News & Notes

Wednesday, November 22nd – Friday, November 24th: NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Parents/Guardians – Every 3 years, we review and edit our School Wellness Policy. For your convenience, please reference our current School Wellness Policy and the Nutrition and Physical Wellness Activity. If you would like to give input or be a part of the review process, please send your feedback to Ms. Raes.

Dowling’s Peer Tutors will continue to work with kids on Tuesdays from 3:20-4:00 through Tuesday, December 12. Then they have semester exams to focus on and Christmas Break.
They will start back up on Tuesday, January 16.

It’s time to order your 2017-2018 SFA Yearbook online (school code:12546418). Yearbooks cost $23.00 per book and will be delivered to students in May.

PLEASE NOTE: this is your first opportunity to order.

We would love to include candid photos taken by parents and students at school sponsored events! Upload photos from school sponsored events to be considered for the yearbook by clicking here (school activation code is WELWZD).  Thanks in advance for your help!

Advent Wreath Kits will be available after all Masses Nov 18th and 19th in the Parish Hall.

Wednesday Rosary Join us in saying the rosary before school mass on Wednesdays in the Assisi room at 8:15a. No worries if you are running late, just join us where we are! All are welcome. Let’s pray together for our school, church and community! Please contact Sheila Thelen with any questions.

Non-public transportation reimbursement forms are due by December 1. Parents, if you live 2 miles or more from St. Francis, please complete the form and submit to the school district in which you reside. This is done twice a year.  If you have questions regarding your reimbursement, please contact your resident school district.

SFA Chess Club: is moving back to the Sierra room starting December 1st  Students from all grades are welcome to join us every Friday from 7:15a-8a.  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.

School lunch is in need of additional volunteers for the serving line. This is a fun way to visit with your children and their classmates in a casual atmosphere. The volunteer shift is from 11:00a to 12:20p, once or twice a month. Schedule is set in advance for the school year so you can plan ahead. If you are interested or would like additional information contact Cheryl.


Coupon Book Fundraiser Update: We are happy to share that the coupon book fundraiser raised $8,320 for St. Francis this year! We sold 73% of the books this year compared to 69% last year. Thank you to everyone for the tremendous group effort!

SCRIP CLIPS: If there is a retailer that you are interested in and don’t see on our order form, check to see if they are available for on-line purchase. (Larger denomination cards are also available on-line.)  Contact Christa Lozano if you would like help in setting up an on-line account.

Under Armour is now available at a 11% rebate. These cards can be used at the new Under Armour Outlet in Altoona! It is not listed on the order form that was sent home this week, so please include a note if you are interested in purchasing it.

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!

Early Childhood Faith Formation Coordinator Needed! The St. Francis of Assisi Faith Formation Office will have an opening come January, 2018. This 18 hour-a-week position coordinates the parish’s faith formation efforts for children from birth to 4 years of age. This includes Sunday Youth Faith Formation (Sunday School and support for CGS catechists), Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and special events for children of this age and their parents. We also hope to grow this ministry to include faith formation for toddlers. Hours can be flexible but does include work on Sundays during the school year. Applicants should have teaching experience, either in religious education or schools and the ability to work with adult volunteers. Interested individuals should contact Christen Cota, Youth Faith Formation Director, 515-440-1030, ext. 156.

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.

Donate 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.  Thanks again for all of your generous donations! St Francis truly makes a difference 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.