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Alumnae Spotlight Eleni Kounalakis ’85
Troubie. Businesswoman. Activist. Diplomat. Mother. What's Next, Lieutenant Governor of California?

Congratulations to alumna Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ’85 on her election to Lieutenant Governor of California! If you missed the article on Eleni in the Spring 2018 issue, read it here:

We know Troubadours are women who change the world; we had a chance to catch up with Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ’85 to hear where her post-St. Francis journey has taken her and what lessons from her alma mater she has taken on the journey.

Always a woman who wanted to experience the world, Eleni spent her sophomore year at a boarding school in Lugano, Switzerland before embarking on her Troubadour education. While transferring schools mid-way through high school can seem intimidating, Eleni found her St. Francis home to be warm and welcoming and affectionately remembers the many friends she made while a student here. Troubies who remember her debate performance as Walter Mondale, alongside Claire Chatfield as Geraldine Ferraro, will not be surprised that Eleni is currently campaigning to be the next Lieutenant Governor of California.

“A part of running for office is reviewing your old files. I pleasantly found a report I had written in high school about the 1984 election. There was no question the work we were doing at St. Francis was very relevant,” Eleni reminisces. Her social studies teacher, Trisha (Garretson) Uhrhammer, had connections at the Capitol through her graduate work in history and government. She was also involved with the League of Women Voters and encouraged her students to be informed and active in government. She made a big impact on Eleni.

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Senior Parents:  Submit Cal Grant GPA Information Release Form

If you would like to be considered for a Cal Grant or Middle Class Scholarship (available at UC and CSU), please complete, and submit the Cal Grant GPA Information Release Form to Guidance as soon as possible (the form was emailed to your daughter; you MUST include a valid Social Security Number).  We are already uploading Cal Grant GPA’s to the California Student Aid Commission, and will continue through the March 2 final deadline; however, it is most beneficial to submit the Cal Grant G

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Club Tee Shirts Available for Purchase

Club Tee shirts are available on our WEB-STORE now. Students can place their online orders between now and November 18th. All shirts will be delivered to campus the first week of December and will be distributed through Club Presidents. 

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Athletic News – 11/09/18

Important Upcoming Athletic Department Dates

  • Fall National Signing Day, November 14, 8:30 a.m.
  • Golf Banquet, November 15, 6:00 p.m.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet, November 17, 6:00 p.m.
  • Cross Country Banquet, November 26, 6:00 p.m.
  • Water Polo Banquet, November 28, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tennis Banquet, November 29, 6:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Banquet Registration Open

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St. Francis Grandparents’ Club Meeting
Wednesday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.

We love having our grandparents involved!  The St. Francis Grandparents’ Club is a growing group of grandparents who want to get more involved, get to know each other, learn more about St. Francis, and enrich the granddaughter/grandparent relationship.  As a member, you will be added to regular Grandparents’ Club communications, and you will receive updates about club meetings and events. All grandparents of our students and alumnae are welcome!

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Lost and Found Policy

Effective 11/7/18, we have changed our lost and found policy. We will no longer be sending out school-wide emails to students.   

  • Lunch boxes/bags without names will be thrown away after 48 hours due to health and safety concerns.
  • Books and uniforms without a name will be donated after 48 hours to the library or uniform closet.
  • All remaining items will be donated on a weekly basis to Goodwill or other appropriate sites.
  • Items with names will be brought to the office and returned by office interns to students.
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ARTS Tickets on-sale Now!

Dance Concert 
Friday Nov 16, 2018 – Saturday Nov 17, 2018 

Christmas Music Concert 
Saturday Dec 1, 2018 | 7pm

Quilters 
Friday Mar 22, 2019 – Saturday Mar 30, 2019

Dance Showcase 2019 
Thursday Apr 11, 2019 | 7pm

PURCHASE ARTS TICKETS

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Dance Concert: Gaia’s Odyssey

Mother Nature’s quest to protect and save her planet. Come see SF Dance Co., Apprentice Dance Co., and Nā Wāhine O ‘Olu  Hula present dance interpretations on Mother Nature’s quest to protect her planet from the destructive habits of mankind.  

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Hall of Fame Banquet Registration Open

Help us celebrate the inaugural St. Francis Hall of Fame inductees on November 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. Registration for the dinner is $45 for adults. There is a No Host Bar. Discounts are available for children and St. Francis staff. Hope you can help make this a special night for some special Troubies and their coaches. Purchase tickets HERE.

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Make Your 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.

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Master Planning Survey

All families were emailed a Master Planning survey this week. Your input will provide us with information about what future facilities you’d like to see at SFHS.  Thank you for your time!

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Class Rings and the Sophomore Family Mass 

Each year, sophomores, who are interested, are invited to order a class ring through Josten’s. On Sunday, February 24, 2019, these rings, or other personal sentimental ring/jewelry the sophomore student selects, will be blessed and presented at the Sophomore Family Mass (SFHS Gym). This class Mass is a sign of unity for the Class of 2021. All the sophomores and their families are invited to this special event. The Parents’ Guild will host a reception after the Mass, and the Class Historian will present a short video montage chronicling the life of the Simbas here at SFHS.  Sophomore Ring Packets will be distributed in Homeroom on Thursday, November 8th. Jostens will be on campus during lunch on Wednesday, November 28, to collect the completed orders.

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Athletic News – 11/02/18

Important Upcoming Athletic Department Dates

  • Basketball Jersey Ceremony, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
  • Fall National Signing Day, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m.
  • Golf Banquet, Nov. 15, 6 p.m.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.

Fall National Signing Day Celebration

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Important Reminders from the Business Office

Clearance Cards

On Thursday, November 29, 2018, 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 as of November 21, 2018. If you have a past due balance, please contact Michael Gallo at mgallo@stfrancishs.org or call him at (916) 737-5042 to make payment arrangements.

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Toiletries

After a trip, many of us find that we have a small collection of hotel toiletries. We are partnered with different organizations that could really use those tiny, travel-size bottles. If you find you have any in your homes that you would like to donate, please have your daughter bring these to the CLC, so we can share with those in need in our communities.

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Fr. Arnold

Our Chaplain, Fr. Arnold, is on vacation for a month. He will return to us at the end of November.

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All Saints Day Mass
Thursday, November 1 - 10:35 a.m.

As a community of faith, we remember and honor those who have gone before us. We give thanks to God for their presence in our lives, and the memories and life lessons they have given us.

We invited our Troubies to share with us the names and pictures of their loved ones who have died so that we may place their picture at the All Saints Day Mass. Please have your daughter submit these no later than October 29, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. through the link HERE. (Students can only submit pictures using their St. Francis email account) 

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Volunteers Needed for Sewing, Ushers/Box Office, and Strike

Sewing Volunteers for Dance Concert

Do you sew? We need seamstresses of all levels to help the costumer for the Dance Concert. You will be given the materials that you need to cut, assemble, sew, mend, or alter. 

Usher/Box Office Volunteers  for Dance & Christmas Music Concerts, and Strike Volunteers for Musical/Dance Concert

We also are in need of ushers and box office volunteers for shows. What a great way to get parent hours completed!

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Athletic News – 10/26/18

Important Upcoming Athletic Department Dates

  • Fall National Signing Day, November 14, 8:30 a.m.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet, November 17, 6:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Banquet Registration Open

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Prayer

If you have any special intention(s) that you would like the St. Francis community to lift in prayer, please include it in the Prayer Basket located in the chapel or click HERE. Those prayers that are marked “public” will be added to the Principal’s Newsletter.

On Tuesdays at 7:20 a.m., all Troubies are welcome to start their day with a few minutes of quiet, contemplative prayer in the Chapel. Join us!

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Urgent Volunteer Needs for SELFe Event

St. Francis’ new SELFe event featuring Rachel Hollis is in desperate need of volunteers next week!  There are shifts available beginning Monday all the way through Sunday evening, October 28th. Weekend shifts offer double and triple hours. This is a great opportunity to be part of the excitement surrounding this new event.  View opportunities here:  MyVolunteerPage.com or contact Mari Parisi at mparisi@stfrancishs.org or call 916-737-5105.

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Retreats

If you have a sophomore, junior, or senior daughter, please take time to speak to her to find out which retreat fits best into her schedule.  The remaining retreat dates for each grade level are below. Please follow the direct link below. If you have any problems, please contact Mrs. Poarch at spoarch@stfrancishs.org. Please be aware that there is a fee of $50 to change or cancel your retreat date once you have registered. If you cancel less than two weeks away from your retreat date, you forfeit the entire fee.

