Dec 4, 2015 - In This Issue:
Next week's hot lunch 
at a glance:

Mon, Dec 7
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Tues, Dec 8 Chicken Patty
Wed, Dec 9 Pizza Wedge
Thurs, Dec 10 Shepherd's Pie
Fri, Dec 11
Meatball Sub

Living Our Faith: 
Please join us if you are able for our 
next school Mass, celebrating the 
Immaculate Conception 
(a Holy Day of obligation)

Tuesday, Dec 8th 
at 9am 
1st reading: 
Rebecca A. (5)
2nd reading: 
Madison S. (5)
Prayers of the Faithful: 
Matthew B. (5)
  • Baystate Gymnastics Session 2 is up and running, with plenty of space available in the Tuesday class.  It's not to late to "jump in" if you would like your child to participate, please contact the school office.
  • An informal, trial LEGO club took place today after school, in hopes of determining interest level and vision of club with our students.  Stay tuned for more details pertaining to this Friday "winter months club" that will run from 2:45-3:45 (regular extended fees will apply).
Nurse's Corner...
We all want our children to be happy, healthy, and well-nourished. If you also want your children to do well academically, you need to start from the inside out. Choose a well-balanced breakfast, a healthy lunch, and snacks that satisfy without all the processed sugars. Give your children a head start in school! Give them the nutrition they need to feed their bodies and brains for a successful school year while building lifelong habits!

Come Let Us Adore Him!
In pageant and song...
Friday, December 18th

1:00pm Matinee performance for early birds
6:00pm Evening performance begins 

(Please note:  This is a mandatory K-5 music performance--students will wear their "Christmas Best" outfits...boys shirt and tie or sweater with slacks, no jeans; and girls dresses or skirts)

Please email Mrs. Shaughnessy if you are willing or able to assist with prep before the pageant or on the actual evening...every little bit helps! Thanks!
(costumes, backstage help, etc.)
St. Francis Xavier Parish will be running a drive to collect funds for shoes for children in Rwanda after Masses this weekend.

Your $20 donation can help provide needed footwear for these children.  You may also call the school office if you're interested in participating.
As the first week of Advent comes to a close, the excitement and enthusiasm that this season brings is quite evident in our building! 

The opening of St. Nick's Workshop has certainly been a source of energy, as our students carefully and thoughtfully purchase small gifts for their family members from our 8th grade class.  The support of this fundraiser has been tremendous and hopefully the spirit of giving has been reinforced.

 On Thursday, our school family celebrated its Patronal Feast Day!  School Mass was celebrated by our Bishop and the liturgy was absolutely beautiful.  Bishop Da Cunha's homily touched the hearts of both young and old as he addressed the need for us to find the good in this world through our Catholic faith and the sharing of that faith through  evangelization .  The Mass was followed by a school assembly that consisted of a snack and some fun!  We learned more about our patron saint from Monsignor, listened to a few musical numbers under the direction of Mr. Borges and Miss Cournoyer,  had a few laughs (thanks to JibJab and Mr. Manzi),  and were the recipients of a school gift..... a drone!   The smiles, laughter and joy that filled the room were a blessing and a gift to all of the teachers and staff who work so hard to make St. Francis the school that it is! 

As we eagerly await the coming of the Christ child this Christmas,  let us continue to be mindful of those less fortunate than ourselves.  Each of our classes is  lifting  in prayer the needs of their Advent Families.  Thank you for your generosity in providing gift cards for these families who are in great need, and for helping them to have a blessed Christmas!  

Have a wonderful weekend, as we light the second candle of our Advent wreaths!
~Mrs. Russo
Breakfast with St. Nick
this Sunday, Dec 6th!
 Hope to see many of our school families this weekend as we celebrate the joys of the season....

Take a chance at winning raffle baskets,
            enjoy a delicious breakfast,
take pics with St. Nick, visit the Spirit of St. Nick Workshop
...and much more!

Our annual tradition is based upon the roots and origins of St. Nicholas...the true Santa!  
click here 
for more information for yourselves, as well as to share with your children!  

131 days until  our largest and most successful 
FUN-draiser of the school year!  
Mark your calendars for :

Please contact Laura Duarte at if you are interested in helping with this event!
Daisy Pulls It Off
One Night Only: 
Friday, December 4th at 7:00 pm
Bishop Stang High School's John C. O'Brien Gymnasium

The Bishop Stang High School Theater Company extends a special invitation to our students as they proudly present Daisy Pulls It Off!   Students will gain free admission to the play by presenting a copy of the attached pass.  
Tickets also available at the door: $7/students & seniors; $10/adults.

Daisy Pulls It Off, a comedy play by Denise Deegan, is a parody of wholesome adventure stories about life in a 1920s girls' English boarding school.  The winner of the Olivier Award and Drama Theatre Award for Best Comedy addresses the important theme of bullying, which Daisy, the play's heroine, is able to overcome by remaining true to herself and her values. The show is appropriate for all ages. 
Please arrive before 7:45am

Fly on the Wall.....
Heard in the Hall.......

"That assembly was AWESOME!  I hope our class gets to use the drone first!"
St. Francis Xavier SPIRIT WEAR can make great Christmas gifts...

St. Francis Xavier School
223 Main Street
Acushnet, MA 02743

 To God be the Glory