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Big Sister/Little Sister Meeting

We will have a Big Sister/ Little Sister Gathering on Wednesday, September 25th, at 8:00 a.m. Thank you for continuing to support and encourage our Big Sister/Little Sister events, as they are created to foster sisterhood and inclusion among our Troubies. 

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Important Messages from Guidance

Class of 2023 – Important Message from Guidance

The PSAT 8/9 will be given to freshmen on October 16, 2019.  It is a practice test. More specific information will be provided in the coming weeks. 

Class of 2022 – Important Message from Guidance

The Pre-ACT will be given to sophomores on October 16, 2019. It is a practice test. More specific information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Class of 2021 – Important Message from Guidance

The PSAT will be given to juniors on October 16, 2019. More specific information will be provided in the coming weeks.

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Calling all Law Enforcement/Fire/Emergency Service Personnel

We will need your assistance on 10/12/19 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (for double hours) on campus as part of the our Safety Review Committee work. Please sign up on the designated MVP account.  This event is restricted and is only open to persons with this specific training, due to the specialized needs of the campus.  If you have any questions, please contact Dean Cost at CCost@stfrancishs.org.

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Doctor Needed – Epi Pen Request

SFHS participates in a nationwide program where schools can receive two free EPI pens to have on campus in case of a medical emergency.  We must submit a request, that is signed by a doctor, for the pens.  We no longer have our previous participating doctors available. If anyone is interested in assisting us, please email Cynthia Cost at CCost@stfrancishs.org. We do all the paperwork except for your signatures.  Thank you for your consideration.

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St. Francis Day, October 4th

Our school’s St. Francis theme this year is “Unsung and Everyday Heroes!”

Freshman and sophomores get to dress up as those people in our communities that aren’t always recognized for their great contributions. Such as garbage truck drives, teachers, school cooks, janitors/maintenance workers, tow truck drivers, etc.

Juniors and Seniors get to dress up as those people in society who we recognize as heroes. First responders, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, the people in society that save lives. 

Please encourage them to be creative and participate. There will be team and individual costume contests going on that day as well. Also, be aware that October 4th is a short day. The girls will be dismissed by 1:00 p.m. For any questions, please contact the Campus Ministry Department.

Email blast

Principal’s Newsletter 9/13/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

I want to provide you with an additional reminder that tomorrow, September 14, 2019, is the date for this year’s Holy Bowl. This is an annual tradition in which we support almost five decades of respectful athletic competition between Jesuit High School and Christian Brothers High School.  It is a family event, and I welcome you all to attend with your daughter(s) to celebrate our Sacramento area Catholic high schools.

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Where There Is Darkness Movie

Don’t miss the Sacramento Premiere Screening of the award-winning film “Where There Is Darkness” on September 23 at the Tower Theatre. Showtimes are at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. To purchase your tickets, click on the links below for the desired time. Click HERE for the link to the trailer and for more information about the film. Proceeds to benefit vocations through the Laboure Society.

For tickets for the 11:00 a.m. showing, click HERE.

For tickets for the 6:30 p.m. showing, click HERE.

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Thankful Thursday – Thursday, October 10, 2019

Last year, we raised $227,409 to support our students! This year, our goal is $250,000 and we need YOU to succeed! On Thursday, October 10, 2019, our community of students, parents, alumnae, grandparents, past parents, and countless others will come together for a day of unprecedented energy and giving to support our Troubies through #ThankfulThursday. You can, and do, make a difference in our students’ lives!  

All money raised on Thankful Thursday will directly support the tuition assistance needs of our students. For more information about Thankful Thursday, visit our webpage. Please contact Ann Gregory at agregory@stfrancishs.org or 916-737-5037 with any questions.

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Guidance Parent Night – Junior, Sophomore and Freshmen Presentations

We had our Guidance Parent Evening on Wednesday, September 4th.  For those of you who were able to attend, we hope it was helpful. We have included the PowerPoint presentations. 

Feel free to contact your daughter’s counselor with any questions.

  • Class 2021 Joe Poggi
  • Class 2022 Lauren Williams
  • Class 2023  Nancy Doyle
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Athletic News – 9/06/19

ATHLETICS IMPORTANT DATES

  • Water Polo Booster Que, September 26, 2019 vs. Granite Bay, 7:00 p.m., Jesuit HS
  • Tennis Booster Que, October 3, 2019 vs. Sheldon, 4:00 p.m., Rio del Oro Racquet Club
  • Volleyball Booster Que, October 10, 2019 vs. Elk Grove, 4:00 p.m., St. Francis

VOLLEYBALL WINS HOLY COURT

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SFHS Booster Club Meeting
Tuesday, September 10

The SFHS Booster Club invites you to the September Booster Club Meeting next Tuesday, September 10 in the dining hall. Drinks and snacks will be offered at 5:45 p.m. The meeting starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.

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Get Involved- Revelry Volunteer Info Meeting

With the start of the new school year comes the start of some fun for all St. Francis Parents.

  • Do you like to dream up enchanting décor? 
  • Do you have a special knack for soliciting fabulous items to ‘sell’ at auction?
  • Do you have strong muscles for setting up or cleaning up props, dishes, and visions? (Hey, TONS of pedometer steps are in it for you!)
  • Does staging a decorative vignette or display get your creative juices flowing?
  • Do you enjoy meeting new people?
  • Would you like to earn your requisite parent volunteer hours doing something gratifying that benefits your daughters?

If you answered “YES! That’s me!” to any of the above, then the Revelry Committee wants YOU to come join US for some entertaining gala goings-on.

We are hosting two informational meetings about this year’s Revelry Gala, St Francis High School’s premier event. Come learn about the many different volunteer opportunities we offer. Earn your parent hours, while making new friends and having some communal fun!

  • Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m.:  We are serving wine and snacks at this meeting.
  • Thursday, September 19 at 8:15 a.m.:  We are serving coffee and snacks at this meeting.

Please RSVP for the meeting time you can make. We want to be sure to fuel your imaginations and excitement!  RSVP HERE

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Dean’s Message – Vaping Dangers

Vaping/Juuling = Hazards to your daughter’s health. 

This is an urgent epidemic that is causing severe illness and death in young people around the nation.  This past weekend, a young man from the Sacramento region was placed into a medically induced coma as a result of Vaping.  See local news report HERE.

Excerpts from a recent article in Kids Health Magazine:

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Father Daughter Spirit Day
Friday, 9/27/19 at the Sac State Ropes Course

Father/Daughter Spirit Day is Friday, September 27th (it is a no class day) at the Sac State Ropes Course from 4:00-7:00 p.m., and includes dinner.  This event is a great way for fathers and daughters to spend time together, have some fun, and meet other great families of the SF community.  Registration will be available September 10th at 9:00 a.m., through the retreat registration link.  Cost is $80 a pair, and there is a limited number of spots.  This event fills up quickly, so get those forms in, and we promise you will not be disappointed!

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Big Sister – Little Sister Gathering
September 5 at 8:00 a.m.

The Big Sisters are hosting their Little Sisters at a gathering in the gym on September 5 at 8:00 a.m. This event will allow the Little Sisters time to continue to form bonds with their senior Big Sisters and their classmates, plus find out valuable information about Club Rush. There will also be a special little gift and doughnut holes for all who attend.

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Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch

Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch, 11:15-11:55 a.m. (for last names A-L) is THIS MONDAY, September 23rd, and Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch, 11:15-11:55 a.m. (for last names M-Z) is Tuesday, September 24th. Parents or Grandparents can sign in by the front entrance, and bring or buy lunch in the dining hall to eat with your daughter/granddaughter on campus on these days.

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Grandparents’ Club

Join us Wednesday, September 18th, from 9:15-10:45 a.m., in the St. Francis Dining Hall. Come early at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and donuts social time!  Meeting discussion topics will include membership, upcoming events, family service hours, and more. Visit HERE to sign up and learn more about the Club. For additional information, contact Ann Gregory at agregory@stfrancishs.org or call 916-737-5016. Save September 23rd (A-L) and 24th (M-Z) for Meet-A-Parent/Grandparent for Lunch!

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“What to Expect When You’re a Senior Parent”

Emotions run high for both students and parents as they navigate the “push pull” of emotions during their daughter’s senior year. Just as our Troubies are preparing to complete one part of their education, they are beginning the transition into their new life as a college student. That’s why we want to gather as a community and acknowledge and celebrate these transitions and offer insight.

