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St Henry and St Mary New Mass Times

The new weekend Mass times at St Henry and St Mary churches will take effect May 4 and 5.  Visit the St. Henry website (link) for more information!

Muffins with Mom

You Don’t want to miss this!!! April 18 at 7:30am in the school gym. Enjoy muffins, coffee and juice. Moms, grandmas, aunts, or another significant females to students are welcome.

Summer Childcare

We had a large interest in restarting summer childcare. Therefore, we will be opening it up if we get at least 8 summer contracts signed by May 5. Please contact Deb Heil for more information. Contract is available on the school’s front web page under the Childcare Heading

Fun Fest

Fun Fest is Friday May 3rd from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A green pre-order form went with the oldest child in the family last week. Please look for it. You can pre-order and pay for food, wristbands and game tickets. A pink sheet of raffle tickets went home with every student. Please try to …

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May Crowning

May Crowning Mass is May 2. Please send flowers with your student if possible. One flower, real or fake, any kind or color. They’ll be put in a basket for mass and not returned. We will have a bag of fake flowers if anyone forgets but we definitely do not have enough for everyone. Thank you.

Transportation Reimbursement

The transportation reimbursement forms are due to the Public School District office May 1.  Responsibility to prove submission lies with the parent or legal guardian. Therefore, we recommend you have the public school sign the “Received by” then make a copy for your records. St. Francis plays no role in collection of these forms.

Tip Nights Thank You

Thank you to all who worked and who contributed. Pizza Ranch Night made $372.74 and HyVee Night made $311.61.

Good Friday Retreat

We are offering a free retreat for students on Good Friday. Parents are welcome for any part of the day, especially walking the cross and 3pm service. 8:00am   Doors will open with drop-off like a usual school day. 8:30am   Group Prayer in the gym. 8:45am   Video about Holy Week 9:15am   Prayer Centers (Casting Lots, Crown of …

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SCRIP Inventory Coordinator needed.

We are in desperate need for a scrip inventory coordinator. The volunteer inventories stock and places orders for gift cards each week. Contact Dr. Herrick if you are willing to head this task.

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open the week of Apr. 29- May 2, after school until 4:30. We hope you will come support the Fair as the money we make from it is spent on the St. Francis Accelerated Reading program. You can also make purchases online from Apr. ??-May ?. We need volunteers to sign …

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7th Grade Immunizations

Current 6th grade will need the Tdap immunization and Meningococcal immunization before going into 7th grade.

Coke Rewards Volunteers

Help is needed to enter Coke rewards!  Contact if you are willing to help.

Kucera Grant Notice

The School Board of St. Francis Catholic School is the recipient of a $13,960 Archbishop Kucera Student Tution Assistance Award and a $5,950 Archbishop Kucera Minority Student Award from the Education Development Fund of the Archdiocese of Dubuque for the purpose of providing tuition assistance to those families who can least afford the cost of …

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As the holiday dinners and Christmas shopping approach, don’t forget to use scrip gift cards to budget your purchases and to earn money for St. Francis and as a tuition credit for yourself! Send orders to school to be filled the next day or visit the scrip table at weekend Masses.  Not sure how SCRIp …

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Help For Victims Of Sexual Abuse

The Archdiocese of Dubuque has established a program of pastoral assistance to people who believe they or those in their care have  been sexually abused as minors by clergy or other Church personnel. This assistance will include help in informing civil and Church  authorities. Victim Assistance Coordinators are trained to facilitate access to appropriate professional …

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Homework Helpers

At St. Francis School we offer a program called Homework Helpers for kindergartners through sixth graders.  It is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-3:45 and will begin on Tuesday, September 11.  Students participating may drop in when needed (with parent permission) or stay consistently after school on all of those days to get extra …

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Bi-Lingual Parents Wanted!

We are looking to update our translator lists.  We frequently need documents translated and we are always looking for translators for conferences and parent meetings.  Please contact Dr. Herrick if you are willing to serve the school in this way.  Thank you!

Free/Reduced Lunch

If you are below certain income thresholds, you may qualify for Free or Reduced Price lunches. You can get an applicaiton from our web site under “Current Families” -> “Free and Reduced Lunch”. Household Size 2 3 4 5 Annual Income Limit for Free $21,398 $27,014 $32,630 $38,246 Annual Income Limit for Reduced $30,451 $38,443 …

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Amazon Will Donate Us Part of Sales

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations.   If you shop at AmazonSmile ( and choose St. Francis Catholic School, Marshalltown they will give the percentage of what you have purchased. Thank you for helping our school in this easy way.  

Absence or Pick Up Changes – Call the Office

If your child is sick, you need to call the office every day they will be absent before 8 am. . Not just the first day. For example, your child has fever so you called in sick. 2nd day they still have a fever, call in again. If it’s a known multiple day illness you …

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If you would like a new bag for SCRIP orders, please contact Sue Fink at If you don’t know what this is about, it is a way to earn money toward your tuition. See the school web page under “Ways to Give” -> “SCRIP” for more information or contact Sue Fink.

Blue or Black Ink Only on Checks

Please use black or blue ink when writing checks to the school. If you use another color and the bank’s scanner cannot read it, they reserve the right to reject the check.

Bring Your Own Device

Now that we’ve dealt with our last two technical issues, we hope to begin our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) after Christmas. That is, allowing those who choose to bring a computer device of their own for personal school use. Windows, Android, and Linux laptops and tablets definitely work. Mac laptops and iPads work with …

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Returned Checks

Effective immediately, all checks to the school (including SCRIP) that have been returned for insufficient funds or closed account will be charged at $25 returned check fee.

St. Francis Playground

The St. Francis playground is technically a private playground. I’m not going to close it after school hours, but please refrain from using it during school hours. Our biggest issue is parents bringing 3/4 year old toddlers during afternoon recess (2:44-3:05) and immediately after school while they wait for older siblings. We are staffed appropriately …

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Severe Student Allergies

We have a number of students with severe allergies. Please help us by following these guidelines: 1.) Do not bring pets of any kind. If you have a dog with you at drop-off/pick-up, please leave it in the vehicle. If you must walk them, keep them in the west field when kids are not present. …

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Low Cost Internet at Home

The recent technology survey shows that 91% of St. Francis Catholic students have internet at home. The school can utilize more tools and homework options if we can reach 100%. To help achieve that goal the following service providers offer high speed internet to low income families starting at $9.95/mo. Check out these programs if …

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Shopping through Goodshop

If you are shopping online please consider shopping through Goodshop which is found on the page. St. Francis School will earn $$$$ if you do so. Searching through this website earns money for the school also.