St. Francis Xavier School E-Newsletter: December 2, 2016
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Dear Families,

I am hard pressed to believe that it is truly December already.  The start of Advent is such a special time for the Church and for our school.  We will take time in the coming days to help our student prepare for and understand the great gift that is the birth of Jesus Christ.

During this month we are working with students to reflect on the people and places that are involved in this amazing story.  You might have noticed the manger scene, which was created by our students, in the lobby.  In the days leading up to Christmas, Mary and Joseph statues are working their way toward that manger.  At each stop in the school, facts about the long and difficult journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem are displayed alongside the statues.  Our students -- and the rest of the community--  are on the lookout for where the travelers will appear next at Saint Francis and have asked many wonderful questions about their journey.

I wish you all the best as you begin your own personal Advent journey.

God Bless,

Eric Becker

P.S -- On a less spiritual note, I will be sending out a second test call for the emergency phone system on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm.   As with the last one, if you do not receive a phone call or email please feel free to let us know as we continue to perfect the system.

Book Fair: Dec 5th - Dec 9th
The Book Fair starts next week and will be happening all week! Books can also be ordered online through Dec 13th by going to the following URL: Books make a fantastic Christmas Presents!  Books will be on display for purchase in the lobby M, W, F from 12:30 - 5:00 and on T, Th from 12:30 - 4:30.

We still need volunteers for Tues, December 6th’s 12:30-3:00 pm shift. If we don't have anybody to fill this slot, we'll have to close the book fair during this time. Please consider helping out by clicking on this link to sign up:

Mom's Night Out - Cookie Swap
The Home and School Association will be hosting a Mom's Night Out - Cookie Swap on December 10th at 6:30pm.  Hosted by Becky Wetzel at her home in Milton.  Drinks and appetizers will be provided.  Just bring some cookies to share and a container to take some home.  RSVP to Becky at and she'll give you directions.

The Next H&S Meeting
There is a Home and School Committee meeting this coming Tues Dec 6th at 6:30 pm in the SFX library. We will be discussing a new possible fundraiser, a Color Fun Run. If anyone is interested please attend this meeting - all are welcome!

Looking for Book Donations
The Pre-School class is collecting books for a special classroom library. Please consider checking your home bookshelves for previously loved picture books (or board books) that your children no longer read. Book donations can be left in the box in the SFX lobby. Thank you!

Girls on the Run 2017
The snow may just beginning to fall but the GOTR coach team is looking forward to spring already! If you are interested in coaching or just thinking about it, please contact Stacey Zierak at,  for more information. The coach registration is now open and the new training session will be held mid January.

Girls on the Run is a program for SFX girls in grades 3-5.  Please go to for more information. No running experience necessary!! Just a willingness to help the girls realize their full potential.

Make the Most of Advent
During the busy pre-Christmas season, make the time to prepare your heart to celebrate the birth of our Lord. Saint Francis Xavier Parish will be offering a special Advent Bible Study: "Entering the Story: Jesus' Birth through the Eyes of Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Mary," led by Jordan Easley.  6-7 PM on Tuesdays (11/29, 12/6, and 12/13) in the Sanctuary and 9:45 to 10:45 AM on Tuesdays (11/29, 12/6, and 12/13)) at the Francis Center (at St. Mark's). No registration necessary. Questions? Email

Rice Prospective Parent Luncheon: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 12-1pm
If you weren't able to attend the Rice Open House in November, a Prospective Parent Luncheon is the next best thing (some would say better!).  At your lunch table, you will be joined by a current Rice student prepared to share his/her Rice experience and answer questions.  In addition, several speakers, including a Rice parent will offer their perspective and share the nitty gritty of life at Rice.  A tour will be offered after lunch for anyone with time to stay.  Bring your questions!  This is a great forum in which to ask them.  Please register by Friday, December 9 or email Director of Enrollment, Christy Bahrenburg at to reserve your spot.

Blog: Memorization Doesn't Have to be Frustrating

I know this from experience. Although I come from a family of good memorizers, I was terrible at it and I hated it. I’m not sure how old I was when I learned the “sevens” on the multiplication table - but I do remember poking my head up over the wooden rail of my bed in my room that day because I refused to memorize them. I felt that if I didn’t remember a fact the first time, then I had failed. 

Memorizing is frustrating for parents because they can’t just do it for their kids. But kids feel like they just can’t do it, period. There’s nothing more frustrating than that. ...Read More

Dec. 2:
Report Cards Went Home

Dec. 5th - 9th:
Scholastic Book Fair

Dec. 6, 6:30:
Home and School Meeting

Dec. 8:
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (School Mass)

Dec. 10:
Mom's Night Out -
Cookie Swap

Dec. 12:
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (School Mass)

Dec. 16:
Christmas Pageant at
St. Michael's College
(Snow date - Dec. 19)

Dec. 22 - Jan. 2:
No School - Christmas Break
Contact Information

Eric Becker

Eileen Barendse
Assistant Principal &
Director of Early Education

Stacey Zierak
Home and School President

Jami Daigle
Home and School VP

Sue Lajeunesse
Home and School Treasurer

Christina Gould
Home and School Secretary

If you would like to submit
an article for the weekly
e-newsletter, please
email Christina Gould at by Wed. at 12pm.

Past E-Newsletters can be found on our website under Parent Resources.
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