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New! Troubie Life Skills – Saturday, February 22

Life Skills Logo

The St. Francis Dads’ Club is pleased to present Troubie Life Skills on Saturday, February 22, 2020, in the St. Francis Armory. This inaugural event will be an exciting opportunity for our Troubies to learn important life skills for the future ahead. We will have professionals presenting on automotive maintenance, personal finance, health, wellness, and emergency preparedness. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Armory. Our Dads’ Club will be providing a fully catered lunch to all the attendees.

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Important Reminders from the Business Office

Upcoming Costs to be Aware of – Please Budget for the Following:

For senior families, parent volunteer hours must be completed by February 7th, or an additional tuition fee of $500 will be charged to your tuition account by February 14th.  This $500 fee will be due February 25, 2020. 

  • Those who have TADS tuition accounts with Automatic Bank Payments as their payment method will have the payment automatically withdrawn on February 25th.
  • All other account holders will need to log into their TADS tuition account and make their payment or mail in their payment to TADS, so it is received by February 25th.

Please note that St. Francis does not take tuition payments at the school, only through TADS.

Re-enrollment for the 2020–2021 school year will take place in March 2020. The registration fee will be due at that time, along with the graduation fee for seniors.

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Parent’s Contact Information

Parents: Please keep your contact information current (address/phone/email)

If you or your spouse’s contact information (home or business) has changed, please click HERE  to update.

Please note, you must update your contact information in your TADS tuition account yourself. We do not have access to it.  Please do so by logging in HERE and clicking on My Account.

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Athletic News – 1/17/20

ATHLETICS UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

  • Softball Interest Meeting, Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Lunch
  • Diving Interest Meeting, Friday, January 24, 2020, Lunch
  • Basketball Letters to Dad (JVR), Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m.,
  • Basketball Letters to Dad (V/JVG), Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Lacrosse Conditioning

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/17/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we finish the second week of the second half of the academic year, your daughters are tackling the new year with enthusiasm. Looking ahead to the remaining months of this semester, there are plenty of events taking place. In-class counselor presentations have already begun, providing 9th through 11th-grade students with an overview of the upcoming course registration process for the 2020-2021 school year. Seniors are slowly starting to realize that their time at St. Francis is quickly coming to an end, and they are looking ahead to new experiences and adventures. 

In the coming weeks, we have several important events taking place. We ask that you monitor your email and our social media sites, so you can stay connected with all of the fun and exciting community events we’ll be celebrating.  We’ll kick off Pax et Bonum week on January 27th, culminating with our Parent SWAP Day on Friday, January 31st, and close out the week with our annual Crab Feed on Saturday, February 1st. 

I extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for choosing St. Francis Catholic High School, and more importantly, for supporting Catholic education and allowing us to be your partners in forming strong young women.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Athletics News – HR Announcements 1/16/20

ATHLETICS UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

  • Lacrosse Interest Meeting, Thursday, January 16, 3:15 p.m.
  • Softball Interest Meeting, Wednesday, January 22, Lunch
  • Diving Interest Meeting, Friday, January 24, Lunch

Pre-Season Lacrosse Interest Meeting – January 16 at 3:15 p.m. in the Dining Hall

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Fr. Arnold’s Schedule

If you would like to participate in the sacrament of Confession, or to simply talk to, Fr. Arnold is on Campus on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Prayer Requests – Students

If you have any special intention(s) that you would like the St. Francis community to lift up in prayer, please include it in the Prayer Basket located in the chapel.

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STEM Week is coming!

STEM Week is coming!  You may think you are not a computer person, but if you like music or art, there will be demonstrations you won’t want to miss in the Computer Lab in Room 323 during the week of January 21st through 24th.  On the more technical side, there will also be a variety of robots, virtual reality googles, and a drone!  Stop by before school, during lunch, and after school to get a chance to play with the fun side of computers.

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Raffle Ticket Sales!

Don’t forget! This Thursday is our first Raffle Ticket “Turn-It-In-Day”!!! On Thursday, January 9th you may turn in your raffle ticket stubs at lunch. The class with the most raffle tickets turned in will receive special private access to the Rec Room all day on Friday, January 10th! We will provide your class with your favorite movies and popcorn all day! These next four Thursdays in January will be exciting! Every week you will have the opportunity to compete as a class, as well as win individual prizes by spinning the prize wheel at lunch.

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Art Reception at Silver Orange

MOKB – Works from St. Francis Advanced Art Class

Madison Gravelle, Onyca Reyes, Keely Hunt, Brielle Davis

  • 3rd Saturday, January 18th 
  • 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • 922 57th Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
  • 916-228-4169

 

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/10/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back, and Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that we are in the second half of the 2019-2020 academic year. I know the two weeks of Christmas break probably passed by at a different pace, but now that school is back in session, a sense of normalcy should return to your households.  The remaining months of this semester are going to move quite rapidly, and it’s important that we remind our students to plan ahead, stay on target, and resist procrastination. 

As the pace of the semester picks-up, we also want to ensure that our Troubies utilize the various support systems that we have in place at St. Francis, such as asking teachers for assistance, signing up for tutoring, and working with Guidance and/or Wellness counselors to decrease some of the inherent anxiety that happens toward the end of the semester.

