Middle School
Weekly Newsletter
1/19/22
A Prayer for Life
Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.
Amen
Catholic Schools Week Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, 2022
Planning is well underway for Xavier Middle School’s Catholic Schools Week celebration. 
Click here for more information.
Weekly Mass
Tuesday, January 25th at 9:30am.
Join us via livestream here Campus Ministry - XMS
Ski/Snowboard Club
We are looking forward to our first ski trip on Friday, January 28th to Nordic Mountain. We are extending our sign up deadline to tomorrow, Thursday January 20th. If you are interested, please turn your sign up forms into the office.

**Lift tickets, rentals, & lessons will be booked directly through the Nordic Mountain website. Click here for the link for the Friday, January 28th ski trip. Please visit this link to register and submit payment for lift tickets, rentals, and/or lessons by this Friday, January 21st.

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming trips this year.
Saturday, February 12
  • Friday, March 4th
  • Saturday, March 26th
Celebrate – EVERYONE PLEASE READ THE RAFFLE INFORMATION!
Important information everyone needs to know (regardless of whether or not you have purchased admission): 
  • Admission—you can still purchase admission to Celebrate through January 20th!  Click here to purchase your admission online.
  • Raffle information – PLEASE READ! -- Tickets on sale NOW! —anyone can purchase raffle tickets—you don’t need to attend Celebrate to buy chances to win great raffle prizes!
  • Raffle tickets were sent home with all students late last week—please retrieve the black raffle envelope from your student’s backpack if they didn’t give it to you.
  • The student raffle is new this year! When purchasing those raffle tickets, please make sure to put one student’s name on the ticket (per WI raffle law, only one name is to be on a ticket). Please put the student’s name and not the adult’s name to avoid confusion.
  • Preschool parents, we realize these raffles apply more to the older grades, but sent all raffle tickets home to all students for ease of campus distribution.
  • Additional raffle tickets are also available for purchase at the Xavier Scrip Office.
  • Volunteers needed Click here for the Adult SignUpGenius (XHS students were emailed a separate student SignUpGenius—thank you for signing up!)
  • There are many shifts beginning Friday and going through Saturday night. Please consider working a few hours as we could really use your help.
  • All night of volunteers will work a few hours and then receive a meal/snacks and beverages, be entered into a drawing for great prizes, and have the opportunity to bid on items, buy raffles, and socialize throughout the night. 
Stay tuned next week for more great information about the night. If you have questions in the meantime, please call any of the Advancement/Celebrate team members – Lisa, Stephanie, or Bob at 735-9380 or email Lisa at lpfaff@xaviercatholicschools.org.
3rd Annual Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards
The Fox Cities Chamber's Excellence in Education SHINING STAR Awards program recognizes the outstanding contributions of full-time, Pre-K through 16 educators in the Fox Cities region. Our Xavier educators continue to do an outstanding job pivoting and adapting under the extremely challenging conditions presented by COVID-19. So, please take the time to nominate a Xavier educator for the Fox Cities Chamber's Excellence in Education SHINING STAR. Online nominations are being accepted through February 25.
 
Saturday morning Basketball Association - S.B.A.
If your son/daughter would like to play basketball but the current leagues are not a good fit, then the SBA may be what you’re looking for.

We have the S.B.A. for students who do not want the high competitive atmosphere or are not able to commit the time to a traditional sports program, but want to experience the fun and excitement of playing in an organized game with their friends and classmates.  Athletes having fun is our number one goal!  Games are played on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am. All participants in the SBA, regardless of ability, will play the entire game.  Winning or losing is less important than having fun in the SBA.

Students may have other opportunities or family obligations that may be more important than the SBA on a Saturday morning, so the player is not required to attend every Saturday. There is no problem with that. This program is intended for and limited to students who are not currently playing in another league. If you think this program is right for your son/daughter, sign them up now. You can do so by sending an email to Mr. Linsmeier jlinsmeier@xaviercatholicschools.org. We must have at least 10 players to start the league this spring. Games start on Saturday, January 15 at 9:00 am.
Writing Contests
Do you love writing? There are a number of writing contests available for middle school students.
  • State Literary and Illustrator Contest--have you written a short story you think is really great? Add illustrations and enter!
  • Catholic Daughters of the Americas Education Contest--Write an essay, poem, take a photo, create some art, or write a song based on one of the themes: WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE or WHERE IS GOD IN MY LIFE WHEN I'M STRUGGLING.
  • Influential Women Contest--Think of a woman you know or have heard about that inspires you in the field of science, technology, engineering, or math. Write about who she is and why she inspires you.
  • Americanism Essay Contest--The American Legion Auxiliary challenges you to write an essay on the following theme: "How can we support families who provide care to their Veterans?"

Stop in and see Ms. Bouchard or send her an email if you would like to know more about these contests.
Click HERE to reserve your spot.
From the Scrip Office:
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. The Scrip office was very busy during the Christmas rush!
We do have some scrip cards that were ordered by mistake. Unfortunately, these cards are not local to our area. I am hoping someone may either travel to the areas where they are used, or maybe have relatives there that could use them. 
We have 11 - $10 gift cards that can be used at the following stores:
Tom Thumb
Albertsons
Safeway
Jewel Osco
Haggens
Vons
Shaws
Carrs
Star
Pavilions
Acme
Randalls
 
If interested, please email the scrip office at scrip@xaviercatholicschools.org. 1st com 1st served.

XMS School Day Start Time
Please remember that the Xavier Middle School school day begins at 8:00 am. This means that all students should be in their homerooms and seated at 8:00, not being dropped off at that time. It allows all students to start the day together with prayer, pledge, and announcements. Thank you!
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 student is being tested for COVID, they must stay at home until you receive the COVID test results. Please notify the school when you receive the test results.
Upcoming Events
Friday, January 21
  • NO SCHOOL - End of 2nd Quarter
Tuesday, January 25
  • 9:30 am - Mass
Wednesday, January 26
  • 6:30 pm - XMS Preview Night
January 30 - February 5
  • Catholic Schools Week
Tuesday, February 1
  • 9:30 am - Mass
  • 5th Grade to Heckrodt (Foss & Bayer)
Wednesday, February 2
  • 1:00 pm - Spelling Bee
  • 3:30 pm - Campus Ministry Meeting (Room 1120)
Friday, February 4
  • 5th Grade to Heckrodt (Kroner & Case)
Tuesday, February 8
  • 9:30 am - Mass
  • 5th Grade to Heckrodt (VanNuland)
Wednesday, February 9
  • 4:00 - 7:30 pm - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, February 10
  • NO SCHOOL
  • 1:00 - 7:30 pm - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, February 11
  • NO SCHOOL