Senior parents, please join our President, Theresa Rodgers, and our Wellness Counselors for an inspirational session to learn how to navigate (and enjoy) your daughter’s senior year.  Must-have information, advice, insight, and tips for figuring out the social/emotional dynamics of a 12th grade Troubie, and all the fun and memorable things YOU can look forward to during your daughter’s senior year at SFHS will be offered at these important meetings.

Choose one of two dates:

Wednesday, September 25 at 8:30 a.m., Dining Hall

Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m., Dining Hall

Please RSVP HERE.

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Retreats

If you have a sophomore, junior, or senior daughter, please take time to speak to her to determine which retreat best fits into her schedule. The Retreat dates for each grade level are below. Follow the direct link below, and if you have any problems, please contact Mrs. Poarch at spoarch@stfrancishs.org. Please be aware there is a fee of $50 to change or cancel her retreat date once you have registered her.

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Resource Outreach: Top Ten Tips: How to Move from Compassion into Community
By: Joan Biller - Resource Specialist

  1. Compassion begins with  the ability to move beyond your perspective to the perspective of another. As you drive (are driven) to school, look at four persons along the route. Imagine experiencing their lives.
  2. Did you imagine suffering?  Chances are you did - suffering is a human condition. We have empathy for those in our community who suffer because we understand this state of being.
  3. Compassion is a different emotional state than empathy. Empathy is passive. Compassion is the desire to relieve the suffering of another.
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Weekly Wellness – Stress
By:  Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselors

Welcome Back Troubie Parents. Everyone experiences stress. Stress is how the body handles life’s challenges. Chemicals are released to increase certain bodily processes and decrease others, so we can react quickly and effectively during dangerous or high-pressure situations. Sometimes being under stress can lead to good results for your child or teen, even if it makes them uncomfortable at the moment. For instance, cramming for a test can be stressful, but lead to a better grade. Or the stress of being down a few goals in a soccer game can cause a surge in performance to score more points.

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2020 Career Day for all Students
Friday, March 13, 2020

Many of our Troubie Alumnae will be coming to campus on Friday, March 13th, to provide your daughters with an opportunity to learn more about their careers and to help your daughters to begin to build their professional networks. We want to make sure we have a strong representation of your daughter’s top career interests. Your daughter was sent a survey the week of August 28th. Please help us make it a great day for her by encouraging her to complete that survey. The survey was sent to her St. Francis email account.

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Smile, it’s time for a Real SELFe!

Enjoy an inspirational afternoon at St. Francis Catholic High School’s SELFe Event, featuring Valorie Burton, on Sunday, October 20, 2019! 

A bestselling author, speaker, and life coach, Valorie uses her voice to inspire others to live more fulfilling lives. She has written dozens of books including Successful Women Think Differently, Happy Women Live Better, Start Here Start Now, and her latest book, It’s About Time, The Art of Choosing the Meaningful Over the Urgent.

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Specific Parent Volunteer Needs

Parents’ Guild

The Parents’ Guild is requesting dessert donations for Back to School Night. Check the donation opportunities on MVP.  Please order directly from the links provided on MVP. $5 in spending = 1 service hour…only half of total hours may come from the donations category.  Order your donations by Tuesday, August 27th.

Boosters

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Additional Traffic Impact Due to Start of Schools

The first day of school for Sacramento State is on August 26th, and for Phoebe Hearst Elementary School, it is August 29th.  The start of school for both of these schools will impact traffic for a week or so, as drivers adjust to traffic flow in the general vicinity. Please allow extra time for possible delays.

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Specific Parent Volunteer Needs – Theatre Build and Boosters

Theatre Set Build on Stage

Come to the theatre to help construct the set for our upcoming show!  Please wear long pants, shirts you don’t much care about, and closed-toe shoes. The work varies each Saturday, but overall it is your chance to be a part of the show.  We’ll do work such as carpentry, painting, prop making, lighting, and sewing.  

Come for a 2-hour minimum. Click HERE to sign up. Be sure to have your SFHS parent volunteer requirements (fingerprints and Safe Haven certification) completed before you arrive. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday 9/21/19. Any questions, please email Jeremy Toy at jtoy@stfrancishs.org.

SFHS Boosters

There are MVP opportunities for Volleyball Snack Bar on September 26, and also Water Polo Booster BBQ on September 26.  Click HERE to sign up.

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New Guidance Counselor for the Class of 2022

Lauren Williams recently moved to the Sacramento area from Cincinnati, Ohio, and she is thrilled to join the St. Francis community. Mrs. Williams completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati and graduate school at Xavier University in Ohio. After working as a college advisor and licensed school counselor at Saint Ursula Academy for the last 8 years, Lauren will now serve as the Class of 2022 Guidance Counselor at St.Francis. Mrs. Williams is married with 3 sons, ages 14, 12, and 5. She enjoys traveling, playing sand volleyball, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

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Back to School Night Schedule – Thursday, 8/29/19

Parents: Please remember to ask your daughter to print off her schedule with the classes, blocks, and room numbers, and then give it to you for Back To School Night.  This is the perfect opportunity for you to chat with her about her classes as well.  Below is the schedule for the evening.  We hope to see you there.

5:00-5:40 p.m.    Reception in Serra Court

5:45-6:00 p.m.    Formal Welcome in the Gym

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Wine Donation Drop-Off at Back to School Night

Get a head start on your family Revelry Donations!  Come visit the Advancement table to drop off your wine donations.  We’ll be in Serra Court at Back to School Night on Thursday, August 29th! Bottles should have a value of at least $25 and will be used in our Silent Auction section at the Revelry Gala and Auction on March 7th, 2020. Parents can earn two (2) hours for each bottle with a value of $25 or more!  Provide your name at the table, and we’ll log your hours.

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SFHS Christmas Tree Lane Models Wanted

Applications for this year’s Christmas Tree Lane are due August 28 and 29, during lunch in upper Serra Court. Completed apps will be numbered in the order received. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications may be found on the Jesuit website or via the link below.

Modeling questions, please contact Jen Peters (916) 996-6488, or email peterskj@winfirst.com

Application link HERE.  Christmas Tree Lane Flyer HERE.

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From the Dean’s Office

Please put your daughter’s name in her blazer, clothing, backpack, books, and lunch bag. It is especially important to etch her name into her hydroflask/water bottle.  Lost and found is already full of items, which will be donated every two weeks.  If there is a name on an item, we can get it back to your daughter. Thank you.

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Athletic News – 8/23/19

HOLY COURT TICKET INFORMATION

The annual Holy Court volleyball game vs. Christian Brothers will take place Tuesday, September 3 at CB.  Game times are 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets fast as the games will sell out. Tickets are $7 with a $1 service charge.  Tickets go on sale for SF students and general public on Friday, August 23 at midnight. Click HERE for tickets.

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Frosh/Soph Dance Drop Off and Pick Up – Friday, 8/23/19

Dance Pick Up and Exit Routes - 8/23/19

We have a very exciting and large dance tonight, so it is critical that everyone knows and follows the traffic rules. Please CARPOOL!  We can’t emphasize this enough.

Both drop off and pick up tonight will be via the cell phone lot entrance.  The cell phone lot opens at 7:00 p.m., and will be open until after the dance ends. 

Drop off will be as normal at the gym, after being routed through the cell phone lot.   

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Parent Volunteer Opportunities

If you are looking to fulfill your parent volunteer hours, click HERE to view available opportunities, and to sign up. There will be many opportunities available throughout the year for you to complete your parent hours.  Thank you for involving yourself in our St. Francis community.

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Today is the perfect day to share the love!

No matter how you first experienced St. Francis — whether as a student, parent, family member or friend, employee, employer of a St. Francis graduate or neighbor — you were changed for the better by that experience. 

We invite you to invest in the mission of St. Francis Catholic High School to continue making a difference in the lives of our Troubies and the larger community.  We also offer Planned Giving opportunities and gratefully accept Vehicle Donations and/or donations of Stocks and Securities.

St. Francis Catholic High School
Tax ID: #46-2101392

 

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Calling All Proud Grandparents!

For a limited time, we are offering apparel for all grandparents!  Orders can be placed online through this LINK and many colors are available! The title “Grandparent” will be embroidered below the St. Francis logo. All orders are due by Monday, September 2nd and will be available early October. Perfect holiday gifts!

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SMILE & Make Your Back-to-School Shopping Count!

