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Principal’s Newsletter 3/27/15

Dear Families,

I pray that these two weeks off will bring rest and rejuvenation to our staff and students.  I want to wish you and your families a beautiful Holy Week and blessed Easter!  May the joy of the Easter season cause us to shout for joy that our Lord has risen!  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/20/15

Dear Families,

Third quarter grades are out. 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, in spite of 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!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/13/15

Dear Families,

On February 23, 2015, SFHS hosted the chairperson of our 2012 WASC/WCEA accreditation team, to follow up on our progress mid-way through the six- year term. After reviewing our report and interviewing staff, students and parents, they were impressed by our many accomplishments in the last three years:

  • Implementation of a new schedule in 2012-13
  • One-to-one iPad roll-out
  • Implementation of regular, ongoing faculty/staff evaluations and yearly goal-setting
  • Collaboration of faculty via Professional Learning Communities
  • Construction of the new Dining Hall
  • Acquisition of the Armory
  • Improved Communication

At this time the visiting committee does not recommend the addition of any further action plan goals as good progress is being made on the goals that have been established. We are pleased with their assessment, which affirmed all the hard work of the last few years. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/06/15

Dear Families,

As we continue our Lenten journey, I’d like to share something a colleague passed on to me.  It is a list of “Lifelong Lenten Observances.”  I will share a few of the 75 that are on the list.  It is great food for thought as we look to renew ourselves in Christ this season.

  • Talk to God daily.
  • Savor simple things.
  • Every day, be kind to a stranger.
  • Learn to be silent.
  • Bless your money so that as you use it, it will bless others.
  • Go to Confession, especially if you can’t remember the last time you went.
  • Strive to become holy.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself.
  • Be humble.

Our Lord invites us to come back to Him in a deeply personal way this season.  May your Lenten observances do just that.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/27/15

Dear Families,

Every first Friday, our faculty and staff come together for Mass in our chapel. It is a wonderful time for us to gather in community, celebrate Eucharist, and pray for the needs of our school. In addition, on first Fridays, we offer Eucharistic Adoration from 9:15 to 3:00 PM. This is a gift we have been given, and I know that many graces have come to our community as a result of having Adoration. During this Lenten season, I would like to encourage you to join us any time next Friday to sit in the chapel for Adoration, a perfect time to be with Jesus and lift our community up in prayer. If you cannot make it to campus, encourage your daughter to sit in the chapel during her free time for the silence, reflection and time with our Lord. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/20/15

Dear Families,

One of our Troubies shared with me yesterday that for Lent she was going to give up Netflix so she could spend more time with her family.  I had a teacher share with me that her Lenten routine would be to try to sit in silence for 15 minutes every day to listen to God. Whether you give up something or take on something new as your Lenten observance, I hope that this holy season be a time of growth in your relationship with God and an opportunity to pray more deeply as individuals and families.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

24/24/24

Next week, on Tuesday, February 24th, we are having our annual 24/24/24 “Day of Giving” event, in which we ask SFHS alumnae, community members, families, students, and staff to contribute $24 (or more!) to help families with financial aid.   Last year, over 1,000 supporters from all over the world came together to donate $72,000 through individual contributions. All funds raised were dedicated to SFHS scholarships. Hundreds of young women with various backgrounds want to attend St. Francis Catholic High School. The demonstrated need of our families that apply for financial aid is over $2.4 million each year. St. Francis is able to grant only half that amount. Please help us support the young woman whose heart is with St. Francis, but is torn by concern over her family’s finances.  Thank you for your financial blessings!

50 Hues of Holiness

A lot has been discussed most recently regarding the book and the film, 50 Shades of Grey.  I have received many emails this week from concerned parents about this movie and the number of young women who are going to see it.  In a letter, dated February 4, 2015, to fellow clergy at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Richard Malone, wrote: “Remind the faithful of the beauty of the Church’s teaching on the gift of sexual intimacy in marriage, the great dignity of women, and the moral reprehensibility of all domestic violence and sexual exploitation.”  As we work in collaboration to help mold our children into the saints God is calling them to be, I encourage you to talk to your daughters about their beauty and dignity as children of God and what a holy union between a man and a woman looks like.  This movie does not represent who we are and what God is calling all of us to be.  

