St. Francis School News – November 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

To prepare for the possible future consequences of the Quincy Public School Strike, we would like to be proactive and remind you of a few things and how that may affect our school:

  1. Our student attendance will continue as scheduled
  2. We will not have busing service
  3. We will not have our crossing guard on 18th street
  4. We will not have Speech, Hearing, or Title 1 services
  5. We will not have observations for potential 504 students
  6. We will need to make a decision (if we have bad weather) to cancel or stay in session

As a result, we are asking you to put a plan in place regarding transportation.  Please remember that we have Before and After School Daycare Services to offer.  Also, if your children typically cross 18th street, we would ask that you assist them for their safety. We have reached out to our Solanus Saints Volunteers and some parents to cover the crossing guard duties. Please feel free to contact the main office if you wish to help in that effort. We hope and pray that both sides can resolve any issues of concern as soon as possible.  Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Lori Shepard

Bullying, Acceptance and Inclusion – We are pleased to have Mr. Ray Heilmann from Quincy University and Father Bob Barko speak to our 5th through 8th grade students on the topic of St. Francis, and how his acceptance of others inspires us today to respect and include our peers.  The presentation, which will be divided into 2 sessions, will be offered to the 5th and 6th grade students on November 10 at 8:30 am, and our second group, the 7th and 8th grade students, will meet at a later date in January. Students will travel to Quincy University Chapel for this event.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to review our behavioral expectations, as well as be inspired by the life and examples of St. Francis!

Lori Shepard, Principal

SICK OR TARDY CHILD: Please call the school office before 8:30 a.m. if your child is sick or will be tardy for any reason.  The office does have a voicemail now so you will be able to leave a message if needed.  Thank you.

QND PEP ASSEMBLY: will be held in the gym from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14th.  This is a great opportunity for the students to see what QND is all about.  There are also fun items to purchase.  Please see the order form sent home with your child.  If you wish to send money, please put it in a marked envelope with student name and teacher name, along with your order. Thank you.

Tolton: From Slave to Priest:  this powerful live production will be performed at Quincy University’s Pepsi Arena on Sunday, November 12th, at 3:00 p.m.  Admission is a free-will offering. For additional information, please contact Ray Heilmann, Quincy University Director of Campus Ministry at 228-5432 ext. 3617 or at [email protected].

COLD AND FLU SEASON REMINDERS:  If your child has a fever, they may not return to school until they are fever free WITHOUT medicine.  Please note the handbook, page 35: FEVER/VOMITING:  No child with a fever 100.00 or over should be sent to school.  The child should not return to school until he/she has been fever-free (without Tylenol or other fever reducers) for 24-hours.  If the fever is associated with contagious disease, longer absences from school may be required.  Any child with a temperature of 100 or above will be sent home.

If vomiting occurs, your child should be kept at home until he/she can keep his/her food down and is eating normally again. If a student is ill, the principal has the discretion to send a child home.

MENU CHANGES IN NOVEMBER:  Nov. 14th: Cheeseburger

    Nov. 20th:  Mini Corn Dogs

    Nov. 29th: Mac N Cheese, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes

NEW LUNCH TICKETS: All students now have a plastic lunch card with their photo, teacher name, and ID number on them.  If a student loses or damages the card, there will be a $5 replacement fee.  This fee will show up on the lunch accounting statement.  If you have any questions, please call the school office.

SCHOOL STORE: The school store is now open with many new gift ideas and winter weather accessories.  Just in time for Christmas shopping.  The store will be open until Dec. 1st with delivery before the holidays.  Please contact Heather Bryan at 617-1162 or [email protected] with any questions.  Use this link to check out the great merchandise:

8th Grade Fundraiser: Double walled insulated 20oz  ($35) or 30 oz ($40)  travel cup with free personalization included.  Please contact any 8th grader to order or Terri Liesen for questions.  The office will have a sample and order sheet if you are interested.  Orders are due with payment by December 3rd for Christmas delivery.  Thanks for helping!

LUNCH BILLS/SERVICE HOURS: Please note that all Lunch Bills should be paid in full by December15th 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.

Dates To Remember

Nov. 14th: Home and School Meeting at 7:00 p.m.


Dec. 14th : Christmas Program at 6:30

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

Dec. 20th : Christmas vacation begins

Jan.3rd: School resumes