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Class of 2024 Parent Meeting:  Course Registration Information

Dear St. Francis Families,

The Guidance Department is inviting you to our Class of 2024: Course Registration Information Meeting

  • Thursday, January 21st at 6:00 p.m. (Zoom link below)
  • Topic:  Course Registration for 2021-2022 

We look forward to seeing you!

  • Join Zoom Meeting: CLICK HERE  
  • Meeting ID: 975 3194 9018
  • Passcode: 922192  
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Class of 2023 Parent Meeting:  Course Registration Information

Dear St. Francis Families,

The Guidance Department is inviting you to our Class of 2023: Course Registration Information Meeting

  • Thursday, January 21st at 6:45 p.m. (Zoom link below)
  • Topic:  Course Registration for 2021-2022 

We look forward to seeing you!

  • Join Zoom Meeting: CLICK HERE 
  • Meeting ID: 986 7629 3689
  • Passcode: 441156  
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Important Upcoming Date

Tuesday, January 26th - Optional PSAT for Juniors. This will take the place of our midweek Flex Day.  The Red Cohort will be on campus Monday and Wednesday, and the Gold Cohort will be on campus Thursday and Friday.

*In order to take the PSAT on campus, students MUST, regardless of cohort, participate in our school’s COVID testing on Sunday, January 24, 2021, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Gold Cohort will test Wednesday, January 20th (3:00-5:30 p.m.) as well as Sunday, January 24th.

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Going, Going, Almost Gone! Get Your Tickets NOW!!!

Our community really wants some Crab! Tickets for St. Francis’ January 30th Curbside Crab Feed are going fast. This in-home event will bring our community together (virtually and in pods) for a scrumptious meal of antipasto platter, salad, bread, hearty meat sauce over rigatoni, and crab, crab, and more crab!! 

Tickets are almost sold out for one of the only Crab Feeds in town this year! And don’t forget to add on our famous SHIPWRECK cocktail or commemorative 80th Anniversary wine and a delicious dessert to end your night on a sweet note.

Plus, you’ll enjoy the fun of driving through our festive curbside pick up on the day of our event. We will have drive-thru games and a few surprises along the way! Then toodle home, and enjoy a fabulous meal with family and friends.

To purchase your tickets, please CLICK HERE.

If you’d like your meal delivered, consider being one of our esteemed sponsors.

For questions, please contact Natalie Anzini at nanzini@stfrancishs.org or call 916-737-5015.

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Upcoming Costs To Be Aware Of

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

Re-enrollment for the 2021 – 2022 school year will take place in March 2021. The registration fee will be due at that time, along with the graduation fee for Seniors.

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Thank You to Our 80th Anniversary Sponsors!

80th Logo

Your partnership in supporting our young women is what makes our community so special. 

Sponsors are the wings which make our events soar! We are incredibly grateful to this year’s 80th Anniversary sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor – $14,000

  • Veronica Padilla-Valdez ‘94 & Gino Valdez, Valdez Painting, Inc. (Sophie ‘23, Victoria ‘19)

Gold Sponsor – $8,000

  • Ed and Kristen Rudis (Alee ‘16, Isabella ‘18, Giovanna ‘21)

Silver Sponsor – $5,000

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/15/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we finish the second week of the second half of the academic year, your daughters are tackling the new year with enthusiasm, given our current circumstances. Looking ahead to the remaining months of this semester, there are plenty of events taking place. In-class counselor presentations have already begun, providing 9th -11th grade students with an overview on the upcoming course registration process for the 2021-2022 school year. Seniors have already realized their time at St. Francis is quickly coming to an end and are looking ahead to next fall.  In the coming week, senior parents will be receiving additional information about senior events and what to expect for graduation events. Please stay tuned. 

