March 11, 2016 - In This Issue:
Next week's hot lunches at-a-glance:

Mon, Mar 14
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Tues, Mar 15
Chicken Patty
Wed, Mar 16 Meatball Sub
Thurs, Mar 17 Shepherd's Pie
Fri, Mar 18

Living Our Faith: 
Our next school week Mass (Grades K-8 only)
will be on:
Monday, March 14th
(weather permitting)
1st reading: Sophia A. (7)
Psalm: Kirsten S. (7)
Prayers of Faithful: Connor A. (7)

Students should come to school in uniform 
(Gr. 6-8 in Special Occasion uniform)
**"Living stations" performed by our youth group  will be at the parish on Friday, March 18th.

if you are able to participate in the 
Stations of the Cross AT THE SCHOOL on Holy Thursday, Mar 24th at 9am. 

Set to be 
of the Holy Year of Mercy...

We are blessed to have a showing here 
at our school on APRIL 1st at 7pm.
Passiontide is approaching...
the last two weeks of Lent.  

You will notice the purple veils at the school and church.

Students " CAN" wear GREEN on March 17th and should also bring in a CANNED GOOD to donate to the SVDP Food Pantry!  
We are helping to stock the pantry so as to prepare Easter Food Baskets for needy families!
*Cupcake Club Spring Session starts next Wednesday, March 16th! Click here to join in on the fun! 
Spring Track  starts soon (Gr 3-8)!  Stay tuned for information regarding sign ups prior to projected start up the week of March 28th!

Spring is definitely in the air as we experienced weather "worthy of  taking coats off at recess" this week.  Several of our students have been battling with various illnesses, so it is certainly time for the warmer temperatures to eliminate these lingering germs and viruses!

Our National Junior Honor Society have been demonstrating their strong leadership roles by initiating opportunities to give alms this Lenten season.  On Saturday, March 19th our students will volunteer (for a second time this Lenten season)  at Gifts to Give in New Bedford.  This wonderful opportunity brings great joy to our students, as they clean, sort and give new life to gently used items that will be donated to those less fortunate.  They will also encourage our faculty and students to bring non-perishable items to donate to the St. Vincent dePaul Pantry, in honor of St. Patrick.  Students are asking if they will be permitted to wear green in honor of St. Patrick, and our NJHS says,

"Yes, you CAN!"

The days, weeks and months seem to be flying by, and our school has many, many plans for the remainder of the school year, including field trips. Please be advised
that any parent/grandparent/ family member that is planning on attending one of our many fun field trips this spring MUST be CORI trained.  The final training session of the 2015-2016 school year will be held on Thursday, March 17th at 6:30pm in the school library. 

Have a wonderful weekend and God bless!

~ Mrs. Russo
2nd Trimester Grades closed today!

Report cards for Gr. 1-8 will be sent via email on Thursday, Mar 17th.  (Only Kindergarten will receive a hard copy.)  
Please contact the office if your email address has changed.  Thank you!
Our students continue to work hard to master grade level concepts in Mathematics!  Our teachers have been committed to this goal and have been working tirelessly to prepare their students for IOWA testing this spring!  
The next Gala meeting  is scheduled for Monday, March 21st at 7pm in the library.  Come find out how you can help! 

Please consider accepting the 
Gala Family Challenge!

CLICK HERE to print form 
to accompany your item!

It will be here before we know it!  
The GROW countdown continues!  
Family Fundraising Finale 
 Begins 3/21 !
Iditaread 2016

...has begun for students in Grades 1-8!
Ask your son/daughter about today's special assembly to kick off this great reading adventure and help them reach their goals!

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

 To God be the Glory