Dear St. Francis School Families,
Threads of Faith
- Rachel Hartnett
Take the strong threads of faith,
Weave them into your life;
The seams will not break
Under the sorrow and strife.
And soon you will find,
As the days come along,
That instead of a sigh,
You’ve been weaving a song.
WELCOME BACK MRS. PENTON: We would like to welcome Mrs. Penton back to music! We are all glad you are here!
4YK REGISTRATION FORMS: Registration forms were mailed to potential 4YK students on February 23 and asked to be returned by Wednesday, March 1st. A 4YK screening will be held Wednesday, March 15th at the Lindgren Early Learning Center.
GR. 3-5 MID-QUARTER PROGRESS REPORTS - TODAY: Students in grades 3-5 will receive a mid-quarter progress report today. Parents are asked to discuss this report with their child, sign and return the report no later than Wed., Mar 1. Questions should be directed to your child’s teacher.
ASH WEDNESDAY – MAR. 1: We will participate in the 8:30 a.m. Ash Wednesday Mass. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season.
Mass serving change for that day is as follows:
Servers: Josie, Logan and Karli
Greeters: Wyatt, Austin, Carter and Jianna
Gift Bearers: Gretta and Dawson
Parishioners will also serve at Mass on Ash Wednesday.
PROJECTS FOR LENT: As a school we will be making cards for kids in the hospital as part of the
Cards for Hospitalized Kids Program. Hospitalized kids often feel lonely and forgotten. An uplifting card can help with these challenges and brighten their day! Our cards will be sent in and distributed around the USA.
Also during Lent, St Francis will be collecting diapers to benefit First Choice Clinic. In 2016 First Choice Clinic distributed more than 6,500 diaper to those in need.
MITE BOXES: Inside the weekly envelope is a Mite Box for each child. Please see the flyer for more information. Your children's mite box will go to the mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Students will participate in The Stations of the Cross with their class during Lent.
DR. SEUSS DAY – MAR. 2: We will celebrate Dr. Theodore Seuss on his birthday on March 2. Please wear comfy clothes or pajamas. We will read together as a school at the end of the day.
SPRING BREAK - MAR. 6-10: Students will not have classes during the week of March 6-10 due to Spring Break.
HOME & SCHOOL NEW OFFICER NOMINATION FORM: It is time to nominate and elect three new Home and School officers for the 2017-2018 school year. The three open positions that need to be filled for the coming school year are Secretary, Vice-President, and Treasurer II. Each position is a for a two-year term. The Vice-President will advance to president the second year, and the Secretary will remain as Secretary the second year. The Treasurer II will advance to Treasurer I the second year. A nomination form is included in today’s packet. Please return by Wednesday, March 15th. Thank you!
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING: The Carnival was a great success. We raised just over $25,000 Net Profit! A big thank you goes out to the Carnival Committee for planning this great event and to all of the families who participated in the fundraising and working at the event. This $10,000 increase in profit, ensures that the Home and School Association can keep their current plan of focusing on four main fundraisers instead of seven or more.
GR. 2 - FIRST COMMUNION LEARNING CENTERS - MAR. 15 OR MAR. 29: Second grade families are reminded of the two nights that the First Communion Learning Centers will be available: Wed., Mar. 15 or Wed., Mar. 29. The centers will be available from 3 - 6 p.m. on both dates.
END OF THIRD QUARTER - MAR. 30/NO SCHOOL – MAR. 31: Our third quarter ends Tuesday, March 30. There is no school on Friday, March 31.
SPRING PICTURES – APR. 6: Students will have an opportunity to have a spring photo taken on Thursday, Apr. 6. Watch for more details soon.
HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING - APR. 6: Our last Home & School Association meeting of the school year will be held Tues., Apr. 6 at 6 p.m. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend!
EASTER VACATION SCHEDULE: There are no classes on Good Friday, April 14 or Easter Monday, April 17. Thursday, April 13th is a school day, as it is the first snow make-up day from January 17.
GR. 5 - IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADE 6: Fifth grade parents are reminded that their child will need the Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) prior to entering sixth grade in the fall. More information is provided on the enclosed flyer for fifth grade families.
BOX TOPS, AND UPC LABELS: We will continue to collect Our Family UPC labels, General Mills Box Tops, and Village/Country Hearth UPC labels. Remember, these are opportunities to help our school with products you have already purchased!
LENTEN STUDY STARTING THIS WEEK: Our St. Francis Lenten Bible Study titled "Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother" begins this Monday, Feb. 27, and Tuesday Feb. 28. Everyone is welcome to choose between 2 times and locations: Mondays, Feb. 27 thru April 10, from 10:00 - 11:30 AM to take place at Preferred Senior Living 429 W. Wayne, Ellsworth. (All are encouraged and invited to come and join with the Preferred Senior Living Residents in their large activity room.) Tuesdays, Feb. 28 thru April 11, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Knights of Columbus Room off of the St. Francis Parish Hall. If interested please contact Joan Foley 715-338-1199 or firstname.lastname@example.org or just come to either of the studies. Study guides are optional at $25.00 each.
JESUS' COMPASSION IN HIS PASSION: All adults are welcome to attend this in depth presentation of the physical journey to Christ's Crucifixion by Nick Foley this Wednesday, the first day of lent. This presentation will begin at 6:00 PM, March 1st, in the St. Francis Church prior to the 7:00 Ash Wednesday Mass. Childcare will be provided in the Parish Hall. The Wednesday Evening Supper will be served at 5:15 PM in the Parish Hall prior to this presentation.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL- SAVE THE DATE: The 2017 St. Francis Summer Vacation Bible School will be held Monday - Friday mornings July 10th through 14th, 2017 for children who will have completed any of the grades 4YK through 4th Grade this school year. Students who are currently in 5th grade and up - we will need your help with leading, teaching and helping these young people! Save the dates! More information will be coming later!
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391