News & Notes

Friday October 5th: 7th/8th Grade Dance @ St. Augustin from 7p-9p
Tuesday, October 9th: Spirit Wear
Thursday, October 11th – Monday, October 15th: Conference Break- NO SCHOOL
SFA Book Fair will be open during Francisfest on Sunday, October 7th from 4p-7p. We will also be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences Monday, October 8th, Tuesday, October 9th and Thursday, October 11th. A portion of the sales will help us purchase new books for our school library!  We hope you stop by and see us!

DCHS Pancake Breakfast- Sunday, October 28th 7:30a-1p: Please join us for the 57th annual Pancake Breakfast in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Enjoy a morning of fellowship and community in support of teachers and students! Tickets are available at the door.

Dowling Catholic’s Annual Open House for Prospective Students-Sunday, November 4th 11a-2p:  Families will tour the school, meet the teachers, moderators, and coaches and learn about tuition assistance.  There are prizes to win and games to play!  It’s a fun day for the whole family!

SFA Boy Scout Christmas Greenery Fundraiser: St. Francis Boy Scout Troop 888 will be selling Christmas wreaths, sprays, centerpieces and tabletop trees at Francis Fest and after masses the weekends of October 20/21 and 27/28. Purchase these great decorations for your home, business or as gifts for family and friends!

Proceeds  will aid in the maintenance and future replacement of the Troop’s camping trailer which is essential for carrying the scout’s gear and supplies for every camp out. If you would like to place an order, contact a scout you may know or email: Jennie Bailey, Tim Murano or Craig Stalzer. Thank you for your support of Troop 888!

Dowling Catholic Volleyball Club Tryouts Starting October 16th. Please come to BOTH tryouts for your age group! Click on the link for more information.

Non-public transportation reimbursement forms are due by Dec 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.

Yearbook Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10th at 12 noon in the library conference room.  If you cannot attend but would like to participate, please email:

SFA Conference Meal Sign-UpLet’s show our appreciation to our fabulous staff at St. Francis School! Please consider signing up to help with some yummy treats or food for the upcoming conference meals on Monday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 9th. All items will need to be delivered to the parish kitchen by 3:15 p.m. on the day of your sign-up. Your help is greatly appreciated!Please contact Lindsay Struecker with any questions.

SFA Bid 4 the Kids Class Gift Coordinators: We are in need of representatives to help coordinate class gifts for the auction on February 2, 2019. Please contact Sara Tamisiea. We are in need of gift coordinators for K, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8th. Thank you!

SCRIP CLIPS:  We will be selling after weekend masses. 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.

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