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/13/15

Dear Families,

Thank you to our community, especially our Parent Guild, who helped make Staff Appreciation Week a success.  Our faculty and staff loved the coffee and the wonderful treats you shared with us this week.  

It is hard to believe that Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday.  Please join us for our school-wide Mass on February 18th at 10 AM as we begin this 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  We love having our families join us for Mass!  I hope to see you there. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/06/15

Dear Families,

Next week is Staff Appreciation Week, a time when we celebrate our wonderful faculty and staff.  I am so very blessed to work with professionals who share their time, talent and treasure to make St. Francis Catholic High School a wonderful place to work, a home away from home for our students, and a Christ-centered environment.  I thank them for being great role models for our students, for teaching with passion, for living the faith, for modeling Gospel values, and for inspiring our students on a daily basis .  If you have a moment this week, say a prayer for them and/or drop them a line and tell them what they mean to you and your daughter.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/30/15

Dear Families,

As we end National Catholic Schools Week, I’d like to share some interesting facts about Catholic education from the  Alliance for Catholic Education out of the University of Notre Dame:  

  • The achievement gap is smaller in faith-based schools.
  • Students in Catholic and other private schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than students from similar backgrounds in public schools.
  • Latino and African American students who attend Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to graduate from college than their public school peers..
  • The “multiply disadvantaged” benefit most from Catholic schools.
  • Social class effects on educational achievement are significantly lessened in Catholic schools.
  • The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools.
  • Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote than public school graduates.
  • Graduates of Catholic schools are likely to earn higher wages than public school graduates.
  • Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant for diverse views, and more committed to service as adults.

For more information, click here

Thank you, parents, for sending us your beautiful daughters and for supporting Catholic education.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/23/15

Dear Families,

Next week is National Catholic Schools Week, a time when we celebrate the gift of Catholic education across the country and its impact on our young people and our nation.  At St. Francis Catholic High School, we are celebrating it as Pax et Bonum Week, highlighting our community’s unique gifts.  We have several fun activities next week, including SWAP (Switch with a Parent) Day on Wednesday, in which parents come to school and participate in their daughter’s classes.  It is a wonderful community builder and a great way for parents to experience the awesome teaching and learning that is happening at St. Francis.  In addition, we have a fun surprise for our parents on Monday morning.  So I ask that you please be extra careful in the lot that morning. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/16/15

Dear Families,

Today, at our school assembly, we hosted Catholic speaker and singer/songwriter, Emily Wilson. Emily’s message to our girls was one of hope, reminding them that they are perfectly made in God’s image. She challenged them to find their own identity without looking outside of themselves (not the culture, not the media, and not boys) to find out their worth and figure out who God is calling them to be. Emily shared her own story and personal choices and led our girls in song and prayer. It was a beautiful reminder to all of us how God loves us into existence and created us in His image. I hope you can talk to your daughters about their “take-aways” from Emily’s talk! St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/09/14

Dear Families, 

Happy New Year! I pray that 2015 has been a joyful year for you and yours. No doubt you and your families have made New Year’s resolutions. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, met with Vatican employees, mostly lay people with families, before Christmas and shared with them the following points. They sound remarkably like New Year’s resolutions, and I’d like to share them here:

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/19/14

Dear Families, 

The ending of first semester, a respite from school, and celebrating the Christmas season are all reasons to be joyful!  On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration, I want to wish you and yours a very holy and peaceful holiday.  May this Advent and Christmas season birth in all of us a hunger and zeal for our Lord, Jesus Christ!  Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/12/14

Dear Families,

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the Church we celebrate Mary’s appearance to St. Juan Diego near Mexico City in 1531. As a result of her appearance, millions of natives were converted in a very short time, and a revival was sparked in the nation. Mary’s appearance to this humble man, reminds us of God’s limitless love and mercy for all. His desire to bring all his children back to Him is as strong today as it was in 1531. During this Advent season, may we reflect on Mary’s unending love for us, which brings us ever closer to her Son. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, pray for us!