Your everyday shopping can benefit St. Francis Catholic High School. To support our school while shopping on Amazon, always shop at smile.amazon.com (bookmark the site to make it easier to return to). You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com.

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Live Scan

A Live Scan station will be available in the staff dining hall for fingerprinting during Back To School Night from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  If you have not had your fingerprints done at a Diocesan school in the past, this is a convenient and easy way to get this MVP requirement taken care of.

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Frosh Soph Open Dance – The Big 80s Party

Frosh Soph Parents: Please share with your daughter.

  • Theme: The Big 80s Party
  • Date: August 23rd, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: St. Francis Dining Hall
  • Purchase your tickets HERE 

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8:30 p.m. The dance ends at 10:00  p.m. with no exiting before 9:30 p.m.

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Attendance Procedures

Please call the attendance line before 8:00 a.m. on the day of the attendance issue. The number is (916) 737-5050. This is a 24-hour line, so you can call the night before.

The attendance line is used to communicate any absence to the school.  You can leave a message regarding late arrival, leaving early, or missing school altogether. 

 In order to insure that your daughter’s attendance is correctly entered, please call before 8:00 a.m. and speak clearly, spelling out her last name.

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Safe Driving Assembly on 8/28/19

The Impact Teen Drivers committee has been actively planning, developing, and delivering this safety awareness program to California students for several years. The program is partnered with the California Highway Patrol to deliver the teen safe driving message. This has been done through educational materials and presentations on teen safe driving, with emphasis on the dangers of distracted and reckless driving. 

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Safety Reminder from the Dean’s Office

This is an annual reminder that we have no formal extended care program at St. Francis. There is no direct supervision of students after school, and we ask that all students be picked up by 3:30 p.m. 

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Athletic News – 8/16/19

FALL ATHLETICS PARENT MEETINGS

The Athletics Fall Parent Meeting will be held at Tuesday, August 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the Gym for the sports of cross country, tennis, and volleyball. Water Polo and Golf will have separate parent meetings on Monday, August 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall.

ATHLETICS IMPORTANT DATES

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For Senior Parents

As we all know, students will be completing college applications in the coming months.  There will be a College Planning Night for senior parents on September 4th.

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Join Science Olympiad!

Science Olympiad is an academic team of 15 that competes in 23 events. Each team member competes with a partner in 3 events. We spend our year preparing for our regional competition in March. Events include build events such as Gravity Vehicle where a car goes down a ramp and stops on a spot and  study events in topics such as circuits, forensics, earth mapping, and fossils. Students get to dive deeper into topics that they may have studied in classes and some topics that don’t get taught at the high school level. LEARN MORE

Meetings are on Fridays from 3:15 to 4:30pm. Students are expected to study and work on their build event in between meetings also independently. There is also one required Saturday meeting per semester. Informational meetings will be held on Tuesdays Aug 20 and 27 at lunch in Room 343. Our first official meeting is Friday Sept 6 after school. If you have questions, email Mrs.MacDonald at jmacdonald@stfrancishs.org. Parents, If you have engineering or medical expertise that you could share and can make the Friday meetings, we would love to have you!

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Urgent Message from the Dean – Emergency Form Completion Required 

All parents must complete the Emergency Medical Authorization in Final Forms prior to the start of school on Tuesday, August 20.  Students will be unable to attend classes until the form in completed.  Click HERE for the link to Final forms. Please register with the email address you provided to the school.

If you need technical assistance, please contact Lori Ansell at lansell@stfrancishs.org.

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Booster Club Meeting
Wednesday, August 21st at 5:45 p.m. in the Dining Hall

Any interested parent is welcome to attend to the first Booster Club meeting of the year, which will be held on Wednesday, August 21 at 5:45 p.m. in the Dining Hall. All SFHS parents are automatically members of SFHS Booster Club. There is no additional cost. Typical meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Also, here is the link to our Parent Volunteer Progam - MVP

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Grandparents’ Club – First Meeting of the Year

Join us Tuesday, August 20th, from 9:15-10:45 a.m., in the St. Francis Dining Hall. Come early (9:00 a.m.) for coffee and donuts social time!  Meeting discussion topics will include membership, upcoming events, family service hours, and more.  All are welcome for a no-host lunch following the meeting at 11:15 a.m. at OBO’ Italian Table and Bar (3145 Folsom Boulevard, 95816). Visit HERE to sign up and learn more about the Club.

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Welcome Parents from Epicurean 2019-2020

Welcome from Epicurean, our café food vendor. Epicurean Group is the team behind the meals your daughter/s enjoy at St. Francis High School. Click HERE to learn about the nutritious meals Epicurean makes each day.

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Back-to-School Fun for Parents!

We not only want your daughter excited to come back to school and re-engage with faculty, staff, and old friends, we want you to jump right back into the St. Francis community and reconnect with all the wonderful people that make this community so special.  Whether you’re a returning parent or a new parent that wants to jump in and meet new people, we have two great sign-up parties you will not want to miss:

Beautiful Lucchetti Ranch Vineyard Dinner: Saturday, August 17th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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SFHS Dads’ Club Kickoff Meeting – Thursday, August 15th

The first Dads’ Club meeting of the school year will take place on Thursday, August 15, 2019 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. At this first meeting, we will overview Dads’ Club and our plan for the 2019-2020 school year. After the meeting, Dads’ Club members will be on hand to share their experiences, explain how you may get involved, and answer any specific questions you might have.

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​Guidance Parent Meetings – Wednesday, September 4th 

Freshmen – Class 2023 Guidance Parent Meeting

  • Date: Wednesday, September 4th
  • Location: Theatre
  • Time: 7:00 – 7:50 p.m.
  • Overview of the 2019-2020 Academic year, transcript, tutoring, testing, Naviance, and upcoming Guidance Department events.

Sophomore – Class 2022  Guidance Parent Meeting

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A Message from the Parents’ Guild

Welcome back Troubie families!

Whether you’re returning for a final year with your Pearl or embarking on a new adventure with your freshman (mascot TBD), the community here at St. Francis welcomes you with open arms and open hearts. From athletics and arts to mathletes and ministry and everything in between, a great way to get connected is to join other parents with hearts to serve!

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Message for Freshmen & Transfer Parents

Freshmen and transfer students:  Unfortunately, blazers have not arrived as anticipated.  They are not required for formal dress until October.   Please follow us on social media (Instagram, Twitter, FB) for updates on arrival and distribution dates.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

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Athletic News – 8/09/19

WATER POLO INTEREST MEETING

Head Coach, Emily Whalen, will hold an interest meeting for all levels of water polo following school on Thursday, August 15 at 3:15 p.m., in the Dining Room. The Zumo suit website is up and running for the returning athletes to order suits. Newcomers can try on samples at the interest meeting. Click HERE.

FALL ATHLETICS PARENT MEETINGS

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Volunteers Needed Now

Volunteers needed Monday, August 12, and Wednesday, August 14, to help with student ID cards. We need parents to help stick dismissal passes on the ID cards as these are being printed.  This job is simple, does not require lifting, and you can do it sitting down!  If you want to sign up for two shifts a day, you can get an easy 8 hours done.  However, you can volunteer for only one shift if that fits your schedule better.  Please sign up through MVP HERE.  

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Make Your Back-to-School Shopping Count!

Amazon

Your everyday shopping can benefit St. Francis Catholic High School. To support our school while shopping on Amazon, always shop at smile.amazon.com (bookmark the site to make it easier to return to). You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com. You can even use the same account on AmazonSmile as Amazon.com.

Through Amazon Smile, 0.5% of your total purchase is donated to a designated nonprofit. On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Type in St. Francis High School in the charitable organization search and then select the school in Sacramento, CA (founded in 1940). The site will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. This will put a smile on your face and our faces!

eScrip

St. Francis participates in the eSrcip program.  Visit www.escrip.com and set up your account (select our school by School Name/Address, or School Id 6569209). Escrip has something for everyone from grocery, restaurants, entertainment and travel! Over 150 national retailers are contributing up to 20%! 

Other stores that provide a contribution

Don’t’ forget Rally’s, Nugget, Office Max and a variety of other local stores allow you to allocate donations to St. Francis Catholic High School.

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Fall Sports Tryout Information

Here is the information for the five St. Francis Fall Sports teams and their respective tryout information.  All student-athletes must have a physical on file with the Athletic Department and Final Forms Registration completed prior to the start of participation. Questions contact Assistant AD Steve Shaff at sshaff@stfrancishs.org or go to the St. Francis Athletics website GoTroubies.com for more information.

