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Principal’s Newsletter 7/03/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope you’re all doing well and preparing for a different 4th of July holiday weekend. 

Last week, I shared St. Francis’ Safe Return to School Plan. I know that several of you have reviewed it already, as I have received some questions about the Synchronous Hybrid Learning Model.

Just to clarify, each student group or cohort, will meet on campus for two consecutive school days, followed by two Distance Learning days.  When the Red Group is on campus, the Gold Group will be accessing class via our distance learning platform, and vice versa.  As the schedule rotates throughout the semester, each student cohort will be on campus the same number of days.  The hybrid learning model maximizes the student instructional minutes and student-teacher contact points, while maintaining the health and safety of our school community.  The benefit of this hybrid learning model is that teachers will be able to see all of their students in class two to three times per week, in order to get to know them, and develop a rapport that is not easily developed remotely. 

This being said, some parents have requested that special consideration be given for carpooling families, seniors, and friend groups. Unfortunately, at this time, this is not something that I can guarantee, but please know that we are looking at several options to ensure we divide the student body in a fair and equitable manner. Click HERE for a parent survey that will help us make our decisions as we finalize our Red/Gold schedules for our expected return to campus this fall. 

Thank you for your input and continued support, as we continue to navigate the implications created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

I pray that you have a safe and healthy holiday weekend surrounded by those you love.

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 6/26/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak together, and plan for a rigorous and dynamic 2020-21 school year. 

An incredibly dedicated team of St. Francis teachers, administrators, technology, and facilities members have been diligently exploring options to create the best plan for reopening school in August. The team considered safety guidance from the county and state, the needs expressed by our students and teachers, technical and physical campus resources, and discussions happening in local school districts and private schools. Potential plans were presented to a larger group of teachers representing all academic disciplines. 

Their review criteria focused on maximizing student instructional minutes and student-teacher contact points, teacher office hours and availability for students, teacher prep and collaboration time with peers, reducing student numbers to ensure compliance with physical distancing practices, as well as ease of adaptability for a full distance learning model if needed at any point in the year. The overwhelming response from the team and administration was that a new 70-minute synchronous learning model would net the best results for our students.

The health and safety of our students, families, and staff is always our primary concern, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. As a faculty and staff, we are especially empathetic to our students who are missing some of the traditional St. Francis High School experiences. Our goal is to continue to support the whole student – academically, socially, and emotionally. We are aware of the mental toll that this transition may take, and our Wellness, Campus Ministry, and Guidance teams are continuously collecting support resources for our community and are ready to serve your daughter when school resumes in August.

As of this writing and our current realities, we have outlined our initial plans for the 2020-21 academic year in this document. Undoubtedly, plans may be updated by future developments in public health and governing guidelines. We will continue sending the Principal’s weekly newsletter throughout the summer and posting updates outlining more details as they become available. Click HERE for the link to the Safe Return to School Plan.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of educating your daughter(s) in an environment that embeds faith, excellence, leadership, and service into all that we do. 

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

Theresa Rodgers
President

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Principal’s Newsletter 6/19/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Although it feels different this year, summer is here (well, officially tomorrow) and with that, we move closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year. A dedicated cadre of staff has been working diligently to ensure a safe return to our campus, keeping in mind the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. I will keep you informed along the way, as we finalize our return-to-school plan. 

Like many other educational institutions in the region, we’ve received guidance from the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and the Sacramento Office of Education, and we have consulted with local authorities to ensure that we implement their guidelines as recommended. They have confirmed that we have clearance to proceed with reopening our school in August, as well as customizing a plan that fits the physical footprint of St. Francis Catholic High School, and the needs of our community.

St. Francis is committed to creating a plan that will afford each student an optimal learning environment, while ensuring that we follow the social distancing guidelines as prescribed by state and local agencies. Relationships and community are a core part of the St. Francis experience for both students and their families. Our plan for this uncertain time will be to try to maximize opportunities to strengthen relationships and support our community whether virtually or in person. 

The St. Francis Safety Team has made arrangements to allow the return of some staff members to campus and begin preparations for the eventual return of all employees in August. Hygiene, sanitizing, cleaning, and safety supplies are currently being identified and ordered in preparation for the fall. As you can imagine, this is no small task, as there are many moving pieces to this plan. The St. Francis Safety Team appreciates your patience while we finalize our plans. Rest assured that we are committed to reopening our school in the safest manner possible and maintaining the sense of community that makes us unique.

We are also interacting with the Diocese, Sacramento County, local school districts, CIF, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to determine when to begin summer conditioning in a safe manner following the guidelines published by these organizations. Student-athletes and their families should expect to hear from our Athletic Director with more details in the coming week. 

Again, St. Francis Catholic High School intends to return to in-person instruction in August as planned, beginning with our Freshman Student Orientation as usual. More specific information will be shared later this summer. 

Please continue to pray that the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, so we can return to a sense of normalcy, albeit, a new normal.  I look forward to seeing you all again 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),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 6/12/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

The past few weeks have been difficult for all of us as we confront the violence against Black people, racism, and systemic injustices in our world.

It is our responsibility as a community to have intentional conversations and recognize our personal and collective role in this trauma, as challenging and uncomfortable as it may be. While we have yet to break down the injustices that we, as a society, have thrust upon communities of color, we must listen, reflect, and correct inequities within our own school community. We cannot stop at mere acknowledgment of these injustices through public statements alone. There is work to be done. 

As such, this past week, we held a second Listening Session focusing on the Black student experience at St. Francis. It was facilitated by Dr. Kelsey Jones, Assistant Professor in the Human Development Department at California State University, San Marcos, who has expertise in racial literacy and helping schools empower their communities to address race issues. This session was again moderated by alumna, Destinee Dickerson ‘10.

These listening sessions were the first steps in the change process, rebuilding trust, and healing hurts and injustices of the past. Many feelings, stories, and experiences were shared by students, alumnae, and family members. These sessions also brought forward ideas for implementing change. Our alumnae community worked together on a petition of well thought out, tangible, and measurable changes for consideration.

The petition, as well as all of the feedback and input from the Listening Sessions, and the follow-up calls with all who have requested, will be reviewed over the next 45 days as we create a comprehensive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan with actionable steps and timelines. We will also work with the Diocese to explore and implement concrete solutions to address the racism that still pervades our society and work in collaborative ways to strengthen the response of all people to this evil.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan will be housed on the St. Francis website to ensure accountability to the broader community. The plan will incorporate lessons learned from stories shared, recommendations from students and student leadership, alumnae, parents, SFHS faculty and staff, and best practices learned from schools and organizations, who are committed to these priorities.

We believe and know that we can change as we’ve seen incredible involvement from students, alumnae, families, and our faculty and staff. More than 250 alumnae responded to post-listening session surveys saying they wanted to further the conversation and help make meaningful change. Our students, alumnae and families, as well as our faith, require us to do better to eradicate racism and injustice. 

These conversations are not easy, and they should not be. Admitting mistakes, missteps, and biases takes humility. There is trust that needs rebuilding. Topics of racism, social justice, and equity are complex and can be uncomfortable; but, we have to commit to continuing these conversations. We owe it to our community, our students, and ourselves.

St. Francis 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 6/05/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

For the past week, I’ve heard from many students, parents, alumnae, and members of my faculty and staff regarding the conversation taking place on social media. Needless to say, my heart is heavy and sorrowful for the pain expressed by so many current and former students. 

This watershed moment, propelled by the killing of George Floyd, has shined a light on a long-standing social issue that has never been fully addressed in our country. As a society, we should be outraged by the death of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. While this may be perceived as a political statement, it is not. The truth is we have to do more than acknowledge the dignity of every human life. As a devout Catholic, I honor the sanctity of life and stand with those that are fighting for justice and peace across our country, and the rest of the world. 

The events of this past week have rocked the foundations of government and many social institutions. We are not alone in the call to own our shortcomings, past and present, and make holistic and systemic change. Today, we take another step in the process of listening to our students of color and the larger school community in our first-ever SFHS Zoom Listening Session. I am humbled by the number of people that have registered for this event (we reached our 1,000 maximum capacity at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon), and we look forward to listening to the voices of our students, alumnae, and parents. 

As a community of faith, I ask you to join me in saying the following prayer:

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. 
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own. 

- Cardinal Dearden in 1979, USCCB

St. Francis 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 5/29/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we end the month of May, I want to congratulate our graduating Class of 2020. On behalf of the entire St. Francis faculty and staff, I want to say congratulations on your four years of achievements.  You’ve been exceptional and persevered through a multitude of experiences that you will carry with you as you embark on a new journey.  

Yesterday evening we celebrated Senior Sunset, a special day that coincided with what would have been graduation day.  Our seniors drove onto our soccer field and spent one last evening together on our beautiful campus. While the sun may have set on the class of 2020 last night, they will always be Pearls!

I also formally welcome the graduating Class of 2020 to the 11,000 strong SFHS alumnae community. Wherever life takes you from this day forward, know that you are members of a long and distinguished legacy spanning 79 years. May God continue to bless you and watch over you as you begin your post-secondary adventures.   

St. Francis 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 5/22/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

While this would typically be my last newsletter for the academic year, I know there are a lot of unknowns about what next fall may look like. In order to keep you apprised of any changes,  I will continue to publish a weekly (or should I say “routine”) newsletter throughout the coming summer break in order to provide you with updates as they become available from federal, state, and local agencies.  I know we’re all ready to return to a sense of normalcy but we have no idea what that may look like as we emerge from the state-mandated quarantine.  In the meantime, please know the entire St. Francis faculty and staff look forward to welcoming your daughters to our beloved campus in the fall. 

I hope you’re able to “tune in” for our Senior Awards Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. this evening. We certainly graduate some impressive young women. The video will be available on our website and will also remain there for a few weeks. 

Whatever your summer plans may be, I pray that God watches over you and brings you back safely to our school community in August.

St. Francis 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 5/15/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

This week marks the last official week of instruction for the 2019-2020 school year. No one could have conceived back in August that we would be dealing with a world-wide pandemic and finishing the school year virtually.  Nonetheless, I am so proud of the perseverance and commitment our Troubies have demonstrated throughout the course of the past seven weeks of Distance Learning. 

As we begin to wrap-up this school year, I want to thank you, parents, for your patience and continued support of St. Francis and all of our faculty and staff, as we transitioned from face-to-face instruction to a synchronous teaching model. We made the transition in a short period of time and ensured the continuity of instruction and advancement of curriculum. We made it through this together, as a community, and I am grateful for your collective sacrifice of time, talent, and treasure. We could not do what we do without your assistance and support. 

I hope you can all “tune in” for the Farewell Prayer Service at 5:00 p.m. this evening. It is accessible on our website and will remain there for a few weeks: https://www.stfrancishs.org/farewell-service. Ms. Tina Harris, and her talented choral singers, will close out this service with the legendary St. Francis version of “At the Beginning.” This song captures the deep sisterhood at St. Francis. The line, “never dreaming, what we’d have to go through,” resonates even more this year, and like our Troubies, “In the end I wanna be standing at the beginning with you.”

We were strangers, starting out on a journey
Never dreaming, what we’d have to go through
Now here we are, I’m suddenly standing
At the beginning with you  

I hope your daughters enjoy some time to rest and detox from their digital devices.

May you have a safe, healthy and relaxing summer, and I look forward to seeing you all in August. 

St. Francis 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 5/08/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Today was a bittersweet day, as we celebrated our Seniors when they drove through campus to thunderous applause from our faculty and staff and picked up their caps and gowns. We are saddened that we could not embrace them one last time, but we are resolute in knowing we will see them on campus in July for a proper graduation ceremony!  

We are immensely proud of our graduating Class of 2020, as they have endured a global pandemic with all the corresponding losses in what should have been a very celebratory time. It will certainly set them apart from any other graduating class. We know their perseverance, dedication, and grit will prepare them for the challenges ahead. They have set the bar high and will inspire future generations of Troubies in what it means to be a woman of faith, excellence, leadership and service. 

