October 30, 2015 - In This Issue:
Next week's hot lunch 
at a glance:

Mon, Nov 2
Mozzarella Sticks
Tues, Nov 3 Sloppy Joe
Wed, Nov 4 Creamed Turkey
Thurs, Nov 5 Taco Salad
Fri, Nov 6
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Living Our Faith: 
Join us for our 
next school Mass 
to celebrate All Souls 
if you are able:

Monday, November 2nd at 9am

1st reading: Rebecca A. 
Psalm: Madison S. (5) 
2nd reading:  Andrew M. (5)
Prayers of the Faithful: Samantha T. (5)

Looking forward to..

for parents of students in Grades K-8
November 2, 3, and 4
 You should have received a notice with a specific time to meet with each of your child(ren)'s teacher(s) and discuss their academic progress.  
Congrats to our Track Club members who recently ran in the Spooky Run in New Bedford!   Please visit our website for photos and results!
No bones about it, CUPCAKE CLASS was a blast this week!  Students loved making (and eating) their skeleton cupcakes!  Thank you,  Jocelyn Martins for sharing your time and talent with our school! 

Nurse's Corner...

Here are some safety tips from the CDC to help your kids stay safe this Halloween. Have fun and be safe!

*Never trick- or- treat alone.  Always go in a group or with a trusted adult
*Hold a flashlight while walking to help you see and others see you
*Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks when possible
*Have a trusted adult examine all treats for tampering or choking hazards and eat only factory wrapped treats
It should be a fa-BOO-lous evening! haunted_house.jpg

Halloween Family Dance
     TONIGHT         6:00-8:30pm
(All proceeds to benefit the Class of 2016)
Don't forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night--Daylight savings ends!

All Saints Day/All Souls Day Celebration and our first ever SFX Trunk or Treat!  
Monday, November 2nd...9:00-11:00am
Come honor these holy heroes, pray for the dead, 
and be a part of our parking lot fun!  
Thank you to all our volunteers!
In memory of Mr. Donald Pelletier

Please  save-the-date for the 
St. Francis Xavier School community's

"Month's-Mind" Mass 
for the repose of his soul:
Thursday, November 19th
at  9am  @ St. Francis Xavier Church 
(or at the school if weather does not permit students to walk)
November is a month dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  Let us not forget to pray for our dearly departed!

On All Soul's Day (Nov 2) at the parish there will be a Mass at 7pm for the intention of the Holy Souls, followed by a candlelight procession to the Acushnet Cemetery at 7:30 where we will pray prayers for the dead, returning to the Church for Benediction, and should conclude by 8pm.  There is a plenary indulgence for those who visit a cemetery on this day. 

If you haven't done so already, please submit any names of deceased loved ones for our school family to add to our list of prayer intentions throughout the month of November.
It is that time of year to start thinking about Christmas shopping and ShopWithScrip is an excellent way to purchase all the gift cards we give!  Click here for more information about how the program works and see how easy it is to reduce your fundraising obligation while you shop! 
Happy Shopping! 
Upcoming SEC events...

It's time to "shop til you drop"

at SEC's annual:


November 7th 
from 10am- 2:30pm
Coming soon too...our annual 
Breakfast with St. Nick
on Sunday, Dec 6th

As you put away Halloween and pull out Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, please keep our school in mind for any items you may be willing to part with and donate toward making this a great event.

Thank you in advance!

The NJHS thanks all our families who participated in the "Think Pink" dress down day for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  St. Francis Xavier school raised $640 and thanks to a generous $75 donation, will be sending a grand total of  $715 to The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
 Let us continue to pray for all those who are battling cancer.

Fly on the Wall...
Heard on the Playground....
A group of kindergartners were playing very nicely together on the playground, but I kept hearing them yell,

 "Get to the basement!  Quick, get to the basement!"
Of course, I had to ask: 
"What are you guys playing?"
Kindergartner: "We are playing                                family."
Me: "And why are you yelling to               your family to go to the                   basement?"
Kindergartner:  "There is a                                       tornado, of course!"

As you can only imagine, energy and excitement permeated the school today, as classes celebrated and prepared for Halloween festivities.  We hope that the high spirits continue through the weekend as we anticipate our Annual All Saints Celebration to take place this Monday, November 2nd.  I look forward to seeing the saint costumes on our students,  as they march down Main Street to Mass, and then return to school for some "Trunk or Treating"!  I hope that many parents/grandparents will consider joining us as we celebrate the lives of the saints we strive to emulate!  

Have a wonderfully safe and fun weekend!
~Mrs. Russo
SCHOOL GOAL: 10,000 Box Tops 
FINAL TALLY: 6,797 Tops!!!!
This amazing effort translates to $679.70 for our school!  Thank you to all of our parents who sent tops in, as well as all of my BOXTOP CHILDREN who helped to tape the tops to the calculation sheets!  Although we may not have reached our lofty goal of 10 thousand tops, a job well done must be rewarded and therefore plans are in the works for some type of school wide reward!  Thank you everyone!

Keep collecting, as our next collection drive will be in mid-January!
A message from....

Many students dream of attending college as the next step in their academic career.  In today's competitive market, however, gaining acceptance and affording the school can keep this dream from becoming a reality.   At Bishop Stang High School we provide an outstanding  Catholic education that combines academic excellence with Christian values in a supportive and disciplined environment.  Our  students are prepared with all they need to attend the college of their choice.   The Class of 2015 at Bishop Stang has added a new spin to the value of the education we provide by accumulating nearly $23 million in college scholarships and gaining acceptance to some of the most prestigious schools in our nation.

Join us at our Open House on Sunday, November 1st, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm to learn more about how we help our students prepare for the next steps in their academic careers and life.    
Our art teacher, Ms. MacNamara is requesting donations of empty egg cartons for  painting projects.  Please place any cartons in box located outside of Art room in foyer.
Thank you!

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

 To God be the Glory