Weekly School Newsletter – January 13, 2012

ORANGE CONES

We have been placing orange cones to block off the first lane of traffic after school. If you get here and do not see they are out, feel free to get them out of the closet inside the door and place them in the parking lot. We feel this is a huge help in keeping our children safe in the parking lot. Thank you for your help and cooperation.

BOX TOPS

Thank you to everyone who clipped Box Tops. Our school earned $1,192.40. Trash to cash is an awesome way to earn money. Keep on clipping!

ALEX SHIRT FOR ALL SCHOOL MASS

Please have your children wear their Alex’s Wish shirts, with dress code bottoms, for the All School Mass held at QND during Catholic Schools Week.

SPIRIT DAY JEAN DAY

Anyone who bought a t-shirt from the 8th graders this year may wear jeans on Tuesday, January 17th with their 8th grade spirit day shirt.

PE TREATS

Mrs. Mitchell is running low on PE treats for prizes. If you are able to send in some treats, she would appreciate it. Thanks for your generosity.

NO SCHOOL – MARTIN LUTHER KING

There will be no school on Monday, January 16, 2012, for Martin Luther King Day.

HOME & SCHOOL MEETING – WE NEED YOU!!!

Our next Home & School Association meeting will be on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Tuesday Club Room.   It’s a new year so bring your creativity and your ideas and share them with us!!  This is your chance to make a difference in the experience your child has at St. Francis.  We want it to be the very best it can be!   We hope to see you there!!  Babysitting will be provided.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS COME TOGETHER TO LEARN

On January 3rd, teachers from the Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools gathered at our school. They were given the opportunity to attend three of seven sessions offered to enhance their teaching. Thank you to three of our St. Francis teachers who offered two sessions: “Utilizing iPads in Learning Centers”; by Susie Eaton and Maureen Makarewicz and “Using an Elmo” in Your Classroom by Sarah Hull. Sessions offered by other teachers in the Catholic elementary schools were: One on One Computing With Netbooks; The Irlen Method-Discovering Light Sensitivity; The Implementation of the Daily Five Program; Injecting Technology into YOUR Curriculum; and Quality Tools. The final session for all teachers was “Teacher Training for the Mentoring Program” by Amy Hyer. This is a program that will begin in our schools possibly this spring. Please watch for more information and how you can become involved.

SAVE THE DATE FOR MARDI GRAS

Please save the date for our annual Mardi Gras Carnival which will be held on Friday, February 17th. More information will be coming home soon.

WESTERN CATHOLIC UNION CATHOLIC GRADE SCHOOL GRANT

Western Catholic Union is offering twenty $500 grants for the 2012 – 2013 school year. If you would like to apply, the student must currently be in K-8th grades, must attend a Catholic grade school, must be a WCU life or annuity member, at least one parent of the student must be a WCU life or annuity member. For applications, please contact the St. Francis School Office. The form is to be completed and either mailed to WCU or dropped off at their office by March 1, 2012. At the Membership Activities Committee April meeting, twenty winners will be drawn. All monies are paid directly to the school. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the WCU office at 1-800-223-4928.

Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools Foundation to Honor Pam Potter & Dan Sherman at ‘Friend of Catholic Education Award’ Dinner

Pam Potter and Dan Sherman have both been selected to receive the 2012 Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools (QCES) Foundation’s “Friend of Catholic Education Award,” in recognition of their many years of dedicated service to the Parochial Music Organization (PMO). Potter and Sherman will be honored at a fundraising dinner on Sat., Feb. 4, 2012, at the Quincy Holiday Inn at 4821 Oak St. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the dinner and program to follow. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person. Corporate table sponsorships are available for $1,000, and include 8 dinner tickets. Revenue from the dinner will go toward the QCES Foundation’s Tuition-Assistance Fund for Quincy’s four Catholic elementary schools. For the fourth consecutive year, the Western Catholic Union will provide a matching grant for funds raised from the dinner. This year’s WCU matching grant will provide up to $12,500 toward the QCES Foundation’s Tuition-Assistance Fund. Those interested in purchasing tickets or wishing to sponsor a corporate table for the 2012 “Friend of Catholic Education Award” Dinner, as well as those wanting to donate to the QCES Foundation’s Tuition-Assistance Fund, may contact Paul Rittof, executive director of the QCES Foundation, at 217-779-3157, or [email protected]

MARKET DAY NEWS

February orders are due at the school or church rectory by Thursday, February 2.  Receive a FREE 4 Pack of Cookie Dough Cups with a $40 purchase and a FREE 1 lb. package of Chicken Gems with a $90 online purchase.  Also, make 2 purchases of $40 between February and April and place a 3rd order of $40 in May through the Freequent Buyer program to receive a FREE Cooler Tote at the May sale.

There are extra order forms in the back of the church or you can order online at www.marketday.com by 11 p.m. on Thursday, February 2.  Orders should be picked up on Tuesday, February 7th, in the school cafeteria between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Remember 10% of all sales go to our school.  Thank you for your support!!

UPCOMING EVENT

  • January 16th – Martin Luther King Day – No School
  • January 19th – Grade 6 field trip to QND “We’re Wild About QND”
  • January 30 – February 3 – Catholic Schools Week
  • January 31st – All School Mass
  • February 17th – Mardi Gras
  • April 29th – 1st Communion

Server Schedule

Jan. 16 – 21 8:00 a.m. Leigha Riney & Gracie Schreacke

Jan. 14 4:30 p.m. Erin Carey, Payton Giesing & Riley Giesing

Jan. 15 6:30 a.m. Hayden Donaldson, Hunter Donaldson & Colby Kapp
8:00 Monica Brown, Adriana Brown & Abby Haugh
9:30 Tommy Ray, Johnny Ray & Allison Steinkamp
11:00 Jacob Benz, Joel Benz & Jonathan Benz

Jan. 28 – 23 8:00 a.m. Brianna Holman & Allison Steinkamp