St Francis School ~ October Newsletter
5th Grade Class Prayer
Dear Lord, Thank you for our teachers, our friends and the education we receive. Thank you for the opportunity to praise Jesus at our school and for Father Eric as he helps us praise Jesus at church. Thank you for allowing our school to continue to grow.
PRAYER PARTNERS: Please join us as we lift up Mrs. Swanson and our Fifth Grade students in prayer during the month of October. Cayman Anderson, Evan Beissel, Bethany Kaufer, Sienna Lansing, Reese Matzek, Darien McGrath, Jack McMahon, Rowan Nelson, Max Olson, Shelby Olson, Atlanta O’Neil, Vincent Oricchio, Rosemary Shafer, Kyle VanWatermeulen, and Gavin Wittenberg.
Don’t worry about anything: instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
During the month of November, we will be lifting up Mrs. Matzek and our Fourth Grade students in prayer.
WHAT'S NEW: I have some very exciting news to share about things that are happening around the school. First, we have started a new 3 year old Pre-school which opened this fall under the direction of Angie McHardy and Amy Matzek. Presently the pre-school is at capacity with 10 students. Second, to compliment the new program we started a Wrap Around Care Service. The Wrap Around Program offers care for our 3 and 4 year old students. The program runs from 11:00 - 3:15. To accommodate the new programs we have revamped the library and technology lab and now offer a Media Center. All of these changes will help support the educational goals of St. Francis School. Last, starting this fall I will operate on a 60% contract and am scheduled to be in the office 3 days per week. As always, if you need to contact me please do not hesitate to call the office (715) 273-4391.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL VIRTUES PROGRAM: Virtue Program: St. Francis Catholic Elementary School has had a strong tradition of promoting the virtues associated with devoted religious life. As a staff, we will continue the Virtues Program, “Following in Jesus’ Footsteps,” to instill in our students the desire to practice these religious virtues both at home and at school. Although there will not be a structured curriculum taught on a regular basis, the core of the program will be the recognition of “teachable moments” that arise each day. Each month at St. Francis, we will focus on one or two different, specific virtues school wide. Students from each class will be recognized and celebrated at morning Mass the last Wednesday of each month and receive a certificate. When a student is found using behavior exemplifying any virtue, they will be recognized with footprints on the wall in the parish hall. These footprints will recognize virtuous behavior pertaining to any one of the religious virtues at any time the behavior is observed and it will not necessarily be the virtue or virtues of focus for that month. 4YK students will be “Caught Showing Character” and will be recognized with butterflies on the wall and certificates that will be presented in their classroom and sent home.
If your K-5 student will be receiving a certificate at Mass, parents will be notified on Monday of that week in order for you to attend Mass and celebrate with your child if you so choose.
Also, each month the Virtue Award recipients will get to have lunch with Mr. Buckel!
REMINDER: Any time your child’s after school destination is someplace other than their usual destination, he/she needs a dated, written note signed by parent/guardian or you can send an email to the school indicating the change.
GRADES 3YK, 4YK & K - FIELD TRIP TO THE MAPLE LEAF ORCHARD – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2: Preschool, 4YK and Kindergarten will be taking a field trip to Maple Leaf Apple Orchard in Spring Valley, WI. on Wednesday, October 2. The permission slips were sent out last Monday with students in 3YK, 4YK and K.
CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS/PET BLESSING/SCHOOL COLORS DAY - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4: The feast day of our school and parish patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, is Friday, October 4. This day is always one of great celebration for our entire parish! We will attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Friday (we will not have school Mass on Wednesday) and students are encouraged to show their school spirit by dressing in school colors: blue and white. 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 and Preschool Students. You are welcome to bring an animal to be blessed after Mass and to be taken home again immediately following the Pet Blessing. Please, no pets or animals inside the school or church.
FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE THEIR BIBLES – FRIDAY OCTOBER 4. The Knights of Columbus will be presenting our fourth grade class with their Bibles on Friday, October 4 during Mass.