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Final Week for After-School Homecoming Prep

Students are invited to stay after school to help with decorations, plan the skits, and practice the dances. This is a great opportunity to build friendships, and make memories with your Troubie sisters.

Schedule:

  • October 29 – October 31, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • November 1, 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.
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Senior Parent Reminders

Announcements and Keepsakes

If you missed the initial order for announcements and keepsakes through Jostens this week, there is still time to place your orders online or by mail. Please go to Jostens.com. Graduation gown, cap, and tassel orders have already been prepared for all students. Families do not need to order those items. 

Senior Portrait Deadline Saturday, November 17th, 2018

The deadline for seniors to be photographed by Prestige Portraits, Lifetouch, is November 17th, 2018. Please contact their studio at 916-535-7799 to make an appointment. A black drape, provided by the studio, is worn for the photograph which will be used in the yearbook and for the graduation ceremony.

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Run To Feed the Hungry
Thursday, November 22

Run to Feed the Hungry is the largest Thanksgiving Day Race in the country.  St. Francis is helping to make it great by having a team, SFHS Troubies.  The Run to Feed the Hungry benefits the Sacramento Food Bank to ensure that everyone can get food when they need it. This year, invite your friends, family members, and of course your fellow Troubies to join our team.  Benefits to joining the SFHS Troubies Team: parking for the race at SF, a special location with coffee and donuts before the race for all Teams, and packet pick up at St. Francis the week before the race. Race registration for teams closes November 5th. Sign up now, and join us this Thanksgiving! Want to sleep in or plan to travel that week, sign up as a virtual runner. Remember, students can wear their Run to Feed the Hungry shirts on Fridays with their skirts. This year all team members get a special headband with their race shirt. Just follow the link below. During registration, make sure you join a team, follow the prompts, and click on SFHS Troubies. Register HERE.

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Epicurean’s Promotion – World Pasta Day – 10/23/18

This weeks promotion in Serra Café will be “World Pasta Day” on Tuesday, October 23rd; and we will be serving Free Range Chicken Scampi with Fettuccine Noodles, Roasted Garlic Sweet Potatoes & Le Boulanger Herb Focaccia Garlic Bread. We will be hosting “Whats Hot - Whats Not” on Wednesday, October 24th, in the cafe after school from 3:00-3:30 p.m. Please come down and share your thoughts. Receive a treat after giving Epicurean Group some feed back on what you like and do not like. Don’t forget our famous Troubie Taco Tuesday!

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Athletic News – 10/19/18

Important Upcoming Athletic Department Dates

  • Fall National Signing Day, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet, Nov. 17, 6:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Banquet Registration Open

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Summer 2019 College Tour

In June 2019, members of our school will be taking students to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City on an immersive college orientation program where we will visit campuses, meet admissions representatives, participate in workshops, talk with current college students, explore a new part of the country, and more!

Tour Details:  

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Financial Aid Application Process for the 2019 – 2020 School Year – Now Open

The St. Francis Catholic High School Financial Aid application process for the 2019–2020 school year has opened.

St. Francis Catholic High School provides Financial Aid for families who qualify based on a demonstrated financial need. Financial aid enables St. Francis to assist students who could not otherwise afford to attend. Although total financial need always exceeds our resources, St. Francis helps as many families as possible. 

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Updates from the Troubie Store

We just received notification from our vendor that the long sleeve white polo’s will not arrive until the end of November.  We will post on social media when they arrive.

The new and very popular tie-dye shirts are back in stock!  Stop by the Troubie Store on Tuesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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Prayer Opportunities

Ministry Coordinators invite all Troubies to join them in prayer.  Please share the following information with your daughter. There are a number of different styles of prayer.

  • On Mondays at lunch, we offer Lectio Divina style reflection. On those days, there will be Gospel readings in the Chapel.
  • On Tuesdays at 7:20 a.m., Troubies are welcome to start their day with a few minutes of quiet, contemplative prayer in the Chapel.
  • Next week on Thursday the 25th & Friday the 26th, we will have Adoration available for all students and staff. This is an opportunity for our Troubies to disconnect from the stresses of school and sports, and focus on the quiet with the chance to sit with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Adoration will be available throughout the entire day, including during lunch.
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You don’t have to miss out: Watch Rachel Hollis on Live Stream from your home!

Our first SELFe Event, featuring Rachel Hollis, sold out for the onsite, in-person, experience. However, due to overwhelming demand, St. Francis is presenting an exclusive LIVE STREAM of the inaugural SELFe Event.

This is A MUST SEE for women of all ages. You don’t want to miss out on the Live Stream. Access to the Live Stream is just $30.  St. Francis students and families can receive a 30% discount with the code:  troubie18. 

Grab a few girlfriends and your daughters and experience St. Francis’ SELFe event featuring Rachel Hollis in the comfort of your own home.

Purchase Access Here

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Chicago: High School Edition

In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover, and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream” - fame, fortune, and acquittal.  

This popular show will surely sell-out -….and all that jazz.  Tickets are available now HERE.

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First Athletics Hall of Fame Class to be Inducted in November
The 2018 class will include the 1993 CIF State Championship basketball team, golf coach Diane Aguer, five standout Troubadours and contributor Dotty Brandenburger.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Catholic High School is proud to announce its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Class which will be inducted this fall, President Theresa Rodgers announced. The ceremony and dinner is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the St. Francis Gymnasium.

“On behalf of the entire St. Francis community, we are very excited about the establishment of the new St. Francis Athletics Hall of Fame and the induction of our first class this Fall,” said Rodgers.

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Free Advanced Driving Lesson – Ford Driving Skills for Life

Attention SF Parents! Please don’t miss this opportunity to enroll your daughter in a free, advanced driving lesson offered through Ford Driving Skills for Life. This event will be held on October 20th and 21st.  There will be 400 lessons offered to those who register. This experience will provide your teen daughter with the practice needed to become a safe and distracted-free driver.

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PSAT Scores for Juniors / PreACT Scores for Sophomores / PSAT 8/9 Scores for Freshmen

PSAT Scores for Juniors

PSAT results will be emailed to juniors sometime in December or January from the College Board.   The Student Score Reports have helpful interpretive information about student performance.  There will be numerical and content-based interpretations of student performance which will define what students know and can do, and which also help students identify the knowledge and skills to focus on next to increase achievement.

PreACT Scores for Sophomores

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

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Dean, Cynthia Cost, in conjunction with the Wellness Counselors will host a Safety Assembly for the students.  In the assembly, we will be viewing, discussing, and practicing “RUN – HIDE – FIGHT – Surviving an Active Assailant” protocols.  In addition, Wellness Counselors will be discussing personal boundaries and grooming.  The students will be shown a video discussing the topic. This video is utilized in the Diocesan training of our teachers, staff, coaches, and volunteers.

Below are links to references for your review and discussion with your daughter.

Run Hide Fight – Quick Reference PDF

Grooming Behaviors – PDF

We believe these are very important and necessary topics of discussion.   However, we understand that it may be tough for some students.  If you daughter cannot participate, she must remain in the front office during the training.  Please contact the Dean of Students, Cynthia Cost, at CCost@stfrancishs.org if you wish to have her opt out of the training. Thank you.

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SFHS Dads’ Club October Meeting
Thursday, October 18th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The October Dads’ Club meeting will take place on Thursday, October 18th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Dining Hall. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jason Javier-Watson, SFHS Assistant Principal, who will update us on key activities at St. Francis and hold a roundtable with our Dads. It should be a fun and interesting conversation.  Please check us out on the St. Francis website by clicking HERE or contact us via email at dadsclub@stfrancishs.org should you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

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International Night 2019

Please save the date  for the 28th Annual International Night sponsored by the Modern and Classical Languages Department.  The date is Thursday, February 7th, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Parents volunteers are needed. If you are willing to help, click HERE to sign up.  If you have any questions, contact Corrine Littles at corrinelittles15@gmail.com.

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Attendance Alert System

We are excited to announce that we have implemented an attendance alert system.  Our new system will alert parents with phone call, text, and email when a student is marked absent for class.  Parents will be instructed to call our attendance line at (916)737-5050 with an attendance update. 

The attendance line will capture the phone number the parent is calling from as well as the voice message.  This system will enable us to communicate quickly with parents regarding attendance issues.

