Middle School
Weekly Newsletter
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
Come let us celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary;
let us worship her Son, Christ the Lord.
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.
Safety Practice Drills
On Monday, Sept 13th, XMS will be conducting safety practice drills in the morning. These drills will allow our students and staff to continue the safety and security conversations that took place at the beginning of the school year about the importance of understanding what to do during a situation that may take place at school. If any parent is curious about these safety practice drills, please feel free to contact Mr. Bires at any time for examples or with any questions regarding the safety and security policies that are currently in place.
Students will be notified by Mr. Bires during the Monday morning Spirit assembly in the auditorium. During this time, the students will hear from Mr. Bires about the safety practice drills and will also be introduced to Sgt. Greg Vanderheiden. Sgt. Vanderheiden is an Appleton police officer and is the primary School Resource Officer (SRO) for XMS. This also might be a great opportunity for you and your family to talk about safety procedures not only at school, but outside of school as well. As always, please feel free to contact XMS with any questions, comments, or other thoughts at any time.
Parents, we are asking students to wear their masks properly by covering their mouth and nose while in school and could use your help by giving your child(ren) a friendly reminder regarding these expectations. We have been giving many students friendly reminders about wearing their masks properly during the first few days of school. Going forward, students who regularly don’t wear their mask properly will receive an honor mark. Three or more honors marks will result in a reflection room visit during lunch & flex. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bires or Mrs. Meyer at any time.
Online Fall Apparel Sale
The online Fall Xavier Apparel store is now open! This sale is only available until September, 12th. Please click here to shop.
2021-2022 MAP Testing
XMS Students are currently participating in MAP testing. Last week was the Math test, this week the students are taking their Language Arts tests and next week will be the Reading test. Please help your child(ren) do their best by making sure they have a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast.
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.
School Directory
The school directory will be underway in the next couple of weeks. For each student we will include their name and grade, their parents’ names and email address(es), home address and home phone. If you do not want to be included in the directory, or want to include/leave out specific information, please email Mrs. Cerdan at vcerdan@xaviercatholicschools.org by Monday, September 13th. Thank you.
 Christmas Stars ticket sales open September 7th!
Join us at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre for “Christmas Stars,” a spectacular Broadway-style holiday-themed extravaganza featuring singers, dancers & actors ages five through senior citizens. 
Each year a cast of volunteer performers dazzles audiences with 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.” As always, there will be some special surprises.
 2021 Performance Dates
December 2-12
“Christmas Stars” has played to over 85,000 with proceeds benefitting St Francis Xavier Catholic Schools fine arts student experiences.
Purchase your tickets on the website, http://www.christmasstars.org, or visit the box office, (920) 733-8840 Mondays & Wednesdays from noon – 3pm.
The box office will be open on Tuesday, September 7th from noon until 3:00 pm instead of Monday, September 6th to observe Labor Day. 
NEW THIS YEAR: Please use the main theatre entrance under the canopy, door number one, when visiting the box office in person. Masks are required to enter the building.
We hope you’ll join us for a delightful celebration of the most wonderful time of the year at Christmas Stars, Wisconsin’s biggest Christmas party!
View photos or video highlights at www.christmasstars.org
Xavier Youth Basketball Signup Coming Soon
XYBA Basketball registration for the 2021-22 season is opening the week of September 12. Please watch the Xavier newsletter, www.xyba.org and your email for future information. Also mark your calendar our Google Meet virtual parent information session Wednesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm (Link: https://meet.google.com/oyv-durb-rpq, Or dial: ‪(US) +1 260-306-5081 PIN: ‪188 878 855#).
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.
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!
XHS Booster Club - Football Frenzy Fundraiser
The Xavier Booster Club is holding its annual Football Frenzy fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Xavier Athletics. 
  • Tickets are $20 each – for every 2 tickets purchased, a third ticket is available at no cost.
  • Weekly prizes total $1000 – and there are at least 11 winners each week. All winners are from the pool of tickets sold by Xavier Booster Club. Check the “Xavier Booster Club” Facebook page after each weekend of the NFL regular season to see the list of winners for that week.
Will you support the Booster Club with a purchase? To do so, visit www.footballsweeps.com/PURCHASE, using code FB21XAVIERThe deadline is Friday, September 10th. Questions? Send an email to XHSBoosterClub@gmail.com. Thanks for your support!
Job Opportunities
If you are interested in working within a school, the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System is seeking an individual for a full-time long-term substitute Campus Instructional Aide position beginning as soon as possible, and continuing until January 21, 2022. This position will serve the St. Francis Xavier Middle School campus as an Instructional Aide and this position has the potential to continue the rest of the school year. More information can be found on WECAN or on the Xavier employment opportunities webpage.
If you are interested in feeding the future, Chartwells, the district’s food service provider is looking for people to add to their team! The middle school has an opening that would be either every day or only a few days a week from 8:30-1:30. The hours are flexible and we can work around your schedule! You would be prepping, serving and cleaning up! You work when the students are in school and are off when they aren’t! Great for parents and grandparents who want to be with their students! No nights, weekends, holidays or summers! If you have any questions please reach out to Logan Wilson, food service director, at Lwilson@xaviercatholicschools.org.
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.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, Sep 8
  • 6:30 pm - Parent Night
Friday, Sep 10
  • 5th Grade to Camp Tek
Tuesday, Sept 14
  • 9:30 am - Liturgy
Wednesday, Sep 15
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm - Campus Ministry Meeting (Room 1121)
Thursday, Sep 16
  • 7:00 pm - VEX Parent Meeting
Tuesday, Sept 21
  • 9:30 am - Liturgy
Friday, Sept 24
  • No School - System Inservice
Tuesday, Sept 28
  • 9:30 am - Liturgy