News & Notes

UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, September 3rd: Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 4th: Spirit Wear Day.  St. Francis of Assisi or DCHS spirit shirt can be worn with uniform pants.


ANNOUNCEMENTS
Lunchroom Volunteer Calendars  were emailed this week. If you did not receive the calendar and are interested in volunteering, please email Cheryl. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

The St. Francis Nursery is looking for more volunteers to help provide fun and quality care to the youngest members of our parish. Each month, there are several opportunities to volunteer in the nursery including Sunday mornings, Tuesday afternoons and many evening and weekend shifts. Service hours can be earned for these commitments. Volunteers must be in 6th grade and older and complete a nursery orientation.

Orientations this month:

  • Tuesday, Sept 4: 7-7:30 PM
  • Sunday, Sept 16: 7-7:30 PM

Both orientations will take place in Room 2, next to the nursery. Contact Rebecca Bahl with questions.

Join St. Francis’ Playgroup-Frankie’s Lil Friends Do you have small children still at home and want to meet other moms? This is a great opportunity to visit and grow in the parish family while your children play! Join us on Thursday, September 6th, from 9:30a-11a, as we kick off the new school year with a park play date at Crossroads Park (5239 Ashworth Rd). Bring a friend and stop by if you’re free! Snacks for the kids will be provided! Visit our Facebook page: Saint Francis of Assisi -Frankie’s Little Friends Playgroup or contact Jen Tracey for more information.

Volleyball Parochial Night at DCHS: Tuesday, September 18th.  Be at DCHS by 6:45pm to be recognized before the varsity game,  or come early to watch the freshman, sophomore and JV matches! Freshmen play at 4:45pm, Soph/JV play at 5:45, and Varsity plays at 7:30PM.

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
Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5) is an after school program like no other! On Mondays and Wednesdays right after school until 4:45 for 10 weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Lessons will take place at St Francis School and on the track. Trained and caring coaches lead girls through interactive lessons and running activities. The season ends with a noncompetitive 5K event on Sunday, November 11th at Water Works Park in Des Moines. Register here.


HOME & SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Homeroom Parent Volunteers will meet Friday, September 14th at 2:30p in the Sierra Room to review duties and answer questions. Thank you to those who have volunteered so far!  You will receive your homeroom assignment by Friday, September 7th.  Volunteers are still needed for the following grades and classrooms: 1st, 2nd, Thornton, Doyle, 5th, Timmins, Cline, and Ryan. If interested, please email Nicole Waller  with your first, second, and third choices for grade and classroom.

Home and School Track-a-thon Fundraiser: Friday October 5th from 9a-12p! Students will be running or walking a set distance around the St. Francis track with their classes, and participating in other games and fitness stations. This is a family friendly event and parents and other family members are encouraged to attend!

Starting September 4th, students in grades K-5 will be encouraged to participate in “Train for the Track-a-thon” where they can choose to go to the track during their lunch recess on Tuesday and Friday to run or walk.  A flyer with more information on this will go home next week.

On September 14th, a fundraising packet will be sent home with the youngest or only student in each family. In the weeks leading up to the October 5th event, students are asked to collect donations to sponsor them on their race day. This fundraiser will replace the previous coupon book fundraiser as the books are no longer available.

Please contact Christa Lozano  with questions.

SCRIP CLIPS:  Dress Down on the first Friday of every month!! It’s easy. Spend $500 a month on Scrip gift cards and your child/children can dress down on the first Friday of every month. Get cards for places you already shop, Hy-Vee, Fareway, Kum and Go, Gap, American Eagle, etc. Wanna eat out? We have cards for that too; Bravo, Appleebee’s, Culvers, Panera, Potbelly and more. Best part? You will be supporting SFA Home and School! Send in your Scrip form Monday mornings and receive your order by the end of the week. We will also be selling after weekend masses. Purchase $500 in September and dress down on Friday, October 5.

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 Chris Pierson if you have any questions or would like help in setting up an on-line account.


FAITH & OUTREACH
The Connection Café is a free lunch program that serves the homeless and low income community downtown.

  • 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.

  • We donated 3,575 toiletry items throughout the 2017/2018 school year!
  • During the Summer months we collected over 740 items using the 2nd GREEN bin that sits year round in the Gathering Space by the church.

Thanks again for all of your generous donations! St Francis truly makes a difference in our community!