St. Francis School Newsletter – November 17, 2017

Veterans’ Day Tribute – We are so proud of our nation of veterans!  We are blessed that they have sacrificed so much for our freedom and our safety here Quincy, Illinois, and in the United States.  Outside of Mrs. Arens’ and Mrs. Peters’ classroom, you will notice several Hero Tributes located on the hallway wall.  Students from throughout the school shared a photo and a little information about the veteran in their life that they are most proud of.  The tributes will be on display throughout the month of November! On another note, at our recent Home and School meeting this week, a concern was shared by some parents.  It seems that there are still some parents who are not following the suggested route for drop off in the morning before school.  This plan was put in place to help the traffic flow and keep things moving for all involved.  We have sent directions along with a map home several times to establish this new policy.  If you need another copy, please let the office know and we will gladly send one home with your child.

Also, it was mentioned that parents should set a good example for their children by crossing the street at the crosswalk area, instead of going through the middle of the street with your children after school.  There are times, when the child runs across the street unattended, and we all encourage them to use the crossing guard.  By watching your example, we hope to instill the importance of safety for all.

I was asked to pass this along in our newsletter, and am happy to do so.  Please, help us all work together to make our school the best it possibly can be.  Thank you for your cooperation in advance!

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,

Lori Shepard, Principal

DOMINIC SOUP SUPPER: Monday, Nov. 20th from 4:30 to 7:00. All proceeds will help the Jason Rice Family

Jeff and Shannon Zanger are going to Haiti from December 1-5 to assist with everyday living at the Maison Des Enfants De Dieu Orphanage in Port au Prince.  The orphanage has a wish list of needed items, and the Zangers would like to bring some of those items to Haiti when they go.

If you are interested in donating, you may drop the items off at St. Francis School by Wednesday, November 29. There will be a donation box by the gym door.

Items include: diapers, formula, peanut butter, medicine (Advil, tums, cough syrup, band aids, peroxide, etc.), powdered milk, bar soap, baby powder, tooth paste, tooth brushes.

The orphanage also has a Christmas wish list for the children.  That list includes: small toy cars, beach balls, hair accessories (bows, headbands, beads, hair ties), bubbles, coloring books, stuffed animals, barbie dolls, flip flops, Santa hats, jump ropes, gift bags/tissue paper/name tags for 70 children.

NEW LUNCH TICKETS: All students now have a plastic lunch card with their photo, teacher name, and ID number on them.  If a student loses or damages the card, there will be a $5 replacement fee.  This fee will show up on the lunch accounting statement.  If you have any questions, please call the school office.

CHANGE CANCER DONATIONS: If you are interested in donating either with a raffle item or monitory donation, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all that participated in the HSA pizza fundraiser.  We sold 833 pizzas with a profit of $4,869.  HSA will be giving $5,000 to the school for technology upgrades, including more ipads for students.  The classroom with the highest percent of participation was Mrs. Mitchell.  They will receive a sweet treat Tuesday, Nov. 21.  The top 3 sales people were: first Alexis Hull ($50 itunes card), second Kyle Gregory (pick your recess location for a week), and third Priya Mamdani (money jump).  All families who sold 10 or more pizzas can wear jeans/st francis or Alex wish shirt and families who sold 20 or more pizzas can have a complete out of dress code day on Tuesday, November 21.


8th Grade Fundraiser: Double walled insulated 20oz  ($35) or 30 oz ($40)  travel cup with free personalization included.  Please contact any 8th grader to order or Terri Liesen for questions.  The office will have a sample and order sheet if you are interested.  Orders are due with payment by December 1st for Christmas delivery.  Thanks for helping!

LUNCH BILLS/SERVICE HOURS: Please note that all Lunch Bills should be paid in full by December15th or at a positive balance.  And if you have any service hours that need to be logged other than Playground duty, please let the school office know so they can be counted.  Thank you for your cooperation.

EXTRA COOKIE DOUGH FOR SALE: if you would like to buy some please call the school office. There are several varieties of tubs and pre-portioned. First come, first served basis.  Thank you!

Dates To Remember   


Dec. 3rd: First Reconciliation at church 3:00 p.m.

Dec. 14th : Christmas Program at 6:30 in the church

Dec. 19th : Christmas parties in classrooms 1:45 to 2:45

Dec. 20th : Christmas vacation begins

Jan.3rd: School resumes