St. Francis Xavier School E-Newsletter: February 3, 2017
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Dear Families,

What a joyous Catholic Schools Week it has been!  We have had so much fun celebrating who we are and why we are here.  I am very proud of this community and what it represents.  

We opened the week with a prayer service organized by students on our Faith In Action Team (FIAT).  They reminded us of the special reasons for Catholic schools.  Each morning we also prayed for other Catholic schools in Vermont.  This helps our students know there are many students throughout the state sharing our mission.  

Wednesday was packed with activities. We started the morning with a Community Breakfast for students, families and friends. Many thanks to all who contributed food, beverages and labor. As one of the organizers said, it was a replay of the loaves and the fishes story in the Gospels -- somehow the food just kept appearing and multiplying! We also had a ceremony to recognize Nancy Trono.  nancy has been volunteering in our library for 20 years.  There was a proclamation declaring February 1st as Nancy Trono Day.  She was presented with flowers and a brick, in her honor, for the Cross Walkway, and she was serenaded by the entire student body.

Following the breakfast, our older students attended Mass at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington with Bishop Coyne and hundreds of other Catholic school students. SFX School also hosted an Open House on Wednesday and we had many visitors throughout the day. It was by far our most successful Open House ever and many of the visitors commented on the excellent behavior and enthusiastic spirit of the students they observed.

On Thursday, Fr. Gratton spoke with older students about his vocation journey and today we are closing Catholic Schools Week by collecting soup that will be donated to the food shelf.  This type of selfless act epitomizes what an amazing community we have.

We also took time this week to express our gratitude to some of the people who give of their time to support Saint Francis Xavier School by creating a wall of thank you “fish notes” with names of our staff and volunteers.  If we had more time and fish I would put each and every one of your names on the wall, as I know how much you all do to make this school such a wonderful place.   

I want to remind everyone that school is closed on Monday to celebrate our hard working staff for all they do and have done this week. It might also make Monday morning a little easier for those students who manage to stay up to watch the entire Super Bowl :).

I will end with a quote from Monsignor's homily during our Catholic Schools Week Mass:  “What we are in the eyes of God is what we will always be and nothing more.”  Thank you for being who you are and for your commitment to Saint Francis Xavier School.  

God Bless,

Eric Becker


This is the final weekend to re-register and pay the early registration fee of $125. The fee increases to $200 on February 6. (This is a 3 day bonus period -- originally the fee was set to increase on February 3!)

The Calcutta is tonight!

There are ten tickets remaining.  Don't miss out on your chance to win $1,500 and bid on all the great projects and baskets created by our students and families and have a ton of fun.  Please call Ms. Nancy at 655-2600 to purchase your ticket before 3 PM.  
No school on MondayFebruary 6!
It is officially "Celebrate Our Teachers" day and unofficially, "Yes, you can let some of your kids stay up to watch the Super Bowl and sleep in a little on Monday" day. 

Catholic School's Week Community Breakfast
Thank you, thank you, thank you!  The school wide breakfast was wonderful.  We are so grateful to the many parents and teachers who contributed delicious treats to share, helped to set up, serve and clean up afterwards.  It was truly a community effort and showcased what a special place SFX is. 

Box Top Competition
We’re getting ready to start our next Box Top Competition. We’ll be collecting from January 23rd until February 10th. The two classes that bring in the most Box Tops (averaged per student) will win possession of the Traveling Trophies. Please send Box Tops to school in a baggie or envelope marked with your child’s grade or teacher’s name. Our last competition resulted in more than 4000 collections. Let’s see if we can do it again this round. If you have any questions or would like to know which products carry Box Tops, please go to, or email Sue Lajeunesse at

This program is a great benefit to SFX, and the more families that participate, the more we can earn. In past years, our Box Top proceeds have been used to help purchase new mulch for the playground, a new milk cooler for the lunch room, and more. As always, we appreciate your help in supporting our students.

Thank you.  

Girls on the Run 2017 at SFX

Girls on the Run at SFX in jeopardy of not having a retuning season Spring 2017.  We are in desperate need of coaches to continue our third year at SFX. If you have 1.5 to 3 hours a week to work with the girls, they would be most appreciative!  This has been such a successful program for SFX girls in grades 3,4 and 5.  We do not want to see it come to an end. With your help, we can make this season happen.  Please contact Stacey Zierak,, asap and follow the Register link below. Thank you for considering to help continue this inspiring program for our girls.

