Rochester Catholic Schools invites you to participate in the Homecoming festivities September 28-30! Click here to learn more!
Student Council candidate speeches were held this morning, Friday, September 14th, at St. Francis of Assisi School. Voting began after the speeches were over. Good luck to all of our candidates!
RCS is partnering with Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, and Public Health to offer the flu vaccine for students. Flu Clinic Registration open until September 12!
Some memories from our end of the year picnics! Click here a short slideshow. Have a great summer!
Second graders sing to their nursing home friends for their end of the year celebration.
Today our kindergarten students graduated to first grade!
Second and seventh grade buddies enjoy an end of the year treat on a beautiful day!
All year long, the students recorded their books read, and I am proud to announce their total today. The 2017-2018 5th graders read 1,104 books. Congratulations, Wild Readers! Please click the title for additional information!
The kindergartners enjoyed a great day at the Griffin Dairy Farm. Please click HERE for pictures and click on the title for more information!
St. Francis of Assisi School Chess Club students played at the U of MN Gopher Chess Tournament on June 2nd in St. Paul. They are planning on joining a few more tournaments through the summer.
See Christ in others...be Christ to others. Our sixth grade students are living our mission today serving at feed my starving children. Please click HERE for more pictures.
STREAM is our acronym for the learning and integration of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math. Look for evidence of STREAM at work in these designs! Click HERE for more pictures!.
The St. Francis of Assisi School Student Council Big Event this year revolved around active events. Please click HERE for more pictures and click on the title for more information! What a great day!
The kindergartners thanked their sixth grade buddies for helping them this year with a Root Root for our buddies, root beer float party.
The first graders have been hard at work in library class. They have been preparing a Reader's Theater performance of Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie series.
Our preschool students invited their mother's to a Mother's Day Tea. Mother's enjoyed a short program followed by a tea party! Happy faces all around! Click HERE for more pictures!
As part our Ecology unit in Life Science, St. Francis of Assisi School seventh graders each chose a species to study in depth. Please click HERE to preview a slideshow of the some of the pictures. Click on the article title for more information.
On Thursday, May 24th, the St. Francis of Assisi School students performed their annual Spring Concert Please click HERE for some pictures! Click on the article title for more information.
Every year in January Ms. Judge has the students enter an art contest sponsored by Music K-8 Magazine ~ a resource magazine for Elementary and Middle School Music Teachers. Please click the article title for more information!
Father Cook blesses gifts that the second graders received for First Communion. We also enjoyed cake, cupcakes and juice! Please click HERE for more pictures.
The kindergartners enjoyed a beautiful day at Oxbow Park. They learned about 3 animals that they could possibly find in our area. They were able to touch and ask lots of questions! Please click HERE for more pictures.
Thanks so much to the RCS Junior High Jazz Band for performing at St. Francis of Assisi School. A great performance! They traveled to all of the RCS Elementary Schools. Thanks also to their leader, Mr. Scheitel.
The kindergartners hosted their annual Art Show last week. Please click here for some pictures and click the article titile for more details.
St. Francis of Assisi School fifth grade students shared their art and had lunch with the Sisters at Assisi Heights. Please click here for some pictures. It was a memorable day for everyone.
The first graders started a new science unit this week focusing on organisms. Please click on the title for more information!
We are getting ready to say goodbye to our eighth grade students. Click on the article title for more information and pictures!
Discerning vocations. Researching careers. Learning about economics.Click on the article title for more information!
The kindergarten students walked to the Rochester Public Library today and learned all about the library, heard some great stories, checked out some books and even got their very own library cards!
During the Lenten and Easter seasons, our sixth grade students studied faces of Jesus. Lessons on Mathematical scale and proportion integrated with Elements of Color (Shading) and Line have resulted in these individual pieces of art.
Learning about career choices and budgeting have been part of the sixth grade studies this quarter. Students apply their understanding of income and expenses, and insurance and cost-of-living while playing The Game of Life!
