The Franciscan School
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Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

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“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:26

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2018!!

We wish all of our families, and our entire St. Francis Community, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Please enjoy the time away from school celebrating the birth of our Savior, and come back to us rested and ready for the continuation of a great school year.  Just a reminder that the next Tidbits will not be until January 2nd 2018!! We hope 2018 will be a great year for all!

Dress out for Wednesday, December 20th (TOMORROW!)

We will have our traditional “Red and Green” Christmas dress out day on the last day before break.  Please dress in red and green shirts or tops, and jeans are allowed (Please note that leggings, exercise tights, or yoga pants are not permitted at any time except under a skirt or skort).  Please refer to the community handbook for the guidelines on dress out days.  Show off your Christmas Spirit before break!!

TFS Parent Survey

Parents the great opportunity continues for you!  Thanks to all of those who have already completed the survey, your feedback is much appreciated. For those who may not have had a chance yet to complete our parent survey, sent out as a Survey Monkey link in an email last week, we would love if you could take 20 minutes to thoughtfully complete it for us.  We value your feedback and we want to be sure we hear from as many people as possible! Thank you!! (If you did not get the link, please email Mr. Watson and he will rectify that oversight!)

TFS National Junior Honor Society Meeting

The next meeting of the National Junior Honor Society will be on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd after school in the chapel.  All seventh and eighth graders who are members of NJHS should plan to attend, as attendance at the monthly meetings is one of the requirements of being a member of NJHS.  The meeting will conclude by 3:30 P.M., and students should be picked up outside the chapel at that time (or will be taken to their after-school sports practice by a faculty member).  Anyone who normally attends Bridges after school will be escorted to Bridges after the meeting.  Please contact Mrs. Linda Sullivan ( with any questions regarding NJHS.

Cardinal Gibbons High School’s application for 2018-2019

All students applying to Cardinal Gibbons High School for the class of 2022, who have not already tested must submit the online application by January 3rd and take the Admission Placement Test on January 6th. Please visit our website  to apply.  We are excited to welcome you to the Gibbons family.  Please contact Marianne McCarty, Director of Admissions with any questions.

Family Service Project over Christmas Break

We will serve the hungry on Saturday, December 30th, a great time while on break to gather and be of service. Please click on the sign up genius link for our December service to Oak City Outreach.


Do you have pictures from the many events we held here on campus in December?  Looking for photos from the Pancake Breakfast, Book Fair, Scientists visiting the classroom, bamboo music, etc.  If so, please email me a picture, one at a time, with all people in the photograph labeled, and a sentence or two about the event to  Many thanks!

Chess Lessons

Bill Clausen of the Triangle Chess Center will be offering chess lessons at TFS on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. from January 10th to March 7th.  Students will learn chess fundamentals and strategies that enhance learning skills and critical thinking.  We will build confidence and have the option to compete against other local schools.  Novice students and experienced players are encouraged to sign up as we will have multiple levels of experience. The fee for signing up on-line is $110.  Please sign up here and Click on “Join Team”.

Spelling Bee

The TFS Annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, is set for Thursday, January 11th, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the Media Center.  Two representatives from each grade, 3-8, will compete. The winner will move on to the county-wide Bee on March 17, 2018.

Lands’ End Savings

Now–December 29th to take advantage of FREE LOGO application. Details here and the direct link to The Franciscan School custom shopping site for Lands’ End here


Winter Uniform Sale – Volunteers Needed (including opportunities for Middle School Students!) The H.S.A Winter Uniform Sale will be held Saturday, January 27th from 9:00 – 11:00 am in Jacoba Hall. Collections of used uniforms will begin in mid-January – watch Tidbits for more details. But for now, we need volunteers to help us set-up, clean-up and assist during the sale. If you’d like to volunteer (volunteers get to shop early!!), please sign up here.   We have several spots for Middle School students to help out – a great way to earn service hour credits and for every hour of volunteering they get to take home one item of clothing in inventory! Questions? Contact Erica Emerson-Overacre or Susie Erlinger at

First Communion Reception Committee

Calling all 1st grade parents who would like to serve on the committee for the First Communion Reception. This is a tradition at TFS where the 1st grade hosts the 2nd grade’s First Communion. The date of the reception is May 9th. We will need lots of help with rosary making, set up of the reception, food donations etc. If you would like to serve on the committee, please contact Georgia Carolyn Davis ( There will be an organizing meeting sometime in January for the committee.

Important Dates

Tuesday, December 19th HSA Staff Cookie Exchange
Wednesday, December 20th Early Release for Christmas Break.  Have a Merry Christmas!! ( December 20th thru January 1st )
Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 School Resumes
Thursday, January 11th Spelling Bee Media Center 3:30 p.m.