Message from Principal – 3-23 Update

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Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope you’re all doing well, taking care of yourselves and loved ones. We are into our second week of a mandated quarantine, and probably trying to find a rhythm to our new temporary reality. 

Given the daily federal/state updates, we will be in this heightened protective posture for a longer period than we all anticipated. Regardless, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of any changes per the Diocese, as well as federal, state, and local authorities. Obviously, this prolonged closure may impact some of our scheduled events in the coming weeks, but know that we’re looking at some creative options to see what can be done. I continue to remain optimistic and will keep you informed in the days ahead.

Additionally, I know that Distance Learning has posed some challenges and I appreciate the feedback I’ve received from parents and students. We are working diligently to strike a balance between face-to-face instruction and distance learning. I am in constant communication with my administrative team and our teaching staff. One of the requests I’ve heard from teachers, students, and parents directly is to allow for video conferencing via Zoom. Effectively immediately, students will be allowed to use that feature on the Zoom. My only request is that the following Acceptable Distance Learning Guidelines be followed by our students, as appropriate online etiquette is important.

While times are tough, I think it’s also important to recognize the “silver linings” that situations like these bring to light. We are certainly blessed to be members of a Catholic community and appreciate the blessings God continues to bring into our lives even amid this calamity. If possible, I would like to hear from you on the “good things” that have come out of this quarantine. If you can send pictures, that would be great, as I would love to share them on our social media platforms.

Lastly, our Superintendent and Executive Director of Schools, Lincoln Snyder, issued another Memorandum today, that he wanted me to share with our entire school community. Please read it at your leisure as well as a short Youtube address he prepared.

Thank you for your continued support and may God bless you all abundantly.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
In the spirit of peace and goodness, 

Elias Mendoza, Principal