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2017 - 2018 
School Year
May 28 Memorial Day
June 1 8th Grade Graduation
June 15 Last Day of School
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2018 - 2019 
School Year
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August  27
First Day of School
October 4
20th Anniversary Celebration
Nov 19 - 23 Thanksgiving
Break
Dec 24 - Jan 4 Christmas Break
April 18 - 26
Easter Break
May 31
8th Grade Graduation
June 14
Last Day of School
Caught Being Good!
Bryan 4B
Adam KB
Savannah 3A
Ryan 1B
Noah 1A
May 16, 2018


Dear St. Francis of Assisi Parents and Guardians,

As a parish school, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is an instrument for each parish to fulfill its fundamental mission to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We do this by teaching our faith to the youngest members of the church family. Though accomplished within the context of an academic setting, it is the proclamation of our faith that is the reason why our school was established and the reason why it exists today.  There are many ways to demonstrate our Catholic identity, but one of my favorite activities that clearly reflects our mission as a Catholic school is May Crowning.

On Thursday, May 10th, we celebrated May Crowning with our 2nd grade students who only recently took a seat at the Lord's table through the sacrament of Holy Communion.  This is one of the most treasured events of the school year and it is a special moment for our children and their parents.

May Crowning honors Mary with a procession of students dressed in their First Communion best, a recitation of the Rosary, and crowning Mary's statue with roses.  The simple and reverent ceremony is a wonderful way for our school community to join our children on their faith journey.

Our beautiful children are a gift from God and preparing them to receive the Eucharist and honor Mary are joyous tasks.  All of this took place under the watchful eye and guiding hand of parish religious education staff and our second grade teachers, Mrs. Fernandez and Mrs. Haselby. Of course it starts at home, so I wish to thank our parents for planting and nurturing the seeds of faith at home.  And finally, I am grateful to the first grade parents for preparing the Seamus Glynn Center and serving a wonderful meal to celebrate this very special occasion.

Another beautiful example of our Catholic identity was at the farewell mass for the 8th grade class. Fr. Fred asked the students to kneel and invited the student body, staff, and parents to extend their hands in prayer while he lead a blessing over them.  

Our school truly creates a supportive climate that provides a spiritual, academic, and personal formation for our kids to become the best version of themself!

These are beautiful examples of the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi School!


Tom Waszak
Principal 
SCHOOL NEWS
Track Meet 
Track awards will be presented to participants next Friday, June 1st at Prayer Service.

Dance Out Cancer


SFA Outdoor Movie Night
Our annual SFA Movie Night will be Friday, June 8th out on the field.  This year we will have dinner through La Reina Markets and dessert through Scooter's Italian Ice Truck. Please bring cash for both, cards will not be accepted.  Tacos will be a la carte for $2, two tacos, rice and beans for $6 and large quesadillas for $3.  The Boy Scouts will be supplying free popcorn.  Bring the family, friends and neighbors for a night under the stars!


OC Catholic News Features Aladdin
Congratulations to the Aladdin Cast for being featured in the latest edition of The OC Catholic News.  You can read the full article here.
Camp Wolf Pack Summer Camp
Register today for Camp Wolf Pack!

Camp Wolf Pack Volunteers Needed!
Camp Wolf Pack is looking for Teen Volunteers to help with our summer of STEM.  If you are entering 8th-12th grade, join us and earn service hours.

WOLF NEWS - Student Journalism Program
WHAT IS BITCOIN? - THE DEMYSTIFICATION OF CRYPTOCURRENCY
A WOLF News Press Corps Report by Student Journalist, Jake M.

Bitcoin.  Whether you think it will destroy the economy or it's the currency of the future, it is a very present force in today's world.  However, not many of us know exactly how this cryptocurrency works. Here is what you need to know about Bitcoin if you ever get your hands on a time machine.

MEET MRS. RAYMOND - A SIXTH GRADE TEACHER WHO HAS CAPTURED OUR HEARTS AT ST. FRANCIS!
A WOLF News Press Corps Report by Student Journalist, Izzy W.

Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, WOLF News has had the opportunity to get to know our newest staff members through one-on-one interviews.  Our school has benefitted from the positive energy and ideas of these individuals.  It is nice to get a glimpse into their lives before St. Francis and learn what they are like outside of school.  Recently, Mrs. Raymond, our newest sixth grade teacher, was the subject of a WOLF News interview.

