Principal Newsletter Archives

Email blast

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

Email blast

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

Email blast

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

Email blast

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

Email blast

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

Email blast

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