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Happy Thursday, Falcon Families!

The winners of our Christmas card contest are Jack Varga, Ellen Kish and Maddie Goshe. The messaging inside of the cards was also created by Maddie Goshe. You can see which artwork belongs to each student by turning over the card.  We are so proud of these students and their creativity! These cards will be mailed to families in the coming weeks.

Here are some updates and reminders:

We are still searching for another employee to work part-time in our cafeteria. If you, or someone you know is interested, please contact me directly.

I pray you all have a wonderful weekend!

In Christ's Love,

Mrs. Dougherty

Dear Falcon Families,

Welcome to December! This a busy and exciting month for all. Please be sure to check our your child(ren)'s teacher pages to stay up-to-date with everything that is happening in individual classes.

This year students welcomed a special visitor to our school to help us celebrate Advent; Mary! Mary on the Mantel will give the students tasks of service and kindness to perform each day of Advent to help prepare our hearts and homes for Jesus. Please ask your child which task she assigned them today!

Please join us for Mass tomorrow at 9:00am. This will be our first school Mass in this season of Advent. Our 4th graders, as well as select 8th graders, will present Emmanuel's Promise. The schedule for the remaining weeks is listed below. We hope you'll join us!

Here are some updates and reminders:

  • Yearbooks for the 2021-22 school year are coming home today.
  • 5th-8th grade parents please click here to see a flyer for two events that students in these grade levels will be participating in for the month of December.
  • If you are able to volunteer in our Cafeteria during the month of December, please click here and sign up for a slot. Thanks in advance for your help!
  • Q2 interims will be coming home next Thursday, December 8.
  • We will celebrate Mass next Thursday, December 8. If your child has PE on this day and is in 5-8 grade please have them bring their PE clothes to change into. If your child is in K-4 and has PE on this day they should bring their PE tennis shoes to change into.

Congratulations goes out to our latest group of Falcon Five award recipients. Way to Love God, Love Others, Work Hard, Serve Well and Be Kind!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Emmanuel's Promise

Advent is just around the corner! This year we will celebrate Advent with Emmanuel's Promise as we did last year. Emmanuel’s Promise will be prayed prior to our Advent Masses celebrating the lighting of the Advent candle(s) with prayers. This will begin at 9:00am each Advent school Mass. You are invited to join us for Emmanuel’s Promise and/or Mass. Since we are only celebrating 3 Advent Masses as a school, some virtues will be doubled up.

Advent is a time to take a breath, pause, and allow the Holy Spirit to enter our souls as we wait with joyful anticipation. Keeping Advent will lead us to a more fulfilled celebration of the Nativity on Christmas.

The  prayers during Emmanuel’s Promise will focus on the Advent virtues for that week.

The 4 Advent Virtues- Week 1-Hope, Week 2-Love, Week 3 -Joy and Week 4-Peace.

Students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 will prepare and sing a song that reflects  Advent on their assigned week.  Students from grades 5-8 will lead the prayers and Advent candle lighting. I will send a document for you to list the students in your grade levels to lead these prayers.

EMMANUEL’S PROMISE- ADVENT PRAYER SCHEDULE

Dec. 2-   Grade 4 (ALL students)

              Grade 8 (selected students)

Dec. 8- Grade 2 (ALL students)-before Mass
Grade 5 (selected students)- before Mass

            Grade 3 (ALL students)-after Mass
Grade 6 (selected students)- after Mass

Dec. 16- Grade 1 (ALL students)

               Kindergarten (ALL students)

               Grade 7 (selected students)

Dear Falcon Families!

As we begin this week of Thanksgiving I am reflecting on so many things at SFdS that we have to be thankful for; wonderful students and families, strong teaching and support staff, and most importantly a school that allows us to share the love of God with everyone! I pray that your Thanksgiving is a time of  blessings, family and friends! I look forward to seeing all of our students back in the building on Tuesday, November 29.

A big shoutout to all of our Falcon Five Awardees over the past couple weeks! We are thankful for your example in our school!


Here are some updates and reminders:

  • Students who are not returning tomorrow after Mass should NOT bring their backpacks to school.
  • Students who are returning after Mass should bring a packed lunch as the Cafeteria is not serving lunch tomorrow.
  • Chromebooks will be disabled over break so students may enjoy true rest!
  • If you are able to volunteer in our Cafeteria during the month of December, please click here and sign up for a slot. Thanks in advance for your help!
  • All students in grades 3-8 are invited to sing in the Children's Christmas Choir. Please click here for more information.

