Dear St. Francis School Families,
Words of Wisdom
When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind!
We attend a Methodist Church, but are very happy that our children can attend St. Francis School. During the children’s message at church, our pastor asked, “When do you pray?” My kids replied, “In School!”
That’s a special gift that not all children can experience. Having our children surrounded by other godly children, families and teachers means a lot to us! I’m grateful to have chosen St. Francis School!
Anne and Jared Matzek,
Parents of Noah and Reese Matzek.
VITRUE AWARDS FOR BEING CONTENT: Content - I am not greedy. I have my “wanter” under control. 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
4YK: 3rd Grade:
Ben Johnson Maggie Pechacek
Kendall Steffen Evie Puhrmann
Kindergarten: 4th Grade:
Oskar LaFave Austin Peterson
Jens Christensen 5th Grade:
Merrick Mason Kalen Berns
DRESS CODE REMINDERS: As the warmer weather approaches, we would like to remind you of the dress code.
• Shorts may be worn but the length must be at least fingertip length.
• Spaghetti straps may be worn if a t-shirt or tank top is worn underneath.
• Clothing that requires bare shoulders may not be worn to school or school events such as the Spring Concert or field trips.
• No bare midriffs, halter tops, excessively open tank tops, or very tight clothing may be worn.
• Torn clothing may not be worn, especially clothing torn at the knees.
• Tennis shoes, with a closed back, that tie or fasten are required for all recesses and phy-ed classes. Students will be allowed to change into tennis shoes before recesses and phy-ed, if needed.
• Flip-flops should not be worn at school.
SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION MATERIALS – DUE MONDAY, MAY 1: If you are still interested in having your child attend Summer School, please send your registration forms to the District office. If you have questions, please contact Mindy Anderson at 715-273-3900.
STAFF APPRECIATION BRUNCH - MAY 2: Thanks to all who have offered to help in some way with the Staff Appreciation Brunch on May 2, and thanks to Becky Beissel who is coordinating the event!
WALK FOR VIRTUES - PLEDGE FORMS DUE WED., MAY 3: Student pledge forms (not the money) are due this week, Wednesday May 3. The committee will copy them that evening. A copy will be sent home with students on May 5, after the Walk, so that they are able to collect their pledges and turn in their money on Monday, May 8.
WALK FOR VIRTUES - MAY 5: Our Walk will begin at 8:15am at school and then we will be using the High School Track. Each students needs a signed permission slip and at least one pledge to be able to participate in our Walk.
Thanks for the nice response of parents to help on the day of the Walk! Let’s pray for good weather!
MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE: We will have school Mass on Tuesday, May 9 instead of Wednesday, May 10. We will be having an all-school program practice on Wednesday morning.
SPRING PROGRAM/ART SHOW - MAY 11: Please mark your calendar for our Spring Concert and Art Show scheduled for Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall! Our 4YK students will present their songs at the beginning of the program, and will then be invited to join their parents in the audience for the remainder of the concert.
Each family is asked to bring some type of food (cookies, bars, cheese & crackers, veggies & dip, etc.) for the reception that will follow. Weather permitting, we will hold the reception outside!
We will have a K-5 dress rehearsal Wed., May 10 at 1 p.m. This is open to anyone who would like to attend. 4YK students will have a final practice on the morning of May 11.
CHRISTMAS/SPRING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE ON DVD: Our Spring Program will be recorded and placed on a DVD along with our Christmas Program from last December. If you’d like to purchase a copy of the DVD ($25 each) and haven’t already, please complete the enclosed order form, along with payment by Wednesday, May 10. DVDs will be sent home prior to the end of the school year.
If you already placed your order for a DVD earlier this year, Thank You! There will not be another order form in your envelope today.
ELLSWORTH 7TH GRADE CHOIR TO VISIT - MAY 12: Karen Kornman, EMS Choir Director, and her 7th grade choir are planning a field trip to sing at all of the elementary schools in the Ellsworth district on Friday, May 12. They will sing at St. Francis at 8:15.
CARPENTER NATURE CENTER PARENT CHAPERONES: Thanks to these parents who have offered to help with our Carpenter Nature Center field trips. The permission slips were due last week.
4YK – Mon., 5/15 (Office check-in: 8:05)
Kindergarten - Fri., 5/12 (Office check-in: 11:50)
Andy or Lisa Murphy
Grade One - Fri., 5/12 (Office check-in: 11:50)
Grade Two - Fri., 5/26 (Office Check-in: 8:20)
Grade Three - Fri., 5/26 (Office Check-in: 8:20)
Grade Four - Thurs., 5/25 (Office Check-In: 8:20)
Grade Five - Thurs., 5/25 (Office Check-In: 8:20)
GR. 5 - DARE GRADUATION - MAY 17: Fifth grade parents are asked to reserve the afternoon of
Wednesday, May 17 to attend their child’s D.A.R.E. graduation, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the parish hall.
GRADES 4YK - 3 - ELLSWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY FIELD TRIP - MAY 19: 4YK through grade 3
students will have the opportunity to take a field trip to the Ellsworth Public Library Friday, May 19 to learn about summer reading programs. The permission slip for this field trip is included in the envelope today. Please complete and return by Wednesday, May 10. Thanks!
LIBRARY BOOKS – DUE MAY 19: All library books will need to be returned by Friday, May 19 so the books can be inventoried before the end of the school year. Thank you!
MEMORIAL DAY - MAY 29 - NO SCHOOL: Students do not have classes Monday, May 29, due to our observance of Memorial Day.
GR. 5 - DAY OF REFLECTION – JUNE 1: Fifth grade students will participate in a Day of Reflection on Thursday, June 1. This day is held at St. Francis, and provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their days at St. Francis prior to their departure to the Ellsworth Middle School next fall.
Fifth grade parents are asked to watch for a letter that I mailed last week regarding something needed for the Day of Reflection.
GR. 5 CLASS TRIP TO VALLEY FAIR – June 2: Fifth grade students will take their class trip to Valley Fair Friday, June 2. Please watch for more information soon!
LAST DAY OF 4YK: The last day for our 4YK at St. Francis will be Friday, June 2.
GRADES K-5 - LAST DAY OF CLASSES/MASS/AWARDS CEREMONY - JUNE 8: Our last day of classes for kindergarten through fifth grade students will be Thursday, June 8. This day will include our Fifth Grade Tree Planting Program, all-school Awards Assembly in our church immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Our fifth grade class will take on their parents in the annual softball game, and we will have our picnic lunch. Students will be dismissed at 12:15.
We will use the following schedule:
7:45 a.m. Classes begin, as usual.
8:00 Fifth Grade Tree Planting
8:30 Mass, and Awards Ceremony
10:00 Recess (approximate time, 15 minutes of recess will follow the awards ceremony.)
10:15 Return to classrooms for cleaning, final projects.
10:45 Annual softball game. Fifth grade students versus their parents.
11:30 Picnic lunch
11:55 Return to classrooms for report cards & summer farewells
12:00 Dismissal for those students going home with parents
12:15 Dismissal for those students riding a bus.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION: St. Francis Parish will host a Vacation Bible School, for children currently in grades 4YK through 4, July 10 - 14, 2017. Current fifth grade students on up through adults are encouraged to help with the program as volunteers! Registration forms, with the volunteer sign up on the back, are included in today’s envelope. The registration deadline is June 20. Please send payment with your registration forms, and make checks payable to St. Francis Parish. Completed forms with payment can be turned into the St. Francis School office until the last day of school.
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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