On Monday, we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Thank you to all those parents who joined us for liturgy. Father Roland, our wonderful priest, gave an excellent homily, explaining the Immaculate Conception. I have provided it here:

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Principal’s Newsletter 12/05/14

Dear Families,

Happy Advent! Advent should be a season of great joy and anticipation as we await the coming of Christ. However, as we move more deeply into the holiday season, it seems that the stress mounts. Mary DeTurris Poust, author of Everyday Divine, shares these simple tools for relaxing during this most special season.

  1. Stop multi-tasking now. Doing too many things at once can diminish the simple pleasures of life.
  2. Seek silence daily. In today’s noisy, technology-driven world, make time for moments of solitude because it is often in silence that God speaks to us most clearly.
  3. Find the divine in the mundane. Strive to make even the most tedious chores an act of prayer.
  4. Practice daily self-examination. Take stock of all your thoughts and actions and look for ways to improve.

If we, the adults in our girls’ lives, practice these simple tools, perhaps our daughters will start doing what we model. I pray that this Advent season be a time of great joy and peace for you and yours. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

Please join us for our school-wide Mass on Monday, December 8th, at 10 AM for a celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This is a Holy Day of Obligation, and we would love to see our families in attendance.

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/31/14

Dear Families,

On Saturday night, we will be hosting over 1200 students at our Homecoming Dance, a fun and festive event for our students and their guests. We also want to encourage our parents to help their daughters make good choices before, during and after the dance. This includes monitoring our girls attire, making sure it adheres to the SFHS dress code rules, discussing appropriate dancing, and ensuring safe events to attend after the dance. When it comes to allowing our children to attend events (dances, parties, sleepovers, etc.), we also encourage parents to ask the following questions of their children: Who are you going with? What are their names and parents’ names?  What are their phone numbers? How long is the event? If you are going to someone’s house after an event, what is the address and who is in charge? Don’t be afraid to ask these questions and get all the facts. We all want our children to have fun and, most importantly, to be safe. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/24/14

Dear Families,

We are all excited about Spirit Week next week!  This is a time when we gather as a community to celebrate our classes and have 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 St. Francis Catholic community.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/17/14

Dear Families,

This past Wednesday, while 10th and 11th graders were taking the ACT/Aspire test, 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 “Reading and Notetaking Across the Disciplines,” Learning Styles and Study Strategies,” and “Managing Time, Assignments and Schedules.”    A survey given to our 9th graders about the workshops showed that they overwhelmingly felt that the sessions were useful and engaging. The girls gave us some great feedback, including the following: “I found that learning about managing my time and creating schedules most valuable about the presentations today.  I learned I need to manage time better and plan out the whole week.  It helped a lot.  I also found out what type of learner I am.  This will help me adapt.”  “I love how all the teachers that presented were very thorough with what they were speaking about.  I will definitely be using everything that I have learned today in my daily life.”  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 10/10/14

Dear Families,

Next Saturday, October 18th, is Revelry, a most amazing event and SFHS’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  I want to encourage you, if you haven’t done so already, to join us for fine dining, conversation, live auction and community-building.  You also won’t want to miss how the Revelry decorations committee transforms our campus to adhere to the theme, which this year is “A Night in the Museum: Behind the Ropes.”  Tickets can be purchased on our website.  I look forward to another joyful event with all of you!  And a very special thanks to the many parents and staff members who have worked for MONTHS to make this event memorable.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/03/14

Dear Families,

On Sunday, October 12th from Noon – 3 PM, we will be hosting our annual Open House for prospective families. We encourage you to tell your neighbors, friends, and fellow parishioners about this event, which will promote all the wonderful opportunities SFHS offers to young women in the Sacramento area. Academics, arts, athletics, academic teams, campus ministry, retreat programs, service opportunities, cultural immersions, and student clubs will be highlighted this day. There is so much to brag about at St. Francis Catholic High School.  Please spread the good news about our school because we are ALL Troubie Ambassadors!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/25/14

