Prayer for Beginning a New School Year
Father, we thank you for the opportunity
to begin the 2018-2019 school year,
and we ask that you bless
the faculty, the students, and the families of our students.
We pray that you will guide us in all ways,
and that we will seek your will
in everything that we do.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
- David Bennett
Dear St. Francis School Families,
What a start to the new school year! Mother Nature once again proved that she had something up her sleeve. The tree that was blown over knocked out power to the school, which in turn disrupted our phone service and internet access. It took most of the next day to get the phone and internet back up and running properly. I would like to extend a big “Thank You” to all who attended Back-to-School Night, your attendance and support shows the dedication our families have to St. Francis School. Special thanks to our Home & School officers for taking care of our refreshments!
4YK, Mrs. Sandy Karlstad firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindergarten, Mrs. Amanda Gates email@example.com
First grade, Miss Beverly Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Second grade, Mrs. Dawn Koch email@example.com
Third grade, Ms. Tessa Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Fourth grade, Mrs. Sarah Matzek email@example.com
Fifth grade, Mrs. Kathy Swanson firstname.lastname@example.org
Music, Mrs. Kay Lee Penton email@example.com
STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE: Please review our Parent/Student Handbook on our school website and sign the Statement of Compliance that was provided in your weekly envelope on Back to School Night. http://www.stfrancisellsworth.org/resources
PARENT COMMUNICATIONS REMINDER: This year we will continue to use the large white envelope as a weekly communication system. They will be sent home with the oldest child in your family who attends St. Francis School. You, as parent/guardian, are asked to read the information enclosed, complete any requested forms, permission slips, etc., DATE AND SIGN THE ENVELOPE, and return it (along with any forms) with your oldest child by Wednesday of that week. Please expect the envelope each Monday. If there is no school on a particular Monday, the envelope will be sent home the following day that we are in session. Newsletters will also be sent via email. Menus will be emailed and posted on our school website.
SCHOOL SAFETY: The Parish Hall door will only be unlocked from 7:45 to 8:05 as students arrive. Then, all doors will be locked. If you arrive at school after 8:05 you are asked to ring the doorbell and someone will let you in. If there is not someone in the office to unlock the door, please call us at 715-273-4391.
IF YOUR CHILD HAS A CHANGE IN WHERE THEY ARE GOING AFTER SCHOOL: Please send a note, call the office or send an email to their teacher and Mrs. Matzek - firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that if you have not received a reply by 2:15, please try again to be sure we received the message.
MASS SERVING SCHEDULE: Our Mass Serving Schedule will be sent home next week. This Wednesday we will have a prayer service in the Parish Hall at 8:30am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
MASS WITH BISHOP CALLAHAN - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 (GRADES 2-5): We have been invited to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Durand to attend Mass with Bishop Callahan on Friday, September 7. The parish will cover the cost of the buses, so there will be no charge for families, unless you chose to order a bag lunch for our picnic at the park after Mass. The permission slip and lunch option sheet were included in your weekly envelope on Back to School Night. Permission slips were due by Wednesday, August 29 and the lunch option sheet is by Wednesday, September 5. If a bag lunch is not ordered from school, please send a bag lunch from home. Please have your child wear their “Sunday Best”.
Please Remember: Your student’s Child Comprehensive Form needs to be completed for them to participate.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL CLOTHING ORDERS: We will be placing an order for St. Francis School clothing. Order forms were available at Back to School Night and emailed out last week. A black and white copy has also been added to your weekly envelope today. Please make checks payable to St. Francis School. Order forms and payment are due by Friday, September 7.
ST. FRANCIS HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION: Each Catholic school in the Diocese of La Crosse has a Home & School Association whose purpose is to be a vehicle by which parents, teachers, pastor and school administrator are able to collaborate and enable one another to develop a faith community and teach the young by living witness. Some schools in our area might call an organization like this their PTA (Parent-Teacher Association). According to our diocesan guidelines, the purposes of our Home & School Association include:
HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER AND DUES: Please see the enclosed Home & School Association Newsletter from HSA President Katie Feuerhelm which includes information regarding our Home & School Association and Dues. An envelope is included in today’s packet for paying dues. Please return by Wednesday, September. 12. Thanks.
ALUMINUM CANS: Our Home & School Association collects and redeems aluminum cans throughout the year. We have a trailer for this purpose, parked in the parking lot behind our church. You may place your bags of aluminum cans in the trailer at your convenience. If the trailer has been taken to be emptied, you may leave your bags of cans in that area in the parking lot. Please make sure that your bags are closed securely and DO NOT include other types of aluminum especially that with food in it, as our entire load is penalized if such items are found. Thank you for saving your aluminum for our school!
CARNIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We will hold our annual Carnival Event and Fundraiser Sunday, February 24, 2019. Please mark your calendars!
YEARBOOK SIGNING – SEPTEMBER 14: Our 2017-2018 yearbooks have arrived! We will have a yearbook signing activity on Friday, September 14. Your newsletter today will say the number of yearbooks that you ordered in the upper right-hand corner. We’ll have some autograph sheets available for those who do not have a yearbook to be signed. We have several extra yearbooks on hand for anyone who would like to purchase one at this time. Cost is $20, and checks should be made payable to St. Francis School.
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sept. 7 - Mass with Bishop Callahan (Grades 2-5) ~ Please wear your “Sunday Best”
Sept. 7 - St. Francis Clothing Orders Due
Sept. 11 - Dance Clinic Forms Due
Sept. 12 - Statement of Compliance Due
Sept. 12 - Home and School Dues Due
Sept. 13 - Home and School Meeting at 6:00pm
Sept. 14 - Yearbook Signing
Sept. 14 - Packer/ Viking Day
Sept. 21 - No School – Diocesan Teacher In-Service
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!!