News & Notes

UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, September 21st: Home & School Meeting @ 12p in the RE Conference Room


ANNOUNCEMENTS
Beginning of the Year Forms: If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to fill out necessary forms for the beginning of the school year.

Faster Than the Pastor 5K walk/run will be held on October 21st.  Participating students will “train” for the race by accumulating 23 miles from now until the October 21st race date. Students will have an opportunity to accumulate a portion of their hours 2x/week during “recess rounds”.

Volunteers are still needed! during lunch recess (11:30-12:45), on Wednesdays and Fridays to help record students’ progress. Shifts are broken out for each recess, but please stay for the entire time frame if you are able. Thank you in advance for your support!

Please contact Mike Hazel or Tracy Schmulbach with questions or click here if you are willing to help!

Dowling Catholic Athletic Club has been providing important funding for DCHS athletics since 1941. The club has a new name but the mission is the same – to raise awareness, enthusiasm, and funding for DCHS athletics beyond the bell! Membership provides passes to home athletic events, meaning no waiting in line, as well as campus store discounts. Please support the Dowling Catholic Athletic Club & purchase your membership online today!


OPPORTUNITIES & SIGN UPS
Strengthening Families Program: This 7 week program is for parents and youth ages 10-14. Cost is only $19 per family and includes a meal and childcare.

Lacrosse Fun Night (boys grades 4-12)

Calling all Elementary and Middle School Musicians! We need you!

  • Children’s Choir meets on Wednesdays from 5:45p-6:15p in the school music room. Contact Mrs. Lindsay Struecker for more information.
  • Middle School Choir will meet on Wednesdays from 5:45p-6:15p in the St. Clare Room. Service hours may be earned for participation in parish choir. Please come, lead the music, and sing for God! Contact Mrs. Audra Meyer for more information.

SFA Chess Club: Students from all grades are welcome to join us every Friday from 7:15a-8a in the school gym.  Come prepared to have fun and to learn how to play chess. Contact Sergio Bravo or John Schumacher with questions. Parents are encouraged join us to for as many sessions as your schedule allows to help supervise.

ST FRANCIS NURSERY – SERVICE OPPORTUNITY:  The nursery is seeking volunteers 12 and older who love working with kids and have a desire to provide compassionate, safe and quality care to the young members of our parish.

Currently, we have several ongoing events that need childcare but also expect one-time events to arise throughout the year. The goal is to have a list of students who have a desire to help in the nursery which can be contacted to fill these positions. These students will need to attend a brief nursery orientation to be part of this list and sign a volunteer agreement.

Please contact Rebecca Bahl, as soon as possible if interested in volunteering in the nursery this school year.

Girls’ Brava Group (grades K-6th): Brava is a non-competitive performance group that focuses on building girls’ self-confidence through singing, dancing and acting. Email Lindsay if you are interested.

Iowa Youth Chorus:  6th – 8th grade. 1st – 5th Grade.


HOME & SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Sign Ups:  Volunteer registration continues for many Home & School committees. We are thankful for those that have already stepped up to help make our school the welcoming place that we are blessed to have for our children. Specific areas still looking for volunteers:

  • PBIS Cart: multiple grades are short of volunteers with Kindergarten and 1st grade having the greatest need.
  • Cafeteria: Mrs. Riedl has asked for additional volunteers on the serving line for Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is also short lunchroom volunteers on Fridays.
  • Home Room Parents: are still needed for the following classrooms: Mrs. McManus, Miss Neugent, Mrs. Pamperin, Mrs. Thornton, and Mrs. Doyle.
  • Parent Party hosts are still needed for Kindergarten, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades.
  • Artsonia: Lots of classrooms are still lacking volunteers for this easy committee role.

To volunteer for any of the above positions or any other roles that interest you, please complete the Volunteer sign-up. Thanks!!

Talking Canvas Needs Parent Volunteers! Talking Canvas takes place once a month (Oct – May) for all K-5 classrooms. Each 30 minute session consists of a brief presentation about an artist, then a quick project related to that artist. All materials, presentations/talking points, hand-outs, and project instructions are provided. You simply follow along with the presentation and help the kids with their project. No artistic ability or prior knowledge of the artist is required!

Please contact Sally Hawkinsif you are able to volunteer or simply want more information.

The Des Moines Best Coupon books were sent home with the youngest/only students today. Please consider selling 2 or more books, as the school receives a $15 profit on each book sold. There are five $5 Hy-Vee coupons included in the book. Use these and the book pays for itself! Should you choose not to participate, simply return the coupon books in the envelope provided. The fundraiser will run for two weeks and conclude on Friday, September 29th. Additional details are provided in the coupon book packet. Any questions/concerns/requests for additional books may be made to Mara Van Ee or 515-981-4054.

Save the Date for our November 11th Bid 4 Kids Auction!! Preparations are in full swing. Join us at the event or from home with online mobile bidding. Event, VIP, or bidding tickets are now available on our website.

The auction is still in need of volunteers for class gifts in grades 1st, 2nd, 4th ,6th, 7th, and 8th. This is a perfect opportunity to show your crafty side along with supporting our kids! Contact Sara Tamisiea or Molly Novotny if you are interested in helping. #its4thekids

SCRIP CLIPS: The first order processing date for SCRIP will be Monday, September 11th. Cards will be sent home on Friday, September 15th. Families new to St. Francis: a plastic folder will be sent home with your youngest/only child next week.  Please use this to send in your SCRIP orders on Mondays.  Filled orders will be sent back in this envelope on Fridays.

If you have any questions about SCRIP please contact Christa Lozano.

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

  • What is Scrip?
  • 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.

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.  Students can receive service hours by baking cookies, making the main dish, bagging trail mix, or laundry detergent.

Contact Stacey Dorsey to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

You can also help by Donating unused hotel toiletries (mini shampoos, soap, lotion, toothpaste, etc.) to either of the GREEN bins outside the school office or in the Gathering Space by the Church.

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.