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Calling All Loretto , Mercy and Bishop Armstrong & Manogue Alumnae

St. Francis High School would like to include legacy families from all the Sacramento all-girls Catholic schools.

If a member of your family attended Loretto, Bishop Armstrong, Bishop Manogue, or Mercy and you have a current student at St. Francis, please update MaryAnne Kelly at mkelly@stfrancishs.org.

Email blast

Message from the Principal 7/16/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Just as reminder that Back to School Night will be on Thursday, August 29th, which includes a formal welcome, reception, and class visits.  Meet your daughter’s teachers, and get an overview of each of her classes.  Program representatives will be in Serra Court during the reception time and during your daughter’s free block.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us! 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Troubie Store Training
August 7, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and August 8 2018 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Do you love shopping and talking to people?  Volunteer your talents in the Troubie Store.  Attend the mandatory two-part classroom training on August 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on August 8th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  You’ll get to try out your new skills working the register and helping customers.  It’s a lot of fun!  You’ll earn service hours for both training sessions. To sign up, email Mirjana Nikcevic at mnikcevic@stfrancishs.org.

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Student Emergency Card and Mandatory Forms

An email will be sent out to all current parents by end of July with access instructions for your daughter’s Emergency Card, which includes the mandatory electronic forms (Student-Parent Handbook Agreement, Confidentiality Agreement, Parent Volunteer Agreement, and Medical Release). Thank you to those parents who have already completed the emergency card and signed the forms.

If you have not received that email, please check your SPAM folder before contacting the school. If you’ve checked your SPAM folder and have still not received it, you can contact Lori Ansell at lansell@stfrancishs.org.

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Parking & Drop-off Protocol
Parent & Student Drivers, Please Read:

We ask that you familiarize yourselves with the regular school year drop off and pick up procedures. It is very important for everyone to read, study the maps and follow the  procedures. Morning will be similar to summer, however, all students must be dropped off after the brick wall closer to the gym.  The afternoon is a completely different traffic pattern, please review below.  Thank you for all of your assistance, Dean Cost

Afternoon pick up procedures

Please refer to the map below when reviewing the following instructions: 

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Gerwigs’ latest film coming to theaters soon!

Coming soon to a theater near you: SFHS Alumna, Greta Gerwig ‘02, brings Little Women to life on the big screen as only she can do! Another well directed and cast film, Gerwig has Saoirse Ronan playing the heroine Jo March; Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Eliza Scanlen playing the sisters; Laura Dern is Marmee, and Meryl Streep plays their forbidding, rich Aunt March. Timothée Chalamet (another Lady Bird carryover) plays heartthrob Laurie, the literal boy next door who develops an intense friendship with Jo.

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Olivia Nice (‘10) is returning to California to perform the lead in the musical ONCE

After almost a decade of performing around the world, SF Players alumna Olivia Nice (‘10) is returning to California to perform the lead in the musical ONCE, playing at the 42nd St Moon Gateway Theater from June 12-June 30th, 2019. She has been playing this role around the nation for over a year now, picking up a BroadwayWorld nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical and a win for Best Female Performance of the Year from Ashland, OR Sneak Preview Magazine.

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Changes to the AP Exam

The College Board has made significant changes to the AP exam registration process.  Students will now register online in early fall.  Students will also have access to free AP resources to assist them in exam preparation.  More details will be going out to AP students in August.  For more information on the College Board’s changes, click HERE.

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Athletic News – 5/24/19

St. Francis Sports Physical Night – Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:00-8:00 p.m.

St. Francis will be hosting Sports Physical Night for the 2019-20 school year on June 5, with registration starting at 5:00 p.m.  The cost of the physical is $25 per student. It is payable with credit card or check or can be prepaid online. If you have been grandfathered in as a lifetime Booster member, your physical is free if you present your membership card.

Email blast

Urgent Donation Opportunities Available in MVP

Get a head start on your volunteer hours for the 19-20 school year!

Snack & canned water donations immediately needed for Shelter in Place kits. 
Log in to MVP to view the opportunities under the “Donations” category. 

These items are needed by Tuesday, May 28th, so please place orders accordingly with Memorial Day.

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Enter to Win a Leslie Hackard Art Piece

Enter to win a custom Leslie Hackard One-of-a-Kind Painting – Raffle Tickets available HERE or at Senior Family Reception.

“This pop art piece is vibrant and fun just like the class of 2019’s journey through high school. Not everything is always precise and on point, much like the way I depicted the target image, but the ultimate goal is to embark on your journey with a focus on your dreams.” A great gift for a graduating senior or fan of Leslie Hackard.  This beautiful piece will be raffled off after the Senior Family Reception on May 21, 2019.  Raffle tickets are just $25, purchase HERE.

  • Stay on Target, Class of ‘19!  
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • 36 x 36
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Athletic News – 5/17/19

Student-Athletes Recognized as Booster Club Announces Annual Awards

Seniors, Elise Urkov and Patricia Sweeney, were honored as the Booster Club Scholar-Athletes of the Year, while Myra Anwar and Jade Borg received the Booster Club Leadership Award.

Read the release and complete list of student-athletes recognized at the Awards Ceremony, click HERE.

20 Troubadours Earn All-City Recognition from SportStars and RiverCats

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Donation Opportunities Available in MVP

Get a head start on your volunteer hours for the 2019-2020 school year!

Snack donations currently needed for Shelter in Place kits.

Please only order snacks through the links provided, and follow the shipping instructions carefully.

Every $5 spent = 1 hour. Only half of the total required hours may be from the donation category. Please contact Chloe Leavitt at volunteerhours@stfrancishs.org with any questions.

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Graduation

Graduation is Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium. 

Graduation gowns/caps will be distributed on Tuesday, May 21st, between 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the main entrance of the school. 

Each family is allotted 12 tickets for the Graduation Ceremony. If families require more tickets, seniors need to exchange among themselves. Tickets will be distributed to the students immediately following Baccalaureate Mass. 

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Class of 2019 Chromebooks

The Class of 2019 can retain their Chromebooks. We will release all Chromebooks after Graduation. At that point, the graduates will need to follow the steps in this LINK to remove St. Francis restrictions.

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 2019-20 Carpool Interest Form

If you are looking for a carpool next year, please follow the 2019-2020 Carpool Interest Form link HERE. On this link, you can indicate your needs. If you already have a carpool and have room for one or two more students, you can indicate that on the link as well. We will be organizing the responses by zip code. We will send out the results of the carpool list within the first week of June. Please reach out to Admissions at admissions@stfrancishs.org if you have any specific questions.

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Athletic News – 5/10/19

St. Francis Sports Physical Night – Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:00-8:00 p.m.

St. Francis will be hosting Sports Physical Night for the 2019-20 school year on June 5, with registration starting at 5:00 p.m.  The cost of the physical is $25 per student. It is payable with credit card, check, or prepaid online. If you have been grandfathered in as a lifetime Booster member, your physical is free if you present your membership card.

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Book Buy Back

Are you looking to have your daughter sell back her books from this year or last? Don’t forget the on-campus MBS BuyBack event on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 in the Dining Hall from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Even if you didn’t buy your books from our online bookstore, you may still be able to get money back.  Additional information can be found HERE.

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Summer School and Summer Reading Bookstores Are Open!

The Summer School and Summer Reading bookstores can be found HERE.  St. Francis partners with MBS for our online bookstore, but remember that you can purchase books from any site, just make sure the ISBN is exactly the same.  Also, please note that some books must be purchased new.  All details can be found in our online bookstore.  Books for the 2019-2020 school year will be available online in early July.

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A Message From Guidance

This is a reminder of the change to the Schedule Change Policy for the 2019-2020 school year.  

Students will not have the opportunity for schedule corrections this summer as there has been in the past.

It is important that you review, with your daughter, her course requests in PowerSchool.  If you find an error or if she is questioning her current requests, please have your daughter contact her Guidance Counselor by May 22nd.

Once the final schedules are created, this will be the schedule your daughter is committed to.

Schedules will still be mailed at the end of June.

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Used Uniform Sale
May 29, 2019, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

The used uniform sale will be held at St. Francis Catholic High School, just inside the main gate, on May 29, 2019, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.  There will be NO early-bird sales.

Please bring cash or checks. We will not accept payment cards.

