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Principal’s Newsletter 7/31/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

We are a few days away from our faculty/staff returning to campus to prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Regardless of the current COVID-19 situation and commencing the school year via distance learning,  I know that our faculty/staff is excited to reconnect with your daughters and provide an enriching educational experience.

There’s a variety of scheduled meetings next week that will bring our faculty/staff up to speed on our reopening plan, as well as COVID safety protocols. If you’ve reached out to teachers or guidance counselors over the summer break, please be patient, they have a lot of emails/voicemails to respond to, but rest assured they will get back to you.

Also, due to the current Sacramento County Public Health Order, we remain on the county watch list which prevents us from doing certain events in large numbers. Due to these restrictions, we’ve had to re-envision our freshmen/transfer student welcome, and additional class orientation days. That week is still in planning flux and more information will be coming next week. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we adjust to this ever-changing situation. 

We are working diligently behind the scenes to re-imagine events, activities, and traditions to preserve the fond memories that many of our students and alumnae cherish about their St. Francis experience. We’ll continue to think creatively to make this school year memorable and special for all of our Troubies. 

Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for the start of another memorable 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 7/24/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

I realize the announcement that we would be starting the 2020-2021 school year via Distance Learning was not what many of you had hoped. I’ve heard from several parents over the past few days about their concerns regarding this virtual learning model. I agree with you that there is no substitution for in-person instruction. Nonetheless, our amazing faculty/staff spent the last quarter of the school year learning and being nimble to adjust to this new teaching modality. Due to that experience, they are now even better prepared and equipped to make the transition once again and have spent some time this summer preparing for this new COVID-19 reality. I cannot thank them enough for the labor and love that has gone into this planning and re-planning, even as they also are mourning the opportunity to be in-person with their students and making adjustments for their own families.

As we continue to work with the Diocese and Sacramento County Health Office to monitor the situation, you have my assurance that we will continue to provide a robust academic experience and faith-filled Catholic education for your daughter.  Whatever transpires over the coming weeks, know that we are committed to supporting your daughter through any challenges, no matter what those look like. 

I thank you for your continued support, as we continue to navigate the ripples created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are a faith community, and I know that we will get through this together.

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 7/17/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

It is hard to believe that we are less than a month away from the start of the 2020-2021 school year. With the announcements that were made this week by local area school districts, I know many new questions have arisen about what St. Francis will be doing in the fall. 

Given Governor Newsom’s announcement today, we will be reviewing the new California Department of Public Health guidelines regarding the reopening of schools.  Please read our Superintendent’s message regarding today’s announcement.  Memorandum from Superintendent Lincoln Snyder, July 17, 2020

We will be fully prepared to implement any of the three options outlined in our Safe Return to School Plan. While it remains our hope to try to have students and faculty on campus in a safe manner as much as possible, we recognize that the new coronavirus can alter our plans at a moment’s notice. We will always defer to the safest and best choice available to us. The flexibility of the plan is that we can transition from our Synchronous Hybrid Learning Model to a full 100% Instructor-Led Distance Learning Model as and when needed.  

Regardless of what our state or county leaders decide about the reopening plans for private schools, we will continue to provide a robust academic education and St. Francis experience in a faith-filled environment. Whatever transpires over the coming days and weeks, know that we are committed to supporting your daughter through any challenges, no matter what those look like. We are a faith community that you and your daughter/s can depend on. 

Four months ago, we didn’t know that we would still be dealing with rising COVID-19 cases, much less contemplating another possible semester of Distance Learning. We still don’t know all that the next four months will bring, but I want you to know that we are committed to making the upcoming school year impactful and meaningful for our students and you. We are a community, and I am optimistic that we’ll be together again soon. May God continue to bless you and your family!

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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Back to School Checklist 7/13/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

We are excited and preparing for the return of your daughter/s in a matter of weeks. I hope you’re enjoying the time away and enjoying some restful and relaxing summertime adventures. While it’s almost mid-July, there are still plenty of summer days to enjoy. We are actively planning for your safe return to campus given the uncertainty of COVID-19.  Even though the situation remains fluid, I am optimistically looking forward to another great year at St. Francis, and I hope you are as well.

