News & Notes

UPCOMING EVENTS
Tuesday, December 12th: Spirit Wear (with dress code bottoms).
Friday, December 15th: Mission Awareness Jeans Day


ANNOUNCEMENTS
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!

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.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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.

Nursery Volunteer Orientation Interested in volunteering in the Nursery? The next nursery orientation will be held Sunday, Dec 10 from 11-11:30 AM in Room 2 of the church. The Saint Francis Nursery program has volunteer opportunities each week and these events are eligible for service hours. Those who have attended a nursery orientation are given priority for any childcare volunteer opportunities. If interested in attending the December orientation or if you would like to be notified of future orientations, please contact Rebecca Bahl, nursery coordinator.


SIGN UPS


HOME & SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
SFA Staff Christmas Fund! It has become a tradition during the Christmas season at St. Francis to thank all of the teachers, ancillary staff, and priests for their commitment to our students. For those of you that are new to the school, we offer families an opportunity to give a monetary gift that will be divided among all the staff as a Christmas gift. This is an optional and voluntary contribution organized by Home & School that should be given in lieu of individual gifts. No set dollar amount is required as any donation will be much appreciated by the SFA staff. If you have more than one student attending SFA, you may make a family gift, thereby only needing to write one check on behalf of your family to Saint Francis of Assisi Home and School.

If you would like to contribute, the last day for collections will be Monday, December 11th. Please put your check in an envelope labeled, “Christmas Fund”: and place the envelope in the gift wrapped box in the school office. If you are sending cash, please make sure to include your name on the envelope. Thank you for your kind generosity! The SFA staff is always deeply grateful.

SCRIP CLIPS: Now is a great time to buy SCRIP gift cards for Christmas! Place your order by Monday, Dec 11 to ensure you will have your cards before Christmas break. We will also be selling SCRIP after all masses for the next 3 weekends. Some great promotions SCRIP is offering now are:

  • Starbucks rebate 9% (was 7%)
  • Pet smart rebate 9% (was 7%)

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

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
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.