Nov 20, 2015 - In This Issue:
Next week's hot lunch 
at a glance:

Mon, Nov 23
Hot dog
Tues, Nov 24 Roasted turkey with all the fixings
Wed, Nov 25 1/2 day NO LUNCH
Thurs, Nov 26 Happy Thanksgiving!
Fri, Nov 27
Thanksgiving leftovers at your house :)

Living Our Faith: 
Join us for our 
next school Mass 
Wednesday, Nov 25th at 9am 
(weather permitting)

1st reading: Catherine R. (8)
Psalm: Skylar S. (8)
Prayers of the Faithful:  Laurenne W. (8)

Thank you 

for your generous donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Collection!  Baskets are being put together today by SVDP members for distribution to various families in need.
God bless you!
  • This upcoming week, November 23rd and 24th is a Baystate Gymnastics "Buy Week"... Session 2 classes to begin Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st.  Click here to sign your child up for Session 2!
  • This past Wednesday was the final Cupcake Class until the New Year!  Thank you again, Mrs. Martins for your volunteerism and support of our extended club offerings! 
  • Beginning the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, students in Grades 5-8 will have the opportunity to express themselves through art under the direction and supervision of Ms. Mac.  The Art Club will meet on Tuesdays in December from 3- 4pm. Regular extended care fees will apply.
Fly on the Wall...
Heard in the Gym during Extended...

Anonymous Kindergartener in loud and firm voice: 
Upon closer proximity and observation, I realized a game was being played, and the BOSS was the voice of a Lego character..... whew!

 Save-the-Date for our annual Auction and Gala! 
Our largest and most successful 
FUN-draiser of the school year!  
Mark your calendars for :
Our parish and school communities will come together to celebrate our patron with the Bishop!

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 for a special assembly in the gym.  
Please join us if you are able! 

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)

Nurse's Corner...
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.  If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.  So wash your hands often and help your body stay healthy!
Due to the short week...
No Grocery Certificate orders
next week

Huddle up.... football season is in full swing!  

Another great week to add to our ranks here at the school.  The week was definitely highlighted by the beautiful celebration of a Month's Mind Mass for our former principal, Mr Pelletier.  The voices of our students, heard through prayer and song, were a wonderful tribute to Mr. P, and the marvelous singer that he was. Thank you, Monsignor for your heartfelt homily and the celebration of a  "good man's"  life.   

Time is whizzing by as we close in on Thanksgiving,...... and then Christmas!  

With a very short week ahead of us, I wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving.  I continue to be very grateful for our school family and the blessings that Our Lord bestows on all of us.  Immediately following Thanksgiving,  Advent  begins!  Thank you in advance for your generosity as we gather gift cards for needy families this Christmas season.   

Please direct your attention to the theme for your children's classroom basket for our Breakfast with St. Nicholas, as your donations will ultimately become the raffle baskets for this event.  In your child's Friday folder, you will find a reservation form for the breakfast, which has become a school tradition loved by all!  Please plan on joining us for a delicious breakfast and a family celebration of the joys of the Christmas season.  
God bless and have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Mrs. Russo
Next up...our annual 
Breakfast with St. Nick
on Sunday, Dec 6th
Why we do what we do....

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

Raffle basket donations appreciated by November here to see your child's classroom basket theme. 

Reservations went home today in Friday folders... please plan on joining us for this wonderful family event!
Thank you to the 8 volunteers who have clicked here    to check out
Volunteer Spot, and have signed up to help with Breakfast with St. Nicholas!

 It takes the efforts of many to successfully orchestrate such an event.....please consider volunteering!
Together Everyone Achieves More!

Thank you again to our entire school for the efforts put forth in the first Box Top Drive of the school year.  Six thousand, seven hundred and ninety seven tops were collected and we thank you so much for your efforts... every little bit helps!  Students enjoyed an SFX Spirit Wear Day today for their efforts, as well as a school wide dance off assembly featuring the Whip and the Cha Cha Slide.  
A message from...

Excellence in mission,  academics and co-curricular programs have been the hallmark of a Bishop Stang education since 1959.  

We aspire to be the premier Catholic high school in the area and our Strategic Plan 2015 will allow us to reach this goal.  Enhancing an already rigorous academic program, continuing to modernize facilities, and developing resources to support the school's growth is essential to a vision of excellence.  All priorities will be centered in our Catholic mission and identity, and oriented t oward student preparation for the rigors of higher education, and the opportunities and challenges of their future.  
A few highlights of the plan include the following.
  • Renovate and/or expand science laboratory, athletic fields and facilities
  • Continue modernization of the technology infrastructure and enhance 21st Century Skill development for students through continued technology integration
  • Continue upgrades to the classroom learning environment and expand learning opportunities outside of the classroom
  • Increase access to academic support for all students at all levels, including special programming to help new students adjust to Bishop Stang's rigorous academic program
  • Continue expansion of the Advanced Placement program
  • Create leadership scholarship opportunities for students
  • Strengthen financial aid and scholarship opportunities

Reminder for 8th graders:
Start your application to join our family now. 
HSPT Placement Exam is December 5 or 12 
8:00 am - 11:30 am.
Information and test-taking tips, available online: 

Got music? A love for music, or a musical inclination?
We will be looking for a music substitute to take over classes while Mr. Borges takes a winter hiatus.  If you, or someone you know may be interested in having some fun this winter while teaching our music classes, please contact Mrs. Russo.
Thank you! 

 Thank you, Mr. Gobern, for giving your time and energy to our students and for fostering good sportsmanship skills on the soccer field!  Recess has been so enjoyable with your help! 

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

 To God be the Glory