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Principal’s Newsletter 3/12/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

We are officially into the 4th Quarter and last quarter of the semester. We’re also just two weeks away from Easter Break and when we come back, things will begin to move a lot faster.

Please continue to motivate your daughter/s and plan ahead to submit assignments, make-up assessments, and reach out to their teachers and Guidance Counselors if needed. This year more than ever, we want them to enjoy their Easter break before they return to finish off the semester.

Thank you to all of the parents that completed our Return to 4-Day-A-Week In-Person Instruction Survey earlier this week. We received 811 responses as of Wednesday, March 10th, and we’ll begin to prioritize the students that met the requirement criteria. 

Again, in order to be considered for returning to campus four days a week, all families must commit to their daughter being here all four days and to Sunday COVID screening.  The survey was not a guarantee that your daughter would automatically be assigned back to campus four days a week.

Your survey information will be taken into consideration by the Administrative team, along with the following minimum requirements:

  • Those students who have actively been on campus at least 50% of the time since January 5th, 2021.
  • Those students who will commit to attending the four days each week.
  • Students previously identified with Health or Academic needs.
  • Students who will commit to COVID testing on Sundays.
  • Additional priority will be given seniors/freshmen based on available capacity.

Given that COVID numbers are decreasing, and Sacramento County is still waiting to be downgraded from the Purple to Red Tier, we are making preparations to bring more students back to campus as soon as Monday, March 22nd. Additional information will be forthcoming in the coming days as we finalize our plans. 

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 3/05/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

This week marks the end of 3rd Quarter and the start of the last quarter of the semester, as well as course registration for the 2021-2022 academic year. The remaining 10-weeks of this semester are going to move pretty quickly, and I ask that you keep an eye on the calendar and subsequent announcements to stay on top of all the end of year events.

Not that I’m counting, but Easter Break is only three weeks away! While it may appear to be too distant, it will be here before we know it. Please continue to motivate your daughter/s to get them to that much needed break. Encourage them to plan ahead, and reach out to their teachers and Guidance counselors if needed. In that way, they can enjoy the break before they return to finish off the semester.

Given that COVID numbers are decreasing and as we await Sacramento County to be downgraded from the Purple to Red Tier, we are making plans to bring more students back to campus, especially those who’ve been attending regularly with their respective Red and Gold Cohort over the last two months. Additional information will be forthcoming in the coming days as we finalize our plans. 

On this third Friday of the Lenten Season, I hope your acts of abstinence and fasting bring you closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

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 2/26/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we close out this week, I want to encourage you to check-in with your daughter/s to see how they’re doing and processing the events of the week. This is an opportune time to sit and discuss as a family how we grapple with difficult issues, when they arise, as well as seek out reconciliation. If your daughter needs support, please have her reach out to our Wellness counselors. 

We will be returning to Hybrid Learning next week, and the Red Cohort will be screened this Sunday afternoon as previously scheduled, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students that have a negative COVID result will be allowed on campus Monday and Tuesday. The Gold Cohort will be screened on Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Those with a negative COVID result will be allowed on campus Thursday and Friday. 

Lastly, we are seeing some students that are in the Red and Gold Cohorts not attending regularly. Our expectation is that students in either cohort attend their corresponding two days. Students who are designated in the Red or Gold Cohort and not participating regularly, will be moved to permanent Distance Learning status to make room for the other students who want to be on campus. 

In the coming weeks, as Sacramento County moves into a lower tier, we’ll be exploring the possibility of bringing more students back onto our campus. As I receive more information from the county, I will let you know. 

I pray that you and your families have a restful and relaxing weekend.

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 2/19/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

I am writing to you this afternoon to alert you to a situation between two students that was handled within the scope of our policies and procedures, but unfortunately became the subject of a social media campaign and local news reports.  We are addressing this swiftly and directly with all involved.

The recent actions taken by a student were completely unacceptable, and we are disheartened by this behavior. The student’s actions were addressed immediately, and the disciplinary measures were in accordance with the SFHS Racial Reconciliation Plan and SFHS Student Policy.  We will do everything to protect the identities of all our minor students, including the individuals involved in this matter.  

We will continue to honor the commitment we made to create change within our community and support healing within our students and families of color. We continue to lead an environment of understanding, empathy, and compassion within our staff and community by putting reconciliation at the forefront. 

Please direct any questions or concerns to the administrative team who are handling this situation.  Please pray for our Lord’s healing and mercy in all of this.

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 2/12/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

Earlier this week, official acceptance letters were mailed out to our newest Troubies and their families. The class of 2025 will officially become St. Francis Troubadours when they register for classes on March 10, 2021. We are excited to welcome all of our new families, and we look forward to a fun, faith-filled, and rewarding four years together.

I hope you have a wonderful Presidents’ Day Holiday, and get some time to enjoy the three-day weekend. We look forward to next week, as we observe our annual Staffulty Appreciation Week, in which we celebrate our faculty & staff for their commitment to educating all of your daughters.  Given everything we’ve endured over the past 11-months, it is even more important to recognize the commitment of our faculty & staff. 

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.

Lastly, don’t forget that due to the Presidents’ Day Holiday, we are moving COVID screening to Monday, February 15 from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. to provide families with an uninterrupted three-day weekend. I appreciate your continued flexibility and understanding as we navigate the challenges of our current situation.

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 2/05/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

The month of February is here. While the spring semester is still relatively new, 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 lose sight of the finish line, whether it be graduation or completing their respective grade level. If they need extra support, encourage them to reach out to their teachers, Guidance, or Wellness counselors. 

Looking ahead to the coming week, there are some changes to the COVID screening process that I’d like to share with you, as it will impact the Red Cohort students and their families. This weekend, due to the Super Bowl, Sunday’s screening has been moved up to 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to provide families with an opportunity to enjoy the game.  Also, with next weekend being Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day Holiday, we are moving screening to Monday, February 15 from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. to provide families with an uninterrupted three-day weekend. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to navigate the challenges of our current situation.

I pray that you and your families have a restful and relaxing weekend.

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