Dear Families,

Next Friday we celebrate our annual St. Francis Day in which we come together as a school community to honor our patron, St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis converted from a life of self-indulgence to a life of total obedience to God’s will. Francis learned to rejoice in the overwhelming beauty of God’s creation–a beauty signifying God’s love–yet he did not desire anything of the material world for his own fulfillment. On this day, we remember St. Francis’ life and his contribution to the Church. During this day of sisterhood, fellowship, and fun, we celebrate Mass and reflect on this year’s theme of “Cultivate Peace; Protect Creation.” Each year, our Campus Ministry Department raises funds on St. Francis Day for a particular organization that reflects our theme. During Mass we are asking for donations to the Northern Valley Catholic Charities and Sacramento Catholic Charities, which will benefit the victims of  the Northern California wildfires. Please encourage your daughters to contribute to this fund. St. Francis Day is a short day, taking place from 9 AM to 1 PM. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/19/14

Dear Families,

It was wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents on campus this week for “Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch Day.” I want to encourage the rest of our community to join us for another lunch on September 23rd, when students with the last names between L and Z are able to host their families. I also suggest that when on campus, you take a peek at our new dining hall and perhaps taste the wonderful fare our new food service company, Epicurean, is serving our community. This event is yet another excellent opportunity to witness the many good things happening on our campus!

We  have added another section to our newsletter. Every week we will post an interesting fact or quote which supports the “St. Francis Advantage,” the data supporting that all-girls’ schools give young women the best preparation to succeed in college and the world beyond.  

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

Apple has released iOS8 this week. We are telling our students NOT  to upgrade their iPads at this time until we know what kind of issues may occur or how existing apps may be affected. SFHS will not be responsible for any problems and/or loss of data related to this upgrade. We will let students know in about a week when Apple feels it is safe to upgrade.
And, as always, students should be backing up their iPad data to Drive and iCloud as we are not responsible for lost data.
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Principal’s Newsletter 9/12/14

Dear Families,

Today we surprised our community by unveiling the dining hall and using it for the first time!  Our maintenance staff and Epicurean employees put in many hours yesterday to prepare the dining hall for today’s celebration. It was a delight to witness our students’ happy faces as they walked into their new dining facility for the first time.  Balloons and cake greeted them, in addition to our regular fabulous food, prepared lovingly in our state-of-the-art kitchen by our food service company, Epicurean.  Father Roland provided a prayer before lunch and blessed the dining hall.  We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community who made the dining hall a reality- our benefactors, alumnae, leadership, faculty and staff.  Today is a day for the history books!  It was a wonderful day at St. Francis High School.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

 

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Principal’s Newsletter 9/05/14

Dear Families,

Our school community is amazing, and I am always proud of us.  I know our staff, parents and students feel the same way.  In that regard, we are ALL always ambassadors of St. Francis Catholic High School, and our actions reflect on our school.  I bring this up in light of the upcoming Holy Bowl game on Saturday, September 13th.  For new parents, this is the highly anticipated football game between Jesuit High School and Christian Brothers High School.  While this is not our school event, many of our students attend this game.  I just wanted to gently remind our community that we are all ambassadors of our school, and our students are expected to speak, dress and behave in such a way as to bring pride to our school.  Please remind your daughters of this so they hear it from both school and home.  I was impressed with our students at our own Holy Court game this week (the volleyball game between us and Christian Brothers High School), which I am happy to announce we won!   Our fans were spirited, joyful and classy.  I am confident that our girls will be just as classy and positive at Holy Bowl.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/29/14

Dear Families,

This week we celebrated our first school-wide Welcome Mass.  It was a beautiful celebration of faith and community, and it was wonderful to see so many parents join us for it.  I want to continue to encourage our parents to join us for these celebrations.   Next Friday, September 5th, we have Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in our chapel from 9AM-3PM.  This is a beautiful, silent time that we offer our community to spend some time with our Lord.  We encourage our families to stop by and lift our school up in prayer.

Thank you to all those who joined us last night for Back to School Night! We love hosting our parents and sharing all the wonderful things going on in and out of the classroom.  We are happy to be working in partnership with you.

Have a wonderful, blessed week!