SCREENING DAY - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9: Our 4YK students will not have class on Wednesday, October 9 due to District Screening that day. 4YK families please see enclosed letter about this day.
GRADE 4 & 5 - FIELD TRIP TO THE MN ZOO – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11: Our Fourth and Fifth grade students will take a field trip to the MN Zoo on Friday, October 11. The permission slips were sent home with students last Monday for our fourth and fifth grade families. Please complete and return with payment by Wednesday, October 2. Chaperones are asked to check in at the office by 8:50.
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 (NO SCHOOL): Parent-teacher conferences are required first quarter for all students grades 4YK through grade 5. This year conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 17. You will be scheduled for a 15 minute conference with your child’s teacher between the hours of 12:00pm and 7:00pm Please use the following link to sign up for conferences: Conference Sign Up Link: https://signup.com/go/nOHzxHo
1st PARENT MEETING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23: Please plan to attend this parent meeting from 5:45pm - 7:00pm if you have a second grader who will receive the sacrament this year.
GR. 5 BAKE SALE – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24: Our fifth grade class will hold a bake sale Thursday, October 24. 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 Valley Fair.
TEACHER IN-SERVICE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 (NO SCHOOL): Students do not have classes on Friday, October 25. This is a district-wide in-service day.
DATE CHANGE: PICTURE RETAKES – MONDAY, OCTOBER 28: Our picture retake day has been rescheduled for Monday, October 28. Students who did not have their picture taken during our Back-to-School Night will need to have theirs taken on October 28 so that we have a photo for the student permanent records and the yearbook. Let me know if you 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 retaken, please return the complete original package to the office by Wednesday, October 2.
SPECIAL HARVEST BREAKFAST - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31: We will have a special Harvest Breakfast for students on Thursday, October 31, complete with pumpkins carved by our fifth grade class. Watch for more information soon.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: The first quarter ends on Thursday, October 31.
ALL SAINTS DAY – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (NO SCHOOL): There will be no school on Friday, November 1 in honor of All Saints Day.
2019-2020 STUDENT DIRECTORY: This year’s directory of our school families is included in today’s packet. If I’ve made an error for your family, please let me know. Also, if your address, telephone, or e-mail changes during the year, please send a note of the change to my office and update your JMC account information. Thanks for your help!
RENAISSANCE PROGRAM: St. Francis uses the Renaissance Star Reading and Star Math program. Teachers in grades 1-5 will be allowed to use the assessment periodically throughout the school year to monitor growth of students. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
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.
General Mills Box Tops for Education (information about their new App coming soon)
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.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWS
Thank you to all who attended the Home and School meeting on Sept 12! Our 4YK class won the prize for the most parents who attended! Awesome job! It sounds like the preschool, school year and Eagles Nest are off to a great start!
During our meeting there was some concern with having all major fundraisers in the second half of the year with no cash flow coming in the first half. There was interest in creating opportunities this fall to raise funds for St. Francis without necessarily having a fundraiser. The first opportunity discussed was to hold a fall family dance honoring Marlee Erlandson who passed away at the age of 2 from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare tumor located near her eye. Marlee was a tough little fighter and a light to everyone she came into contact with. Her parents wish is to keep Marlee’s life legacy living on forever! Marlee’s family members are dedicated St. Francis parishioners and strong advocates for St. Francis School where Marlee would have attended. Each year Marlee’s mom Josie delivers all the students and staff at St. Francis cupcakes in memory of her birthday which is Oct 8th. This could be a great way for all of our families to get together and pay tribute to her life!
The other opportunity mentioned was to hold a meat raffle. This could be held at a local establishment with minimal prep work, a fun night out for parents and a way to contribute to the school’s cash flow.
Included in today’s newsletter is a ballot regarding these opportunities. Please fill out and return by Friday Oct 4th! Thank you!
