Trading Cards

We’re seeing Pokemon cards again. Our stance is they can have them for show & tell but otherwise they  need to leave them at home. Absolutely no trading at school! Our issues in the past have stemmed from bad trade deals where one party wants their card back and fights ensue. Please help us by keeping the cards home. Thanks.

Fall Pictures

Fall pictures will be September 24 (25th for MWF preschool). Every student needs to have a picture taken so the school has a state required record; so please dress your child appropriately that day. You do not have to purchase pictures, but they will be available for purchase. We will send envelopes home when we get them. Probably next week.

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 9.  Students participating may drop in when needed (with parent permission) or stay consistently after school on all of those days to get extra help with any homework they may have. Teachers rotate for the supervision of this program; therefore, your child may not have their own classroom teacher for the Homework Helpers session. We ask that the time not be used for independent reading/AR because that is something that is quite easy to accomplish at home. We want to key in on helping students acquire their math, reading, and content area skills. If students decide during the school day that they would like to stay for Homework Helpers, we will allow them to use the phone to get permission from a parent. We also ask that students are picked up promptly at 3:45 at the main door. Homework Helpers is an ideal time to get that extra needed help in any subject area. Please let us know if you have any questions about Homework Helpers.

Classroom Parents

Each class is assigned 3 activities. We ask one person to be the “classroom parent” who will recruit 3 people to do these 3 activities. Therefore, it’s not a terribly difficult job and if you spend an hour on the phone, you can count the hour towards your required volunteer hours. Also, some of the jobs are already filled so you might only have 1 or 2 people to recruit. Contact your child’s teacher if you’re interested and I’ll get you details on which 3 events your class is responsible for.

4-year-old Preschool Openings

We still have openings in the AM and PM sessions for our free 4-year-old program. Tell your friends, relatives, and co-workers to contact Mrs. Maddick or Dr. Herrick if they’re interested.

Library Shelving Volunteers

St. Francis Catholic School is looking for a group of volunteers to help us re-shelve books during the school year. We are looking for enough volunteers to cover every day, even if it’s only a short amount of time. A group of teachers will provide you with training if you are interested in this great volunteer opportunity! Please contact Holly Erbes at or Stephanie Ricken at  if you are interested or attend one of our tranings: Saturday, Sept. 14th immediately following 4:30 Mass or
Sunday, Sept 15th immediately following 8:00am Mass

Missing Library Books

We’re missing quite a few library books that are not listed as being checked out. Please do a quick check at home and see if you might have any St. Francis library books that need to be returned.

Gear Order

Gear Orders are due September 20th. New this year, you can charge it towards your FACTS account instead of sending a check. If your version of the form doesn’t have a checkbox for that, simply write “Charge to FACTS” on the top right corner of the form. Else, the forms on the web site under “Ways to Give” -> “Apparel” have that checkbox option.

Lunch Payments Online

You can log into your FACTS account and click “prepay” top right. Then you can choose how much for each of your students. Do not pay attention to the “balance”. When you pay in FACTS, we debit the whole amount and credit it to PowerSchool. For your child’s current lunch balance, you will need to log into PowerSchool. You can of course make cash or check payments in the office as in the past.


Back to school=back to scrip! We have gift cards for groceries, gas, shopping and dining out. The school earns money for each card purchased and families earn a rebate on tuition too. Many families save hundreds of dollars using this program on a regular basis. You can send an order to school to be filled the next day or purchase at weekend masses. Extra forms on the school web site under “Ways to Give.” Questions? Email Erin Moeller,

Free/Reduced Lunch

If you are below certain income thresholds, you may qualify for Free or Reduced Price lunches. You can get an application from our web site under “Current Families” -> “Free and Reduced Lunch”.

Household Size 2 3 4 5
Annual Income Limit for Free $21,983 $27,729 $33,475 $39,221
Annual Income Limit for Reduced $31,284 $39,461 $47,638 $55,815


Please go online and make any changes to contact info and complete the annual permission statements. Go to Scroll down and click “e-registration” in the left menu. If you forgot your username/password or never had a login, contact the office.

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.

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!

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.