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, email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
At the end of this school year we give thanks to God
For all the teaching and learning that has taken place in our school,
For the talents and gifts that have been shared and the challenges that have been faced. We give thanks for our friendships, for our faith that has grown, for the hope that has lifted our hearts and for the love that has kept us going. Bless all our students, staff and families; may our time together leave us with memories to cherish.
FOLLOWING IN JESUS’ FOOTSTEPS
VIRTUE AWARDS FOR SELF-CONTROL:
Self-Control – Having self-control means you make yourself do the right thing.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Levi Acker, Gretta Rewolinski, Lucy Feuerhelm
4YK – CAUGHT SHOWING CHARACTER:
Self Control – Breelyn Krause
CONGRATULATIONS to our fifth grade students who will be crossing over to the middle school next year. We ask God’s blessings for you, and want you to
know that you will be missed!
WALK FOR VIRTUES: My thanks to each person who helped to make our Walk for Virtues a great day for our school! The children put forth amazing effort as they worked to achieve their goal and were encouraged along the way by our fantastic group of teachers & parents, family & friends! Even with the chilly weather, it was still a wonderful event! Thank you! We raised $10,059.99 through this fundraiser!! On Thursday, May 20th we announced our top pledge winners. The feet were distributed on that same day!
Grade 5: $2,605.00 Grade 1: $1,147.00
Grade 4: $1,024.00 Kindergarten: $988.33
Grade 3: $1,257.33 Grade 4YK: $1,723.00
Grade 2: $1,265.33 Preschool: $50.00
FAREWELL - THREE STAFF TO RETIRE: Mrs. Penton and Miss Miller will both be retiring from classroom teaching this year. Mrs. Kulow will be retiring again! While Mr. Buckel left in November, we have hope that he will be able to join us for an official goodbye before the end of the year. We are extremely grateful for the immense contribution these wonderful teachers have made to St. Francis through their years of service. Their dedication will never be forgotten and they will be dearly missed. We will be honoring these four at a cupcake gathering for staff and students and they will receive their retirement certificates at our last day Mass, on June 2. If you would like to personally thank any or all of them, please send your personal acknowledgement to school by June 1.
THANK YOU TO OUR UNPAID STAFF: During this crazy year, we have depended heavily on a group of unsung heroes--our unpaid staff (or “volunteers” in a non-Covid year). Volunteers usually come in to make copies and do projects in the work room, or sometimes read with students who need more attention. Not this year--this year they were filling the many staff “gaps” created when we had to cohort our classrooms, lunches and recesses. Without this group of women, we wouldn’t have made it through the year. A million thanks to: Mary Augustine, Vicki Poole, and Shari Turvaville. We hope you enjoy a relaxing summer and will be back as a “volunteer” again next year!
EAGLES NEST PROGRAM: Our Before School Eagles Nest will run through Wednesday, June 2nd and the last day for After School Eagles Nest for this year is Thursday, May 27. Monthly statements will be sent home today and on Friday May 28th (for accounts with a negative balance). Please make sure you have sufficient funds in your account to finish out the school year. Watch for Eagles Nest registration information for next year in early August.
EAGLES NEST THANK YOU! Thank you to our amazing volunteers who worked and stayed late to insure we were in compliance with always having at least 3 people present at all times. Shari Turvaville, Vicki Poole and Kathy Swanson, we couldn’t have done it without you. Your dedication to our Eagles Nest program is very much appreciated!
2021-2022 CALENDARS AND SUPPLY LIST: Please watch for an email with our school calendars and supply list coming soon.
LAST DAY EARLY RELEASE FORM FOR GRADES K-5: In your monthly envelope is a form to let us know how your student(s) will be going home the last day of school. All families need to complete and return the form by Wed., May 26.
LAST CHANCE! 2020-2021 YEARBOOK ORDERS: Yearbook Online Ordering closes on Wednesday, June 2. Visit https://ybpay.lifetouch.com to order. Our ID code is: 1934621. Check payments need to be made by Friday, May 28.
GR. 5 - DARE GRADUATION, MASS OF COMPLETION, BRUNCH AND TREE PLANTING-THURS., MAY 27: All of these wonderful 5th grade activities will be held on Thursday, May 27th. Parents please mark your calendars!