On behalf of the entire faculty, staff, and administration, we are proud of our Pearls and excited to share in this victorious moment.  Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

St. Francis 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 5/01/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

The last remaining weeks of the school year are going to be filled with many mixed emotions. The five weeks of quarantine have tested everyone’s mettle, and quarantine fever has definitely set in. Adding to all of the losses is the fun and festive end of year events we would’ve been celebrating as the school year draws to an end. This year has certainly ended differently, but please reassure your daughters they are deeply missed and, with this week’s good news, we confidently look forward to seeing them back on our beautiful campus in August. 

We know, for our seniors and their families, that this ending has been particularly sad. The culmination of their four years of hard work is something we all love to celebrate with our myriad traditions and gatherings. For our senior families, we are committed to doing everything in our power to celebrate your daughters in typical St. Francis fashion. We continue to receive guidance from federal/state and local authorities in order to meet their social distancing/gathering guidelines so that we can create as many “in-person” events as possible. We are laying out options for events based on the input we’ve received from seniors and their families, and will be providing them with more information on Monday, May 4th. 

As a community, we have all experienced loss, and for some even more so. I ask that as you lift up our St. Francis community in prayer this week, you offer a special prayer for our graduates and their families.

I thank you for your grace, patience, and support of St. Francis Catholic High School. We pray that God keeps us all safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. 

St. Francis 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 4/24/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back, and I hope you all had a blessed Easter!

The week after Easter break can be a bit stressful and intimidating for some of our students, as they realize the semester and academic year is quickly coming to an end. This is obviously magnified by the current quarantine and separation from our beloved campus. Please encourage and reassure your daughter/s there is still time to meet their goals and finish the year strong. If there are any major stressors, please encourage them to speak with their teachers, Guidance, and/or Wellness Counselor if they need that additional support. We are here to help. 

As you look at the calendar, you’ve probably realized the end of this school year is going to look and feel different. There aren’t going to be traditional final exams and same closure as in years past. Please reassure your daughters we look forward to getting them back on campus as soon as it’s deemed safe by federal/state and public health officials. In the meantime, know that we miss having them (and all of our Troubies) on campus.

I am also happy to welcome the Class of 2024 parents, who will begin to receive my weekly message for the remainder of the school year. It is my pleasure to welcome you all under these unprecedented times. May God continue to bless and protect us all.

St. Francis 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 4/03/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

As the Easter break officially begins this afternoon, I hope all of our Troubies (and you) are able to find some time to rest and catch your breath, given what we’ve all experienced over the past three weeks.  While we remain in quarantine, I pray the following two-week break brings some solace and comfort to your family.     

As you are aware, next week embraces the holiest days of the year for all Christians: the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Pope John Paul II wrote in 1986, “We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty, and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery – the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” So together we pray, no matter how far or close we may be to one another.

St. Francis 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 3/27/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

The past week has been trying for all of us! I think we’re all done with being quarantined, and ready for a return to normalcy. 

Over the past week, I’ve received numerous emails from parents about the challenges of being isolated at home, juggling distance learning for K-12 students, as well as trying to work and maintain a household. Needless to say, this quarantine has tested our patience and sanity more than we possibly imagined. 

Even with all of the challenges we’re facing as a school community, I’ve been moved by the silver linings you’ve all shared with me. Whether it’s taking a walk, playing board games as a family, trying new cooking recipes, caring for a neighbor or simply appreciating a quiet family dinner at home, you’ve all identified what you’re thankful for. Please continue to share your silver lining moments with me, as I would love to share those in the coming week on our social media sites. 

As we end this week, I leave you with the following prayer and ask that you keep the faith. I have no doubt that we will get through this unprecedented event together.

Heavenly Father, we pray for all those who have contracted the coronavirus, as well as those who are vulnerable.

We also pray for those who are experiencing fear or anxiety.

Please provide for the affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table and our public safety.

We also pray for those who are afraid to access care due to their immigration status, let us pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all human life. 

For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity.

St. Francis 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 3/20/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope this email finds you well, healthy, and safe! To say we are in unprecedented times would certainly be the understatement of the year!  So much has happened in the past week. Seven days ago, our faculty spent the day preparing for a possible school closure. Little did we know that in a matter of days, we would have to implement our Distance Learning Plan, and leave our beloved campus for a prolonged period of time. 

The transition has not been seamless, but we have been able to adjust our digital instruction to meet our students’ needs. Our faculty has been exceptional in learning new ways to interact and engage their students virtually. While there are some limitations with this new digital interface, our students are savvy and intrepid navigators of this digital world, meeting the requirements set by their teachers. 

In the coming days, I’m confident that our students and teachers will acclimate to this new routine and continue to excel in their studies. As we continue to provide online instruction, it is imperative that we keep our students engaged in a predictable routine. While they may not be receiving face-to-face instruction, they are still in school. Please help them stay on track and focused.  In order to do this, encourage the following best practices for online instruction:

  • Identify a quiet spot for your daughter to do her work. Make it pleasant and comfortable, but not too comfortable.
  • Make sure the area is well lit and quiet.
  • Ensure your daughter gets dressed for a regular day of school. Pajamas are okay, but this may to put her in a totally different mood.
  • Eating breakfast before she starts the day is a must!
  • Only necessary items for school should be out—no extra distractions!
  • Have her stick to the schedule set by the school.
  • Have her go to bed at a decent time (just like school), so her brain is ready to learn in the morning.
  • Have her take breaks as needed throughout the day. Encourage her to get up, and move around for a few minutes between subjects.
  • Don’t forget to eat lunch as well.

I know our circumstances are not ideal, but I realize that our students will be better prepared and resilient because of this experience. We are living through a historic moment. We’ll remember this year for many reasons, but I hope that one of those is for how we handled the challenges.   

Lastly, I appreciate each and every one of our Troubies, and pray that you and your family remain healthy and safe.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness), 

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/13/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Our community, state, and country are facing an unprecedented health crisis. The recent school closures across the Sacramento region and neighboring counties have precipitated K-12 schools and universities to consider partial or long-term closures. 

In order to prepare for this fluid situation, our teachers met today to review our distance learning plan, which will guarantee continuity of instruction with minimal disruption to our educational experience.  We are prepared to roll out our distance learning plan next Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and will continue to provide a robust learning experience for your daughters. As this situation evolves, any change in the delivery of instruction will be communicated from my office.  I am also attaching a memorandum from our Superintendent and Executive Director of Schools, which outlines the closure of all Diocesan schools.

Again, it is important to note that there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at St. Francis or in the Diocese.  If this changes in the coming days, we will notify you immediately.

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order, updating the guidelines for gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. He also reiterated that schools/districts follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health regarding potential school closures if a student, teacher, or staff person tests positive for COVID-19. 

For now, please continue to follow these protocols to protect yourselves and others:

  • Wash hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from school, work or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we will continue to keep our school community apprised of any changes that could impact our school schedule or operations beyond this temporary closure.

Given the heightened levels of anxiousness in many of us, I ask that everyone join us in prayer as we navigate the days ahead.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness), 

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Message from the Principal – Schedule Change on Tuesday (3/10) & Wednesday (3/11)

Dear St. Francis Families,

Many of you may not be aware that our students participated in a contest sponsored by NOW 100.5 radio station, Stand Up & Swipe Out Bullying. The school with the most votes would earn a free concert by two bands, Fitz and the Tantrums and Public. 

Well, as always, our Troubies don’t like to lose, and wouldn’t you know it, we won by a landslide! The unfortunate part is that the radio station gave us a short window to prepare. Their schedule is very fixed, requiring us to adjust our schedule to fit their needs, not vice versa. 

We did not want to adversely impact one class, so the new modified schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday will be a special 60. Please see the schedule below. 

Additionally, no outside guests (other students, alumnae or parents) will be allowed to participate.

TUESDAY

  • Activity   8:00-9:55 a.m. (Teacher Collaboration)
  • A Block  10:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • B Block   11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
  • Lunch      12:10 -12:50 p.m.
  • C Block   12:55 -1:55 p.m.
  • D Block    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

  • E Block   8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • F Block   9:05 – 10:05 a.m.
  • G Block: 10:10 -11:10 a.m.
  • Lunch      11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Concert: 12:10 -1:10 p.m.
  • Break (give students time to exit Gym and get to class): 1:10 – 1:20 p.m.
  • H Block 1:20 – 2:20 p.m. (students release 40 minutes early).

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely, 

 

 

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/06/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

This week marked the end of the third quarter, as well as the beginning of course registration for the 2020-2021 school year. The remaining nine weeks of this semester are going to move pretty quickly. I ask that you keep an eye on the calendar and subsequent announcements to stay on top of all of the end-of-year events.

Not that I’m counting, but Easter break is only four weeks away! While it may appear like an eternity to our Troubies, it will be here before they know it. Please continue to motivate your daughter to get her to that much needed break. Encourage her to plan ahead and meet with her teachers and Guidance counselor if needed. In this way, she can enjoy the break before she returns to finish off the semester.

On this first Friday of the Lenten Season, I hope your acts of abstinence and fasting bring you closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Message from the Principal 3/04/20

Dear Sophomore Parents,

I am writing to communicate an upcoming staffing change that will affect your daughter’s Guidance Counselor assignment for the remainder of the school year.

After much discernment, our Guidance Counselor for the Class of 2022, Mrs. Lauren Williams, has accepted a position at a local public school district. Her time at St. Francis has been a blessing,and we will miss her presence and the gifts she brought to our school. We wish Lauren and her family the best as they make this new transition.

Mrs. Williams’ last day in the office will be Thursday, March 12, 2020. In preparation for her departure, we’ve been actively searching for a highly qualified successor to fill her role. In the interim, your daughter(s) will be in capable, experienced hands, as members of our Guidance Team, Mr. Poggi and Mrs. Anderson, will step in to assist during this transition:

Students with last names A-K may contact:

Mr. Joe Poggi, Class of 2021 Guidance Counselor. He has worked at St. Francis since 2010, coaches the track team, and is also parent of an alumna (Class of 2015). He can be reached at: jpoggi@stfrancishs.org.

Students with last names L-Z may contact:

Mrs. Nora Anderson, Class of 2020 Guidance Counselor. She has worked at St. Francis since 2007 and is an alumna from the Class of 1983. She can be reached at: nanderson@stfrancishs.org.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely, 

 

 

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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St. Francis Safe and Sober Grad Night 2020 – Disneyland

UPDATE 4-21-20 We regret to inform you that due to Covid-19 the SFHS Safe and Sober Grad Night trip to Disneyland has been cancelled. Families that have already made a payment will be receiving an email from the Director of Student Activities, Cassy McGreevy, with information about refunds.We are sorry for the loss of this experience for our Seniors and wish you all well!

Join us for a fun-filled trip to Disneyland with your Troubie sisters to celebrate Graduation.

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/28/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Our philosophy as a Catholic preparatory school is based on our belief in God and our commitment to the values of the Catholic Faith.  Inherent in this philosophy is the development of our young women to become a force for “peace and goodness.”  

It was a pleasure seeing parents and grandparents at our Ash Wednesday Mass this past Wednesday, helping our Troubies enter Lent in the proper spirit. As we end the month of February, we look ahead to the coming weeks of the Lenten Season.

In preparation for the Lenten Season, I leave you with this closing prayer:

Dear God, you sent your Son, Jesus, into the world that we might always enjoy your peace. Give us the strength to live as your children and to be makers of peace and unity. Grant that all people might put aside their differences and seek the unity of your Kingdom. We make this prayer to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Message from the Principal 2/26/20

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform you of an upcoming staffing change in your daughter’s Theology class.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams recently welcomed a new member to their family. They will be taking some time to bond with their baby girl.  Mrs. Williams will be on maternity leave from her teaching duties for most of the spring semester but hopes to return sometime in late May.  Mr. Williams will be out for approximately three weeks and will resume his teaching duties once he returns from paternity leave. We are excited for Mr. and Mrs. Williams, and we wish them well as they adjust to having a new baby in their household.

