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Principal’s Newsletter 12/2/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back, and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with family and friends.

It’s hard to believe December is here and final exams are only a week away! During this time of the semester, it’s only natural for our Troubies to be nervous and perhaps a little anxious about the upcoming exams. Please encourage your daughter to plan ahead, study in a quiet and dedicated place, avoid digital device distractions, eat and hydrate appropriately, and most importantly, get adequate rest before finals week. Remind her that memorizing or cramming all of the material at once usually doesn’t bring about the best results – or learning. Finding balance is key, and students should reward learning with purposeful breaks to recharge.

Also with finals looming, there may be an uptick in students feeling the need to resort to unwise study methods that do not meet our Academic Honesty standards. My recommendation is that students use the resources available to them (i.e. teachers, tutors, parents, study guides, peer study sessions, etc.). This is the perfect time to strategize a study plan prior to final exams.

Know that we care about the physical and mental well-being of our students, and we want them to be successful!

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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Principal’s Newsletter 11/18/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

I can’t believe that we are more than halfway through the month of November! Thanksgiving break is only a few days away, and I know your daughters (and my staff) are ready for a little respite post the last 15-weeks of school. 

Please remind your daughters that when they return from Thanksgiving break, it will be a few days until December and final exams will be two weeks away. This is the opportune time to meet with teachers, ask clarifying questions, and submit all assignments to ensure they finish the first semester strong. 

I look forward to the coming holiday season and pray that God continues to bless each and every one of you abundantly.

If you’re available next Tuesday, November 22nd from 10:35-11:45am, please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service, it will be a great way to begin the holiday season.

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

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/10/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we prepare for the three-day weekend in observance of Veterans Day, let us remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to serve and defend our country. We also pray for those currently serving in harm’s way. May God bless them, watch over them, and return them safely home to their loved ones.

Today, if you have a family member, neighbor or friend who has served, or is serving, thank them for their unselfish service, personal sacrifice, and unwavering dedication to preserve our freedoms and the ideals of this great country.  

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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Principal’s Newsletter 11/4/22

Ryan Chisolm

Dear St. Francis Families,

Thank you all so much for welcoming my family and me to the St. Francis community with open arms. We have felt the love and support from all parts of campus and from all of our various communities within St. Francis. This has helped me settle in and feel like St. Francis is exactly the place I need to be. The Troubadour Spirit is alive and well!

I wanted to take this time to give you an update on our fall varsity sports teams as they are well into their playoffs. All of our teams are having success this postseason, and I encourage all of you to keep up with all our sports updates on our athletics website, GoTroubies.com. Here is a quick snapshot of what our Varsity Fall Sports have been up to:

  • Cross Country: Cross Country is having an outstanding season and just secured another Delta League Title. Come out to Willow Hill in Folsom on Saturday, November 12th to watch our Troubies compete for a section title as they look to advance to the state meet. You will be thoroughly impressed with just how fast these girls run. I get tired just watching them.
  • Golf: Golf just wrapped up their season at the Section Masters Championship Tournament after being a top six qualifying team at their Section Championships. They finished in 2nd place in the Delta League and had a great finish to their season.
  • Tennis: Tennis wrapped up their team season after making it to the section quarterfinals but lost to a tough Rocklin team. Seniors, Aniyus Pierre and Chloe Garcia, qualified for the section doubles individual tournament after winning the Delta League Doubles Individual Championship. As of this writing they have made it to the final four looking to take home the section doubles individual tournament championship.
  • Volleyball: Volleyball won an instant classic five set thriller on Tuesday night in the Section Semifinals, as they went on the road and upset the #1 overall seed St. Mary’s High School of Stockton. They will be playing in the Section Finals on Saturday, November 5th at 7:00pm at Natomas High School against the #2 Seeded Oak Ridge Trojans. Tickets are available exclusively on GoFan. I hope to see our St. Francis community show up for our girls in their biggest game of the season. They have also qualified for the NorCal/State Playoffs that will start the week of November 7th. 
  • Water Polo: Water Polo finished 2nd in the Delta League this season and advanced to the section quarterfinals but lost 8-7 at El Capitan in Merced. Even in the loss they fought hard and have a lot to look back on this season and be proud of.

The end of one season means the start of another as our winter sports (basketball and soccer) started their tryouts this week. Make sure to check the schedule and find a time to come out and see a game. Each sport has three levels of play, and there is a lot to be excited about. I hope to have some exciting updates for you on their seasons in the months ahead.

Lastly, our Troubie Spirit Store is up and running so make sure to check it out. Get your favorite Troubie athletics gear to show off at the next event you attend or get some for friends and family with the holiday season approaching. Remember to show off that Troubie spirit by being loud, proud and positive in the stands. See you in the stands soon!

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

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

Ryan Chisolm
Athletic Director

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/28/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

As you are already aware, Halloween falls on a school night this year. Some early celebrations may be taking place this weekend and will certainly spill-over into the coming week. Please encourage your daughters to be safe and to remain vigilant of their surroundings wherever they may be celebrating this popular holiday. Additionally, it is an opportune time to talk to your daughters about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Most parents are surprisingly unaware of the choices their children are making regarding these substances. Please talk to your children about saying no, and don’t be afraid to ask the questions that will keep them safe: Who are you hanging out with? Who are their parents? What are their phone numbers? Will they be supervising? Sometimes as parents, we have to be the “bad guys” and do things that aren’t considered “cool,” but we do those things out of love and for the well-being of our children.

Let us pray that all of our children will be safe this upcoming weekend (and always).

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