9:00 Brunch in the Parish Hall (including breakfast, and 5th grade memory slideshow)
9:45 DARE Graduation (reading of DARE Essays and presentation of certificates)
10:30 Mass of Completion
11:00 Tree Planting at St. Francis Cemetery
12:00 Return to School for lunch and lessons
MEMORIAL DAY – MONDAY, MAY 31 - NO SCHOOL: Students do not have classes Monday, May 31, due to our observance of Memorial Day
GRADES K-5 AWARDS MASS - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2: Awards Mass for Grades K - 5 will be held on Wednesday, June 2 at 8:30AM. Students in grades K-4 will receive their certificates of promotion. Parents are encouraged to attend.
LAST DAY OF CLASSES, 5TH GRADE KICKBALL GAME, AND ALL SCHOOL PICNIC - WED., JUNE 2: Our last day of classes for kindergarten through fifth grade students will be Wednesday, June 2nd. Our fifth grade class will take on their parents in a kickball game, and we will have a “bring your own lunch” picnic. There will NOT be any food available this year like past years. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm.
We will use the following schedule:
8:05 Classes begin, as usual.
8:30 Mass for grades K-5 and Awards Ceremony
9:30 Recess for K-2
9:50 Recess for grades 3-5
10:05 Return to classrooms for cleaning, final projects.
11:00 Kickball game - Fifth grade students versus their parents.
11:45 Picnic lunch grades K-5
12:25 Return to classrooms for report cards & summer farewells
12:30 Dismissal for those students going home with parents
SUMMER FOOD SERVICE: Ellsworth Community School District is excited to announce that we are once again planning to offer summer food service to our district families. This survey is for the month of June only. Another survey will go out toward mid-June to plan for the months of July and August.
Please note that during the June Summer School session from 6/7-6/25, all students enrolled will have the opportunity to get a daily breakfast and lunch. This information is provided because if your child is enrolled in Summer School, that may impact your response for June.
Meals will again be distributed through the "Grab and Go" process with the same three pick up locations. These include:
-Bay City Post Office Parking Lot
-Our Saviors Church Parking Lot
-Senior High School Cafeteria Entrance
Meals will be distributed on Monday and Wednesday each week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday's pick up will have 2 days of meals and Wednesday's pick up will have 3 days of meals. June dates are the 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, and 23rd.
Please complete the survey by Friday, May 28th at noon, so our food service team can prepare for the needed meals.
Survey Link: https://forms.gle/Dqy6Dy8urcHgCXDX7
HOME AND SCHOOL NEWS
HOME AND SCHOOL MEETING MINUTES AND COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: You will find our meeting minutes and committee assignments in your monthly envelope today.
FIRST ANNUAL ST. FRANCIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Come join us for this fun new fundraiser on Friday, August 20th at Ellsworth Country Club. Please see all the details on the enclosed flyer and mark your calendars for this day of fun and fundraising for our school! For any further questions please contact Mark Matzek- email@example.com
SAVE THE DATES: This summer TOTUS TUUS “Totally Yours” will be coming to St. Francis! Totus Tuus is a fun and energetic parish based summer Catholic youth program put on by a team of 4 college students or seminarians who will be staying at St. Francis for one week. Our Totus Tuus program for children going into Grades 1 - 6 will be held Monday - Friday, June 28 - July 2, from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Please mark your calendars! A Registration Form is included in your monthly envelope today (Current K - 5th Grade). (The Totus Tuus Program will replace the Vacation Bible School - VBS which we have held at St. Francis during past summers.)
CAMP PEPIN: Camp Pepin is open for business in 2021! Day Camps, Family Camps and Summer Resident Camps are being offered. We know that every child can benefit from the experience of camp and many families need the support of scholarship dollars. Click here to learn more about programs and scholarships. YMCA Camp Pepin is proud to serve the children in the local communities.
EHS DANCE TEAM YOUTH CLINIC: Please see the enclosed flyer from the EHS Dance Team about their upcoming clinic.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 27 - Self-Control Virtue Awards following Mass (8:30 am)
May 27 - 5th Grade Dare Graduation, Brunch, Mass of Completion (10:30 am), and Tree Planting
May 27 - 5th Grade walks to Dairy Queen
May 31 - Memorial Day (No School)
June 1 - Last Day of School for 4YK
June 2 - K - 5th Grade Award Mass (8:30am) and Last Day of School (Half Day for K-5)