Jan 23 - Feb 10:
Box Top Competition

Feb 3, 6PM - 10PM:
SFX Calcutta, Hampton Inn

Feb 5:

12:00pm – 1:00pm
CYO 7th Boys Game
Winooski High School

2:00pm – 3:00pm
CYO 5th/6th Girls Game
Winooski High School

3:00pm – 4:00pm
CYO 6th Boys Game
Rice Memorial High School

3:00pm – 4:00pm
CYO 8th Boys Game
Winooski High School

4:00pm – 5:00pm
CYO 5th Boys Game
Rice Memorial High School

Feb 6:
Celebrate Our Teachers
No School

Feb 8, 6PM:
Home and School Committee Meeting

Feb 24:
Mardi Gras themed
Bowl-A-Thon at Spare Time
1/2 Day of School

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

Home and School Secretary

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1st Trimester Honor Roll

High Honor:
Caroline Canney (7)
Ashleigh Forcier (7)
Juliana Herrera (7)
Larissa Zierak (7)
Melanie Dostie (8)
Amy Hester (8)
Anna Picard (8)

Mandie Lajeunesse(6)
Aida McCormick (6)
Luke St. Peter(6)
Elliot Wood (6)
Kayden Burke(7)
Amy Dragosljvich(7)
Tylan Emch (7)
Sierra Matte(7)
David Mount (7)
Isaac Picard (7)
Greg Roy (7)
Michael Stockbridge(7)
Choudari Vallabhaneni (7)
Sally Zuk (7)
Bella Herrera(8)
Rachael Herriot (8)
Brady Spencer (8)


Home and School Monthly Committee Meeting
The next Home and School monthly committee meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 6PM.  This meeting, as always, is open to any parents of our community. Come see what plans are in store for our students for the remainder of the school year. We are always looking for new ideas and help in planning our many events. Please join us!

DONATIONS Needed - Snow pant donations needed for Pre-Kindergarten - grade 5.


  • PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING - SFX H&S is still looking for parent volunteers for planned activities/events throughout the school year. Stop by and see Ms. Nancy for the Volunteer Signup Book!
  • RETURN to LOST & FOUND - If your student has borrowed items from the lost and found please return them and make sure they are laundered!
  • CHECK LOST & FOUND - Please check lost and found for lost items!
  • GIRLS ON THE RUN - GOTR still need coaches!


6th Grade Boys
Sunday Jan 22nd,  The boys played Christ the King and had a great game.  They played very well together and are defiantly growing as a team.  We won with the final score being 38 to 18.  Seth Richards had 11 points, Carter Blanchard and Evan Havereluk both had 6 points, Seneca Durocher and Ayden Johnson both had 4 points, Joseph Canney, Logan Rivait and Asher Schonfield all had 2 points and Luke St. Peter had 1 point.  The boys get better each week, it is awesome to watch.

Sunday January 29th the boys played St. Marks, It was a tough game for them, it was the first time this season they have played against a full press defense,  These boys are quick learners so we know they will come back strong next time they see that fast paced defense.  There were moments when the game was tied but our boys fell just a little short, the final score was 35 to 26.  Seth Richards had 9 points, Carter Blanchard had 6 points, Luke St. Peter had 3 points, and Asher Schonfield, Even Havereluk, Ayden Johnson and Jaidyn LaFond all had 2 points.  This weekend the boys will travel to St. Johnsbury on Saturday and than have another game this Sunday at Rice at 3pm, we loved to see you come out and watch the game!  GO SFX!

7th/8th Grade Girls
The 7/8 Girls suffered a tough loss on Sunday against a quick CTK team. SFX jumped out to an early lead with solid shooting and great rebounding. The girls worked hard finding open teammates, crashing the boards, and they played good defense throughout the game. The team had balanced scoring with seven of eight girls getting on the score sheet. Unfortunately, they could not keep up the strong start as numerous baskets stopped falling late in the 2nd quarter and remainder of the game. Ashleigh lead the way with six points, Mel had four, Anna and Larissa each had three, Maelyn and Allison chipped in with two points and Cassidy finished off the scoring with one point.

8th Grade Boys
The SFX 8th grade boys again took on their younger 7th grade classmates in a lopsided game on Sunday, January 29.  The 8th grade boys showed strong rebounding, although scoring was limited in the first quarter at 14-4.  The younger boys hung tough.  However, the height differential and speed was more evident later in the game.  JJ Stockbridge enjoyed the day stuffing several of his younger classmates.  The young guns had difficultly penetrating the paint and their taller opponents out-rebounded them the majority of the game, which ended with a final score of 46-12.  For the elder boys, JJ lead the charge with 8, Zac Roy added 6, William Burke had 5 and Chris Prim chipped in 3.  For the 7th graders, Michael Stockbridge and Kayden Burke each netted 2. 

The upcoming games are listed in the above calendar of events.  Come cheer the teams on!


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