Middle School
Weekly Newsletter
A Prayer for Life by St. Pope John Paul II
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life
Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, 
of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, 
of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, 
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives 
and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, 
in order to build, together with all people of good will, 
the civilization of truth and love, 
to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.
Taken from Pope John Paul II's 1995 encyclical, "The Gospel of Life" (www.vatican.va)
Thank you
Thank you for supporting Salma, the young woman in Tanzania, through last week’s casual day. Through your generosity we raised $515.39 to fund her education and gift her with some Christmas cheer! God bless you!
Weekly Mass
Mass is generally celebrated 9:30am on Tuesdays at Xavier Middle School. 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 to join us: Campus Ministry - XMS.
Guest Presenter
A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Social Media-- Using Social Media to Advance God’s Kingdom
Wednesday, October 27th @ 6:30pm (Xavier High School Theatre)
Presenter: Dr. Justin Patchin
On October 27th, Dr. Justin Patchin will be speaking to Xavier High School students in the morning and Xavier Middle School students in the afternoon. Dr. Patchin is a national expert on the topics of cyberbullying and social media. He has published numerous articles and spoken to groups of all sizes on these critical issues. We look forward to his presentation and the discussions at school and home that are certain to follow.
As this opportunity is particularly relevant at this time, the Xavier System has also arranged for a special parent session at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, October 27th in the Xavier High School Theatre. Parents of Xavier students as well as parents from the community at large are invited to join us to hear Dr. Patchin and ask questions of him. We hope that you can join us. Bring your fellow parents as well. Let’s do what we can to bridge the communication and understanding gap in our digital world!
All XMS & XHS parents who attend receive a “Free Dress” pass for their student(s).
Red Ribbon Week - Creativity Contest
Next week (beginning Monday, October 25th) is Red Ribbon week, the annual week where schools around the country focus on drug prevention education. The theme for this year’s Red Ribbon Week is “Drug Free Looks Like Me.” This year’s theme is a reminder that all over the country this Red Ribbon Week, thousands of kids are committing to a drug-free lifestyle so they can be healthy, be successful, and be the best “me” they can be. This year’s theme also encourages everyone to use their voice to make a difference – in their lives, and in the lives of others. 
Now it’s time for students to use their voice. We’d like to see students’ creative side. Using the theme “Drug Free Looks Like Me,” students are welcome to write a poem, write a song, or create a piece of art that shows what being drug free looks like for them. We’re calling this the Creativity Contest. All entries must be submitted to Mr. Jerger’s office by Thursday the 28th. We’ll have winners and prizes for each grade. The winners will be announced on Monday, November 1st. Only one entry per contestant. For more information, students can see Mr. Jerger.
1st Place: Pizza Lunch
2nd Place: Casual Day Pass
3rd Place: $1.00 Snack Shack Coupon
Students will also be encouraged to participate in the different dress-down themes for Red Ribbon Week. Here is the list of the different themes for each day:
  • Monday, Oct. 25th - Follow Your Dreams! (Pajamas/Sleepwear)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26th - Dress for Success! (Uniform or Better)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27th - Too Bright for Drugs! (Neon clothing)
  • Thursday, Oct. 28th - Red Out! (Wear Red) Note: 8th Graders must be in uniform for Field Trip. Wearing of red polos is encouraged.
2021-2022 Student Directory
Click here for the 2021-2022 student directory.
Lost and Found
Our lost and found is overflowing! Please click here to take a look at the items we have collected so far this year to see if any belong to your family. Your child can pick their things up from the office lobby.
Fall Concert, October 26th 
The 7th, 8th and high school orchestras will perform a concert on Tuesday October 26th at 6:30pm at Xavier Middle School. We are very excited to perform works from many different cultures and countries. You will hear music from Spain, China, Thailand and Hungary to name a few. Please come support these wonderful students and celebrate all of their hard work.
Concert details for students:
  • Concert date: Tuesday, October 26th
  • Call time: 6pm in orchestra room
  • Concert time: 6:30pm
Dress code: If you have any ethnic clothing, whether it is your heritage or a place you visited or a place you would love to visit, please wear this to the concert. If you don't have anything, please wear black bottoms and a white top.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kenney
NEWS FROM THE 6th, 7th, 8th grade ART room
Please enjoy our update - click here.
Xavier Theatre Presents
All Together Now!
A Cavalcade of Broadway’s Greatest Hits!
7:00 pm November 12, 13, 15
1:00 pm November 13, 14
Xavier Fine Arts Theatre
All Together Now!, a never-before-seen revue of Broadway show music, is a family-friendly show including songs from shows like Les Miserables, Annie, Frozen, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, Newsies, Guys and Dolls, Come From Away
and many more…
Tickets on sale now!
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!
Scrip News
You may be familiar with the Scrip program through which both XCS and your family can earn rebates by purchasing gift cards. But are you familiar with all the different ways you can purchase and use these Scrip cards? Many people choose not to utilize the program because they find it too inconvenient to pick up cards at the Scrip office or to have to carry around multiple cards. Did you know you can take full advantage of the program without doing either of those things?! Click here for some tips to maximize your rebates while minimizing your inconvenience.
Fleet Farm Scrip - In anticipation for Toyland Opening, the percentage you earn with Fleet Farm scrip will be increased to 8%. This additional percentage will run thru the end of October. The normal 5% will go back into effect 11/1.
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
Wednesday, Oct 20
  • 7th Grade to The Shrine of our Lady of Good Help
Tuesday, Oct 26
  • 9:30 am - Liturgy
  • 6:30 pm - Orchestra Concert @ XMS (7th, 8th & XHS)
Thursday, Oct 28
  • 8th Grade to The Shrine of our Lady of Good Help
Friday, Oct 29
Monday, Nov 1
  • 9:30 am - All Saints Day Mass