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Principal’s Newsletter 8/21/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Well, the first week of the 2020-2021 school year is in the books! Distance Learning is not the standard we are accustomed to, but nonetheless, our teachers and students did a phenomenal job this week. 

Given the current challenges we’ve faced and the uncontrolled wildfires in neighboring counties, we are still committed to providing a world-class education for our students. Our staff has spent countless hours preparing for this week’s instruction. It is important to acknowledge the complexity and challenges of teaching virtually, as everything takes twice as long to develop and implement on a virtual platform. Nonetheless, our teachers are meeting the challenge head-on and showing their commitment to and support of our Troubies.

As we prepare for the weekend, I ask that you keep those impacted and displaced by the wildfires in your prayers. May God continue to shine his grace upon the St. Francis community.

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 8/14/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

We are on the cusp of a new and exciting school year! While we did not imagine we would be here five-months ago, we are prepared to meet and support our Troubies in a familiar virtual setting. 

Monday, August 17th, is the first official day of instruction, and I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully, receiving a few pictures of your Troubie’s first day of school. Feel free to send me your pictures, so I can share them on our social media sites. 

I’m sure you know that regardless of the current situation we find ourselves in, our faculty and staff are committed to supporting your daughters in the upcoming school year. We are stronger together, and we’ll get through any challenges together. 

As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, I leave you with our school year theme and prayer, “We belong to each other,” from St. Teresa of Calcutta. 

Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your spirit.
Lord, free us and make us one. Amen.

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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Guardian Angel 2020-21 Peer Team Summer Training

St. Francis High School’s 2020-2021 Guardian Angel Peer Team met today via zoom. They are taking part in training to help get prepared for the school year ahead. The Guardian Angels along with our Wellness Team are really excited to reconnect with you all, and of course meet our new Troubadours! 

Alumna Aine Colgan, Class of 2019, wrote a wonderful article for the 2019 Winter Pax Magazine about the SFHS Guardian Angels, and her experience as a member. Here is a little excerpt: “The “Guardian Angels” peer team is a dedicated group of Troubies who have been trained to help classmates address conflicts and provide support for them as they face the pressures in life. The peer team’s goal is to support, enhance and overall help improve students lives via a peer sisterhood experience here at St. Francis Catholic High School.”  Check out the Full article below

PS: Keep any eye out for more from our Guardian Angels & Troubies can contact our wellness team with questions 

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/07/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Our faculty returned to campus this week and have been busy preparing for the upcoming school year. There is a lot of excitement to engage in teaching/learning with your daughters, even though the start of the school year will look different. Nonetheless, our faculty and staff are prepared to thrive in this new COVID-19 reality to deliver a rich educational experience you expect of St. Francis Catholic High School.  

As we celebrate our 80th anniversary this year, we look forward to continuing the legacy of educating young women in the Sacramento region with a world-class education and instilling our four pillars of faith, excellence, leadership, and service. As students return to campus in cars for orientation, they’ll see some beautiful new signage welcoming them back and celebrating this milestone anniversary!

Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to work on re-imagining events, activities, and traditions that many of our alumnae remember about St. Francis. We’ll creatively make this school year memorable and special for all of our Troubies and their families. Our community is robust, and one of our hallmarks is the care we take and show each other. 

For the time being, please keep the faith, and know that God works in mysterious ways. We will get through this challenge together. Your daughter/s will be stronger and more resilient because of our collective efforts. 

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 7/31/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

We are a few days away from our faculty/staff returning to campus to prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Regardless of the current COVID-19 situation and commencing the school year via distance learning,  I know that our faculty/staff is excited to reconnect with your daughters and provide an enriching educational experience.

There’s a variety of scheduled meetings next week that will bring our faculty/staff up to speed on our reopening plan, as well as COVID safety protocols. If you’ve reached out to teachers or guidance counselors over the summer break, please be patient, they have a lot of emails/voicemails to respond to, but rest assured they will get back to you.

Also, due to the current Sacramento County Public Health Order, we remain on the county watch list which prevents us from doing certain events in large numbers. Due to these restrictions, we’ve had to re-envision our freshmen/transfer student welcome, and additional class orientation days. That week is still in planning flux and more information will be coming next week. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we adjust to this ever-changing situation. 

We are working diligently behind the scenes to re-imagine events, activities, and traditions to preserve the fond memories that many of our students and alumnae cherish about their St. Francis experience. We’ll continue to think creatively to make this school year memorable and special for all of our Troubies. 

Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for the start of another memorable school year. 

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 7/24/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

I realize the announcement that we would be starting the 2020-2021 school year via Distance Learning was not what many of you had hoped. I’ve heard from several parents over the past few days about their concerns regarding this virtual learning model. I agree with you that there is no substitution for in-person instruction. Nonetheless, our amazing faculty/staff spent the last quarter of the school year learning and being nimble to adjust to this new teaching modality. Due to that experience, they are now even better prepared and equipped to make the transition once again and have spent some time this summer preparing for this new COVID-19 reality. I cannot thank them enough for the labor and love that has gone into this planning and re-planning, even as they also are mourning the opportunity to be in-person with their students and making adjustments for their own families.

As we continue to work with the Diocese and Sacramento County Health Office to monitor the situation, you have my assurance that we will continue to provide a robust academic experience and faith-filled Catholic education for your daughter.  Whatever transpires over the coming weeks, know that we are committed to supporting your daughter through any challenges, no matter what those look like. 

I thank you for your continued support, as we continue to navigate the ripples created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are a faith community, and I know that we will get through this together.

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