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Teacher Retreat - No School
May 28 Memorial Day
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First Day of School
Nov 19 - 23 Thanksgiving
 Break
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May 31
8th Grade Graduation
June 14
Last Day of School
Caught Being Good!
Liliana 2B
Emerson 3B
Lucian 1B
April 11, 2018

Dear St. Francis of Assisi Parents and Guardians,

I hope you had a joyful Easter that included time for rest and relaxation with your loved ones.  

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It's a glorious reminder of God's transformative love.  The Easter story is a "re" story about the renewal of faith, hope, love, and promise.  As I was thinking about the meaning of Easter in the life of our school, the prefix "re" took on additional meaning - refresh, restore, reframe, rebound, refocus - all powerful words that express different parts of our journey at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.  At this time of the school year, Easter break provides time to recharge our batteries, reframe our goals for the remainder of the school year, and reflect on the future, whether that means registering for the 2018/2019 school year or making plans to start a new journey in high school.

I recently received a wonderful blessing that helped me refocus my efforts and my attitude.  On the morning of Good Friday, several members of the faculty and staff attended the Santa Clara de Asis Good Friday Prayer Breakfast.  I look forward to the event because past speakers have impacted me in meaningful ways - they cause me to reflect and they nourish my soul.  The guest speaker this year was Dr. Henry Oster. Dr. Oster's story began when he was 15 years old, a point in his life when Heinz Adolf Oster officially ceased to exist.  He was designated B-7648 as a part of the forced labor pool of the Birkenau, Auschwitz, and Buchenwald concentration/death camps. His family was gassed and incinerated. Liberated in April, 1945 by the U.S. 3rd Army, Henry Oster became part of a few Jews who survived Nazi incarceration.  After immigrating to the U.S., Dr. Oster completed high school, graduated from UCLA, and became a professor of Optometry. Arriving by boat in 1946, he described America as not just a new place, but a new life.

Listening to Dr. Oster, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  His description of the concentration camps was both horrifying and inspiring.  His humility and thankfulness for being alive today was a powerful reminder of the fragility of life. Although saddened by the detailed description of the Nazi concentration camps, I was inspired by Dr. Oster's story about overcoming seemingly impossible challenges in life, about rising from the depths of despair to the promise of a new day, about recovering our sense of wholeness, and our sacred worth at any given moment.   

My takeaways from Dr. Oster:  Life is precious - don't sweat the small stuff.  Life is challenging - overcome challenges with a positive attitude, hard work, and perseverance.  Life is difficult - a sense of humor really helps. You may encounter bad people in life - do not waste your energy being angry or hating.  Do not let anger or hate control you. Life is what you make it - be hopeful.

I left feeling reminded that Easter is more than a once-a-year event.  It is a timeless state of being. It is the demonstration of hope that we can renew, recover, rebound, recreate ourselves and rise to a new, more fuller life.  The Easter message and Dr. Oster's story helped me refocus my efforts to be a lifelong learner and to support our kids on their journey of discovery and overcoming challenges to become the best version of themself.


Tom Waszak
Principal 
SCHOOL NEWS
2018/2019 Registration
2018/2019 Tuition and Fees will be announced on Thursday, April 12 at the General Parent Meeting to be held at 7pm in the Fr. Seamus Glynn Center.   Registration information will be sent home via email to all Preschool - 7th Grade families at the close of the General Parent Meeting.  Online Registration will be available from April 13 at 8:00 am and close on April 23 at midnight.  Registration and class fees will be due either April 23 if paid by cash or check on May 10 if paid by FACTS.  Those not registered by the deadline of April 23 may be subject to loss of continuing enrollment for the 2018/2019 school year.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Orientation will be held in the Fr. Seamus Glynn Center Wednesday, May 16 from 7pm - 8pm.
General Parent Meeting
General Parent Meeting will be April 12 in the Fr. Seamus Glynn Center 7pm - 8:30pm. Parents in attendance will be entered into a raffle for a Vicki Marsha gift certificate as well as earn free dress for their children on April 13.  8th grade will be offering babysitting services for a $5 donation.
Track Parent Meeting
The 2018 Track Parent Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00pm - 7:30pm. Information on the track meet should have gone out in the Thursday folders before Easter break, but if you need another copy you can pick one up in the office or in coach Blake's office.
Scrip Update: Toys 'R' Us
Toys 'R' Us has officially filed to liquidate and close all U.S. stores.  A spokesperson for Toys 'R' Us stated on March 15, 2018 that they will accept gift cards for the next 30 days.  Any remaining scrip Toys 'R' Us cards should be used immediately while they can still be redeemed.  We cannot accept returns.  Thank you!
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
Let's TACO 'bout how much we love our SFA teachers and staff! Gracias to all families that turned in donations to help make this an extra special week. We are still accepting donations this week if you haven't had a chance to send in your form.  Please contact your classroom representative to find out ways that you can get involved.  Viva SFA!
 