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Athletic News – 10/12/18

Important Upcoming Athletic Department Dates

  • Fall National Signing Day, November 14, 8:30 a.m.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet, November 17, 6:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Banquet Registration Open

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Serra Café

Come on down to Serra Café, and enjoy our Harvest meal, which we will be serving on Thursday, October 18, 2018, for one of the October promotions offered by Epicurean Group. There will be Free-Range Maple Roasted Chicken, and Acorn Squash with Herb Butter Carrots available. Next week, Epicurean Group will be introducing Boba Tea after school. Don’t forget our famous Troubie Taco Tuesday!

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Our 7th Annual Day of Giving was our Best Yet!

Our seventh annual Day of Giving – Thankful Thursday – was our best one yet and we couldn’t reach our goals without YOU!  Our community joined together in support of our current and future Troubies.  Thankful Thursday raises vital funds to support more thank 30 percent of our students who benefit from financial aid.  Thanks to your generosity, these young women benefit from a life-changing St. Francis experience and quality education.   

554 students (52% of the student body) gave $7,304.50

670 individuals contributed to our Thankful Thursday appeal – up from last year hurray!

St. Francis devoted Staffulty gave $11,190

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Integrated Math in 2019-2020

St. Francis High School Math Department is excited to announce that we are transitioning to Integrated Math in the 2019-2020 school year! A summary of these changes is attached HERE. Please join us in November for our Parent Math Night, as we explain these changes, and how they will benefit our students.  

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Thankful Thursday is next week on October 11!

We are so excited for St. Francis’ 7th Annual Day of Giving – Thankful Thursday!  Get ready to hear from so many grateful groups of people over email to let you know why this day is so important! Next week on October 11, 2018, our community of students, parents, alumnae, grandparents, past parents, and countless others will come together for a day of unprecedented giving to support St. Francis Catholic High School. Last year, we had more than 1,500 donors and raised nearly $210,000 to support our students.  We are counting on you to help us reach our goals. Your support is critical to the success of Thankful Thursday. We couldn’t change so many students’ lives without you!  

All money raised on Thankful Thursday supports the tuition assistance needs of our students. Your gift will go even further thanks to a very generous matching donor! For more information, visit our webpage HERE.

Please join us for Mass on Thankful Thursday at 7:00 a.m. in the Chapel!

Feel free to contact MaryAnne Kelly at mkelly@stfrancishs.org or 916-737-5033 with any questions.

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Weekly Wellness: Disconnect and Reconnect
By: Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselor

It’s time to disconnect and reconnect!

Our Community lunch on October 12 will be an electronic free day (no lap tops, no phones, no computers etc…).  This is the Friday before a homework free weekend, so we are taking this opportunity to have the students really personally connect with each other, by talking.  Who knew that communications didn’t have to include electronics? 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Athletic News – 10/05/18

Important Upcoming Athletic Department Dates

  • Junior Varsity Water Polo Letter to Mom, October 8, 6:00 p.m., Room 324
  • Tennis Letter to Mom, October 9, 6:00 p.m., Rio del Oro Racquet Club
  • Varsity Water Polo Letter to Mom, October 10, 6:00 p.m., Room 324
  • Fall National Signing Day, November 14, 8:30 a.m.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet, November 17, 6:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Banquet Registration is Open

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St. Francis Day Volunteers Needed!!!

We are in need of parent volunteers the day before and the day of St. Francis Day.  The volunteers help us set up, run, and clean up the various booths we have for the school celebration. If you would like to help, you can find more details on our volunteer website HERE.

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Frosh/Soph Open Dance
Friday, October 5th, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Theme: Turf & Surf
  • Date: October 5, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: St. Francis Dining Hall
  • Cost: $10
  • Purchase tickets online HERE

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with no admittance after 8:00 p.m. The dance ends at 10:00  p.m. with no exiting before 9:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to dress in the  Surf & Turf theme while adhering to the dance dress code in the School Handbook.

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Athletic News – 9/28/18

St. Francis Catholic High School Launches Athletics Website GoTroubies.com on October 1

St. Francis Catholic High School will launch a new dedicated athletics website to highlight the accomplishments of the Troubadour Athletics program and its student-athletes on October 1.

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Bike Safety

It has been brought to our attention that several St. Francis students do not wear their helmets when riding their bikes to and from school.  We are concerned for your daughter’s safety.  During the drop off and pick up times, there is a greater amount of traffic, with some cars traveling at unsafe speeds. If your daughter rides to and from school on a bike, please speak to her about this safety concern and encourage her to always wear a helmet when riding her bike.

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Resource Outreach: Top Ten Tips When You Do NOT Understand Course Material

  1. Go back to the course syllabus. Highlight Student Learning Objectives. Determine which objectives you understand and which you do not.
  2. Organize your handouts. Highlight the title and write the learning objective above it. Restudy.
  3. Go to your course homepage. Access all videos and online materials.
  4. Restudy.
  5. Go to SF Quizlet Library. Find a quizlet or create one.
  6. Study.
  7. Time to evaluate what you know and what you do not know.
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Sophomore Retreat
Monday , 10/01/18

On Monday , October 1st, we will have our  next Sophomore Retreat. If you have a daughter going on retreat, please be sure to drop her off before 7:30 a.m., or if she has the first block free, drop her off after schools starts. This will allow for a safe drop off when getting all the bags and items out of the car. Thank you for your help.  

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Important Testing Information for All Classes  (Except Seniors)

Testing times on October 10, 2018

  • PSAT 8/9 (freshmen) - Students will begin testing at 8:00 a.m. and will be released at approximately 1:00 p.m. 
  • PreACT (sophomores) - Students will begin testing at 8:00 a.m. and will be released at approximately 12:30 p.m.
  • PSAT (juniors) - Students will begin testing at 8:00 a.m. and will be released at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Please note that these are just approximations.  Issues can arise that make the testing time longer. 

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St. Francis Day – 10/04/18

St. Francis Day on October 4th  is just around the corner. There are a few things you should know:

  • There will be an animal blessing before Mass. Our Troubies will have a chance to apply to bring their pets (no dogs or cats). They will get an email with more details soon. If your daughter has a pet allergy, please take the necessary precautions to keep her safe.
  • We are in need of volunteers the day before and the day of St. Francis Day.  If you would like to help, you can find more details on our volunteer website HERE.
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St. Francis Grandparents’ Club Meeting & Lunch
Tuesday, September 25 at 9:30 a.m.

We love having our grandparents involved. All grandparents of our students and alumnae are welcome!  Join us next Tuesday, September 25 at 9:30 a.m. for our next Grandparents’ Club Meeting. All are welcome to the Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch event immediately following the meeting from 11:15-11:55 a.m. on campus. Parents and Grandparents can sign in by the front entrance upon arrival and either bring or purchase lunch in the dining hall.

Visit HERE to sign up, and learn more about future Grandparents’ Club events. For more information, please contact Ann Gregory at agregory@stfrancishs.org, 916-737-5016.

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Athletic News – 9/21/18

Important Upcoming Athletic Department Dates

  • Volleyball and Cross Country Letters to Mom, September 25, 6:00 p.m.
  • Junior Varsity Water Polo Letter to Mom, October 8, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tennis Letter to Mom, October 9, 6:00 p.m.
  • Varsity Water Polo Letter to Mom, October 10, 6:00 p.m.
  • Fall National Signing Day, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m.
  • Hall of Fame Banquet, Nov. 17, 6:00 p.m.
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Join the Booster Club
Next Booster Club Meeting is Tuesday, 10/2 from 5:45-7:00 p.m.

Do you want to help boost the camaraderie, community, fun, and spirit of our school through athletics? If so, the Booster Club is for you! The October Booster Club meeting will take place one week earlier next month. Please join us on Tuesday, October 2 from 5:45-7:00 p.m. in the faculty lounge adjacent to the Dining Hall. Come and share your ideas in a fun and casual atmosphere about how to strengthen our Troubie community! For more information, contact us atboosters@stfrancishs.org. We look forward to seeing you!

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

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 St. Francis High School hosted its first Wellness Parent Night of the year with special guest speaker Amy Rose.  Amy has been in the field of chemical dependency for the past 13 years. She graduated from American River College with a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II Certification, the highest standard in the field of addiction. She is currently attending California State University, Sacramento, to obtain her Marriage Family Therapist License.