Also, as a follow-up reminder from yesterday, our new COVID screening days/times are the following moving forward:

The Red Cohort will be testing this Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

The Gold Cohort will be testing on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

I realize this is not ideal for everyone, but it is the best solution that allows us to continue with weekly COVID screening for all students, faculty, and staff.  In addition, please bear in mind that our two medical providers have increased their involvement in the Diocese by agreeing to screen other Catholic feeder schools. Juggling their availability and that of their staff is not easy, and we are extremely grateful for their continued support and flexibility.

I am acutely aware that any new change creates a ripple effect across all of our households that inadvertently creates more stress and anxiety for our Troubies. That is not my intent, and we will continue to look ahead to minimize changes that are within our control. 

I extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your patience and understanding as we continue to pivot and make mid-year adjustments. I ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers and pray that this terrible pandemic gets eradicated soon. May God continue to bless you and protect all of your families. 

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

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

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Summer School Offerings

Summer Academics 2021– Registration OPENS February 25th at 12:00pm (noon).  Visit our SF website to view what we will be offering this summer!  Click HERE

Summer Camps 2021- Camp Troubie, Camp Troubie Jr, Musical Theatre, and Latin Camp.  Please visit our SF website for dates and times.

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Athletic News – 1/15/21

  • Cross Country and Water Polo practice will begin on the St. Francis campus on January 19th.
  • XC Red Cohort check-in is 2:30 p.m. on the soccer field. Practice will end at approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • XC Gold Cohort check-in is 3:00 p.m. on the soccer field. Practice will end at approximately 4:30 p.m.
  • Water polo Red Cohort check-in is 4:00 p.m. at the soccer field. Practice will end at 5:00 p.m.

Please triple-check that your FinalForms eligibility is completed and your physical is current.

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Important Information from the Principal – 1/14/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

I am writing to brief you on our continuing COVID screening on campus, and to provide additional clarification to the email I sent out earlier this week.  This information is being shared with you today and not yesterday due to some additional scheduling changes taking place at St. Francis, as we are now a testing center for some of our Diocesan feeder schools.

As we make the shift from RT-PCR to Rapid Antigen testing, there have been some questions raised by parents that I’d like to address.

  • Is the test still going to be on our campus?  Yes, the test is still on campus and the process of collecting the sample is the same. You will continue to drive through the Armory parking lot, and medical personnel will assist you as before. 

 

  • Is it the same type of swabbing procedure? Yes, the specimen collection is the same. The swab does not go beyond the anterior nares (no more than ¾ of an inch into both nostrils).

 

  • Do we need to make an appointment like before? No, you no longer need to make an appointment. You are able to drive through any time during your daughter’s designated Cohort day/time.

 

  • What are the new COVID testing days for the Red and Gold Cohorts? 
    • The Red Cohort will be testing on Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. starting this Sunday. 
    • The Gold Cohort will be testing on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Will there be any make-up days? No. Given the number of schools being supported by our Urgent Care Now medical providers, there is no possible way for them to take on an additional day of screening. If a student misses her designated testing window, she will have to return to distance learning until the next testing opportunity.

 

  • Can my St. Francis daughter get tested at another Diocesan feeder school testing site with their younger sibling? No. While Urgent Care now will be doing the swabbing at that site, they will not be able to process and direct lab results to multiple schools. This increases the possibility of inadvertent errors. 

 

  • If it’s my daughter’s first time getting screened, what do I need to bring? Bring the signed waiver and release of liability found on our COVID-19 webpage, along with proof of identification.

 

  • Will the test results still be uploaded to the Immunify app? Yes, the test results will still be uploaded to the Immunify app. Students will need to show their Immunify QR code with a green shield in order to remain on campus. 

 

  • Will we have to start paying for the Rapid Antigen test now? No, there is no direct cost for COVID screening now. In the future, there may be a cost associated with it, but I will let you know in advance what that fee might be. I am looking at other funding sources to cover the cost.

It goes without saying that we continue to pivot and adjust our plans due to the ever-changing conditions created by COVID. Nonetheless, we are committed to supporting your daughters and making sure that while they are on campus, they are in a safe and healthy learning environment. 

