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St. Francis Day – A day at the ZOO!!

A Day at the Zoo - St. Francis Day 2020

“A Day at the Zoo” is the theme for this year’s St. Francis Day celebration on October 7th.  The day will begin with your Christian Service Leaders offering a short prayer service via Zoom in the morning followed-up in the afternoon with a drive-thru event. The drive-thru is scheduled for 2:30-5:30 p.m. to allow any of you who rely on other drivers the opportunity to attend.

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Thankful Thursday - our 9th Day of Giving – on October 22, 2020!

Thankful Thursday 2020

St. Francis High School’s annual day of giving asks the St. Francis Community to show their gratitude with a gift made on Thankful Thursday. This event engages more than 1,000 supporters and raises vital funds needed for financial aid. Because of your support, 323 Troubies are able to attend St. Francis this 2020-2021 school year.

Help us reach our goal of raising $200,000 this year.  We thank you for your support! 

MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY HERE!

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Seniors and Senior Parents! 

Join the College Advisors and Class Counselor for a series of events designed just for you!  We are looking forward to engaging in stimulating dialogue, working with your family through the college application process, and answering all of your questions.  Links to these activities will be provided closer to each date.

October College Counseling Calendar

Parent Workshops:

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. – Applying for Financial Aid – an Overview of the Financial Aid Process.

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/25/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

The 1st Quarter of the school year has flown by. Our students and teachers have done a phenomenal job of implementing and sustaining the distance learning environment. I know a virtual learning model is not ideal, as it poses challenges for teaching and learning. I cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of support and positive validation you’ve shared over the past few weeks about the St. Francis faculty/staff. 

As you are aware, the Sacramento County Health Officer published health orders that essentially closed all public and private schools in Sacramento County until it is safe to return to in-person instruction. While certain waivers have been approved for K-6 feeder schools in the Diocese, they do not apply to secondary schools. 

Given the most recent Sacramento County health order of September 23, 2020, and with the county remaining on the Purple Tier 1 designation on the State’s new Tier System, we will not be able to return to campus until we are in the Red Tier for at least two weeks. At this point, it is not likely that we’ll be in this lower tier until later in October. 

In an effort to provide our students and teachers consistency of instruction and daily routine, we will remain in distance learning mode through the end of October. In consultation with our Executive Director of Catholic Schools and the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, we decided that the extension of distance learning through the end of October would be best for our school community to remain in a protective posture for a little longer. 

In addition, based on recent parent, student, and faculty surveys, we’ve also made the decision to modify our weekly schedule in order to decrease screen time and provide students with the opportunity to disconnect, catch-up on their studies asynchronously, or take some time to exercise positive self-care. The new schedule will include a mid-week asynchronous flex day that students can use to check-in with their teachers, talk with Guidance/Wellness counselors, or use it as a catch-up day. This change in schedule will start on Monday, October 5th when the 2nd Quarter begins.

The transition from the current Distance Learning Model to our proposed Hybrid Learning Model is multi-faceted and will require time and diligence to ensure a successful transition for all. As such, we will look at making this a phased transition to ensure our faculty/staff and students can adjust accordingly in order to acclimate to the COVID-19 safety protocols on campus. It will be imperative that all faculty/staff and students adhere to county guidelines to safeguard and protect all from inadvertent exposure.

I will continue to communicate with the Diocese and the Sacramento County Department of Public Health to ensure we are taking the needed steps to safeguard our faculty/staff and students. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

We genuinely care about providing our Troubies with a world-class education and preparing them for life after high school. This will continue to be our focus as we remain in distance learning. We are continuously looking at re-envisioning important community events that we all miss. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Again, I am grateful for your continued support, and for making the best of these unimaginable times.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Chromebook Pick Up for Freshmen Class

Freshmen Parents: If you have not picked up your daughter’s Chromebook yet, they are ready to be picked up from the school’s Front Office on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Weekly Wellness: Mandatory Virtual Safety/Wellness Assembly 9/29/20
By: Chyrissee Lee, LMFT & Kym Weinandy, LMFT - SFHS Wellness Counselors

We will be hosting guest speaker and 2013 St. Francis Alum, Shelby Vice, at  our MANDATORY Safety/Wellness Assembly scheduled for next Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.  Shelby is the Campus Violence Prevention Specialist for WEAVE, Inc. The assembly will cover topics relating to “Keeping Ourselves Safe” and will include understanding grooming behaviors; internet and social media safety; See Something, Say Something; and StopIt, our anonymous reporting system.

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Sacramento Virtual College Fair for Juniors and Seniors

St. Francis is partnering with Jesuit, Christian Brothers, Bradshaw Christian, and Revolution Prep to bring you a virtual college fair on Wednesday, September 30 from 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.  So far, 75 colleges and universities have signed up to attend!

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Run to Feed the Hungry has gone virtual!

This year, you can sign up to run with Team Troubie from your own neighborhood, or “run” from the comfort of your couch. This also gives the opportunity for out-of-town family members to join the team even if they won’t be here. We would love to support the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services while showing our Troubie pride! CLICK HERE and be sure to join Team Troubie! 

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SFHS Booster Club Meeting on October 13th

Guess what? All Troubie families are members of the St. Francis Booster Club. The work we do is rewarding, fulfilling, and a lot of fun. Join our monthly ZOOM meetings aimed at strengthening our SFHS community by supporting and celebrating our athletes and teams. Meetings begin with a social gathering at 5:45 p.m. and a call to order at 6:00 p.m.

