News & Notes

Thursday March 8th: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL.  Classes resume on Monday, March 19th.

We are looking to add to our sub list for classroom associates in grades Kindergarten through 2nd, and for classroom teachers and related arts teachers in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.

  • Classroom associates hours are 7:55 AM to 1:00 PM.
  • Classroom teachers hours vary from 1/2 days to whole days. (A substitute license or teacher license is required.)

If you’re interested please contact Ann Aljets, administrative assistant in the school office.

Spring Break Toiletries Drive for the Connection Café: Are you going somewhere for Spring Break? Consider donating unused hotel toiletries (mini shampoos, soap, lotion, toothpaste, etc.) to The Connection Cafe. GREEN bins are located by the school office and in the Gathering Space by the Church. Since the start of the 2017/2018 school year, we have already donated over 2,425 toiletry items to the Connection Café! Thank you for the difference you make in our community!

St. Francis Preschool Employment Opportunity: St. Francis Preschool is seeking a part-time Staff Associate/On-Call Sub. Individual will assist in preschool classrooms (Monday, Wednesday morning and Thursday) as well as be available and willing to work hours outside regular schedule to provide for possible program substitute staffing needs. Promising candidate will be enthusiastic, energetic and have a passion for working with preschool age children as well as drawn to a collaborative, teamwork environment and eager to learn themselves. Early childhood care or teaching experience is a plus but not required. Health and safety pre-service training is required and provided. To obtain additional information and application specifics, please email Tammy Myers, Preschool Director or call 515-223-4577×116.

Chess Club will be held in the the Sierra Room every Friday from 7:15a-8a.  Contact Sergio Bravo or John Schumacher with questions.

Order your 2017-2018 SFA Yearbook online (school code:12546418). The cost is $23.00 per book and will be delivered to students in May. Upload candid 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. Contact Sheila Thelen with questions.

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.

DCHS Cheer and Dance Team Tryouts   A parent informational meeting for Cheer/Dance will be held on February 22nd from ​7:30p – 8:00p in the DCHS Cafeteria. Cheer tryouts will be held March 20 & 22nd from 5:30p-7:30p, March 23rd from 6p-7p and March 24th from 10a-1p. Squads will be posted at 3pm on Friday March 30th.

DCHS Middle School Show Choir Workshop: Tuesday, March 6th, starting at 1pm. This is a fun opportunity to perform with over 100 middle schoolers from around the Des Moines area. Students will participate in an afternoon workshop rehearsing music and dance from Broadway, Disney, and beyond! A performance showcasing what they’ve learned will take place on the Dowling Catholic Auditorium Stage, along with members of Dowling Catholic Dimensions Show Choir at 7pm.

The cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt and pizza dinner. Make checks payable to Dowling and bring to the office or Ms. Graf by Friday, February 2nd. (Please include a t-shirt size and specify Youth or Adult.)  Volunteer drivers will be needed to help transport students.  Please contact Mrs. Graf if you are able to help.

Discover E(Engineering) Girl Day This FREE event will be held on Thursday, February 22nd from 4p-7p (open house format). There will be lots of opportunities for girls of all ages to explore various aspects of engineering. Click here to register.

Summer Swimming Lessons with Dowling Catholic Riptide

DCHS Winter Baseball Clinic Saturday, March 3rd.  Click here to register.

Waukee YMCA Summer Day Camp Programs

VHS Boys Tennis Summer Camp

Fundraising Ad Hoc Committee: Home and School relies on our various fundraising activities to provide funds for classrooms, the library, and various special projects. While the auction is the main source of funds, we also rely on monies from Scrip and Coupon Books to support these programs. We have decided to create an ad hoc committee to evaluate the efficacy of the non-auction sources of revenue as well as consider utilizing different or additional sources. If you would like to serve on this short term committee, please contact Kathy Bagby

SCRIP CLIPS: We will be holding a contest for the most Box Tops and Campbell’s Labels for Education collected this school year. Please send your box tops/labels to school in a well-sealed bag/envelope that is labelled with you child’s teacher’s name by Friday, March 30th.

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!
  • Check for additional retailers 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.

Sunday Mass Childcare: Jesus said “Let the children come to me” (Mark 10:14) and so we encourage families to bring their children of all ages to Liturgy as often as they can. We also realize that some parents may prefer to leave young children in a fun, safe, Christ-centered environment so they can get more out of their time at Mass. For these families, we offer childcare for children 6 months through 3 years old during the 9:30 and 11:15 Sunday Mass. For more information visit Registration is not required however it is recommended for organizational purposes. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a spot. Childcare availability is on a first come, first served basis.

A Lenten Opportunity: SFA is offering a unique walk through the Stations of the Cross from Mary’s perspective. Please join us on Monday, February 26 at 6 pm OR Tuesday, March 20 at 9 am in the church for A Mother’s Walk: The Stations of the Cross with Mary. Limited childcare will be available for the 9 am session. For more information, contact Rebecca Bahl at

VBS Save the Date: June 11th-15th – 9am-Noon for 4 year olds through children entering 6th grade. VBS Coordinator and parent volunteers needed!  Click on the link above for more information.

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.