In light of Mr. and Mrs. Williams’ paternity/maternity leave, we have interviewed and secured two highly-qualified long-term substitute, Mrs. Vivian Nabuule, who holds a Master of Divinity from Santa Clara’s Jesuit School of Theology.  She will be covering for Mrs. Williams, and we know she will do an excellent job.

Mrs. Heeyang Hong will be covering for Mr. Williams, and she also holds a Master of Theology from Santa Clara’s Jesuit School of Theology.  She has experience in the classroom, and she has substituted at Jesuit High School as well. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely, 

 

 

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/21/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

This was a short week. It’s hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of February, along with the end of the 3rd Quarter on March 6th. We are cognizant that this time of year brings some added stress, as Christian Service hours are due on Friday, February 28th. Please reassure your daughter that there is still time to improve her overall grade/s, and that meeting with teachers now is better than waiting until the end of the semester.  

Also, I would like to remind our sophomore families that this Sunday, February 23rd, is our Sophomore Family Mass.  We prepare our Class of 2022 for the transition to junior year, as they participate in the ceremonial blessing of their pins and/or rings. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Lastly, I have an important reminder for our current junior families.  This coming Tuesday, February 25th, your daughter will be taking the ACT with writing from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

In order for us to begin the examination on time, it is imperative that your daughter be on campus no later than 7:45 a.m.  Please remember that due to testing security, we will require that all cell phones, smart watches, and other digital devices be turned off until the examination is over. 

Due to the ACT examination, 9th, 10th, and 12th graders will not attend classes on February 25th. 

May God continue to bless your daughters and give them courage to be a force of Pax et Bonum here at St. Francis, and wherever else He may call them to be. 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/14/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Earlier this week, official acceptance letters went out to our new Troubies and their families. The class of 2024 will come to St. Francis in a few short weeks to register for their classes. We are excited to welcome all of our new families. We look forward to a fun, faith-filled, and rewarding four years together.

I hope you have a wonderful Presidents Holiday, and enjoy the three-day weekend. We look forward to the coming week, as we observe our Faculty Appreciation Week. It is a week in which we celebrate our faculty and staff for their commitment to educating all of your daughters. 

Dear Lord, thank you for the gifted faculty and staff that have given their talents to educating our young women. We thank them for their hard work and dedication, and we pray that they may continue to work in support of our school community.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/07/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

The month of February is here. While the sunny weather is a little misleading, it is not spring yet. There are 14 weeks left of this academic year, and there is plenty of work to do in the remaining weeks of the semester. Let’s encourage our Troubies to keep their eyes on the prize and not to lose sight of the finish line, whether it be graduation or completing their respective grade level.

Looking ahead to next week, Valentine’s Day is next Friday, February 14th. Several of our students will begin to ask about balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, chocolates, and other items be delivered to the school. Unfortunately, we do not accept any deliveries for students due to health and safety concerns. We are also unable to store them in the front office. We encourage our students to celebrate after school and/or have those items delivered to their home address. We appreciate your understanding, and I hope all of our Troubies feel loved and appreciated on Valentine’s Day.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/31/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Thank you for supporting Catholic education and being our educational partners. Pax et Bonum week, is our way of joining Catholic schools across the country in recognizing the value of Catholic education. Throughout the week our students enjoyed participating in some fun dress-up themes and planned lunch time activities.  We especially enjoyed seeing you, parents and grandparents, participate in our Pax et Bonum Mass on Wednesday, as well as our culminating event of the week, SWAP (Switch with a Parent) Day. It was great to see so many parents/grandparents involved, experiencing their daughter’s/granddaughter’s classes in a fun and memorable way. Your daughter/granddaughter was able to sleep in and enjoy a day off from school.

We look forward to seeing you again next year and appreciate those parents that were able to spend half of their day with us.

I also hope to see some of you tomorrow evening at our sold-out Crab Feed! Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. 

May God continue to bless our school community.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/24/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen more traffic on surface roads around St. Francis, St. Mary’s, and Phoebe Hearst Elementary. With increased traffic, some of our more novice drivers may not be equipped to navigate narrow roads, cars parked along the curb, pedestrians, etc. If you have a new driver in your household, please remind her to obey the posted speed limit and other traffic laws, as well as being vigilant of younger students walking or riding their bicycles to school. A few extra seconds can prevent a tragedy, and save someone’s life.   

As a reminder, next week is our annual Pax et Bonum week, in which we celebrate the blessings of Catholic Schools. We have some fun events scheduled for our students. I invite you to participate in our Pax et Bonum Mass on Wednesday, January 29th, and our annual SWAP Day on Friday, January 31st.  I look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events.

In the spirit of the upcoming week, I offer the following reflective prayer:

Good and gracious God,

We give you thanks for the many blessings you have given us through our families: through our parents, our primary educators in the faith; through our siblings, who walk with us on our earthly journey; and through all who guard and guide us in your light and your truth.

We pray you will continue to inspire our families, so that our devotion to you, and our care for one another, may be a visible sign of your conditional love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/17/20

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. 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 through 11th-grade students with an overview of the upcoming course registration process for the 2020-2021 school year. Seniors are slowly starting to realize that their time at St. Francis is quickly coming to an end, and they are looking ahead to new experiences and adventures. 

In the coming weeks, we have several important events taking place. We ask that you monitor your email and our social media sites, so you can stay connected with all of the fun and exciting community events we’ll be celebrating.  We’ll kick off Pax et Bonum week on January 27th, culminating with our Parent SWAP Day on Friday, January 31st, and close out the week with our annual Crab Feed on Saturday, February 1st. 

I extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for choosing St. Francis Catholic High School, and more importantly, for supporting Catholic education and allowing us to be your partners in forming strong young women.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/10/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back, and Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that we are in the second half of the 2019-2020 academic year. I know the two weeks of Christmas break probably passed by at a different pace, but now that school is back in session, a sense of normalcy should return to your households.  The remaining months of this semester are going to move quite rapidly, and it’s important that we remind our students to plan ahead, stay on target, and resist procrastination. 

As the pace of the semester picks-up, we also want to ensure that our Troubies utilize the various support systems that we have in place at St. Francis, such as asking teachers for assistance, signing up for tutoring, and working with Guidance and/or Wellness counselors to decrease some of the inherent anxiety that happens toward the end of the semester.

I look forward to seeing you at some of the upcoming premier events of the year, our annual Crab Feed on Saturday, February 1st, and Revelry Gala and Auction on Saturday, March 7th. 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Upcoming Guidance Parent Night Reminder

The Guidance Department looks forward to seeing you this Thursday, January 9th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for freshman and sophomore parents and 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for junior parents.

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/20/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Can you believe we are halfway through the 2019-20 academic year?  The past few months have flown by, and we are now all ready for a much needed break.  Since this will be the last Principal’s Newsletter of 2019, I would like to congratulate the Class of 2023, for successfully completing their first high school final exams! I know the whole process of taking final exams can be a little intimidating, but all of our Troubies showed their mettle and rose to the occasion, well done!

As we begin the Christmas break, I would like to remind you that St. Francis will be closed from the afternoon of Friday, December 20th through Monday, January 6th. School will be back in session on Tuesday, January 7th.  

On behalf of the St. Francis faculty and staff, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/13/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

As this week comes to a close, I would like to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice our Troubies have made throughout this fall semester. I know their efforts will be rewarded in the upcoming week of final exams. 

Please encourage your daughter(s) to study wisely over the weekend and to get adequate rest on Sunday night. 

I offer the following prayer as our students prepare for final exams.

Lord, I know you are with me and love me. Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study. Help me to focus on my books and notes. Keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use of this time that is available to me. Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying, and help me to remember it when the time comes. Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study and for the many gifts and talents you have given me. Help me always to use them in such a way that they honor you and do justice to myself. Amen.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/06/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

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

It’s hard to believe that it’s now December, 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 student 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. 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!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/29/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope you had a bountiful Thanksgiving Day and you enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. May God continue to bless you all and be ever-present in your lives during times of joy, especially during challenging moments.

Thank you, God, for all your blessings to our extended St. Francis family; for the strength you give us each day, and for all the people around us who make life more meaningful.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/22/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday next week, it’s important to pause and reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. Sometimes we take for granted all that we have and don’t appreciate those things we cherish the most until they are gone.

As an acknowledgement of our patron saint and the life of humility and service he led, remember that our gratitude should be expressed in more than just words. It should be demonstrated by the actions and the life we live. 

I would like extend a heartfelt invitation to our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service on Tuesday, November 26th from 10:30-11:45 a.m. It will be a great way to begin the holiday season.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/15/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

I can’t believe that we are already halfway through the month of November! Thanksgiving break is only seven school days away, and I know your daughter(s), and my staff, are probably ready for a little respite after the busy Homecoming activities. 

Please remind your daughter(s) that when she returns from Thanksgiving break, it will be December, and final exams will be three weeks away. This is the opportune time to meet with teachers, ask clarifying questions, and submit all assignments to ensure she finishes the first semester strong.  

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

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/08/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

For the past three years, I’ve been impressed with the talent, dedication, and work ethic that all of our Troubies bring to Homecoming week.  They’ve been working on their Homecoming class themes for the past three weeks now, and the final products displayed today showcase their collective vision for Homecoming 2019. 

Tomorrow is our last Homecoming activity, and I look forward to seeing our Troubies and their dates celebrating at the Homecoming Dance. I also know that our Troubies will represent St. Francis as they always do, with class, dignity, and positive behavior.

Additionally, as we prepare for the three-day weekend in observance of the Veteran’s Day Holiday, please remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect our country. Honor their memory, and also pray for those currently serving in harm’s way.

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

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/01/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

For the past two weeks, our students have been actively involved in planning and executing their Homecoming Class themes.  As we transition into Homecoming week, there will undoubtedly be a lot of excitement and anticipation for all of the planned events, but please remind your daughters to plan ahead and get some rest (sleep is recommended). 

Looking ahead to a busy fun-filled Homecoming week and the celebration of this right of passage, I share with you the following prayer:

Heavenly Father,

May everything we do begin with your inspiration and continue with your saving help. Let our work always find its origin in you, and through you reach completion. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/25/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

In the coming weeks, we have two major events taking place; Homecoming and Halloween. The energized anticipation of these two events is almost palpable.

Since Halloween will once again fall on a school night, and some early celebrations may be taking place this weekend and the next, please encourage your daughter(s) to be safe and to remain vigilant of her surroundings wherever she may be celebrating this popular holiday. Also, discuss with your daughter(s) the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and vaping. These substances have become too common place, and sometimes parents are surprisingly unaware of the choices their children are making regarding these controlled substances. 

I know some of you have heard this message before, but please talk to your daughter(s) about saying “no”, and don’t be afraid to ask the questions that will keep them safe: Who are you hanging out with? What are your friends’ phone numbers? Who are their parents? Will there be adults supervising? Where do they live?  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! 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/18/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we approach the end of October, you will undoubtedly see an uptick in excitement as your daughter anticipates the Homecoming builds. Please encourage her to stay on top of her academics, to prioritize, and to plan ahead in order to minimize stress levels and anxiety during this busy time of year.

After-school Homecoming preparations will begin next week, and will continue for the next two weeks, culminating with a late build night on Thursday, November 7th. This time of year provides a great opportunity for students to get involved and build lasting memories with their Troubie sisters. I’m looking forward to Homecoming week and know our Troubies will do a fantastic job in celebrating our school spirit.

Also, a reminder that our fall production of William Shapespeare’s, The Tempest, opens this Friday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. Please come support our theater program and our dynamic Troubies. 

 St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us! 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/11/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Yesterday we celebrated our 8th Annual Day of Giving, Thankful Thursday. The donations collected provides scholarship assistance to the more than 30% of our students who rely on financial support in order to attend St. Francis Catholic High School.  

We received a surprise visit from Good Day Sacramento, and they were able to capture some of the great energy and enthusiasm early Thursday morning during student drop-off. Please follow the link to see the short 3 ½ minute video. It’s great to be an SF Troubadour!

