April 29, 2016 - In This Issue:
Hot lunches at-a-glance the week we return from break:

Mon, May 2
Hot dog
Tues, May 3
Chix Nuggets
Wed, May 4 French Toast Sticks
Thurs, May 5 Pizza Square
Fri, May 6
BBQ Chicken

Important dates for your calendar in the coming month:

May Crowning: 
(our 2nd graders do the honor)
Monday, May 9th @ school statue of Our Lady of Fatima after 9am Mass @ church

**Last chance Donnelly's fitting 
at school
Tuesday, May 10th @ 12:15pm

National Junior Honor Society 
Induction Ceremony: 
(Mandatory for current NJHS members and inductees): 
Wednesday, May 18th @ 6:30pm

  Musical Spectacular: 
Friday May 20 and Saturday, May 21
7pm shows
...ticket sales/reservations coming soon! 

Fine Arts Night:
Wednesday, May 25th
(Mandatory for grades K-5)
6:30pm @ school
Living Our Faith: 
Our next school week Mass (all grades)
will be to celebrate a Holy Day of Obligation:

Ascension Thursday, May 5th
@ 9am at the church
(or 10am at the school if weather doesn't permit us to walk)

1st reading: Thomas Marcotte (8)
    2nd Reading: Catherine Russo (8)
Prayers of Faithful: Skylar Samanica (8)

Students should come to school in uniform 
(Gr. 6-8 in Special Occasion uniform)
  Please keep in your prayers our parish 2nd graders who will be 
receiving their 
First Communion 
this Sunday 
at 2pm.
God bless you!
Also be sure to Save-the-Date 
for the May Crowning.  
Our 2nd grade First Communicants will do the honor of crowning Mary on:  
Monday, May 9th 
following 9am Mass


Musical Spectacular 
BOTH groups A and B will be meeting on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  from 3-4pm.  There will also be an additional  Saturday rehearsal on May 7th from 8-10am.... Almost showtime!
Please email Mrs. Plante with any questions:  lplante@sfxacushnet.com

Save-the-Date for the Spring Track 
Sunday, May 15th
Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade award winners!  We are very proud of your accomplishments!  
Family Fundraising Opportunities are almost exhausted... with Great American wrapped up, Grocery Certificates are the final chance to reduce your balance before billing on May 15th.  Next week will be the final opportunity for grocery cards with last distribution on Friday, May 6th.  Our Stop and Shop inventory is completely out, and therefore only Trucchis and Shaws will be available for purchase!  
Progress reports 
will be sent home 
next Wednesday, 
May 4th, for students in Grades 1-8.
Mr. Sun says, 
"As the weather gets warmer at school, please 
remember to bring a water bottle every day and make sure you are applying sunscreen at home!"
Thank you for helping us...

We had an AMAZING event on the 15th of April, surpassing our fundraising goal for the year of $35,000!  An additional $6,600 was raised during our Call of the Heart, making it possible to extend our reading series to support both Kindergarten and Grade 5.  Be on the lookout for school improvements and projects that will take place thanks to the generosity of our parents and parishioners
The site-visit team spent 4 days with us this week, reviewing the curriculum, visiting classrooms, interviewing our faculty and staff, and were overall very impressed with what they learned.  They said "the Holy Spirit is smiling down on this school" when referring to the strong Catholic identity they observed in our day-to-day school life.  We look forward to implementing any recommendations they may offer in their final report so as to continue improving the excellent Catholic education we offer our families. The team will submit a draft of their final report to NEASC, who will then review the report and vote on our school's re-accreditation in the end of June.  We hope to have word from NEASC on the results of their vote in the beginning of July.  We are very grateful to our staff and families for your prayers and support throughout this process!


It has been a busy week back at school, highlighted by our NEASC team visit and IOWA testing!  Our students came back after vacation ready for action, as they tackle the remainder of the final trimester of learning.  

A special thanks to our School Events Committee for all of their hard work preparing and executing a successful gala!  Under the direction and leadership of chairperson, Laura Duarte, sponsorships were attained, donations were made and an awesome, successful evening was experienced by all!  The excitement associated with raising money for our school is beyond words.... thank you for your generosity!  

Our next School Events Committee meeting is this coming Monday the 2nd at 7pm in the library.  While we are winding down after a busy year of event planning and fundraising, there are a few items left on our school year agenda that may be of interest.  Please feel free to join us if you are able.
God bless and enjoy the weekend!
~ Mrs. Russo
July 11-15; 18-22; and 25-29
Monday through Friday 8:00-4:00pm


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8th grade FINAL EXAMS:
May 27, 30, 31

Appreciation Dinner:
Wed, June 1st, 6:00pm

8th Grade retreat:
Thursday, June 2nd (8:20-2:00pm)

Canobie Lake Class Trip:  
Friday, June 3rd

Baccalaureate Mass:  
Saturday, June 4th, 4pm @ church

8th Grade Dance/Celebration:  
following Mass on Sat, June 4th @ school

Class of 2016 Graduation:  
Monday, June 6th, 7:00pm @ school

Bishop Stang is offering a variety of clinics for students this summer! 
This year, they are excited to offer twelve athletic clinics, as well as, offerings in theater and academics.   Click here to find out more about the summer offerings and 
click this link for online registration and payment.  
  If you have any questions, contact  Ryan Sylvia,  Athletic Director  at 508-996-5602 x427 or  rsylvia@bishopstang.org

April 28th, 29th and 30th at 7:00pm

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

 To God be the Glory