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Athletic News 9/14/18

Important Upcoming Athletic Department Dates

  • Golf Letter to Mom and Booster Que, September 20, 6:00 p.m.
  • Volleyball and Cross Country Letters to Mom, September 26, 6:00 p.m.
  • Junior Varsity Water Polo Letter to Mom, October 8, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tennis Letter to Mom, October 9, 6:00 p.m.
  • Varsity Water Polo Letter to Mom, October 10, 6:00 p.m.

Basketball Workout Opportunities

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Open House Parent Volunteers Needed

It’s that time of the year again when we host our Open House for prospective families. This year, Open House will be on Sunday, October 14th, and we are in need of your help. We have volunteer shifts starting on Friday, October 12th in the afternoon, Saturday, October 13th in the morning, and various shifts on Sunday, October 14th. If you can spare the time on any of these days, we would love to have your help. Thank you in advance for volunteering for Open House.

  • Click HERE to sign into MVP.
  • Click HERE for Parent Volunteer Opportunities.
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Thankful Thursday – October 11

What if we all gave together? We can!  Last year, we had more than 1,500 donors and raised nearly $210,000 to support our students. Coming soon on October 11, 2018, our community of students, parents, alumnae, grandparents, past parents, and countless others, will come together for a day of unprecedented giving to support St. Francis Catholic High School through #ThankfulThursday. We are counting on you to help us reach our goals. Your support is critical to the success of our 7th Annual Day of Giving,Thankful Thursday. We couldn’t change so many students’ lives without you!  

All money raised on Thankful Thursday supports the tuition assistance needs of our students. Your gift will go even further thanks to a very generous matching donor! For more information about Thankful Thursday, visit our webpage HERE.

Please contact MaryAnne Kelly at mkelly@stfrancishs.org or 916-737-5033 with any questions.

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Fall Used Uniform Sale – Students Only
Thursday, September 20

Once again, our used uniform closet is full to the top.  We will hold a used uniform sale for STUDENTS ONLY on September 20, 2018.  The sale will be held during the lunch period, and proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.  This will be a great opportunity to get uniform items at fire-sale prices.  Shirts will be $1.00, all other items will be $5.  Please bring cash or a check.

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Grandparents’ Club Meeting
Tuesday, September 25th at 9:30 a.m.

This year, we launched a new Grandparents’ Club, and we are off to a great start!  Our next Grandparents’ Club Meeting is Tuesday, September 25th at 9:30 a.m. in the Dining Hall.  All grandparents of our students and alumnae are welcome! Visit HERE to sign up, and learn more about upcoming Grandparents’ Club events. For more information, please contact Ann Gregory at agregory@stfrancishs.org or call 916-737-5016.

Remain on campus after the meeting to have lunch with your granddaughter.  Information regarding the Meet a Parent/Grandparent for lunch is below.

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2018 National Merit Semi-Finalist Announced

In early September, about 16,000 students in the United States, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high school students, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

We are proud to announce that St. Francis senior, Catherine Sutarjo, received a National Merit Semi-Finalist award for her outstanding academic performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. Approximately 15,000 finalists for the Merit Scholarship Program will be announced in February. If she advances to a Finalist standing, she will be considered for a National Merit Scholarship. We wish her the best of luck in her endeavors!

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Two Parent Volunteer Co-Chairs Needed for Open House

We are hosting our annual Open House on Sunday, October 14th, and will be welcoming more than 1,000 guests to campus that day. We are looking for two parents to act as Volunteer Co-Chairs, overseeing our parent volunteers, assisting with setting up, and running the event. Co-chairs will need to come to campus for one hour on either Friday, October 12th or Saturday, October 13th and for approximately eight hours on Sunday, October 14th (credit for double hours). It’s a fun way to meet new families and earn a lot of parent hours! If interested, please email the Director of Admissions, Lisa Wilkins, at lwilkins@stfrancishs.org.

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Sign Up for Kairos Retreat

Parents, if you have not done so already, please take time this weekend to sign up your senior daughter for her Kairos Retreat. We still have space on the November Kairos. This would be a great Kairos to attend, as it is also followed up by the Thanksgiving break, which gives her a chance to catch up.

There is still spaces left in the March and April Kairos retreats as well. January is full, and there is a waiting list!

Kairos is a trans-formative experience. It is an experience your daughter will remember for the rest of her life. Don’t let your senior daughter miss this life-changing experience. She may regret not taking part of it while at St. Francis.

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Athletic News 9/07/18

Basketball Workout Opportunities

Returning summer players with the Varsity Basketball Team will have gym opportunities on September 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Any new junior or senior should report to Head Coach, Heather Brownholtz, at this time. Returning freshmen and JV students interested in participating in workouts with the freshmen and JV coaching staff will have opportunities in the Armory from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on September 12, 19, and 26. All players must have a current physical on file to participate in the workouts.

Weights and conditioning begins on October 8. Tryouts start on October 29.

Soccer Pre-Season and Tryout Meeting on Monday

The St. Francis soccer program will have a tryout and fit session meeting at lunch in the gymnasium on Monday, September 10.  Please bring your lunch, and you will get information on the upcoming conditioning opportunities as well as tryout information.

Don’t forget to have your physical in by October 1.

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Troubie Store FAX Orders

For security purposes, we are no longer able to accept fax orders that contain credit card information on them. You may mail in an order form with a personal check or have your daughter drop it off in the front office, with attention: Troubie Store.  NO CASH, please!  Remember, orders are only filled on Tuesdays when the store is open, and will be available for pickup by your daughter at 3:00 p.m. in the front office.

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Sex, Drugs & Snapchat
Wellness Parent Night – Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:00 p.m.

There will be an open and honest conversation with our SFHS Wellness Team and guest speaker, Amy Rose, Recovery Happens on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the CLC. These areas can impact your daughter in high school whether she is an active participant or not. It is vital that parents become informed on current trends (vaping, social media etc…) If you think this isn’t your daughter, it could be.

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Important Messages From Guidance

Class of 2022 – Important Message from Guidance

The PSAT 8/9 will be given to freshmen on October 10, 2018.

We have encouraged your daughter to create a college email that they can use for all of her college-related information.  It can also be used for her testing.  The PSAT 8/9 scores will be available digitally (via email). 

Class of 2021 – Important Message from Guidance

The Pre-ACT will be given to sophomores on October 10, 2018.

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Coffee with the Counselors for Senior Parents
Wednesday, November 14 - 7:30 a.m. - Guidance Office

Hey Senior Parents!  Do you need some support and advice as you help your daughter navigate the college application season?  We are here for you!  You are invited to join us for Coffee with the Counselors. It is an opportunity for an informal conversation and Q & A about anything you want help with.  Coffee and donuts will be served.  If possible, please bring your own coffee cup.

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PowerSchool Update

Parents, thank you for your patience while we resolved the issues transitioning from our previous Student Information System (SIS) to our new PowerSchool platform.  Yesterday afternoon, you should have received an email from PowerSchool Learning. In that communication, you were provided with instructions on how to create your parent account for PowerSchool Learning.  Follow the specific instructions, and you should have access to your daughter’s assignments, schedule, and grades.  

If you need assistance with this process, please contact the school at support@stfrancishs.org.

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Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch
September 25th from 11:15-11:55 a.m. (A - L) & September 27th from 11:45 a.m. -12:35 p.m. (M-Z)

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to have lunch with your daughter or granddaughter on the school campus.  It is a great way to meet up and have time to visit in the school setting.  You may even be able to include one or more of your daughter or granddaughter’s friends who may not have anyone coming.

Parents and Grandparents can sign in by the front entrance, and bring lunch or purchase food in the dining hall to eat with your daughter or granddaughter on campus.

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Cultural Immersion Travel 2019: The Best of Italy

Are you considering touring the Best of Italy in the summer of 2019?  We have several openings, and the early registration incentive has been extended until October 30, 2018. Click the link under ”Related links” on the bottom right of this page for the itinerary. If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

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Top Ten Tips to Overcome Procrastination from Resource Outreach

  1. Know that procrastination is another word for perfectionism. Only Jesus Christ is perfect. You are not perfect, and your work will not be perfect. Your goal is work completion.
  2. Time management is critical. List the tasks you need to complete by end of day and give each a realistic time limit. Look for open times in your day’s schedule, and insert tasks.
  3. Value progress toward work completion. Example: You completed one of four tasks. You are 25% done with your day’s work!
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Campus Ministry Message

Next week, we have our first Junior Retreat leaving on Wednesday.  If you have a daughter going and are planning on dropping her off, please try to drop her off a bit earlier than usual. If she has the first block free, drop her off after schools starts. This will allow for a safe drop off when getting all the bags and items out the trunk of the car.  Thank you for your help.