Volunteer Opportunities for 2018-2019!
Don't delay, sign up today! The SignUp.com link for Volunteer Opportunities for the 2018 - 2019 school year is now live on the  SFA website (under Support SFA /Volunteer).  It includes all of the school wide volunteer positions available for the coming school year.  Get a jump start on those service hours and register today for the opportunity that works for you! When the time is right, you will be contacted by the event chairperson to schedule your shifts. Please take a moment to check it out and sign up today!

Key positions taking place early in the school year and requiring attention include:  morning carline monitors, being a mentor family, Kona Ice helpers, Fall fundraiser and Fall Fest volunteers. Want to make an immediate and lasting impact here at SFA? We are looking for key people to help Chair and oversee the following essential programs:  2019 Auction (will be shadowed by current chair), Development Chair, Box Tops Chair and Yearbook Editor. Have questions or want to discuss the opportunities in more detail, please reach out to Tammy Clarida for assistance.
 
Classroom related opportunities will become available when classes are assigned in August.  Every SFA family is required to complete twenty (20) Volunteer Service Hours each year. Families log their hours in the  Sycamore Parent Portal as they are completed.  Volunteer Service Hours began accumulating on April 1 for the 2018 - 2019 school year.
Mentor Families Needed
We are in need of Mentor Families. We all love our school and the wonderful community we have here at St. Francis. An important piece of that community is our Mentor Families. If you'd like to be a part of welcoming new families to the SFA community, we have the perfect opportunity for you! We are seeking families in all grades to be Mentors for our new families for the 2018-2019 school year. You don't need to possess an in-depth knowledge of everything about our school or have all the answers, just a willingness to share the warmth of our SFA community:
  • Email or phone your new SFA family in early August to welcome them and answer any questions they may have regarding uniforms, hot lunch program, carline etc.
  • Invite your new family and attend the New Parent Wine & Cheese Social on Thursday, August 23rd.
  • Be available to answer questions as the school year goes on and make sure they know about upcoming events like Trick, Treats, and Tacos and the Auction.
Our Mentor Families are important ambassadors to our school and truly represent the heart and soul of all that makes St. Francis special. We need loving, welcoming families to be a part of this ministry. It's a fun and easy way to get volunteer hours credit as well. If you would like to be a part of this special ministry please contact Lisa Bryson lisabryson@live.com for more information or sign up on Volunteer Spot.
Play Day Volunteers
We are in need of 8th grade volunteers to help with Play Day on June 12th and 13th.  If you are interested in getting service hours please contact Mrs. Nieto at  jnieto@sfayl.org.
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Reminder: Parking Lot Safety Concerns
Please remember that the driver is never allowed to exit the vehicle during morning carline drop off.  If your child needs extra help with larger items, please park in a parking spot and walk in with your student.
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. 
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, May 25
Transportation Parade 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
Friday, June 1 End of Year Celebration 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Wednesday, June 6 Donuts with Dad
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, May 30, we will be serving Wienerschnitzel.  

Amazon Smile

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COMMUNITY NEWS
Us In The Son Day Camp and Leadership Camp


Us in the Son Day Camp

Us in the Son is based on the qualities of the rainbow. Our campers are placed into color groups based on age -- purples are the youngest (Pre-K and K) and reds are the oldest (5th and 6th graders). 

Throughout your child's time at camp they will learn the importance of these qualities, engage in a variety of activities, make new friends, and understand the meaning of God's love. A week at camp includes plenty of crafts, singing, and games at the church campus, as well as a trip to the park and beach!

Volunteering & Leadership Camp

Us in the Son Day Camp would like to invite all 7th-12th graders to join us for a summer of servant-ship! Being an Us in the Son volunteer is extremely rewarding and gives young teenagers great leadership opportunities and allows them to bond with the young campers. Throughout the summer we also offer special opportunities especially for our fabulous volunteers, such as Leadership Camp and "love-letter" writing parties. Leadership Camp is a thrilling weekend retreat in the mountains where volunteers  compete for the "Holy Grail" while learning valuable leadership skills that will become helpful during their week volunteering at Day Camp.

Registration and more information can be found on www.usintheson.com 

Spanish Language Summer Camp
 
San Antonio VBS



Santa Clara de Asis - Children's Faith Formation
Volunteers Needed!
Servite High School - Upcoming Events
Troy Thomas Youth Football Camp

Youth Lacrosse Camp

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