St. Francis Xavier School E-Newsletter: February 17, 2017
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Dear Families,

This week, winter weather has hit in full force and I know getting to school has been a challenge. I am so grateful to all of you for your efforts in getting your students here safely.  While the snow made for messy roads, it has also created a beautiful winter playground for us.  Even with our snow day, we had lots of activities this week and we have another busy week ahead of us.  

Thank you to all of the families who have completed their registration paperwork.  It is so rewarding to see all the families who will be returning to our wonderful community and to see new families and students joining us.  Those who have completed their paperwork should have received an email from me.  At this time, enrollment is open to new families and we have already begun to fill up spots.  As of March 1st, spots in classes will no longer be guaranteed to current, un-registered families.  In our larger classes we have begun to develop waiting lists.  We will be reaching out to families on that list and letting them know we have space for them based on the completed packets as of March 1.  If you need more time to make a decision, or have already made one, please let me know.  We value all our current families, but we also want to reach out as soon as possible to those who are eager to join our community.  If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.

Next Friday is our annual Bowl-A-Thon.  This is a great event for our school to celebrate the fun part of who we are and the wonderful school we have.  We have a half day, which means that all students will be dismissed by noon.  The after school program will be open that day.  If you are interested in after school care, please sign up as soon as possible. If you would like to join us for some bowling and fun,  we welcome your presence.  

The following week we are on break.  I am sure we are all looking forward to the opportunity to catch up on non-school activities and get a little rest.  The start of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1st, which is during our vacation.  We will be having a Mass with the students when they return, but it is would be wonderful if families took the time to attend Mass at the true start of Lent.

I hope everyone enjoys the warm weather this weekend.

God Bless,

Eric Becker


Girls on the Run 
will be starting their Spring 2017 session at the end of March.  A big thank you to returning coach Brandi Roy and new Head Coach Jessica Unrein for stepping in and leading the SFX girls in another season!  However,  we are still in need of three parent volunteers.  The group will meet on Mondays and Thursdays, 3-4:30pm.  If interested in volunteering, please contact Brandi Roy,  Thank you!

It's time to bring out the green, gold and purple! 

To donate desserts, muffins, fruit and cases of water to feed the hungry bowlers click on this link: We are also looking for parent volunteers for this event.  Please please email Jami Daigle, if you would like to be part of this fun event.  

Mardi Gras Bowl-a-Thon!

When: Friday, February 24, 2016; 8:45 AM – 11:45 AM
(Buses will pick students up at school at 8:30 AM.)

Where: Spare Time Lanes, Colchester, Vermont

Why: To Have Fun with Teachers, Staff, Family, and Students

Who: All SFX Teachers, Staff, Parent Chaperones, and Students

What: A Bowl-a-Thon for all grades Pre K - 8th.  The festivities include:

✦  “Most Colorful Mardi Gras” Costume Contest (Per Grade)

✦  Water, snacks and desserts provided

✦  Two hours of bowling with colored pins and fun,
  crazy games and music

We look forward to seeing you and your children on the 24th of February!  For any questions, please contact Stacey Zierak:

Spring Book Fair Volunteers Needed
The next Scholastic Book Fair coming to Saint Francis Xavier School is scheduled for March 13th - 17th. We are still in need of volunteers to run the book fair during a few times:

  • Monday, March 13th: 12:30 - 3pm & 3pm - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 14th: 12:30 - 3pm
  • Thursday, March 16th: 12:30 - 3pm
  • Friday, March 17th: 3pm - 5:30pm

You can signup for one or more of these empty slots through the following link:

Feb. 19:

12:00pm – 1:00pm
CYO 8th Boys Game -
Winooski High School

1:00pm – 2:00pm
CYO 5th/6th Girls Game -
Rice Memorial High School

1:00pm – 2:00pm
CYO 8th Boys Game -
Winooski High School

2:00pm – 3:00pm
CYO 7th Boys Game -
Winooski High School

2:00pm – 3:00pm
CYO 6th Boys Game -
Essex Middle School

3:00pm – 4:00pm
CYO 7th/8th Girls Game -
Rice Memorial High School

3:00pm – 4:00pm
CYO 5th Boys Game -
Essex Middle School

Feb. 24, 8:45am - 11:45am:
Mardi Gras themed
Bowl-A-Thon at Spare Time
1/2 Day of School

Feb. 27 - Mar. 3:
Winter Break - No School

Mar. 1:
Ash Wednesday

Mar. 9, 6pm-7:30pm:
Science Fair

Mar. 13 - 17:
Scholastic Book Fair

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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Rice Application Deadline for 2017-2018 Academic Year
February 17 is our priority application deadline at Rice.  While admissions are rolling, it is advantageous to at least begin the application process before the February 17 deadline. After this deadline, the application fee will increase from $150 to $250.  
Please refer to our website for details. To login to the myRice portal to check the status of your child's application.  



7th/8th Grade Girls
The 7/8 Girls had an exhausting day against St. Pius on Sunday. Only five girls dressed for the game, due to injuries and the weather, but the team played very well against a talented squad. The girls were relentless on the boards and in transition, but could not come up with the win. Anna led all scorers with six points, while Maelyn and Ashleigh each dropped in two points. Sierra and Allie played tough defense throughout the game.

6th Grade Boys
The 6th grade boys played Christ the King this past Sunday.  We played a great game!  The boys are dedicated to this team... we played as the snow came down fast!  The team is really enjoying each other and the coaches it is great to watch.  We took the win with a final score of 36 - 13.  Evan Havereluk had 9 points; Carter Blanchard had 7 points; Seth Richards and Ayden Johnson both had 5 points; Seneca Duroscher had 4 points; Logan Rivait, Asher Schonfield and Kellen Bourgeois all had 2 points.  We play at Essex Middle School this coming Sunday at 2, we would love for you all to come out and show your support for our SFX 6th grade boys!

8th Grade Boys
St. John Vianney traveled to Winooski to take on our beloved SFX 8th grade boys in a tale of two halves.  (Sounds like a recent Super Bowl.)  After taking a 16-0 lead in the first quarter, St. John battled back, but were still well behind at 23-9 at halftime.  Play slowed in the third quarter with both team struggling to hit the bottom of the net.  Late in the third, St. John hit stride, knocking down three pointers and battling their larger and seemingly older opponents.  St. John continued the momentum in the fourth, gaining entry to the paint, following their shots, and rebounding (all key to basketball success) battling back to within two points with just 23 seconds remaining in the game.  They missed a go-ahead three pointer and St. Francis’ Zac Roy  went to the foul line in the final seconds, nailing one of two.  That was enough for SFX to hold on to the win with a final of 35-32.  Will Burke had 5 points and teammates Zac Roy and JJ Stockbridge each added four. 

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


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