Would you like to help our school earn FREE MONEY?

Coca-Cola Gives
This program allows you to give back to our school through your purchases by scanning or entering Coca-Cola products codes found within products. Just head to Coke.com/give and enter your codes. OR, send in your Coca-Cola rewards and we will enter them for you! You’ll donate by signing in and choosing St. Francis de Sales

Box Top App
After more than 20 years of clipping, Box Tops is changing to fit today’s families. To participate in the new digital program simply, download and use the Box Tops App!   The new and improved app uses technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our schools earnings online.

Please direct any questions regarding these two programs to  Kristie Elsass.

The November and December lunch calendar are attached below.

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Emmanuel's Promise

Advent is just around the corner! This year we will celebrate Advent with Emmanuel's Promise as we did last year. Emmanuel’s Promise will be prayed prior to our Advent Masses celebrating the lighting of the Advent candle(s) with prayers. This will begin at 9:00am each Advent school Mass. You are invited to join us for Emmanuel’s Promise and/or Mass. Since we are only celebrating 3 Advent Masses as a school, some virtues will be doubled up.

Advent is a time to take a breath, pause, and allow the Holy Spirit to enter our souls as we wait with joyful anticipation. Keeping Advent will lead us to a more fulfilled celebration of the Nativity on Christmas.

The  prayers during Emmanuel’s Promise will focus on the Advent virtues for that week.

The 4 Advent Virtues- Week 1-Hope, Week 2-Love, Week 3 -Joy and Week 4-Peace.

Students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 will prepare and sing a song that reflects  Advent on their assigned week.  Students from grades 5-8 will lead the prayers and Advent candle lighting. I will send a document for you to list the students in your grade levels to lead these prayers.

EMMANUEL’S PROMISE- ADVENT PRAYER SCHEDULE

Dec. 2-   Grade 4 (ALL students)

              Grade 8 (selected students)

Dec. 8- Grade 2 (ALL students)

            Grade 3 (ALL students)

            Grade 5 (selected students)

            Grade 6 (selected students)

Dec. 16- Grade 1 (ALL students)

               Kindergarten (ALL students)

               Grade 7 (selected students)

Dear Falcon Families!

Today was a wonderful day celebrating our all school Thanksgiving Feast! Many thanks to our hard-working cafeteria staff and our fabulous volunteers for making this lunch very special!

Here are some updates and reminders:Monday, November 21 is Picture Retake day. Only students who are getting their pictures taken may dress out of uniform on this day.
If you are able to volunteer in our Cafeteria during the month of December, please click here and sign up for a slot. Thanks in advance for your help!
All students in grades 3-8 are invited to sing in the Children's Christmas Choir. Please click here for more information.
Thank you for continuing to reach out regarding the status of our website. We are told there should be some of the most important content available in the very near future. Your patience is most appreciated.
Our annual Eucharistic Devotions weekend begin TOMORROW at our all school Mass (9a) through November 20. The students are learning "First Love" by Kari Jobe (but the Elle Limebear version) here at school as we prepare for this special time in our Parish.  We hope that our families will take a listen at home as well as we prepare to take that pause from the world as one in adoration of Jesus' true presence in the Eucharist.

We will begin our Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 23. As a reminder, our student body earned Monday, November 28 off of school as a reward for meeting our $50,000 goal during the Color Run. We will return to school on Tuesday, November 29.

There will not be a Principal's Newsletter next week.

I pray you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Dear Falcon Families!

I hope your long weekend is off to a great start! It has been wonderful to connect with so many parents over the last two days.

Thank you so much to our parents who have completed the Parent Survey for our Accreditation process. If you have not had the opportunity to fill it out yet please click here. Upon completion please send a screenshot of your submission to Mrs. Dougherty and your child will receiving a homework pass to be used in the 22-23 school year. Our students will be taking a similar survey at the end of November.