Mrs. Thompson's second graders walking to the nursing home on a beautiful Spring morning?!
St. Francis of Assisi School Preschool spring smiles, gym day and so many ways to paint! Please click HERE to view pictures.
On Friday, April 20th the fifth graders from St. Francis of Assisi School competed in a Math Masters competition to wrap up another successful season! The fifth graders competed in math facts, individual rounds, and team rounds.
During the months of March and April, Grade 4 students have been learning about pioneers in the Midwest in Social Studies and reading the book, Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls. Please click HERE for more pictures.
During Lent, the first graders and eighth graders hosted a Board Book Drive to collect board books for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Mary's Campus. Please click HERE for more pictures.
Our end of the quarter student council sponsored theme day was mismatch day! Enjoy some pictures by clicking here.
The sixth graders helped their kinderbuddies get ready for the Easter season today by making an Easter art project with them.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish presented a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Wednesday March 28th. Click HERE to view some pictures from this day.
Enjoy some pictures of preschool creativity! Click here!
Today the kindergartners presented the April Saints and Virtue of Respect. They hoped to inspire everyone with their Hero song: Have the courage to be brave...that's the way to be a HERO! Please click here for some pictures!
Click HERE for photos of their experience. Click on the article title for more details about the event.
Congratulations to our Chess Club for taking fifth place in the K-8 Minnesota Scholastic Chess Tournament at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul March 24th and 25th. Way to go team!
On March 22nd the eighth grade students at St. Francis of Assisi School participated in the first annual History Night. Please click title to read more!
How does one learn about economics, capitalism, and investments? Through a game of Monopoly! Click on the title to read more!
Third graders building home to withstand a natural disaster of an earthquake as part of the their weather unit. Watch a quick video by clicking the title to see how they tested their effectiveness.
Congratulations to our sixth grade students for their participation in the Post Bulletin Design An Ad Contest.
The kindergartners celebrated St. Patrick's Day with their sixth grade buddies by sharing some St. Patrick themed ice cream treats. The sixth graders introduced the kindergartners to Kahoot in a St. Patrick's Day game.
Science Fair Fun! Please click here for some pictures from our Science Fair which was held in January. So many great projects!
Our Chess Club participated in the RASCL tournament this weekend at Lourdes High School. They participated at the junior varsity level and recorded three wins and one loss. Congratulations to all of our students who participated.
Rochester Catholic Schools announces that after a national search, Mrs. Haidee (Heidi) Todora will be joining the RCS community as Director of Schools beginning June 1, 2018.
In celebration of Read Across America, the first graders invited family members and friends to come and read to the class. We had many special guest readers this week and loved hearing many new books! It was a great way to celebrate reading in our families and at school! Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Please click HERE for more pictures!
Congratulations to our students for their winning submissions to the Martin Luther King Junior‘s poetry contest. This year‘s theme was we must build Dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. Students received their awards at a ceremony held at the charter house. Along with sharing their winning submissions, Charter House residents also shared their poetry writing.
The first graders from Ms. Welhaven's class visited Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus as part of the Come & See Program. The students participated in a role-play situation to get acquainted with the hospital, the hospitalization process and routine, and the roles of various health care providers. Please click the article title for more information and click here for more pictures.
St. Francis of Assisi School sixth graders introduced us to the Virtue of Prudence at our monthly Olweus assembly. Please click here for some pictures!
As part of IBM's Engineers Week, St. Francis of Assisi School seventh graders learned about STEM career opportunities before being challenged to design, create and test windmill turbines. Each group of students had the opportunity to see how much electricity their design generated when our IBM engineer, Mr. Wetzel, tested each using a leaf blower. Please click HERE for additional pictures.
Enriching the minds, hearts, and spirits of our students all summer long! View 2018 Summer Programming!
