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Principal’s Newsletter 12/17/21

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

Can you believe we are halfway through the 2021-2022 academic year?  The past few months have flown by, and we are now all ready for a much needed break. Since this will be the last Principal’s Newsletter of 2021, I would like to congratulate the Class of 2025 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 17th through Monday, January 3rd, in observance of the Christmas Holiday. Tuesday, January 4th is a faculty/staff workday, and school will be back in session on Wednesday, January 5th.

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 12/10/21

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

As this week comes to a close, I would like to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and sacrifice our Troubies have made throughout this fall semester. I know returning to full in-person instruction took some acclimation for some students. I am optimistic our Troubies’ efforts and hardwork will be rewarded in the upcoming week of final exams. 

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

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 12/03/21

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back, and I hope you had a peaceful and bountiful Thanksgiving break with friends and family.

It’s hard to believe it’s December and final exams are only a week away!   During this time of the semester, it’s only natural for our Troubies to be nervous and perhaps a little anxious about the upcoming exams. Please encourage your daughter to plan ahead, study in a quiet, 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 11/26/21

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope you had a bountiful Thanksgiving Day. I hope 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

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Principal’s Newsletter 11/19/21

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday next week, it’s important to pause and reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. Sometimes we take for granted all that we have and don’t appreciate those things we cherish the most until they are gone.

Given the challenges we’ve all experienced over the past 19-months, I think it is an opportune time to take stock of our many blessings, and express our gratitude to our family members, friends, neighbors, or those silent contributors that support us each and every day. 

As an acknowledgement of our patron saint and the life of humility and service he led, remember that our gratitude should be expressed in more than just words, it should be demonstrated by the actions and the life we live. 

On this Friday afternoon, as we think of those affected by the terrible pandemic, I invite you to read and reflect on the Prayer of St. Francis.

Lord, 

Make me an instrument of your peace,
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. 
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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 11/12/21

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we observe the Veteran’s Day holiday, let us remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect our country. We also pray for those currently serving and in harm’s way.  May God bless them, watch over them, and bring them home safe to their loved ones.

Today, if you have a family member, neighbor or friend who has served, or is serving, thank them for their unselfish service, personal sacrifice, and unwavering dedication to preserve our freedoms and the ideals of this great country.  

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