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St. Francis Area Schools

November 16-30, 2018



 SFMS Thanks our PTO


90-minute late start

December 19


SFMS Winter Concerts

  Band Concert-Dec. 13

Choir Concert-Dec. 18


Coffee with the Principal

Mark your calendars and join Principal LaCoursiere for coffee and conversation. This is a great time to discuss anything that is on your mind that is happening at our school or in the district. The dates are as follows:  December 4, February 5, April 4. We will start at 7:30 a.m. and go until 9:30 a.m. 



St. Francis Middle School (SFMS) established a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to support students and staff. Objectives are achieved through monthly meetings that involve parents, school staff and community members. The success of this organization depends on parent involvement. If you would like to help plan activity nights, address the needs of the school and plan fundraisers, please join us for a meeting. Our meeting dates are as follows: December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14. Meetings are 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the SFMS Media Center.


Highway 47 Crosswalk

In an effort to ensure everyone's safety at the crosswalk of Highway 47 and Pederson Drive, we are asking that parents/guardians continue to remind their students about the dangers crossing there. We urge everyone to make sure to push the button to engage the flashing lights. Before crossing, make sure all vehicles are stopped. We take student safety very seriously and with the recent accident that happened November 20, we want to continue the conversation for the safety of all our students. A recent study by MnDOT revealed that 87 percent of pedestrians crossing there engage the flashing lights. Let's work together and make that be 100 percent.

When do our bells ring? 

SFMS wants to make sure that parents and guardians know what time their students' classes start and end or what time they have lunch. Click here for your convenience. Our class schedule can be found in our parent/student handbook that is on our web page and also under Forms & Publications.

Meet the new School Counselor

My name is Ms. Costley and I grew up in Duluth with my parents and two siblings. I now live in the Twin Cities area with my husband and two daughters, Adeline and Cecilia. I have a Master's Degree in School Counseling from Capella University. I love to read, run, travel and spend time with my family. I am so excited to be a part of the St. Francis Middle School staff. Please do not hesitate to contact me or to stop in and say hi! I can be reached at 763-213-8619 or by email, morgan.costley@isd15.org.


Is it a Day 1 or Day 2

We have had a few of our families ask for our Day 1/Day 2 rotation calendar. We have now put it on our SFMS webpage (under Forms & Publications) and included the link here for your convenience.

Lifetouch + Shutterfly offers for families 

Lifetouch and Shutterfly have an offer for families on online fall pictures. See attached flyer if interested.

Resources for parents & students

At St. Francis Middle School we offer a Caring Closet that has many items to help families in need. Items needed for the Caring Closet includes food items, gently used clothing, school supplies, some household supplies and hygiene products. If you and your family are currently in need, don't hesitate to contact Lindsay Rynda @763-213-8535


We ID!
Remember to bring your picture identification when requesting access to the building during school hours (7:15 am-3:40 pm). District policy requires an ID be shown to our camera in the entryway. Additionally, you will be required to state your name and the purpose for your visit before being allowed entry into the building. If you are picking up a student during school hours, your picture identification must be shown to our office professional staff before your student will be released. 


Please note: The Choir Concert is December 18, not December 16.

Also, our next Activity Night has been changed from Friday, February 8 to Friday, February 1.


Sandhill Event

December 11, at 11:00 a.m., Lunch Bunch, Betty Rydell. Click here to register.


  • December 4        | Coffee with the Principal, 7:30-9:30am
  • December 10      | School Board meeting, 7pm, District Office
  • December 11      | PTO meeting, 6:30pm
  • December 13      | Band concert, 6pm 6th grade, 7pm 7th grade, 8pm 8th grade
  • December 18      | Choir concert, 6pm 6th grade, 7pm 7th grade, 8pm 8th grade
  • December 19      | 90-Minute Late Start
  • December 24      | Winter break starts


Our mission is to equip all students with the knowledge and skills to empower them to achieve their dreams and full potential while becoming responsible citizens in a dynamic world.


St. Francis Area Schools