St. Francis School News – December 15, 2017

CYO Information: The CYO is excited to announce that the games for this upcoming basketball season are going to be played at K&L Arena.  This will be an excellent venue for both our participants and spectators.  Also, Mindy Eckert, assistant women’s coach at John Wood Community College, has been named the coordinator for the basketball league this season.  She brings a wealth of experience and resources to our programs, and we are very lucky to have her on our team. Thank you to all who are signed up to play this year.  We will see you at K&L Arena this January!

Flu/Illness:  The last few days the school has had up to as many as 22 students out with various symptoms.  Please be vigilant with how your child may be feeling.

Change Cancer Assembly– A very special thank you to Mrs. Makarewicz and all the teachers who helped organize this tremendous event!    Wonderful prizes are donated, and then raffled off to the students who have had the lucky ticket drawn.  All of the proceeds will be divided among Blessing Hospital Cancer Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and Illinois Cancer Care.  A portion of the donations will be given to the Allison Holbrook Scholarship Fund as well.   A Christmas tree is located on our lower level that holds a star for each member of our families that have been affected by cancer in some way.  The children also had the opportunity to wear a colored shirt to school one day that represented the particular cancer that their loved one was connected to.  This is an annual effort and we are so very proud of the amount of money raised and the dedication to helping others in need.  This year, we raised $2300.00 for these worthy facilities to treat their patients, and develop research to eliminate cancer!

Lori Shepard, Principal

DARE Essay Winner– Congratulations to Delaney Beard, a 6th grader, who recently won the DARE Essay Contest.  Students are instructed by Officer Kelly VanderMaiden to make good decisions about resisting drugs and alcohol and the program has benefitted several students over the years.  Our dignitaries at the DARE Graduation Assembly on Friday, December 8, included Mayor Kyle Moore, Deputy Chief Doug VanderMaiden, and Jorge Flores, our Keynote speaker.  Powerful advice was shared by all, and the students learned a great deal.  A special thank you to Mrs. Walker, for allowing her students to attend this valuable program!

Lori Shepard, Principal

Pringles Cans: If you have any empty cans, please bring them to the school office for Mrs. Slough. Thanks!


Donation request: If anyone has a white king sized flat sheet they would like to donate to the school, it would be greatly appreciated.  It will be used to make a screen for our projector.  Thanks.

LUNCH BILLS/SERVICE HOURS: Please note that all Lunch Bills should be paid in full by December 15th or at a positive balance.  And if you have any service hours that need to be logged other than Playground duty, please let the school office know so they can be counted.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Winter weather: If the wind chill is 34 or above, the students will go outside for recess.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the cold weather.  Thank you.

GIVE KIDS A SMILE PROGRAM: It is that time of year again. The program will be held on February 9th, 2018, at the Adams County Health Department located at 330 Vermont in Quincy. Forms are due to the school by December 20th.  This is a free service and parents must call Candy at 228-1085 to make an appointment.

Dates To Remember

Dec. 15th: Try Day Friday 8:30 to 2:30 in cafeteria

Dec. 19th : Christmas parties in classrooms 1:45 to 2:45

Dec. 20th : Christmas vacation begins

Jan.3rd: School resumes