St. Francis Xavier School E-Newsletter: November 4, 2016
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Dear Families,

I cannot believe we are already into November.  The school year is moving so quickly.  It was a great October and I am looking forward to another good month at Saint Francis.  

This week on All Saints Day,  Monsignor challenged us to work towards becoming saints. He reminded us that the key in our relationship with God was to have the trust of a small child.  We often think becoming a saint is out our our reach, but - as we often hear from both Monsignor Lavalley and Fr. Gratton - working towards sainthood is exactly what God has planned for us.

We have been helping our students understand that being a saint is not about huge tasks and large sacrifices.  In order to be saints we have to focus on the daily interactions we have.  Each of these interactions provides us a chance to be more saintly.  Saying good morning and holding the door open can have a huge impact.  Asking for help and recognizing our strengths and weakness will also make us better people.  So often we wait for the moment to do something great, but if we put energy into all the little thing we do on a daily bases, that can become our great thing.  

As we move toward Thanksgiving and the start of Advent consider how you can help your students continue their journey to sainthood.  How can we provide examples of what it means to be saintly in small ways?  The road is full of bumps, but through patience and prayer we can all make it to sainthood. Remember that the best examples of sainthood for our children come from the people around them whom they love and trust. .

God Bless,

Eric Becker

P.S. Make sure you turn back you clock 1 hour on Sunday Morning or very late Saturday night.

Extension Program Reminders

  • The Extension program will be closed for Thanksgiving Break November 23rd-25th.

  • Parents, please remember to sign your child out each day. Failure to do so will result in a sign-out fee

  • We currently have after school spaces available on Monday, Weds,Thursdays and Fridays in the 3rd-8th grade room. If you are interested, please email Ms. Kruger at

Rice Memorial High School Open House
Some things are worth planning for, including where your child will attend high school.  Attend Rice's annual Open House on Sunday, November 13 from 1-3pm to meet teachers, current students, parents, coaches and club advisors. RSVP to customize your visit and be entered in the Open House raffle.  For more information, visit

Blog: Learning our Heritage Through Language
I just heard a little knock on my door. It’s the end of the day, in fact, a day off for the students but a training day for us, faculty. I see a silhouette in the door as I’m approaching. My face lights up as I recognize a parent, smiling back at me. He hands me a little tiny French book. He found it in the older part of the school, as he was doing work for us. I told him I was recognizing it from my days as a schoolgirl. We chat about the book and its stories and there it comes…. my idea for this blog!  Read More...

Ukulele lessons
Ukulele lessons for grades 4th thru 8th grade will officially start on November 7th.  If you have not signed up, there is still time.  Order your ukulele now!   Please contact me if you are interested.

Special Christmas Chior!
It is that time of the year!  Time to start thinking about Christmas and how you can be a part of the Special Christmas Choir!  If you are in Grade 4 and above; you can join the team.  Learn to sing harmony. Try out for a solo or duet.  We would love to have you.  We will be meeting after school on Mondays from 2:45-3-15 starting on November 7th.   See you in the music room - Mrs. Pelchat

Nov. 6:
 "Who's That Baby Contest" Ends

Nov 14, 6:30pm:
Calcutta Committee Meeting

Nov. 16:
Snowflake Chocolate Fudge Delivery Date

Nov. 18:
First Trimester Ends

Nov. 19, 9:00am - 4:00pm:
Craft Fair

Nov. 23 - Nov. 25:
No School -
Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 2:
Report Cards Go Home

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.
Snowflake Chocolate Fudge for Funds
How sweet it is!  Thank you to all of our students and parents who sold and bought amazing, delicious Snowflake Chocolate fudge. 374 total boxes sold!  Delivery date is set for Wednesday, November 16.  

Craft Fair Bake Sale
It’s getting cold outside so warm up your kitchen with some homemade treats!  We are looking for pies, fudge, and desserts to sell during the craft fair on November 19th.  You can still use the Signup sheets located in the Home and School binder or click here to access the SignUp Genius invitation that was sent to our school community. Please email Joanna Sartwell at with any questions.  Happy baking!

We still have a few vendor spots left at the Craft Fair
If you are a crafter or know some who is, consider getting a space at the Craft Fair on November 19th to sell you goods.  We have a few 6ft tables in the downstairs hallway for $35 and a few 6ft tables in the upstairs hallway for $25 left.  If you would like to reserve a spot, signup through this link: Craft Table Online Registration

The Calcutta committee is looking for volunteers to help with the planning of the February 2017 event. To learn more, please email Stacey Zierak at The first meeting will be on Monday November 14, 6:30pm at school.

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 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.

Can you guess which SFX School Faculty or Staff member is pictured in the baby photo?
The faculty and staff participated in a "Who's that Baby Contest", sponsored by the Sunshine Fund and you can too!!  If you want to play along and try to identify the baby photos click on this link:  "Who's That Baby Contest". There will be 20 baby pictures to identify.  The person with the most correct responses will win a prize!  In the event of a tie, the top correct winners will have their names put in a hat and one name will be selected at random. Please provide your name and email address so we can contact the winner. Contest ends November 6th.  Let the guessing begin and have fun!

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