St. Francis School Newsletter – March 31, 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your concern this past week when we suggested that your child bring a water bottle as a precautionary measure since the city was flushing the water mains near our school to remedy discolored water.  Within minutes of being notified at approximately 2:00 PM that there seemed to be a problem, I contacted Central Services at the City and they were here within 10 minutes of our call, ready to respond.  We were being proactive to encourage children to bring water the next day until we were assured that our water was safe to drink.  City workers checked and there was no leak, and the water did not need to be turned off, which would have resulted in a boil order.  The lines were flushed by the city and we were told even the day of the event, the water was safe to drink.  When the school posts information, it will be through a Ren Web Text, or an official school email that will be sent by our technology coordinator, Gary Clayton.  We have never used Facebook as an official site to deliver information, so we apologize for any confusion. If you are not receiving texts or emails from Mr. Clayton, please contact the school and update your contact information.

Lori Shepard, Principal 


Tickets for the 2017 “EVERYBODY WINS” Mega Raffle were sent home this past Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, to nearly 1,000 QCES & QND families. If you did not receive your packet, please check your child’s backpack and/or call your school’s office. Enthusiasm for this year’s Mega Raffle is running very high, which we attribute to the new “Super Early-Bird Drawing” for a cash prize of $10,000. However, that is just one of the 74 prizes that will be given away in all, totaling $167,750. 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. Only 4,000 tickets will be sold at $100 per ticket, so sell and/or purchase your tickets early, so you and your family don’t miss out on the fun.

The “Super Early-Bird” Drawing for the $10,000 cash prize 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.

If you have family living out of town, please let them know they can purchase Mega Raffle tickets online at, and they can list you as the ticket seller. Encourage your family, friends, and co-workers them to purchase their tickets by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 1st, and both you and they will be eligible for the Super Early-Early Bird Drawing of $10,000 cash on May 12th.

In addition to the Super Early-Bird” Drawing on Friday, May 12th, there will be 18 “Early-Bird” Drawings. Five $100 “Weekly Wednesday” Winners will be announced live on Y101 at 8:10 a.m. each Wednesday, from May 17th – 31st, and one $500 “Fantastic Friday” winner will be announced live on at Y101 at 8:10 a.m. each Friday from May 19th – June 2nd. The remaining 55 prizes, including the top three prizes mentioned above, will take place at the “EVERYBODY WINS” Mega Raffle “MEGA EVENT” on Saturday, June 3rd, from 5 – 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Grounds on south 36th St. 

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. As you may know, Quincy’s five Catholic schools will also benefit from the $40,000 “Ticket Give Back” Program. The purchasers of Mega Raffle tickets can choose if they want $10 of their ticket to be given to one school or divided equally among two or more schools.

All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. You need not be present to win. For more information on the “EVERYBODY WINS” Mega Raffle, please visit, 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. To pick up additional tickets, you may contact the QND Foundation office at the number listed above.

The 8th Grade class is selling Papa Murphy’s coupon cards for their class trip.  Cards are $5.00 each and are available in the office.  Thanks for supporting our 8th grade class!

Lunch Bills: If you are NOT receiving a bill through your email account, please contact the school office.  All lunch bills are sent through RenWeb.  Please check your spam/junk mail folder as well.  All outstanding bills must be paid IN FULL by May 26th.  Thanks!

Tennis, Anyone??

We would like to thank Retired Judge Mark Schuering for assisting with the joint program sponsors- Quincy Park District; Quincy Tennis Association; and Quincy Racquet Club for providing enjoyable and life-long tennis skills for our students.  Mr. Schuering has been working along with our PE teacher, Ben Klingner, all week and students have shown tremendous progress!  They are having a wonderful time while learning a valuable way to stay healthy!

Lori Shepard, Principal

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.   If you need service hours, please call the school office and sign up for recess duty, we could use your help.

FOUND YOUTH GROUP: Our next FOUND event will be THIS weekend!

“Who’s on First?” (Field games if weather permits)

Sunday, April 2nd at St. Peter School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for ALL 7 – 9th graders

QUINCY GOLDEN K KIWANIS & JWCC STARS OF TOMORROW TALENT SHOW: This is a talent show/completion being held on Sunday, April 4th in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium at JWCC. Auditions for grades 6 – 9th and 10th -14th grade tiers with cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, plus People’s Choice Cash Awards. Applications due by April 8th and available at More information call Ron Dedert at 223-1709 , Bob Weirather at 242-7366, or Bruce York at 316-3218.

Catholic Athletes for Christ Springboard Event: Sunday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart-Griffin West Campus Gym in Springfield, IL.  This is a free event with a business casual dress code. All are welcome to join the Bishop and help honor these senior athletes. Please sign up by April 3rd: [email protected]

Dates To Remember:

  • April 1st:  Parents’ Night Out in the gym from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
  • April 6th: 4th Grade Culture Day at QND
  • April 14 to 17: No School: Easter Break
  • April 18th:  NO SCHOOL : NCEA Conference for teachers
  • April 28 & 29th: School Play in the gym
  • April 30th: First Communion at 11:00 Mass