Dear St. Francis School Families,
Give us the eyes to see the beauty and goodness in every race,
in every culture, in every person.
May our activities show that we accept everyone as a child of God.
Help us overcome our fears.
May the support and friendship we offer make them feel welcome
and bring out the best in them.
FATHER ERIC IS GOING HOME TO GHANA TO RENEW HIS VISA: Father Eric left for Ghana Sunday, November 12 and he will return Friday, December 15. Please keep him in your prayers. Father Eric will say Mass for all the weekly intentions in Ghana. During this time there will not be daily Mass so our St. Francis Students and staff will be participating in a special service in the Parish Hall on Wednesday mornings at 8:30.
St. Francis Parish will have the following priests scheduled for the weekends that Father Eric will be gone.
November 18 and 19 – Father Bernard McGarty
Thanksgiving Day and November 25 and 26 – Father Billy Dodge
December 2 and 3 and December 8, 9 and 10 – Father Roy Witucki
NEW BUS ROUTES FOR JANUARY 2018: Please see the informational letter included in your weekly envelope today regarding your child’s new bus route, pick-up time and possibly new driver. PLEASE NOTE: St. Francis WILL have school on Thursday, January 4 for all grades 4YK through 5. Starting January 4, school will start at 8:05 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA: Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s St. Francis School Gala! It was a wonderful evening of people all brought together to show love and support for our school. We are still in the final stages of getting numbers/profit from the event, stay tuned for that exciting announcement! We will also being emailing a survey to all attendees in the coming days to get feedback on various aspects of the event.
A big thank you to our planning committee: Katie Acker, Jenna Auckland, Becky Beissel, Ryann Blodgett, Evie Christensen, Maria Dopp, Melissa Gutting, Tina Hallock, Megan Hines, Bob and Jo Ann Larson, Angie Marks, Tricia McGrath, Mandy Moldenhauer, Angie Nelson, Brooke Nelson, Lisa Olson, Casey Oricchio, Anne Pechacek, Jess Puhrmann, Thia Rewolinski, Emily Rohl, Katy Truttman, Jennifer Tweet, William & Christine Vesely. Thank you to all sponsors and donors!!! Thanks to Jeff Hines for his auction service this year! Thank you to BoJo's for the beautiful decorations. Thanks to Tim Brunner for entertaining us. Thank you to DS Liquors for the wine glasses. Thank you to Bill’s Distributing for the wine tasting. Thank you to Father Eric for providing a blessing for our event. Thanks to the many, MANY volunteers not listed, you all play an important role in our event, and we appreciate each and every one of you!
2017-2018 YEARBOOK ORDERS: Orders are now being taken for this year’s yearbooks. As in the past, the yearbook
will be delivered next September, allowing us to include photos through the last day of school! The price for the all-color,
28 page, soft-cover yearbook is $20.00. You can order your yearbook online at YBPay.lifetouch.com with the
Yearbook ID Code: 1934618. You may also send your payment to school. Please make checks payable to St. Francis
School. You may write one check for all of your children.
STANDARDIZED TESTING: Second through fifth grades will participate in the diocesan standardized testing program which will continue through November 17th.
2018 CARNIVAL: All carnival committee members are invited to attend a planning meeting on Thursday, November 16 at
6:30 PM. It will take place in the KC Room. (Please note change in location)
K – GRADE 2 - FIELDTRIP TO THE MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – NOV. 17: Our Kindergarten through Second grade students will be taking a field trip to the Minnesota Children’s Museum on Friday, November 17. The bus will depart from school at 8 a.m. and return at 2:15 p.m. A bag lunch will be needed, and will be eaten at the Children’s Museum. Thank you to the following parents and grandparents who will help chaperone. Chaperones are asked to check in at the office by 7:45 a.m.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL CLOTHING ORDERS: We will be placing an order for clothing with the St. Francis School logo.
