St. Francis School Newsletter – April 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

We hope and pray this Holy Week is a time when your family can come together for spiritual enrichment and to participate in the Sacred Paschal Triduum.  We have been so blessed this Lenten Season with many opportunities here at school to deepen our Faith through Mass, Prayer Services, Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation, Service toward others, and the Washing of Feet during our Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  We have contributed as a school family to donate money to Father Bob Karris Food for the Poor Organization, and we would like to thank Alice Arnold and the Girl Scout Troop #5184 for their $90.00 additional funding to help us purchase 2 goats for needy children. We have also collected food for our St. Francis Food Pantry and the needy families in our local area.  Thank you for supporting these worthy causes.

As we move closer to the end of the year, we would like to remind parents of a few necessary items.  Please take a moment to review the details of our traffic flow plan for drop off in the morning.  There are a few parents who are not following the outlined plan and may cause potential problems for our other drivers and our student Crossing Guards.  When you are dropping off or picking up your children, please do not expect them to cross the street alone on College.  We have an adult Crossing Guard that will assist them on 18th street.  From time to time, I have witnessed parents or guardians making a U-Turn in front of our school, parking in the bus zone, and speeding while on a cell phone.  All of these offenses could be harmful to our students and result in a ticket for the driver, or more severe consequences.  Our children are so precious and we just want to make sure everyone is safe at all times.

We realize with warmer weather more families are involved in outdoor activities, after school sporting events and many other commitments.  Please make every effort to have your child arrive to school on time and ready to participate in their academic responsibilities.  We would like for everyone to finish the year strong and on a positive note.  We appreciate your continued support of our high standards here at St. Francis.  Have a Blessed Easter!

Lori Shepard, Principal

Playground Duty:  If you are unable to make your scheduled day, please give the office a 24 hour notice.  Subs for playground are very hard to come by and this will help immensely.  And if you are able to switch or contact a sub yourself, please let the office know as well. Please remember to send in your $10 fee for a sub as well.

Prevention Education Video: Students will be viewing a video sometime in May. Those families who signed the Opt-Out form at Taking Care of Business Day will be sent home a copy of VIRTUS: Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide so that you can cover that information with your child. If you have any questions, please call the office.

REGISTRATION: Please make sure you have your lunch account, extended care, and outstanding tuition paid in full in order to re-register for the 2017- 2018 school year.  Also, if you would like to know how many service hours you have completed please call the school office.

Youth, Technology and Today’s Kids: May 16th in Decatur at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

There are two sessions for attending: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Technology integration which encourages social interaction and self-expression, presents new opportunities for youth and challenges parents, child care providers and law enforcement as we work together to keep children healthy and safe.  This workshop reviews current technology use and online behavior of youth.  Likewise the process of online grooming and exploitation via the internet is covered.

Class Rosters for 2017-2018-

As a reminder, we do not take teacher requests for your child.  We have a systematic objective process that will balance the gender and skill set of the children in the class.  Teachers do have input to resolve any potential conflicts, and I value their expertise in this area.

Thank you for your support in advance, Lori Shepard 


Don’t forget to ask your family and friends to purchase 2017 “EVERYBODY WINS” Mega Raffle tickets as you celebrate the Easter holiday with them this weekend. As of Friday, April 7th, nearly 1,000 tickets have been purchased. Only 4,000 tickets will be sold at $100 per ticket. NEW THIS YEARThere will be one Super Early-Bird Drawing for $10,000 cash. The “Super Early-Bird” Drawing will be held on Friday, May 12th, on Y101 at 8:10 a.m. Both ticket purchasers and sellers will have their names entered into the “Super Early-Bird” Drawing. To be eligible for the “Super Early-Bird” Drawing, tickets must be purchased and returned to the QND Foundation Office by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 1st. Don’t miss out on the $10,000 Super Early-Bird Prize! Be sure to purchase your tickets by the Super Early-Bird Drawing deadline

Tickets may be purchased from any QCES or QND family. In addition to purchasing Mega Raffle tickets from Quincy Catholic schools’ families, they can also be purchased online or you can download a ticket form at Only 4,000 tickets will be sold at $100 per ticket. The Grand Prize is $100,000; 2nd Prize is your choice of a new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro or a new 2017 Kia Sorrento; and Third Prize is $10,000. There will be 74 prizes given away in all, totaling $167,750.

Proceeds from the “EVERYBODY WINS” Mega Raffle are shared equally between the QCES and QND Foundations, and provide increased tuition assistance for QCES K – 8 students, as well as additional tuition assistance and technology upgrades for QND students. For more information on the “EVERYBODY WINS” Mega Raffle, or to purchase a ticket, please to, or contact Paul Rittof, Executive Director, QCES Foundation at (217) 779-3157 or Kurt Stuckman, Executive Director, Quincy Notre Dame Foundation at (217) 224-2598.

Dates To Remember:

  • April 14 to 17: No School: Easter Break
  • April 18th:  NO SCHOOL : NCEA Conference for teachers
  • April 20th: 8th Grade Graduation picture day at 8:20 a.m.
  • April 21st: 5th Grade to John Wood Mansion
  • April 25th: 7th Grade Trivia at QND
  • April 28 & 29th: School Play in the gym
  • April 30th: First Communion at 11:00 Mass
  • May 13th: 6 – 8th grade Spring Dance in the gym