We turn the calendar tomorrow and welcome in the month of December! Where does the time go? I hope that you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break and a successful transition back to the full schedule of school and extracurricular activities.

We have a busy and exciting week on the horizon, as we enter into the Advent season. First up, we have our Patronal Feast Day on Monday which will consist of Holy Mass @ 9am. Please join us if you are able. Immediately following, we will honor the missionary work of St. Francis with a special treat! Later in the afternoon each class will receive a description of their SVDP family that they will be praying for and donating gift cards to during this Advent season. Thank you in advance for your charitable and generous giving to those less fortunate than ourselves.

If one celebration is not enough, our second will arrive on the Feast of St. Nicholas on Thursday! This annual visit from St. Nick is a much loved and anticipated event! Students will be leaving their shoes in the hallways on Wednesday afternoon to await their filling by the saint who began our Christmas tradition of giving. Our jolly friend will make classroom visits on Thursday, and will also cut the ribbon to open our 8th Grade St. Nicholas Workshop. It will please St. Nicholas greatly that our students are generously donating new and gently used toys for Gifts to Give. Toys can be brought in starting on Monday, and will remain in the classrooms until they are presented to St. Nicholas on Thursday.

Thanks so much for all that you do and
have a great weekend!
~ Mrs. Russo
GREAT AMERICAN orders went home this week! Thank you for supporting our school, and thank you Grade 7 girls for sorting boxes!
Dates to note:
  • Report cards will be emailed home next Tuesday, Dec 4th (K-8)
  • December 21--is a half day dismissal (11:30am); extended care until 1pm only, Hot Lunch will be available to students in extended that day.
Next week at-a-glance:

Monday, Dec 3rd-
Totally Taco Triangles
Tuesday, Dec 4th-
Chicken Nuggets
Wednesday, Dec 5th-
Creamed Turkey
Thursday, Dec 6th-
Grilled Cheese
Friday, Dec 7th-
Sloppy Joe

ADVENT begins this Sunday, December 2nd!

Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. It is a time of joyful preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth as our Savior.

Many people like to use a special calendar to help them mark the days until Christmas.



You're all members of the
School Events Committee!
NEXT MEETING MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD AT 7PM!
All meeting attendees will be helping to decorate the school.... Fa la la!
Adopting our Advent families
On Monday students in each class will receive the identity of a family-in-need that they will be praying for throughout Advent. Please pray as a family with your child for their family's intentions. We will also be collecting gift-cards (grocery, pharmacy, Walmart/Target) to send to the family to support them in their time of need from Dec 3-Dec 14 .
Thank you, in advance for your generosity.
As you clean around your home decorating for Christmas, please consider setting aside some gently used toys to bring to school as a donation for Gifts to Give (Dec 3-Dec 7)!

The tradition of Grade 8's St. Nick's Workshop will also begin on his feast day (Dec 6)... see the flyer sent home in Friday folders.
More info on this annual tradition coming next week.
I Seek Your Face, O Lord.
~Psalm 27
Next School Mass: Feast of St. Francis Xavier...our patron!
Monday, December 3rd!

Holy Mass at 9am followed by a special treat back at the school!
Preschool -Grade 8 attending
(weather permitting)

Grades 6-8 should wear their Special Occasion Uniform with the required sweater/vest when we return on Monday!
 1st reading: Madeline P. (6)
Psalm: Emilia S. (6)
Prayers of the Faithful: Nathaniel M. (6)


Save-the-Date:
Our students in K-5 will help us to celebrate
the Nativity of our Lord
in pageant and song...

Thursday, Dec 20th @ 6:30pm evening performance

*Please note: This is a mandatory K-5 music performance.


As our class disciples seek Our Lord's face and move closer Him, the first class to touch Him, will be the winners!

BOXTOP CALCULATION TO BE COMPLETED THIS WEEKEND....
and winners will be announced on Monday!
Extended Care Club Schedule
MONDAYS- -Mrs. Angeley's Art Lab- Session 2; Mr. Robinson's Music Lessons (K-4); Boys Instructional Bball;

 TUESDAYS 2:55-3:30pm -- Upper Grade (4-8) Chorus with Miss Cournoyer:

FRIDAYS 3:00-4:00pm -- Girls' Instructional Bball
This space will be used to request parental support and volunteerism at school!

NATIVITY CONCERT AND PAGEANT:
Are you are willing or able to assist with prep before the concert/pageant or on the actual evening? (Christmas tree/stage decorating, Creative touches, costume prep, backstage help, programs, intermission, etc.)
Thanks in advance for your consideration!
Please click here to let us know you might be able to help!
A welcome and departure.....
Please join us in welcoming our new middle school English Language Arts teacher to our school family. Ms. Lauren Gonsalves is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, majoring in both English and Secondary Education. She is pleased to be sharing her knowledge and expertise with our students.... Welcome, Ms. Gonsalves!
Some of you may have already heard from your children that our wonderful Building Maintenance Manager, Mr. John Guillotte has decided to accept a new position at NB Voc. Mr. Guillotte has been a "super hero" of sorts here at St. Francis and he will be greatly missed!
All things fundraising....
As you get your to your shopping in the days ahead, don't forget to add SFX as your preferred charity!
Grocery card program began in September and continues thru May. Initial orders can be sent in on regular paper and in plain envelope and the pink grocery envelope will be sent home with the first set of gift cards.