I appreciate your flexibility and continued support and understand these changes impact your households and create additional stress and anxiety. 

As always, I will strive to keep you informed in a timely manner and provide you with as much detail as I possibly can.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. 

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

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Important Message from the Principal – 1/11/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

I want to provide you with an update on our current COVID screening program and some upcoming changes. Since late October, we have been working with two local area medical providers, Dr. Oshita and Dr. Williams, in providing on-site COVID testing for all students, faculty, and staff. 

Initially, the screening was being billed directly through insurance carriers and then reimbursed by federal CARES Act dollars. We benefited significantly from this federal allocation, and it enabled us to reopen our school safely for in-person instruction. 

I was notified late yesterday afternoon by our medical providers that CARES Act funding has been exhausted, and we will no longer be able to bill insurance carriers for reimbursement moving forward. What does this mean for St. Francis and our established weekly COVID screening? 

Our medical providers have been in contact with the Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Kasirye, and the county is willing to provide St. Francis with Bynax Now rapid antigen kits, similar to what our Catholic feeder schools have been using for the past two weeks, which cost $25 per person. 

Since we are unable to bill insurance carriers any longer, there will be an administrative fee associated with these rapid antigen tests moving forward. I have been in communication with our Superintendent and medical providers to determine the fee structure as we continue to plan ahead. Currently, there are some funds available to subsidize the cost of the rapid antigen tests through January 31st, but those discretionary funds will become exhausted at some point.  Our intent is to minimize the out of pocket cost for each student and their family.

Additionally, due to this change in COVID screening, we will also have to adjust our current testing days for both cohorts. For that reason, today’s scheduled COVID screening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 13th from 3:00-5:30 p.m. This will enable students in the Gold Cohort to still attend classes in-person on Thursday and Friday. In the future, our new testing days will most likely change to Sundays and Wednesdays. I am currently working with our medical providers to determine the schedule for those days and will share more details later this week so you can plan accordingly.

Please know that our goal is to continue to provide COVID screening and make in-person instruction as safe as possible for all students, faculty, and staff.  I appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. 

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

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Course Registration Parent Meetings

  • Class of 2022 (Juniors):  Tuesday, January 19th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Class of 2023 (Sophomores): Thursday, January 21st at 6:45 p.m.
  • Class of 2024 (Freshmen): Thursday, January 21st at 6:00 p.m.

The Guidance Department would like to invite all parents to attend a Course Registration meeting with your daughter’s Class Counselor.  We will be reviewing course options for 2021-2022, AP/Honors requirements, and college planning information.  We look forward to seeing you!  Zoom links will be sent to parents the day before the meetings.

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Dance Concert “Blocked In” – 1/29/21, 7:30 p.m.

Boxed In

The Dance Concert with the SF Dance and Apprentice Companies perform on Friday, January 29. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE. Stream it into your own home. Dance is a challenging class to teach and learn via zoom but these very talented and committed dancers were able to create a wonderful concert called “Blocked In,” a response to being stuck at home during the COVID pandemic.

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Patrons of the Arts Meeting - Tuesday, January 12, 5:45 p.m.

We would love to have every parent and grandparent who is interested in the arts to join us during our monthly meetings where we decide how we can support all of the arts classes, programs, and performances/shows. Come to our next meeting, and get to know other adults who are interested in helping out. This month, our guest speaker is Agata Grzelak, SF Dance Teacher. She will talk about her background, what and how dance is taught at SF, and share information about the show that will be streamed January 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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Serra Court Café is Open

We are looking forward to seeing the students back on campus next week!  Serra Court Café is resuming online ordering of meals as was in place prior to the holiday break.  Parents who wish to have their daughters take advantage of lunch at the Serra Court Café can pre-order and pre-pay for meals online via MySchoolBucks, using a credit card, an e-check, or loading funds into their MySchoolBucks account.  On-line ordering is open and available now.  All lu