Dear St. Francis School Families,
The time has come
to be only Light
in the world
to be only Love
in the world
to be only Peace
in the world.
It is what this
sacred season calls us to.
And a deep abiding
Yesterday our Church celebrated the Baptism of Jesus, bringing the Christmas season to a close. As each of us recall our own Baptism, may we be reminded that we, too, are called to bring Light, Love, and a deep abiding Peace to each other and to our world. May the Holy Spirit lead us and help us to do just that!
REGISTRATION FORMS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR: Please send in your registration forms and tuition payment plans as soon as possible. Registration will continue through Wednesday, January 18.
2016-2017 YEARBOOK ORDERS: Orders are now being taken for this year’s yearbooks. As in the
past, the yearbook will be delivered next September, allowing us to include photos through the last day of school! The price for the all-color, 28 page, soft-cover yearbook is $20.00. Please make checks payable to St. Francis School. The order deadline is Wednesday, January 25. The order envelope is included in the weekly envelope today. You may write one check for all of your children, and only one envelope is needed.
RECORDERS - GR. 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 weekly envelope for fourth grade families.
TUITION DUE: If you are on Plan 2 for tuition (two payments a year), tuition is due by January 13.
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.
CARNIVAL RAFFLE TICKETS: Please review the enclosed envelope that contains your raffle tickets to sell. The new Grand Raffle is an important addition to our Traditional Raffle, so that we can eliminate other smaller fundraisers. It is our goal to focus on the success of our four main campaigns: Friends of St. Francis, Wine and Wishes, Carnival and Walk for Virtues. Thanks in advance for your support of the new Grand Raffle. There are more available if you can sell more than you’ve initially requested.
FELLOWSHIP HOSTED BY OUR ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL FAMILIES: On January 14th and 15th we will be hosting a fellowship after each mass to thank our parish members for their school support. Please consider helping to make this possible by volunteering to serve after one mass or to supply a coffee cake or fruit. Sign up at the following link here. Bring your children, so they can hand out thank you cards as parish members arrive. This sign up is only 14% filled, so please take a look and see what you could offer to supply. Thank You!
HOME & SCHOOL MEETING – JAN. 12: Please attend our meeting this Thursday, January 12 at 6 PM in the parish hall. Enclosed is the agenda. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. Learn the latest and greatest about the school, our organization's activities and to meet fellow parents & faculty. You could win a door prize or help your student to win a class prize by attending!
CARNIVAL COMMITTEE MEETING – JAN. 12: All committee members are invited to 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. It is our last group meeting before the event!
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
ST. FRANCIS PARISH EDUCATION COMMITTEE MTG - JAN. 17: The Parish Education Committee will meet on Tuesday Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
END OF SECOND QUARTER - JAN. 19/NO SCHOOL - JAN. 20: The second quarter ends on Thursday, January 19. There is no school on Friday, January 20.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK OPEN HOUSE - JAN. 29: We will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, and kick off the week with an Open House on Sun., Jan. 29. Students in grades 1-5 are asked to sing in the choir for the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Our Open House on Sunday will begin at 9:00, close during the 10:30 Mass, and continue again after the 10:30 Mass until 1:00 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will serve a pancake breakfast on this morning as well.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Parent volunteers are needed to run our book fair during Catholic Schools Week and at our Open House on Sunday, January 29. All information and training will be provided and a flexible schedule will be available during the week. Please contact Mary Gardas at school or by email.
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-439.