The kindergarten through second grade students enjoyed a morning of 100 activities to celebrate the 100th Day. They traveled from classroom to classroom getting to see previous and future teachers to do fun different activities. It was a fun time for all! Please click here for more fun pictures.
Kindergarten students had fun celebrating Valentines Day by making Valentines and exchanging Valentines with their sixth grade buddies. Click here for more pictures!
We had some wonderful experiences this week and made many memories! We dressed our best to head to the Francademy awards on Tuesday! There was a red carpet, paparazzi taking our pictures, and awards handed out to a variety of winning books! Please click the title for more details and click here and here for some fun pictures of our week!
Today we celebrated Mrs. Plenge for Principals Day. We honored her for her humbleness and dedication to St. Francis of Assisi School and Rochester Catholic Schools. We are truly blessed to have such a great leader! Please click here for additional pictures.
At our annual Catholic Schools Week Celebration Rochester Catholic Schools and Lourdes Foundation honored five individuals who have made a profound difference in our Catholic schools community. Click here to watch their videos!
The two first place winners are: Lukas Singer, 8th grader at St. Francis of Assisi School, and Colin Niwagaba, 7th grader at Holy Spirit Catholic School. The runner up is Elena Meves, 6th grader at St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X.
Kindergarten students had breakfast with their sixth grade buddies to celebrate Catholic Schools Week! Click here for more pictures!
At the end second quarter we were able to celebrate with a Student Council Theme Day - Fictional Character Day. What a great way to end the second quarter. Please click here for a few more great costume pictures.
The first graders at St. Francis of Assisi School kicked off their Catholic Schools Week celebration with a field trip to Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. Each child got to ride on a horse-drawn sleigh and play in the Recreation Center. What a fun way to celebrate Catholic schools!
This week we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week!
At our monthly "HERO" assembly our first grade students taught us about the Virtue 'Fortitude'. They shared stories about St. Bernadette, St. Joan of Arc and Sts. Paul Mikki & Companions. Click here for more pictures of the assembly.
Our first grade students took some time out of their day and shared their love of reading with our preschool students. Great stories were shared! Please click here for more pictures!
The Kindergartners celebrated Christmas by having a birthday party for Jesus with their sixth grade buddies, complete with homemade gift exchange and birthday cake. They also watched the movie "Small One" together. Click on article title for more picture.
Students in grades 1-3 visited different classrooms during Plus Time and learned about Christmas traditions in different countries...Germany, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Columbia and Iraq. Click on the title for more pictures!
Our third grade students used their artistic talents to make gingerbread houses starting with graham crackers. Please click the title for pictures of this fun event!
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was December 12th. Fr. Cook focused on this Feast Day when he visited our classrooms.
During the Advent Season St. Francis of Assisi School students, faculty and staff have and Advent Prayer Service each week. Thanks to our kindergarten, eighth grade students and specials teachers for planning these prayer services. Click here for pictures.
St. Francis 8th and 1st graders teamed up to spread some holiday cheer by creating some table decorations for the Christmas Eve Day meal for the Sunday Lunch Program. Please click on the article title for more information. Click here for more pictures.
Thanks to our preschool students, ages, 3, 4 and 5, for sharing the true meaning of Christmas through song. Please click here for some pictures of their performances.
Click HERE for Christmas Concert pictures! Merry Christmas!
St. Francis of Assisi School fourth graders had a great day learning about water. They learned about drinking water, waste water, and storm water! Please click here for some additional pictures from this field trip.
Thank you to the Rotary Club for gifting our third graders with Scholastic Dictionaries. They will be useful to these students for years to come! Click here for additional pictures,
Gingerbread day is so much fun in Preschool!
The sixth graders gifted their kinderbuddies with Advent Shakers. They can choose one slip a day to work on while they wait patiently for the birth of our Savior.
The second and seventh graders paired up this week to begin preparing for Advent! Together, they made advent wreaths to take home to use in preparation for Christmas.