 St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us! 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/04/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

We had another fantastic week at St. Francis! Today we celebrated St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day, and our Troubies had an amazing time interacting with one another and our faculty. Thank you to all the parent volunteers that came out and made the event possible. It takes a small army to put on this school-wide event, and we couldn’t have done it without your help.

Also, as we slowly transition into autumn, let’s embrace the early setting sun, the crisp morning air, the golden, amber hues of foliage, and the realization that even Mother Nature needs some time to replenish her flora.  As we prepare ourselves for the months ahead, remember to make time to rest and thank God for all the majestic beauty that surrounds us.

As a reminder, next Thursday, October 10th, is our 8th annual day of giving, Thankful Thursday!   

Please support our mission and give opportunities to those who seek the St. Francis experience.

 St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us! 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/27/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

In the upcoming week, we will be closing out the 1st Quarter of the fall semester. It is a good time to check in with your daughter(s) to ensure they are caught-up and submitted any work or assessments that need to be completed by Thursday, October 3rd. Keep in mind there’s still time left in the semester to improve a final course grade/s.  This is also the perfect time to realign priorities, and set new goals for the remaining weeks of the semester. If you have any questions or academic concerns, please reach out to your daughter(s) Guidance counselor.

Also, in the next three weeks, you will be receiving additional emails and seeing more social media traffic around our 8th annual day of giving, Thankful Thursday, which is on October 10, 2019.  This is incredibly important because all the funds raised on Thankful Thursday support the tuition assistance needs for 30% of our Troubies.

At St. Francis, our commitment as an institution is to educate young women to live full, responsible, and meaningful lives, and to inculcate a love for God’s creations, while helping to create a better and more peaceful world. We obviously could not do what we do without your support, involvement, and dedication to sustain this wonderful educational experience for our Troubies. 

Please support our mission, and give opportunities to those who seek the St. Francis experience.

 St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us! 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/13/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

I want to provide you with an additional reminder that tomorrow, September 14, 2019, is the date for this year’s Holy Bowl. This is an annual tradition in which we support almost five decades of respectful athletic competition between Jesuit High School and Christian Brothers High School.  It is a family event, and I welcome you all to attend with your daughter(s) to celebrate our Sacramento area Catholic high schools.

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Message From Dean – Parking/ Drop-Off Reminders

Dear Parent,

Everyone did wonderful job navigating the drop-off and pick-up lines today! Tomorrow will be the real deal, as all of our students will be returning. As a reminder, please do not use the student parking lot gate to enter the drop-off/pick-up lanes.  The student gate is meant strictly for students parking in our parking lot. 

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Join Science Olympiad!

Science Olympiad is an academic team of 15 that competes in 23 events. Each team member competes with a partner in 3 events. We spend our year preparing for our regional competition in March. Events include build events such as Gravity Vehicle where a car goes down a ramp and stops on a spot and  study events in topics such as circuits, forensics, earth mapping, and fossils. Students get to dive deeper into topics that they may have studied in classes and some topics that don’t get taught at the high school level. LEARN MORE

Meetings are on Fridays from 3:15 to 4:30pm. Students are expected to study and work on their build event in between meetings also independently. There is also one required Saturday meeting per semester. Informational meetings will be held on Tuesdays Aug 20 and 27 at lunch in Room 343. Our first official meeting is Friday Sept 6 after school. If you have questions, email Mrs.MacDonald at jmacdonald@stfrancishs.org. Parents, If you have engineering or medical expertise that you could share and can make the Friday meetings, we would love to have you!

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Message from the Principal 7/16/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Just as reminder that Back to School Night will be on Thursday, August 29th, which includes a formal welcome, reception, and class visits.  Meet your daughter’s teachers, and get an overview of each of her classes.  Program representatives will be in Serra Court during the reception time and during your daughter’s free block.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us! 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/12/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

As the Easter Break officially begins this afternoon, I hope all of our Troubies are able to enjoy a restful and relaxing break. I know the next two weeks will most likely fly by. The return to school on Monday, April 29th, will bring some trepidation, as our students realize the end of the academic year is only a few weeks away.

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/29/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

The month of March has felt quite long, and your daughters have probably commented about when Easter Break is going to get here. Well, after this week, that well-deserved break is only two weeks away, ten school days left!

We know that during second semester, emotions run high due to a multitude of reasons. The realization the end of the school year is only 30 days away, which does not help. Please encourage your daughters to seek help if they need it from a teacher, Guidance or Wellness counselor, as well as our Administrative team. 

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/22/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to lead the Kairos prayer gathering for the parents whose daughters were participating in the culminating senior retreat.  It was an evocative evening, as parents got to reflect on their parenting journey, and the hopes/dreams they have for their daughter’s future, especially with the end of senior year only a few weeks away.

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/15/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

We had another busy week at St. Francis! We had four days of course verification, during which our Guidance Counselors review students’ course requests for accuracy, as well as to verify placement into the appropriate course/s. In addition to that process, our Campus Ministry Department managed to run three amazing Freshman Retreats, helping our Troubies grow in their faith journeys. 

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/01/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

At St. Francis, our philosophy is based on a belief in God and our commitment to the values of our Catholic Faith.  Inherent in this philosophy is the development of our young women to become forces for “peace and goodness.”  

As we begin the month of March, we look ahead to the coming week in which we prepare for the Lenten Season. If you are able to, please consider joining us for Ash Wednesday Mass on March 6th, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m., and start Lent in the proper spirit. 

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Message from the Principal – 2/26/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Late last night, some of our students came across a disturbing posting on Instagram, in which an unnamed individual posted threats and pictures of possible school shootings in the Sacramento area today. Based on the information made available by the Sacramento Police Department, St. Francis Catholic High School was not one of the identified schools.  

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/22/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

This was a short week and it is hard to believe we are approaching the end of February, along with the end of the 3rd Quarter on March 1st. We are cognizant that this time of year brings some added stress, as Christian Service hours are due on Thursday, February 28th, and the end of the grading period is quickly approaching. Please reassure your daughters there is still time to improve their overall grade/s, and meeting with teachers now is better than waiting until the end of the semester. 

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/08/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

As the first full week of February comes to an end, and Christmas break seems like a long time ago, the remaining weeks of the spring semester are going to accelerate pretty quickly. There are 13-weeks remaining in the school year, and plenty of work to do in the meantime. Please encourage your Troubie(s) to keep their eyes on the prize and not lose sight of the finish line, whether it be graduation or completing their current grade level. Summer break will be here before they know it.

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SWAP DAY PARENT SURVEY – 2/01/19

Switch With A Parent (SWAP) Day is a unique St. Francis High School experience, providing parents the opportunity to get a glimpse of their daughter’s world for a day. Our hope is that parents gain greater understanding of their daughter’s school experience, build relationships with other parents, and deepen engagement in our community.  That said, we’re always seeking ways to improve and remain relevant, and ask for your feedback  to help us in these efforts.  

Please complete this survey, regardless of whether you attend SWAP day or not, by Sunday, February 3rd at 11:59 p.m. Thank you in advance!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/25/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Next week is our Pax et Bonum week, in which we celebrate the blessings of Catholic Schools Week. We have some fun events scheduled for our students and parents. I invite you to participate in our Pax et Bonum Mass on Wednesday, January 30th, as well as our annual SWAP Day on Friday, February 1st.  I look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events.

In the spirit of the upcoming week, I offer this reflective prayer:

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/18/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

We had another fantastic week at St. Francis! Your daughters are tackling the new year with positive energy and optimism. While looking ahead to the remaining months of this semester, they’ve already begun to hear about the course registration for the upcoming academic year. Obviously, our seniors are slowly starting to realize their time at St. Francis is quickly coming to an end, and they are anxiously looking ahead to new experiences and adventures. 

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A Message from the Principal – 1/21/19

Dear Junior and Senior Parents,

I’m happy to share with you that on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, your daughter will be hearing from a renowned pro-life and chastity speaker, Ms. Patricia Sandoval, who travels internationally retelling her story of loss, struggle, and redemption. Her message has inspired thousands and is focused on God’s love, healing, and mercy.  We are excited to host Ms. Sandoval at St. Francis, as this is the only high school in the region she will be speaking at, given that she is this year’s keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast event in San Francisco, January 26, 2019.

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/11/19

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that we are in the second-half of the 2018-19 academic year. I know the two weeks of Christmas break probably moved at a different pace, but now that school is back in session, a sense of normalcy should return to your households.  The remaining months of this semester are going to move quite rapidly, and it’s important that we remind our daughters to plan ahead, stay on target, and not to procrastinate. 

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/21/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the 2018-19 academic year. To our Class of 2022, congratulations on completing your first high school final exams! I know some of you were intimidated by the prospects of taking college preparatory exams, but you showed your mettle and rised to the occasion - well done! For our returning students, congratulations on making it through another cycle of final exams, and being one step closer to reaching your goal of graduation.

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/14/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

As this week comes to a close, I would like to recognize the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice our Troubies have shown throughout this fall semester. I know their efforts to plan ahead, prioritize, and study will be rewarded in the upcoming week of final exams. 

Please encourage your student(s) to study wisely over the weekend, and to get adequate rest on Sunday night. 

I offer the following prayer as our students begin their preparation for final exams.

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/23/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope you had a bountiful Thanksgiving Day, and I hope you enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. There have been a number of tragic events this November that remind me just how much we have to be grateful for as a school community.  I am personally thankful for each of you. May God continue to bless you and be ever present in your lives during times of personal challenge and joy.

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Senior Parents Service Hours Reminder

Dear Senior Parents,

You have made it to the final year of required parent service hours! Just a reminder that all parents of seniors (with no younger daughters at St. Francis) must report their volunteer hours by February 6, 2019*.  Please plan wisely and sign up for your parent volunteer opportunities soon.  You can create a new account, or login to an existing account, and access the available opportunities at MyVolunteerPage.com.  

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/16/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday next week, it’s important to pause and reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. Sometimes we take for granted all that we have, and we don’t appreciate those things we cherish the most until they are gone.

Given the devastation caused by the Camp Fire, I think it is an opportune time to take stock of our many blessings. Let us express our gratitude to our family members, friends, neighbors, or those silent contributors that support us each and every day. 

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Special Message from Campus Ministry 11/13/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

Please join us on Tuesday, November 20th from 10:35-11:45 a.m. for our Thanksgiving Prayer Service. We are focusing on what we have to be thankful and hopeful for, and we are honoring the relationship between granddaughters and their grandparents. All are welcome! There will be a special blessing for our grandparents and granddaughters, who are welcome to sit together.  

In honor of the special relationship between grandparents and granddaughters, we are requesting a photo of your daughter with her grandparent(s) for a slideshow to be viewed during the service.  Please submit the photos by Friday, November 16th to Maggie Murray at mmurray@stfrancishs.org.  

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Campus Ministry Department

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/09/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we prepare for the three-day weekend in observance of the Veterans’ Day Holiday, let us remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect 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.

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Message from the Principal 11/08/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

Earlier this morning we were alerted of a strange odor in a science classroom. We immediately contacted the Sacramento Fire Department and PG & E, who assessed the situation and determined there was no natural gas or carbon monoxide present. All of the students and faculty involved were evaluated by the paramedics and are safe. 

Due to the nature of the reported incident, the Fire Department took every precaution to ensure the safety of our faculty and staff. 

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/02/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we finish Homecoming week, I am amazed by the talent, dedication, and work ethic that all of our Troubies exhibited this week. They have been working on their Homecoming class themes for the past three weeks, and the final products showcased their collective vision.  The amount of school spirit and pride was certainly displayed at our Homecoming Rally today.

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/12/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

Yesterday we celebrated our 7th Annual Day of Giving; Thankful Thursday. It provides scholarship assistance to more than 30% of our students who rely on financial support in order to attend St. Francis Catholic High School. 

I am overjoyed with the positive outpouring of support we have received in the last 24 hours, and all the days leading up to Thankful Thursday. Obviously, we could not provide tuition assistance to the number of Troubies that we do without your continued support.

