News & Notes

UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, April 19th: Home & School Meeting, 12p
Friday, April 20th: 7th/8th Grade Dance @ SFA


ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dowling Catholic Dimensions Show Choir Auditions will be held on Friday, May 4th from 3:10- 6pm in the DCHS choir room. These auditions are open to current 8th graders. Students should attend at least one choreography audition workshop to receive all the audition materials. Workshops will be held on:

  • Monday, April 30 from 7-7:50a and 5:30-6:30p
  • Tuesday, May 1 from 7:15-8:15a and 5:30-6:30p
  • Wednesday, May 2 from 7-7:50a and 3:30-4:30p
  • Thursday, May 3 from 7:15-8:15a and 5:30-6:30p.

Students are welcome to attend as many of these sessions as they wish.

DMAARC Food Pantry Fundraiser April 13th: Join us for Trivia Night  at St. Francis of Assisi Friday, April 13, 7 pm, St. Francis of Assisi: $25 per person or $200 per team.

Non-public transportation reimbursement forms are due by May 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.

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

St. Francis Preschool Employment Opportunity: St. Francis Preschool is seeking a part-time Staff Associate/On-Call Sub. Please email Tammy Myers, Preschool Director or call 515-223-4577×116 if you are interested.

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.


SIGN UPS
Middle School Summer Math Prep: June 1-June 22.   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.

Ball boys/girls needed for Dowling Soccer Games

2018 Catholic Football League Registration: Join us for our 54th season as the premier youth football league in the Des Moines metro area. We are once again offering a 10% registration discount to all those signing up prior to the end of May.

West Des Moines Safety Town for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018.

Drake Football Camps Grades 3-6

Drake Football Camps Grades 7-9

Summer Swimming Lessons with Dowling Catholic Riptide

Waukee YMCA Summer Day Camp Programs

VHS Boys Tennis Summer Camp

Drake Girls Basketball Camp


HOME & SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Home & School Elections: Home and School is our parent organization that funds many vital activities at St. Francis School. It will be holding elections this spring for President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Communications Secretary. Anyone that is interested in becoming involved with the Executive Committee should contact Kathy Bagby or Kayren Davidson. The following committee chair positions are also open: Grandparent’s Day, Prize Cart, Hospitality, Scrip, Spirit Wear and Homeroom Parent. Please contact Kathy Bagby for more information regarding these positions.

SCRIP CLIPS:  SCRIP gift cards make great teacher and graduation gifts! There will be 4 more order dates before the end of the school year: April 16, 23, 30 and May 7. There will also be sales after masses on April 29.

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 www.shopwithscrip.com 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.


FAITH & OUTREACH
Nursery Volunteers Needed! Volunteer hours are available almost every week for many different events, including Sunday Mass, Youth Faith Formation events and much more; and will continue throughout the summer. Priority will be given to students who are in 6th grade or older and have completed a nursery orientation. The next orientations are listed below and will likely be the last ones offered this school year. If interested, please register for one of the half-hour sessions. If none of these dates work in your schedule or if you have questions, please email Rebecca Bahl, nursery coordinator.

  • Wednesday, April 11 @ 5:45 pm
  • Sunday, April 15 @ 10:45 am

VBS Save the Date: June 11th-15th – 9am-Noon for 4 year olds through children entering 6th grade.  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.