Middle School
Weekly Newsletter
9/15/21
Virgen Dolorosa. Feast Day - September 15
Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows
 
Our mother of sorrows, with strength from above you stood by the cross, sharing in the sufferings of Jesus, and with tender care you bore him in your arms, mourning and weeping. We praise you for your faith, which accepted the life God planned for you. We praise you for your hope, which trusted that God would do great things in you. We praise you for your love in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of his passion. Holy Mary, may we follow your example, and stand by all your children who need comfort and love. Mother of God, stand by us in our trials and care for us in our many needs. Pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
 
Today begins National Hispanic Heritage Month which runs through October 15th. This month-long observance is a celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. It is a time to honor the contributions of Latino and Hispanic communities, highlighting diversity, culture and traditions.
Weekly Mass
Mass is generally celebrated 9:30am on Tuesdays at Xavier Middle School. At this time, we invite parents, grandparents, relatives and friends of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Schools to join us via livestream. Go to the XMS Campus Ministry webpage for the link: Campus Ministry - XMS.
 
Low gluten hosts are available. If your child has a need for a low gluten host and plans to receive Eucharist at our school masses, please inform your child’s advisor or contact Mrs. Krull at akrull@xaviercatholicschools.org.
Casual Day Monday, September 20th
Since there is a Packer this coming Monday night, we will be having a free casual day on Monday. Students and staff are invited to dress in their favorite Packer/sport apparel. Go Pack!
5th Grade to Camp Tekekwitha
Just a reminder that the 5th grade retreat at Camp Tekekwitha will be taking place on Monday, September 20th. We will use the original signed permission slip as authorization for this trip. If your child would like a prepared lunch, please submit a new bag lunch request form if you haven’t done already.
Sports Photographs
Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball photos will be taking place on Tuesday, September 28th. If you would like to order team or individual photos, please have your student give their completed order envelope and payment to the photographer on photo day.
Scholastic Book Club
Scholastic Book Club is holding a reading event. If you would like to order, you can choose to have your books shipped to your home or delivered to school. With a $25 order, you can pick a FREE $5 book (use code: READS). The order due date is Oct 31, 2021. 
Please share the Class Page link with extended family and friends. All orders also earn FREE books for our class. Thank you for your support!
Celebrate Volunteer Meeting: Thursday, September 16th at noon in the XHS Library
Celebrate is the largest, single event fundraiser for Xavier Catholic Schools. All parents/guardians are invited (and encouraged) to volunteer as this event is a system-wide effort benefiting the entire school system. It is also a great way to get to know parents from other campuses. The evening typically features a dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and games, entertainment, etc. Last year it was a successful virtual event that raised over $560,000. This year we are planning a hybrid experience. 

Celebrate meetings are held once a month. This year’s kickoff meeting will be held on Thursday, September 16 at noon at in the library Xavier High School (we will have people there giving directions to the library). At that meeting we will discuss the optimal meeting dates and times moving forward. 

Please plan to join us to brainstorm and have some fun while we come together, catch up, and meet new friends. It takes many helping hands to make Celebrate a successful event and we really need great volunteers who want to have fun while getting things done. The meetings are also a great way to provide input and suggest any ideas you have. Children not in school yet are always welcome. 
Bonus: there is always chocolate!

Questions or can’t attend, but still want to be involved? Contact Lisa Pfaff at lpfaff@XavierCatholicSchools.org or 735-9380.
Xavier Youth Basketball Registration is Now Open for Grades 3-8 – Sign up by September 30th
XYBA Basketball registration for the 2021-22 season for Boys and Girls Grades 3-8 is now open through September 30th. Please click here for season information and to register. 
 
Also mark your calendar our Google Meet parent information session Wednesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm (Video call link: https://meet.google.com/oyv-durb-rpq, Or dial: ‪(US) +1 260-306-5081 PIN: ‪188 878 855#).
 
Little Hawks Basketball Information for Grades K-2 will be announced at a future date.
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is committed to making sure girls and families can still get connected in their communities and have support from GSNWGL. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girls grow courageous and strong through a wide variety of enriching experiences, such as field trips, skill-building sports clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships.

Girl Scouts helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

We will be meeting at least every other Tuesday starting Sept 21st and Oct 5th from 3:30-5pm. Please come for the last 15 mins to get more information on how to sign-up. We hope to see you there!

Please contact Angelica Rickert-Smith at 920-213-3016 or email : ARickert15@gmail.com.
From the Scrip Office
Savings Alert!!
Scrip announced that Kwik Trip (local) is offering 10% back on all gift card orders from September 1-30!!

Who doesn’t need to fill up on gas, morning coffee or a lunchtime brat?? Why not fill up and save money towards your child’s tuition? Gift cards are available in $25, $50 or $100 denominations. Order online at ShopwithScrip.com or through the RaiseRight app.
Attendance Guidelines
Students will be sent home and must remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours if they are experiencing the following symptoms (even if unrelated to COVID):
  • Fever (temperature 100 or above)
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

OR within the last 24 hours:
 
  • They have experienced any ONE of the following symptoms:
  • New repetitive cough
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
 
  • OR TWO of the following symptoms:
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches

Students MUST remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours without the help of any medication.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, Sep 15
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm - Campus Ministry Meeting (Room 1121)
Thursday, Sep 16
  • 7:00 pm - VEX Parent Meeting
Monday, Sep 20
  • 5th Grade to Camp Tekakwitha
Tuesday, Sept 21
  • 9:30 am - Liturgy
Friday, Sept 24
  • No School - System Inservice
Tuesday, Sept 28
  • 9:30 am - Liturgy