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Clearance Cards – Reminder from the Business Office

Clearance Cards are required for students to take their semester final exams. On Thursday, May 2nd, Clearance Cards were distributed to the students in Homeroom. If your daughter has not received her Clearance Card, it may be due to unresolved items such as:

  • A negative balance in the cafeteria – student’s responsibility
  • An overdue book from the Library – student’s responsibility
  • Athletic uniforms not returned – student’s responsibility
  • Detentions that have not been served – student’s responsibility
  • Outstanding tuition – parents’ responsibility 
  • Unpaid returned checks – parents’ responsibility 

Please ask your daughter if she received a Clearance Card. If not, encourage her to handle any of the above issues so that her clearance card can be released.

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Baccalaureate Mass
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - Prelude at 4:30 p.m., Mass at 5:30 p.m.

The Class of 2019 and their families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Mass on the eve of their graduation. The Baccalaureate Mass (Mass of Thanksgiving) is the first of two ceremonies that make up the graduation experience from St. Francis Catholic High School. The Class of 2019 will process into the transformed SFHS gym in their graduation gowns (no caps). Students may place an item at the base of the altar which represents their time at St. Francis (sports, drama, dance, service, retreats, clubs, etc.). The seniors will sign up, in advance, for the item they wish to present at the altar.  

The Mass is open to people of all faiths. You are encouraged to come early. The doors open at 4:15 p.m. with senior prelude performances starting at 4:30 p.m. and Mass begins at 5:30 p.m.

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AP Exams -May 6 – 17, 2019

AP Exams began on Monday, May 6th, and will run throughout Friday, May 17th. If your daughter is signed up to take an AP Exam, please encourage her to check the schedule so she knows the date, time, and location of her exams. A copy of the attached schedule has been emailed to your daughter. Your daughter is also encouraged to check her Troubiemail daily for exam details and any changes that may occur. AP scores are generally available in July, and your daughter has been told the steps required in order to access her scores on-line. If you have any questions regarding AP Testing, please call the Guidance Office directly. We’ll be glad to help, and we wish your daughter the best.

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Athletic News – 5/03/19

Get an early start on your 2019-20 parent hours!  Volunteers needed to help out at Sports Physical Night (6/5/19). Check out links below:

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Schedule Change – May 16 (Early Release)

There is a schedule change for May 16th.  It will be an early release day.  The schedule is as follows:

E – 8:00-9:10
F – 9:15-10:25
Break – 10:25-10:40
G – 10:40-11:50
Lunch – 11:50-12:30
H – 12:35-1:45

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Arts Recognition Ceremony
May 15, 8:00 a.m. on the Theatre Stage

This award ceremony honors those seniors who have committed to majoring in the arts in college. This year, the students from SF are majoring in Dance, Technical Theatre, Film and Television Productions, Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, Music Industries, Design, and Music Business. Meet the students, and hear their stories during this 45-minutes recognition. Families, friends, and instructors are invited to attend.  Continental breakfast will be offered for all attendees. There is no ticket or entrance fee.

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SFHS Dads’ Club Meeting
Thursday, May 16th, Dining Hall

The May Dads’ Club meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16th, in the Dining Hall. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate our last meeting of the 2018-2019 school year, and prepare for 2019-2020! Please know grandparents and single moms are always welcome to join us at our Dad’s Club meetings and events. Should you have any questions about this meeting, or St. Francis Dads’ Club in general, please feel free to contact us at dadsclub@stfrancishs.org. We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!

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Eucharistic Adoration

On Thursday, May 9th, throughout the entire school day, we will have Eucharistic Adoration take place in the SFHS Chapel. As we live out the Easter Season, think about spending some quiet time in prayer with the Blessed Sacrament. Please check in at the front office prior to heading to the chapel.

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Booster Club – Volunteer Hours Available

If you want to get a jump on your parent volunteer hours for the 2019-2020 school year, then check out the opportunities just posted on MVP under “Athletics/Booster Club.” Lots of volunteer slots are available for Sports Physical Night on Wednesday, June 5, including set-up on June 4 (the day before the event), clinical helpers (MDs and RNs to administer testing and physicals), non-clinical helpers (to check-in athletes, process payments, etc.), ice cream servers (Leatherby’s for everyone!), and break down/clean-up (after the event).

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Senior Painted Parking Spots

Senior Parents – Please share with your daughter.

This is a reminder that if you purchased a senior painted spot, it needs to be completely painted over no later than May 11 (you will need to provide the black exterior house paint). Please make sure not to get paint on white border lines. If the space is not painted by the end of the day on May11, there is an additional $100 fee to be paid.  Many students last year chose to do it after 3:30 p.m. (less traffic). It takes approximately 15 minutes to cover the area completely.  Please put it on your calendar.  Thank you, Mrs. Cost

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See the Final Presentation on the SFHS Master Plan on May 10

As you know, St. Francis embarked on a master planning process last fall. Current parents and our alumnae community were sent a survey to weigh in and share their thoughts about the needs and the vision for our school. The feedback was reviewed, along with input from the administration, faculty and staff. A thorough assessment of all the existing facilities was completed as part of the process.

The architects that led us through this process, Habeeb and Associates, will be returning to campus on Friday, May 10th, to present an overview of their findings and recommendations.  We invite the entire St. Francis community to participate in this presentation and discussion about the vision for our future.

Please join the St. Francis Administration and our master planning architects on Friday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Please RSVP here.

While it’s always great to be an SF Troubadour, it’s particularly exciting now as we plan for the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s Troubies. We look forward to seeing you on the 10th! 

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Athletic News – 4/12/19

Spring Signing Day Event on Wednesday, April 17

Come support your Troubie sisters at the Spring Signing Day event on Wednesday, April 17, at 8:30 a.m.

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Junior Prom/Senior Ball Dance Dress Rules

Dance attire rules for Junior Prom and Senior Ball:

  • Girls should wear semi-formal dresses to Senior Ball.  
  • Dresses must be no more than three (3) inches above the knee.
  • Girls may wear a strapless dress; however, no skin may be exposed on the stomach, back or chest. 
  • The male dates for semi-formal dances should wear dress shirts, dress pants, or Docker-style pants.
  • The male date for formal dances could wear a tuxedo or a suit and tie.
  • All other rules as stated under open dance dress code will be enforced.
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Clearance Cards – Reminder from the Business Office

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, clearance cards will be distributed in homeroom. Clearance cards are required for students to take their semester final exams. Students will not receive a clearance card unless tuition accounts are current. If you have a past due balance, please contact Michael Gallo at mgallo@stfrancishs.org or (916) 737-5042. The status of your account could also affect your daughter receiving her semester report card. Additionally, the following unresolved items will also delay your daughter receiving her clearance card:

  • A negative balance in the cafeteria – student responsibility
  • An overdue book from the Library – student responsibility
  • Athletic uniforms not returned – student responsibility
  • Detentions that have not been served – student responsibility
  • Outstanding tuition – parents responsibility 
  • Unpaid returned checks – parents responsibility
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Message from the Dean of Students

Dear Parents,

As we enter the final weeks of classes, your daughter/s may need extra help both at home and at school.  We know this can be a busy time, so we are asking you to help us to help your daughter. If you don’t know where to start, simply ask her about her projects and assignments, and if she is preparing for the fast pace that the last month of school naturally brings. Does she have a plan on how to study and complete all of her coursework?  She may be feeling inundated, especially if she has put off assignments or projects. You can remind her that she doesn’t need to pull all nighters. She needs good food, good sleep, limited electronics time, and a good success plan to get her through.  Please let her know that our teachers, guidance counselors, and wellness personnel are here to help and support her.  Attached is a letter I recently sent to the students as a simple reminder (concerning academic honesty). You may find the information helpful. If there is anything we can do to help you, please let us know. 

Many blessings for you and your family. – Mrs. Cost

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Athletic News – 4/05/19

Sports Physical Final Forms Notifications

Many of you have received a 60-day expiration notice for your daughter’s physical. This is a reminder that physicals must be completed yearly, and most will expire on June 1st (at the end of this school year). There’s good news though. June 5 will be Sports Physical Night on campus for the 2019-20 school year. Take this opportunity to save the date for this event. We will have more information released just after spring break. 

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Resource Outreach: Top 10 Tips to Increase Reading Comprehension, Part I

Preface: if your daughter is reading for comprehension, she will be tested. There are two categories of reading for exams: literature and textbook. Your daughter should alter the way she reads according to the type of test she will take. This outreach focuses on strategies to use when reading literature. Please share this article with your daughter.

