Dear St. Francis School Families,
November 1 - Feast of All Saints;
November 2 - Feast of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.
- Wisdom 3:1-9
It is a centuries-old tradition of the Catholic Church to dedicate the month of November to the memory of the departed relatives and friends. During this time set aside for remembrance, our community prays for those who have died, and we celebrate the ways in which they continue to inspire and bless our daily lives. The tradition is one which members of all faiths are welcome to share.
You are invited as a member of our school community to join in this prayerful remembrance. Please write the names of your departed relatives and friends on the form included in your weekly envelope and return it. These names will be placed in a basket near the altar at church. Please return the form to school, place it in the collection basket at a weekend Mass, or place it in the basket at the altar. Throughout the month of November we will remember our deceased loved ones and friends, as a community, in our Masses and prayers.
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 have made a test call for this system. Please let us know if you had issues. 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.
HALLOWEEN CANDY COLLECTON: 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 Wednesday and Thursday, November 2 and 3, 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!! Our Kentucky Derby themed event takes place this Saturday, November 5, 2016. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. If you pre-ordered tickets, they will be in your weekly envelope today. It's not too late to pre-order your tickets at a discount!!! Tickets can be picked up in the school office now through Thursday. Thank you for the generous outpouring of support and volunteers for our event!!!!! To donate or volunteer please visit our website.
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. You should have received an email message from Signup.com.
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 will be sent home on Monday, November 7th. 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.
PARISH EDUCATION COMMITTEE MTG. - NOV. 3: St. Francis Parish Education Committee will meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall.
Have an awesome week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391
Mary Gardas Jim Streifel
Head Teacher Administrator