News & Notes

Thursday, October 20th: Home & School Meeting 12p in the RE Conference Room

St. Francis of Assisi Cub Scout Informational Meeting (K-5th) – Please join us at our Pack Meeting on September 11th in the Parish Hall at 7pm to find out more about Scouts.  If you cannot make that night and are interested please contact Nick Williams  or (309) 339-6332.

The St. Francis Nursery is looking for volunteers. 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. Contact Rebecca Bahl with questions.

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.



Home and School Track-a-thon Fundraiser: Friday October 5th!  Please come walk with and cheer on your students at this family friendly event! Participation times for grades will be as follows:

  • Grades K-2 – 9a-10a
  • Grades 3-5 – 10a-11a
  • Grades 6-8 – 11a-12p

Volunteers are needed in grades K-5 for the “Train for the Track-a-thon” during lunch recess on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please feel free to come run/walk with your child even if the spots are filled. We appreciate any time you can offer.  Thank you for helping make this a successful event for the school.

A fundraising packet will be sent home with the youngest or only student in each family on the 14th. Please contact Christa Lozano with questions.

Art Assistants Needed at a once a month commitment level in the following classrooms:

  • Mrs. Curtin (1st) – Thursdays 12:45- 1:30
  • Mrs. Kock (2nd) – Wednesdays 1:30-2:15
  • Mrs. Tigges (2nd) – Wednesdays 12:45-1:30 (Still need 1 more)
  • Mrs. Waters (2nd) -Wednesdays2:15-3:00 (Still need 1 more)

Please contact Melissa Ziegert if available or for more information.

Homeroom Parent Volunteer Meeting: Friday, September 14th at 2:30p in the Sierra Room. Volunteers are still needed for the following classrooms: Murphy, Kock, Waters, Thornton, Doyle, Anderson, Schaffer, Timmins, Cline, McFarland, and Ryan. Please email Nicole Waller if you are able to help!

Talking Canvas: Thank you to everyone who signed-up either online or at one of the back to school nights  to facilitate Talking Canvas in the classroom! We have your information and you will hear from us very soon. Classroom programs begin in October. Volunteers are still needed! We will happily take volunteers for all classes, however, there are a couple of grades/classrooms where we need some extra help:

  •  1st Grade: Curtin, Gaul and Murphy
  • 3rd Grade: Thornton
  • 4th Grade: Doyle
  • 5th Grade: Anderson and Schaffer

No expertise in art is necessary, just a willingness to teach a mini lesson and facilitate an art project. We provide all lessons and materials. If you are able to help out a couple times a year, please contact Shannon Umthum or 515-689-9307.

Cultural Day Do you have unique cultural background? Were you or a family member born and raised outside the United States? Have you traveled to interesting parts of the world? We are looking for a volunteer to plan Cultural Day for our St. Francis students and staff. This is a great opportunity to embrace and understand the awesome world in which we live. If you have this gift to share or a great idea for this fun day, please contact Mara Van Ee.

Chess Club meets on Fridays, before school, from 7:15a-8a in the Sierra Room. it is never too late to join! If you missed the first two weeks, we are just getting started and welcome new and returning members all year. Kids from all grades are welcome to come to Chess Club (no knowledge or specific level required). Come prepared to have fun and play chess for about 45 minutes. Please contact John Schumacher or Sergio Bravo 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 Thursday, October 4th.

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

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!