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Make Your Shopping Count at Amazon, Escrip, and Other Stores!

Amazon

Your everyday shopping can benefit St. Francis Catholic High School. To support our school while shopping on Amazon, always shop at smile.amazon.com (bookmark the site to make it easier to return to). You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com. You can even use the same account on AmazonSmile as you do on Amazon.com.

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Jesuit’s UC College Information Night & Fair

Jesuit will be hosting a UC College Information Night + Fair for junior families on April 17, 2019.  There will be a presentation at 6:00 p.m., followed by a mini fair.  Your daughter was sent a flyer with more information.  We realize it’s spring break, but if your family is around that week, feel free to attend!

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SFHS Dads’ Club Meeting
Thursday, April 11th, Dining Hall

The April Dads’ Club meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11th, in the Dining Hall. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Our special guest speaker will be St. Francis Athletic Director, Mark McGreevy. Please join us for an interesting update and conversation led by our good friend, Mark! Please know grandparents and single moms are always welcome to join us at our Dads’ Club meetings and events. Should you have any questions about this meeting, or St. Francis Dads’ Club in general, please feel free to contact us at dadsclub@stfrancishs.org. We look forward to seeing you on the 11th!

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Athletic News – 3/29/19

Lacrosse’s, Sophia Gorona, Named the GoTroubies.com Athlete of the Week

Sophomore lacrosse player, Sophia Gorona, was named the GoTroubies.com Athlete of the Week for the week of March 17-23, 2019. Read the complete release HERE.

Volleyball Open Gym Information

Volleyball Open Gym is open to all St. Francis High School students.  Students must have a current 2019-20 St. Francis High School Physical Form on file and have Final Forms registration updated or completed with the Athletic Department in order to participate. For a list of complete dates, click HERE.

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Booster Club Meeting
Tuesday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. in the old faculty lounge (next to the old cafe)

Looking for a fun way to get your hours, support our Troubie athletes, and boost the spirit of our school? Then join us at our next Booster Club Meeting this Tuesday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. in the old faculty lounge (next to the old caf). We are now accepting nominations for three of our board seats: President, Vice-President, and Secretary. Whether it’s hosting Booster BBQs for each sport, handing out ice cream, or helping with special school events like Freshmen Registration Night and Sports Physical Night, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved! For more information, contact Karen Perkins at (916) 212-0549 or email ”boosters@stfrancishs.org.”

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End-of-Year Grandparents’ Club Meeting
Thursday, April 4th from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Please join us Thursday, April 4th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. for the End-of-Year Grandparents’ Club Meeting!  Following this meeting is Meet-a-Parent/Grandparent for Lunch starting at 11:15 a.m.  Don’t miss this special opportunity to have lunch with your granddaughter on campus.  Please sign in at the front entrance, and you may bring lunch or purchase food in the dining hall.  Spread the word, and invite other grandparents of current students to join! 

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Last Minute Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Art & Theater Events

  • 2019 Spring Play – Strike the Set – Double Hours! – March 31, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Show Choir Lunch Supervision - April 30th, 11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Student Activities

  • Mother Daughter Ball Set Up - April 5th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Mother Daughter Ball Clean Up - April 5th, 10:00 p.m .- 12:00 a.m. (Double Hours!!)

Booster Club BBQs

  • Diving – Saturday, April 6

No substitutions for volunteers.  The volunteer that signs up must be the one who is physically present. Sign up for shifts on MVP

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Athletic News – 3/22/19

Softball’s, Hope Jenkins, is the GoTroubies.com Athlete of the Week for the Week

Freshman, Hope Jenkins, is the GoTroubies.com Athlete of the Week for March 10-17, 2019. Jenkins pitched seven innings for St. Francis, leading them into a 2-0 shutout against Davis on Friday afternoon during their first Delta League game. Jenkins struck out 11 Blue Devils, had no walks during the game, and kept the game scoreless for the Troubies. Read the complete release HERE.

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Chamber Singers Take FIRST PLACE

We are thrilled to share that our SF Chamber singers were awarded FIRST PLACE today at the Golden State Women’s Choral Festival featuring the top women’s choirs in Northern California! A HUGE congrats to our Troubies, to Mrs. Harris,and to Mr. Rheault for his amazing piano accompanying! We are so excited for the opportunity to host next year! Be sure to congratulate our SF Chamber Singers!!

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NĀ WĀHINE O ‘OLU HULA AUDITION
Audition Date Change - TUESDAY, 5/7/19

Have you always been interested in hula and the Hawaiian culture? Here is your opportunity.  This year-long course enables students to learn basic Hawaiian language, Polynesian dance, and history.  Through hula basics and choreography, the students will learn discipline, grace, teamwork, and commitment to reach each dancer’s full potential in hula.  Students learn techniques to dance hula gracefully through hand gestures, body movement, and facial expression, in addition to learning basic Hawaiian language and Hawaiian history.  This class performs in many of the school events, as well as some outside events. 

Nā Wāhine O ‘Olu Hula is a year-long, PE hula class in which you receive 5 PE credits after completing the course.  This would take the place of your regular PE class if you make it through auditions. Classes are every Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. If you have any other extra-curricular activities that would coincide with this day and time, please do not try out as attendance is essential.  Prior to auditions, we have two workshops.  One is a hula basics, and one is hula choreography.  Attendance in both workshops are required to audition.  Hula experience is not required.  Come join us, and embark on this journey of hula and the Hawaiian culture. 

Hula Basics Workshop: Monday, April 29th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 407

Hula Choreography Workshop: Tuesday, April 30th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 407

Hula Auditions: TUESDAY, MAY 7th instead of Friday, May 3rd beginning at 5:00 pm. in Room 407 

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Parent Service Hours Due 4/30/19

Parent Service Hours are due April 30, 2019. The website does not automatically submit your hours for you, so you must send a copy of your “Hours and Feedback Report” to cleavitt@stfrancishs.org.

Please check the report to ensure that no more than half of the required hours are from the “Donations” category.

The total hours due are 25 per family or 12.5 for single parents (sole support).

Check MVP for remaining volunteer opportunities.

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Weekly Wellness
By:  Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselors

Today’s Wellness topic deals with the dangerous on-line and social media challenges teens are participating in.  Please talk to your daughter about the dangers not only of these challenges, but also of allowing others to manipulate them into doing something they really don’t want to do.

DANGEROUS ON-LINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGES: These are viral challenges that are popular with students on almost every social network.

Viral challenges like these encourage teens to do dangerous things just for likes, views, attention, and subscribers. These challenges usually target students across several social networks and require them to perform dangerous activities. Students have to post proof of themselves partaking in the dangerous challenge on social media. Often, these challenges have serious repercussions and encourage students to behave in a way we have never seen before.

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Reminders from the Business Office

All returning families should have received the 2019 – 2020 Re-enrollment email to their family’s “household” email address on March 14th.

If you have not received it, please contact (please look in spam folder before contacting) Michael Gallo at mgallo@stfrancishs.org or 916.737.5042.

This year we will be using TADS for the online re-enrollment process and tuition collection.  Please note that in order to reserve your daughter’s space in her class, it is essential that you follow the instructions in the email that was sent on March 14th. To complete the online Student Enrollment and Tuition Agreement, you will need to pay the $725 registration fee by March 22, 2019.  For seniors, the $150 graduation fee is added.  You may select to pay the fees by e-check or credit card (an additional fee will be applied by TADS for credit card use). Tuition for the 2019 – 2020 school year will be $14,400.

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Spring Play – “Quilters” & Arts Recognition Ceremony

"Quilters"

In the American West, pioneer women face the joys and challenges of frontier life. Based on the book The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art , this musical play veers away from a traditional storyline and instead presents itself as a series of short tales and tableaux matched with musical numbers. Each piece presents an aspect of frontier life or womanhood, from girlhood to marriage, old age, natural disasters, and, finally, death.  The patches are ultimately put together to form one dramatic tableau.  

Get your tickets for that night or any of the other dates below HERE

Friday, March 29 - 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday, March 30 - 2:00 p.m. 
Saturday, March 30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Arts Recognition Ceremony

Seniors have been emailed a Arts Recognition Ceremony form. If they are majoring in an Art Form such as architecture, interior design, dance, music, theatre, sculpture, they will be honored at the Arts Recognition Ceremony on May 15 at 8:00 a.m. They must fill out the form sent to them ASAP, even if they don’t know what University/Jr. College they will be attending. 