Delivery will be made prior to Christmas vacation. Order forms were sent out last week. Please make checks payable to
St. Francis School. Order forms and payment are due by Friday, November 17.
THANKSGIVING VACATION - NOV. 22-24: There will be no school on Wednesday, November 22 through Friday,
November 24 for Thanksgiving Vacation. Classes will resume again on Monday, November 27.
HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING – THURSDAY, NOV. 30: The Home and School Association will hold
its second meeting of the year at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 30 in the parish hall. Please join us to learn how you can
be a part of the excitement of our school. Invite a fellow school parent, or one of our new families to come with you! If you
have a question or topic that you would like addressed at the upcoming Home and School Association meeting, please
submit it to President, Becky Beissel: email@example.com or 651-231-8698. It’s important to plan the agenda ahead
of time, so that the meeting can move along efficiently. It’s sure to be an informative and fun meeting! All parents or
guardians are encouraged to attend. Child care will be provided in a classroom, refreshments will be served and by
attending you’re eligible for a door prize!
NO SCHOOL - DEC. 8: Students will not have classes Fri., Dec. 8 as we observe the holy day, the Feast of the
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - DEC. 14: Grades K-5 will present our annual Christmas Program on Thursday, December 14 at
6:00 p.m. (please note time change) in our church. We will have a reception in the parish hall immediately following the program. Each family is asked to bring some type of food (cookies, bars, cheese & crackers, etc.) for this reception.
A dress rehearsal will be held Wednesday, December 13 at 1 p.m. This is open to anyone who would like to attend.
ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION: I would like to draw your attention to the change in start time for the 2017 Christmas Program. As stated in the above memo the Christmas program will start at 6:00 pm. Since the program is on a school night and all of our children will have been in school all day I thought it would be good to have the start and the ending time earlier. I hope this meets with your approval and understanding. If you have any questions please feel free to call me.
4YK WINTER PROGRAM - DEC. 19: Our 4YK students will present a Winter Program to their parents and guests on Tuesday, December 19. Our 4YK students and their parents are invited to join us for breakfast before the program. More information including your RSVP for breakfast will be sent out with our newsletter on Monday, November 27.
CHRISTMAS VACATION: Students will be dismissed at 2:45 on Wednesday, December 20 for Christmas vacation.
Classes will resume on Thursday, January 4.
HOLIDAY SCHWAN’S CAMPAIGN:
Looking for a great Christmas gift or some holiday treats? St. Francis School is starting a Schwan's campaign in time for the holidays. Buy a $25 gift certificate for someone special and the school gets $10! Any food and treat orders between now and Christmas gives back 20% to the school (GC give back $40). Thank you for your support!
1. Visit www.schwans-cares.com/c/34856
2. Click "Shop to Give"
3. Select team member, if applicable
4. Start shopping!
ORDER BY PHONE: Call 1-855-870-7208 and provide Campaign ID: 34856 and Team Member ID, if applicable.
YOUTH WRESTLING REGISTATION - TONIGHT: Youth Wrestling Registration has been moved to the Lobby of the High School Gymnasium. It is still 6:30-8pm on Monday November 13th. Thank you.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Oct. 20 - Nov. 17 - Standardized Testing (Grades: 2-5)
Nov. 13 - Hearing Screening (4YK – 2nd Grade)
Nov. 16 - Carnival Meeting
Nov. 17 - St. Francis Clothing Order Due
Nov. 17 - K- 2nd Grade – Fieldtrip to the Minnesota Children’s Museum
Nov. 22 - Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving Vacation
Nov. 29 - Attentive Virtue Awards following Mass
Nov. 30 - Home and School Meeting
Dec. 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception (No School)
Dec. 13 - Dress Rehearsal -1:00 p.m.
Dec. 14 - Christmas Program - 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 19 – 4YK Winter Program
Dec. 21 – Jan.3 – Christmas Vacation
Jan. 4 – Classes resume at St. Francis at 8:05
I hope you have a blessed week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 firstname.lastname@example.org