News & Notes

Friday, May 12th: NO SCHOOL. Professional Development
Tuesday, May 16th: Home & School Meeting 12p in RE Conference Room
Saturday, May 20th: 8th Grade Graduation Dance @ St. Theresa’s from 7p-9p
Friday, May 26: Mission Awareness Jeans Day
                           6th/7th Grade Dance @ St. Theresa’s from 7p-9p

St. Francis School Library open during the summer! This year, we will be open for library check out on the following Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • June 20, 27
  • July 11, 18, 25
  • August 1, 8

Part time opening in school lunch program next year: The position is 2 days per week, food prep and cashiering. If interested or for more information, contact Cheryl.

School Supplies for the 2017-18 School Year: For your convenience, we will once again be offering online school supply ordering. Please go to the link above and enter school code STF024 to access our lists. Ordering deadline is June 21st.

Incoming Dowling Catholic Freshman: Uniform Order Information

Annual SFA Pack 88 Boy Scout Campout: Calling All K-4th Boys. Please join us on May 24 @ Campbell Park from 6-8pm. Being a scout includes campouts with friends, exploring new places, learning new skills, building and racing a pinewood derby car along with parish activities and community involvement. If you are unavailable to make the picnic and would like more information, please contact Charlie Bottenberg.

DCHS Wrestling Camp

DCHS Tennis Camp

DCHS Boys & Girls Track Clinic

Waukee Family YMCA Summer Sports Clinics

Waukee Family YMCA Summer T-Ball & Coach Pitch

Walnut Creek Family YMCA Boys Youth Lacrosse

Blank Pediatric Therapy summer handwriting camp: 8-week program focusing on improving your child’s pre-writing and handwriting skills. Three separate 60 minute camps will be offered. Cost is $300 and includes all materials. For more information click on the link above or register here . Please contact Brenda Pedersen at 225-6212 with questions.

Middle School Summer Math Prep: June 1-June 23.   Keep your student’s math skills sharp this summer as they learn and prepare for next fall’s math curriculum. Classes will be offered at DCHS and are to provide background and enrichment. Students should sign up for the class they will be taking in the fall:

  • 8:15  Geometry
  • 9:15  Algebra
  • 10:15 Junior High math

For more information contact Earl Hulst or 270-1056.

Warrior Lane Summer Bowling Passes are available in the office.

West Des Moines Safety Town Registration

Dowling Catholic Youth Football Clinic and Pizza PartyGrades 4th & 5th, Sunday, August 13th.  Space is limited!

JA BizTown Summer Camp online registration

Summer Swim Lessons: DCHS and the Dowling Catholic Riptide USA Swimming Team have partnered up to bring quality swimming lessons back to DCHS! Visit Swimming Lessons for information on the new swimming levels and available class times. Please contact Ann Peterson with questions. 

DCHS Camps & Clinics

DCHS Soccer Ball Boy Opportunities

Drake Football Camps Grades 3-6

Drake Football Camps Grades 7-9

Michael Born Basketball Camp

PBIS Cart Donations:  Donate your old abandoned treasures to the Prize Cart! We take anything from pencils and stickers to bouncy balls, figurines, and books. Please send donations with your student or drop off at the school office. Make sure to label them ‘Prize Cart Donations’ and we will add them to our collection for students to purchase with their reward tickets. Thank you!!

SCRIP CLIPS: Final order date for the school year: May 15.  
Thank you to all the families who purchased Scrip cards for the Crazy Hair Day promotion! During the three short weeks, over $1,000 in rebates was earned for St. Francis families and Home and School. Don’t forget to use the Crazy Hair Day passes next Friday, May 19!

Fifth grade families: You can support SFA Home and School by purchasing a $10 Culvers Scrip card for your child to use for their class lunch outing on May 26.

Scrip cards will be available in the Parish Hall after all masses this weekend. Stop by and support St. Francis Home and School by purchasing Scrip gift cards for upcoming graduations, weddings, home and garden needs, summer activities and travel, and your day to day groceries, fuel, etc. . . .it’s fundraising while you shop!
Bonus rebates are currently being offered for the following vendors through May 15:

  • Shutterfly +2% (11% total rebate)
  • Caribou Coffee +1% (7% total rebate)
  • Gymboree +2% (15% total rebate)
  • Bonton/Younkers +2% (10% total rebate)

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!

Gently Used Toys Wanted for the Parish NurseryThe nursery will be getting an overhaul this summer and many broken and worn out toys will be thrown away. If you have any like-new toys that you are ready to give away, please contact Rebecca Bahl, Nursery Coordinator or 223-4577 ext.131. Please use the following criteria when considering your donation:

  • Clean, gently used, like-new condition
  • Appropriate for ages 0-5 years old
  • Must have all the pieces that are required for the toy/game to work

Click here for a list of most wanted items. Cash donations to buy new toys are also welcome!

Nursery Service Opportunities available for students 13 and older: June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27 from 6:30p-9p. Please contact Rebecca Bahl if interested.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) registration is now taking place for all participants and volunteers! There are a few youth volunteer positions still available and many ADULT volunteer positions available. ADULT volunteers are a very important part of making the week happen. Please consider volunteering your time for a week of fun and fellowship centered around our children and Christ! All forms can be found online or in the RE office. For any questions or comments please feel free to contact Ali Maurice  or 515-724-4593.

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

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.

Since the start of the 2016/2017 school year, we have already donated over 2,850 toiletry items to the Connection Café! Thank you for the difference you make in our community!

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.