Your weekly update from St. Francis Xavier School...

St. Francis Xavier, pray for us!
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Don't forget...
1st Trimester REPORT CARDS 
will be emailed to parents (Gr. 1-8) and sent home in hard copy (only for Kindergarten)  next Tuesday, December 6th 

Next week's LUNCH MENU at-a-glance:
Dec 5
Hot Dog
Dec 6
Chix Nuggets
Dec 7
French Toast Sticks
Dec 8
Pizza Square
Dec 9
BBQ Chicken

Mark your calendars...
School Events Committee
Next SEC meeting, Monday December 5th @ 7pm
Please come and help us bring joy to our students through the spirit of St. Nicholas (much help needed)!
Feast of St. Nicholas
Tuesday, Dec 6th 
* Please make certain all change jars have been cleared of NICKELS to give to St. Nicholas for a charity of his choosing.  
*Students are also be asked to bring in one "gently used toy" to donate to
Gifts to Give on that day.  
Lots happening in extended!
Baystate Gymnastics, Dessert Decorating, Instrumental, Upper Grade Chorus, Campus Ministry Club (middle school only), and now the addition of:
Instructional Basketball for Grades 1-3!
Something for everyone!
Watch your email for details of club activities, and THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers who have offered to assist with extended offerings! 
Fly on the Wall
heard from the hall...
Two anonymous second grade students on the playground during extended.... one turns casually to the other and says:
"I can't wait until I'm a teenager."
(In my head I screamed, "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!")
A message to our 8th grade parents from...

Placement Exam this weekend 
Dec 3rd or 10th

St. Francis Xavier SPIRIT WEAR
can make 
great Christmas gifts... 

Have you seen our new 
Spirit Wear Shirts?
These shirts are awesome! The kids love them, and everyone wants to wear one on a 
Spirit Wear Day!  
Available through the front office for $15.  Simply send payment in envelope with name and size, and we will do our best to fill your order.
Makes a great Christmas gift!

If anyone has lost a Garmin Activity Tracker, please call the office as one was found on the school property.

This week's adventures...
     While the weather outside has been quite enjoyable, it certainly does not feel like December! Our students have been enjoying the warm days and the opportunity for outdoor play.  This climate is sure to change at some point, so please make certain that your child(ren) are appropriately dressed (coats, hats, and mittens), so that they are able to continue to play outside and walk to Mass when the weather is above 32 degrees.

     The week went by quickly, and was concluded with a finale that consisted of a school-wide celebration..... Happy Feast Day Eve!  Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Francis Xaver, and since we will not be in school, we honored our patron saint today!   Students were treated to an ice cream surprise, thanks to our friends at Acushnet Creamery and an awesome assembly, thanks to Miss Westbrook and our 6th graders.  The assembly was a perfect balance of educating our students on the life of St. Francis AND of having some serious fun by engaging in a mannequin challenge!

     If you have not done so already, please take the time to read the important email that was sent this week, outlining all of the school's happenings during this Advent season.  

Hope to see many students and their families at tomorrow morning's 9am Mass!
    Have a wonderful weekend and 
God bless.
        ~Mrs.  Russo
Faith in Practice
Please join us if you are able to for our next school Mass for the Immaculate Conception
(A holy day of obligation) 
December 8th @ 9am
PS3-Grade 8
(weather permitting, otherwise, Mass will be celebrated at school at 10:30am)

1st Reading: Shannon H. (8)
2nd Reading: Savannah K. (8)
Prayers of the Faithful: Emma L. (8)

Our Patronal Feast Day: 
Dec 3rd

This year the feast of St. Francis Xavier falls on a Saturday.
  Please consider coming with your children to the  9am Mass on that morning.  

**Students who attend Mass that day  will receive a NO-UNIFORM PASS at the church.

We enter into the second week of Advent this Sunday, 
Dec 4th
Make this a meaningful time to prepare for Christ's birth in your family.   Click here

Please keep your child(ren)'s family in your prayers throughout Advent.

We will be collecting gift cards in any amount that could be useful for their needs between now and Dec 16th.  

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity!  

Click here if you or a loved one have thought about receiving the sacraments and learn about t he Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) starting in January at our parish.

We will celebrate
The First Christmas in pageant and song...
December 16th

6:30pm Evening performance
(Please note:  This is a mandatory K-5 music performance)

Please click here to email Mrs. Shaughnessy  if you are willing or able to assist with prep before the pageant or on the actual evening. ( Creative touches, costumes, backstage help, programs, intermission, etc.)

Cookie Dough will be here Wed. Dec. 14th
**An adult must come at pick-up to take items.  They are perishable and we have no space to store unclaimed orders.

Mr. Guilloutte had moved each one of these heavy manger members to our school foyer this past week.  While they all waited to be arranged so beautifully by Mrs. Shaughnessy, this is how they appeared in the school foyer.  
The photo lens captured precisely what I viewed and immediately dubbed, 
"Naughty Nativity". 

   Is it just me, or does this appear to be a time-out?

and click here for the FUNNY FOTO contest details.which ends December 31st!