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A Message From Our Epicurean Staff

The Epicurean Staff wants to ensure the safety of every guest in our Café. Please be advised that we use ingredients that are common allergens or may be exposed to common allergens while manufacturing such as wheat, tree nuts, dairy, corn, soy, as well as various fruits and proteins. If you are concerned about ingredients, please do not hesitate to ask our dining staff questions. We’ll suggest proper options for individual dietary needs.

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Chromebook Insurance Available – 1 Year “Zero Deductible”

This year we will be working with Securranty to offer insurance for your Daughter’s Chromebook. 

Please go to www.securranty.com/sfchs to sign up for your policy by October 1. You can choose between a basic policy for $23.95 or an extended warranty policy for $34.95. Parents and students will be responsible for filing claims and shipping, but as always, we will issue a loaner once the claim has been filed. We recommend extended warranty insurance for all junior and senior Acer Chromebooks, Basic for the freshman and sophomores CTL Chromebooks. 

Parents are responsible for the repair or replacement cost of any Chromebook damaged or defaced by students.  

Information about coverage:

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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 September 25th and Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch,11:45-12:35 p.m. (for last names M-Z) is September 27th. Parents or Grandparents can sign in by the front entrance and bring lunch or buy in the dining hall to eat with you on campus these days.

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Chalk-It-Up
September 1, 2, & 3 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Freemont Park

This year for the first time Saint Francis High School will be doing 2 sidewalk squares at Chalk-It-Up held this weekend, Sept. 1,2,3 from 10am-6pm at Freemont Park (downtown between 15th & 16th and P & Q Streets). We will do two designs, one created by Chinh Chinh Nguyen that emphasizes the 4 Pillars Troubies exemplify and one created by Madison Gravelle that draws attention to the sisterhood Troubies are known for. Chalk-It-Up raises money for arts programming in schools.

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From the Dean

Parent Driving Safety

Thank you for your assistance this week with the traffic flow.  We will be closing the 58th Street and M Street entrances effective 8/31/18.

The driveway/frontage road into the cell phone lot is ONE WAY ONLY.  Please do not attempt to drive or reverse backwards down the driveway/frontage road, so we may avoid any accidents.

Dropping off/picking up your student directly on Elvas Avenue can be very dangerous.  Please use the drop off/pick up zones provided. Those extra few minutes in line may save your child’s life.

M street parent volunteers

We are looking for parents to work the M Street door from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for parent hours.  If you are interested in working one or more shifts on one or more days, please contact CCost@stfrancishs.org.  

Labeling Personal Items

It may not be cool to label your daughter’s items (jackets, blazers, hydro flasks, books etc..) but she will have a much better chance of having her items returned to her if her name is on her items.

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Father/Daughter Spirit Day
Friday, September 28 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Father/Daughter Spirit Day is Friday, September 28th (it is a no class day) at the Sac State Ropes Course from 4:00-7:00 p.m. including 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 is available online through the retreat registration link HERE. Cost is $80 a pair, and there are limited number of spots. It fills up quickly so get those forms in. We promise you will not be disappointed.

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Athletic News 8/31/18

Holy Court Sold Out!  

The St. Francis ticket allotment for next week’s matchup with Christian Brothers is SOLD OUT. The varsity match can be watched online on Access Sacramento. Matches are scheduled for 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. Please put printed ticket on your phone to be scanned at the gate.

Softball and Lacrosse Fall Workouts Start September 4

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Reminder: Campus Closes at 4:30 p.m.

Students may remain on campus after school if they are involved in sports or a supervised co-curricular activity.  All other students need to make alternative arrangements as campus closes at 4:30.  Thank you for your assistance.  

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Chalk-It-Up
September 1, 2, & 3 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Freemont Park

This year for the first time Saint Francis High School will be doing 2 sidewalk squares at Chalk-It-Up held this weekend, Sept. 1,2,3 from 10am-6pm at Freemont Park (downtown between 15th & 16th and P & Q Streets). We will do two designs, one created by Chinh Chinh Nguyen that emphasizes the 4 Pillars Troubies exemplify and one created by Madison Gravelle that draws attention to the sisterhood Troubies are known for. Chalk-It-Up raises money for arts programming in schools. St.

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World Day of Prayer for Creation
Saturday, September 1

According to Pope Francis, “The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvelous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” Join in this day of prayer in one or more of the ways suggested on the website resource page HERE.

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Guidance Parent Night

We had our Guidance Parent Evening last Wednesday night.  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 of 2019  Nancy Doyle 
Class of 2020  Nora Anderson
Class of 2021  Joe Poggi  
Class of 2022  Jan Millner

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Weekly Wellness: Tips for Communicating With Your Teen
By: Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselor

Article excerpt from Child Mind Institute By: Rachel Ehmke

The teenage years have a lot in common with the terrible twos. During both stages our kids are doing exciting new things, but they’re also pushing boundaries (and buttons) and throwing tantrums. The major developmental task facing both age groups is also the same: kids must pull away from parents and begin to assert their own independence. No wonder they sometimes act as if they think they’re the center of the universe.  This makes for complicated parenting, especially because teens are beginning to make decisions about things that that have real consequence, like school and friends and driving, not to speak of substance use and sex. But they aren’t good at regulating their emotions yet, so teens are prone to taking risks and making impulsive decisions.  This means that having a healthy and trusting parent-child relationship during the teenage years is more important than ever. Staying close isn’t easy, though. 

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SFHS Dads’ Club

The first Dads’ Club meeting of the school year will take place on Thursday, August 30th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Dining Hall. Social time and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. At this first meeting, we will give an overview of the Dads’ Club and our plan for 2018-2019. It will be a fun opportunity to meet new dads and learn about club initiatives. Please check us out on the St. Francis website by clicking HERE or contact us via email at dadsclub@stfrancishs.org should you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

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Traffic Updates – Please Read

Dear Parents,

I wanted to provide you with some advanced warning about potential traffic delays next week. Starting on Monday, August 27th, Sacramento State will begin their fall semester.  Phoebe Hearst is due to commence their school year on Thursday, August 30th and as you can imagine, the popular routes to our school will be extremely busy in the morning.  While this normally has a moderate impact for a week or two, with the construction on Folsom and 65th St., we suggest two alternate entrances to campus.

  • Continue with normal entrance into the main parking lot off of Elvas
  • Use entrance off of 58th Street (prior to J St.) into the Armory parking lot, follow the afternoon pick up route (you do not have park in the cell lot) after 7:15am.  
  • Use entrance off of M Street through the teacher/student lot follow the afternoon pick up route after 7:15am.
  • There is no change to the pick-up routine in the afternoon.
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Alert to SFHS Families

It has been reported by St. Mary School that some suspicious men have been seen in cars parked or driving along M Street, watching St. Francis girls walk to St. Mary’s.  If your daughter is one who may be walking along M Street to meet with you or a sibling at St. Mary’s, we want to make you aware of this happening.

The Police Department has been notified and both schools are working together to do what we can to make this area safer for your daughters. For the time being, we are recommending the girls wait for another student/s to walk down together to St. Mary’s or remain at St. Francis until they can be picked up by a parent.  Please remind your daughter/s not to walk alone and to be aware of her surroundings. 

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Important Information About Driving, Drop Off/Pick Up Around Campus, and Parking Lot Volunteers

No U Turn in Trenchless Company Parking Lot

We have received complaints that parents are making U turns in the Trenchless Company parking lot, which causes a hazard.  Please do not do this. It is always important that we are good and safe neighbors for our community.  Thank you, Mrs. Cost  

M Street  

It is important that we fulfill our contractual commitment to our neighbors about the use of our M Street entrance.  M Street passes are only for students who walk or bike to school from the neighborhood or St. Mary’s.  At no time may a student be dropped off or picked up on M Street. If she is dropped off or picked up she will have to serve Saturday school.  

Parent Parking/M Street Volunteers

If you are interested in earning parent service hours, we have daily one hour shifts from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. (or applicable late start times) or 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon shift. To participate in either program please, email Cynthia Cost at ccost@stfrancishs.org.  All Diocesan requirements for fingerprinting and Safe Haven must be completed prior to participation.

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Win a $100 Troubie Store Gift Certificate or a $100 Dining Hall Credit

St. Francis shares a lot of great information about the school and our wonderful students through our social media platforms. If you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter you’ll not only be up to date on all things St. Francis, you’ll help us spread the word about our school. Your friends and online followers may also see our posts, and that helps us share our story with a broader audience. 

