News & Notes

UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, February 10th: 7th/8th grade Dance @ Sacred Heart, 7p.
Tuesday, February 14th: Spirit Wear
Thursday, February 16th-Monday February 20th: NO SCHOOL


ANNOUNCEMENTS
Catholic Tuition Organization Financial Information: CTO applications are available in the school office and may be submitted anytime. When applying please use our St. Francis school code 450 and school password is cto450. Application deadline is April 7, 2017.

School Lunch Auto Debit Families: Once again this year, you will have the opportunity to sign up to continue auto debit for next school year during registration. For the 2017-2018 school year, auto debit payments will take place on the 1st of the month (September through April) to cover the current month’s lunch charges. The final auto debit will take place on June 8th, not May 1st. This final auto debit will be the amount that is actually owed in your lunch account. You will receive an email on the last day of school with the final amount to be charged to your bank account. We are making this change to avoid large carry over balances in lunch accounts from year to year. Please contact Cheryl Riedl if you have any questions.

K-5th Jump Rope for Heart Event: go online to raise life-saving donations today for this year’s Jump Rope for Heart event. Click here to get started!  Thank you for your support of the American Heart Association!

100th Day of School!: Thank you for your generous donations to the library! Your coins will be counted and turned into books we will read and enjoy for many years to come. Happy 100th Day!

The Knights Of Columbus Scholarship is offered to help encourage enrollment in Catholic High Schools and to help defray the cost of a college education.  Council 12422 will award 2 $1000 scholarships in 2017. One to a Saint Francis of Assisi Parish member, who is in 8th grade and will be attending Dowling Catholic and a second to a Saint Francis of Assisi Parish member, who is a high school senior going to any college or university.  The scholarship will be awarded to someone who has shown a balance of good character service and academics.  Please click on the link above for more information.

Bowling for Beads Auction Party: Saturday February 25th, 7-9pm. There are a few spots left for the Bowling for Beads auction party. Raise money for our school and have a little fun at Warrior Lanes with Cosmic Bowling, free beer/appetizers and prizes. Cost: $50/person After the bowling we will head to Mickey’s Irish Pub for some live music. All purchased tickets will go to SFA Home and School. Please Contact Michelle Potthoff to purchase tickets.

Order your 2016-2017 SFA Yearbook online (school code:12546417). Yearbooks cost $23.00 per book and will be delivered to students in May.

Submit photos from school sponsored events to be considered for the yearbook by clicking here (school activation code is AEWDQX). Thanks in advance for your help!


OPPORTUNITIES & SIGN UPS
DCHS Cheer Tryout Clinics: Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-5:30pm, Thursday, March 23, 4:15-5:45pm, Friday, March 24, 4:15-5:45pm.  Tryouts will be held Saturday, March 25, beginning at 2:30pm.


HOME & SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Artsonia: St. Francis will be participating in a wonderful program called Artsonia again this year. Artsonia is the largest student art museum in the world! Every child can have an online art gallery and preserve their masterpieces for all time! Your student’s artwork will be posted online under a user name only (Ex: AMY067), and you are able to view and/or order items with their work on it. You will go onto Artsonia.com and set up your own account. It surely is fun to have a keepsake of your child’s artwork! It is also a place to view the work they have done, sometimes even before it gets sent home. You are even able to add additional emails to your child’s account, allowing aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, and even friends to view and comment on your child’s work.

It will also serve as a fundraiser for the art room we will receive 20% of all purchases. Artsonia is a very exciting opportunity for the students and families to take part in.

Used Uniform Sale: We are now collecting gently used uniforms for the Home and School used uniform sale which will be held during parent teacher conferences February 13-16. If you would like to donate, please drop off clothing, in bags, to the school office. We need all sizes and types of uniforms and spirit wear. Contact Christa Lozano with any questions.

Box Tops and Labels for Education contest will end February 15th.This will be the last contest for the school year.Please turn in trimmed Box Tops and labels in well sealed bags marked with your child’s teacher’s name. The class who collects the most will win a hat day. Also, the class who collected the most during both contest this school year will win an ice cream party, so stay tuned for that news!

SCRIP CLIPS: Upcoming order dates: Feb. 21, 27.  There will be no Scrip order placed on Monday due to the short week of school. However, Scrip cards will be available in the Parish Hall after all masses the weekend of Feb. 18/19. Stop by and support St. Francis Home and School by purchasing gift cards from our large selection of inventory.

Interested in becoming more involved with the Scrip program? Scrip is seeking a Coordinator for the next school year. Please contact Crystal Putze with any questions.

For order forms or to learn more about how Scrip works, click on the links below:

  • Scrip Agreement: if you haven’t already done so, please complete the form and return to the office with your next order.
  • Order Form: Submit your order and check (payable to SFA Home and School) with your child by Monday at 10am for Friday delivery. Thank you for all your support of the SCRIP program throughout the year!

FAITH & OUTREACH
The Saint Francis Homeless and Hungry Committee supports our community by serving 3 local shelters. Volunteers are needed to help provide that support.

Central Iowa Shelter and Services (CISS) Central Iowa Shelter & Services’ Mission is to provide low-barrier shelter, meals and support services at no cost to adults experiencing homelessness and to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.

  • On average 200-250 meals are served, rising to nearly 300 during the winter months.
  • St Francis provides/serves a meal on the 9th and 10th of every month.
  • Volunteers are needed to purchase, prepare and serve the meals.
  • Volunteers can sign up individually or a group can provide an entire meal.

Contact Lisa Altringer to be added to the email distribution list.

St Joseph Emergency Family Shelter is the only emergency shelter in Polk County where the entire family unit can stay together. They provide safe, clean housing for homeless families for a limited stay.

  • On the 2nd Saturday of each month, a group from St. Francis provides a meal to the shelter.
  • There are several service opportunities for students.

Please contact Kim Mallisee to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

The Connection Café is a free lunch program that serves the homeless and low income community downtown.

  • Each day, over 150-200 meals are served to men, women and children.
  • On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, a group from St. Francis of Assisi Church, serves a warm meal and brings supplies to the Connection Café?
  • Each month, an email is sent out requesting help with food and supply donations, along with an opportunity to serve the warm meal.
  • Students can receive service hours by baking cookies, making the main dish, bagging trail mix, or bagging laundry detergent.

If you have questions or want to get added onto the distribution list, please contact Stacey Dorsey.

GREEN bin for CONNECTION CAFÉ is located outside the school office. Donate unused hotel toiletries (mini shampoos, soap, lotion, toothpaste, etc.) to either of the GREEN bins by school office or in the Gathering Space by the Church.

Thanks again for all of your generous contributions!