Dear St. Francis School Families,
Words of Wisdom
When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind!
An extensive amount of research indicates that there may be many benefits from smaller learning communities (Supovitz & Christman, 2005; Howley, et al., 2000). One great example of this is St. Francis School. St Francis is a small school with a great impact on our children and our community, and has definitely been the right choice
for our family.
A small school such as St. Francis offers an environment in which students may be more visible and shine their own special light. Teachers know the students by name, and are familiar with their parents, siblings, and families. Because of this, student-teacher relationships improve, allowing teachers to more easily identify individual talents and unique needs of each student, which offers a more personalized educational experience. The teachers at St. Francis take advantage of the opportunity to really get to know their students, and work to enrich them socially and challenge them academically.
Another benefit of St. Francis is the small school staff size, which allows more opportunity for teachers to know each other well, more easily share information about their students, collaborate to solve problems, and generally support one another. There is a warm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere at St. Francis, where the staff model positive behaviors and attitudes. Students are supported and strengthened, in their academics and faith, through healthy relationships with highly qualified and experienced role models.
In this safe, small school environment, it is safe to say that students are less likely to “fall through the cracks” or feel cut off from the school culture. They are more likely to form strong relationships with peers and school staff, relationships that build social skills and confidence.
St Francis has a large group of parents actively involved in the school activities and functions, fostering a community of parent involvement and feeling of belonging. The staff welcomes parent involvement in the classroom and in school leadership. Students are excited that their families are active in the school, and this attitude of importance on education creates an incredible sense of purpose in education.
St Francis is a place where children can be children, learn and grow in faith, make friends and create memories, build character, and have fun. St Francis is a small school with a great impact on our children and our community, and has definitely been the right choice for our family. Katie Feuerhelm, mother of Nora, Lucy, June and Ruby.
SPRING PROGRAM AND ART SHOW: Thanks to all who were able to attend our Spring Concert & Art Show last Thursday night! It was a wonderful presentation by Mrs. Penton and our students. Thanks to all who brought food for the reception, and to the many people who helped with clean-up afterwards! Special thanks to our Home & School Officers and their husbands for serving the beverages, and taking care of the food!
STAFF APPRECIATION BRUNCH - THANK YOU! Thank you so very much from our entire school staff for the lovely brunch served for Staff Appreciation Day. In addition to a delicious brunch, we each received a flowering plant and an umbrella with the St. Francis Logo on it. Thanks to Becky Beissel, our Home & School Vice-President for taking charge of the event, to all those who helped serve or helped with recess supervision, and to all who donated money or food to help cover costs. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness!
WALK FOR VIRTUES UPDATE: We have a few more students who need to turn in their Walk for Virtues money, then we will have our all-school assembly to distribute the feet and announce top mile and top dollar students! Our total, as of last Friday, is $8,846.00!
GR. 3-5 - MID-QUARTER PROGRESS REPORTS - TODAY: Third through fifth grade students will receive a mid-quarter progress report today. Parents of these students are asked to sign and return the report by Wednesday, May 17. Questions should be directed to your child’s teacher.
GR. 5 - RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS: Fifth grade families are asked to sign and return the
enclosed Release of Student Records by Wednesday, May 17. This form provides permission to send copies of your child’s records to the Ellsworth Middle School. Thanks.
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.
WINE & WISHES COMMITTEE MEETING: The Wine & Wishes Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Clyde's Corner. We are beginning to plan for our event on November 4, 2017. Please join us if you are available, all are welcome! For details, contact: Melissa Gutting: email@example.com
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.
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!
PICNIC LUNCH - MAY 24: Mrs. Wagner has planned a picnic lunch for us on Wednesday, May 24.
Students are encouraged to bring a beach towel to sit on as we plan to eat outside!
GR. 4 & 5 - CARPENTER NATURE CENTER – MAY 25: Fourth and fifth grade students will take their field trip to Carpenter Nature Center Thursday, May 25. Parent chaperones are asked to check-in the office by 8:20.
Grade 4 Grade 5
Rae Kollbaum Mary Brand
Meghan Kummer Troy Kemmerer
Kim Lansing Chad Wittenberg
GR. 2-3 - CARPENTER NATURE CENTER - MAY 26: Grades 2 & 3 will take their field trip to the
Carpenter Nature Center Friday, May 26. Parent chaperones are asked to check-in the office by 8:20.
Grade 2 Grade 3
Jenna Auckland Angie Marks
Teri Calistro Bob McHardy
Steve Kaufer Richard Moldenhauer
Asia Lansing Jessica Puhrmann
Caitlin Turner Tony Vogel?
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 reminded about a letter that was mailed to them 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. The order form for tickets is included in last week’s envelope for fifth grade families. Please complete and return with payment by Wednesday, May 17.
LAST DAY OF 4YK: The last day for our 4YK at St. Francis will be Friday, June 2.
ORDER FORM FOR LAST DAY PICNIC LUNCH: An order form is included in today’s packet for those families who would like to order food for the last day of school, June 8, rather than bringing their own picnic lunch. Please include payment with your order form and return no later than Friday, June 2. Make checks payable to St. Francis Youth Group. Like last year, there will be two serving lines so the line will go quickly.
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, were included in the weekly envelope two weeks ago. 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.
ST. FRANCIS FAIR STAND: We would like to give you the opportunity to work at the St. Francis Fair Stand. A list of all the days and times are included in the weekly envelope today. Look the list over and sign your name on the day and time you would like to work at the fair stand. Please return the sheet in your envelope by Wednesday, May 31. We think you will have fun and you will get to meet some wonderful parishioners. ~Fair Committee
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391.