News & Notes

Monday, April 8th: Professional Development – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, April 9th: Spiritwear

Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age – Sunday, April 7th @ 6p in the Parish Hall.  All parents and Middle School/High School students are invited to the movie screening followed by optional discussion divided by age groups. The documentary reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Click on the link above to register and for more information.

Chess Tournament Results: We had a great turn-out for the first DM area Catholic tournament, with 37 kids participating from 5 different Catholic schools! The top finishers from SFA in each division were:

  • Kindergarten-2nd grade: 2nd overall: Brendan Quann, 3rd overall: Isaac Meyer, Top Kindergarten: Michael Meyer, Top 2nd grade: Ryan Schumacher
  • 3rd thru 8th grade: 2nd overall: Enrico Fernandes, 3rd overall: Ethan Apprill, Top 3rd grade: Kellan Bahl, Top 4th grade: Miles Kneifl, Top 5th grade: Kyle Schumacher, Top 6th grade: Tatum Cox.

Congratulations to all of our participants and a special thank you to John Shumacher, Sergio Bravo and Nathan Apprill for all of their hard work!

ICubs School Fundraiser: Sunday, May 19th. The Iowa Cubs would like to invite the Saint Francis community for a fun filled day at the field as they take on the New Orleans Babycakes at 1:08p!  This outing will be a fun opportunity to gather together and enjoy America’s favorite past time as we wrap up our school year. Please join us in a reserved section of seats for a day of family, friends, and baseball! Proceeds from our ticket sales will go back to the school! Click on the link above for tickets.

Ball Boys/Girls Needed for DCHS Varsity Soccer Games! Service hours available, most games last around 2 hours.

Knights of Columbus Scholarship deadline is Friday, April 15th. Please click on the link above for more information.

2018-19 yearbooks are now available to order! The St. Francis School code is 12546419 and the cost per book is $27.00. Yearbooks will be delivered to school in May.

Please consider sharing candid photos of our students taken at school sponsored events for publication in the yearbook. Send photos to or upload them at and use the activation code SOXMPV.

MAY 1st DEADLINE!!! Non-public transportation reimbursement forms are due by May 1st. 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.

Catholic Football League Registration Now Open!

  • 1st – 5th graders will play flag or transitional flag again this Fall
  • 6th and 7th grade teams will play tackle within the Mid Iowa Youth Football League.

5TH Grade Parent Informational Meeting about the final transition from Flag to Tackle within the CFL will be held on Sunday April 28th at 6pm in the Dowling cafeteria. Contact Andy Jepson with any questions.

DCHS Cheerleading Tryouts: Sunday, April 7th beginning at 1:30p Clinics will be held:

  • Friday April 5th 6p – 8p in the Big Gym

Click here for your Information, Application and Preference Sheet. Forms are due on Wednesday April 3rd to Coach Cooling via the Athletic Office.

Incoming Freshman Information Volleyball Meeting: Sunday, April 7th from 8:15p-8:45p in the Dowling Catholic High School Gym.

Wagner Summer Theater Summer Camps:
June 10th: MUSIC CAMP: Popstar and Rockstar camp ages 6-9
June 17th: FILM CAMPS: Stunts and Runts Action movie Camp ages 7-11 and Lights! Camera! Awesome! Camp ages 12-18
June 24th: THEATER CAMP: Rise Up Hamilton Camp! Learn hip hop/ break dancing and spoken word! ages 7-18.
July 8th: MUSIC CAMP: Blues to Beatles Guitar Camp for beginners and Intermediate. incoming 7th grade through 12th grade
July 15th BROADCASTING CAMP: Batter UP! Sports Broadcasting camp in conjunction with KCCI and the Iowa Cubs incoming 5th through 12 grade

Click here to register starting Friday, March 15th. Contact Lisa Zavala with any questions.

Dowling Catholic Summer Athletic Camps: Click on the link for a variety of opportunities.

DCHS Summer Boys Basketball League.  Click here to sign up.

Drake Football Youth Camps

First Communion Attire Donations: Each year we collect gently-used First Communion attire to offer to families who cannot afford to purchase something special for their child. If you would like to donate to the cause, please bring any clean First Communion dress, boy’s suit or dress shoes to the RE or Parish Office. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

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!