If you haven’t already, please consider following us on Facebook , Instagram, or Twitter. We will have a drawing on Friday, August 31st, at noon, for all followers on these platforms. You could could win a $100 gift certificate for the Troubie Store or a $100 Dining Hall credit for your daughter. 

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Epicurean – Troubie Taco Tuesdays

Starting Tuesday (8/21) after school in Serra Court, we will have Troubie Taco Tuesdays! Chef Manager, Roberto, will be serving up delicious carñitas tacos and hot tortas.  Your choice of carñitas tacos or hot tortas comes with Spanish rice, chips, salsa, and Agua Fresca for $6.00.

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Costa Rica Field Trip – Spring Break 2019

Registration is still open for this fabulous 9-day trip touring the country of Costa Rica.  Students will see many animals and plants, and learn all about the country and people of Costa Rica.  We will travel by private bus, zipline, and boats, meeting and interacting with local people, and doing fun activities like zip-lining, snorkeling, swimming in pools and in oceans.  We will be immersed in the language, culture, and nature of this beautiful country, including rainforests, a volcano, rivers, Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, local villages, schools and churches. You do not have to speak any Spanish to go on the trip, but you will learn a lot as we go along. The trip will be from April 22 – 30, 2019. Any questions?  Email: idiver@stfrancishs.org

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Resource Outreach – Top Ten Success Tips for the Beginning of the School Year

  • Know that you are a unique child of God. You ARE a success.
  • Celebrate diversity in culture, talents, and academics.
  • Academic failure is directly linked to poor attendance, tardies, and detentions. Show up, show up on time, and show up in uniform. No excuses!
  • Academic failure is directly linked to late and/or missing assignments. Use a planner (SF planners have our schedule) or use Google calendar to keep track of due dates. No excuses!
  • Do not compete academically. This leads to arrogance or insecurity.
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Athletic News (8/17/18)

Fall Sports Parent Meeting Set for Tuesday, August 21 at 6 p.m.

All parents of fall sports student-athletes are encouraged to attend the Fall Sports Parent Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21. The meeting will be followed by individual sport meetings and Jersey Ceremonies for Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, and Water Polo.

Holy Court Ticket Sales Start Saturday, August 25

Holy Court ticket sales to St. Francis students, parents, fans, and alumnae will open on Saturday, August 25 at 6:00 a.m. (limit 2 per person). A passcode will be sent to your St. Francis student’s email account on Friday, August 24, to access the tickets. Tickets will be $7 with a $1 service charge.

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Parents’ Guild – Dessert Donations For Back To School Night and First Parents’ Guild Meeting

Parents’ Guild will be hosting desserts during Back to School Night.  Please check the Volunteer Opportunity website to sign-up to donate desserts for this important SF event.  We will also have a booth there, so please stop by, and find out how you can get involved.   We look forward to meeting all of our new Troubie Parents.

Parents’ Guild will also be holding their first meeting on Tuesday, August 21st at 8:15 a.m.  We still have some leadership opportunities available,  Please join us to learn more about what we do for our girls, parents, and staff.

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August Guidance Events

Please click HERE to view all the August Guidance Events such as:

  • Troubie College Day
  • Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior Guidance Parent Meetings
  • Senior Parent College Night
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Weekly Wellness: Back-To-School Tips for a Successful Year
By: Chyrissee Lee & Kym Weinandy, SFHS Wellness Counselor

Remind your Troubie that the old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is never more true than when you’re going to school. Students are more alert and perform better in class if they eat a good breakfast. 

Encourage your Troubie to get enough sleep. Studies show that teens need at least 8½ hours of sleep each night to feel rested. Sleep deprivation can lead students to fall asleep in class and can also make it hard to concentrate. It can be more productive to get the sleep they need than it is to stay up late cramming. A recent study found that students who got adequate sleep before a math test were nearly three times more likely to figure out the problem than those who stayed up all night.

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Build the Theatre Set on Stage

Come to the theatre to help construct the set. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toe shoes. The work varies, but overall it is construction work such as carpentry, painting, cleaning, and a small amount of welding. 

Come for a 2-hour minimum. Sign up on MVP HERE. Be sure to have your SFHS parent volunteer  requirements completed before you arrive.  Theatre Set Build - Saturday, October 13th  8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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Parent Volunteer Information

There are links below to learn how to sign up for our volunteer program, log into your account, and view the volunteer opportunities available.

  • Click HERE to learn how to sign up for MVP. 
  • Click HERE to log into MVP.
  • Click HERE to view the Volunteer Opportunities available.
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Back To School Night
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Agenda for Back To School Night:

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

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

  • Elias Mendoza, Principal
  • Nancy Doyle, Guidance Department Chair
  • Theresa Rodgers, President

6:15 – 8:00 p.m.    Class Visits

Passing times will be announced.

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Welcome Mass
Wednesday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

Our Welcome Mass is on Wednesday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m. All are welcomed to attend the Mass. Please sign in at the front office before joining us in the Gym.

The offertory collection at the Welcome Mass) will benefit Mercy Pedalers. Donations will be collected during Mass. Cash or check is accepted. As expressed on their mission statement, “Mercy Pedalers is a ministry of presence based on the Works of Mercy and powered by people like you and me, who pedal through the streets of Sacramento connecting with men and women who are experiencing homelessness.”

Donations will be used to help purchase everyday necessities for the homeless in the streets of Sacramento, such as food, sanitary essentials, etc.   

Thank you! Have a great weekend.

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Keep in Prayer

If you wish to be included in our prayer intentions, please click HERE. Those prayers that are marked “public” will be added to the Principal’s Newsletter.

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Senior Parking Lot Painting Day

We have received questions about the painting day tomorrow (Saturday, 8/11/18).  At this point, we are moving forward tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  However, we strongly suggest that you consider stopping no later than 1:00 p.m. as as the afternoon air quality deteriorates.  There is an additional parking painting day on Monday, August 13 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (same situation).  We do not know when the air quality will improve (it may be several weeks) so coming earlier and leaving early is the best.  If we need to open an one additional painting day, it will be towards the end of September.    

We do not want to have students with health issues to feel they have to paint at this time. If you need to move to the end of September, please let me know.  Parents, you should discuss if it is safe for your daughter to participate. Participate only if you both agree that it is safe.  If you cannot stay the entire time to paint tomorrow, but you feel you can come to pick your space and paint your name, feel free to do so.

We look forward to seeing you bright and early tomorrow morning, Mrs. Cost

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Fall Musical Workshop (Chicago: High School Edition)

“Chicago: High School Edition” is the fall musical. A workshop for anyone interested in performing or teching the show is THIS COMING Thursday, August 16th after school, in the choir room (Room 405). At the 3:30-5:00 p.m. workshop, students will learn the rehearsal schedule, see the set design, practice a dance, and learn a song from the show. Auditions are after school on August 21st and 22nd. 

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Athletic News (8/10/18)

Holy Court Ticket Sales Start Saturday, August 25

Holy Court ticket sales for St. Francis students, parents, fans, and alumnae will open on
Saturday, August 25 at 6:00 a.m. (Limit 2 per person). A pass code will be sent to your St.
Francis student email account on Friday, August 24 to access the tickets. Tickets are $7
with a $1 service charge.

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MobileServe

On Monday, July 23, 2018, students were emailed information regarding MobileServe, our new service tracking app that will help Troubies more accurately record, manage, and report their impact in the community. Attached is information regarding MobileServe and an information sheet informing students how to set up an account. All accounts must be set up by Friday, August 17, 2018, and the email address associated with the account must be a TroubieMail address. 

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Athletic News 8/03/18

Athletic Registration on Final Forms

We are very excited to announce that St. Francis Catholic High School has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time. For more information, click HERE.

Fall Adidas Athletic Spirit Gear Available

Support your daughter’s team with official St. Francis Adidas spirit gear from Athletics Unlimited. Each fall sport has team-specific gear available online. There are no exceptions to the deadlines and all proceeds from the sales benefit the St. Francis Athletics Department. For more information, click HERE.

St. Francis Wins First Delta League All-Sports Title

The St. Francis Athletics Department won the 2017-18 Delta League All-Sports title for the first time in the three-year history of the award. The Troubadours won or tied for five league titles during the year and recorded two second-place finishes. The Troubies captured team titles in cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball, while sharing the basketball title with Davis. St. Francis, which also finished second in water polo, swimming, and diving, tallied 64.5 points to Davis’ 64 to edge the Blue Devils. Pleasant Grove and Elk Grove were tied for third with 42 points. Click HERE to read the release.

