Dear St. Francis School Families,
“There are some persons
whose great gift, in a dark age,
is simply to maintain
a candlelight of humanity
and so guarantee that darkness
should not have the final word.”
- Robert Ellsberg
PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOKS: If you have not returned the compliance form on the last page of the Parent/Student Handbook, please do so as soon as possible.
JMC MESSAGING CENTER INFORMATION: We made a test call and test text on Friday around 11:30. If you had issues, please let us know. A few people told us that they did not get a voicemail message if they did not answer it, but got a text message. Sandy talked with JMC about this. Some phone providers may not allow the service to leave a message because it is a recorded message. JMC recommends that you contact your provider if you had issues. If you received the text message, then you should be fine. However, most of the people we heard feedback from did receive a voicemail if they did not answer it. It is still not too late to be a part of this service, please contact us if you need help.
FLU SHOTS – OCT. 26: An email was sent out last week to inform you of the opportunity to receive flu shots from the Pierce County Health Department. Please return the on-line consent form before Wednesday, October 26th if you want your child to receive this vaccination.
ALL-SCHOOL ASSEMBLY - OCT. 27: The Windy City Players will perform at St. Francis on Thursday, October 27th.
PICTURE RE-TAKES - OCT. 28: Our picture re-take day is scheduled for Fri., Oct. 28 starting at 8:00.
SPECIAL HALLOWEEN BREAKFAST - OCT. 31: We have a tradition of celebrating Halloween with a special breakfast for students, complete with pumpkins carved by our fifth grade class. The breakfast and lunch menus for this day are included in your weekly envelope.
HALLOWEEN CANDY COLLECTION: Our school is excited to participate in Allina Health’s Halloween Candy Collection, an event that promotes healthy living, including candy in moderation, exercise and proper dental care. On Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2, we will have a collection box at our school to collect candy donations (store-bought and individually-wrapped) from our students. The collected candy will be donated to a program that sends gift boxes to troops overseas. For each pound of candy collected, Allina Health will donate $1 to local food shelves, up to a total of $1,000.
If our school collects the most candy (a “pounds per student” comparison based on the number of students at each school) of the participating schools in our area, we will win $250 to be used towards equipment to help improve the health of our school along with other health and wellness prizes from Allina Health. We hope you will use this as an opportunity to talk with your children about the importance of eating candy in moderation, and to help them get excited about donating their surplus candy in a way that will benefit others. Thank you in advance for encouraging your children to participate in this program.
WINE & WISHES: Run for the Roses with Wine & Wishes!! Thank you for the generous outpouring of support and volunteers for our event!!!!! To donate or volunteer please visit our website.
We hope you are able to make it to our Kentucky Derby themed event. This event is St. Francis's largest fundraiser of the year, please check out the details and come Run for the Roses with us on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Doors open at 6:00pm!! Hope to see you there!
Included in this week's envelope are Class Project Letters to share special information about each of the wonderful projects our students helped create.
NO SCHOOL: There will be no school on Tuesday, November 1st in honor of All Saints Day.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: The first quarter ends on Thursday, November 3rd. There is no school on Friday, November 4th.
STANDARDIZED TESTING: Second through fifth grades will participate in the diocesan standardized testing program beginning on October 31st and continuing through November 18th. Teachers will let you know when their class is scheduled to take the test.
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. We will be using Signup.com (formally Volunteer Spot) to sign up for conferences. Look for the link soon to sign up.
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.
WATKINS PICK UP: If you haven’t picked up your Watkins order, please do so this week. All orders have been moved to the office. Thank you!
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.
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391
Mary Gardas Jim Streifel
Head Teacher Administrator