St. Francis School Newsletter – December 21, 2018

Message to Parents, Teachers, and Staff at St. Francis Solanus:

The Quincy Herald Whig has published a story (with a rather large picture) Tuesday, Dec. 18th, that stated, “First responders work at the scene of a general fire alarm Monday at St. Francis School in Quincy. Smoke was found in and around the building.” The caption reads, “School Fire.”

To be clear, the smoke came from the West across 17th Street into our parking lot Monday night from an unknown source. No smoke was in our building. Someone saw the smoke in the West parking lot and called the fire department, assuming our building was on fire. They responded and completely checked out our building and roof, finding no fire source. We are most grateful to their quick and efficient response! And thank you to our community members who are helping to watch out for our beautiful building.

Our building is up to code, and we have recently updated our fire alarms inside our building. If a fire were to ever occur, the proper authorities would be alerted immediately. We wanted to clear up any confusion this article may have caused.

Thank you, Lori Shepard


Parents, I highly commend our cafeteria staff for the outstanding job that they do on a regular basis for our students and teachers. We often take for granted the delicious lunches that they provide for us. In an effort to be more efficient and cost effective, we are preparing only extra food in case a child may drop a tray, for example. Teachers are working to provide an accurate lunch account every day so that the proper amount of food is being prepared and we are not wasting resources. We are asking that if your child arrives after 9:00 am, to please bring them a cold lunch, unless you have called in prior and told the office otherwise, as our lunch count will have been submitted by that time, and the cooks will already be preparing food for the day. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Lori Shepard, Principal

Christmas Ornaments

The 8th grade is selling ornaments as part as a fundraiser for their trip in May. They are gold with a brown logo and year. Each ornament is $5.00. Limited quantities. Please call the school office or rectory if you would like to see a sample or purchase one. Ornaments sold after Masses. Thank you for your support!

Lunch / After Care

Bills for these accounts are emailed or given out each month. These are two different accounts in our system. These bills must be paid separately and not combined into one check. The office does not have any way to divide these bills. Thank you for your understanding. All lunch bills should be at a positive balance by the Christmas break. If you need a balance, please call the school office. Thank you.

Financial Aid

Parents, if you are interested in Empower Illinois, part one of the application process will be available on-line at on January 15th at 7:00 PM. Out of 64 applicants from our school families, we did have 2 students who were awarded some financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year.

Daycare Position Opening

St. Francis Solanus has an opening in our Before and After School Daycare. The candidate must have a balanced personality, love children, and be willing to have flexible hours. If hired, the applicant will need a background and fingerprint check, and complete the Protecting God’s Children Program. If interested, please send resumes to St. Francis School, 1720 College Avenue, Quincy, Illinois, 62301, or email Lori Shepard at [email protected]

Papa Murphy Coupon Cards

These cards are for sale in the school office if anyone is interested in purchasing one. They are $5.00 each and have 8 peel-off coupons.


Yearbooks are for sale until March 22, 2019. Order forms are in the office. Please note, yearbooks are sold separately from picture orders. They are $12.00 each and in COLOR. They can be purchased on line through LifeTouch at YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM.

Dates to Remember

  • December 22nd to January 6th: Christmas Break
  • January 7th: School resumes: OUT OF DRESS CODE DAY
  • January 21st: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day : No School