St. Francis School News – October 13, 2017

AFTER CARE: Any child going to after care on Monday, Oct. 16th and Tuesday, Oct. 17th will need to be picked up NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Safety Improvements:  After our annual meeting with the Chief of Fire, Joe Henning, and the School Resource Officer, Bill Calkins, to review our Crisis Management Plan, we will be making some additional improvements to our safety practices.  It was recommended that all staff and faculty, and parent supervisors wear brightly colored safety vests any time they are supervising children outside.  We have ordered a number of vests for this purpose.  Also, included with these suggestions, will be a new procedure to have a rapid re-entry to the building.  For example, if there is a stranger that suggests danger, or if there is a dog that is chasing children, teachers will use a whistle to blow 3 times to indicate that the children should come inside immediately.  There will not be time to collect balls, coats, or things of that nature.  This will be an alert for all adults to act quickly and move the children inside to safety.  Thank you for your help and cooperation with this in advance.

Lori Shepard, Principal

Calling all Trunk or Treaters!  Please join us Sunday, October 29th for Trunk or Treat in our school parking lot!  Participating cars can arrive around 5:30 p.m., Trunk or Treating will begin at 6 p.m.  One creatively decorated car will be a lucky winner of a $25.00 Gene Grawe card!  Always a fun family night.  Pray for a beautiful evening.  Any questions, contact Jane Gregory 242-5302.

Thank you! Jane

QND POM PON FUNDRAISER: Panera Fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 16th from 4:00 to 8:00. You must present the flyer or show an electronic version to the cashier when you place your order and they will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase.  (flyer sent home last week)


Each Friday in October, the 8th Grade Class will be selling color-changing straws and bottles of water for $1.00 each.  Small snacks will also be available for 50 cents.  We will be set up in the parking lot from 3:00-3:30.  Stop by and support the 8th graders and take home a COOL straw!!   

PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES: Times have been scheduled and sent home with your student today. If you have any questions, please call the school office.

TRIVIA NIGHT: THROUGH THE YEARS. Saturday, Nov. 4th at the Quincy Senior Center.  Up to 8 players per table ($120.00 per table).  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Trivia begins at 7:00. Help support the QND Pommers.  Bring your own snacks.  Cash prizes fro 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.  Please RSVP by Nov. 1st.  Forms available in the school office.

KROC CENTER’S D.I.V.O.T Golf Program:

Students at St. Francis Solanus School participated in the Kroc Center’s DIVOT youth golf program in the school’s gymnasium. D.I.V.O.T stands for “Developing Initiative & Values through Outreach Teaching.” The Kroc Center’s free three day DIVOT program offers area elementary P.E. classes the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of golf under the instruction of professionals.The kids certainly demonstrated some “Krocstrong” swings while keeping great christian attitudes!

PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST: will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, October 29th from 7:30 to 11:00

All you can eat for a great price!

PICTURE RETAKE DAY/ CLUB PICTURES:  Thursday, Oct. 19th if you would like a re-take please return the other photos to the photographer on this day.  Please have your child bring any uniform or instrument for club pictures on Friday, October 20th

Cookie Dough Fundraiser:  All orders must be turned in by Monday, October 16th.  The top three (3) salespersons will receive a Gene Grawe Gift Card.  Thank you for your support!


“St. Francis Solanus School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in Administrator of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and school administered programs.”

The QND Choirs will present a Fall Choral Concert on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church.  The Concert Chorale, Mixed Chorus, Madrigal Choir and Women’s Glee will sing a variety of sacred and secular music, including several selections from Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, featuring musical settings of texts by American poet Robert Frost.  All choirs are directed by Monica Scholz and accompanied by Robert March.

Crusader Basketball

The 7th IESA Crusader boys’ basketball team will host tryouts on Monday, October 16th, Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th at Quincy Notre Dame High school.  The time of the tryouts will be 5:30-7:00 pm each night.  Head Coach is Scott Phillips for 7th Grade.

8th graders tryouts and practices will begin the following week on Sunday, October 22nd.   That will be held at QND 4:00-6:00 pm. Head Coach for 8th Grade is Chuck Venvertloh .


Spanish Classes are being held every Wednesday!  We are thrilled to be able to offer Spanish classes to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students once a week through the generous volunteer hours of Karen Bottorff!

Karen has taught for many years in the Quincy Public School System and is now retired.  She is preparing our students to build a strong foundation for the Spanish Language so that as they move into their high school years, they will have been exposed to vocabulary and phrases in order to develop a working knowledge of the language.  We are grateful to her stewardship and sharing of her gifts and talents with our students!

Lori Shepard, Principal

Dates To Remember

October 16th: Cookie Dough order forms due      

October 19th: Picture Re-Take Day

October 20th: Picture Day for all clubs, band, sports, etc.

October 26th : ½ day school, Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 27th: NO SCHOOL: Parent /Teacher Conferences