September 11, 2015 - In This Issue:

Next week's hot lunch at a glance:

Mon, Sept 14
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Tues, Sept 15 Chicken Patty
Wed, Sept 16 Pizza Wedge
Thurs, Sept 17 Shepard's Pie
Fri, Sept 18
Meatball Sub

     Without a doubt, we all recall exactly where we were fourteen years ago, on this very date.  Not only was the New York skyline forever changed, but the lives of millions were permanently changed as well.
     Our students (who were not even born yet) have been talking in their classrooms about the Twin Towers, the terrorist attacks, and the suicide mission.  Today our middle school students walked reverently to the 9/11 Memorial, that we are so fortunate to have right here in the Town of Acushnet.  For us as adults, the memories sting deeply, as we may even know people whose lives were directly impacted by the attacks or even experienced the loss of a loved one.  For our students, it has become part of a history book, a history lesson, that we do our best as parents and teachers to bring reality to and share our memories. 
     This past year, our family visited the 9/11 Memorial, and collectively agreed that every American should be encouraged to experience the exhibits and the emotions that emerge from "reliving" the dreaded day that has become such a significant part of our American history.  
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world and remember that every day is a gift!
~Mrs. Russo
"The Great Balancing Act"

The schedules and structure that come with the start of a new school year are a welcome, yet often stressful experience.  The lazy days of summer come to a screeching halt when school resumes and begins to take a toll on family life.  Navigating a safe route through the demands of family life, a career, a spiritual life and time for oneself can be an extremely daunting and impossible task.  Staying on "the route" while maintaining sanity and not getting completely lost can sometimes seem impossible.  Next weekend, on Sunday, September 20th, the women of our parish, our faculty and our school are invited to attend an afternoon session titled, "The Great Balancing Act".  Guest speaker Jean Revil will shed some light on, offer some suggestions, and introduce our personal GPS systems to help us to find our way through an often times over scheduled, and some times unfulfilled lives.   Please refer to the linked informational flyer that further outlines the afternoon.  It is my hope that the women of our school family will seriously and prayerfully consider attending this event.     
     After a nice, short week,  our school year continues to move in an onward and upward direction!   With the recent break in the heat, a sense of relief will exist amongst our students (especially those on the second floor), and they will move full steam ahead with the curriculum. 
Thank you, parents,  for your continued support of our school and its mission.
God bless and have a wonderful weekend!
~ Mrs. Russo
Catholic Schools' Collaborative String Ensemble (Gr. 2-8)
Is your child  interested in learning how to play a stringed instrument?

This month, the 6th year of the Catholic Schools'
Collaborative String Ensemble program will begin.

In this exciting program, Bonnie Harlow, a cellist with the New Bedford Symphony,
will travel to the five local Catholic Schools to teach
weekly small group string lessons during the school day.

In addition, on Wednesdays, after school, students participating from all 5 schools
will meet at Bishop Stang H.S., in Dartmouth, to perform as a collaborative string ensemble.

Click here for more details and to sign up  

Share in Catholic History...
2015 Papal Visit
Pope Francis visits the US 
Tuesday, Sept 22nd--Sunday, Sept 27th


Attention Parents:
If you are interested in being the Box Tops Coordinator, please contact the office for more info.  Thank you.
Living Our Faith: 
School Mass next week
Grades K-8 (weather permitting)
Monday, September 14, 2015 at 9:00am
Come celebrate 
th Exaltation of the Holy Cross with us 
if you are able! 

1st reading:   Skylar Samanica (8)
Psalm:   Kirsten Sumner (7)
2nd Reading:   Brooke Morreira (6)
Prayers of the Faithful:   Rebecca Antonio (5)

The School Events Committee Presents...
Mark your calendars!
Grandparent's Celebration (Grades K-2)
Monday, September 14th at 10am
Looking forward to this first annual event...i t should be a fun time!
You're all invited to Family Fun Night 4!  
Friday, September 25th at 6pm
This Sports Themed event for the entire school community is being organized and brought to you by the parents in grades 3-5.  
It's going to be a BIG HIT...
please RSVP using the flyer linked here to help us plan for food preparation:  

Nurse's Corner...

Just a friendly reminder to please send in a copy of your child(ren)'s most recent physical and immunization updates.

Thank you!


Coming soon......

In the very near future, students will be creating masterpieces in their art classes that will become true works of art!  This year, we will once again conduct a small fundraiser (proceeds to benefit our Art education program), by participating in Art to Remember.  Student work will be submitted and orders will be filled in time for Christmas gifts!  
Fly on the Wall Heard from the Hall...

Although there were mixed reviews pertaining to this week's change in the Taco Salad, I did overhear a fourth grade girl saying: 

"Miss Pam, the new taco salad was OUTSTANDING!"
{one happy customer}

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

 To God be the Glory