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/05/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

We had another fantastic week at St. Francis! Yesterday we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, and our Troubies had an amazing time interacting with one another, our faculty, and staff. Thank you to all the parent volunteers that came out and made the event possible. It takes a small army to put on this school-wide event, and we couldn’t do it without your help.

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/07/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

I would like to remind you that tomorrow, September 8, 2018, is Holy Bowl. It is an annual tradition in which we support almost five decades of respectful athletic competition between Jesuit and Christian Brothers High School.  This is a family event, and I welcome you all to attend with your daughter(s) to celebrate our Sacramento-area Catholic high schools.

While it is not a St. Francis High School event, it is an occasion that our Troubies use to catch-up and socialize with some of their grammar school friends, as well as an opportunity to showcase our enormous school pride and promote our Catholic education to the broader Sacramento area.

Please take some time to discuss with your daughter(s) the importance of being a good ambassador of St. Francis Catholic High School.  As a Troubadour, her dress and behavior should be a reflection of our mission and core values, as well as a reflection of her family and community.  

I hope everyone has a wonderful time and enjoys this long-standing tradition, surrounded by family and friends.

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/31/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

I have spoken with a few parents and received additional emails inquiries about PowerSchool. Let me first reassure you by saying that we are working diligently to provide you with seamless access to your student’s grade portal.

When we were transitioning from our previous Student Information System (SIS) over the summer, we were under the impression PowerSchool would be able to communicate with our previous Learning Management System (LMS). That was not the case. Additionally, we wanted to provide you with a single-logon option, but due to some unforeseen technical issues, and limitations in the platform, we were not comfortable rolling out PowerSchool in the format we envisioned.

I want to reassure you that we are still working with the vendor to ensure your experience is user friendly. We don’t want to make the logon process confusing and/or cumbersome. In the upcoming week, you will be receiving an email with logon instructions and you should be able to access  your student’s grades and attendance.

I apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience while we implement this new SIS.  In the meantime, please have your daughter’s login to her PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) account and show you her current grades.  

Enjoy the upcoming Labor Day holiday with your families, and cherish the quality time you spend together. If you are traveling this weekend, be safe, and we’ll be waiting for you on Tuesday, September 4th.

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Message from the Dean of Students 8/13/18

Good Afternoon Parents,

Thank you for your patience during drop-off and pick-up today. We know the first week of traffic is a challenge.  It may be even more so over the next few days with the addition of more drivers.  We promise it will not stay this way.  It takes a few days for the flow to improve as people learn the system, and follow the rules. The traffic patterns have been set in cooperation with the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Police Traffic Office. 

Plan on having your student on campus at least 10 minutes prior to the start of school (pretend school starts at 7:50 a.m.).

The longest traffic delays are 7:45 to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 3:15 p.m.  If you come after 3:20 p.m.,  you will breeze through.

Students should have all items with them, and be ready to exit/enter the vehicle. They should always check that it is safe to exit/enter the vehicle.

The drop off/pick up lanes in front of the school are the only authorized areas for parent traffic. 

During the school year, student drop off/pick up is by the gym doors only.  

When using the cell phone lot, please park in the designated spaces, and only get into line after your daughter has called you.  The biggest delays are caused by people stacking up in line in the armory/cell phone lot which causes a backup to those behind them.  Parking in the cell phone lot for student pick up is not open until 2:40 p.m. for security and safety reasons.   Additionally:

  • NO drop off or pick up from the visitor parking spaces is allowed (unless your student is on crutches or in a wheel chair).
  • NO crossing over from one lane to the other, as this has the potential to create further congestions and accidents.
  • NO drop off or pick up on M Street or in the surrounding neighborhoods (students in violation will face Saturday school).
  • NO drop off or pick up inside the student parking lot (PARENTS MAY NOT DRIVE IN THE STUDENT LOTS).

Thank you for all of your assistance and cooperation as we work together to inspire and support our Troubies. 

Many blessings,

Mrs. Cost

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/10/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

We are only a few days away from the start of the 2018-19 school year! The faculty and staff returned this week, and we are eagerly anticipating the return of our Troubies.

I am also happy to share with you that after a lengthy search and thorough interview process, we were able to hire a new 9th and 10th grade Assistant Principal. Dr. Jason Javier-Watson joined the Administrative team this week, and we are happy to have him.

Dr. Javier-Watson joins us from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an adjunct professor and postdoctoral fellow.  He has a wide breadth of experience working with middle/high school teachers in training around issues of pedagogy, curriculum, and diversity. Over the past few years, he has trained over 1,000 educators from across the country on diversity issues in public, charter, independent, and higher education institutions. Prior to being in academia, he was also a secondary school teacher in Philadelphia, teaching Spanish 1/2 and English Language Arts (ELA) for 7 years.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jason Javier-Watson to our school community. Parents will have an opportunity to meet him at Back-to-School Night on August 23rd, and the entire community is invited to meet him at our St. Francis Day Celebration on Saturday, September 22nd.

Let us extend Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness) to Dr. Javier-Watson.

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Sincerely,

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/03/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

We are a little more than a week away from the start of the academic year and looking forward to the 2018-19 school year. As is typical at this time of year, you might be receiving many emails from the school. Know that we try to minimize multiple communications, but we aim to keep you informed of upcoming events and activities on campus, as well as student life issues.  Please take the time to review the communications sent to your household email address, and stay up to date on the first day of school procedures, mandatory form submissions, schedules, and uniform requirements.

As new and returning parents, you can always find additional information on the school website, and we will always include some of the most pertinent upcoming activities and events on the weekly Principal’s Newsletter.  

I am excited and look forward to seeing all of our students on campus the first day of school, Tuesday, August 14th.

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 7/20/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

I can’t believe the month of July is ending, and the start of the academic year is less than a month away. This being said, we are looking forward to seeing our students back on campus. We have missed the palpable energy they bring to our school.  I am also excited to welcome the Class of 2022 and know our school spirit and traditions will be embraced.   

I hope the remaining weeks of summer break are fruitful and filled with fond memories of adventure, travels, and good company. We await the return of our Troubies on the first day of school, and we anticipate another successful school year.

St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/25/18

Dear St. Francis Families,

This past Wednesday was our Commencement Ceremony at Memorial Auditorium, and it was a beautiful and holy event where we honored the graduating Class of 2018!  It was the culmination of an amazing four years of faith, excellence, leadership and service. Our 247 graduates, crossing the stage in their white robes, was validation for all of their hard work and perseverance. I am proud of all they have accomplished, and know they will leave St. Francis being models of Pax et Bonum, as they embark on new adventures. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and their families!

While this may be my last newsletter for the academic year, the entire St. Francis faculty and staff look forward to welcoming your daughters when they return in the fall. 

Whatever your summer plans may be, and wherever your travels take you, may God watch over you and bring you safely home.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),    

Elias Mendoza
Principal 

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/18/2018

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!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/26/17

Dear Families,

Last night was our Commencement Ceremony at Memorial Auditorium which was a beautiful and holy event where we honored our Troubies in the Class of 2017. It was the culmination of an amazing four years of  faith, excellence, leadership and service. Watching our 244 graduates cross the stage in their white robes, I was moved by their joy and sisterhood. I am proud and confident that they will leave SF and live the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, being models of Pax et Bonum in the world. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and their families!

This is my last newsletter as Principal as I move move full time into the President’s position. We have appointed a new Principal, Mr. Elias Mendoza, and we warmly welcome him to our community. Read more.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/19/17

Dear Families,

This week was full of joy and some tears as we celebrated our last school-wide Mass, honored students at our Awards Ceremony, including our Pillar Award recipients, and welcomed our new senior class at the Junior Family Mass and Commissioning Ceremony. These beautiful and holy traditions in the life of an SF Troubadour mark important milestones for our girls and their families. What a beautiful week it was! With final exams beginning today, I ask that you keep our Troubies in your prayers, that they do their best on these assessments and finish the 2016-17 school year strong!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Message from Campus Ministry – Junior Family Mass Tomorrow
Wednesday, 5/17 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym

Dear Families,

Our Junior Family Mass is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. We are inviting you to celebrate this special Mass honoring your junior daughter. Please join us for a reception following the Mass hosted by our Parents’ Guild. 

Your daughter should check in with her homeroom teacher upon arrival. The collection at Mass will support the scholarship fund for our sister school in Ghana. We thank you in advance for your generosity. There will be opportunities for family photos both prior to and after Mass. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/12/17

Dear Families,

We just finished two weeks of AP testing and are down to the final days of school. This weekend is Junior Prom and Senior Ball, and we pray for fun, safe nights for all our Troubies! On Monday we will have our last school-wide Mass, and I encourage you to attend this beautiful liturgy in which we celebrate an amazing year and say goodbye to our beloved seniors. Mass is at 10:10 in the gym. We hope to see you there.   

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/05/17

Dear Families,

As we enter into the spring season of proms, balls and graduation parties, I would like to ask you to talk to your daughters about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Most parents are woefully 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? What are your friends’ phone numbers? Who are their parents? Will they be supervising? Where do they live? Children need parents who are willing to set boundaries, even though kids push against them. Sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t always feel good, but out of love and concern for the safety and well-being of our kids, sometimes we have to be the “bad guys.”  Let us pray that all our children will be safe this season. 

We head into the second week of AP testing.  Please pray for our students who will be taking these high stakes tests.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/28/17

Dear Families,

On Wednesday morning, a group of anonymous Troubies posted affirmations on each and every locker on campus.  “You are loved.”  “You are talented.”  “You are kind” were just a few of the comments left on lockers. In our Easter Mass on Wednesday, we recalled Jesus’ dying and resurrection. His great sacrifice out of love for us.  The locker affirmations were awesome Easter blessings for our Troubies, reminding them of their uniqueness and beauty in God’s eyes and how much they are loved, by their Troubie sisters and by God.  What a wonderful gift our girls were given!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/12/17

Dear Families,

As Lent comes to an end with the Holy Triduum this week consisting of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and the Resurrection of our Lord on Sunday, we are reminded of Christ’s great love and sacrifice for us. May this be a time of reflection and gratitude for all we have been given. We wish you a beautiful holiday and pray that this Easter season bring an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to you and yours.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/07/17

Dear Families,

Our students are off on Easter holiday for two weeks, but faculty and staff are working for another few days next week.  We will be sending another newsletter on Wednesday before school closes for the break.  If you and yours are traveling this holiday, we wish you safe travels and joyful times with family and friends.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/31/17

Dear Families,

Spring is definitely in the air and happy Troubies abound!  Our girls donned their neon today in honor of the Recognition Rally which had a “Golden Glow” theme. We honored our outgoing and incoming SBOs, arts, campus ministry, athletics, academic teams, clubs, and faculty and staff for their work in making this year a success.  Mom Prom is tonight and promises to be another amazingly fun event.  On Monday we will tape our school-wide lip dub at lunch, so be on the lookout next week for this fun video!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/24/17

Dear Families,

March has been a long month without a break. The days are longer.  It feels as if Easter will never be here. During this season of Lent, let us remember that our God calls us to joy, despite the facts. Our model is Jesus who suffered, died and was buried, yet He rose again. We cannot have the Resurrection without the Crucifixion. So when the days become long and weary, remember that our Lord has a plan, and joy is, and will be, a part of it.  We trust that all things work for good. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/17/17

Dear Families,

Next week we will host Freshmen Registration Night for our incoming class of 2021 and their families.  We are thrilled with our numbers for next year and welcome 320 new Troubies, our largest class!  Please keep these new families in your prayers, that their transition to our community will be filled with peace and joy.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/10/17

Dear Families,

On Monday, March 13th, students do not have school due to faculty and staff participating in a Lenten Retreat.  During this time, we will come together as a faith community for renewal and refreshment.  Please keep our faculty and staff in your prayers as we ask for God’s grace to grow in holiness, continue our important work of educating your daughters, and advance God’s kingdom.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/03/17

Dear Families,

Happy Lent!  I know this isn’t normally something we say, but Lent is a time of hope as we take the next 40 days to turn inward and prepare for Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.  I pray that you are your families grow closer in your walk with the Lord through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  May this be a season of spiritual growth for our entire community!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Message from the President/Principal – Ash Wednesday
March 1 - 10:00 a.m. in the gym