I look forward to seeing you at some of the upcoming premier events of the year, our annual Crab Feed on Saturday, February 1st, and Revelry Gala and Auction on Saturday, March 7th. 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Important Dates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

First Day of Instruction – August 11, 2020

Thanksgiving Break – November 25 – 27, 2020

Christmas Break – December 18, 2020 – January 4, 2021

Easter Break – March 29 – April 9, 2021

Graduation – May 20, 2021

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Resource Outreach: Top Ten Tips for a Successful New Semester

  1. Have a growth mindset about success. Analyze your academic proficiency, and progress as grades are posted. In which subjects did you excel? Have you considered an Honors course? An Advanced Placement course? Do you qualify for peer tutoring (ask Mrs. Biller). Do you qualify for the California Scholarship Federation? (ask your counselor).
  2. Have a growth mindset about setbacks. If your proficiency and progress is not meeting your personal goals, what do you need to change?
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Resource Outreach: Top Ten Tips for a Successful New Semester

  1. Have a growth mindset about success. Analyze your academic proficiency and progress as grades are posted. In which subjects did you excel? Have you considered an Honors course? An Advanced Placement course? Do you qualify for peer tutoring – ask Mrs. Biller. Do you qualify for the California Scholarship Federation? (ask your counselor).
  2. Have a growth mindset about setbacks. If your proficiency and progress is not meeting your personal goals, what do you need to change?
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International Night 2020

Please save the date for the 29th Annual International Night sponsored by the Modern and Classical Languages Department.  The date is Wednesday, January 29 (see MVP for volunteer schedule).

Tickets here

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Prayer Requests

As a faith community, let us pray for:

Augustus “Gus” Urmeneta (Father of alumna, Tiana Urmeneta -Class of 2019). Let us pray for strength and complete healing as he begins cancer treatment.

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WEEKLY WELLNESS – SUICIDE AWARENESS 
By:  Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselors

Each year, mental health conditions continue to be common among teens and young adults. Of all lifetime mental illnesses, 50% develop by age 14 and 75% develop by age 24. Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or peers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread.

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SAFETY Information – Please Read

We are reaching out to ask you to take time with your daughter to discuss the situations mentioned below and what is shown in the short video. Click HERE to view video. There has been a recent up tick in the number of students having contact on the internet with people they do not know. Sex trafficking and “sextortion” is a big problem in our world, especially in the Sacramento region.

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Tuition for a Year Drawing! Let the Class Competitions Begin!

 Your daughter(s) is selling tickets for the “Tuition for a Year” drawing to support the Revelry Gala & Auction!  Tickets are $10 each and will be distributed in books of 10. The grand prize is tuition for a year or $10,000 cash, so anyone can win! The drawing will be held at Revelry on Saturday, March 7th, and the winner does not need to be present to win. 

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January Dads’ Club Meeting – Thursday, January 16

The January Dad’s Club meeting will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in the St. Francis High School Dining Hall. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be MaryAnne Kelly, Director of Advancement, who will provide an update on the 2019-2020 Advancement Initiatives. In addition, she will share with us how Dads’ Club can best support the upcoming Crab Feed, and the Revelry Gala & Auction events.

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STEM Week and STEM Classes

In keeping with St Francis High School’s continuing expansion of its STEM offerings, the STEM Department will be holding a STEM week from January 21-27th in the computer lab. Students will have the opportunity to interact with programmable synthesizers, virtual reality goggles, robots, and a drone. We ask that you encourage your daughter to come down before school, after school, and/or during lunch to see how these technologies work. She can get a better understanding of how STEM may impact her future. 

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La Befana Visits SFHS

The Befana (Helen Manfredi Pierson ‘74) flew into St. Francis to visit the Italian 1 students and share her story, beginning thousands of years ago and remaining to this day a tradition practiced by Italian children and their families throughout the peninsula. This is her story: 
One day, the three Magi left their country bearing special gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh for the new-born Jesus Christ. They were guided by a star across many countries. At every village that they passed, many people ran to meet them and accompany them in their journey. 

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Upcoming Guidance Parent Night Reminder

The guidance department looks forward to seeing you this Thursday, January 9th from 6:00 pm -7:00 pm for Freshman and Sophomore parents and 7:00 pm -8:00 pm for Junior Parents.

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Athletic News – 12/20/19

ATHLETICS UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

  • Holy Hoops, Saturday, January 11, 2:30/4:00/5:30 p.m.
  • Soccer Letters to Dad, Tuesday, January 13, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Basketball Letters to Dad (V/JVG), Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
  • Basketball Letters to Dad (JVR), TBA

Holy Hoops Tickets

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Crab Feed Dessert Auction

The annual Crab Feed is fast approaching, and we need desserts for the dessert auction!  We are looking for showpiece desserts and specialty cakes to be auctioned off at the Crab Feed. 

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/20/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Can you believe we are halfway through the 2019-20 academic year?  The past few months have flown by, and we are now all ready for a much needed break.  Since this will be the last Principal’s Newsletter of 2019, I would like to congratulate the Class of 2023, for successfully completing their first high school final exams! I know the whole process of taking final exams can be a little intimidating, but all of our Troubies showed their mettle and rose to the occasion, well done!

As we begin the Christmas break, I would like to remind you that St. Francis will be closed from the afternoon of Friday, December 20th through Monday, January 6th. School will be back in session on Tuesday, January 7th.  

On behalf of the St. Francis faculty and staff, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Guidance Parent Night – Thursday, 1/09/20, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Guidance Parent Night

Guidance Parent Nights will be held Thursday, January 9th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and are designed specifically for freshman and sophomore parents.

Course Scheduling Freshman Parents

  • Meeting location: Dining Hall 
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Freshman parents receive an overview of the course scheduling process and preparing for sophomore year.

Course Scheduling Sophomore Parents

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Prayers Requested

As a faith community, let us pray for:

Augustus Urmeneta, father of alumna, Tiana Urmeneta (Class of 2019).  Let us prayer for strength and complete healing during this time of illness.