New Planned Giving Newsletter Posted

The December, 2011 edition of The Faithful Steward planned giving newsletter has been posted. Look for it in the Alumni area of the website

St Frances of Rome Celebrates Advent

St Frances of Rome students participate in many reflective activities leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Classrooms hold Advent prayer services, students create Advent calendars detailing kind actions and prayerful thoughts, and we will celebrate the Immaculate Conception and Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at mass on December 8 and December 12 respectively.

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In addition, the lighting of an Advent wreath is a long-standing tradition. The wreath symbolizes Christ’s unending love and light in our lives. The circular shape of the wreath has no beginning and no end, and parallels God’s eternity and the everlasting life that is found in Christ. The evergreen from which the wreath is made is also a symbol of immortality. The four candles, three purple and one rose, represent the four weeks of Advent. The purple candles signify hope, love, and peace. The rose candle, lit during the third week of Advent, shows our joy. We light one candle each week of Advent, and display our expectant hope as we draw closer and closer to Christ’s light in the world.

Third Grade studies El Dia de los Muertos traditions

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In preparation for The Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos, the third grade gathered with the third grade classes from Our Lady of Charity and St. Anne schools to learn about the significance of this important Mexican holiday. Together they created many crafts including painting skulls and constructing an altar for a deceased loved one. On All Saint's Day, the students dressed-up as a saint that they had been researching and shared their findings with their classmates.

Catholic High School Information Night

All 7th and 8th grade students and their families are encouraged to attend a high school information night on Thursday, November 3rd in the school auditorium. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Representatives from various local Catholic high schools will be there to share information and to answer any questions you may have. Also, an admissions expert will give an informational talk on how to apply to a Catholic high school. This is an important decision in the life of your middle school student. We hope to see you there.

Fifth Grade Pen Pals

The fifth grade students from St. Frances of Rome and St. Anne in Barrington are getting to know each other through being pen pals. Recently the students met for the first time and were very excited. They shared stories and experiences. They decorated piñatas and learned about their history. The visit concluded with a field trip to the National Museum of Mexican Art. Students from both schools couldn’t stop talking about their trip and the wonderful experience of meeting each other!

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Literacy Night

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On Wednesday, October 19th, students and parents in Preschool through Grade Four participated in an evening of fun and games to promote reading. The evening started with various activities and strategies designed to help parents encourage children to become better readers and concluded with the reading of “Looking for a Place to Live” by Rogelio Sanchez. This is a bilingual book that teaches the students the importance of taking care of the planet and learning a new language. The children were extremely excited when the book’s character, Picaboo, made his appearance and danced with the students. What great fun!

Congratulations, Ms. Kelly!

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On October 13th, our seventh grade teacher Ms. Kelly received quite the surprise when representatives from Office Max came into her room with $500 worth of classroom supplies. Her students erupted in applause. Overwhelmed with joy, Ms. Kelly learned that she had been chosen as a Day Made Better award winner from Office Max. As an award recipient, Ms. Kelly joins a select group of deserving teachers from across the nation who have been recognized for their tireless dedication to education.

Ms. Kelly is an excellent teacher who continually demonstrates a strong commitment to her students and the school. She volunteers her time and many talents on several committees that strengthen our school community and make Saint Frances of Rome a great place for children. Last year she won the "Heart of the School Award" in the "Rising Star" category. . We are thankful for Ms. Kelly for her dedication and steadfast faith in God. Our school benefits tremendously by having such a caring, committed, and talented teacher instructing our junior high school students.

Fourth Graders Raise Monarch Butterflies

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Our fourth graders are currently engaging in an exciting inquiry-based learning unit on monarch butterflies. The students have learned about the butterflies' life cycle, their adaptations and migrations, and the challenges they face. They've learned that monarch butterflies spend the winter months in the mountains of Mexico and that there are current threats to their habitats. Each day, our students care for their caterpillars and record their observations in their scientific journals. By working collaboratively and sharing scientific observations, the students have seen the value of teamwork and cooperative learning first-hand. Once the caterpillars have grown into adult monarch butterflies, they will be tagged and released to begin their migration.

Saint of the Month

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Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, is the Saint for the month of October. As a family read her biography and pray together her prayer. May her example and prayers help us to follow “the little way of trust and love” in spiritual childhood, abandoning ourselves completely to the love of God and the good of souls. St. Therese of the Child Jesus... Pray for us.

Wish List Updated

If you’d like to help make St Frances of Rome School even better, please consider contributing to make our wishes come true. For more information click on the Wish List link in the menu at the left. Thank You!

Eucharistic Adoration / Prayer for Peace

On Monday, October 10, St Frances of Rome School will be joining with schools throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago in a prayer for peace. We will have the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as part of a prayer service at 1:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about these special prayer services and are welcome to attend.

Student Council Elections

Student Council elections were held recently. Students did an awesome job delivering their campaign speeches. We had the closest election in recent memory. Three of the races were decided by less than five votes. Here is this year’s election results:

President
Melanie Toscano

Vice President
Juan Ruiz Mendoza

Treasurer
Victoria Garcia

Secretary
Nayelli Baca Juarez

Athletic Commissioner
Samuel Pupo

Social Commissioner
Jimmy Stastny

International Day of Peace

On September 21 we celebrated the International Day of Peace. This is a worldwide celebration to promote peace and non-violence. All around the world, people are spread peace in different ways. The third graders worked on a peace project to show that even as children, they have the power to spread peace and love to others. They made necklaces with the word peace written in different languages, and passed them out to different classes. They asked students to keep one necklace to wear and ask Jesus to fill their heart with peace and to give another necklace to someone who needs peace.

Share peace with those around you by being kind and loving. With Jesus’ help, each one of us has the power to bring peace to our world.
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Saints and Scholars!

This year, our school’s theme is “Saints and Scholars: Disciples of Christ and Leaders in the Community.” Our goal is for the students to grow in their sainthood as they use their gifts and talents to achieve academic excellence, serve others, and love God. We encourage you to talk to your children about how they are called to be saints and scholars.

Back To School Grant Submission

Our school has submitted a video application for a Back to School grant offered by Coupon Cabin. We will find out next week if we have been selected as one of the finalists. Watch our video submission below.

Welcome Back

The new school year has gotten off to an excellent start. It has been wonderful to see familiar faces in addition to the many new ones that have joined us this school year. We look forward to watching the spiritual and academic growth of the students in the months ahead.