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Principal’s Newsletter 1/15/21

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, given our current circumstances. 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 -11th grade students with an overview on the upcoming course registration process for the 2021-2022 school year. Seniors have already realized their time at St. Francis is quickly coming to an end and are looking ahead to next fall.  In the coming week, senior parents will be receiving additional information about senior events and what to expect for graduation events. Please stay tuned. 

Also, as a follow-up reminder from yesterday, our new COVID screening days/times are the following moving forward:

The Red Cohort will be testing this Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

The Gold Cohort will be testing on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

I realize this is not ideal for everyone, but it is the best solution that allows us to continue with weekly COVID screening for all students, faculty, and staff.  In addition, please bear in mind that our two medical providers have increased their involvement in the Diocese by agreeing to screen other Catholic feeder schools. Juggling their availability and that of their staff is not easy, and we are extremely grateful for their continued support and flexibility.

I am acutely aware that any new change creates a ripple effect across all of our households that inadvertently creates more stress and anxiety for our Troubies. That is not my intent, and we will continue to look ahead to minimize changes that are within our control. 

I extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your patience and understanding as we continue to pivot and make mid-year adjustments. I ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers and pray that this terrible pandemic gets eradicated soon. May God continue to bless you and protect all of your families. 

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 1/08/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back, and I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and restful New Year!  It is hard to believe we are in the second-half of the 2020-2021 school year. I know the two weeks of Christmas break probably moved at a different pace, but now that school is back in session, a sense of normalcy should return to your households. The remaining months of this semester are going to move quite rapidly, and it’s important that we remind our students to plan ahead, stay on target, and not procrastinate. 

As the pace of the semester picks-up, we also want to ensure that our Troubies utilize the various support systems we have in place at St. Francis, such as asking teachers for assistance, signing up for tutoring, working with Guidance and/or Wellness counselors to decrease some of the inherent anxiety that happens toward the end of the semester. Given everything we’ve been dealing with since last March 2020, it is even more important that we continue to work together to support our students. As St. Teresa of Calcutta reminds us, we belong to each other.

While we are still dealing with the impact of COVID, we are continuing to plan some special events to celebrate our 80th Anniversary, albeit, in a different fashion. We’ll host our first-ever Curbside Crab Feed on Saturday, January 30th, and a virtual Revelry Auction on Saturday, March 6th. Additional information are in the articles below.  As always, thank you for your continued support of our students and school. 

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 12/18/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Can you believe we are halfway through the 2020-21 school year?  The past few months have been long and challenging for everyone and we are ready for a much needed break!  Since this will be the last Principal’s Newsletter of 2020, I would like to congratulate the Class of 2024, for successfully completing their first high school final exams! I know the whole process of taking final exams can be a little intimidating, but all of our Troubies showed their mettle and rose to the occasion. Well done!

As we begin the Christmas break, I would like to remind you that St. Francis will be closed from the afternoon of Friday, December 18th through Monday, January 4th. We are encouraging faculty and staff to take this time to focus on what’s most important right now: faith, health, and family.  We hope you will be able to do the same. School will be back in session on Tuesday, January 5th via Distance Learning. We will resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 11th for our Red Cohort.  

On behalf of the St. Francis faculty and staff, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New 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 12/11/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

As this week comes to a close, I would like to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice our students, faculty, and staff have made throughout this fall semester. This year has been like no other and through it all, they’ve maintained a keen focus on their studies, while dealing with the uncertainty of a global pandemic. I know their efforts will be rewarded in the upcoming week of final exams and beyond.

Please encourage your daughter(s) to study wisely over the weekend, and to get adequate rest on Sunday night. 

I offer the following prayer as our students prepare for final exams.

Lord, I know you are with me and love me. Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study. Help me to focus on my books and notes. Keep me from all distractions, so that I will make the best use of this time that is available to me.

Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying, and help me to remember it when the time comes. Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study and for the many gifts and talents you have given me. Help me always to use them in such a way that they honor you, and do justice to myself. 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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Principal’s Newsletter 12/04/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back, and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

It’s hard to believe that it’s now December, and final exams are only a week away!   During this time of the semester, and especially this year, it’s only natural for our Troubies to be nervous and perhaps a little anxious about their upcoming exams. Please encourage your daughter to plan ahead, study in a quiet and dedicated place, avoid digital device distractions, eat and hydrate appropriately, and most importantly, get adequate rest before finals week. Remind her that memorizing or cramming all of the material at once usually doesn’t bring about the best results or learning. Finding balance is key, and students should reward learning with purposeful breaks to recharge.

Also, with finals looming, there may be an uptick in students feeling the need to resort to unwise study methods that do not meet our Academic Honesty standards.  My recommendation is that students use the resources available to them (i.e. teachers, tutors, parents, study guides, peer study sessions, etc.). This is the perfect time to strategize a study plan prior to final exams.

Know that we care about the physical and mental well-being of our students, and we want them to be successful!

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 11/27/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope you had a bountiful Thanksgiving Day, and that you enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. May God continue to bless you all and be ever-present in your lives during times of joy and especially during challenging moments.

Thank you, God, for all your blessings to our extended St. Francis family, for the strength you give us each day, and for all the people around us who make life more meaningful.

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