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Principal’s Newsletter 8/13/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are so blessed to have all of our Troubies back on campus. It has been a busy week for everyone, but the energy and enthusiasm your daughters brought back to school this week was contagious.

As we continue to acclimate to a more normal routine, I ask that you check-in with your daughters. Returning to school in-person is something we’ve all been looking forward to for the past 17-months, but it can be a little overwhelming. Reassure your daughters, and let them know that acclimating to a new routine is normal, and encourage them to speak with you or seek assistance from our Wellness and/or Guidance Department. We are here to help and want them to feel supported as we begin a new academic year. 

While we care about your daughters mental and emotional well-being, we also care about their physical health. This past week, we identified some students that recently tested positive to COVID-19 and have been able to isolate them at home before returning to school. It’s important that students stay home if they are showing any cold/flu-like symptoms that may be early indicators of COVID (i.e. fatigue, cough, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, fever, loss of taste or smell, etc.). Similarly, we will keep you informed of any COVID exposure that may occur while your daughters are on campus. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in keeping our students, faculty and staff safe. 

Lastly, I’d like to remind you that next Thursday, August 19th, is our annual Back to School Night. I hope you’re able to join us. 

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 8/06/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! As we continue to emerge from the uncertainty of a global pandemic, we are blessed to have new and returning families with excited Troubies back on our campus. While there is a lot of excitement reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, there can also be some nervousness or anxiety adjusting to a new routine. As adults, we know these feelings are temporary and will most certainly disappear in the coming days.  We ask that you check-in with your Troubie/s and reassure them that acclimating to a new routine is quite normal, and encourage them to speak with you at home or seek assistance from our Wellness and/or Guidance Department if they feel the need. Know that we are here to help!

Additionally, I know that students and parents may have questions and concerns about returning to campus with the recent spike in COVID numbers. Please know that our Diocese and member schools have been preparing all summer to put in place a safe return to school plan that incorporates the guidelines put forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) Department to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. I encourage you to review the linked SFHS Safe Return to School Blueprint to familiarize yourselves with our COVID protocols. As we continue to receive guidance from federal, state, and county health agencies, we will modify the plan with the most up to date information. 

I look forward to welcoming all of our students next week and hope to see you for an in-person Back to School Night on Thursday, August 19th.

As we begin the new school year, I leave you with this opening prayer. 

Dear Lord, I petition on behalf of our children and the school they attend. Assign your warring angels to protect and keep them safe within this school year. Help them not to doubt or fear, but to be strong in You and in the power of Your might. Teach them to exercise confidence in You. Let this school year be one of safety, peace, love and comfort. In Jesus’ name we pray. 

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 5/28/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we officially close the 2020-2021 school year, I want to recognize the resilience and grit demonstrated by all of our Troubies, as well as the amazing St Francis faculty and staff that pivoted more times than I’d like to count over the past 14 months. I am also thankful for the endless support parents, grandparents, and family members invested to help our students get to the end of the school year. I know this past year was not easy for any of us, and I praise God for his unwavering protection of our school community. 

While this may be my last newsletter for the academic year, please know that we’ll begin preparations for the 2021-2022 school year almost immediately. There is a lot to accomplish in the next two months, but rest assured that the entire St. Francis faculty and staff look forward to welcoming your daughters when they return in the fall.

I will provide updates during the summer as additional guidance is published by federal, state, and local agencies, as they pertain to reopening schools in the fall. 

I wish you all a restful and relaxing summer, and wherever your travels take you, may God watch over you and bring you home safely. 

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

News

Guardian Angel 2020-21 Peer Team Summer Training

St. Francis High School’s 2020-2021 Guardian Angel Peer Team met today via zoom. They are taking part in training to help get prepared for the school year ahead. The Guardian Angels along with our Wellness Team are really excited to reconnect with you all, and of course meet our new Troubadours! 

Alumna Aine Colgan, Class of 2019, wrote a wonderful article for the 2019 Winter Pax Magazine about the SFHS Guardian Angels, and her experience as a member. Here is a little excerpt: “The “Guardian Angels” peer team is a dedicated group of Troubies who have been trained to help classmates address conflicts and provide support for them as they face the pressures in life. The peer team’s goal is to support, enhance and overall help improve students lives via a peer sisterhood experience here at St. Francis Catholic High School.”  Check out the Full article below

PS: Keep any eye out for more from our Guardian Angels & Troubies can contact our wellness team with questions