Dear St. Francis School Families,
Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8
By contemplating our beautiful Immaculate Mother, let
us also recognize our truest destiny, our deepest vocation:
to be loved, to be transformed by love, to be transformed
by the beauty of God. Let us look to her, our Mother, and
allow her to look upon us, for she is our mother, and she
loves us so much.
– Pope Francis
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING GENTLE:
Gentle – I speak quietly and touch softly The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22
4YK: 3rd Grade:
Zachary Shafer Nora Feuerhelm
Grace Turvaville Jianna Jean
Kindergarten: 4th Grade:
Vander Truttman Aidyn Thoen
Marley Halverson 5th Grade:
Shawn Huppert Chloe VanWatermeulen
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON: During this Advent season, we will be collecting food or monetary donations for the Pierce County Food Shelf. Children can bring donations any time from November 28 – December 16. We will also be collecting the night of the Christmas program. Thank you in advance for helping us prepare our hearts for the season of Christmas!
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.
NO SCHOOL - DEC. 8: Students will not have classes on Thursday, December 8 as we observe the holy day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - DEC. 15: Grades K-5 will present their annual Christmas Program on Thurs., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the church. We will have a reception in the parish hall immediately following the program. Each family is asked to bring some type of food (cookies, bars, cheese & crackers, etc.) for this reception.
A dress rehearsal will be held Wed., Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. This is open to anyone who would like to attend.
Our main focus these two weeks will be making the final preparations for our K-5 Christmas Program! Mrs. Swanson and our children have been working hard, and are very eager to share their efforts with you!
• Dress Rehearsal: If you or grandparents will be taking your children home immediately after the dress rehearsal, please fill out the form included in the weekly envelope so the list of those leaving can be prepared ahead of time and given to teachers. Legally, grandparents or some other relative cannot give this permission, only the child’s parent/legal guardian.
• Program: All parents: please keep your child’s coat with you in your pew, and make sure your child takes care of any bathroom needs prior to the program.
Grades 3-5 should report to their classrooms at 6:45 p.m. Grades K-2 should not come over to school, but wait in church with their parents. Just before 7 p.m. they will meet as a class in the back of church. Grade 2 will meet in the Cry Room, Grade 1 in the back on the Holy Family statues side of church, and Kindergarten in the back on the organ side of church.
Costumes: All costumes remain the property of St. Francis School. Students must return their costumes to their teacher before going to the parish hall for refreshments. Teachers will have given specifics to students as to where to return their costumes.
• Early Arrival: We are excited that you plan to attend the St. Francis School Christmas program. Please plan to arrive after 5 pm to be seated. It is important that you provide supervision of your children appropriate to the sacred space of the church. Please remember that eating and drinking are not allowed in the church and that the sanctuary, risers, microphones, and choir loft are off limits. Please stay in your seat to save it. There are reserved rows in the front of the church. Please choose a seat behind them. Children should be at the school at 6:45 pm to go to their classrooms. Thanks for your cooperation in these matters! Enjoy the show.
• Reception: Each family is asked to bring some type of food for the reception that will follow in the parish hall. Food should be ‘ready to serve’ from your container, and might include items such as veggies & dip, fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, popcorn, cookies, bars, etc. Please take your container home with you when you leave if it is one you’d like to keep. Our Home & School Association will provide the coffee and punch. We would be grateful for any help with taking down the tables and chairs following the reception. Many hands help to finish the task quickly without being a great burden on anyone!
• Risers: We are in need of help with bringing the risers from church back to school immediately after the program on Thursday night. If you could lend a hand, please meet Mrs. Gardas at the front of church after the program. Thank you so much.
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 following the program. More information including your RSVP for breakfast was included in last week’s envelope. Please return the RSVP by Wednesday, December 7th.
CHRISTMAS VACATION: Students will be dismissed at 2:45 on Thursday, December 22nd for Christmas vacation. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd.
NEW 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
PIERCE CO. HERALD ACTIVITY - GRADES K & 1: Kindergarten and first grade students have been
invited to participate in the Pierce County Herald letters and wish lists to Santa activity. A letters will run in the Pierce County Herald in the December 21st edition. Students will complete these letters/lists in their classrooms.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHRISTMAS POSTER CONTEST: Students in grades 1-5 have been
invited to participate in the annual KC Christmas Poster Contest. First place entries from grades 1-4 are eligible to be sent on to the diocesan level contest. Our local council has decided not to include Kindergarten students this year, in alliance with the KC State Council contest. Students will complete these posters at school. Winners will be announced at our Christmas program on Dec. 15.
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391
Mary Gardas Jim Streifel
Head Teacher Administrator