Dear St. Francis School Families,
Words of Wisdom
When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind!
I remember trying to decide which school my husband and I should send our children to when our oldest child, Alex was nearing kindergarten and realizing what a big decision this really was. I am so very glad we chose St. Francis School! And I did not realize, until my kids left St. Francis, what a good decision we had made. Life is hard and especially in those middle school years our kids could recognize those times when classmates did not exercise the kind of behavior and values that we had stressed to them in our family life and in life at St. Francis School.
All of our kids have gravitated BACK to their St. Francis classmates in their years since they left St. Francis and for this I am so grateful! I know these kids and parents share our values, faith and outlook on life. I know our kids will have true friends who will give them the kind of advice I would want them to receive when they hit rough patches in life. As a parent, this realization for my kids’ future means the world to me and I am so grateful to the teachers, staff and their classmates at St. Francis! Mary Brand
WALK FOR VIRTUES: My thanks to each person who helped to make our Walk for Virtues a great day for our school! The children put forth amazing effort as they worked to achieve their goal, encouraged along the way by our fantastic and creative group of teachers! Our weather was perfect, and the group of parent volunteers as wonderful as ever!
All pledge money was due today. Early tallies indicate we will raise $8,746.00 through this fundraiser! The following are the class averages. After all pledges have been collected, we will hold our all-school assembly to announce our top mile winners and top pledge winners. The feet will be distributed on that same day!
Grade 5: $126.43 average per student (Way to go, student leaders!!)
Grade 4: $105.71 average per student
Grade 1: $ 97.91 average per student
Grade 2: $ 88.20 average per student
Kindergarten: $ 78.31 average per student
Grade 3: $ 68.42 average per student
Grade 4YK: $ 64.40 average per student
Does your company have a matching funds program? These are some area companies that have matched funds on the past! Check with your HR department.
3M, AIG, Ecolab, General Mills, Johnson Controls, Marathon Oil, Medtronics, MN Mutual Life, NSP, Pillsbury, Ralston Purina, Red Wing Shoe, Securian, St. Paul Companies, St. Paul Travelers, Thomson West, UPS, Wells Fargo, Xcel
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: Our Spring Concert and Art Show is 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 order form that was sent home last week, along with payment by Wednesday, May 10. DVDs will be sent home prior to the end of the school year.
GR. K & 1 - CARPENTER NATURE CENTER - MAY 12: Kindergarten and First Grade students will take their field trip to the Carpenter Nature Center Friday, May 12. Parent chaperones are asked to check-in the office by 11:50.
Kindergarten Grade 1
Adriana Holst Katie Acker
Angie McHardy Maria Dopp
Mandy Moldenhauer Angie Marks
Andy or Lisa Murphy
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.
4YK - CARPENTER NATURE CENTER - MAY 15: Our 4YK students will take their field trip to Carpenter Nature Center on Monday, May 15. Parent chaperones are asked to check-in the office by 8:05.
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
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 was sent home last week. 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 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 today’s newsletter 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.
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 last week’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