St Francis School ~ September Newsletter
Prayer for Beginning a New School Year
Father, we thank you for the opportunity to begin the 2019-2020 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.
Dear St. Francis School Families,
As we start a new school year, I would like to thank all of our St. Francis families for your support, because without it we would not exist. Please take time to stop in to the kindergarten room and introduce yourself to our new teacher Mrs. Kaile Wescott. As a staff we are excited and looking forward to the new year which will give us the opportunity to showcase all of our new programs.
I would like to remind everyone that new this year we will use the large white envelope as a MONTHLY communication system. They will be sent home with the oldest child in your family who attends St. Francis School on the last Monday of each month (3rd week in December). You, as a 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. 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 continue to be sent out via email each month. Menus will be emailed and posted on our school website. Newsletters from the office will provide important school information for each month with more classroom specific information coming from your classroom teacher. Also, we will be sending text message reminders as the dates draw near to help parents stay informed. Anyone who would like information added to the monthly newsletter, including committees members, will need to submit that information by the 20th of the month prior.
4YK Mrs. Sandy Karlstad email@example.com
Kindergarten Mrs. Kaile Wescott firstname.lastname@example.org
First grade Miss Beverly Miller email@example.com
Second grade Mrs. Dawn Koch firstname.lastname@example.org
Third grade Ms. Tessa Davis email@example.com
Fourth grade Mrs. Sarah Matzek firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth grade Mrs. Kathy Swanson email@example.com
Music Mrs. Kay Lee Penton firstname.lastname@example.org
Preschool Mrs. Angie McHardy email@example.com
MASS SERVING SCHEDULE: Our Mass Serving Schedule will be emailed and sent home with your child soon. A prayer service will be held on Wednesday, August 28 and September 4 in the Parish Hall at 8:30am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
5TH GRADE PARENT MEETING - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE): A 5th Grade parent meeting entitled “Keys to a Successful Year”will be held on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 in the KC room! Students are invited but not required to attend. Please see you classroom newsletter for more information.
SCHOOL COLOR DAY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: Students are encouraged to dress in school colors, blue & white, on the first Friday of each month, beginning September. 6. Show your school spirit!
YEARBOOK SIGNING – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: Our 2018-2019 yearbooks have arrived! We will have a yearbook signing activity on Friday, September 13. 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.
PACKER/VIKING DAY – SEPTEMBER 13: In a spirit of friendly rivalry, students are encouraged to dress in either Green Bay Packers or Minnesota Vikings colors on Friday, September 13. Hats, hair color and face paint are acceptable, but please, no shoulder pads, wigs, cleats, etc.
FIRE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM FOR 4YK THROUGH 2ND GRADE: Please watch for details about the Fire Department Program in your classroom newsletter. Permission slips will be sent out when the date is set.
“SEE YOU AT THE POLE” - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: On Wednesday, September 25 we will participate in the nation-wide event “See You At The Pole.” The theme this year is “If…”, taken from the reading 2 Chronicles 7:14. Right after Mass we will meet as a Parish/School community at the flagpole in front of school to lift up our prayers. We hope you and your family will join us!
GR. 4 - PIERCE CO. FARM & RURAL SAFETY DAY - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: Fourth grade students will have the opportunity to join with other fourth grade students in Pierce County for Farm & Rural Safety Day, held at the Pierce County Fairgrounds on Thursday, September 26. The permission slip is included in today’s newsletter for fourth grade families. Please return the permission slip by Wednesday, September 4.
SCHOOL COLORS DAY/CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS/PET BLESSING -
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.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL PARENT MENTOR PROGRAM: Welcome to St. Francis Catholic School New Families and Welcome Back Returning Families! We are excited to share our mentor program with you, where seasoned St. Francis parents share helpful information with our newer families. We’ve learned that there is a lot to take in when your child first arrives at St. Francis so we’re here to help! In today’s envelope, you will find a letter from one parent to another regarding what you can expect to happen in your child’s grade this year. This is our second year providing this program so your feedback is very welcomed and we’d love to hear whether or not this is helpful to you. Blessings on a wonderful year to come!
HOME AND SCHOOL NEWS
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:
1) To act as a support group for the school and its employees and students,
2) To offer, through well-planned programs, information of special interest to parents which will assist them in
fulfilling their responsibilities in the Christian formation of their children,
3) To provide opportunities to build community among parents, students, school employees, and the pastor,
4) To provide a setting in which parents may be of service to the school and where faculty may be of service to parents,
5) To offer a limited number of fund raising activities with the approval of the school administration for the support of the school.
As an organization, we meet four times during the school year.
Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 at 6 p.m. in our parish hall.
HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER AND DUES: Please see the enclosed Home & School
Association Newsletter from HSA President Katie Acker 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 11. Thanks.
HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: The Home and School Association will hold its first meeting of the year at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 12 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, Katie Acker, firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-495-2600
All parents or guardians are encouraged to attend. Child care will be provided. By attending, you earn a reward certificate for your child, and you might also help your child's class earn a special prize. We will be serving a meal from 5:30 to 6:00- bring the kids for dinner and stay for the meeting! Hope to see you there!
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA: SAVE THE DATE FOR APRIL 18, 2020! We are celebrating the 14th year of this wonderful annual fundraiser. Our school gala is an adult community event that includes dinner, entertainment, and a live and silent auction. Join us and bring your friends and family for this year’s school reunion theme: GLORY DAYS: ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL THROUGH THE DECADES. Dress the theme by showing off your St. Francis spiritwear and dressing in the decade of when you attended elementary school.
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!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Announcing the St. Francis 2019/20 Wednesday Religious Education Programs! If you are new to this, we welcome you and are happy you are joining us!!!
Wednesday Classes for: Grades 1- 5 are scheduled for 5:45 pm. Grades 6 - 11 are scheduled from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Various Parent Meetings and Classes are scheduled throughout the year. Please see the Wednesday Religious Education Calendar found on the website www.stfrancisellsworth.com.
Please join us for The 2019/20 Religious Education Open House on Wednesday, September 4, between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.
Registration for all students in grades 1-11 & visit the various St. Francis Parish Ministry Displays that will be set up in the Parish Hall. Find out what our parish offers and where you may be able to help!
FALL DANCE CLINIC: The EHS Dance Team will be hosting a Dance Clinic September 7th from 1 – 3 pm. Registration forms are included in your monthly communication envelope and are due on Tuesday, September 3rd. The clinic is offer to students in grades K-5th grade.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Aug. 30 - No School
Sept. 2 - No School – Labor Day
Sept. 3 - Dance Clinic Forms Due
Sept. 4 - Statement of Compliance Due
Sept. 6 - School Color Day (Blue and Whte)
Sept. 7 - EHS Fall Dance Clinic
Sept. 10 - 5th Grade Parent Meeting at 6:00pm
Sept. 11 - Home and School Dues Due
Sept. 12 - Home and School Meeting at 6:00pm
Sept. 13 - Yearbook Signing
Sept. 13 - Packer/ Viking Day
Sept. 24 - EHS Service Day
Sept. 25 - “See You At The Pole”
Sept. 26 - Pierce County Farm & Rural Safety Day (Grade 4)
Sept. 27 - EHS Homecoming Parade, Chili Feed and Football Game
Oct. 4 - Feast of St. Francis ~ Mass and Pet Blessing/School Color Day
Oct. 17 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (12:00 - 7:00) - watch for more information soon
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 email@example.com