September 24, 2018
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. Amen
Dear St. Francis School Families,
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA – TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Tickets are now on sale for this year’s St. Francis School Gala! The theme for the Gala this year is Moonlight Masquerade: Unmask a Child’s Future. The event will be held at the Ridgetop Pavilion in Prescott, WI on November 3, 2018 starting at 4:30 pm. Your $40 ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine tasting, dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Tickets can be purchased through the school office or online at http://www.stfrancisellsworth.org/gala.html. The Gala is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our school with family, friends, parishioners, school affiliates, and community members! Let’s sell out the event and see the difference we can make for our students! Please see the enclosed letter for more information
regarding ticket sales.
SEPTEMBER HOME & SCHOOL MEETING: Thank you to all who attended the first Home and School meeting of the 2018-19 school year. The minutes are included the weekly envelope and posted on our school website. The Welcome Back video is on the H&S Facebook page. Reminder that the Home and School Association is hosting a Parent Social on Friday, October 5, from 4-6pm at Broz Bar in East End, Ellsworth.
Our next Home and School meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 29th at 6:00pm. We will be serving walking tacos at 5:30. Mark your calendar!
SAFE ENVIRONMENT STUDENT TRAINING: Each year St. Francis School is required to offer Safe Environment education to our students. The substance and focus are listed on the enclosed Safe Environment Student Form. If you would like to decline the training for your child, please complete the form and return it by Wednesday, September 26. Sign and return this form ONLY if you are declining the safe environment lesson for your child.
EASY FUNDRAISING: Have you tried Shoparoo?? It is an app where you take 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.
The following can be brought to school all year. Please send to school by Wednesday, October 10 for our next shipment.
General Mills Box Tops for Education
loaves4learning – Village Hearth/Country Hearth
Our Family UPC Codes
We no longer collect computer ink cartridges or any milk caps. Unfortunately the reimbursement was not profitable for us on these items as we didn’t receive a large enough quantity to justify shipping costs.
JMC ONLINE GRADES: A reminder to parents with students in Grades 3 - 5, you are able to access your child’s grades from our JMC Parent Portal.
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.
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 slips were sent out last week in the weekly envelope. Permission slip with payment were due last week.
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 alwaysone 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 andwhite. 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. A special sign-up sheet was included in your weekly envelope last week 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.
FOURTH GRADE WILL RECEIVE THEIR BIBLES – THURSDAY OCTOBER 4. The Knights of Columbus will be presenting our fourth grade class with their Bibles on Thursday, October 4 during Mass.
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 were included in weekly envelope last weekfor our 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
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. 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. 4 - 4th Grade Students receive their Bibles
Oct. 5 - Home & School Parent Social
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!!
God’s Grace Be With You and please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 firstname.lastname@example.org