Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! We are blessed to have many new families with excited Troubies join our community this year. There have been exciting changes this summer with the finishing of our dining hall and the hiring of new faculty. We welcome Mrs. Pamela Buck to our Performing Arts Department, Kimberley Flaata to Math, Jennifer Ferrara to English, and Sister Stella Ihejeto to Theology. We are blessed to have such highly qualified educators join our community and inspire our students. We also welcome Father Roland Ramirez, our new campus minister, and Christina Rotas, a new addition to our Marketing and Enrollment Department.
As you know, we begin this year with the unexpected loss of our beloved teacher Mr. Brian Dodson, and it has been a difficult time for our community. I once heard someone say that “joy is not the absence of sorrow; it is the presence of God.” As we work through our grief, we also recognize that God is always in our midst. When we keep our eyes focused on Him, we can get through anything and find joy in everything. Our faith teaches us that hope is always alive and that God’s grace is present, even in times of trial.
Our Principal Theresa Rodgers is attending to family matters at this time, and we look forward to her return soon. Please continue to keep our entire community in your prayers as we look to this school year with great joy. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
Finally, please monitor your email for important forthcoming messages from Guidance/Campus Ministry and the Dean regarding resources for students and the first day of school logistics.
Mary Castellano – Assistant Principal for Academics
Schedule Changes for the Week of August 18
Monday, August 18, Red Day 3
|8:00am – 9:20am
||Students report to Homeroom and then Class Meetings
|9:25am – 10:20am
|| A Block
|| B Block
||C1 & C2 Blocks
|1:05pm – 2:00pm
|| D Block
|2:05pm – 3:00pm
|| E Block
- Tuesday, August 19, Red Day 4, no change
- Wednesday, August 20, Red Day 5, will be a regular start, with D Block beginning at 8:00am.
- Thursday, August 21, Red Day 1, no change
- Friday, August 22, Red Day 2, no change
No Formal Uniform on Monday, August 18
First day of school, 8/18, is no longer a Formal Uniform Day. Students are asked to wear red or white polo shirt and uniform skirt. Questions on Uniform Policy? See Dress Code page for more info.
Back to School Supply Drive, August 18-22
Information on specific items needed will be sent to parents. Please bring items to the CLC at beginning or end of the school day between August 18 and August 22. Parents may earn one volunteer hour per $5 spent; maximum of 5 hours (attach receipts to Hours Reporting form and turn in when all hours are completed).
Musical Workshop/Auditions, Tuesday, August 19
The “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” workshop will be held Tuesday, August 19, at 3:20 in the Choir Room. Audition dates are being rescheduled and will be announced during the workshop.
“Heart of a Troubie” Welcome Back Parents BBQ, Thursday, August 21
Mark your calendars for this fun St. Francis tradition celebrating the Troubie Spirit! Join us in welcoming our new families and catching up with fellow parents in Serra Court for a casual evening hosted by our Parents Guild, Booster Club and Patrons of the Arts. Please visit their booths to learn more about opportunities to get involved. We begin at 5:30 pm with a no-host bar followed by the always tasty “Booster Que” and dessert. The Revelry Committee will be accepting wine donations (minimum $20 value), so stop by their table and receive a free Revelry raffle ticket for each donated bottle! RSVP now here.
Frosh Soph Open Dance, St. Francis HS Gym, August 22
We are in need of 20 parents to help with this dance from 7pm – 11pm on Friday, August 22nd at St. Francis HS. Thank you! Click here to sign up.
Volunteers Needed for Robotics, Saturday, August 23
Volunteers are needed for the Robotics Move Day on Saturday, August 23, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Volunteer hours will be honored. We will also give credit for food purchases (pizza for the girls). Please contact: magatstein@stfrancishs .org.
California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Applications – Due Monday, August 25
Is your sophomore, junior, or senior daughter interested in joining California’s oldest honors society? Applications for California Scholarship Federation (CSF) are available in the front office. Applications are due Monday, August 25th.
Model United Nations Academic Team Tryouts, Monday, August 25 & Wednesday, August 27
SFHS is holding tryouts for the Model United Nations (MUN) team, will take place Monday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 27, 3:15pm—5pm, in room 320. Tryouts will include an application, essay, and an impromptu speech, and are open to all St. Francis students. Veteran MUN members must also attend to tryout for team placement.
MUN is an academic team that simulates the crucial business of the United Nations assembly. We will compete in a conference, attend workshops and prepare for simulations with other schools. This is a one credit graded class at St. Francis, but most importantly will sharpen your public speaking and negotiation skills; expand your knowledge of politics, history and international relations; and learn more about the structure and policy power of the United Nations. Email Laura Hanusek at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Brunch and Mimosas! “Back to School Brunch” hosted by Celia Puff, Tuesday, August 26
This event was offered as a sign-up party at Revelry 2013, and the hostess has indicated there is room for more attendees! While the girls are back in school, come to this delightful morning that will include a delicious champagne brunch with coffee and mimosas! Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased on-line here.
Patrons of the Arts Welcome Reception, Tuesday, August 26
Meet Arts faculty and Patron of the Arts parents on Tuesday, August 26 in the Library, 5:30. Talk with others who help the arts productions and shows and find out how you can join in the fun.
SAVE THE DATE! Revelry Gala & Auction-A Night in the Museum-Behind the Ropes, Saturday, October 18
Mark your calendars for the event of the fall season as the SF community celebrates Revelry – A Night in the Museum! Support the school’s major fundraiser of the year by becoming a sponsor; donating an item, vacation home, gift cards or wine; making a cash donation; or volunteering! For more information about Revelry, please visit www.stfrancishs.org/revelry or contact Melissa Deiro in the Advancement Department at email@example.com.
Class Fees – Fall 2014
Students taking courses with class fees will receive an email at the beginning of school. The email will be sent to the household email account and will contain a link to pay your daughters’ class fees online. TEACHERS WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT CASH or CHECKS.
Troubie Store Hours:
- Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the school year.
- Thursday, August 21 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 21 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for Welcome Back Parent BBQ
- Thursday, August 28 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for Back to School Night
- Blazers will be in at the end of August or beginning of September. You will be notified by email when they will be distributed.
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Fall Athletic Spirit Gear Available Online
Support your daughter’s team with official St. Francis Adidas spirit gear from Athletics Unlimited. Each fall sport has team-specific gear available online for a LIMITED TIME until August 29. All items will be shipped by September 26 and proceeds from the sales will benefit the St. Francis Booster Club. click here
ARTS News! SARTA Nominations
This past summer, the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance Board of Directors nominated “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Reviving Ophelia” for many Elly Awards. Congratulations all who were a part of the musical and play last year. All of our entries are under “Education Plays”. For “Once Upon a Mattress: Denise Miles was nominated for “Costume Design” and Steve Decker for “Set Design”. For “Reviving Ophelia”: Jordan Davis was nominated for “Leading Female”, Steve Decker for “Lighting Design”, and the entire cast, crew, and production staff for “Overall Play”.
The Youth Elly Award Ceremony is Sunday, September 7 at The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy. All production staff, cast, crew, musicians, and friends are invited to attend. For tickets: www.sarta.com