Dear Families,

You and your families are cordially invited to attend our Ash Wednesday Mass THIS Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in our gym.  Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, a season of fasting, praying and alms giving.  Ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us and are a symbol of our penance, reminding us to purify our hearts and grow in holiness so we will be prepared to celebrate Easter with great joy.  We look forward to celebrating this beautiful liturgy with you.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/24/17

Dear Families,

At Wednesday’s assembly, our guest speaker, Rochelle Whellums, spoke to our Troubies about habits.  She said, “Habits are powerful.  Be aware of your habits today because today you own them. Tomorrow, they own you.”  Her message about how habits shape our lives highlighted the power of our words on others. She gave our students the opportunity to stand up individually and express gratitude to friends, siblings, and adults on campus for the impact those people have had in their lives.  It was a powerful, joy-filled and emotional time for everyone.  I am reminded of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s words, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” I can think of no better habit than loving our neighbor, and that is what our SF community is all about!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/17/17

Dear Families,

Next week our Troubies will attend a Wellness Assembly and hear noted national speaker, Rochelle Whellams. Rochelle is a speaker, educator, and youth leadership trainer. Rochelle’s speeches, workshops and retreats have inspired, educated and entertained young adults across the Western United States for over 10 years. Most of her programs center on individual accountability, action, and attitude. She will emphasize to our students the importance of being aware of oneself, choosing a deliberate course of action, and having a “GET TO” (Giving everything to the opportunity) attitude.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/10/17

Dear Families,

Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, a day when we celebrate love, devotion and romance; but did you know that this is the feast day of St. Valentine of Rome?  Valentine is believed to have lived in the third-century Rome and was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted by the emperor Claudius. He was executed after refusing to renounce his Christian faith. St. Valentine is the Patron Saint of bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, and young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses and his feast day is celebrated on February 14th. (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=159) St. Valentine, pray for us!  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/03/17

Dear Families,

What a great week this was!  Thank you for joining us for SWAP Day today and experiencing a day in the life of a Troubie!  We loved visiting with you and celebrating our SF community.  As we end National Catholic Schools Week, we reflect on the many gifts we have been given, especially the gift of an all girl Catholic education in which we graduate young women who change the world.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Message from the President/Principal – Pax et Bonum Mass 1/30/17

Dear Families,

Happy Catholic Schools Week! We will be celebrating our Pax et Bonum Mass tomorrow at 10 AM in the gym. We would love to have you join us for this wonderful liturgy.  

Last week students were given envelopes in homeroom to return at Mass to place in the collection baskets. Every dollar brought in will be added to our SF Scholarship Fund. Donations will help us fulfill the goal of allowing as many young women as possible to reap the benefits of a St. Francis Catholic High School education. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/27/17

Dear Families,

Next week is National Catholic Schools Week, a time when we celebrate the gifts we have been given through Catholic education. We have many activities and events planned for next week:

  • Monday and Tuesday:  Special gifts for parents in the parking lot!
  • Tuesday: Pax et Bonum Mass (Families are invited. Be sure to remember to bring your envelopes to contribute to our SF Scholarship Fund.)
  • Thursday:  Special student assembly to honor our guest, Sr. Martha Kello, principal of our sister school in Ghana, Africa.
  • Friday:  Switch with a Parent Day

We look forward to a wonderful week ahead filled with joy as we honor Catholic education and show gratitude for the gift of a St. Francis Catholic High School education!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/20/17

Dear Families,

The last couple weeks of storms have made driving to work and school a bit treacherous, the wind and rain causing flooding and power outages.  However, the rain has also hydrated our fields, filled our lakes and caused snow in the Sierras.  Let us remember to be grateful for the gifts God has given us. After years of drought, we rejoice in the blessing of water.  In his prayer “The Canticle of Brother Sun,” St. Francis of Assisi wrote, “Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.”  We sing God’s praises for the gift of water.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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2018 WASC Surveys – Parents (Follow Up) Due Jan. 18, 2017

Dear Families,

St. Francis High School is in the process of renewing our accreditation from the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Last spring, parents completed initial surveys that were quite extensive. WCEA/WASC has since added a few survey items to the protocol updated in Fall 2016 that we need to provide. Please help us fulfill our requirements by completing this short survey no later than TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017. THANK YOU!

Click HERE to take the survey. 

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/13/17

Dear Families,

Spring semester is a busy time at SFHS, with athletics, arts, academic events, and retreats happening every week. I have had the privilege of attending several SFHS retreats and have loved my experiences with our Troubies. Our retreats give participants an opportunity to step away from their busy lives and reflect on themselves and their relationship with our Lord. Faith is one of the pillars of our school and so important in our life journey. Our Campus Ministry team does an amazing job of fostering this pillar in our staff and students. The impact retreats have on our participants is profound, giving people a new sense of community and purpose. I would like you to encourage your daughter to attend a retreat every year. I promise you, she will not be disappointed!  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/06/17

Dear Families,

Happy New Year!  Applications for new students for the 2017-18 school year are due on Thursday, January 12th.  If you know young women who would be great additions to SFHS, please share your positive Troubie experience with them and encourage them to apply.  (All information and applications materials can be found here.)  We are encouraged by our wonderful applicant pool so far.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Message from the President/Principal – Finals Update

Dear Families,

Thank you all for your flexibility and patience as we made swift decisions today to change our schedule due to the power outage. Students will take their Math and Science finals tomorrow and their Theology final on Wednesday, January 4.

Friday, December 16:

8:30am-10:00am - Mathematics (please note that Honors Algebra 2, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC will begin at 8:00am). 

10:30am-12:00pm - Science (please note that AP Chemistry and Honors Physics will end at 12:30pm)

Students will take their Theology final on Wednesday, January 4. The rest of the day will be as follows (Please  note these changes to your calendar):

Wednesday, January 4:
8:15-9:45am                 Theology Final 
9:45-10:15am               Break
10:15-10:40am             A Block
10:45-11:10am             B Block
11:15-11:40am             C Block
11:45am– 12:10pm      D Block
12:10-1:05pm               Lunch
1:05-1:30pm                 E Blocks
1:35-2:00pm                 F Blocks
2:05-2:30pm                 G Blocks
2:35-3:00pm                 H Blocks

Thursday, January 5, Red 1 70 (Late Start)

Friday, January 6, Red 2 70 (Late Start – First Friday Staff Mass)

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/16/16

Dear Families,

We made it through finals- almost!  Due to the power outage yesterday, we needed to move the Theology final to January 4th.  Please see the online calendar for the new class schedule for the first week back. We have posted the Principal position, so if you know of anyone who would be a great candidate, please direct him/her to our website.  This position will be posted until the end of February.  On behalf of all of us at SFHS, I wish you and yours a beautiful and holy Christmas holiday.  May the gift of Jesus bring peace and joy to all of us and all the world!  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Special Reminder From The President/Principal – Early Close For Friday (December 9)

Dear Families,

This is a reminder that we have an Early Release Day tomorrow, Friday, December 9th. Students are done with classes at 12:30, and the campus will close (offices locked, gates shut) at 1:00 for the annual faculty/staff Christmas celebration. Please make arrangements to have your daughters off campus by 1:00. Thank you for your understanding!  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/09/16

Dear Families,

Next week our students will be taking finals.  During this stressful time, I encourage you to remind your daughters to eat well and get rest to maintain good mental health and wellness. If you would like specific tips on how to help your student deal with test anxiety, please come to another Parent Education Night on Tuesday, December 13th at 7 PM in the CLC where our own Resource Specialist, Joan Biller, will be presenting information to help parents understand the underlying causes of test anxiety, its physical and mental effects, and how to support students with scientifically-researched and teacher-vetted practices to help students take control of fear. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/02/16

Dear Families,

We invite all St. Francis dads to celebrate their daughters and the holiday season at the annual Father Daughter Dance coming up on Friday, December 9th.  This beloved event is a St. Francis tradition that has created memories that dads and daughters cherish for years to come.  Please join us for a fun and festive evening that you won’t want to miss!  Click HERE for more information.

Please join us for our school-wide Mass on Thursday, December 8th at 10:10 a.m. in the gym to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is a Holy Day of Obligation.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/25/16

Dear Families,

I wish you and yours a joy-filled Thanksgiving.  I offer this prayer written by Harry Jewell for our community:

Our Father in Heaven, 
We give thanks for the pleasure 
Of gathering together for this occasion. 
We give thanks for this food 
Prepared by loving hands. 
We give thanks for life, 
The freedom to enjoy it all 
And all other blessings. 
As we partake of this food, 
We pray for health and strength 
To carry on and try to live as You would have us. 
This we ask in the name of Christ, 
Our Heavenly Father. 

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Special Message From The Dean Of Students – 11.15.16

Dear Families,

St. Francis Catholic High School has been selected to host “DUI Court in Schools” as part of a pro-active effort to prevent issues surrounding underage drinking and impaired driving. Transferring a DUI sentencing from the county courthouse to a local school educates students about the judicial process and legal consequences. During the course of the assembly, the gym becomes an actual Superior Court with Judge Laurie Earl presiding. 

Parents are invited to a special presentation in the CLC on Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. with Judge Laurie Earl and District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. This special presentation is very informative. It will assist parents in opening the dialogue with their children about this assembly. We hope parents will come and take advantage of this unique opportunity. Please feel free to contact Mrs.Cynthia Cost, Dean, with any questions.  ccost@stfrancishs.org 

Thank you.  

Cynthia Cost 

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/18/16

Dear Families,

Today at our DUI Court assembly, our Troubies witnessed the sentencing of a young woman who was arrested for driving under the influence. Students were allowed to ask questions of the judge, the District Attorney, and the young woman.  All who witnessed today’s assembly were moved by the stories and information shared about the dangers of driving while intoxicated and distracted. I encourage you to talk to your daughters about what they learned today. This is an important message for all of us.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/11/16

Dear Families,

As you may have already read, Bishop Soto has appointed me as the new president of our school. I am honored to take on this new role and serve our community in advancing the mission of St. Francis Catholic High School. This opportunity brings new change as we now look to fill the role of principal. We will post the job through the holidays and interview after the new year for a start date of July 1. I will continue to serve as both president and principal until this time. If you know of anyone who would be a good candidate for the principal position, please let him/her know that we will be posting the position soon. Please pray for me in my new role, and please pray that our Lord brings us a dynamic principal.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/04/16

Dear Families,

On Friday, November 11th, we honor our Veterans for their service to our country.  This week I urge you to say a prayer for our Veterans, past and present, who have sacrificed their freedoms to help keep ours.  I offer this prayer for them this week:

God of all nations, you are our Strength and Shield. We give you thanks today for the devotion and courage of all those who have offered military service for this country:

For those who have fought for freedom; For those who have laid down their lives for others;

For those who have borne suffering of mind or of body; For those who have brought their best gifts to times of need. God, in your mercy and love, we thank you for their lives.

On our behalf, oh God, many have entered into danger, endured separation from those they love, labored long hours and born hardship in war and in peacetime. God, in your mercy and love, we thank you for their lives.

We ask today that you would lift up by your Spirit those who are now at war; encourage and heal those in hospitals or mending their wounds at home; guard those in any need or trouble; hold safely in your hands all military families and bring the returning troops to joyful reunion and tranquil life at home.

Give to us, your people, grateful hearts and a united will to honor these men and women and hold them always in our love and our prayers until your world is perfected in peace and all wars cease.