Here are some updates and reminders:

  • Ski Club registrations are due by Monday, November 14. We are in need of 13 additional students in order to begin this club. Please email Mrs. Fantozziwith any questions. Click here to view the registration form.
  • Our next Marco's Pizza Night is Thursday, November 17. These funds will be used to purchase new decorations and materials for the Thanksgiving Feast. Last month's funds went to purchase new safety cones for our car rider line and recess area.

Our annual Eucharistic Devotions weekend will take place November 18-20 and will begin with an all school Mass on Friday, November 18. The students are learning "First Love" by Kari Jobe (but the Elle Limebear version) here at school as we prepare for this special time in our Parish.  We hope that our families will take a listen at home as well as we prepare to take that pause from the world as one in adoration of Jesus' true presence in the Eucharist.

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, we will welcome grandparents and grandfriends for Grandparent's Day! We are so excited to bring back this wonderful tradition.

NEW this year: all students will participate in Grandparent's Day activities from 9am-11am rather than having two sessions. We will end the celebration with Mass at 11:00am. Grandparents are welcome to take their grandchild/ren home after Mass.

Any students returning to the building after Mass will need to pack a lunch as the cafeteria will not be serving lunch this day.  Please take a moment to fill out this form to RSVP for your child's grandparents/friends.

Also, if you are able to donate any items for this event, please view this sign up.

I pray you have a wonderful long weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Dear Falcon Families,

I hope you have all been having a wonderful week so far! I cannot believe November is upon us and our Thanksgiving celebration and Grandparent's Day are just around the corner! We are so excited to have so many fun things to look forward to.

Here are some updates and reminders:

 

The St. Vincent de Paul Society has asked for our help to fill the pantry for Fall (Thanksgiving/Christmas time).

They are in great need of the following items: pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, soup, canned chicken, macaroni & cheese, cereal, ramen noodles, canned meals (Chef BoyArdee, Spaghettios, etc.), and toilet paper.

If a student brings in an item they are permitted to dress down on that day (except for Tuesday- Mass attire). Please review the list below to see which items are needed on which days.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY 11/4- fruit jelly, peanut butter

MEAT MONDAY 11/7- canned chicken, canned meals, soup

TASTY TUESDAY 11/8- pasta, pasta sauce, ramen noodles, macaroni & cheese (This is not a dress down day)

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY 11/9 - toilet paper, cereal


Thank you for your patience with our school website. Please know we are actively working on getting it back up and running and should have something to share with our families in the near future.

I pray you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Dear Falcon Families,

Happy Thursday! Our littlest falcons Preschool enjoyed their Halloween festivities today. They were beyond adorable!

Please keep reading for information on tomorrow's celebrations for PK-8.

Halloween Parade
It is our St. Francis de Sales tradition to have our entire student body parade outside in their Halloween costumes at 1:30pm, before parties begin. All parents are invited to join us for the parade. Please arrive in the parking lot NO LATER than 1:00pm.Entrances will be blocked off after this in order to make our parking lot safe for all.

*Students will be changing into their costumes between 1:00p-1:30p*

Students should bring their costumes to school and will have time to change into them. They should arrive to school in MASS ATTIRE. All costumes must be Catholic school appropriate. Questionable costumes will be left up to the discretion of Administration and students will be asked to change back to Mass attire if a costume is deemed inappropriate. If you have a question about a costume please email me ASAP. Student Council will hold it's annual costume contest again this year.

Halloween Parties
Our Halloween parties will take place on Friday, October 28 from 1:45-2:45pm.  Your child's teacher will also let you know what time to arrive if you are volunteering to help with the party.

*Parents who are helping with classroom parties are able to sign their children out directly following the parties. All other students will be dismissed using the typical car rider line procedures or by bus.*

Here are some updates and reminders:

Thanksgiving Lunch
We have an awesome tradition each year where our whole school gathers to enjoy a Thanksgiving Lunch together. Our all school Thanksgiving Lunch will take place on Thursday, November 17. This year we are in need of a volunteer coordinator to help gather volunteers to set up and serve the luncheon. If you are interested in taking on this very important role and keeping this tradition alive please reach out to me as soon as possible!

I pray you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Good Afternoon, Falcon Families!

It has been a great week so far here at SFdS and the excitement is surely building for next week's Halloween festivities!

A big congratulations goes out to last week's and this week's Falcon Five AwardRecipients. These students have served as exemplary peers to their classmates and have been recognized by several of our staff members. Way to go, Falcons!

