Catholic Schools Week 2017

Catholic Schools Week is Next Week!!
As you know, we have Catholic Schools Week next week. We have a lot to do next week with activities to celebrate Catholic education, and they start this weekend. We are looking forward to a lot of fun and service, so please note the opportunities below:

Masses next weekend
On January 28th and 29th, at our Masses, we are asking students to please wear their uniforms to the Mass, as is our tradition, to highlight our students to the larger community at St. Francis. We also still do have some opportunities remaining for students to help out the ushers or bring up the gifts at those Masses.  Here is the sign-up genius link to see what is still available and to sign up:

Thanks to everyone for helping out and highlighting how much our Catholic education impacts our parish!

Schedule for Catholic Schools Week:

SundayOur Winter Open House is from 12:45 until 2 p.m. Prospective students and their families are invited to join us for lunch and refreshments, furnished by the Knights of Columbus, tours around campus led by student ambassadors and TFS parents, and an opportunity to go inside the classrooms and learn more about our curriculum and offerings for students. Help us spread the word! Tell your friends! If you know of families interested in attending Open House, they can register on the school website at

We are still in need of parent volunteers to help at Open House. If you would like to volunteer to help, please click here:

Monday: “In Our Community” Day.  Heather Keleher, TFS alumnae, speaking at morning prayer about her Migrant Ministry.

Tuesday: Day of Celebrating the Students. Mike Rogosich, Assistant Principal at Cardinal Gibbons, guest speaking at morning prayer with a TFS alumni.

Student appreciation Day with a special treat provided by the H.S.A. for all students.  (The H.S.A. is looking for volunteers to help hand out treats to the students on Tuesday, January 31. To sign up, go to:

Student Spirit Dress Out Day-Show your T’Wolf Pride!! Middle School students have a special afternoon presentation in Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday: Day of Celebration of our Nation. Community Mass at 9:00 in the Church. 

Thursday: Celebrating Vocations.  Father Kluge guest speaking at morning prayer.

Day of service: students and faculty/staff will perform service projects in each grade.

With those items you have generously donated, we will perform service activities to reach the larger community, and set an example to others of our mission as Franciscan School students, families, and faculty.

Friday: Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers. Special staff guest speaker at morning prayer. Teacher appreciation day with special faculty/staff treat provided by the H.S.A. 

CSW Donations needed for Day of Service:

We are collecting items now for next week’s “Day of Service to Others.” Here is the list of items we are collecting by grade:

Whole School Collection for the Migrant Ministry:

The whole school is asked to bring in these items for our migrant ministry, these can be gently used or new.  There will be boxes in the Thea and Siena offices for these items, so please drop them there:

–          Shirts (button down, t-shirt, polo), Pants, Jackets, work boots, and hats.
–          Bed Sheets and Towels
–          Toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, deodorant)
–          Sunglasses
–          Ponchos/Slickers/Plastic Rain Jacket and Bandanas
–          Laundry Detergent Packets
–          Non-Latex Gloves
–          Portable Hand Sanitizer
–          Water Bottles

In addition to the whole school collection, we are asking parents to help contribute the following in each grade’s classrooms:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

–          Receiving blankets for local hospitals

2nd grade

–          Bring in bulk fleece for 6th grade OR old jeans for 8th grade project

3rd and 4th grade

Supplies to make Toiletry Kits for St. Francis Inn

–          Disposable safety razors
–          shaving cream
–          toothpaste and toothbrush
–          deodorant
–          pair of socks

5th Grade

Supply Kits for Operation Gratitude for our troops

  1. Toothbrushes individually packaged
  2. Toothpaste (4 oz. or less)
  3. Dental floss
  4. Deodorant (solid only, 3 oz. or less)
  5. Disposable razors (Leave in original packing). Small packs, five (5) or less, are okay).
  6. Gum, Mints or Breath Strips
  7. Non-aerosol Shaving Gel in tubes
  8. Foot powder/Baby Powder (4 oz. or less)]


6th Grade

–          Bring in bulk fleece to make scarves for the St. Francis Inn and other Ministries of St. Francis.

7th grade

–          Bring in bulk fleece for 6th grade OR toiletry items for the 5th grade students’ service project.

8th grade

–          Bring in old jeans AND some toiletry items for the 5th grade kits.

Thanks to all of you for contributing for a meaningful service day for our students.  We live in service to others at The Franciscan School, and your generosity allows us to help you to teach important lessons to your students that will stay with them for life.