Dear God, be with each of us this day.
Help us take a moment to feel your presence,
and the strength and courage you provide.
May your presence lift our hearts and our souls
and enable us to direct all our actions toward you.
Help us be faith-filled people
as we carry out your great work today.
Dear St. Francis School Families,
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA – SAVE THE DATE: Save the date for this year’s St. Francis School Gala on November 3, 2018! The theme for the Gala this year is Moonlight Masquerade: Unmask a Child’s Future. The event will once again be held at the Ridgetop Pavilion in Prescott, WI. Doors open at 4:30 pm for our adult community event that includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live music, and silent and live auctions. Mark the date on your calendar and invite your family and friends to do the same! We’re looking forward to a magical evening celebrating our beloved school!
FIRE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM – TODAY: The Ellsworth Fire Department came to St. Francis this morning for the annual Fire Safety presentation to our 4YK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade classes. Second grade students had the opportunity to go through the “smoke house.” Thank you Ellsworth Fire Department!
ELLSWORTH SPIRIT DAY – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18: Students are encouraged to show their Ellsworth Panther Pride by dressing up on Tuesday, September 18. Choose Panther purple or dress in neon colors to fit the
Homecoming Theme “Let’s Glow Crazy” Beat the Blackhawks at Homecoming! Face paint & hair color are acceptable, but please no wigs, shoulder pads, cleats, etc. The EHS football players and dance team will be visiting St. Francis tomorrow as they lead up to their Homecoming on Friday, September 21. Although we do not have school on Friday, everyone is encouraged to take in the festivities beginning with the parade at 5:00 pm, the chili feed starting at 5:00 pm and varsity football game at 7:00 pm.
DIOCESAN TEACHER INSERVICE - NO CLASSES - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: St. Francis students will not have classes on Friday, September 21 as our teachers will be attending a Diocesan Teacher In-service in Eau Claire.
GR. 4 - PIERCE CO. FARM & RURAL SAFETY DAY - THURSDAY, SEPT 27: Fourth grade students will have the opportunity to join with other fourth grade students in Pierce County for Farm & Rural Safety Day, held at the Pierce
County Fairgrounds on Thursday, September 27. The permission slip was sent home last week. Lunch options form is included in today’s envelope for our fourth grade families. Please return both forms by Wednesday, September 19.
GRADES 4YK & K - FIELD TRIP TO THE RUSH RIVER ORCHARD – SEPTEMBER 28: 4YK and Kindergarten students were recently given the opportunity to take a field trip to the new Rush River Orchard; W4616 Cty Rd. G Ellsworth, WI. on Friday, September 28. The permission slip with additional information is included in today’s envelope for our 4YK and Kindergarten families. Please return the permission slip with payment by Wednesday, September 19.
SCHOOL COLORS DAY/CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS/PET BLESSING - THURSDAY,OCT. 4: The feast day of our school and parish patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, is Thursday, October 4. This day is always one of great celebration for our entire parish! We will attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Thursday (we will not have school Mass on Wednesday) and students are encouraged to show their school spirit by dressing in school colors: blue and white. We do not permit face paint or hair color on any school color days.
We will have a special blessing of animals, following the Mass, on the grassy area east of our church. This will include our 4YK students. There is a special sign-up sheet included in your weekly envelope asking for parents or grandparents who would be willing to bring an animal or pet to be blessed after Mass and taken home again immediately following. Please, no pets or animals in classrooms. Please return this form by Wednesday, Sept. 26.
4-H AWARDS – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10: Ann Webb from the Pierce County 4-H office will be at St. Francis School on Wednesday, October 10 starting at 12:30 to distribute and cash checks for premiums that 4-H members earned at the Pierce County Fair.
GRADE 5 - FIELD TRIP TO THE MN ZOO – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12: Fifth grade students will take a field trip to the MN Zoo on Friday, October 12. The permission slip and lunch option form are included in today’s envelope for fifth
grade families. Please complete both forms and return with payment by Wednesday, October 3.
GR. 5 BAKE SALE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19: Our fifth grade class will hold a bake sale Friday, October 19. Items will be sold for 50 cents each. The proceeds of this sale will be used toward the cost of the fifth grade class trip to Valley Fair.
PICTURE RE-TAKES – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23: Our picture re-take day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23. Students who did not have their picture taken during our Back-to-School Night will need to have theirs taken on October 23 so that we have a photo for the student permanent records and the yearbook. Let me know if your need another copy of the picture form which illustrated your background and pose choices. This was originally mailed to you in August.
If you wish to have your child’s photo re-taken, please return the complete original package to the office by Wednesday, October 10.
FIRST RECONCILIATION PARENT MEETING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24: Please plan to attend this parent meeting at 6:00pm if you have a second grader who will receive the sacrament this year.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sept. 18 - Ellsworth Spirit Day ~ Wear Purple and White/Let’s Glow Crazy (Neon Homecoming Theme)
Sept. 20 - Cubs Scout Sign-up for K-5th (see enclosed flyer)
Sept. 21 - No School – Diocesan Teacher In-Service
Sept. 21 - EHS Homecoming Parade, Chili Feed and Football Game
Sept. 22 - EHS Fall Dance Clinic
Sept. 27 - Pierce County Farm & Rural Safety Day (Grade 4)
Sept. 28 - Field Trip to Apple Orchard (Grades 4YK & K)
Oct. 4 - Feast of St. Francis ~ Mass and Pet Blessing
Oct. 10 - 4-H Fair Premium Distribution
Oct. 12 - Fifth Grade Field Trip to the MN Zoo
Oct. 19 - 5th Grade Bake Sale
Oct. 23 - Picture Retake Day
Oct. 24 - First Reconciliation Parent Meeting at 6:00 (Grade 2)
Oct. 26 - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 12:00-7:00 (No School)
Oct. 31 - End of 1st Quarter
Nov. 3 - St. Francis School Gala ~ Save the date!!
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 firstname.lastname@example.org