Teachers and staff at St. Francis of Assisi School share why they are thankful for their students!
Click here to watch their video!
The kindergartner students held their Thanksgiving Feast today. Students all brought food to contribute to the Feast. They participated in five different centers and then had their feast. A fun time was had by all! Please click HERE for some fun photos!
Our Student Council sponsored a theme day at the end of first quarter. Students and staff were encouraged to come 'dressed as your favorite saint'. Our fourth graders represented a wide variety of 'favorites'!
Our sixth graders participated in an escape room challenge! Using the skills from their geometry and measurement unit, teams solved problems to unlock the codes! Did they beat the Math Measurement Master?!?!
St. Francis of Assisi School eighth grade students visited Cub Foods to collect items for the Ben Franklin Backpack Thanksgiving project with Church of the Resurrection, and the Resource Room Re-Stocking Project with St. Francis of Assisi Parish (personal and household items).
The first graders met their eighth grade buddies met. The buddies did a get-to-know-you activity to learn a little bit about each other's interests and favorite things. The buddies are looking forward to a fun year together! Please click HERE for some pictures of the memorable event!
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St. Francis of Assisi School kindergarten students celebrated Halloween by dressing up in scarecrow costumes.
St. Francis of Assisi School invited grandparents for an afternoon of entertainment and fun! Always a memorable event! Thanks to all of our grandparents for making this day so special! Please click HERE for more Grandparent Day pictures.
St. Francis of Assisi School second graders introduced our November Virtue of Friendship.
The fifth grade students from St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Spirit and St. John the Evangelist Schools gathered at Pax Christi to experience a Kindness Retreat facilitated by Youth Frontiers.
The devastation of the hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico impacted relatives of one of our school families. Dr Onelis Quirindongo shared the story of her childhood home and the effect of the storms on our brothers and sisters. Students are making cards and writing letters to bring joy, color and support into the lives of the students at Colegio San Conrado, K-12 Catholic School.
St. Francis of Assisi School junior high students have begun working on their LEGO Robotics projects with our wonderful IBM volunteers, Mr. Hessler and Mr. Albertson. Sixth grade students are learning how to program the robots to navigate a maze and our advanced group is learning how to use gears to generate speed. Hard work and fun on Tuesday and Thursday mornings!
The Kindergartners learned a lot about fire safety on their field trip to the fire station.
Kindergarten students enjoyed a few games of bingo with their sixth grade buddies. Fun was had by all!
Firefighters visited our second grade students during National Fire Prevention Week.Students learned fire safety and enjoyed their tour of the fire truck!
St. Francis of Assisi School invited sixth graders and their parents to spend an evening at school discovering how the Chromebook is supporting our learning!
Father Cook shared with us a beautiful prayer using your hands... our Overlapping Hands art project reminds us "Jesus, I trust in You; You Did It for Me."
Rochester Catholic Schools had a special half-time presentation for our fans at the Homecoming football game - our new Eagle logo was revealed for the first time!
Together, Rochester Catholic Schools raised $2,788.59 which will go to help Catholic schools rebuild, reopen and re-enroll students!
Great kindergarten field trip to Northwoods Orchard. We learned all about apples, did a corn maze and pet the animals. What a beautiful day!
The month of September has flown by and we turn our attention to the virtue for October - Charity. Charity is defined as 'loving God with all your heart, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself'. This week at our all school class meeting, fifth grade students taught us a small bit about the stories of St. Gertrude, St. Vincent de Paul and Venerable Laura Vicuna.
Kindergarten and sixth grade buddies met this week. They shared about themselves with each other and then shared a snack of homemade applesauce that the kindergarten students made.
The rainy weather did not deter our Kindergarten Families from coming together for a great beginning of the year picnic. We had a full house!
Please register today for the Third Annual St. Francis Family Fun Run at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. We are excited to announce that this year, our 5K event will be a timed event!