St Francis School ~ November Newsletter
Fourth Grade Class Prayer
Dear Lord, We thank you for our families, friends, classmates, teachers and everyone in our school and community that prove your love by sharing their kindness, patience, and generosity. We ask you to help us choose positive words and actions throughout each day. We also ask for your help in providing for the needs of all of us and any person throughout the world who struggle with finding water, food, clothing, shelter, and any other basic life necessity. Amen.
PRAYER PARTNERS: Please join us as we lift up Mrs. Huebel and our Fourth Grade students in prayer during the month of November.
During the month of December, we will focus on Advent and the Christmas season.
All Saints Day - November 1
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; and His faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
In honor of All Saints Day on November 1st, you are invited to join in our Annual Prayerful Remembrance. Throughout the month of November, please write the names of your departed relatives and friends on the enclosed form and return it. These names will be placed in a basket near the altar at church. You can return the form to school, place it in the collection basket at a weekend Mass, or place it in the basket at the altar. During the month of November we will pray as a community during Mass for our loved ones who have gone home to heaven. We hope that you will all join us in this wonderful St. Francis tradition.
FOLLOWING IN JESUS’ FOOTSTEPS
**Please help us continue to celebrate our virtue awards winners at home
and in your prayers. We will celebrate them at Masses when Father returns
from Poland in December.
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING DILIGENT:
Diligent – I start fast, work hard, and finish strong. Jordy , Cooper , Anna , Sophia and Ava
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR BEING GENTLE:
Gentle – I speak quietly and touch softly.
Fallon , Ella , Vander, and Aubrey Marks
4YK – CAUGHT SHOWING CHARACTER:
Diligent - Lily
Gentle - Enoch
SCHEDULE CHANGE: The public school has decided to give their teachers two extra inservice days that will be student days off. St Francis IS NOT taking those days off. The days chosen are Friday, November 13 and Friday, December 11. We will be in school and counting those days in our attendance. 4K and Preschool will also be in session. Wrap around care and Eagles Nest Before and After School Care will be available. Even if you’ve never used those programs, please feel free to set up service for those days. Doing this ahead of time will ensure we have enough staff present to best serve our students. Unfortunately, there will be no buses running those days. You will need to provide transportation for your child or set up a virtual day with your child’s classroom teacher. ***We will be recording the Christmas Program on December 11, please try to arrange a ride for your child. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. We are trying to put less stress on all of you by staying in school. Thanks for helping us with this schedule change.
MR. BUCKEL IS RETIRING! He’s really doing it! Mr. Buckel has been such a savior for our school. He leaves a legacy in education over 30 years long. I know he’s been the principal to many of our parents and now for their children. We want to appreciate him with a huge celebration, but with Covid 19, we are limited to some cake at school. We hope all of you will reach out to Mr. Buckel in some way over the next month to show your appreciation for his presence in your lives and the great work he has done for our school. Here’s hoping his retirement is relaxing and rewarding!
NEW PRINCIPAL: The rumors are true! Mrs. Swanson will become our new principal on December 1st. She will continue her role as our 5th grade teacher until the right replacement is found and have some daily work time in the office as well. The best transitions are the seamless ones and Mrs. Swanson’s goal is to make that so.
TUITION ASSISTANCE: Tuition Assistance has been applied to the accounts of our families who have requested assistance and have paid at least half of your tuition. Please contact the school office by Wednesday, November 4th if you are in need of assistance for the 2020-2021 school year.
SPECIAL HARVEST BREAKFAST - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29: We will have a special Harvest Breakfast for students on Thursday, October 29, complete with pumpkins carved by our fifth grade class. Please see the enclosed flyer for more information.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: The first quarter ends on Thursday, October 29.
TEACHER IN-SERVICE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 (NO SCHOOL): Students do not have classes on Friday, October 30. This is a district-wide in-service day.
