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November 29, 2017

Dear St. Francis of Assisi Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving break! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite celebrations because of its simplicity.  Despite the commercialization of many holidays, the focus of Thanksgiving remains on point - sharing a meal with family and friends and giving thanks to God for our many blessings. As I get older, I realize how fortunate I am to have so many blessings. Here are a few things I enjoy about St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School:
 
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the school community. St. Francis of Assisi School has been one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of my career.  
 
I am grateful for our community. I am reminded every day that we are the hands and feet of Christ tending to God's garden.
 
I am grateful for our students. They are the reason I do my job. I get to shape the future every day I go to work. They remind me of what is beautiful about God's creation.  
 
I am grateful for our faculty and staff. They are the reason for our success. Their dedication and passion inspires our students (and me) to be the best they can be.  They change student's lives by guiding, challenging, and inspiring them.
 
I am grateful for our parents. Thank you for entrusting us with your children and for partnering with us to provide a bright future.
 
I am grateful for our Pastors. Thank you for leading us on our spiritual journey, for reminding us about our true purpose as students, parents, and educators.
 
I am grateful for our volunteers. Thank you for your generous gift of time, talent, and treasure.  Your support contributes to a healthy and vibrant community.
 
I am grateful for everyone who approaches life with an attitude of gratitude.  A smile and positive attitude go a long way to make everyday a great day at SFA!
 
I am grateful for the simple things that grace my day at school: a warm greeting, joyful learning, laughter, lunch with students and staff, faculty prayer services, a thank you.
 
May the blessings of Thanksgiving be with you always. As we enter the new Church Year, let us purposely move towards the hope that comes from the great celebration of Jesus' birth.

Tom Waszak
Principal 
SCHOOL NEWS
Musical Production, "Aladdin Jr."


St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School will be presenting its second musical production, Aladdin Jr., this February.  We will be hosting a parent night on Monday, December 18 at 6:30 pm.  Auditions will begin Tuesday, December 19.  The production will be managed by Stagelight Family Productions and will be held at the Servite Theatre.  

We are excited to branch out and offer a new way for our students to be exposed to performing arts.  No theater experience is necessary to participate. All students will be given a role.  Thank you for your support as we launch our second production. For more information, please download the files below.


Musical Production Schedule
ALEKS After School 
We will begin opening the computer lab for students in 3rd - 8th grade to work on ALEKS, Mathletics or Reflex on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 - 3:30 pm.  Students must be picked up promptly at 3:30 pm. or they will be sent to daycare.  Students may begin coming to the lab this Thursday, November 30.
Trimester One Honor Roll 
Congratulations to all our hard working St. Francis Students who made Honor Roll for the first trimester!

6th Grade Academic Excellence 

Joshua B.
Avery B.
Jude E.
6th Grade Academic Achievement 

Judith B
Lily C.
Morgan K.
Tomas C.
Jeanna S.
Charles B.
Gabriella W.
Sarah Q.
John B.
Savannah V.
Audrey N.
Jude E. 
Anna K.
Isabella R.
Brooke M. 
Alessio S.
Nathan T.
Jaiden F.
Mason M. 
Briana R.
Luke A.
Elizabeth S.
Sophie J.


6th Grade Academic 
Merit 

Kyan Lin
Ryland W.
Morgan T. 
Alyssa C.
Emily E. 
Monica G.
Quentin F.
Donald R. 
Sarah B.

7th Grade Academic Excellence 

Emily E.
Katherine P. 
Jake M.
Andrew N.
Victoria B.
Autumn S.






7th Grade Academic Achievement 

Krysten G.
Emily M.
Trista V.
Zachary W.
Maya D.
Adriana A.
Kendall C.
Scott S.
Emma V.
Catherine B.
Gianna L.
Matthew A.
CJ G. 
Joshua L. 
Kimiko W.
Grace K.
7th Grade Academic 
Merit

Emma S.
Anette O.
Zachary C.
Robert H.
Mateo R. 
Liam P.
Shane K.
Santiago F.


8th Grade Academic Excellence 

Michael C.
Leah C.
Arjun G.
Griffin N.
Akachi L.
Elizabeth H.
Alyssa M.
Gabriela D.
Rachel H.
Isabella W.
Maya D.



8th Grade Academic Achievement 

Marcus A.
Anisa G.
Teagan K.
Jade H.
Lucas F.
Kelsey G.
Ryan H.
Jordan M.
John S.
Avery D.
Trent C.
Mia F.
Sarah P.
Paul B.
Benjamin M.
Connor C.