Through Jesus Christ, our Savior, Amen. (Written by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Phillips)

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/28/16

Dear Families,

This was a wonderfully spirited week of Homecoming festivities!  Our Troubies went above and beyond in their costumes, skits and cheers, and as always, they demonstrated what sisterhood is all about.  Please pray for a fun, safe Homecoming Dance tomorrow night. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 1st, for our All Saints Day Mass which will be at 10:35 in the gym.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation, and we love seeing our families join us for liturgy.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/21/16

Dear Families,

Homecoming Week is upon us!  Next  week is an exciting one for our students as they prepare for their skits, class competitions, and the Homecoming Dance.  In the midst of this energy and the temptation to be swept away by competition, let us help our girls to be positive and gracious in all their activities.  Let us help our Troubies to focus on the fun, not rivalry, because Homecoming is a time to build school spirit.  In light of the dance, let us remind our daughters that they are beautiful creations of God who do not need to dress immodestly to show their beauty.  Let us encourage them to wear attire that is both festive and age appropriate for a high school dance and remind them about how a young man is supposed to treat them- with manners and respect.  We look forward to a wonderful week of spirited fun and school bonding!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/14/16

Dear Families,

Our Open House last weekend brought in over 500 future Troubies!  It was one of the most highly attended Open Houses that we’ve ever had.  Thank you for being great ambassadors of our school and encouraging your friends, neighbors and parishioners to check out our amazing community.  We could not do what we do without your help, support and prayers.  As we continue to move through “Admissions season,”  please continue to share the good news of SFHS!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/07/16

Dear Families,

This Sunday, October 9, we host our annual Open House for prospective students and their families from noon to 3:00. This event highlights our wonderful faith community, academics,  sports, arts, and student clubs. Faculty, staff, current parents and students are all here to answer questions and share their experiences with new families. If you know someone who might be interested in attending our school, encourage her to come for a visit. Click HERE for more information about Open House!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/30/16

Dear Families,

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 1st, we are hosting our second annual  St. Francis Day Celebration from 3:30-7:30 PM. Please bring your family and friends and celebrate the Feast of St. Francis and the gift of our community! This is a family event with free food, games for the kids, and a live band. You won’t want to miss this wonderful community event!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Special Message From The Principal – 9.28.16

Dear Families,

Today our assembly speaker, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T., spoke to our Troubies about “The Healing Power of Beauty.”  She blew our girls away with her personal story and inspirational message of God’s love.  I wanted to let you know that she will be speaking tonight at 6:30 PM at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Carmichael where she will talk about forgiveness and mercy.  If you cannot attend the talk tonight, I encourage you to talk to your daughter about her experience today.  If you would like to hear the talk Sr. Miriam gave today, click HERE

Thank you to Troubie TV for taping it!

Catholicism 101

We will be hosting our second annual “Catholicism 101” tomorrow night, Thursday, September 29, at 7 PM in the CLC. This is an evening of Q & A and discussion on how SF can help families feel at home in our Catholic community.  This is open to parents and students, Catholics and non-Catholics.  Join Campus Ministry, Theology Department teachers and Fr. Arnold Parungao for a fun and educational night!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/23/16

Dear Families,

The Diocese of Sacramento has posted the president job for our school, and it is also posted on our website – click HERE.  If you know of anyone who would be a great candidate to advance the mission of St. Francis Catholic High School, encourage him/her to apply.  In the meantime, I ask for your prayers that God will bring us qualified candidates for the interview process.  The job posting closes mid-October and the goal is to be able to announce the new president by December.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/16/16

Dear Families,

Next week is a short week for our students but there are some great activities on campus for you to attend.  I encourage you to come to our Parent Education Night on Monday, September 19, and learn how to empower your children to make positive choices. In addition, we have our Season Sampler for the Arts on Wednesday, September 21, an evening that highlights all the upcoming visual and performing arts events.  There are always great things happening at SFHS!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/09/16

Dear Families,

I invite you to join us for two events on campus next week.   The first is “Meet a Grandparent/Parent for Lunch” on Tuesday for students with last names A-L.  This is a great way to feel the joyful energy on campus, spend time with your Troubie, and sample our delicious food from Epicurean. We are also hosting our first-ever Math Night for parents on Thursday night to help you support your daughter’s math development.   We hope you can make it to both of these great events.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/02/16

Dear Families,

On Tuesday, September 6th, we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8 AM to 3 PM in our Chapel. This is a time that we encourage, staff, students and parents to spend some quiet time with our Lord. I encourage you to come to campus and pray for the needs of our school family. It is a wonderful way to unite with our community, to be with Jesus, and to receive the many graces He wants to share.  May you and yours enjoy a safe and joyful Labor Day weekend.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/26/16

Dear Families,

It has been an amazing first two weeks of the 2016-17 school year!  I thank those parents who attended our Welcome Mass, a joyful liturgy that highlighted all that is beautiful in our community. Thank you also for attending Back to School Night and supporting our faculty and staff.  It, too, was a great evening for all.  Please keep our community in your prayers as we work together to mold our students into the women God is calling them to be.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Special Message From The Principal

Dear Families,

We are very aware of the frustrations you and your daughters are having with eBooks and apologize for the inconvenience.  I assure you that this is not how we do business and are doing everything in our power to address the situation with our vendor who is well aware of our concerns.

Our teachers are aware of the eBook situation and are working with students who may not be able to access their texts by providing copies and posting information on their Haiku pages.

Thank you for your patience as we work to address this issue.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/19/16

Dear Families,

We officially welcome you to the 2016-17 school year!  We especially welcome the Class of 2020 and our transfer students and their families to SFHS.  This is the first of my weekly e-newsletters which you will receive every Friday.  We will keep you informed on student activities, special announcements, and upcoming parent volunteer opportunities.  It is a great way to stay up-to-date on all the latest SFHS happenings, and you can always go to our website for more information as well.   I invite you to our Welcome Back Mass on Wednesday, August 24, at 10:00 in the Gym, and we also look forward to seeing all of you on campus on Thursday, August 25, for Back to School Night, which begins with our official welcome at 5:45 in the Gym.  May this new school year help us all grow together as a strong faith community.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/27/16

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that we have ended another school year. As I watched our 252 beautiful Troubies cross the stage at our commencement ceremony Wednesday night, I was reminded of each and every one of you– parents, community members, benefactors, coaches, faculty and staff– who have contributed to our graduates’ success. Thank you all for making it a great year, supporting our community, and praying for all of us. I wish you and yours a joyful and relaxing summer break!  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/20/16

Dear Families,

On Wednesday of this week we honored students at our annual Awards Ceremony. At this event, we recognized students who received national recognitions, donor-sponsored scholarships, and the highest honors, the Pillar Awards of Faith Excellence, Leadership and Service. Of our 252 seniors, 70 received the general excellence medal which represents their earning a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or above for all eight semesters of high school. The class of 2016, as a whole, was offered over $32 million dollars in one time and four-year renewable scholarships. We have much to celebrate as we look forward to our commencement ceremony on Wednesday night!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/13/16

Dear Families,

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, commemorating the Blessed Mother’s appearance to three children from Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Mary’s message to them was simple – pray. And so today, I ask Our Lady of Fatima’s intercession for the health, safety, peace and well-being of our students as they head into the last few weeks of school. I ask for her holy mantle to be wrapped around all of our Troubies for their protection and inspiration to lead lives of holiness. I ask that you stop and pray a “Hail Mary” right now for all of our Troubies. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/06/16

Dear Families,

As we enter into the spring season of proms, balls and graduation parties, I would like to ask you to talk to your daughters about the dangers of attending parties where drugs and alcohol are present. Most parents are woefully unaware of the choices their children are making while attending these parties. I sent a letter to our juniors and seniors this week, reminding them about our behavioral expectations on and off campus, that they are Troubies wherever they go. I ask that you talk to your daughters about safe and healthy choices. I encourage you to ask the questions that will keep them safe: Who are you hanging out with? What are your friends’ phone numbers? Who are their parents? Will they be supervising? Where do they live? Children need parents who are willing to set boundaries, even though kids push against them. Doing the right thing doesn’t always feel good, but out of love and concern for the safety and well-being of our children, sometimes we need to be the “bad guys.”  Let us pray that all our children will be safe this season.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/29/16

Dear Families,

Next week we begin two weeks of Advanced Placement (AP) testing on campus. This year we have 330 students taking 526 exams. Please pray for our Troubies as they participate in these high stakes tests. Heavenly Father, we ask your blessing on all those who are testing. Bless them with knowledge, confidence and patience before, during and after their exams and help them to take care of themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually during this anxious time.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Special Message from the Principal 4/27/16

Dear Parents,

Please fill out our survey! This is a great opportunity to finish up your service hours OR get a head start on your parent volunteer hours for NEXT year.

Please take a few minutes to share your valuable feedback for our WASC accreditation process.  You will receive two hours for taking this short survey.

Please click HERE to take survey.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/22/16

Dear Families,

On Saturday night we host our biggest fundraising event of the year, Revelry, in which we celebrate our “Diamond Gala” and 75 years of St. Francis Catholic High School. I want to thank the many people who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help organize, decorate, donate, and support in myriad ways to make this event possible. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes an army of dedicated volunteers to plan Revelry! I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night, and I thank you for all your efforts in supporting this very important fundraiser that benefits our Troubies. 

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/18/16

Dear Families,

Since we will be on Easter break next week and will not be sending out a newsletter, I’d like to wish you and yours a very happy and holy Easter season!  We’ve spent the last 40 days fasting, praying, almsgiving, and preparing for the greatest feast on the Christian calendar. Let us lift our voices together and proclaim as a community, “Christ is risen!”  Jesus’ death and resurrection assures us of the promise of new life, in this world and the next.  May this holy season bring you and yours a stronger realization that Jesus Christ died for us so that we might live anew in Him.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/11/16

Dear Families,

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day.  On that day we remember one of the world’s most popular saints, St. Patrick of Ireland, who died in 361 after evangelizing Ireland for 40 years.   He is remembered as a humble, pious, and gentle man, whose love and total devotion and trust in God is a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God and importance of his mission.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate such a beloved, international saint than to come to our 25th anniversary celebration of International Night!  Join us at 4:30 on March 17th when we will host two international food trucks and sample desserts from around the world. At 7 PM we will head to the theater to watch our talented students perform songs and dances from around the world.  Click here for more details.  I hope to see you at this festive community event!  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/04/16

Dear Families,

We are moving into the fifth week of the Lenten season.  I pray that this has been a beautiful time of conversion for you and your families.  I offer this prayer by St. Ambrose of Milan from the fourth century:

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,

Take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.

Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore Thee, a heart to delight in Thee, to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake, Amen

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/26/16

Dear Families,

We are thrilled to announce another successful year for our 24/24/24 Fourth Annual Day of Giving. Thanks to the support our amazing community and our generous matching donor, we raised $145,168.91 to fund scholarships for students in need of financial assistance. A HUGE thank you to all of you who contributed to this valuable fund. Our Troubies and future Troubies thank you as well!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/19/16

Dear Families,

Don’t forget that Wednesday is our Fourth Annual 24/24/24 Day of Giving! Lent, a time of fasting, praying and almsgiving, is the perfect time to share our blessings with others. We are asking members of our entire community to donate just $24 (or more!) to support students at our school who are in need of financial support.  I can’t think of a better way to help those in our own school be able to continue their fine St. Francis education. Please support our mission and give opportunities to those who seek the beautiful St. Francis experience!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/12/16

Dear Families,

In just a few days we will be kicking off our Fourth Annual 24/24/24 Day of Giving. We are asking members of our entire community to donate just $24 (or more!) to support students at our school. As a Catholic community we are called to help those in need. Since all money directly benefits students who are in need of financial support, I can’t think of a better way than to help those in our own school be able to continue their fine St. Francis education. Nearly 30% of our Troubies benefit from financial aid, and the need increases every year. Please support our mission and give opportunities to those who seek the beautiful St. Francis experience!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/05/16

Dear Families,

Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday. We invite you to join us for our school-wide Ash Wednesday Mass on February 10th at 10:00 in the Gym. Lent is a beautiful time for us to grow in relationship with God, and as we enter these next 40 days, let us ask God to transform our hearts and renew our spirits! Next week is also Staff Appreciation Week in which we show our gratitude to those who work on campus to support our mission. If you have a moment, drop a note or email to your favorite faculty or staff members, letting them know how much you appreciate them and all that they do to make our community great.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/29/16

Dear Families,

We hosted SWAP Day today and had a wonderful time with our parents. I want to thank those of you who joined us for this great tradition. It is a wonderful way to bring together our community and show off the great things our teachers are doing in the classroom. I can’t think of a better way to conclude Catholic Schools Week, to highlight the great teaching and learning happening across campus and to celebrate the impact Catholic education has had in our community and in our world!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Advisory – January 2016

This advisory letter is to inform you that a single case of Pertussis (whooping cough) has been reported at St. Francis Catholic High School. The student is home recuperating and on a treatment of antibiotics. The following is the information to be disseminated to parents concerning the illness.

