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Principal’s Newsletter 2/21/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

This was a short week. It’s hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of February, along with the end of the 3rd Quarter on March 6th. We are cognizant that this time of year brings some added stress, as Christian Service hours are due on Friday, February 28th. Please reassure your daughter that there is still time to improve her overall grade/s, and that meeting with teachers now is better than waiting until the end of the semester.  

Also, I would like to remind our sophomore families that this Sunday, February 23rd, is our Sophomore Family Mass.  We prepare our Class of 2022 for the transition to junior year, as they participate in the ceremonial blessing of their pins and/or rings. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Lastly, I have an important reminder for our current junior families.  This coming Tuesday, February 25th, your daughter will be taking the ACT with writing from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

In order for us to begin the examination on time, it is imperative that your daughter be on campus no later than 7:45 a.m.  Please remember that due to testing security, we will require that all cell phones, smart watches, and other digital devices be turned off until the examination is over. 

Due to the ACT examination, 9th, 10th, and 12th graders will not attend classes on February 25th. 

May God continue to bless your daughters and give them courage to be a force of Pax et Bonum here at St. Francis, and wherever else He may call them to be. 

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/14/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Earlier this week, official acceptance letters went out to our new Troubies and their families. The class of 2024 will come to St. Francis in a few short weeks to register for their classes. We are excited to welcome all of our new families. We look forward to a fun, faith-filled, and rewarding four years together.

I hope you have a wonderful Presidents Holiday, and enjoy the three-day weekend. We look forward to the coming week, as we observe our Faculty Appreciation Week. It is a week in which we celebrate our faculty and staff for their commitment to educating all of your daughters. 

Dear Lord, thank you for the gifted faculty and staff that have given their talents to educating our young women. We thank them for their hard work and dedication, and we pray that they may continue to work in support of our school community.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 2/07/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

The month of February is here. While the sunny weather is a little misleading, it is not spring yet. There are 14 weeks left of this academic year, and there is plenty of work to do in the remaining weeks of the semester. Let’s encourage our Troubies to keep their eyes on the prize and not to lose sight of the finish line, whether it be graduation or completing their respective grade level.

Looking ahead to next week, Valentine’s Day is next Friday, February 14th. Several of our students will begin to ask about balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, chocolates, and other items be delivered to the school. Unfortunately, we do not accept any deliveries for students due to health and safety concerns. We are also unable to store them in the front office. We encourage our students to celebrate after school and/or have those items delivered to their home address. We appreciate your understanding, and I hope all of our Troubies feel loved and appreciated on Valentine’s Day.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/31/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Thank you for supporting Catholic education and being our educational partners. Pax et Bonum week, is our way of joining Catholic schools across the country in recognizing the value of Catholic education. Throughout the week our students enjoyed participating in some fun dress-up themes and planned lunch time activities.  We especially enjoyed seeing you, parents and grandparents, participate in our Pax et Bonum Mass on Wednesday, as well as our culminating event of the week, SWAP (Switch with a Parent) Day. It was great to see so many parents/grandparents involved, experiencing their daughter’s/granddaughter’s classes in a fun and memorable way. Your daughter/granddaughter was able to sleep in and enjoy a day off from school.

We look forward to seeing you again next year and appreciate those parents that were able to spend half of their day with us.

I also hope to see some of you tomorrow evening at our sold-out Crab Feed! Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. 

May God continue to bless our school community.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/24/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen more traffic on surface roads around St. Francis, St. Mary’s, and Phoebe Hearst Elementary. With increased traffic, some of our more novice drivers may not be equipped to navigate narrow roads, cars parked along the curb, pedestrians, etc. If you have a new driver in your household, please remind her to obey the posted speed limit and other traffic laws, as well as being vigilant of younger students walking or riding their bicycles to school. A few extra seconds can prevent a tragedy, and save someone’s life.   

As a reminder, next week is our annual Pax et Bonum week, in which we celebrate the blessings of Catholic Schools. We have some fun events scheduled for our students. I invite you to participate in our Pax et Bonum Mass on Wednesday, January 29th, and our annual SWAP Day on Friday, January 31st.  I look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events.

In the spirit of the upcoming week, I offer the following reflective prayer:

Good and gracious God,

We give you thanks for the many blessings you have given us through our families: through our parents, our primary educators in the faith; through our siblings, who walk with us on our earthly journey; and through all who guard and guide us in your light and your truth.

We pray you will continue to inspire our families, so that our devotion to you, and our care for one another, may be a visible sign of your conditional love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 1/17/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we finish the second week of the second half of the academic year, your daughters are tackling the new year with enthusiasm. Looking ahead to the remaining months of this semester, there are plenty of events taking place. In-class counselor presentations have already begun, providing 9th through 11th-grade students with an overview of the upcoming course registration process for the 2020-2021 school year. Seniors are slowly starting to realize that their time at St. Francis is quickly coming to an end, and they are looking ahead to new experiences and adventures. 

In the coming weeks, we have several important events taking place. We ask that you monitor your email and our social media sites, so you can stay connected with all of the fun and exciting community events we’ll be celebrating.  We’ll kick off Pax et Bonum week on January 27th, culminating with our Parent SWAP Day on Friday, January 31st, and close out the week with our annual Crab Feed on Saturday, February 1st. 

I extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for choosing St. Francis Catholic High School, and more importantly, for supporting Catholic education and allowing us to be your partners in forming strong young women.

Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal