Dear St. Francis School Families,
We Thank Thee
For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
For blue of stream and blue of sky;
For pleasant shade of branches high;
For fragrant air and cooling breeze;
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Home and School Association: WORDS OF WISDOM: Please submit your Words of Wisdom by April 1st. You received a form in last week’s newsletter.
2017 - 2018 HOME & SCHOOL OFFICER BALLOTS: Thanks to all who have agreed to be on the ballot for an officer position for our Home & School Association! We are electing a Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer ll. Each position is a for a two-year term. Please indicate your choices on the ballot and return it by Tuesday, April 4. Thank you!
WALK FOR VIRTUES PLEDGE FORMS: At our Home & School meeting, parents present asked that the Walk for Virtues pledge forms be sent home before Easter vacation so that pledges could be requested of family & friends when getting together for Easter celebrations. See the letter with the pledge form for more information; these will be included in the weekly envelope today. The remaining Walk forms (permission slip, request for parent helpers, etc.) will be sent home closer to the date.
SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION MATERIALS: The Ellsworth Community School District will hold Swimming lessons and summer school classes Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 30 from 8 am - noon. Registration forms are included in today’s packet. Registration forms may be returned to our school office through Monday, May 1. Course fees must be paid at the time of registration. Make checks payable to Ellsworth Community School District. If you have questions, please contact Mindy Anderson at 715-273-3900.
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 diapers to those in need. Thank you for your generous response so far, we will continue to collect diapers until Easter. Please consider sending at least one package per family. It is a simple way to help those in need!
GR. 2 - FIRST COMMUNION LEARNING CENTERS - MAR. 29: Second grade families are reminded that there is one more night that the First Communion Learning Centers will be available: Wed., Mar. 29. The centers will be available from 3 - 6 p.m.
END OF THIRD QUARTER - MAR. 30/NO SCHOOL – MAR. 31: Our third quarter ends Thursday, 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, April 6. Younger brothers/sisters may be photographed, beginning at 7:30 a.m. If you wish to have a group photo taken of your children, please send a note indicating that by Wed., Apr. 5. We plan to take pictures in this order: individual photos of younger siblings, any group photos, then individual photos of St. Francis students. Please do not feel obligated to purchase photos if you are not interested, but we will have everyone photographed as our school receives money toward our yearbook purchases. The flyer with background choices was sent home today in the weekly envelope. Each child needs one form with your choice of background marked for that child. Send no money now. If you have more than one child in the Ellsworth School District, including St. Francis School, you can receive all complete portrait packages (1 package for each child) for a total of $70.00. Questions should be directed to Lifetouch at 1-866-955-8342.
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. 2 - FIRST COMMUNION PRACTICE & BANNER MAKING - APR. 18: Second grade families whose child will receive their First Communion at St. Francis Parish this year are reminded of our practice and banner
making evening on Tues., Apr. 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall.
GR. 2 FIRST COMMUNION - APR. 23: Our second grade students will receive their First Communion Sunday, April 23 at the 10:30 p.m. Mass. Please keep these students in your prayers as they continue to Prepare for this important day!
TEACHER INSERVICE - NO CLASSES - APR. 28: St. Francis students will not have classes on Friday,
April 28 as our teachers will be attending a diocesan teacher inservice in LaCrosse, WI.
SECOND SNOW MAKE UP DAY – JUNE 8: Due to our snow day on Friday, February 24, we will now have school on Thursday, June 8 (second snow make-up day). This will be a half day for St. Francis and will include the 5th grade tree planting ceremony, Mass of Completion for K-5, 5th grade softball game and all-school picnic lunch. The last day for our 4YK at St. Francis will be Friday, June 2 as originally planned.
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391.