Feb 12, 2016 - In This Issue:
Hot lunches at-a-glance when we return:

Mon, Feb 22
Cheeseburger
Tues, Feb 23
Kale Soup
Wed, Feb 24 Chix Teriyaki Dippers
Thurs, Feb 25 American Chop Suey
Fri, Feb 26
Maxx Sticks

Living Our Faith: 
Our next school week Mass will be on:
 
Monday, February 22nd
(weather permitting)
Students should come to school in uniform 
(Gr. 6-8 in Special Occasion uniform)

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EXTENDED NEWS

* MANY of our Grade 1 through 8 students remained after school on Wednesday, to hear about this year's Musical Spectacular!  Students who showed interest were asked to have their parents fill out the necessary forms and turn them in to Mrs. Plante today.  Details regarding practice times to be announced after vacation. 

* Baystate Gymnastics SESSION 3 got off to a snowy start, so please stay tuned for plans for the Monday make up session! We have a few brand new gymnasts to the program this session, which is very exciting!  Thank you for your continued interest in this wonderful program!
WHO WON THE BIG GAME?
Here's how to find out!
We've updated our CSW photo album...
Catholic Schools Week
SOUP-ER BOWL CHALLENGE 
has been rescheduled!

*** Students in Grades 4-8 ***
who are interested in participating in a "Knockout Challenge" should
bring a  canned good  for SVDP on Thurday, February 25th! 

   Thank you for your patience, as we reschedule CSW events that were missed due to snow. 
Attention all men...

Visit the parish website for more information about this great event...
and invite a friend!

Orders DUE back February 29th
 
Although our week began with an unexpected snow day, we were able to rebound nicely!  Our middle school students completed their midterm exams while our younger students were equally productive in their classrooms. 
 
Our school family took part in the school tradition of burying the "Alleluia" on Tuesday, prior to embarking on our Lenten journeys.  Mrs. Shaughnessy planned a brief service for our students that included joyful praise through song, and a proposed challenge for all of our students and staff.  She asked us all to consider praying at least one decade of the rosary each day during Lent for someone in need of our prayers. Mrs. Shaughnessy also took the time to explain to our students the 4 words to remember and reflect upon throughout the season of Lent.  The words P rayer, Fasting, Almsgiving and  Repentance will be focused on and revisited throughout our 40 day journey. Monsignor offered Mass here at the school on Wednesday, and our entire student body received their ashes, symbolizing the dust from which God made us. Please make plans, if you have not done so already, to rediscover or deepen further your relationship with Jesus this Lent.
 
The students looked very festive today as their apparel wavered from the norm, and they dressed in their most Valentine-like colors!  Lots of love spread throughout the building this afternoon with cards and treats for friends and teachers.
 
I wish you all a restful and relaxing break from the normal routine next week.  As soon as we return to school on the 22nd , we will "hit the ground running", as we have much to do to prepare for the numerous events and happenings on our horizon.
God bless!
~ Mrs. Russo
ANNOUNCING.....
 this year's 
GALA FAMILY CHALLENGE!
In your child's Friday folder this week, you will find more information about this year's Gala Challenge!  Our goal is to get as many families as possible to participate by donating an awesome auction item.  
Please consider accepting the challenge!
Much help is needed to orchestrate and organize our school's major fundraiser of the year!  
Y our involvement is v ery much needed and appreciated.  
Find out how you can help by emailing:  
Laura Duarte at laurajduarte@aol.com 
or text her at 
(508)789-1958
 
It will be here before we know it!  
The GROW countdown continues!  
FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH  2016
Fly on the Wall...
Heard from the Hall...

4th grader in cafeteria 
on Ash Wednesday:
"Mrs. Russo, I hope you don't mind, but I gave my friend three of my snacks to eat.
 He had a ham sandwich for lunch today!"
#catholickids
 #abstinencefrommeat
Looking for something to do Saturday Afternoon?
The Spindle City Ballet Jr. Company is presenting a circus ballet titled "The Big Top"  Saturday February 13th  at Bristol Community College, in Fall River MA.  This enchanting tale about a young girl who runs away to the circus is perfect for children of all ages.  

Thank you for supporting our school and sending in your Box Tops!!  

St. Francis Xavier School
223 Main Street
Acushnet, MA 02743
508-995-4313

 To God be the Glory