A copy of the form is attached here.
Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance

Please Save the Date for the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances at St. Francis of Assisi school.  All proceeds from this event benefit the Fr. Seamus Tuition Fund and it is a great family event!  If you would like to help with the dances by donating your time or an in kind donation please see the  signup.com link.

Thank you,
Amanda Douglas and Annie Grand
Co-Chairs
Camp Wolf Pack Summer Camp

Camp Wolf Pack information has been updated on the school website  to include camp registration fees and our new on-site field trips.  
Reminder: Parking Lot Safety Concerns
Please refrain from phone calls in the parking lot. 100% of your focus needs to be on the safety of the children.   
ALEKS After School 
The Innovation Center computer lab is open for students in 3rd - 8th grade to work on ALEKS, Mathletics or Reflex on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 pm- 3:30 pm.  Students must be picked up promptly at 3:30 pm or they will be sent to daycare. 
Enrichment Programs
Session Four (6 weeks):
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Final chance to order yearbooks! Order online today for $50.

The final date to order yearbooks online is  May 14, 2018 .

Click here to place your order!
Yearbook Help Needed
Have you ever wanted to get involved with the creation of our SFA yearbook?  We are looking for a new editor for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please email Mrs. Watanabe if you are interested at awatanabe@sfayl.org.  
LITTLE LAMBS NEWS
Pre-K Calendar Highlights

Friday, April 13 Pre-K Early Dismissal, 11:30-11:50am
Monday, April 16 Yellow Color Day
Thursday, April 19 Pre-K A & B 1st SFA Mass, 9:30am
FUNDRAISING NEWS
2018 DC Dining
Please order DC Dining for Trimester 3 at St. Francis. Please be sure to turn the form and payment into the office by Monday of the week you are ordering a meal. Next week, April 18, we will be serving La Gondola.  

Orange County Catholic Fundraiser
In an effort to support the critical mission of our schools to educate and form young Catholics - The Orange County Catholic newspaper is launching a winter fundraising program, February 19 - April 30th.  This program will enable individual students or classes to raise needed funds for their Catholic school and enable highly engaged schools to generate significant in-kind advertising support on Catholic radio, in the OC Catholic newspaper, and on the OC Catholic website and mobile application network.  The monies generated will support the educational ministry of our school.

DC Shoe Drive


Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at  smile.amazon.com , you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.  Simply click here to begin shopping through AmazonSmile.
COMMUNITY NEWS
San Antonio VBS



Knights of Columbus Fundraiser



Santa Clara de Asis - Children's Faith Formation
Volunteers Needed!
Servite High School - Upcoming Events

For students interested in experiencing Servite first-hand, a Shadow Day can be arranged. This gives them a glimpse of "a day in the life of a Friar." They do this by attending classes, exploring our campus, and spending break and lunch with their host. A brief presentation and campus tour is also offered for interested parents once the Shadow students head to their first class around 9:00 am. You may sign up by completing an inquiry form HERE .

2.  Application Process 

Servite High School is accepting applications for the Fall of 2018. You may find details regarding the Application process by clicking HERE .
Santa Margarita Catholic High School - Upcoming Events
 
Rosary Academy - Upcoming Events
Rosary Academy will host Preview Day & Athletic Open House on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for girls in grades 4th-8th grades. Activities include student-led campus tours, meet coaches and faculty, a free taco-lunch, and more! Please register at www.rosaryacademy.org/previewday.

 

Nike Girls Volleyball Summer Camp
 
Camp Information
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