Dear St. Francis School Families,
November 1 - Feast of All Saints;
November 2 - Feast of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.
- Wisdom 3:1-9
It is a centuries-old tradition of the Catholic Church to dedicate the month of November to the memory of the departed relatives and friends. During this time set aside for remembrance, our community prays for those who have died, and we celebrate the ways in which they continue to inspire and bless our daily lives. The tradition is one which members of all faith are welcome to share.
You are invited as a member of our school community to join in this prayerful remembrance. 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. Please return the form to school, place it in the collection basket at a weekend Mass, or place it in the basket at the altar. Throughout the month of November we will remember our deceased loved ones and friends, as a community, in our Masses and prayers.
REPORT CARDS: Report cards for all students will be sent home today. After reviewing your child’s report card, parents
are asked to sign and return the envelope to school by Wednesday, November 8. Report cards do not have to
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – NOV 2 & 9: Parent-teacher conferences are required at the end of first quarter for all students grades 4YK through grade 5. You will have your choice of two dates: Thursday, November 2 or Thursday, November 9 and will be scheduled for a 15 minute conference with your child’s teacher between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Please use the following link to sign up for conferences: Conference Sign Up Link: http://signup.com/go/5gM1Vz
SCHOOL COLORS DAY – NOV. 3: Students are encouraged to show their school spirit by dressing in school colors, blue and white, on Friday, November 3.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA – TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Thank you to everyone who has already sold tickets for this upcoming school fundraiser. We're working towards a sold-out event and still have about 100 attendee tickets remaining! Please encourage family, friends, and relatives to come and support our school, enjoy a fun night out... and All That Jazz!
Additional items are being added to the online sneak peek, check it out here: www.stfrancisellsworth.org/gala.
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 beginning on October 20th and continuing through November 17th. Teachers will let you know when their class is scheduled to take the test.
SPECIAL HARVEST BREAKFAST - OCT. 31: We will have a special Harvest Breakfast for students on Tuesday, October 31, complete with pumpkins carved by our fifth grade class.
NO SCHOOL- NOV. 1: There will be no school on Wednesday, November 1 in honor of All Saints Day.
2018 CARNIVAL: All carnival committee members are invited to attend a planning meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16th at 6:30 PM. It will take place in the school library in the basement.
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 permission slip was included in last week’s packet for these students. Please complete and return with payment by Wednesday, November 8. The bus will depart from school at 8 a.m. and return at 2:15 p.m. Chaperones are asked to check into the office by 7:45 a.m. A bag lunch will be needed, and will be eaten at the Children’s Museum.
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. Please see the enclosed order form for available items, sizes, and
color choices. Please make checks payable to St. Francis School. Order forms and payment are due by
Friday, November 17.
EASY FUNDRAISING: Have you tried Shoparoo?? It is an app that takes 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.
Other easy fundraisers:
The following can be brought to school:
General Mills Box Tops for Education
Village or Country Hearth Bread
Our Family UPC Codes
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Oct. 20 - Nov. 17 - Standardized Testing (Grades: 2-5)
Oct. 31 - Harvest Breakfast
Nov. 1 - All Saints Day (No School)
Nov. 2 and 9 - Regular Classes, Evening P-T Conferences
Nov. 4 - St. Francis School Gala at the Ridgetop
Nov. 8 - 4YK No School - Child Development Screening
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. 30 - Home and School Meeting
I hope you have a blessed week! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 email@example.com