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New Process for Box Tops

Boxtops for Education is moving to a new process to redeem boxtops.  When you see this symbol you will need to download the boxtops app and scan your receipt. If you don’t have a phone that will do this please send to school but note that we will have only 14 days to download the …

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Summer Faith Formation

Totus Tuus:  June 16-21    Totus Tuus offers a day program for children entering grades 1-6 and an evening program for youth entering grades 7-12, led by college-age missionaries on fire with their faith.  This week-long “parish mission” for young people is all about sharing the Gospel and learning more about Catholic faith through skits, …

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19-20 Registration

Registration will be in the school office on Thursday, June 6th from 9:00 am. to 6:00 pm. Returning families will just have a form to fill out at registration. New families can find the registration on the school web site. If you cannot make June 6th, contact the office to set up an appointment.

Fun Fest Results

Fun Fest was huge success making about $14,000! The committee is grateful to everyone who donated money, gift cards, items from businesses, and/or items from the donation board.  Thank you to all of the adults and youth that volunteered at Fun Fest.  It takes over 100 people for the event to run smoothly.  Finally, thank you …

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Volunteer Hours

There seems to be a lot of confusion about volunteer hours. To clarify: Each family needs to complete 20 hours. Not 20 hours per student. You are responsible for signing up for opportunities. The school will not assign jobs to you nor will we chase you if you are not getting your hours completed. Additionally, …

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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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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.