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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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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