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Student Emergency Card and Mandatory Forms

An email was sent out to all current parents on Friday, July 27th, 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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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 23rd! 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 9th, 2019. Please be sure to sign up on our MVP website before donating.

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You’re Invited to a Blessing for the Outdoor Math Classroom
Wednesday, August 15th, 3:45 p.m.

Please join us on campus on Wednesday, August 15th, for a blessing ceremony and celebration:

3:45 p.m. - Mass for the Feast of the Assumption

4:30 p.m. - Blessing and opening of “The Grove” outdoor math classroom

RSVP HERE

Outdoor education provides an opportunity for our budding mathematicians to learn in the elemental environment that inspired Euclid to proclaim, “The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.”  Thank you for creating this space for today’s and tomorrow’s Troubadours. We look forward to seeing you at the blessing ceremony!

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MobileServe – New Student Service Accounts
All students are required to set up a MobileServe account by Friday, August 17, 2018.

Campus Ministry is pleased to announce that Christian Service hours are now being tracked using MobileServe. The MobileServe app helps organizations like ours more accurately record, manage, and report our impact in the community. Application features allow students to share their service experiences via social media, invite fellow Troubies to volunteer together, and easily sign up for group service events.

All students are required to set up a MobileServe account by Friday, August 17, 2018. Students are required to use their TroubieMail addresses for their MobileServe account.

Download MobileServe Announcement & Instructions (PDF) or view below

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Grandparents’ Club Important Dates!
Join the Grandparents' Club at the following meetings & events

**Grandparent Service OpportunitiesHelp your family earn their required parent service hours by volunteering at any asterisked event. 

  • Saturday, September 22: St. Francis Day Community Celebration
  • Tuesday, September 25:  GP Club Meeting + Meet-A-Parent/Grandparent for Lunch (A-L)
  • Thursday, September 27:  Meet-A-Parent/Grandparent for Lunch (M-Z)
  • **Thursday, October 4:  St. Francis Day Student Celebration** Volunteers Needed for Tie-Dye Booth setup, operation, and breakdown for event**
  • **Thursday, October 11: Thankful Thursday** Volunteers will welcome families at drop-off, phone calls w/granddaughters, and thank you note writing**
  • **Sunday, October 14 : Open House **Volunteers to Welcome families and promote Club**
  • Wednesday, November 14: GP Club Meeting
  • Tuesday, November 20:  Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Grandparent Celebration
  • Wednesday, January 30: GP Club Meeting + Pax et Bonum Mass
  • Saturday, February,  2nd: Crab Feed
  • Wednesday, March 6: GP Club Meeting + Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Saturday, March 9: Revelry Gala & Auction “Paris in Bloom”
  • Tuesday, April 4: End Of Year GP Club Meeting + M-Z Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch
  • Wednesday, May 1: Easter Celebration Mass
  • Wednesday, May 22: Baccalaureate Mass

​View the full calendar here

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Online Mandatory Forms

In the Back-To-School Checklist, which was mailed with your daughters’ class schedule, the due date for the Online Mandatory Forms was July 20th. However, due to unforeseen circumstances with our K-12 system, the email inviting parents to fill out the Online Mandatory Forms has been delayed. We expect this email to go out within the next few days, and the deadline for completion of these forms has been extended to Monday, August 6th. 

Please note that the Online Mandatory Forms is not the same thing as the ‘Update Your Information’ link on our website. If you have any questions about the Online Mandatory Forms, please contact Lori Ansell at lansell@stfrancishs.org.

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Troubie Store Training

August 8, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and August 9 2018 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Attend the mandatory two-part classroom training on August 8th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on August 9th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Do you love shopping and talking to people?  Volunteer your talents in the Troubie Store.  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.  To sign up, email Mirjana Nikcevic at mnikcevic@stfrancishs.org.

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August Guidance Events

Troubie College Day

Students and parents of all grade levels are welcome to join us on Saturday, August 18th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm for our Eleventh Annual Troubie College Day. Choose from nine workshops and meet with representatives from colleges and universities from throughout the United States.

​Sophomore Guidance Parent Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Theatre 
Time 6:00- 6:50 p.m.

Overview of the 2018-2019 Academic year, transcript, tutoring, testing, Naviance, and upcoming Guidance Department events.

Freshmen Guidance Parent Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Theatre
Time: 7:00 – 7:50 p.m.
Overview of the 2018-2019 Academic year, transcript, tutoring, testing, Naviance, and upcoming Guidance Department events.

Junior Guidance Parent Meeting

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Dining Hall
Time: 6:00 – 6:50 p.m.

What to expect this year including information on testing, searching for colleges, and college fairs.

Senior Parent College Night

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Location: Dining Hall
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Updated college admissions and other need-to-know information about the application process. It’s also a great opportunity to share your questions and experiences with other parents. 

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Freshmen & Transfer Student Orientation
Monday, August 13

Freshmen Student Orientation: 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 

Transfer Student Orientation: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Uniform skirt and red polo shirt are required for ID pictures. Students need to have their Chromebooks with them. They may bring their books to put in their lockers.

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First Day of School – Special Schedule

The first day of classes for all students is August 14th. Uniforms and books (hard copy and digital) are required.

Homeroom: 8:00-8:20
A - 8:25-8:55
B - 9:00-9:30
C - 9:35- 10:05
D - 10:10-10:40
Class meetings and Assembly- 10:45-11:55
Lunch - 11:55-12:40
E - 12:45-1:15
F - 1:20-1:50 
G - 1:55-2:25
H - 2:30-3:00

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St. Francis Student Planners

Students can purchase the 2018-2019 St. Francis Student Planner in the Troubie Store on the first day of school between 10 am and 1 pm.  They will also be sold at Freshman Overnight (8/10) and Freshman Orientation (8/13).  Cost: $10.00.  Quantities are limited and planners are available for student purchase until supplies run out.  After August 31st, planners are available for parent purchases.  Please view the online calendar for details on daily schedules and events.

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Purchase Textbooks for Summer Reading and the Fall Semester

Students are responsible for securing their textbooks prior to the first day of school and completing their summer reading assignments. All books can be found on the St. Francis Catholic High School MBS Online Bookstore.  While students are not required to purchase books through MBS, the ISBN purchased must match exactly.  We do encourage parents to shop around for the best price.  Unfortunately, due to publisher restrictions, some books/ebooks may only be purchased through MBS. 

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Summer Reading & Summer Assignments

This is a reminder that students need to complete their summer reading and summer assignments prior to the first day of classes.  There may be additional work for some honors, AP, and specialty classes.  Your daughter’s teachers for next year should have already shared information with them prior to summer break.  For a list of reading and course assignments, please visit the SFHS website. Click HERE.

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Katie Garnett ‘12 First Flight full of Troubies!

Alumna Katie Garnett ‘12 had her first flight for American Airlines Saturday. Her day included the Chicago-Sacramento route which was boarded by members of the returning Chicago Service Trip. Katie, who went on the New Orleans Service Trip as a Troubie, recently graduated from Sacramento State and relocated to her base New York City. Thank you to our Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information Steve Shaff for the photo and all that you do for our Alumnae Community.

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Ivanna Forero Pretto ‘19 Artwork in the Crocker

Congratulations Ivanna, your artwork “Cremes” is wonderful! Everyone should head over to the Crocker Art Museum Kingsley Inspirations show before Sept. 2, 2018 to check out Ivanna’s piece, which drew from Wayne Thiebaud’s “Boston Cremes”. 

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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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Reanna Klanseck ‘14

What’s new with our 2014 Troubies? Just four short years ago they were accepting their diplomas from St. Francis High School on stage at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium. Now they are graduating from colleges across the nation. Send us your graduation news to Dawn Winston ‘91 at dwinston@stfrancishs.org

Alumna profile

MacKenzie Campbell ‘14

MacKenzie Campbell ’14 graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations with minors in English and Communications. She worked at Hudl (a sports software company) as an intern her senior year of college and she used her lacrosse knowledge from playing four years at St. Francis to help develop their lacrosse marketing. After graduation she transitioned to a full-time role at Hudl as a Project Manager for the Marketing Technology team. #TroubieForLife

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Meredith Ray ‘14

Meredith Ray ‘14 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University in Communication and Spanish. She is headed to Seattle in August for a full time job with the Seattle Seahawks in their Digital Media department. #TroubieForLife

Wow! That is an exciting industry to work in and we will follow up with Meredith in the fall for an update on her new career with the Seahawks. 

