Dear St. Francis School Families,
A Prayer for our Veterans
God of peace,
we pray for those who have served our nation
and have laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom.
We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day.
We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harm’s way.
Shield them from danger
and bring them home.
Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace.
Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!
May the peace you left us,
the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.
Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!
- Concord Pastor
Let us remember in grateful prayer all who have served our country as Veterans Day is observed in our nation on Friday.
STANDARDIZED TESTING: Second through fifth grades are participating in the diocesan standardized testing program which began on October 31st and will continue through November 18th.
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – NOV 10 & 17: Parent-teacher conferences are required at the end of first quarter for all students grades 4YK through grade 5. You will have your choice of two dates: Thursday, November 10 or Thursday, November 17 and will be scheduled for a 15 minute conference with your child’s teacher between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. You should have received an email message from Signup.com. Please sign up if you have not done so.
ELLSWORTH GIFT BOX PROGRAM: The Ellsworth Gift Box program is currently looking for sponsors for families in the Ellsworth School District area. Any families looking for assistance with holiday needs should apply at the latest, by November 14th. Forms can be returned to any Ellsworth Community School district building office, Attn: Ellsworth Gift Box Program. Anyone interested in getting information can get it from the Ellsworth School District website, at the Ellsworth Public Library or the St. Francis website.
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.
REPORT CARDS: Report cards for all students are being sent home today. Parents are asked to sign the report card and return it to their teacher during conferences.
SCHOOL COLORS DAY - NOV. 11: Students are encouraged to show their school spirit by dressing in school colors, blue and white, on Friday, November 11th.
THANKSGIVING VACATION - NOV. 23-27: We will close for Thanksgiving Wed., Nov. 23 through Sun., Nov. 27.
WINE & WISHES: Thank you to everyone for Running for the Roses with Wine and Wishes this weekend! We had a great time! A big thank you to our planning committee: Casey Oricchio, Katie Acker, Evie Christensen, Melissa Gutting, Marcia Jahnke, Megan Langer, Bob and JoAnn Larson, Angie Marks, Anne Matzek, Tricia McGrath, Angie Nelson, Angie Olson, Lisa Olson, Anne Pechacek, Thia Rewolinski, Katy Truttman and Jennifer Tweet. Extra thank you to Becky Beissel for all the promotion guidance and assistance and Rae Kollbaum for the support and guidance with our new software. Thank you to all sponsors and donors!!! Thanks to Jack Hines for his auction service once again! Thank you to BoJo's for the beautiful decorations. Thanks to Tim Brunner for entertaining us. Thanks to Helmer Printing for printing many of our items this year. Thanks to Megan Hines for photographing our event and providing a fun photo booth. Thank you to DS Liquors for coordinating the wine and beer tasting. Thank you to Father Eric for providing a blessing for our event. Thanks to the many, MANY volunteers not listed, you all play an important role in our event, and we appreciate each and every one of you! We are still in the final stages of getting numbers/profit from the event, stay tuned....we're so excited!
EASY FUNDRAISING: Have you tried Shoparoo?? It is an app that takes pictures of your receipts…any receipt. It is so simple. Just download the app and follow the prompts to set up an account connected with St. Francis.
Other easy fundraisers:
Coke Rewards – you can enter the codes online and direct the funds to St. Francis.
The following can be brought to school:
General Mills Box Tops for Education
Campbell’s Labels for Education
Country Hearth Bread
Our Family UPC
FIRST RECONCILIATION PARENT MEETING: Parent Meeting – Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 5:45 pm – Cheryl Kaufer will present.
FIRST RECONCILIATION: First reconciliation will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 at St. Francis Church.
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391
Mary Gardas Jim Streifel
Head Teacher Administrator