SCHOOL COLORS DAYS - NOVEMBER 6 AND DECEMBER 4: Students are encouraged to dress in school colors, blue and white, November 6 and December 4. Show your school pride!
THANKSGIVING VACATION - NOVEMBER 25-27: There will be no school on Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving Vacation. Classes will resume again on Monday, November 30.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM In the spirit of remaining healthy and yet upholding our Catholic School traditions, your children who are in grades K-5 will rehearse and perform a Christmas Program, but unfortunately, there will be no live performance or reception. Our videographer will record individual classroom performances as well as the dialogue portions of the play, and then creatively join those pieces together to make it appear as if all the children are performing together. Rehearsals and filmings will be only with their classmates. As has been our practice during Covid 19, children in all grade levels will not be performing together.
The performance will be streamed to parents. We will send you the specifics as soon as we know them. You will also be given the opportunity to purchase our concert DVD.
As with everything this year, this is new territory. We will do our best to keep you abreast of what is happening and when you can expect to see the program. The important thing for us is that our children will have a Christmas Program. Covid 19 or not, Christmas is coming and will be celebrated to the best of our ability at St. Francis Catholic School.
4YK AND PRESCHOOL WINTER PROGRAM: We are not sure what creative means we will find to have our 4YK or Preschool programs. More info to come.
CHRISTMAS VACATION: Christmas vacation will start on Wednesday, December 23. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4.
HOLIDAY FOOD AND FUNDS DRIVE: Our 5th Grade Class at St. Francis is sponsoring their annual Holiday Food and Funds Drive to benefit the Ellsworth Food Pantry. In October alone, our local pantry served 394 of our friends and neighbors. Please give what you can to help everyone in our community have enough to eat during this Holiday Season. Please see the enclosed flyer for all the info!
Thanks so much for your help!
Mrs. Swanson and the 5th Grade Class
ONLINE JMC SOFTWARE PROGRAM: Log in to our online JMC Software Program at https://stfrancis.onlinejmc.com and check out these great resources for parents!
Parent Portal Introduction Video Link: https://youtu.be/0anJtmzTMZ8
Your username is your last name and your password was set up or confirmed at the beginning of the school year when you completed our online registration process. If you forgot your password, you may now reset it in a few easy steps. If you have any questions, please call the school office.
EAGLES NEST BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM: Our Eagles Nest Program was started three years ago to provide a service for our families who needed care for their children outside the hours of our school day. This year, with the changes in work schedules and parents working from home, Eagles Nest Care has not been needed by as many families as in years past. We are working hard to continue this program as we believe it is an important service to our families. However, this means we do need to make some changes to our program. We are trying to keep these changes small so the impact on our families is as minimal as possible. Effective November 1st, our cost per hour will increase $.50 per hour. If this will cause a hardship to your family, please contact the school office.
Eagles Nest Before and After School Care is a safe, fun place for your child to play and be creative in a relaxing environment. It is important to us to be able to continue this wonderful program for our families and would love to see our attendance increase! Every St. Francis' family is welcome to use this program! If you need to work early or late, have a meeting, or need to run errands we are here for you!
Registration forms are available on our website at http://www.stfrancisellsworth.org/before--after-school-program.html
Eagles Nest Hours
Before School: 7:00am - 7:45am
After School: 3:25pm - 5:30pm
Cost Per Hour (starting 11/1/20)
1 Child - $3.50
2 Children - $5.50
3 Children - $6.50
(with a minimum one hour charge per AM session and one hour charge per PM session)
Notice to Families with students scheduled for care on a regular basis. If your family's care needs change, please give us at least a two weeks notice of your schedule change if it means your child will be attending less hours/days. Your regularly scheduled hours will be added to your bill for those two weeks as we make appropriate adjustments. You may add more hours/days to your schedule at any time by emailing the office.
Notice to Families with students who use Eagles Nest for Drop In Care: We ask that if you are in need of Before School Care, please be sure to contact the school office at least one day in advance so we can make sure staff is scheduled accordingly. If you need After school drop in care, an email can be sent to the office the same day care is needed.