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School Payments Simplified

We are happy to announce that St. Francis is now using MySchoolBucks to conveniently and securely pay non-tuition fees like AP testing, program fees, and supplies. We appreciate you using this online option to help reduce the amount of physical cash and checks that our staff would need to handle for these school fees. MySchoolBucks allows you to use a credit/debit card or electronic check free of transaction fees.

All students have a MySchoolBucks account. For those families who have not created an account yet, follow the steps below: 

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St. Francis Dads’ Club Meeting – Thursday, October 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

REGISTER and mark your calendars to join the SFHS Dad’s Club for our second meeting of the 2020-21 school year via ZOOM on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m.  A short social time will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the official meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

This month’s Dads’ Club meeting will feature SFHS Wellness Counselors, both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Ms. Chyrissee Lee, LMFT and Ms. Kym Weinandy, LMFT. 

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SFHS Town Hall Meeting on Racial Reconciliation Plan – Thursday, 10/08/20 t 6:00 p.m.

Our Racial Reconciliation Plan has been created and shared publicly with all of our constituent groups, and we’ve set up nine subcommittees to assist with the implementation of the plan, healthy resolution of racial conflict, repairing broken relationships, and creating a stronger community in support of our students and families of color. The groups have started their work, and we would like to invite all of our community to participate in a Zoom session to hear an update and ask questions or share comments. 

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Peloton Any One?

Make a donation of any amount to support the SELFe Event and you’ll be eligible for the “Peloton Bike Giveaway” Courtesy of East Sac Hardware!

We are just ONE MONTH Away! Join Us Virtually on October 25 at 4:30 p.m. – Dont’t forget to RSVP for this complimentary event HERE

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St. Francis Grandparents’ Club

The Grandparents’ Club will be hosting the second meeting of the 2020-21 school year via ZOOM on Wednesday, September 30 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

If you have haven’t joined the SFHS Grandparents’ Club yet, please CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP, and CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about the Club!

We will send everyone who is signed up for Grandparents’ Club a link to “join” the ZOOM meeting prior to September 30. See you soon!

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Upcoming College Guidance Nights: Class of 2021 Parents

We hope you will join your daughter’s College Advisors and Class Counselor at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening and in October for our Senior Parent Nights.  These have been designed especially for YOU and especially for the unique college application process that the Class of 2021 will experience.  Each meeting will end with plenty of time for questions and answers.  Additionally, on Wednesday, September 30, you and your daughter are invited to join us from 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm for the Sacramento Virtual College Fair!  Your daughters have

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Update on Cross Country Coach

Our athletics families were provided an update on the status of the criminal case against the former cross country coach for our school, and on the steps we are taking to address the troubling questions raised by this heartbreaking betrayal of trust.  Read the LETTER HERE.

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Great Library News!

St. Francis Library is pleased to announce Front Door Pick-Up! 

Starting Monday, September 21, students may log into their library accounts, select books for checkout, and pick them up from the front office when they are ready. This will be a self-service procedure on Tuesdays and Fridays ONLY from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the school front office, practicing full safety protocols. Books will be quarantined for a week on return in compliance with health and safety norms. Complete instructions have been sent to all classes. We are eager to provide new fiction for students’ reading pleasure!  Questions? Contact us at sflibrary@stfrancishs.org.

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2021 Special Community Events 

While everything looks different this year, St. Francis is still planning an exciting, albeit reimagined, events season for next semester. We have a lot to celebrate during this special 80th Anniversary, and we need your help!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/18/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Thank you to all of the parents that were able to join us on Tuesday, September 15th for our virtual Back-To-School Night. While it was not the typical in-person event that we host, it was a great opportunity for parents and teachers to meet one another, albeit, in a virtual setting. Thank you for being our partners in educating our Troubies! I also want to recognize all of the efforts of our incredible faculty and staff that went into orchestrating this virtual Zoom event.

In the upcoming weeks, we will be closing out the 1st Quarter of the fall semester. This is a good time to check in with your daughter(s) to ensure they are caught up and have submitted any work or assessments that need to be completed before the end of the quarter on Friday, October 2nd. Keep in mind, there’s still time left in the semester to improve a final course grade/s. This is also the perfect time to realign priorities and set new goals for the remaining weeks of the semester. If you have any questions or academic concerns, please reach out to your daughter(s) Guidance counselor.

As we prepare ourselves for the fall season of thankfulness, prompt your daughter(s) to make time to rest, reflect, and reward themselves for their minor and/or major triumphs. A reward doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant, it can be a simple treat like coffee or the movie of their choice on family night. Also, let’s all take a deep breath and make time to pray, and thank God for all He has done and is doing.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Ministry Days on Saturday, September 26th

Please join our diocese for our annual Ministry Days on Saturday, September 26th. This year it will be virtual and will have workshops on various ministerial topics in English and Spanish including but not limited to Forming Families as Disciples in First Communion Prep, Forming Disciples in Marriage Preparation, Ministry for (with) Catholics with Disabilities, Evangelizing Families at Sunday Mass, Creating a culture of belonging & hospitality, Fighting the Sin of Racism in our parishes and schools, Mental Health / Suicide Prevention, just to name a few.

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Attendance Procedures Update

DL presents many challenges to the school day, and the attendance office is not immune to its fair share.   Many of you are frustrated by the attendance procedures and do not fully understand how attendance is handled during DL.

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SFHS Distance Learning Parent Survey

While we all want to be on campus together at this time, we are still in Distance Learning. This is a quick, informal survey to let us know how you think Distance Learning is going for your daughter.

Use specific examples to explain any concerns. If you haven’t had the opportunity to take the survey yet, it will be open until 5:00 p.m. this Sunday (9/27/20). Click HERE to take the survey.