Prayer for Beginning a New School Year
Thank you, Lord, for Your divine protection over our children.
Keep them safe as they travel to and from school.
We stand on Your Word that no weapon formed against them will prosper.
We thank you that Your angels stand guard over them and surround them like a shield. Guard their hearts and minds. Cover them as they navigate this new school year and guide them in the right direction. In Jesus’ name, 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. As a staff, we are excited and looking forward to the new year!
Again 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 committee members, will need to submit that information to Amy Matzek by the 20th of the month prior.
SCHOOL COLOR DAY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: Students are encouraged to dress in school colors, blue & white, on the first Friday of each month, beginning September 3rd.. Show your school spirit!
NO SCHOOL - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: There will be no school on Monday, September 6, 2021 as we observe Labor Day.
MASS SERVING SCHEDULE: Students who have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and are in at least 3rd grade are able to serve at school and weekend Masses. Our Mass Serving Schedule will be emailed and sent home with your child soon.
YEARBOOK SIGNING – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17: Our 2020-2021 yearbooks have arrived! We will have a yearbook signing activity on Friday, September 17. We’ll have some autograph sheets available for those who do not have a yearbook to be signed.
“SEE YOU AT THE POLE” - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: On Wednesday, September 22, 2021 we will participate in the nation-wide event “See You At The Pole.” The theme this year is “Just Pray”, taken from James 4:10. 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!
DIOCESAN TEACHER INSERVICE - NO CLASSES - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24: St. Francis students will not have classes on Friday, September 24, 2021 as this day has been assigned as a Diocese of LaCrosse Faith In-Service Day. Some St. Francis staff members already participated in a Faith In-Service Day on Saturday, August 7, 2021.
SCHOOL COLORS DAY/CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS/PET BLESSING - MONDAY, OCTOBER 4: The feast day of our school and parish patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, is Monday, October 4. This day is always one of great celebration for our entire parish! We will attend 8:30 a.m. Mass on Monday (we will not have school Mass on Wednesday that week) 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 Preschool and 4K 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. You may also bring a picture of your pet if transportation for your pet to return home immediately isn’t available.
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 AND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21:
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 PM. At this time conferences will be held in person with the flexibility of holding virtual conferences if warranted. All conferences will be by appointment. Scheduling information will be shared soon.
NO SCHOOL - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22: No school for students on Friday, October 22, 2021.
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
5) To offer a limited number of fund raising activities with the approval of the school administration for the
support of the school.
HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER AND DUES: Please see the enclosed Home & School
Association Newsletter from HSA President Emily Rohl 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 8. Thank you!
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9: The Home and School Association will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 9th, 2021 in the Parish Hall. If you have a topic you would like addressed or a question, please submit to President Emily Rohl, firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage all to attend.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION CARNIVAL-SAVE THE DATE: Please save the date on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 for the Carnival.
ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL GALA – SAVE THE DATE: Please save the date on April 23, 2022 for the “Ein Prosit” Oktoberfest Gala! Gather up your lederhosen, we’re celebrating St. Francis School’s 75th Anniversary with our biggest gala yet in the St. Francis School das Bierzelt (beer tent) located in our parking lot! Spread the word to alumni, staff and families past and present to join us in merriment! Watch for tickets to go on sale in March. Prost!
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: Welcome back to our St. Francis Religious Education Programs! If you are new to this, we welcome you and are happy you are joining us! Wednesday Classes start September 8 for: Grades 1- 5 (those students not attending the St. Francis Catholic School), at 5:45 pm. Grades 6 - 11 are scheduled from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Sunday school for children ages 3 - 5, including current Kindergarten Students, is held during the 10:30 am Sunday Masses.
Please join us for the Religious Education Open House and Registration on Wednesday, September 1, anytime between 3:30 and 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. There will also be Youth Ministry Tables with information regarding Youth Ministry activities and trips planned for the coming year. Please contact Joan Foley, email@example.com or 715-338-1199, if you have any questions.
FALL DANCE CLINIC: The EHS Dance Team will be hosting a Dance Clinic Friday, September 17th. Registration forms are included in your monthly envelope and are due by Friday, September 3rd. The clinic is offered to students in grades K-5th grade.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sept. 1 - First Day of School/Paperwork Due
Sept. 3 - School Colors Day (Blue and White)
Sept. 6 - No School - Labor Day
Sept. 9 - Home and School Meeting at 7:00pm
Sept 17 - Yearbook Signing
Sept. 22 - “See You At The Pole”
Sept. 28 - EHS Service Day: St. Francis School will benefit from the high school students’ hard work.
Oct. 1 - EHS Homecoming Parade and Football Game
Oct. 4 - Feast of St. Francis ~ Mass and Pet Blessing/School Color Day
Oct. 19 and Oct. 21 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (4:00 - 7:00) - watch for more information soon
Oct. 22 - No School - Teacher In Service
May God Bless Our St. Francis Families!! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear St. Francis School Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited to welcome you all back to school! Thank you for giving your child(ren) the gift of attending school at St. Francis. It will be a blessed school year!
