Middle School
Weekly Newsletter
11/23/21
Thanksgiving Prayer
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
 
Thank you for all the graces and blessings you have bestowed upon us: spiritual and temporal, our faith and religious heritage, our food and shelter, our health, our family and friends.
 
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.
 
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.
Weekly Mass
Friday, December 3rd at 9:30am.
Join us via livestream here Campus Ministry - XMS
Xavier Apparel Winter Sale
The online Winter Xavier Apparel store is now open! This sale is only available until November 30th. Please click here to shop!
Sun Prairie Honors Band
Congratulations to Keira Andrews (8th grade, flute) and Emerson Huebner (8th grade, flute) for their performance with the Sun Prairie Honors Band in mid-November. The SPHB admits top music students throughout the state and they get together for a one-day music event. Congratulations Keira and Emerson!
ALL 5th Grade Parents & Choir Parents Save the Dates!
The 6th-8th grade Choir students will participate in a concert on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:30 pm in the XMS auditorium. **Please note the date change** The 6th & 7th-grade Bands will take part in this concert. The concert will be approximately one hour in length.

The 5th grade Christmas concert will take place on Tuesday, December 21 at 6:30 pm in the XMS auditorium. ALL of the 5th-grade students will participate in the concert as part of the choir. On the same night, the 5th-grade students who are also in band or strings will have the opportunity to share the music pieces that they've learned with Mrs. Koenigs (strings) and Mrs. Ninneman (band). 
 
ALL 5th grade and choir students are asked to wear all black clothing for the concert. There's no need for special items. Girls are welcome to wear a solid black dress, skirt, or pants. The boys should wear any black pants, dress pants are not required. I suggest that the children wear their black uniform shirt, but any black clothing would be great. If your child doesn't have black shoes, simply wear the darkest shoes currently in the closet. 
 
Specific reporting times will be shared as the concert date approaches.
  • Tues, Dec 14 - 6th-8th grade Choir, 6th & 7th grade Band
  • Tues, Dec 21 - ALL 5th grade + 5th Band + 5th & 6th Strings
Camp News Reminders and Updates
Did you receive your “Save the Date” postcard in the mail? We typically don’t send “Save the Dates” anymore, but we wanted to alert everyone to the date as it was not correct on some school calendars due to a change in the NFL schedule. Please note the date: February 5, 2022. Invitations will be mailed soon. 

Do you want to meet some fabulous people and be a part of something fun? Come to the next Celebrate planning meeting on Thursday, December 2nd at noon in the library at XHS (we can direct you once you get here). Join us, meet people, and make a difference!
Campus Ministry Volunteering Opportunity - all are welcome!
Please email Mrs Benthein, mbenthein@xaviercatholicschools.org to sign up. You will need a ride to and from bell ringing.
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  • Fleet Farm (3035 W Wisconsin Avenue, Appleton, WI 54914)
  • Wednesday, December 1 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Monday, December 20 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
 
Dress Code Reminders
Students who choose to wear a school approved sweatshirt to school are required to have a school approved polo underneath. 

Outerwear clothing needs to be removed prior to going to class. A student’s outerwear should be kept in their locker.
Outside FLEX Time
As long as it's not raining, students will continue to have FLEX time outside. Please be sure your student wears appropriate outdoor clothing to stay warm during their outside flex time. It is recommended that an extra hat and/or gloves be kept in your child(ren)’s locker. This will help make it easier for students to have warm gear when going outside for flex.
LIVE ON STAGE
Black Friday Sale starts today!
**$3 off on regularly priced adult & senior tickets for Friday & Saturday evening performances.
Offer good from noon Tuesday, November 23rd through midnight Friday, November 26th
** Not valid for previously purchased tickets, may not be combined with other discounts or offers. Ticket exchanges may be subject to a per-ticket transfer fee. There is no refund given for tickets exchanged for lower priced tickets.

We will delight you with seasonal music and eye-popping production numbers, including a spectacular New York style parade right on stage
 and a stunning “Living Nativity” finale to bring home the
 true “reason for the season.”

 7:00 pm December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
1:00 pm December 4*, 5, 11, 12
*An American Sign Language Interpreter be provided at the 1:00 pm performance.
 
Christmas Stars has played to over 85,000 with proceeds benefitting St Francis Xavier Catholic Schools fine arts student experiences.
 
Get tickets at www.christmasstars.org or
the box office (920) 733-8840.
 
EXTENDED BOX OFFICE HOURS: noon – 3pm:
November 22-24: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
November 29-December 10: Monday-Friday
And one hour before each performance
 
View photos or video highlights at www.christmasstars.org
Scrip News
Get a jump start on your Holiday shopping! I’m sure you have all heard the news that this year’s Christmas shopping, both online and in stores, is going to be challenging due to supply shipments being delayed and labor shortages. Please plan ahead and get your orders in early. Even though we do stock several retailors, gas stations, local and national restaurants, there are still several that we do not stock and have to special order, which could take 2-3 days to get in. Also, during high demand season, we see large orders for commonly stocked cards. Reminder that you can also order e-gift cards and reloads via the RaiseRight App.
 
Scrip office will be closed during the following days:
  • November 25th and 26th
  • December 23rd – December 31st
Attendance Guidelines
Students will be sent home and must remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours if they are experiencing any of 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.

Please Note: If a family/household member has symptoms and is being tested for COVID, please keep all students at home until you receive the COVID test results.
Upcoming Events
November 24-26
  • NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, December 1
  • 3:30 - 4:00 - Campus Ministry Meeting (Room 1120)
Friday, December 3
  • Feast of St. Francis Xavier
Wednesday, December 8
  • 9:30 am - Mass - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, December 14
  • 9:30 am - Mass
  • 6:30 pm - Concert (6th - 8th grade Choir; 6th & 7th grade Band)
Wednesday, December 15
  • 7:00 pm - Band Concert @ XHS (8th - 12th grade)
Friday, December 17
  • $1.00 Casual Day
Tuesday, December 21
  • 6:30 pm - Concert (ALL 5th grade; 5th grade Band; 5th & 6th grade Orchestra)
December 23 - January 2
  • NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break