St. Francis School News – February 9, 2018

Catholic Schools Week 2018

I would like to thank the teachers, parents, and grandparents who helped provide a tremendous Catholic Schools Week for our students!  Every day was filled with a different activity that hopefully created lasting memories for our children.

We started CSW with a special Mass on Sunday to celebrate our parish and the students shared their faith through the readings, intercessions, carrying up the gifts, and with their beautiful music.  A special thank you to Maureen Makarewicz, for planning that Mass with the students.  Later that day, we enjoyed a Winter Carnival from 4:00-6:00 in our gym that was facilitated by many parent volunteers.  Thank you, Jane Gregory, for the many hours of organization!  Students won prizes and had a wonderful time.

Monday brought an opportunity to share knowledge as well as have fun.  Everyone went to the gym for a trivia contest.  Students were divided into teams, each having a student from Kindergarten to 8th grade.  All were involved in the fun and competed to win!  The students also created birthday cards for our former Crossing Guard, Carol Range, and I presented them to him at a surprise birthday party at Sunset Nursing Home.  A special thank you to Dawn Peters, who helped organize the card collection and created a tremendous poster for Carol as well.  He was very touched by our prayers and well-wishes.

Tuesday was also a time for sharing educational fun.  Students paired up with an older student and read for 30 minutes around the school.  We also had 10 activities each half an hour throughout the day to celebrate our 100 days in school.  Every 30 minutes, students were asked over the PA system to stand up and do 10 jumping jacks, or tell 10 people how great they are, etc.  What a great way to mix in fun all day long!  We also created door decorations for local nursing homes as a stewardship project.

Wednesday was a very special day to celebrate Vocations. Once again, we started the day with Mass.  The children created beautiful cards for our 3 priests and gave them all a gift card as well.  We invited them over to share lunch with us to show our appreciation for all that they do for us.  John Mitchell, from Hy-Vee, was here to provide a delicious pasta bar for all staff and teachers.  Throughout the day, students paired up for games and activities in either the gym or their classrooms.

Thursday was a day to celebrate the students!  The entire school went on a field trip to either the Kroc Center, or the movie theatre.  When they returned, they were given a popcorn snack to enjoy.  Thank you to Jeff Zanger, who organized the movie and Kroc Center for the students, and to Brian Miller and Kris Eyler, who helped to pop over 300 bags of popcorn for everyone!

And finally, on Friday, we celebrated our families by inviting our Grandparents to a special Mass and to also stay for a program and lunch.  Various classes prepared either a song or a power point presentation to entertain the grandparents.  A special thank you to Father Bob for a heart-felt homily, and to Mrs. Stuckman and Tabitha Surowiec for organizing all of the details for the luncheon.

I would also like to especially thank all of the teachers for their thousands of hours of extra time, work, and effort that goes into all of the planning for the week.  Mrs. Dawson was an outstanding committee chairman for the entire week, and it was a great team effort to make sure all events went as planned.   I am blessed to have such dedicated teachers and staff who make St. Francis an outstanding school!  Lori Shepard, Principal


QND Open House

Quincy Notre Dame High School will hold an Open House on Sunday, February 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., 1400 S. 11th Street, Quincy, Ill. Parents and students interested in attending QND are invited to attend.

Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet QND students, parents and faculty, explore the school and discover the new things happening at QND.

The schedule for the QND Open House is as follows:

1:00 p.m. – Welcome and overview with Principal Mark McDowell and QND students (QND Cafeteria)

1:30 p.m. – “Ways to Make QND a Reality” presentation with question and answer session about financial assistance, completing the FACTS form, Gene Grawe Fund and more (QND Cafeteria)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Tour QND and meet teachers

For more information, please contact Mary Pat Vahlkamp at 217-223-2479 ext. 326 or email [email protected].

WCU Poster Winner-Congratulations to Anna Martin, a 5th grade student in Mrs. Mitchell’s class, for winning the Western Catholic Union Poster Contest.  All students who entered will be presented with a T-shirt and personalized certificates.  There are 5 winners from each class that participated and they will be given a gift certificate from Walmart for $10, $15, or $25 for first place. The Theme of the contest this year was “QCES-Thanking them for all that they do for Catholic education.”

As part of her prize for being the overall winner for St. Francis, Anna and her family were invited to attend the Friend of Catholic Education Award Dinner. This year, the dinner was held in honor of the WCU for their contributions to Catholic education, at the Quality Inn and Suites on February 3rd.   Anna’s poster was on display for the entire room to view, and we are so very proud of her beautiful artwork and special talent.  She represents St. Francis in the best way possible!

Lori Shepard, Principal

GYM SHOES: Please have your child bring a change of shoes for P.E. class.  The gym floor is getting scuffed by outside shoes and we would like to prevent further damage to the floor.  Thank you.

Mardi Gras: will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13th.   A volunteer form will be sent home with your child if you are interested in helping during this fun event.  Students may wear green, purple, or a gold top with jeans or dress code pants ONLY.

Valentine’s Day:  because of Mass, students will be required to wear dress code pants but may wear a red or Valentine’s day themed top. NO JEANS OR ATHLETIC PANTS

Dates To Remember   

Feb. 10th : Parents’ Night Out 5:30 –9:30 in the gym

Feb. 13th: Mardi Gras celebration beginning at 12:30

Feb. 14th: Ash Wednesday Mass

Feb. 16th: ½ day school  dismiss at 11:30 with bus service (teacher in-service)

Feb. 19th: NO SCHOOL : President’s Day

Feb. 24th: Carry-Out Dinner in the Parish Hall after 4:30 Mass