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Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony & Dinner
April 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

St. Francis Catholic High School will induct its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Class at a ceremony and dinner on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in the Gymnasium. The Athletics Hall of Fame reflects the proud history of our community, highlighting the long-standing athletic success of the institution and recognizing the importance of developing well-rounded individuals. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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Athletic News – 3/15/19

St. Francis Leads Girls Delta River League and Commissioner Cup Standings

The St. Francis athletics department leads the Delta League All-Sports and Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner’s Cup Standings after the Winter Sports schedule. Read the complete release HERE.

Swimming’s, Victoria Cao, and Track and Field’s, Reyna Johnson, are the GoTroubies.com Athletes of the Week

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Parent Volunteers Needed for the Boosters

Looking to finish up your volunteer hours and have fun doing it? Then sign up to help at our upcoming Booster BBQs! We still need volunteers for Lacrosse (Sat., March 30) and Diving (Sat., April 6). The Booster Club is a FREE, FUN, and a FULFILLING way to strengthen our Troubie community, and boost the spirit of our school through athletics. Click HERE to sign up. For more information, contact Karen Perkins at (916) 212-0549 or email boosters@stfrancishs.org.

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Ghana Trip 2019

A select group of students from St. Francis Catholic High School are invited to attend the 60th Anniversary Celebration of our sister school, St. Francis of Assisi Senior Girls School in Ghana, Africa, in November of this year. The students will pay their own way. In addition, they will represent the school at this event. The trip will cost each student about $3,200 (+/-). The trip will depart on or about November 10 and return on or about November 20. The application process includes the application, approval from the Office of the Dean, the Guidance Department, and an interview with the Campus Ministry team. Applicants should have a solid 3.0 GPA and be able to miss these school days without endangering their GPA. Interested students should check with their teachers and coaches to make sure they can miss these days. Apply HEREApplication due April 15th by 11:59 pm. 

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Mother Daughter Ball 2019 – Fashion Week Edition
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Come dance the night away with the special women in your life!

Join us for music, dancing, dessert, games, photos, and lots of love.

  • Location: St. Francis High School Armory
  • When: Friday, April 5th 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Submit your favorite Mother Daughter pictures for our slideshow HERE
  • Purchase Tickets HERE for $25 per mother/daughter; $5 for each additional daughter, aunt, grandma, or guest.
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Mandatory AP Exam Pre-Administration for Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores

There is a mandatory AP Exam Pre-Administration session for those who will be taking an AP Exam in May.  It is scheduled for Friday, April 5th. All students taking an AP exam (with the exception of those ONLY submitting an AP Studio Art portfolio and not taking any other AP exams) must attend the appropriate session in order to complete necessary paperwork. Students must bring their student ID and #2 pencils.  

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2018 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

St. Francis has been awarded the College Board’s prestigious AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. This honor is given to schools whose AP Computer Science program promotes female representation in the Computer Science field. St. Francis is one of only 28 schools, of the 18,000 AP programs worldwide, to receive this distinctive award for both AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A. Through these programs, St. Francis High School is helping to pave the way to greater gender parity in the Computer Science industry, promoting high-paying, in-demand jobs for women, and driving innovation, creativity, and competition.

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New Booster BBQ Volunteer Opportunities & Next Meeting
Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 12 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the old faculty lounge (next to the old cafe)

New Booster BBQ volunteer opportunities for Swimming, Lacrosse, Track & Field, and Softball are now available on MVP. Sign up today. Join us as we support our Troubie athletes and provide a much-appreciated free meal to fans and athletes alike! Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 12 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the old faculty lounge (next to the old cafe). The Booster Club is a FREE, FUN, and a FULFILLING way to strengthen our Troubie community, and boost the spirit of our school through athletics. For more information, contact Karen Perkins at (916) 212-0549 or email: boosters@stfrancishs.org.

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Athletic News – 3/08/19

Soccer’s, Lindsey Piatanesi, Named the GoTroubie.com Athlete of The Week

Junior, Lindsey Piatanesi, was named the GoTroubies.com Athlete of the Week for the week of February 25 – March 3, 2019. Piatanesi won the game for the St. Francis Troubadours at their CIF Northern California Soccer final on Saturday. Read the complete release HERE.

Soccer Wins CIF State Northern California Regional Title on Golden Goal

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Resource Outreach: Top Ten Tips – The Practice of Self-Compassion

Top Ten Tips - The Practice of Self-Compassion

  1. The practice of Self-Compassion is scientifically researched to decrease anxiety and depression. (Learning & the Brain Conference, S.F. 2/15/19)
  2. Self-compassion is scientifically researched as having a positive correlation with learning outcomes and long term retention of academic material.  (Learning & the Brain Conference, S.F. 2/15/19)
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SFHS Dads’ Club Meeting
Thursday, March 21st, Dining Hall

The February Dads’ Club meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21st, in the Dining Hall. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Our speaker will be St. Francis Athletic Director, Mark McGreevy. Grandparents and single moms are always welcome to join us. Should you have any questions about this meeting, or St. Francis Dads’ Club in general, please feel free to contact us at dadsclub@stfrancishs.org. We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

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Booster Club Meeting – Board Seat Nominations
Tuesday, March 12 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in old Faculty Lounge

Wondering what the Booster Club is all about, and how you can get involved? Now is the time! We are accepting nominations for our three Board seats (President, Vice President, and Secretary) for the 2019-20 year. Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, March 12 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the old faculty lounge (next to the old cafe). The Booster Club is a FREE, FUN, and FULFILLING way to strengthen our Troubie community, and boost the spirit of our school through athletics. For more information, contact Karen Perkins at (916) 212-0549 or email boosters@stfrancishs.org. We look forward to seeing you on March 12!

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Graduation Announcements and Class Rings

If you have not yet ordered your daughter’s custom graduation announcements, please click the link below and do so now! Additionally, if your daughter never ordered a sophomore class ring or would like to order a new one, please go to the Jostens website HERE

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Lent 2019

CRS Rice Bowl is a Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action. SFHS is invited to learn about our brothers and sisters in need around the world, to and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting, and resources to change the lives of those who suffer in poverty. As a community, Troubies observe the Lenten pillars of praying, fasting, and giving in the following ways:

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Athletic News – 3/01/19

Freshman, Cate Joaquin, named GoTroubies.com Athlete of the Week

Freshman, Cate Joaquin, is the GoTroubies.com Athlete of the Week for week of February 17-24, 2019. Joaquin won the 1600 meters at the Pitman Distance Wars on Friday night. She helped the Troubies win the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 12:38.54, the fourth best time in St. Francis history. Read the complete release HERE.

Basketball Lands Three on All-Delta League Squad

The St. Francis basketball team placed three players on the All-Delta League team as selected by the league’s coaches. Seniors, Nika Bagatelos and Lauren Pank, joined junior, Mia Fleming-Mullins, on the first team. Read the complete release HERE.

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Paris in Bloom: Saturday Night!


The entire St. Francis campus is being transformed before our eyes in anticipation of tomorrow evening’s Paris in Bloom!  It takes an army and we are so grateful for our chairs, committee leads and the myriad volunteers that have been here morning til night. Many parts of the evening can be enjoyed by all, including:

All silent auction bidding will be entirely online through Gesture mobile bidding. Bidding is open now and will close at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 9. You can start bidding now here 

Commemorate your love of a favorite Troubie, Alumna or Staffulty member by purchasing a new SF Love Lock! This engraved heart lock will live forever more in St. Francis’ Canticle Garden. These can be purchased here.

The Spirit of San Damiano Award will be presented to two exceptional women: alumna Marion Slakey ’48 and St. Francis’ first president, Marion Bishop.

The capstone of the event is our Fund-a-Vision. The entire community is encouraged to participate in this giving opportunity to empower the next generation of smart leaders, creative thinkers and global citizens. Every gift has a direct impact on our students, empowering them with the tools they need to become the leaders and givers of tomorrow. 

Contact Mari Parisi, Special Events Associate, at 916-737-5015 mparisi@stfrancishs.org, if you have any questions. 

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Freshman One Day Retreats

Freshman One Day Retreats are March 12, 13, and 14, and are part of the Theology Curriculum. The teachers and blocks assigned to each day are below.  The retreat is held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 660 Florin Road.  A pizza lunch and snack will be provided, but please make sure your daughter eats breakfast before arriving.  More detailed information will be sent out in an email, so have your daughter check her email account.

