Crusader Chronicle

February 26, 2020

Items for this week!

It was great to see so many parents and parishioners at today's Ash Wednesday Mass!

This Friday's Prayer Service will be led by the Sixth Grade and will begin at approximately 9:00 AM. Mass next week, on March 4th will be sponsored by the Third Grade followed by the Prayer Service on March 6th led by the Eighth Grade.

This Friday is our first Fish Fry and Stations of the Cross. Please join the school and parish community for supper from 5-7 PM and stay for Stations of the Cross in the church beginning at 7:30 PM.

Also, we are getting very close to February 28, 2020, which is the last day to re-register for school next year by paying the registration fee ($100 per family) and activity fee ($60 per student) and be able to receive the participating parishioner discount of $1,250! If have questions about registration or about the fees please call the school office at 932-6501 or the parish office to let us know about a specific situation at 932-2601.

Next week, on March 2, we will begin the Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Ability Test for grades two through seven. Testing will take approximately 2 weeks, with one section take per day.

Lastly, a note from Mrs. Thomas, our future Cafeteria Manager:

As Christi Rees prepares for her last day as Cafeteria Manager on February 28th, I wanted to take a moment to say hello and how wonderful it is to be part of the daily lives of your children at St. Francis de Sales School in the lunchroom as the new Cafeteria Manager. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or feedback about our lunch program by emailing me at

Studen Artwork Around Town

Our amazing Art Teacher, Mrs. Paytes, has been hard at work promoting the artwork of our students. The following students have a piece of framed art on display at either the Harmon Museum by the Lebanon Library or at Countryside YMCA.

We are really excited for the students work to be on display throughout the community!

Harmon Museum

Noah Ciufo - Kindergarten

Will Secrest -3rd Grade

Ellie Ford - 7th Grade

Countryside YMCA

Allison Davila-Lopez -5th Grade

Sophia Tueimeh -6th Grade

Ava Armstrong - 7th Grade

Alden Melzer – 7th Grade

Kelsey Neff -7th Grade

Ashley Yontz – 7th Grade

Will Knapke - 8th Grade

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A Special Note from Mrs. Hirko

Dear St. Francis Family;

Upon moving to Lebanon in 1995, we were warmly welcomed in the St. Francis community. Our four children were spiritually, as well intellectually nourished while attending St. Francis de Sale School. This is an amazing school that I am blessed to be a part of.

After careful consideration, I have decided to change roles next year from the Fourth Grade teacher to substitute teacher, allowing me to be a more active grandmother. I do plan to remain active in our school!

Thank you for your support and for entrusting your children to me while at St. Francis de Sales School.


Mrs. Erin Hirko

We are excited for Mrs. Hirko and the time she will spend with her granddaughter! This opening in Fourth Grade won't last long as Mrs. McDaniel will be transitioning from Second to Fourth Grade. As many of you know, Mrs. McDaniel is a phenomenal educator and is excited for the journey ahead in Fourth Grade.

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Spring Track!

St. Francis de Sales Track Sign Ups

It is time to register for another exciting season of Cincinnati CYO Track! Last year we once again had multiple individual champions and team 2nd and 3rd place finishes. We had a great deal of fun and are looking forward to another great year!

All students in grades K-8 are welcome to join SFDS track!

SFDS Students

PSR Students

Home School Parishioners

We participate in Cincinnati CYO Track. Track events included are individual races, relays, and field events (softball throw, long jump, high jump, shot put and discus).

Practices: Begins week of March 1st at Fenwick High School.

Meets: Meets start March 27th - March 28th and end May 17th. The 7 meets are predominately scheduled on Friday/Saturday evenings for 7th/8th and Saturdays for K-6. Check out for current meet schedule and other information.

Cost: The fee for registration is $75 for the first child in a family and $70 for each additional child and can be paid online on parish website (attention: Track Fee).

Deadline: Please complete sign up, send forms requested in signup and pay registration fee by March 9th.

Registration: SFDS Track Registration

Contact Information: Contact Mark Tebbe 513-932-0938 or for forms and if you have any questions.

FAQ and Additional Information: Frequently asked questions and additional information can be found at following link: SFDS Track Information

Registration Reminder!

In order to clear up confusion, please note that we are currently in re-registration time for current families until February 15. This time has been set aside to be sure to provide preference to current families. You have until February 28th to complete the registration and activity fees for next year and receive the Participating Parishioner Discount.

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Iowa Testing

Students in Second through Seventh Grades will be participating in there grade bands section of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and/or Cognitive Abilities Test. This is an annual assessment that takes place in March. This years testing window is from March 2 - 13th.

It is important that students get a good nights rest prior to the testing days. Thank you for your continued support!

Future Spirit Wear Days

March 13th and 27th

April 3rd and 24th

May 8th and 21st

Ash Wednesday Mass

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 9am

20 Desales Avenue

Lebanon, OH

Please join us for Ash Wednesday during school Mass

Fish Fry and Stations of the Cross!

Friday, Feb. 28th, 5pm

20 Desales Avenue

Lebanon, OH

Does your body know it is time for the fish fry? Be sure to get a group of friends and other couples together to meet up at the Weekly Fish Fry begining Saturday February 28th! This is followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:30 PM in the church

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