St. Francis Xavier School E-Newsletter: October 14, 2016
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Dear Families,

It is once again time to prepare for the colder weather.  Please note that as of Monday, October 17, students will no longer be allowed to wear shorts.  We ask that students come in pants or skirts with navy blue or white tights or leggings.  We will continue to go outside and enjoy the fall weather.  

In order for students to be ready for cooler weather, we ask that you help them have the appropriate clothing.  Any time the temperature is above 10 degrees we will take students outside. On colder days, students should have coats, hats, and gloves. It is important for our students to get fresh air and move around as they need a break from their academic day.  

Our youngest students always enjoy playing in the snow, so when winter arrives please send them with boots, snow pants, hats, and gloves. For now, though, we ask that kids have jackets adequate to handle the early morning chill.  If for some reason the weather is warmer than expected, or warms up during the day,  they can always take a jacket off, but we have a very limited supply of warm clothing we can provide to students.  It is also a good idea to label coats, jackets and hats whenever possible in case they make their way to our lost and found.

Middle school students should also be prepared for the cooler weather.  We understand they may not want to play in the snow (though they might-- our sliding hill is pretty tempting), but we will ask them to go outside even when it is cold.  We want to make sure that when they go outside, they are properly dressed.  I will provide a simple visual that will help with the general expectations.  This poster is on display throughout the middle school for students to see.

Please know all of the above precautions are to keep them healthy and safe.  Please feel free to reach out at any time if you have questions about these procedures.  

God Bless,

Eric Becker  

Weather Guidelines
Check the Temperature in Mrs. Varhue’s Room Each Day
60 and above:  Short Sleeves and Shorts

Above 32: Sweatshirts needed. Long sleeves. No shorts.
Below 32: Winter Coats and Hats.
Below 10: Indoor Recess

Hoods are not hats
Ear-muffs or headbands work

Box Top Competition
We have just one more week of the Box Top competition. All clipped tops should be turned in by Thursday October 20th. Be sure to label the envelope/bag with your child's grade so we can give credit to the proper class.

As of this past Tuesday, grades 2 and 6 were in the lead, but there's still time for that to change…

Craft Fair Christmas Stocking
Help us fill the Craft Fair Christmas Stocking!  Each year, the Christmas stocking, filled with toys, is one of the biggest ticket sellers at our Craft Fair raffle. But we need your help to be able to fill it. Please consider bringing a few dollars to International Night on Thursday, October 27th and you can put them in the stocking so we can use them to purchase toys for this raffle prize. Please contact Crystal Rodimon at with any questions.

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It is with great sadness that we note the passing of a dear friend, Father Michael Cronogue. Fr. Mike, an Edmundite father, served St. Michael's College for decades and was a longtime volunteer here at Saint Francis Xavier School and at countless other organizations. We mourn his loss to us here on earth and rejoice that heaven has gained such a wonderful citizen.

Oct 3 - Oct. 20:
Box Top Competition

Oct. 14:
Progress Reports Go Home
Pre-School Closed for Teacher Training

Oct. 19, 4:00pm:
Cross Country Chittenden County Championship at Shelburne

Oct. 21:
No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 27, 6:00pm - 7:30pm:
International Night

Oct 28:
No School

Oct. 29, 2:00pm - 5:00pm:
Halloween Party

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. 10:
Mom's Night Out - Cookie Swap
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

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