At Wednesday’s assembly, our guest speaker, Rochelle Whellums, spoke to our Troubies about habits. She said, “Habits are powerful. Be aware of your habits today because today you own them. Tomorrow, they own you.” Her message about how habits shape our lives highlighted the power of our words on others. She gave our students the opportunity to stand up individually and express gratitude to friends, siblings, and adults on campus for the impact those people have had in their lives. It was a powerful, joy-filled and emotional time for everyone. I am reminded of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s words, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” I can think of no better habit than loving our neighbor, and that is what our SF community is all about!
Next week our Troubies will attend a Wellness Assembly and hear noted national speaker, Rochelle Whellams. Rochelle is a speaker, educator, and youth leadership trainer. Rochelle’s speeches, workshops and retreats have inspired, educated and entertained young adults across the Western United States for over 10 years. Most of her programs center on individual accountability, action, and attitude. She will emphasize to our students the importance of being aware of oneself, choosing a deliberate course of action, and having a “GET TO” (Giving everything to the opportunity) attitude.
Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, a day when we celebrate love, devotion and romance; but did you know that this is the feast day of St. Valentine of Rome? Valentine is believed to have lived in the third-century Rome and was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted by the emperor Claudius. He was executed after refusing to renounce his Christian faith. St. Valentine is the Patron Saint of bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, and young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses and his feast day is celebrated on February 14th. (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=159) St. Valentine, pray for us! St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
What a great week this was! Thank you for joining us for SWAP Day today and experiencing a day in the life of a Troubie! We loved visiting with you and celebrating our SF community. As we end National Catholic Schools Week, we reflect on the many gifts we have been given, especially the gift of an all girl Catholic education in which we graduate young women who change the world.
Happy Catholic Schools Week! We will be celebrating our Pax et Bonum Mass tomorrow at 10 AM in the gym. We would love to have you join us for this wonderful liturgy.
Last week students were given envelopes in homeroom to return at Mass to place in the collection baskets. Every dollar brought in will be added to our SF Scholarship Fund. Donations will help us fulfill the goal of allowing as many young women as possible to reap the benefits of a St. Francis Catholic High School education. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
The last couple weeks of storms have made driving to work and school a bit treacherous, the wind and rain causing flooding and power outages. However, the rain has also hydrated our fields, filled our lakes and caused snow in the Sierras. Let us remember to be grateful for the gifts God has given us. After years of drought, we rejoice in the blessing of water. In his prayer “The Canticle of Brother Sun,” St. Francis of Assisi wrote, “Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.” We sing God’s praises for the gift of water.
St. Francis High School is in the process of renewing our accreditation from the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Last spring, parents completed initial surveys that were quite extensive. WCEA/WASC has since added a few survey items to the protocol updated in Fall 2016 that we need to provide. Please help us fulfill our requirements by completing this short survey no later than TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017. THANK YOU!
Spring semester is a busy time at SFHS, with athletics, arts, academic events, and retreats happening every week. I have had the privilege of attending several SFHS retreats and have loved my experiences with our Troubies. Our retreats give participants an opportunity to step away from their busy lives and reflect on themselves and their relationship with our Lord. Faith is one of the pillars of our school and so important in our life journey. Our Campus Ministry team does an amazing job of fostering this pillar in our staff and students. The impact retreats have on our participants is profound, giving people a new sense of community and purpose. I would like you to encourage your daughter to attend a retreat every year. I promise you, she will not be disappointed!
Happy New Year! Applications for new students for the 2017-18 school year are due on Thursday, January 12th. If you know young women who would be great additions to SFHS, please share your positive Troubie experience with them and encourage them to apply. (All information and applications materials can be found here.) We are encouraged by our wonderful applicant pool so far.
Thank you all for your flexibility and patience as we made swift decisions today to change our schedule due to the power outage. Students will take their Math and Science finals tomorrow and their Theology final on Wednesday, January 4.
Friday, December 16:
8:30am-10:00am - Mathematics (please note that Honors Algebra 2, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC will begin at 8:00am).
10:30am-12:00pm - Science (please note that AP Chemistry and Honors Physics will end at 12:30pm)
Students will take their Theology final on Wednesday, January 4. The rest of the day will be as follows (Please note these changes to your calendar):
Wednesday, January 4: 8:15-9:45am Theology Final
10:15-10:40am A Block
10:45-11:10am B Block
11:15-11:40am C Block
11:45am– 12:10pm D Block
1:05-1:30pm E Blocks
1:35-2:00pm F Blocks
2:05-2:30pm G Blocks
2:35-3:00pm H Blocks
Thursday, January 5, Red 1 70 (Late Start)
Friday, January 6, Red 2 70 (Late Start – First Friday Staff Mass)
We made it through finals- almost! Due to the power outage yesterday, we needed to move the Theology final to January 4th. Please see the online calendar for the new class schedule for the first week back. We have posted the Principal position, so if you know of anyone who would be a great candidate, please direct him/her to our website. This position will be posted until the end of February. On behalf of all of us at SFHS, I wish you and yours a beautiful and holy Christmas holiday. May the gift of Jesus bring peace and joy to all of us and all the world!
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