WEATHER RELATED SCHOOL CLOSINGS: You will be notified by the St. Francis JMC system about school closings. Also, the Ellsworth district will continue to publicize any school closing or delayed starts on these radio/television stations, as well as the district website www.ellsworth.k12.wi.us
KCUE 1250 AM - Red Wing, KSTP, Channel 5 - Mpls./St. Paul, WCCO Channel 4 - Mpls/St. Paul, KARE Channel 11 - Mpls./St. Paul, KMSP Channel 9 - Mpls./St. Paul
In the event of a two hour delay, St. Francis 4YK and preschool students will not have classes. Eagles Nest Before School Care will open at 9:00am in the event of school being two hours late.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWS
HOME AND SCHOOL MEETING - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 at 7pm: This meeting will be at school and virtual—your choice. Masks will be required. No childcare is available at this time.
HAVE A SPORTING GOOD TIME CARNIVAL UPDATE: Hello families! The Grand Raffle and Traditional Raffle tickets will be going home with families at the end of November so please keep your eyes open for them! The envelope will have a value of $225 so PLEASE look for it and keep it in a safe place. Every family will be asked again this year to sell at least 2 Grand Raffles and 5 packs of Traditional Raffles. We know that this year will look different, but we plan to have a Sporting Good Time virtually and have fun things lined up for the students and are very excited for this event. We appreciate everyone's support in this fundraiser for the school! -The Carnival Committee
WEEKLY BULLETIN: To subscribe to receive the weekly bulletin delivered to your email, simply click on the following link to subscribe: https://www.parishesonline.com/.../st-francis.../subscribe
RECONCILIATION: This year there will not be an "in person" parent meeting for those parents whose 2nd grade children will be receiving their First Reconciliation. As soon as plans are made for a different kind of presentation regarding this Sacrament we will let you know. The First Reconciliation is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021.
ST. FRANCIS TRUNK OR TREAT: Please join us for “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, October 31st from 2:30-4:30 pm in St. Francis School Parking Lot. Please bring your kids to trick or treat while youth and adults dress up and hand out candy!!! Please bring a canned item and/or money for the Pierce County Pantry Food Shelf. All are welcome!!!
ST. FRANCIS PARISH MITTEN CAMPAIGN: St. Francis Parish Mitten Campaign will begin the week of October 31-November 29. This year along with mittens, the collection will be including gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats. The donated items will be delivered to the Pierce County Food Shelf to assist our neighbors in the Pierce County Community. A Collection Box marked for your items will be placed at the back of the church or you can bring them to the school office. God Bless you for your generosity.
ELLSWORTH TRAVEL/IN-TOWN BASKETBALL REGISTRATION: Registration is open from October 5th - 26th. To register and for more information visit eelsworthpanthers.com/youthbb. Even though we are a little ways out from high school basketball, youth basketball is coming fast. Parents if you are interested in ordering basketball apparel, the clothing store is now open, through November 1st. Link: https://chippewavalleysportinggoods.itemorder.com/ Code: EBB20
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Oct. 29 - Harvest Breakfast
Oct. 29 - End of 1st Quarter
Oct. 30 - Teacher In-Service (No School)
Oct. 31 - Trunk or Treat (2:30 - 4:30)
Nov. 1 - All Saints Day
Nov. 2 - Beginning of 2nd Quarter
Nov. 6 - School Color Day
Nov. 25-27 - Thanksgiving Vacation
Nov. 26 - Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec. 3 - Home and School Meeting (7:00)
Dec. 4 - School Color Day
Dec. 11 - Food Drive Donations Due
Dec. 23 - Jan. 1 - Christmas Vacation
Dec. 25 - Merry Christmas!
Jan. 4 - Classes Resume
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!! Please call or email if you have questions: 715-273-4391 or
Chuck Buckel - Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Swanson - Lead Teacher email@example.com