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/22/16

Dear Families,

Next week we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week.  The theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We have some fabulous activities planned, including a surprise for our parents in the parking lot, our Pax et Bonum Mass on Wednesday, and SWAP Day on Friday. Through these events, we focus on the value Catholic education provides to our young people, its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. Parents are invited to attend our Pax et Bonum Mass which will be held in our gym at 10:35.  And, of course, we look forward to seeing all of you on SWAP Day! For more information on the success of Catholic school across the nation, see the NCEA website HERE.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/15/16

Dear Families,

Spring semester is a busy time at SFHS, with athletics, arts, academic events, and retreats happening every week. I have had the privilege of attending several SFHS retreats and have loved my experiences with our Troubies. Our retreats give participants an opportunity to step away from their busy lives and reflect on themselves and their relationship with our Lord. Faith is one of the pillars of our school and so important in our life journey. Our campus ministry team does an amazing job of fostering this pillar in our staff and students. The impact retreats have on our participants is profound, giving people a new sense of community and purpose. I would like you to encourage your daughter to attend a retreat every year. I promise you, she will not be disappointed!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/8/16

Dear Families,

After three successful years of technology integration using iPads and Google apps for education, we are changing devices.  We are proud to announce our new Chromebook initiative for the 2016-17 school year. Beginning with summer school classes in 2016, the school will be issuing each student a school-managed Chromebook.  We have analyzed the increased quality of Chromebooks, alongside Google’s progress in the development of its educational tools, and have come to the decision that this is the best next step to take in the development of our 1:1 program. For more information about this exciting initiative, click HERE.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/18/15

Dear Families,

On behalf of the St. Francis administration, faculty and staff, we wish you and yours a very joyful Christmas season.  May the coming of Christ help us to see Jesus in the people and ordinary events of our lives.  May you and your yours be richly blessed as we give thanks for Christ, our Savior!  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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MID-WEEK REMINDERS

CALENDAR CHANGE FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 – CHANGED TO AN EARLY RED DAY 5

Please note that Friday, December 11 has been changed to an Early Red Day 5 with a student release of 1:05 p.m. The campus will close at 1:30 p.m. for a staff event, and all students should be off campus by that time. Please make appropriate arrangements for your daughter.  

FATHER-DAUGHTER DINNER DANCE CORSAGE/BOUTONNIERE PICK-UP

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/11/15

Dear Families,

Finals week is upon us, and as our girls prepare for their tests, let us keep them in our prayers. We pray that the Lord bless them with diligence to study, knowledge of the content, wisdom to know their boundaries, and peace in knowing that God is in charge. We also pray for our teachers who are putting in late nights, preparing and grading final tests and projects. The ending of the first semester and the beginning of the Christmas season are cause for great joy. As we enter the Christmas season, I pray that you and your families share relaxing and holy times together. And may the new year bless all of us with energy and a desire to follow the Lord with renewed zeal. God bless you. Merry Christmas!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/04/15

Dear Families,

On Tuesday, December 8th, we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation, and a day in which we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. In particular, we look at the holiness of Mary who was “chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless“ before God (Ephesians 1:4). During this time of Advent, we joyfully await the coming of Christ and reflect on Mary’s part in ushering in God’s new creation. We hope that you will join us for this beautiful Mass and celebration of our Blessed Mother.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/13/15

Dear Families,

In this month of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for all that God has blessed us with.  I am especially thankful for our school community and all those who help to make it a vibrant place of faith and learning.  I encourage you this month to reach out to those in our community and send them a note of gratitude for what they do and how their work has contributed to your daughter’s life and well-being.  May we all be reminded of the many blessings in our lives.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Message from the Principal – Today’s Reunification Drill

Dear Families,

St. Francis Catholic High School conducted a basic reunification drill today for students and staff. In some emergency situations, the school will require parents to pick up students in a formalized, controlled release. The process of this release is called a reunification and may be necessary due to weather, power outage, hazmat or other emergency at school. Reunification is a process that protects the safety of the student and provides accountability in releasing a student to an authorized parent or guardian.

Today’s drill showed students where to go in an emergency and how to behave in an orderly and quiet manner during the reunification process. They were given specific information regarding text messages to send to their parents in a crisis situation. The students were also given an opportunity for a question and answer period. The questions were thoughtful, insightful, and relevant to the situation.   

We were extremely proud of the response of our students and staff. Additional parent reunification information will be in the Principal’s newsletter tomorrow.   

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum,

Theresa Rodgers

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/06/15

Dear Families,

On Wednesday, November 11th, we honor our Veterans for their service to our country.  This week I urge you to say a prayer for our Veterans, past and present, who have sacrificed their freedoms to help keep ours.  I offer this prayer for them this week:

God of all nations, you are our Strength and Shield. We give you thanks today for the devotion and courage of all those who have offered military service for this country:

  • For those who have fought for freedom;
  • For those who have laid down their lives for others;
  • For those who have borne suffering of mind or of body;
  • For those who have brought their best gifts to times of need.

God, in your mercy and love, we thank you for their lives.

On our behalf, oh God, many have entered into danger, endured separation from those they love, labored long hours and born hardship in war and in peacetime.

God, in your mercy and love, we thank you for their lives.

We ask today that you would lift up by your Spirit those who are now at war; encourage and heal those in hospitals or mending their wounds at home; guard those in any need or trouble; hold safely in your hands all military families and bring the returning troops to joyful reunion and tranquil life at home.

Give to us, your people, grateful hearts and a united will to honor these men and women and hold them always in our love and our prayers until your world is perfected in peace and all wars cease.

Through Jesus Christ, our Savior, Amen.

Written by Rev.Dr. Jennifer Phillips

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/30/15

Dear Families,

In an effort to build community and bring an understanding of our faith tradition, we invite you to our first ever “Catholicism 101,” an evening of Q and A  and discussion on how we can help you and your family feel at home in our Catholic community.  What are the Mass, Theology classes, retreats, and our patron Saint all about?  Join Campus Ministry, Theology Department Chairs, and Fr. Arnold Parungao for a fun and educational night! This evening is open to parents and students. “Catholicism 101” will be held in the CLC on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 7PM. Click here to RSVP. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/23/15

Dear Families,

Last Wednesday, while 10th and 11th graders were taking the PSAT, our 9th graders attended three workshops aimed to improve their academic experience at SFHS. The three workshops, given by our own faculty and staff members, were “Multiple Intelligences,” ”Creating a Positive Digital Presence,” and “Study Strategies.” A survey given to our 9th graders showed that they overwhelmingly felt that the sessions were useful and engaging. The girls gave us some great feedback, including the following: “Finding my learning strengths is going to help me become a better student in the future…” “I realized that we have a lot of support from numerous people to help us out when we need it.” “I learned a lot about online safety and actions that are important in ways we don’t realize daily.” We were happy with the feedback and know that our 9th graders gained some valuable tools and resources to ensure their success.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/16/15

Dear Families,

We are all excited about Spirit Week next week.  This is a time when we gather as a community to celebrate and have some fun.  It is also a time of class pride, friendly rivalry and great creativity as we watch our amazing students compete in games, build sets, and create skits.  Please make sure that you check the schedule this week for special daily schedules.   May this week bring us all closer as we celebrate our vibrant Saint Francis Catholic community.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/09/15

Dear Families,

Tell your friends and neighbors with elementary and middle school daughters to join us this Sunday for our Open House from 12:00- 3:00! It is the day we get to show off all the wonderful things SFHS has to offer: supportive faculty and staff, rigorous academics, a variety of athletic programs, award-winning arts and academic teams, student clubs, technology, and much more. This year we have added some fun activities for our prospective Troubies who get to walk away with some fabulous SFHS goodies. We hope to see many new faces.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Freshman Parents, we want to hear from you!

Dear Freshmen Parents,

It’s hard to believe that your daughters have been with us for nearly seven weeks! As the first quarter draws to a close next week, we want to thank you again for choosing St. Francis Catholic High School and for partnering with us to educate these amazing young women. 

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/02/15

Dear Families,

Today and tomorrow we, as a community, celebrate our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, a man who turned away from his indulgent life and embraced a life of poverty and spirit of humble service, transforming the Church and the world forever. Our community seeks to emulate St. Francis’ love of Jesus and his commitment to serving the needs of the marginalized in society. This weekend we recognize all that St. Francis of Assisi gave to our school, the Church, and the world. We look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow, October 3rd, to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis from 3:30 – 8:00. It is going to be a time you won’t want to miss!  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

Save the Date

We invite parents to the following information nights:

  • Thursday, November 12th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the CLC: “Catholicism 101: Everything You Wanted to Know about Catholicism but Were Afraid to Ask.” This is open to both parents and students.  Join our Chaplain, the Director of Campus Ministry, and Theology Department Chairs for a night of education and fun Q & A.
  • Wednesday, December 9th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the CLC: “Student Resilience: Enhancing Coping Skills and Stress Management in your Teen Daughter.” Parents only.  Join our Wellness Counselors and learn how to help your child manage the everyday bumps in the road of life.
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Principal’s Newsletter 9/25/15

Dear Families,

We are just a week away from our highly anticipated St. Francis Feast Day which is on Saturday, October 3rd from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  I want to encourage you, your families, your neighbors, alumnae, and future Troubies to join us as we celebrate our patron’s feast day and 75 years of educating young women who change the world.  We will have a live band, food and beverages, fun games, and activities for all ages.  Admission is free!  Let’s celebrate the gift that is our community!  Please RSVP to www.stfrancishs.org/rsvp75.

I look forward to seeing you there.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/18/15

Dear Families,

Next week Pope Francis will be in the United States for his historic first time visit. During his visit to Washington, D.C., he will be celebrating the canonization Mass of Father Junipero Serra, the Spanish missionary priest who founded the California missions. It is an exciting time for us as several members of our school community will be present to celebrate such a momentous occasion. President Margo Brown, Director of Campus Ministry, Stephen Tholcke, and eight Troubies– Emily Bartylla, Clare Brennan, Victoria Castillon, Sidney Clymer-Engelhart, Maya Solis, Julianna Tanjuakio, Brooke Uhlenhop and Emma Vance– will be representing SF . During their visit, our Troubies will be memorializing their experiences via our SF Facebook and Instagram accounts so you can keep track of their exciting adventures. Please pray for their safe travel and for a grace-filled, “Papa Francis” experience.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!  

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Friday, September 18 – Regular Red Day 5

Dear Parents,

Please note that Friday, September 18, is a regular Red Day 5, not a late start as indicated in the student planner.  As a reminder, the St. Francis online calendar houses the most up-to-date information on daily schedules and upcoming events.

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Accepting Applications for Registrar

Dear Families and Friends of St. Francis Catholic High School,

Our Assistant Registrar, Maria Fernandez, accepted a position at the University of California. Maria worked at St. Francis for eight years, starting her tenure in the Advancement Department and then moving into her most recent position. Maria was a bright light in the front office, and her loving and kind presence will be missed. We wish her well in her new endeavor.

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/28/15

Dear Families,

What a wonderful turnout we had for our Back to School Night last night! Thank you for your attendance and support of our amazing school. September 4, 2015, is the first Friday of the month and a late start for students. It is a time when faculty and staff celebrate Mass in our chapel and lift our community up in prayer. On this day, and every first Friday of the month, we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9 AM to 3 PM. This is a time that we encourage staff, students and parents to spend some quiet time with our Lord. I encourage you to come to campus and pray for the needs of our school family. It is a wonderful way to unite with our community, to be with Jesus, and to receive the many graces He wants to share. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!