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Message from the Principal 8/27/14

Dear Families,

This is a reminder that we have Back To School Night tomorrow, Thursday, August 28th. The agenda is as follows:

5:00-5:55 Reception in Serra Court

6:00-6:25 Formal Welcome in the Gym

6:35-8:35 Class Visits:

     A  Block         6:35
     B  Block         6:50
     C1/C2 Block  7:05
     D  Block         7:20
     E  Block         7:35
     F  Block         7:50
     G1/G2 Block  8:05
     H  Block         8:20

8:35-8:50 Senior Parent and Junior Parent Meetings

PLEASE make sure to write down your student’s class schedule so you know where to go.  Better yet, have your student take a photo of her schedule with her iPad and email it to you!  We will not have printed copies of student schedules as we have in the past.  

Support Revelry at Back To School Night

The Revelry Committee will be accepting wine donations (minimum $20 value) at Back To School Night, so stop by their table and receive a free Revelry raffle ticket for each donated bottle!

Parking / Drop Off / Pick Up

On another note, in the last three days we have had multiple situations in which parents/guardians have had negative interaction with law enforcement, parking personnel and school staff. Please note the following from our Student/Parent Handbook:

A necessary condition of continued enrollment at St. Francis Catholic High School is that students behave in a manner, both on and off campus, which is consistent with the principles and Christian philosophy of St. Francis High School. It is also a condition of enrollment that the parents/guardians of each student adhere to these standards of conduct.

St. Francis expects parents/guardians to work courteously and cooperatively with the school in a manner that is not discourteous, scandalous, rumor-driven, disruptive, threatening, hostile, or divisive.  St. Francis High School reserves the right to determine, at its discretion, which actions fail to meet the principles and Christian philosophy of the school. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in a disciplinary action, suspension of a student, revocation of a parent/guardian’s privilege to attend or to participate in school activities, or dismissal of the student.

The safety of all our students and personnel is a priority and we will identify the parents who are in direct violation via the on campus camera system.  However, we ask all parents to help us to keep a safe environment and report anything that compromises this safety to the Dean.

As a reminder, parents absolutely cannot come onto campus and park in the pick-up lane prior to 2:40. It is unsafe to have people hanging around campus for up to two hours in some cases, and it forces us to open the security gates before the designated times, creating a breach in the safety procedures we have established to help protect all our students.

Thank you for kindly following our school policies and procedures.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!  ~ Blessings ~

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/22/14

Dear Families,

What a joy it is to have our students back. The campus has come alive with the Troubie Spirit. This week we officially welcomed the Class of 2018 with a vibrant Back to School Rally where their class mascot was revealed, Squirt from Finding Nemo. The social media “Ice Bucket ” sensation made its way to our campus as members of our Athletic Department, guidance and even the Dean of Students, took part in the challenge in lower Serra Court. Our seniors began the Class of 2015 festivities with their early morning Senior Sunrise. Finally, the SFHS Booster Club, Parents Guild and Patrons of the Arts hosted a phenomenal Welcome Back Parent BBQ to kick off the year in style. And this was just the first week!  We look forward to many more exciting weeks to come.

As we look to this year’s school-wide theme, Cultivate Peace; Protect Creation, we can reflect on the words Pope Benedict XIV spoke at World Day of Peace in 2010: “The environment must be seen as God’s gift to all people, and the use we make of it entails a shared responsibility for all humanity.” How are we as a community protecting God’s precious gift?  Over this next year you will see the many ways in which we have begun to live his words including our pledge to reduce printing, use of 100% compostable products in our dining hall, and education on how we can all reduce our footprint on the environment. We urge you to take the pledge alongside of us this year.

Mary Castellano – Assistant Principal of Academics

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/15/14

Mary Castellano -  Assistant Principal for Academics

Dear Families,

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
10:25am-11:20am   B Block
11:25am-12:05pm  Community Lunch
12:05pm- 1:00pm  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 lhanusek@stfranicshs.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 mdeiro@stfrancishs.org.

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.

