Your weekly update from St. Francis Xavier School...
In This Issue
Don't forget your blessings...
Dear Lord:
Today we give thanks for our many blessings
As we pray for those in need.
We give thanks for our family and friends
As we pray for those who are lonely.
We give thanks for our freedoms
As we pray for those who are oppressed.
We give thanks for our good health
As we pray for those who are ill.
We give thanks for our comfort and prosperity
As we share our blessings with others.
On this day of Thanksgiving,
May the love of God enfold us,
The peace of God dwell within us
And the joy of God uplift us.
Next week's LUNCH MENU at-a-glance:
Nov 28
Kale soup
Nov 29
Nov 30
Chix Teriyaki Dippers
Dec 1
American Chop Suey
Dec 2
Maxx Sticks

Mark your calendars...
School Events Committee
Next SEC meeting, Monday December 5th @ 7pm
Please come!
Also coming soon...

Feast of St. Nicholas
Tuesday, Dec 6th 
during school.
Start saving your NICKELS!

*Students will also be asked to bring in one "gently used toy" to donate to Gifts to Give on that day.  
More info to come...
Fall Track Club Finale:

Congratulations to all our runners at the Turkey Trot 5k and the following students who placed:  
Sophia Arruda (1st place in ALL female runners), 
Abby Irvine (2nd place in her age category), 
Andrew Martin (1st place in his age category), 
Eamon Martin (9th in his age category) 

Great running to all!   

thanksgiving_casualty.jpg Nurse's corner:
While it is a common myth that has been passed from table to table, the tryptophan in turkey is not fully responsible for the Thanksgiving Day food coma.  Although tryptophan does aid in the production of serotonin in the body which helps with sleep, it needs to be taken on an empty stomach.  The real culprit is the amount of food that people eat during this yearly feast.  The processing and digestion of all that food takes away blood from other parts of your body, including the brain, which causes people to feel tired and drowsy.   
Happy Thanksgiving!

Fly on the Wall
heard from the hall...
As you know, each day we end with prayer, and part of our prayer is a litany of saints whose feasts we celebrate throughout the month.  
This week the student reading the prayer said:  "St. Martin of Tourists (Tours) 
 pray for us".... 
or did I just hear it that way?

A message to our 8th grade parents from...

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

This week's adventures...
We truly have so much to be thankful for!  To remind us of such, our NJHS members adorned our hallways this week with gratitude posters.   We are so blessed!

When return from our nice, long weekend, we will be turning our calendars to December and preparing ourselves for the Birth of Our Lord, and the whirlwind of activity that accompanies it!  

Please make certain your calendars are marked and you are keeping abreast of our Christmas happenings.  Important dates and information include St. Nick's Feast Day on 12/6, and our Nativity Performance set to take place on 12/16.

On behalf of our entire faculty, I wish each one of our school families a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Let us be quite deliberate in experiencing this holiday through the lens of complete gratitude and appreciation for our numerous blessings. 

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Rosary Party this weekend!
    Have a wonderful weekend and 
God bless.
        ~Mrs.  Russo
Faith in Practice
The 1st Rosary Party is this coming Sunday,
Nov 27th @ 6pm
Here at the school.
All are welcome!  
Please join us if you are able to for our next school Mass on 
December 2nd @ 9am
PS3-Grade 8
(weather permitting)

1st Reading: Connor A. (8)
Psalm: Brenden A. (8)
Prayers of the Faithful: Allie B. (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 
in uniform (Special Occasion for 6-8) will receive a NO-UNIFORM PASS.

Congratulations to the following Diocesan  Marian Medal Winners 
for magnifying the Lord in their lives  as Our Lady did.
  • St. Francis Xavier parishioner and former school parent:  Mary Cardoza
  • School parent and parishioner  at Our Lady of Fatima parish:  Michael Murray
Advent begins this Sunday, 
Nov 27th
Make this a meaningful time to prepare for Christ's birth in your family.  An Advent Calendar went home in Friday folders today. 

Each of our classes are being asked to pray for a specific St. Vincent DePaul family-in-need who was assigned to them.  
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!  

faith2.jpg 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)

HELP WANTED: 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.)

Look who was spotted sitting nicely on the bench outside of Mrs. Russo's office this week! 
See No Evil (Logan Florent) 
Hear No Evil (Carter St. Tripp) and Speak No Evil (William Manning).  
All three first grade boys were waiting for Mrs. Martel who was in the front office!  
Awesome boys! 
As you avail of Thanksgiving weekend sales and get some Christmas shopping done...don't forget...

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