There is now a bulletin board located at the back of church providing school information to all the parishioners. If anyone has anything they would like added or posted to that please let me know. It’s a great way for parishioners to keep up with what’s happening at the school.
Lastly, there was talk about reserving a booth at the Pierce County Fair next summer along with the other surrounding Catholic schools. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas about that please let me know.
Kate Acker 715-495-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HOME AND SCHOOL DUES REMINDER: As with being a member of an organization, there are dues. As a member of the Home and School Association, each family is asked to pay $10.00. This money is divided among the teachers to be used to purchase items such as stickers, incentives, student prizes, materials for students to make their parents’ Christmas gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, etc. throughout the year for their students.
CARNIVAL NEWS: Hello Families! We are in need of a 2 St. Francis Parents that would be willing to chair the games committee and another to do the scheduling of volunteers. This would be for next school year! You could shadow this year if you'd like. If you're interested please reach out to Adriana, Carnival Chair
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Just a reminder to look for the Carnival tickets that will be coming home at the end of October/early November. With the white envelope and the newsletter only going out once a month I wanted to give you a heads up now. The tickets may come home in your child's daily folder so be sure you are checking their folders. Thanks to every family’s hard work in making sure these tickets get sold! We do ask every family to sell at least 2 Grand Raffle tickets and there will be extra tickets in the office if you need them. There will be a prize again this year for top selling Grand Raffle and a random drawing for the Traditional Raffle sellers too!!
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA - PICTURES NEEDED
Plans for "Glory Days: St. Francis School Through The Decades" are underway! Please save-the-date - April 18, 2020 for this special celebration of our school from the opening of its doors in 1948 until now. Spread the word to alumni, staff and families past and present to join us in reunion! The graduating class with the most guests in attendance will win a prize!! In addition, the committee needs your help in gathering pictures to showcase our school over the decades, especially prior to 1980. Please email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
ST. FRANCIS “TRUNK OR TREAT”: Please join us for “Trunk or Treat” on Thursday, October 31st from 5-8 pm in St. Francis School Parking Lot. Please bring your kids to trick or treat while youth and adults dress up like the Saints and hand out treats!!! If any high school youth/adults would like to dress up - please contact Cheryl. All are welcome!!! Questions: contact Cheryl Kaufer at 651-308-8576 or email@example.com
4-H AWARDS – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8: Ann Webb from the Pierce County 4-H office will be at St. Francis School on Tuesday, October 8 to distribute and cash checks for premiums that 4-H members earned at the Pierce County Fair.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Oct. 2 - Field Trip to Apple Orchard (Grades Preschool, 4YK & K)
Oct. 4 - Feast of St. Francis ~ Mass and Pet Blessing/School Color Day
Oct. 4 - 4th Grade Students receive their Bibles
Oct. 8 - 4-H Fair Premium Distribution
Oct. 9 - Screening Day (No 4YK)
Oct. 11 - Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Trip to the MN Zoo
Oct. 17 - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 12:00-7:00 (No School)
Oct. 23 - 1st Parent Meeting for First Reconciliation from 5:45 - 7:00 (Grade 2)
Oct. 24 - 5th Grade Bake Sale
Oct. 25 - Teacher In-Service ( No School)
Oct. 28 - Picture Retake Day (Please note date change)
Oct. 30 - Gentle and Diligent Virtue Awards following Mass
Oct. 31 - Harvest Breakfast
Oct. 31 - End of 1st Quarter
Oct. 31 - Trunk or Treat (5:00-8:00)
Nov. 1 - All Saints Day (No School)
Nov. 4 - Beginning of 2nd Quarter
Nov. 5 - Vision Screening (4YK - 2nd Grade)
Nov. 20 - Attentive Virtue Awards following Mass
Nov. 20 - 2nd Parent Meeting for First Reconciliation (5:45 - 7:00)
Nov. 27-29 - Thanksgiving Vacation
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Buckel - Principal