St. Francis School Newsletter – March 1, 2019

Mardi Gras is This Tuesday, March 5

The Mardi Gras Committee requests each family to send the following item according to the first letter of their last name: 

A-G two liter bottle of soda or juice for snack area 
H-L four cans of soda or juice for penny toss game
M-R $2-$5. for raffle gift cards
S-Z One dozen prepackaged snack items

We have some students who require gluten free, or dairy free, or peanut free snacks. Not every snack needs to meet this request, but we would like to have some choices for these students. (Suggestions: plain Rice Krispie Treats, popcorn, fruit snacks, Fruit by the Foot–check label )

We are in dire need of  pre-packaged snacks, two liters and cans of soda and juice.  All items are needed by Monday, March 4 to be sorted.

On Tuesday, March 5 students may wear out of dress code clothes. Purple, green, or gold shirts are requested with jeans as we celebrate Mardi Gras.

Cold Lunch and Silverware

If there is food in your child’s cold lunch that needs to be eaten with a silverware, please provide a spoon or fork.

New Awning

We are so excited about our new awning that covers our West exit doors to the parking lot! Thank you to Holy Name Men’s Group for the donation and also to Mr. K’s Fabric for helping with the installation. This will be a great way to stay out of the rain during our drop off or pick up times during the day. When it is not in use, it can be stored away with a touch of a button! We love it! Thank you so much, especially, to Ray Wheeler, for his help with this project!

Lori Shepard, Principal


Congratulations to Zoe Blair, Paul Steinkamp, Cayson Peters, Isabel Cramsey, Wes Lindgren, Alyssa Cole, and Lia Henrichs for receiving a Division 1 rating at Saturday’s IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Music Festival.

Marti Gras

Mardi Gras will be on March 5th after lunch at the school. Any parent wanting to help with this fun afternoon, please call the school office or contact your student’s teacher. Thank you !

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. Thank you!


Yearbooks are for sale until March 8TH, 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. A flyer was sent home this week.

FACTS Tuition Assistance

The link will located on the RenWeb Home Screen to view and apply.

Stem Night

Will be held on Tuesday, April 16th in the school gym. Please mark your calendars. More information to follow.

2019 QCES Pre-K Open Houses & Kindergarten Round-Ups Schedule

Pre-K Open Houses

Blessed Sacrament: Monday, February 25th, 6 – 7 p.m.*
St. Dominic: Monday, February 25th, 6 – 7 p.m.*
St. Francis: Thursday, February 28th, 6 – 7 p.m.*
St. Peter: Please contact school office at 217-223-1120
*Reservations are not required

Kindergarten Round-Ups

Blessed Sacrament: Thursday, March 14th, 1 – 3 p.m.
(Please contact the school office at 217-228-1477, if you are planning to attend.)

St. Dominic: Friday, March 29th, 1 – 3 p.m.
(Reservations are requested if you plan to attend. Please call the school office by Monday, March 25th, at 217-224-0041.)

St. Francis: Friday, March 22nd, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
(Reservations are requested if you plan to attend. Please call the school office by Friday, March 15th, at 217-222-4077.)

St. Peter: Friday, March 15th, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
(Reservations are requested if you plan to attend. Please call the school office by Tuesday, March 12th, at 217-223-1120.)

QND Fathead Raffle

Buy a chance or two to win a QND / ND logo fathead for your room (24”x24”). Chances are being sold for $1 each or 6 for $5. All proceeds will benefit the 8th grade class trip! Thanks and Good Luck!

Dates to Remember

  • HOLY NAME FISH FRY: WED., MARCH 6 from 4-7 in the Parish Hall
  • March 4-15th: IOWA Testing
  • March 5th: Mardi Gras in the gym after lunch
  • MARCH 13TH: Shakespeare’s Pizza delivery 2:00 to 3:00 in the west lot
  • March 12-14th: Vision and Hearing testing
  • March 13th: PTO meeting at 6:30 in the Parish Hall
  • March 14th: Skate Night at Scotties 6-8 p.m.
  • March 22nd: Kindergarten Round – Up 9:30 to 11:30