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 receipt.  The paper boxtops will still be accepted for a few years but note that they do have an expiration date.

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, songs, games, and more!
Vacation Bible School:  July 8-12
   VBS is an action-packed week of faith and fun for children entering Preschool-5th grade.  This year kids will learn about how God is good, no matter how wild life becomes.  We need helpers in grades 6–adult to make this week a success!
Online Registration for both programs (and more information) is open now at  Space is limited!

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 for coming to Fun Fest to have dinner (we sold out of all 240 hot dogs and over 500 steak tacos!), buying your plants from the plant sale, buying raffle tickets, and/or just praying for the event.

The raffle winners were:

  • Green Mountain Grill: Jennifer Gary
  • $300 Black Tire Gift Card and Helmet: Kyla Boswell
  • Sunglass Package: Elly Mack
  • Aquatic Center Passes: Matt Stalzer

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, the school is not responsible for inventing opportunities in July for you. You need to take advantage of opportunities as they arise throughout the year.
  • Submit completed hours online under “Ways to Give” -> “Stewardship Hours Record” or send a list to the office with dates, events, hours to the office
  • You have until August 1 to complete. This allows for VBS and other summer opportunities. However, if you’ve completed your hours, you may also use summer hours for next year. Summer can be used for this year or next year, not both.
  • Not completing volunteer hours results in $20 per hour. So if you don’t submit hours, you will be billed $400 in September.
    • With staff turnover, last year did not get processed properly. That has been corrected. So just because you got away with it last year, do not assume you’ll get away with it this year.
  • List of opportunities is available on the school web site under “Ways to Give” -> “Volunteer Needs” (this list is not exhaustive, other opportunities through home and school and directly with teachers may also exist.)

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 attending a Catholic School. A portion of the grant was also directed towards tuition assistance for minority students who quality for National School Lunch Program. Awards for these two programs totaled $500,000 for the 2016/17 program year. The Archbishop Kucera Grant Awards annually provides $100,000 for faith formation resources and leadership development for faith formation leaders, catechists, Catholic school administrators and teachers. The grant also covers one third of the program cost for adults enrolled in the Archdiocesan IMPACT program. The Archdiocesan Educations Development Fund was developed for the purpose of supporting the educational programs for the Archdiocese. This is the thirtieth year that grants have been awarded. Over 9.5 million dollars have been distributed since the Archdiocesan Educational Development Fund was established. Grants are made possible through the generous donations of contributors and parishioners throughout the Archdiocese.


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 works?  Find out how by contacting Brandi at or  It is easy and doesn’t cost any more than you are already spending.

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 mental health services,  social service agencies, support groups and/or individuals who can provide spiritual care. Any individual desiring help from this  program is invited to call toll free (563) 556-1225 or 866-319-4636 to report an allegation or receive assistance. This program is  part of the “Policy for the Protection of Minors.” If you have questions, please contact the Office for the Protection of Children at or 563-556-2580 ext. 227

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 $46,435 $54,427

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 can let us know the set days on the first day. For example, absent next 4 days due to tonsil surgery. Also, call before 2:45 pm if  you need to pick up your child early or if there is a change to their normal pick-up routine. Email does not suffice as any given day recipients might be absent or too busy to check their email. Calling the office is by far the best way to ensure everyone gets the message.


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 a little convincing. Chromebooks haven’t been tested but officially support our technology so I’m confident they’ll work too. More details on policies, procedures, and safety will be released later. This is just a quick notice in case it applies to anyone’s Christmas shopping.

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 for older kids, but do not have the manpower to add additional staff for non-students. Please keep your non-school kids with you while you wait for your older children to be released.

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. Also, do your best to keep clothes clean of pet dander.

2.) Avoid peanuts. Please don’t send items that have peanut dust (i.e bags of peanuts) with your student for lunch. Avoid peanut butter, but if you must, make sure the classroom teacher knows it’s there so she can seat students at lunch accordingly.

3.) We don’t know of any severe latex allergies at this time, but it’s best to get in the habit of avoiding that too.

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 you’re interested in getting internet at home.

CenturyLink Internet Basics –

Mediacom Connect2Compete –

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.