Open House will be held on Thursday, Aug. 26 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet all of the staff, drop off school supplies, have pictures taken, and enjoy a meal.
During Open House please pay for your child’s agenda ($5), and if you have students in 3YK Preschool, 4K and/or K, make a deposit in St. Francis School Food Service to cover the cost of snacks and milk. Reminder breakfast and lunch is provided through the Seamless Summer Option this school year.
According to Michael Chisholm, our Transportation Director, all bus routes will remain the same as last year. Your transportation updates can be made as part of the JMC verification process. Please contact Michael at the bus garage with any questions you may have at 715-273-3917.
Classes 4YK-5th grade begin Wednesday, Sept. 1. School begins at 8:05 a.m. Students may start arriving at 7:45; please do not drop off your student before 7:45 a.m. If you need to drop off your child before 7:45 a.m., they will need to be enrolled and signed into our Eagles Nest Before School Care and you will be billed accordingly. More Eagles Nest information will be emailed to you soon.
The Parish Hall door will remain locked until the 7:45 bell rings. At this time we ask that parents refrain from coming into the building to drop off students. We will continue the drop-off loop that was created last year until further notice. Please ask your child’s teacher if you have questions about drop-off.
3YK classes begin Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
Parent Pick Up will begin at 3:10 p.m. at parking lot doors (Door 3). We hope this helps to alleviate the congestion in the parking lot at the end of the day. Parents will enter the parking lot on Piety street and curve left to make a loop (towards and following the fence line) proceeding to the pick up door. Parents will remain in their cars and children will be escorted to the vehicle. Parents will then proceed to exit the playground on Piety St.(same gate they entered) Please be mindful of the flow of traffic, as to not block the entrance of Piety street.
The Eagles Nest is our Before and After School Care Program at St. Francis School for students in 3YK-5th grade. Our Before School Care will be offered starting at 7:00 a.m. Our After School Care will run from 3:25 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information on Eagles Nest, please visit our website or call the school office to request the information via email. Please register no later than August 26, 2021/Open House, so we can plan accordingly. We are excited to once again provide this service to our families!
Wrap-Around Care is available for our preschool & 4YK students. Please see the Wrap-Around registration information contained in this packet. Please return Wrap-Around Care registration before Sept. 1, 2021.
School Pictures: School Pictures will be taken on Thursday, Aug. 26 during Open House. An email will be sent with the electronic link for your convenience. If you prefer a paper copy, please let the office know.
Food Service: The Seamless Summer Program is continuing which means all students will be provided with free breakfast and lunch again this school year. Even though these free meals will be provided, it is vital that we have all families who may be eligible for traditional free and reduced lunch programs to still apply as in the past. Your participation in this program not only reduces your family’s financial burden of providing nutritious meals for your children, but also provides a significant portion of the Food Service budget at St. Francis School. We receive reimbursements from both the federal government and the State of Wisconsin for each free and reduced-price meal we serve. If you feel your child(ren) may be eligible for this program, please take the time to fill out and submit the application. We encourage you to apply online in JMC when you register your child, under the Meals Application tab. Paper applications were also included in your packet. All applications are kept completely confidential. Also included in this packet is information about special dietary needs. If you have any questions or concerns about our Food Program, please contact our Food Services Director Ms. Mary Dougherty. Her email address is: email@example.com.
2021-2022 Food Service Prices
Student Breakfast: $0.00
Student Lunch: $0.00
Adult Lunch: $3.50
Extra Milk: $.50
4YK and Kindergarten Snack: $.90
Lunch and breakfast menus will be sent home monthly. Meal and snack charges will be deducted from your family food service account through the JMC software. Breakfast this year will be available in the cafeteria upon arrival at school starting at 7:45.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Amy Matzek, Administrative Assistant, at 273-4391.
Mrs. Mary Cormican
Dear St. Francis Families and Community,
As principal of St. Francis School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for a great year. We are all excited to have students back in the building. We believe in education that involves mind, body, and soul. We strive for academic excellence by teaching our students good study habits and a strong work ethic to serve as a foundation for future learning. Our goal is a well-rounded and confident student capable of taking the next steps in their educational and spiritual journey.
We believe that parents are the primary teachers of their children and motivators for success. We believe that sound instruction by highly qualified teachers and staff, along with parental engagement in both the academic and religious aspects of the school, will bring out the best in each child.
At St. Francis, we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage students in learning. St. Francis teachers utilize research-based best practices and analyze data to determine current skill levels and set goals for excellence and improvement.
I am honored to serve as the principal of St. Francis School. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, students, and teachers care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support spiritual, academic, and social growth. Please feel free to contact me at 715 273-4391 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, welcome back! Let’s make it a great year at St. Francis School together.
In faith and peace,
Mrs. Mary Cormican