you are already ordering Schwan's, please enter our new fundraising code on their website or order by phone. We get 20- 40% of all orders placed in the next few months with this new code (versus only 5% from the old code). If you order a $25 gift certificate, St. Francis School gets $10! Please let friends and family know of this great, easy way to support our school!
Here are two ways to support us!
1. Visit www.schwans-cares.com/c/30704
2. Click "Shop to Give"
ORDER BY PHONE: Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID: 30704
WI TAX SCHEDULE PS - PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION: WI tax Schedule PS is used to claim the subtraction for tuition paid for your dependent child to attend a private school. The subtraction is available for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. The form requires the name, address, and federal employer identification number (FEIN) of the private school where your child was enrolled during 2016. For St. Francis students, you will need to use: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 264 S. Grant Street, P.O. Box 839, Ellsworth, WI 54011. The FEIN # is 39-0813434.
Reminder: In order to claim tuition expenses on your 2016 tax return, payments must be received by the parish no later than December 31, 2016.
HOME & SCHOOL MEETING – JAN. 12: Our next Home & School Association meeting will be held Thursday, January 12 at 6 PM in the parish hall. If you have a topic that you’d like added to the agenda, please contact Anne Matzek at firstname.lastname@example.org
All parents and guardians are invited to attend. Please save the date!
CARNIVAL COMMITTEE MEETING – JAN. 12: All committee members will meet prior to the H &S Assoc. meeting at 5 PM in the parish hall on Jan. 12th. Please prepare a report on your committee’s activities.
ST. FRANCIS PARISH EDUCATION COMMITTEE MTG - JAN. 19: The Parish Education Committee will meet on Thursday Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391
Mary Gardas Jim Streifel
Head Teacher Administrator