We are so proud of all our Troubies and want to share your news too! Send an email to Dawn Winston ‘91 at dwinston@stfrancishs.org

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Women’s Schools Together

Every year the Northern California & Bay Area Women’s Catholic High Schools gather for ‘Women’s Schools Together’. It is a wonderful way to stay connected, share best practices and brainstorm ways for all of our schools to serve young women and accomplish great results. We were elated at the opportunity to host this years meeting, and we want to thank Notre Dame High School in Downtown San Jose, Mercy High School Burlingame, Mercy High School -San Francisco @MercyHighSF, Presentation High School and ICA Cristo Rey Academy for ​traveling to ​join us today.

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Sisterhood in Seattle!

Alumna Sarah Lewicki ‘09 and  Rebekah Fenton(Lucien) ‘08 discovered they are both working at the Seattle Children’s Hospital; Sarah a nurse in the PICU, and Rebekah is a pediatrics resident! Way to Go Troubies! 

Do you work with your Troubadour Sisters? We would love to feature you – send a photo into our Alumna Director, Dawn Winston ‘91, at dwinston@stfrancishs.org. #TroubieforLife

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Kayla Morrow ‘15

Kayla Morrow ‘15 is currently studying Strategic Communication with a double emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising at Northern Arizona University. This summer she will be attending Regionals and Nationals with her Flagstaff baton team where she will compete in solo and team events. The medals she is wearing are from placing in her solo routines at a competition in April. She has been twirling since she was 7 and her teacher was Danielle Muller ’00. Kayla’s sister, current Troubie Olivia ‘20 is also a twirling student of Mrs. Muller.

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Alumna CycleBar Gathering

Troubies who spin together sweat together! On Saturday Alumnae gathered at CYCLEBAR for a special Troubie Ride hosted by Briana Telford ‘09. They celebrated afterward with light bites, Mimosas and friendship. #TroubieForLife ❤️

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Cristina Morales ‘19 Competes for Miss CA Outstanding Teen

Congratulations to Cristina Morales ‘19 who received Miss Sacramento County’s Outstanding Teen Award. Cristina is currently competing for the Miss California Outstanding Teen. Her passion and platform is Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Finals are later this month. Best of success Cristina!

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Habitat for Humanity

Today we began our build day for Habitat for Humanity. The girls have been busy waterproofing the fence.  #troubietakeover#habitatforhumanity #buildforothers

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Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ‘85

Congratulations Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ‘85. Eleni moved one step closer to Lieutenant Governor of California in the Tuesday June 5th primary election.

We are proud of all of our Troubies! Share your Troubie news at dwinston@stfrancishs.org

 

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2018-2019 Senior Parking Space Painting

We look forward to building more school spirit, beautifying the campus, and continuing the new senior tradition here at St. Francis Catholic High School.  SFHS is designating special parking spaces for members of the senior class to purchase.  These seniors will be allowed to creatively paint their individual parking space for the 2018-2019 school year. This spot will be reserved for the individual student (only during regular school hours).  It is not reserved for parents or anytime outside of the regular school day.  The proceeds will benefit the St. Francis Fund. Painting Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th

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Olivia Nice ‘10 Performs in “Once”

St. Francis Performing Arts Department chair Cheryl Watson traveled to Ashland, Oregon and had the pleasure of watching alumna Olivia Nice ‘10 perform in Once at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The musical is not only an audience favorite but received glowing reviews throughout the region. Congratulations Olivia we are so proud of you! 

Photo ~ Cheryl Watson & Olivia onstage after the show
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Miroslava Zaragoza ‘21 Recognized at MVP Academy

Miroslava Zaragoza '21 with Advancement Director Mary Ann Kelly

SFHS Troubie, Miroslava Zaragoza ‘21, was recognized this morning at a special graduation ceremony of her elementary school, MVP Academy, for her successful first year as a St. Francis Troubadour. We’re very proud of the work and dedication; Miroslava is a great example of St. Francis’ values of faith, excellence, leadership and service.

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Alumnae Miranda Myers and Lauren LaRocco Make Hometown Returns
LaRocco Qualifies for NCAA Championships in the 10,000 Meters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The public address announcer at Hornet Stadium recognized the hometown returns of St. Francis alumnae Miranda Myers ’15 and Lauren LaRocco ’14 before reach raced for their respective schools at the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary Saturday night at Hornet Stadium.

“It definitely helped hearing I was a local athlete and made me feel at home,” said Myers, a junior at Northern Arizona. “It brought back memories when I was in high school and I had everyone here supporting me. It was really nice.”

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Important Final Transcript Information for Parents of Seniors

A final transcript showing the date of graduation is required by colleges and universities. To ensure SFHS sends your daughter’s transcript to the appropriate college or university on time, please ask your daughter to log into her Naviance Family Connection account, and confirm that the correct school is listed as her college of attendance. She needs to follow these simple steps:  

Log in to Naviance

Choose the “Colleges” tab

Click on “Colleges I’m applying to”

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Wilson Finishes 13th at CIF State Diving Championships

CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Molly Wilson finished 13th at the CIF State Diving Championships on Saturday. It was her third consecutive appearance at the meet.

Wilson finished second at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, earning her berth in the field. Wilson was 10th at the state meet in 20017 and 16th in 2016.

She will dive for Cal Poly next fall.

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Get to Know: Softball’s #2 Victoria Cimino
Victoria Cimino is a two-year varsity letter winner. She will attend CS-Monterey Bay in the fall and major in communication design. She hopes to be a game designer. She enjoys photography in her free time.

How is your senior season going?

“It is going good. I enjoy being part of a team and having the love and support of another family.”

What is your softball story?
“I started in first grade and played thru sixth grade. I stopped for a couple years but started again my freshman year.”

What does it mean to you to wear the St. Francis uniform?
“I like representing my school.”

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2018 Lacrosse Highlights

  • St. Francis went 11-6 on the season under Head Coach Julia Southard, advancing to the North Coast Section playoffs. SF was defeated by 17-6 in the first round by Oak Ridge.
  • The Troubadours lost to Oak Ridge in the semifinals of the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse League playoffs after finishing in fourth in the league standings.
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Swimming Takes Frosh/Soph Section Title, Fourth in Varsity Meet

LODI, Calif. – The St. Francis swimming and diving team won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Frosh/Soph title and finished fourth overall in the varsity meet, completing a successful two days at Tokay High School.

“It is a fulfillment of all the hard work, early mornings, countless yardage and an overall whole team effort,” said Head Coach Richard Levin.

St. Francis won the Frosh/Soph title for the second consecutive season, taking the Division I title in the new format that divided the meet into three different divisions.

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18 Troubadours Earn SportsStars Magazine All-City Honors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletic department had 18 student-athletes recognized on the SportStars™ Magazine All-City team presented by the Sacramento River Cats prior to Sunday’s River Cats game at Raley Field.

St. Francis had the second-best total in the section, trailing only Davis (21), and one of four schools with more than 10 honors including Oak Ridge (13) and Granite Bay (10) on the girl’s teams.

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Junior Commissioning Mass 2018

The Junior Commissioning Mass will be on Wednesday, May 16, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., where we will officially bless and commission the Class of 2019 to be the seniors and leaders of the 2018-2019 school year.  The girls will also receive a special Four Pillars Pin that represents the foundation and mission of St. Francis. All family and friends are invited to attend. Any questions, please contact Maggie Murray in Campus Ministry at mmurray@stfrancishs.org.

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Swimming Sets Stage with Section Trials Performances

LODI, Calif. – Senior Emily Bartylla accomplished what every athlete hopes for in their final performance, swimming a personal-best in her signature event.

“She did a 1:10 as a freshman and she had not broken it since in high school,” said Head Coach Richard Levin. “To do that in her final swim, we both shared a tear together. It was a great way to send her off.”

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Summer Basketball Starts June 4

Summer Basketball Schedule (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis summer basketball starts June 4 with practices and summer league games. All student-athletes must get a physical on file with the athletic department by June 6 or attend Sports Physical Night.

All three levels will be attending a camp at Chico State June 15-17 and the varsity team will play in a tournament in South Lake Tahoe.

For more information on the Frosh first practice, contact Brian Montes at 916-600-8210.