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Principal’s Newsletter 8/12/22
A Message from our President

Dr. Fadia Desmond

Dear St. Francis Families,

It was with excited anticipation that we awaited the first day of school and your daughter’s arrival on campus. School came alive on Wednesday morning with the warm and enthusiastic welcome students received from their student leadership, faculty, and staff. The energy on campus was palpable and culminated in the first day of school tradition of our entire student body gathering in the gym for the Welcome Rally (I think my ears are still ringing from it!). The warmth and energy that emanated across campus was apparent in so many ways – juniors and seniors helping our newest Troubies find their homerooms, faculty and staff out and about on campus greeting new and returning students, and an overwhelming sense of joy to start the school year all together.

How appropriate that yesterday was the Feast Day of St. Clare, one of the most prominent female saints and a dedicated friend to St. Francis. Although St. Clare was a follower of St. Francis, she was a leader in her own right. St. Clare was thought to be the first woman in the history of the church to write her own rule, or guidelines for the religious life of the order she founded. I can’t help but think of our Troubies when I think of St. Clare – paving their own way on campus, navigating a landscape of opportunity, realizing their strengths and talents, and actualizing who God is calling them to be. Your daughters are a force of positivity and energy and our school is blessed to have them on campus.

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum,

Dr. Fadia Desmond
President

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Principal’s Newsletter 8/05/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

It is hard to believe we are only a few days away from the start of the 2022-23 school year! The faculty and staff returned this week and are eagerly anticipating the return of our Troubies.

A lot of work has gone into preparing our campus for your daughter/s return, and I’m thankful to all of the individuals that have gone above and beyond to make this annual transformation possible. We are blessed to have amazing facilities, and I hope you’re able to witness it for yourselves when attending some of the upcoming events, beginning with our Freshman Family Mass on Friday, August 12, and our Back to School Night on Thursday, August 25. 

I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming weeks and pray the new school year is enriching and joy-filled for our new and returning 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 7/22/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

I can’t believe the month of July is quickly coming to an end, and the start of the academic school year is only three weeks away. This being said, we are looking forward to seeing our students back on campus as we missed the energy they bring to our school. I am also excited to welcome the Class of 2026 and know they will embrace our school spirit and traditions.

I hope the remaining weeks of summer break are fruitful and filled with fond memories of adventure, travels, and good company. We await the return of our Troubies on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 10th, and anticipate another successful school 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 5/20/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

Yesterday, our graduates, along with their families and friends, gathered at Memorial Auditorium for our 80th Commencement Ceremony. This beautiful and holy occasion honored the Class of 2022 as the culminating event of an amazing four years of faith, excellence, leadership, and service. The 254 graduates, dressed in white robes, crossed the stage to validate all of their hard work and perseverance. I am proud of all they have accomplished, and know each will leave St. Francis, a model of Pax et Bonum, as she embarks on new adventures. Congratulations to the Class of 2022 and their families!

As we graduate a class, it is also my pleasure to welcome the Class of 2026 to St. Francis, as they begin their four-year journey with us. While this may be my last newsletter for the academic year, please know the entire St. Francis faculty and staff look forward to welcoming your daughters when they return in the fall. 

Whatever your summer plans may be, and wherever your travels take you, may God watch over you and bring you safely home. 

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 5/13/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

This has been an emotional week for a lot of our students as we continue to process  the tragic loss of two community members. But there were some tears of joy as we celebrated our Farewell Mass on Monday, in which we said goodbye to our graduating class of 2022! On Wednesday evening, we welcomed our new senior class at the Junior Commissioning Mass, passing the leadership baton to next year’s Senior Class, the Maries.  These beautiful and holy traditions mark important milestones that our girls will remember for years to come. We are honored and blessed to be able to hold these events in person after two years of social isolation and COVID restriction. If we’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s the importance of community and coming together to celebrate our faith and school traditions. 

With final exams beginning today, I ask that you keep our Troubies in your prayers, that they do their best on these assessments, and finish the 2021-2022 school year strong!

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 5/06/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

This week was filled with emotion for a lot of our students. With the remaining three weeks of school, end of year events, things are becoming more real for our graduating Class of 2022 and the rest of our students. We have our Farewell Mass on Monday, May 9th and our Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10th, in which we say goodbye to our graduating seniors and recognize and honor the accomplishments of our students. On Wednesday May 11th, we’ll welcome our new senior class at the Junior Commissioning Mass, passing the leadership baton to the mighty Maries. These beautiful and holy traditions in the life of a St. Francis Troubadour mark important milestones that our girls and their families will remember for many years to come. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful students, parents, and extended school community.

With final exams beginning next week, I ask that you keep our Troubies in your prayers, that they do their best on these assessments and finish the 2021-2022 school year strong!

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