Nov 13, 2015 - In This Issue:
Next week's hot lunch 
at a glance:

Mon, Nov 16
Kale Soup
Tues, Nov 17 Cheeseburger
Wed, Nov 18 Chix Terryaki dippers
Thurs, Nov 19 American Chop Suey
Fri, Nov 20
Maxx Sticks

Living Our Faith: 
Join us for our 
next school Mass 
a Month's Mind Memorial for the soul of Mr. Pelletier

Thursday, Nov19th at 9am 
(at the school if weather does not permit us to walk to church)

1st reading:  Rebecca A. (5)
Psalm: Gabrielle O. (6)
Prayers of the Faithful:
    Katherin M. (7)

Thursday, 11/19 will be the last day of Track for the fall season!  Thank you to our students and parent volunteers for a GREAT weather and successful season.... see you in the spring! Please click link found in website photo gallery section of newsletter to see more photos and get more stats on our amazing runners!  Nice job!

Next week, 11/16 and 11/17, will be the conclusion of session one. This year, there will be a "buy week" between sessions of Baystate Gymnastics. In other words, there will be NO GYMNASTICS on 11/23 or 11/24.    Please click here to sign up for the next session of gymnastics, which will begin on Monday 11/30 and Tuesday 12/1!!
Fly on the Wall...
Heard in the Hall...  

On Tuesday afternoon, I was asked to speak to a student who had been to the nurse's office throughout the day for a variety of undiagnosable ailments.  It was closing in on 2pm, so I knew I simply had to explain that the day was just about over and that he could certainly make it through the remainder of the day.... Except I couldn't help throwing in a bonus....
Me:  Hey, I know you have not been feeling that great today.  You have been to the nurse a few times for ice packs, have had a bellyache off and on, and I think a small cough as well. 
  (student nods with wide eyes)
Me: And I know that you aren't feeling yourself, and so if you think that you can make it through the rest of the day, I am going to let you take tomorrow off.  OK?  You can stay home all day tomorrow and rest.
(student nods a bit more
enthusiastically and suppresses a small smile that is trying to emerge from the corners of his mouth)
Me: Do you think you can make it until dismissal then?
Student:      YES!
After end of day announcements, the student searches me out to say,
"Mrs. Russo, YOU GOT ME!"
Happy Friday!   Our unusual stop and go week was a nice change of pace, and I suspect that we all may have enjoyed the "hump day, stay at home day"!   
The week was made even more fun for Grades 2, 3, & 4, as they ventured away from the building today on academic excursions!  Our second and third graders enjoyed time at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Grade 4 visited the Boston Children's Science Museum!  Thank you to our numerous parent volunteers who went along as chaperones today! 
The holidays are approaching quickly and therefore calendars must be clearly marked!  Early dismissals, changes in regular Mass schedules, Breakfast with St. Nick, and the Nativity Performance should all be on your family's radar.  As a school, not only do we celebrate the joys of the season through music and fun events, we also provide opportunities to give to those less fortunate. Our Thanksgiving SVDP Can Drive concludes next week, and will be quickly followed by our next opportunity to demonstrate our generosity and self-less giving.  

Have a wonderful weekend and God bless!        
~Mrs. Russo

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Collection
send in your designated canned good item anytime now through Nov 18th

Upcoming SEC events...
Next up...our annual 
Breakfast with St. Nick
on Sunday, Dec 6th
This event is made possible by the work and generosity of many!  Both our students  and their parents  enjoy taking a chance on the raffle baskets! This week's Friday folder contains details regarding donations for the baskets and any donated items are appreciated by Nov 25th

Please consider making a reservation for your family for this popular event by clicking here to print form and submit payment to the school office!
Thank you in advance!
The School Events Committee is VERY excited to launch a new platform for increasing involvement and volunteerism!  Please click here to check out
Volunteer Spot, 
and sign up to help out with Breakfast with St. Nicholas !  It takes the efforts of many to successfully orchestrate such an event.....
Together Everyone Achieves More!

It was outstanding to see so many of our middle school families at the
Bishop Stang Open House!  Eighth grade parents, please make sure that your calendar is marked for the
Place ment Exam, set to take place on both Saturday, December 5th and 12th from 8am-11:30am.  You might  also consider allowing your child to BE A SPARTAN FOR A DAY by contacting the Admissions Office.  
O u r teachers are currently working on mapping grade level curriculum in the area of Mathematics.  These maps will assist us in our efforts to achieve grade level mastery for our students.  As teachers
 outline  the concepts that should be mastered 
at their particular grade level, we will have a better understanding of the skills that may need to be revisited.  Teachers will also outline how each concept is taught,  as well as the supplementary materials utilized during instruction.

Just a reminder: 

There is a Day of Reflection for students receiving their First Reconciliation and First Communion at St. Francis Xavier Parish, this Saturday Nov 14th from 12:30-3:30pm at the parish center.  Each child should attend with one parent/guardian.
Nurse's Corner...


Flu season is approaching...

please visit your child's pediatrician to receive this year's flu vaccine in preparation and take the time to review the importance of hand washing and coughing in your elbow with your child to help proactively curb the spread of germs.


  • More Track Club Road Race pics from recent events--along with placements and times!
  • Grade 8 Civil War Showcase 
  • Highlights of the recent Middle School field trip to Plymouth
Our parish and school communities will come together to celebrate our patron...

December 3, 2015 we
 will mark the  Feast of 
St. Francis Xavier with Holy Mass celebrated by 
Bishop da Cunha at 9am.

He will also visit the students at the school following Mass.  
We look forward each year to celebrate the Nativity in pageant and song with our school families!  

O Come Let Us Adore Him!
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)

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

 To God be the Glory