Athletics Update

  • Troubadours to Compete in Delta League – click here
  • Volleyball’s Wright Selected for Section Hall of Fame – click here
  • Holy Court – click here

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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

Email blast

Principal’s Newsletter 5/19/14

Dear Families,

This is the last newsletter of the school year!  What an amazing year it has been!  As I conclude my first year as principal, I am in awe of how quickly this year passed. I am thankful every day that I have the opportunity to serve this community.  I want to thank you for sending your daughters to St. Francis High School.  They truly are amazing, articulate, confident women who make me proud every day. I want to thank you for your support as we work together to help our girls become all that God is calling them to be.  To our senior parents who are saying goodbye this year, I look forward to celebrating this week’s senior festivities with you.  I wish you and your graduate the best in the next chapter of your lives.  You will ALWAYS be Troubies!  May God bless our graduates and their families during this bittersweet time. And may you all have a restful and rejuvenating summer break!  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/12/14

Dear Families,

We praise God for a safe and celebratory prom/ball weekend!  Our girls had a wonderful time at Haggin Oaks and were beautifully dressed. This week we continue AP testing for our students, and finals begin on Friday, May 16th.  Please remind your daughters that we have our final formal uniform day on Wednesday, May 14th, as we celebrate Mass one last time as a school community and say goodbye to our seniors.  Please continue to keep our entire school in your prayers as we wind down the school year.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

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Principal’s Newsletter 5/05/14

Dear Families,

This week, we are posting the first semester calendar for the 2014-15 school year online.  This will be the place to check for all events and activities.  We have an outstanding new website, full of great, current information, and we would like our community to use this as a resource.  We will not be printing student planners next year as the website will be the place for all calendar items.

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/28/14

Dear Families,

Welcome back from Easter break!  I hope you and yours had a wonderful, joyful holiday. It is good to be back at SFHS. Thank you for your thoughts and your prayers for my successful surgery and speedy recovery.  We are blessed also this week to have our Dean, Mrs. Cynthia Cost, back to work part-time!  Praise God!  It has been difficult without her, and we are so happy to have our team back together once again!  

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Principal’s Newsletter (Class of 2018) – 4/28/14

Dear Families of the Class of 2018,

Welcome to St. Francis High School and to our Troubie family! Every Monday afternoon, via email, we send out the Principal’s Newsletter which highlights campus events, achievements, volunteer opportunities, academics, athletics, arts, etc,. to keep you informed of the latest community happenings. This is a great way to stay updated on a weekly basis and to find out what is going on at SFHS!

We are so happy that you have selected SFHS for your daughter, and we will do everything in our power to ensure a smooth transition to high school.  This is a wonderful, loving and supportive community.  We are partners with you in your daughter’s education, and we are looking forward to the next four successful years with your family.   

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Principal’s Newsletter – 4/14/14

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!  As 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!  

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Principal’s Newsletter – 4/7/14

Dear Families,

It is with a humble heart that I ask for your prayers today.  By the time you read this, I will be out of surgery to have a tumor removed. Since our God is not bound by time or space, your prayers at this time will still be heard. I am asking that you pray for a positive outcome for me and a speedy recovery. I hope to be back after Easter break.  Rest assured that you will still be receiving the weekly newsletters and that SFHS is in great hands. My Assistant Principals, Mrs. Mary Castellano and Mrs. Anne Maire Faires, are amazing leaders and are picking up the added duties in my absence. I am blessed to be able to serve in this faith community, and I thank you for your prayers of hope and healing. Please continue to keep our Dean, Mrs. Cynthia Cost, in your prayers for her continued and speedy recovery.

Theresa Rodgers

Principal 

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Principal’s Newsletter – 3/31/14

Dear Families,

Please join us for Adoration this Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM in our Chapel. This is time spent in front of the Blessed Sacrament when we pray for our families and our community.  Adoration is a great addition to our Lenten habits of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Our school is so blessed to have Adoration on campus, and there is no doubt that we have received many graces because of it.  Please consider coming on campus to spend some time with Jesus and lift our school up in prayer.  Your life will change because of it!

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Principal’s Newsletter – March 24, 2014

Dear Families,

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25th, we are hosting another Meet a Parent/Grandparent for Lunch Day for students with last names A-K.  Please visit us and be a part of our Troubie community at lunch.

This week our 9th graders will be on retreat.  Please keep our girls in your prayers as they pray, reflect and spend time together.

I wish you and yours a prayerful Lenten season.