12 Days Until Jesus' Birthday!
The Christmas excitement continues!
Christmas Concert & Nativity Performance
Thursday, Dec 19th @ 6:30pm
Please note: This is a mandatory K-5 music performance. Expectation for dress is Christmas best attire! Students should arrive at 6pm and report directly to their classrooms. Please click here if you are able to assist with classroom supervision that evening OR if you happen to have a pair of angel wings that can be borrowed. .. THANK YOU!
Saying goodbye is never easy, and we have two faculty members we will be saying farewell to in the new year. Mrs. Nancy Richard has been with us for a year and a half, and in that time has selflessly shared her gifts, talents and positivity with all of us! While we are saddened by Mrs. Richard's decision to begin a new chapter, we are so grateful for the time that we were blessed to have her on staff!

After many years at St. Francis, Mr. Tony Borges will have his "final curtain call" next week, as he has decided to embrace the concept of full retirement. Mr. Borges has been such a great gift to our music program and he will certainly be missed!
THANK YOU Mrs. Richard and Mr. Borges for your time, dedication and commitment to our school community.. you will be sorely missed!
Health Office Reminders:
  • Please remember that students should not return to school until they have been healthy for 24 hours, eating regularly, and without a fever (without medication). Please help us to battle the spread of colds and flu this season!

  • Water, water, water! Water consumption will increase your child's chances of staying healthy! Please make certain that your child(ren) have a water bottle with them daily, as we have had many visitors to the office, simply needing water, or a cup to put it in!
BOXTOPS
Final collection took place today and winners to be announced next week!
Each tiny top is worth ten cents, bringing our current total to close to $200! Thank you for your clipping!
"Your grace is enough for me, O Lord."
2 Cor. 12:9

Next school Mass Friday, December 20th!
Grades PK-8
If the weather does not cooperate with our plans to walk to the church, Father Williams will be celebrating Holy Mass in the gym @ 10:10am, to start our Christmas celebration and vacation!
Middle School Students should wear Special Occasion Uniforms... including sweaters or sweater vests!
Enter JOYFULLY into the 3rd Week of Advent!
Gaudete Sunday
During the Third Week of Advent, we seek the joy that, as Pope Francis tells us, flows “from the infinite love of God, who has revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ.”
Looking forward to a week of prayer and anticipation for the coming of the Christ child!
PARISH HAPPENINGS!
Our students have all had the opportunity to experience the grace and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent. In the event that you would like to engage in this opportunity as well, the following times for confession are being offered at the parish.
16 Dec. - Monday: 5:30-6:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. until all are heard
19 Dec. - Thursday: after 9 a.m. Mass until all are heard
21 Dec. - Saturday: 9:30-10:00 a.m. & 3:00-3:45 p.m.
22 Dec. - Sunday: 7:15-7:45 a.m. & after 8 a.m. Mass; 9:45-10:15 a.m. & after 10:30 Mass
23 Dec . - Monday: 5:30-6:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. until all are heard
Our Advent Families
Lord give us the grace to serve You this Advent, through our service to one another. 
Collaboratively, our school family raised over $2500 worth of gift cards for our adopted St. Vincent dePaul families! These families have been lifted in prayer throughout the Advent season as well, and will be grateful beyond words for your generosity.
Thanks so much for your selfless giving this Christmas season!
Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now open! Please encourage families to apply early. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Christina Duggan at  cduggan@catholicfoundationsema.org  with questions.
Click here  to view an informational flyer from FACTS.
S chool E vents C ommittee
Our next Gala meeting will take place on Monday, December 16th @ 7pm !
While it is a very busy time of year, please join us if you are able!
Grade 8 St. Nick's Workshop HUGE SUCCESS!
Thank you all so much for making certain that the tradition and spirit of giving is the focus of the Christmas season! Browsing, shopping and wrapping complete! Our 8th graders are tremendously grateful for your support of this longtime school tradition.
The high school application process is well underway for many of our 8th graders. Please send all forms for completion into the main office for final processing and submission to high schools of choice.
Campus Ministry Club - CMC will return in the new year, with a faith-f illed a nd fun afternoon planned for Friday, January 17th from 3-4:30pm . Mark your calendars!
Extra Help Opportunities- Don't forget that Mr. Hamel and Mr. Simonson have "office hours" where students can stop in for extra help! Mr. Hamel is available both Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Mr. Simonson Thursdays only! (extended care fees do apply)
A small representation of our middle school NJHS "elves" will be delivering the numerous donated toys to Gifts to Give on Saturday!
Thank you for teaching your children that to give is so much more important than to receive!
#GodsGrace
#enough4us