Principal’s Newsletter 5/18/2018

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Dear St. Francis Families,

This week was full of joy and some tears as we celebrated our last school-wide Mass on Monday, in which we said farewell to our graduating class of 2018! On Wednesday evening, we welcomed our new senior class at the Junior Commissioning Mass, passing the leadership baton to the mighty Thumpers. These beautiful and holy traditions in the life of a St. Francis Troubadour mark important milestones that our girls and their families will remember for many years to come. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful students in our community.

With final exams beginning today, I ask that you keep our Troubies in your prayers. Let us pray that they do their best on these assessments and finish the 2017-18 school year strong!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),    

Elias Mendoza
Principal 

News & Announcements

See Athletics News HERE.

A Note for Students from the Wellness Office – How to Keep Your Cool During the Heat of Finals Week

Remember: There is no test that can measure your worth as a person, and no test will alter the course of your life forever. Standardized tests, finals, and extra-curricular activities are simply challenges, and ones that you’ve been well prepared for. Apply yourself using the tools that you have, and you’ll come out knowing that you did your personal best, which is what matters most.

We have attached some great tips to help you all keep your cool during finals week. Click HEREfor tips. Think and Be Positive. 

Textbook Buyback

If your family purchased books from our online bookstore, don’t forget to sell them back. To get your buyback quote, log into your MBS account (click here).  Books can be mailed back or students can drop them off at our EZ Book Buyback on May 22, in Room 332, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Summer School and Summer Reading Bookstore 

Our summer bookstore is open for purchases.  Students can search for their required summer school textbooks and summer reading books through the MBS site (click here).  Want to get a start on purchasing books for the 2018-2019 school year?  Students have been emailed the full textbook list.  The regular school year bookstore will open in early July.

Accessible Seating for Graduation and Baccalaureate Mass

We are now taking requests for accessible seating at Graduation and Baccalaureate Mass.  A separate request must be completed for each event. The deadline is Friday, May 18th for both. 

For Baccalaureate Mass requests, please click here. 

For Graduation requests, please click here. 

2018-2019 Senior Parking Space Painting FAQ

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 only 125 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 (this space is only reserved for the student during regular school hours.  It is not for parents or anytime outside of the regular school day).  The proceeds will benefit the St. Francis Fund.

Cost:    

For reserved parking permit and painting option = $200.  
For a regular parking permit, no reserved space, no painting = $60

For the process and more information regarding the 2018-2019 senior painted parking spaces, click HERE.

Student Safety

As we are ending the school year, please take a moment to remind your daughter to be vigilant when it comes to her personal safety, especially when walking between F-65 and the school.  If she notices anything unusual, she should contact the nearest adult, and then inform the school. 

A few easy reminders for your daughters:  

  • Never walk alone.
  • Do not walk with headset or earbuds covering both ears.
  • Do not walk with your head down into your phone. Be aware of people and your surroundings.
  • Do not take short cuts behind buildings.
  • Never approach a vehicle, no matter how friendly the person appears.
  • Keep your car windows shut and doors locked in the parking lot.  
  • Always report any unusual emails or social media postings.

At this point in the school year, everyone tends to get a little lax due to the good weather and excitement of school ending. These are good, everyday reminders for everyone to follow.  Many blessings, Mrs. Cost

New Grandparents’ Club – Launching Fall of 2018

We love having our grandparents involved on campus!  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 school communications and receive updates about club meetings and events.All grandparents of our students and alumnae are welcome!

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

Senior Parents – Class of 2018   - Option to Purchase Chromebook

You have the option to purchase your daughter’s Chromebook for $95.  If you elect not to purchase the Chromebook, your daughter will need to return it in good working order and without physical damage during the last week of school in May. 

The Worth Avenue Insurance will cover your Chromebook through the summer, and you can get a new policy next year for continued coverage.

Seniors’ Chromebooks and chargers must be turned into Technology before Baccalaureate practice on May 21.  All Chromebooks must be in good working condition and not have damaged screens or any other physical damage.  Students not purchasing or turning in their Chromebooks by this date will have a hold placed on their diplomas.

To purchase your daughter’s Chromebook, click HERE.

Interested in Carpooling Next Year?

Is your carpool situation changing for the 2018-19 academic year? Fill out the carpool interest form! All families who complete the form will receive a spreadsheet of all participating families, sorted by zip code. Whether you want to join a carpool or you anticipate having room for additional students in your current carpool, this is a great way to make connections with other St. Francis families in your area. 

ACT Prep Class – leading up to the June 2018 ACT for the Class of 2019
 
Mr. Chen is offering an ACT Prep class in preparation for the June ACT.  Registration forms and payments must be turned into the Guidance office. The ACT class will meet on the following dates: Tuesday, May 29, Wednesday, May 30th, and  Monday, June 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 5th to Thursday, June 7th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The cost for the prep class is $200. Due to class size limitations, registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Register HERE!

Important Dates for 2018-19 Academic Year

Here are some important dates for you to consider, as you make plans for the upcoming academic year.  We hope that by providing you with these dates in advance, you will be able to schedule family vacations and college visits, while minimizing missed days of instruction.

  • First Day of Classes: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – 25, 2018
  • Christmas Break: December 21, 2018 – January 7, 2019
  • Easter Break: April 15 – April 28, 2019
  • Graduation:  May 23, 2019

Class of 2018 Parents 

Click on this link to see all the information you’ll need about upcoming graduation events including Grad Night.

Sports Physical Night (6/06/18 at 5:00 p.m.)

The Boosters would like to announce the return of our popular Sports Physical Night, complete with guest speakers and FREE Booster Que BBQ for all!  Over 70 volunteer positions are now in MVP for parents who would like to get a jump on their 2018/2019 commitment.  MD/RN volunteers earn TRIPLE HOURS at this annual event. Participants may enter at 5:00 p.m. through the front gates of the school, where they’re checked in, given a number, and then sent to the gym. Volunteers can enter through the Gym lobby.