St. Francis School Newsletter – March 8, 2019

Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

Wednesday, March 20th from 4-9 p.m.

Due to the overwhelming response to our BWW night on Feb. 28th, they have offered to host another fundraiser for the 8th grade. The restaurant will be better staffed and ready for our group to be there. A great big THANK YOU to all who helped support this fundraiser. Please stop by for round 2 for more wings !!!

QND Spring Show

Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 Quincy Notre Dame Spring Show, “Legends”! Performances will be held Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium at John Wood Community College. To order tickets in advance, contact Joselyn Smith, 217-653-3021 or [email protected]  Adults – $15 (advance) $18 (door); Students – $6 all times.

A preview performance will be presented Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm, all seats $6 at the door, no ticket required.  You won’t want to miss this production featuring music from your favorite musical legends!  For more information, contact Monica Scholz, [email protected] or 217-223-2479 x. 328.

Lent Begins

On Tuesday, March 5th, we started our day with discovering who would be our Mardi Gras King and Queen for the day. After eating delicious rolls prepared by our own Tabitha Surowiec, 2 students came forward after finding the baby Jesus! Hayes Frericks and Ellie Fesler were the winners of the contest, and were then part of our Morning Prayer service. We symbolically buried the “Alleluia” until Easter Sunday, when Jesus rises from the dead. Students previously made masks to wear at the prayer service which were a symbol for weaknesses, laziness, and jealousy. We are called to be servants of God and throw off our masks and be a shining light in a crowd. We ask the Lord to take our mask of sin away so we can be true to ourselves and God from this day forward.

Our afternoon was filled with joyous celebration at our Mardi Gras Carnival. Students were allowed the freedom to play games in the gym and participate in activities throughout the school. We then had our Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, March 6th and began our Lenten sacrifices. We will be having extra prayer services, Stations of the Cross, and plan to visit nursing homes in the city of Quincy as part of our Lenten activities. May this be a time of preparation and service.

Lori Shepard, Principal

Thank You

A special thank you to all parents who volunteered to help facilitate our Mardi Gras event on Tuesday, March 5th. We also greatly appreciate the donation of the snacks, prizes, and games that the students enjoyed. Without your support, this day would not be possible!

Lori Shepard, Principal

School Picnic Volunteers

If you would be able to help with the school picnic in any fashion, please call the school office or Sarah Venvertloh at 577-6490 as soon as possible. Thank you from the PTO!!

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.

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!

Running Club 2019!

In the midst of this COLD and DREARY weather, it is so hard to think about running!  BUT, the time is HERE!  BRING ON SPRING!  🙂

WHO: Students grades 4-8 AND adults to supervise (you are ENCOURAGED to train along-side-this is NOT possible without adult support!).  Students K-3 are invited to participate BUT MUST HAVE A PARTICIPATING PARENT/ADULT PRESENT AT ALL TIMES.

WHAT: QCES Running Club – training for Bridge the Gap (which is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 8:00)

WHEN:  We will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 5pm starting on Monday, March 18.

WHERE:The club will ALWAYS meet at Bob Mays Park. We will run the trail there and meet back in parking lot after completion.

WHY: The whole purpose of starting this club is to get our kids moving, develop a life-long love and healthy habit, have fun, participate in something that ANYONE can do, and to feel that amazing sense of accomplishment when you cross the finish line on May 18 at the Bridge the Gap 5K race!

HOW:  We will be using the 8 week Couch to 5K training program.  Download the app for free (or look online) and follow along!  If your child misses a day, have them make it up so they don’t miss out on a day of the training program!  In addition, the students will be participating in warm-ups, cool-downs, stretching, and strengthening.

Contact: Kristen Patton or Nathan Bozarth with questions!


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.

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

March 4-15th: IOWA Testing

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

June 3rd: Last day of school (as of 03-06-19)