St. Francis Xavier School: Service projects
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 8 Jan 2009, p. 20, 22

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The three pre-kindergarten classrooms (Mrs. Aiden, Mrs. Buehler and Mrs. Kampwirth) took on a service project of granting "Holiday Wishes" for six families from Alternatives Inc.,

Second-graders in Ms. Rappin's class read a story called "The Quiltmaker's Gift" by Jeff Brumbeau that illustrates the joy of giving. TStudents brainstormed people/causes that they would like to help and then took a vote. The class decided to put energy towards helping the environment. Specifics will be announced later this year.

Third-graders in Ms. O'Brien's class made and sold greeting cards and paper. Proceeds went to the Tree People in Los Angeles and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to help save and preserve houses the children learned to love in a unit of study.

Third-graders in Ms. Fiamingo's class organized a bake sale to raise funds for Kiva ( Kiva donates money to farmers in other countries.

Fifth-grade students "adopted" a family for the holidays through Northwestern University's Settlement House,, and providing them with food as well as gifts specifically requested by the family members. The entire class made the delivery trip.

Six-, seventh- and eighth-grade Advisory groups each prepared a box with Thanksgiving dinner food for a family assigned to them by Family Focus, The students then prepared and decorated winter holiday food boxes, and purchased gifts requested by the individuals in their family.

Finally, the student council led a food drive on behalf of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Thousands of cans and boxes of food were donated by the entire school community for pickup before the winter break.

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The school will offer new summer programs this year for ages 3 to 6. Campers will play sports and games, sing songs and have fun with arts and crafts. All are welcome. Camps will run from 9-11:30 a.m. June 15 through July 24, as follows:

Junior Crusaders (3- and 4-year-olds): two-day option (Tuesday, Thursday), $240; three-day option (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), $360; five-day option (Monday through Friday), $600.

Crusaders (5- and 6-year-olds): three-day option (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), $360; five-day option (Monday through Friday), $600.

For more information or to register, call the school office

The healthy Green Bag Lunch menu has been updated for winter.

A new Scrip tuition rebate and fund-raiser makes money for St. Francis while reducing a family's tuition fees. School families buy gift cards, for face value, from their favorite participating retailers. The retailers then contribute a percentage of those purchases to the school, and families earn a tuition rebate based on their purchases for the year. Contact Kristi Schlax with questions

Moms and Tots will gather for refreshments and play time from 9-11 a.m. Friday and again on Jan. 23. Contact Ann Ponzi or Courtney Mulvihill with questions.

School will be closed on Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King Day.

The school science fair, in which sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders display their projects, is set for Jan. 20 and 21. Projects are judged; some will be selected to compete at the regional and/or state level.

Jan. 22 is the dress-down day for January birthdays.

The Crusaders Tonight Talent Show is scheduled for Jan. 28.

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8 Jan 2009
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St. Francis Xavier School: Service projects

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