Your Weekly School Update
February 16, 2018
"Do not be afraid when LOVE requires SACRIFICE."
 ~St. John Paul II
This week's adventures...
The hallways were rather quiet, and many student seats were empty, as our school family experienced quite a bit of illness this past week! With 45 students absent on Monday, we were certain that the week would improve, however the absences continued throughout the remainder of the week and even included some of our staff members. Please use next week to rest, and recuperate!

Those who were healthy enough to endure the week at school enjoyed a Burying of the Alleluia celebration on Tuesday, which was quickly followed by a prayerful and meaningful Ash Wednesday ! Father Williams outlined for us the focus of our Lenten journey, as he defined and gave concrete examples of prayer, fasting and almsgiving . Our students prayerfully considered their Lenten sacrifices and made plans to pray more often and give from the heart. We are looking forward to a prayerful, penitential and fruitful Lent!

As always, fun was had on the first floor this week, as the youngest members of our school family encountered their hundredth day of school, and our kindergarteners celebrated Chinese New Year! Upstairs on the second floor, things were a bit more subdued as our middle school students completed their midterm exams! I wish you all a wonderful winter break, and look forward to a full and healthy return on Monday the 26th!
God bless!
Mrs. Russo

at-a-glance when we return:

MONDAY (Feb 26) --Kale Soup
TUESDAY (Feb 27) --Cheeseburger
WEDNESDAY (Feb 28) --Chix Teriyaki Dippers
THURSDAY (Mar 1) --American Chop Suey
FRIDAY (Mar 2) --Maxx Sticks

to visit our Lord at Mass 
as a family over the break.


Please join us if you are able 
for our next school Mass.
Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 9am
 (PS3-Grade 8 attending; weather permitting)
Tonight @ St. Francis Xavier parish
A no-charge special spiritual offering for
Girls in grades 3-5
starting March 2nd!
Click the image to find out more.
(Students not picked up at 3:45pm will then be signed into extended care.)
Eat out during break and support local causes and our school:

** Monday, 2/19 **
Jeffery's Pizza will be donating 20% of sales between 4-8pm to the Southcoast Ladybug softball team, half of whom are students at SFX!

** Thursday, 2/22 **
Eat at Frontera Grill in Fairhaven and they will donate 15% of your bill to SFX.
Simply present the coupon (sent home today in hard copy) when you order.
Now's the time to check your son/daughter's uniform to see what shape it's in, and make sure it fits properly. There have been growth spurts!
The school's Swap Shop is available for your uniform exchange needs. Be sure to refer to the Uniform/Dress code in the handbook for any clarification of uniform needs/requirements.

This is also the time of year that we consider possible uniform shifts for the 2018-19 school year.

Please click here if you have any further feedback on the current uniform code which you would like us to consider. 

Thank you so much for your cooperation!
The ADVENTURE begins!
With only 69 days remaining until the Adventure... here's what's happening!
Gala Family Challenge acceptances continued this past week, and in addition to the Martel, Almeida, Pereira, Borba, and Teixeira families, we add the Miller, Amaral, Borges and Shurtleff families to our THANK YOU list!
Your participation is greatly appreciated!

CLICK HERE for a special "What is the Gala?" video explanation of this awesome fundraising event!
Here's what's happening......
  • Gr. 4-8 ART CLUB with Miss Wilson continues on MONDAY!!
  • Instructional Basketball- Our BOYS are officially finished, and our GIRLS have ONE FINAL session, taking place on FRIDAY, ........ MARCH 9TH!
  • CHORUS with Miss Cournoyer will be on TUESDAYS from 2:55-3:30pm.
  • NJHS Tutoring both WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY after school!
Mark your Calendar...
and tell Grandparents!

Mrs. Russo will offer a LAST CHANCE CORI training session here at St. Francis on Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00pm.

If you haven't been trained yet, and you want to be a chaperone on any of the Spring Field Trips, you must attend this session!
Fly on the Wall...heard:
In the gym on Wednesday after ashes were distributed (from one of our preschoolers):
"Look! Look! I got it too!"
On the first floor hallway on Thursday (from an envious "upper classman"):
" I wish I were a kindergartener..."
# Gong hei fat choy
Interested in Greater New Bedford Youth Lacrosse?
GIRLS Gr. 3-8

Financial Aid Application Deadline--March 1st
The deadline to apply for Financial Aid through the Diocesan FACE Funds is fast approaching and this year they are using an application ONLINE ONLY.

March 1st deadline!