Schedule:

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Ghana Trip

Our sister school in Ghana, Africa, St. Francis Senior Girls High School, has invited members of our community to join them for the 60th Anniversary celebration of their school. Campus Ministry is putting together a small group of students (4) and faculty (2) to travel to Jirappa, Ghana, Africa in the fall (November - students will miss a week of school) of 2019. The students will need to pay their own travel expenses. More details and an application form will be coming soon. More information will be forthcoming in a future Principal’s Newsletter.  

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Sophomore Family Mass This Sunday
February 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Francis Gym

The Sophomore Family Mass is THIS SUNDAY, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Francis Gym.  During the Mass, class rings and other sentimental rings/jewelry will be blessed. Each student will receive a Pax et Bonum Pin. Following Mass, a reception will be hosted by the Parent’s Guild. All family members and friends are invited to attend. Attendance will be taken before Mass by homeroom teachers.  See you there!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maggie Murray at mmurray@stfrancishs.org.

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Campus Ministry Leadership Applications

It’s finally here! The Campus Ministry Leadership application is now OPEN (Christian Service Leadership, Big Sister Leadership, and Retreat Team Leadership for the 2019-2020 School year)!

If your daughter is interested, please have her submit the application by February 25th at 11:59 p.m.

Before your daughter applies, be aware that she MUST be able to attend an interview sometime from March 25th- April 5th. This is a requirement to be considered for a position. Also, she may apply for multiple positions, BUT she is only allowed to accept one. For any other questions you may have, please come by or email Campus Ministry. We are so excited to read your daughters’ applications! Link can be found HERE.

 

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Attendance Tip

Some of you are having trouble with the extension (150) for the attendance line when you call into the main line for the school.  

Certain cell phones do not have a “pure” tone to activate our system, so the dial tones do not correctly route the call.

Please use the direct number, which is (916) 737-5050, in order to circumvent this problem. Remember to call before 8:00 a.m. regarding your daughter’s attendance. 

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Accessible Seating for the Baccalaureate Mass

If you or someone in your family requires accessible seating for the Baccalaureate Mass, please complete the form HERE

Each individual requiring accessible seating may have one guest sit with him/her. Please complete the form before May 17, 2019.

If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Poarch, Campus Ministry Administrative Assistant, at 916.737.5027. 

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Graduation Tickets and Accessible Seating Needs

Each family is allotted 12 tickets for the Graduation ceremony. If families require more tickets, seniors need to exchange among themselves. Tickets will be distributed immediately following Baccalaureate Mass. 

If you require accessible seating for a member of your family, please complete the attached form HERE no later than Friday, May 10th, 2019. If you have additional questions, please contact Dyan Cwynar at 916.737.5076. For each individual requiring accessible seating, one guest may sit with them. For additional graduation information, please go to the graduation page on the St. Francis High School website under Quick Links.

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Athletic News – 2/15/19

Spring Student-Athletes and Parents Adidas Sale Information

Here are the remaining spring sports Adidas order information. Note the tight deadlines. No exceptions will be made for late orders.

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Weekly Wellness: Kevin Hines Resources
By: Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselors - 2/08/19

Kevin Hines, Lifetime Achievement Award-Winning, speaker, author and mental health advocate spoke on Monday, February 4, at Jesuit High School.  Thank you to our St. Francis families who were able to attend.  As promised, Kevin has shared with us his own everyday practices in “The Art of Wellness” and has graciously provided his “Resources for Parents” booklet.  We are thankful for Kevin’s time in supporting our campus communities and providing us with up-to-date mental health resources.

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SFHS Dads’ Club Meeting
Thursday, February 21st, Dining Hall

The February Dads’ Club meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21st, in the Dining Hall. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Our speaker will be St. Francis Principal, Elias Mendoza. Should you have any questions about this meeting, or Dads’ Club in general, please feel free to contact us at dadsclub@stfrancishs.org. We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

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Accessible Seating Needs – Deadline Extended

If you require accessible seating for a member of your family, please complete the attached form HERE no later than Wednesday, May 15th. 2019. If you have additional questions, please contact Dyan Cwynar at 916.737.5076. Each individual requiring accessible seating may have one guest sit with them. For additional graduation information, please go to the graduation page on the St. Francis High School website under Quick Links.

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Retreat for High School Students – Echoes of Worth

Parents, if you are interested in your daughter/s attending a retreat with other high school youth from the Diocese of Sacramento, Reno, Santa Rosa, Stockton, and the Bay Area, please click HERE for additional information. 

Echoes of Worth begins Friday, March 29th at 5:30 p.m. The retreat concludes on Sunday, March 31st at 1:30 p.m.  

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Grandparents’ Club Meeting – NEW Date 2/27

Grandparents – please join us Wednesday, February 27 at 9:00 a.m for our next Grandparents’ Club Meeting. Come early at 8:30a for coffee/tea and donuts!  Immediately following the meeting, all are invited to a no-host lunch at OBO Italian Table, 3145 Folsom Boulevard. 

For more information, click HERE or email us at GPClub@stfrancishs.org.

2019 Dates – all Meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m.

  • Wednesday, February 27
  • Tuesday, April 4
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AP 2019 Exam Information

The AP Parent Information letter and calendar was emailed Monday, 1/28/19. Please review the letter if your daughter will be taking an AP Exam this May. The letter includes important dates, requirements, and payment information.  Also, be sure to note that all AP Exam takers must attend a mandatory pre-administration meeting scheduled for Friday, April 5th at 8:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall.  More information about this meeting will be forthcoming and will be sent directly to your daughter’s troubiemail this spring.  

AP Parent Letter AP Calendar 

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SFHS One Acts ‘girl’ take Gold!

This last weekend St. Francis was honored to participate in the 2019 Lenaea High School Theatre Festival! We are elated to share our students took home the Gold for our One-Act play “Girl” as well as Outstanding Original Script Award.

We also had students receive individual awards! Special shout-out to Aurora Giacobbe ‘20, who received Bronze for ‘Secret Service’ from ‘Mr. President’ and to Kelsi Towle ‘21, who received Silver for her role in ‘The Whispers Of Saints’.

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Prayer Request

Please pray for comfort for Mary Ellen Davis, grandmother of Abigail Palko. Mary Ellen is currently on hospice care.

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Run to Feed the Hungry Kudos

Run to Feed the Hungry Kudos Picture

Thank you to all those who participated in the Run to Feed the Hungry.  Our SFHS Troubies Team has been recognized as the largest team for the second year in a row.  Each year, we put this team together to do something bigger than ourselves for the Sacramento community. Thank you! Sign ups for the 2019 SFHS Troubies will begin in September! 

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SWAP DAY PARENT SURVEY

Switch With A Parent (SWAP) Day is a unique St. Francis High School experience, providing parents the opportunity to get a glimpse of their daughter’s world for a day. Our hope is that parents gain greater understanding of their daughter’s school experience, build relationships with other parents, and deepen engagement in our community.  That said, we’re always seeking ways to improve and remain relevant, and ask for your feedback to help us in these efforts.  

Please complete this surveyregardless of whether you attend SWAP day or not, by Sunday, February 3rd. Thank you in advance!

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SFHS Dads’ Club Meeting
Thursday, February 21st, Dining Hall

The February Dads’ Club meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21st, in the Dining Hall. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Should you have any questions about this meeting, or Dads’ Club in general, please feel free to contact us at dadsclub@stfrancishs.org. We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

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Athletic News – 2/01/19

Golden 1 Game Tickets on Sale Now

The St. Francis Varsity Basketball team will play a game against Delta League rival, Davis, on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Golden I Center, as part of a high school doubleheader with the Jesuit Marauders. The Jesuit-Davis boys contest tips off at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the double-header are $20 for lower level general admission and can be purchased on line or in person from the St. Francis Athletics Department. Tickets must be picked up at school or at will call on game day.

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Resource Outreach: Top Ten Tips for Taking Notes – 1/28/19

1. Note Taking Improves Student Learning.

Note taking is shown to improve student learning from reading (Rahmani & Sadeghi, 2011; Chang & Ku, 2014) and lecture (Kiewra, 2002).

2. Take More Notes.

The number of notes you take is directly correlated with how much information you retain (Nye, Crooks, Powley, & Tripp, 1984). Caution: this does NOT mean writing more words. Take bullet point notes of critical information.

3. Take Quality Notes.