I also extend a heartfelt welcome to all of our new families of the Class of 2024 and transfer families! We know your daughter is excited to begin her high school experience and know she is going to love St. Francis once she arrives.

As a school community, we can’t wait to have your daughter on campus on the first day of school, Monday, August 17th. We look forward to seeing her walk through our hallways and filling Serra Court with her youthful energy and Troubie spirit. It is our mission to help every student feel welcomed, connected, and a part of our St. Francis family. Additionally, we will continue to challenge each student to develop her God-given gifts and talents, and to exemplify the religious foundations of our four pillars – faith, excellence, leadership, and service.

Please see the attached “Back to School Checklist” for 2020. It contains important links and information about the upcoming school year.  View PDF here: Back To School Checklist 2020.

I look forward to seeing you in the fall, and I pray that God keeps you and your families safe and healthy during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us as we begin a new school year together.

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 7/10/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

I can’t believe we are already into the month of July, and we are a few short weeks away from beginning the 2020-2021 school year. My administrative team has been extremely busy preparing for the safe return of our students, faculty, and staff in August. A lot of refinements continue to be made around student schedules, balancing Red/Gold cohorts, community lunches, and extracurricular activities.

Last week, I included a parent survey soliciting feedback from families about carpooling or special considerations as we finalize our Red/Gold cohorts. If you have not done so already, please complete the survey by Monday, July 13th at 5:00 p.m. We will use this information to finalize our schedule. Again, please know that we are looking at well over 500 individual requests and may not be able to accommodate all of these requests.

Since we released our Safe Return to School Plan on June 26, 2020, we continue to monitor the guidelines published or updated by federal, state, and local government agencies. In the coming days, we’ll be releasing an addendum to our Safe Return to School Plan in next week’s Principal’s Newsletter, providing you with additional information about the 2020-2021 school year. 

The health and safety of our students, families, and staff is always our primary concern, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. As a faculty and staff, we are especially empathetic to our students who are missing some of the traditional St. Francis High School experiences. Our goal is to continue to support the whole student – academically, socially, and emotionally – and we are working to reimagine and recreate as many of these experiences as possible. We are aware of the mental toll that this transition may take, and our Wellness, Campus Ministry, and Guidance teams are continuously collecting support resources for our community. They will be ready to serve your daughter when school resumes in August.

I thank you for your continued support as we continue to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I pray that you and your families continue to enjoy a safe and healthy summer break.

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 7/03/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope you’re all doing well and preparing for a different 4th of July holiday weekend. 

Last week, I shared St. Francis’ Safe Return to School Plan. I know that several of you have reviewed it already, as I have received some questions about the Synchronous Hybrid Learning Model.

Just to clarify, each student group or cohort, will meet on campus for two consecutive school days, followed by two Distance Learning days.  When the Red Group is on campus, the Gold Group will be accessing class via our distance learning platform, and vice versa.  As the schedule rotates throughout the semester, each student cohort will be on campus the same number of days.  The hybrid learning model maximizes the student instructional minutes and student-teacher contact points, while maintaining the health and safety of our school community.  The benefit of this hybrid learning model is that teachers will be able to see all of their students in class two to three times per week, in order to get to know them, and develop a rapport that is not easily developed remotely. 

This being said, some parents have requested that special consideration be given for carpooling families, seniors, and friend groups. Unfortunately, at this time, this is not something that I can guarantee, but please know that we are looking at several options to ensure we divide the student body in a fair and equitable manner. Click HERE for a parent survey that will help us make our decisions as we finalize our Red/Gold schedules for our expected return to campus this fall. 

Thank you for your input and continued support, as we continue to navigate the implications created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

I pray that you have a safe and healthy holiday weekend surrounded by those you love.

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