Dear St. Francis School Families,
Dear Lord, Thank you for watching over our Kindergarten class. We pray that you continue to give us listening ears so that we are able to listen to our parents, teachers, and friends. We also want to ask you to continue keeping our families safe and healthy. We thank you, God, for giving us the special people in our lives that we have as family and friends. Thank you for blessing us to be able to live in the world you created. We also want to thank you for the Holy Family. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Please join us in prayer for our Kindergarten Class
We all need to seek God in prayer with our joys, worries, and thankful moments. Thank you for being a prayer partner for our school. This week we will be lifting up our Kindergarten Class in prayer.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14
PRAYER PARTNERS: Next week, we will join together in prayer for our 4YK Class.
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING CONTENT:
Content – You are not greedy or always wanting things
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING OBEDIENT:
Obedient – Doing what you are told and doing it right away
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow his commands given today, The Lord your God will set you high above the nations on Earth. Deuteronomy 28:1
REGISTRATION UPDATE FOR NEXT YEAR: Registration forms for our present students will be sent home after the parish finance committee meeting on January 24.
MASS SERVING SCHEDULE: Our Mass Serving Schedule is included in today’s envelope.
CARNIVAL: Just before Christmas break all families received Grand and Traditional Raffle tickets to sell. Please locate those if you haven’t done so already. Many have successfully sold their Grand Raffle tickets already! Please reach out to the office to request more at any time. Thanks for your participation and support of this fundraiser for our school.
CARNIVAL PRIZES: Items to use as prizes at the Carnival are always welcome. We receive wonderful donations from local businesses, but they are often better for adults, such as gift cards. We could use more prizes for children to give
away in the bingo room or to add to the raffle prize drawings. If you have something extra from home or that you received as a duplicate for Christmas, feel free to send it in!
CARNIVAL COMMITTEE MEETING – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9: There will be a meeting for the Carnival Committee on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM. at school.
RECORDERS - GRADE 4: As part of our fourth grade music curriculum, students will study the recorder. Each Fourth Grade student will need to have a recorder and a methods book. Additional information and an order form is included in
today’s packet for fourth grade families.
BAKE SALE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 11: Don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth for our 5th grade bake sale on Friday January 11th. Each treat will be 50 cents and all proceeds go to transportation for our big Valley Fair trip this spring. Thank you for your support! Mrs. Swanson and the 5th grade class
FIRST RECONCILIATION FOR SECOND GRADE – JANUARY 16: First Reconciliation will be at 6:00 pm in the church.
END OF SECOND QUARTER – THURSDAY, JANUARY 17: Our second quarter will end Thursday, January 17. Report Cards will be sent home on Monday, January 21. Parent-teacher conferences will be held Tuesday, January 22 starting at 4:00. This conference is by teacher or parent request. Teacher requests are included in the weekly envelope today. Please use the following link to sign up for a conference: http://signup.com/go/zZDOBGO
Please remember that you can view your child’s grades (Grades 3-5) in our JMC program.
NO SCHOOL – FRIDAY, JANUARY 18: Students will not have class on Friday, January 18. This is an in-service day.
WINTER PICNIC LUNCH – THURSDAY, JANUARY 24: Mrs. Brooks has planned a winter picnic lunch for us on Thursday, January 24. Students are encouraged to bring a beach towel to sit on!
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK OPEN HOUSE - JANUARY 27: We will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 27 – February 2, and kick off the week with an Open House on Sunday, January 27.
Students in grades 1-5 are asked to sing in the choir for the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Fifth grade students will be selected for the role of lector, and fourth and fifth grade students for servers. If your child would like to be considered for one of these roles as lector or server, please send a note to my office no later than Wednesday, January 9.
Our Open House will begin at 9:15, following the 8:30 Mass, close during the 10:30 Mass, and continue again after the 10:30 Mass until 1 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will serve a pancake breakfast
on this morning as well.
BOOKS FOR BREAKFAST: Parents and grandparents are invited to join us for Books for Breakfast in the parish hall on Wednesday, January 30 following Mass. Light refreshments will be served.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR JANUARY 25 – JANUARY 31: It’s Scholastic Book Fair Time! We will be having a book fair starting Friday, January 25 and ending Thursday, January 31. The book fair will be available to students daily and during our open house on Sunday, January 27 and Books for Breakfast on Wednesday, January 30.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Parent volunteers are needed to run our book fair at our Open House on Sunday, January 27. All information and training will be provided and a flexible schedule will be available. Please contact Mrs. Sandy Karlstad at school or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. FRANCIS HOME AND SCHOOL SCHWAN’S CAMPAIGN: Please show your support for St. Francis School by adding our new Schwan's Campaign Code (#42263) to all your purchases.
NEW RCIA SESSIONS TO BEGIN: If you, or someone you know, has ever had a thought about becoming Catholic, please plan to attend our informational meeting to introduce RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Sunday, January 13, at 10:30 AM in the Parish Hall. Any adults who; need to be baptized, have been baptized in another Christian tradition and desire to become Catholic, or are a baptized Catholic and need First Communion and/or Confirmation are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting. Family and/or friends are welcome to attend, as well. If you have questions and/or need more information please contact Joan Foley 715-338-1199 or email@example.com.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Jan. 9 - Carnival Committee Meeting at 7:00pm
Jan. 9 - Recorder Order Form and Money is due (Grade 4)
Jan. 11 - Fifth Grade Bake Sale
Jan. 16 - 2nd Grade First Reconciliation Meeting
Jan. 17 - End of Second Quarter
Jan. 18 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Jan. 21 – Beginning of 3rd Quarter
Jan. 22 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (by request only)
Jan. 24 - Winter Picnic Lunch
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31 – Scholastic Book Fair
Jan. 27 - Catholic Schools Week Open House 9:15 - 1:00 (Students in Grades 1-5 will sing at 10:30 Mass)
Jan. 29 - Home and School Meeting at 6:00pm
Jan. 27 - Feb. 2 – Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 30 - Books for Breakfast
Feb. 24 - St. Francis School Carnival
Happy New Year to you and your family! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Buckel - Principal
St. Francis Alumni
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