Tonight is our next Marco's Pizza Night! Last month our school earned over $200 from Marco's pizza purchases. This money is being used to send some of our Student Council students to a leadership conference at St. Albert the Great in January. Please consider ordering tonight in order to support our school- directions can be found in today's Thursday folder.

Here are some updates and reminders:

End of 1st Quarter 
Our 1st Quarter will be ending next Friday, October 22. Please be sure to check Gradelink to be aware of the grades your child is earning. Conference signups will come out in next Thursday's blast and conferences will take place on Wednesday and Thursday November 6 & 7.

Quarter Change Schedule for grades 5-8 for Specials:
5A- Art- PE day is MONDAY
5B- Music- PE day is TUESDAY
6A- Computer- PE day is THURSDAY
6B- Spanish- PE day is WEDNESDAY
7A- Art- PE day is MONDAY
7B- Music- PE day is TUESDAY
8A- Computer- PE day is THURSDAY
8B- Spanish- PE day is WEDNESDAY

Halloween Parade
It is our St. Francis de Sales tradition to have our entire student body parade outside in their Halloween costumes at 1:30pm, before parties begin. All parents are invited to join us for the parade. Please arrive in the parking lot NO LATER than 1:00pm. Entrances will be blocked off after this in order to make our parking lot safe for all.

Students should bring their costumes to school and will have time to change into them. They should arrive to school in MASS ATTIRE. All costumes must be Catholic school appropriate. Questionable costumes will be left up to the discretion of Administration and students will be asked to change back to Mass attire if a costume is deemed inappropriate. If you have a question about a costume please email me ASAP. Student Council will hold it's annual costume contest again this year.

Halloween Parties
Our Halloween parties will take place on Friday, October 28 from 1:45-2:45pm. Your child's HR teacher will communicate with you about what will take place and needs for the parties. Your child's teacher will also let you know what time to arrive if you are volunteering to help with the party. Preschool students (Mrs. Twigg's class) will celebrate their party on Thursday, October 27. Please be on the lookout for more information from Mrs. Twigg.

Halloween Dress Down Day
Since our Halloween parties fall on the Friday before Halloween we will have a Halloween dress down day on Monday, October 31. Students may dress out of uniform, not in costume, in Catholic School Appropriate clothing. Distressed denim and leggings are not permitted. If a student chooses to wear sweatpants they must be their PE sweats (red or navy).

Thanksgiving Lunch
We have an awesome tradition each year where our whole school gathers to enjoy a Thanksgiving Lunch together. Our all school Thanksgiving Lunch will take place on Thursday, November 17. This year we are in need of a volunteer coordinator to help gather volunteers to set up and serve the luncheon. If you are interested in taking on this very important role and keeping this tradition alive please reach out to me as soon as possible!

The October Lunch calendar is included below.

I pray you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Dougherty

Happy Thursday, Falcon Families!

We hope that all PS, PK and K families will join us for Mass this Sunday, October 2 at 9:00am. Father Jeremy will call all of these students up after communion for a special blessing. Then, our PS, PK, and K students will be held in prayer for the whole month of October. All families are invited to enjoy donuts after Mass on Sunday!

We surpassed our $50,000 goal for the Color Run and have earned an extra day off school! Please update your calendars to reflect that Monday, November 28 we will not have school. Also, be on the look out from your child's HR teacher for more information on when students will have their dress down week.

We will send out the October lunch calendar in the near future, however, the menu for next week is as follows:

Congratulations to they awesome group of Falcon Five Award recipients! Way to go, Falcons!

Please join us for Mass in the morning at 9:00am. All visitors should plan on arriving no later than 8:50am as the doors to the church will be locked by 9:00am.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Dougherty

Happy Thursday, Falcons!

This has been such a wonderful week! What great feeling to see our whole community come together to celebrate and support our Parish School!

Here are the details for tomorrow:

Several families have asked for a list of donors for their children for thank you cards. If you would like to know who donated for your child please email Mrs. Dougherty.

Thursday folder notes:

I truly cannot thank our families enough for supporting our Parish school in the magnitude that you have this past week. What a blessing. What a gift it is to be a part of this Falcon family.

With a very grateful heart,

Mrs. Dougherty

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