8th Grade Academic 
Merit

Olivia L. 
Katelyn L.
Erica S.
Scott M.
Kaitlyn B.
Nathan L.
Arturo L.
Seamus F.
Sheila M. Donovan D. 
Family Advent Event
December 7
Please save the date for our annual Family Advent Event hosted by the Catholic Identity Ministry on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 

Don't forget to RSVP to reserve your spot!

Parenting in A Digital World 
Please join us Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 pm to learn how to keep our children safe online, protect their online reputations, and avoid the pitfalls that limit a student's options to future college admissions or career pursuits, Speaker: Sergeant Clayton Cranford, author of  Parenting in a Digital World. 
Enrichment Programs
Flyers and registration materials for our after school enrichment programs went out in last week's Thursday Folders.  We are excited to offer several interesting classes this session.  Further details and downloadable forms can be found on our website:
Student Life>Enrichment
 
Session Two (8 weeks divided into two 4 week blocks):
November 27 - December 22
January 8 - February 2
NOTE: No School on Friday, 1/12 and Monday, 1/15 (MLK Holiday)
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Online ordering of 2017 - 2018 Yearbooks is now open! The cost if ordered today is now  $45.00.

The final date to personalize yearbooks is January 31, 2018. The final date to order yearbooks online is May 15, 2018.

Click here to place your order!
LITTLE LAMBS NEWS
Thank you to all who helped with  Santa's Secret Shop! We hope all of your children enjoyed the opportunity to shop for their family.  We appreciate your support. 

Also, Friday, December 1, is Early Dismissal:  11:30am-11:50am.

WOLF NEWS - Student Journalism Program
The Hero's of Texas
A WOLF News Press Corps Report by Student Journalist, Izzy W.

On August 25, 2017, the first day Hurricane Harvey hit, devastation flooded Texas. Houses, buildings, and schools were hit with rain and wind from the category 5 hurricane. Harvey dropped 52 inches of rain in the Houston area causing catastrophic flooding and killing more than 70 people.  The forecast looked bleak.  Civilian rescuers and first responders were a ray of light in the storm.  Read more about the heroic efforts of everyday people in the full article here.

SPORTS NEWS
Uniforms
All fall sports uniforms need to be turned into coach Blake's office with a note indicating which athlete's uniform it is. Players can keep the bags.
FUNDRAISING NEWS
SAVERS Fundraiser 
December 10 
Donate Gently-Used Clothing and help send the St. Francis of Assisi 8th grade class to the East Coast!

The St. Francis of Assisi 8th grade class is raising funds for their upcoming class trip to the East Coast -- and your gently-used clothing and household items can help them get there!

Bring items to the SAVERS store (4852 Valley View Ave. Yorba Linda - in back of Dunkin Donuts)  on Sunday, December 10 from 10 am-1pm.
Funds will support travel expenses for the 8th grade class.  

Acceptable donations include clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens, and small household items (no furniture). Your donations are tax-deductible. Please deliver soft goods (clothing, shoes, bedding/towels, accessories, bags, belts, jewelry) in 13 gallon kitchen garbage bags. 

Other hard items (electrical items, small appliances, toys, games, kitchen items, knick knacks, sporting goods, cds, and dvds) can be delivered in boxes.

The SFA 8th grade class is holding the FUNDrive in partnership with Savers, a global thrift organization. Items collected during the drive will be sold to local Savers stores.

2017 DC Dining
Below is an order form for DC Dining for Trimester 1 at St. Francis.  You may fill out the entire form at once, or print and order on a weekly basis.  If you are ordering weekly, please be sure to turn the form and payment in to the office by Monday of the week you are ordering a meal.  Next week we are serving Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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.
VOLUNTEER NEWS
Be a Classroom Treasurer!
Plans for the 20th annual auction, Charting the Course, are underway. In the past we have asked each class to create a Class Project that would then be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  This year we have chosen to introduce "Classroom Treasures".  Each classroom will put together a beautifully themed basket to be auctioned off at our Gala event.   We need your help to create these beautiful themed baskets.  If you have always wanted to volunteer and the thought of creating a "project" intimidated you, this is the perfect class role for you.   We have plenty of classrooms still looking to help steer our "treasured baskets" into the right direction.  

Please reach out to your child's teacher or go to your teacher's  signup.com home page to volunteer for this fun role. 

Please reach out to Tawna Khamo at Tawna.khamo@gmail.com for additional questions or to join. 

COMMUNITY NEWS
Santa Clara de Asis - Children's Faith Formation
Volunteers Needed!
Santa Margarita Catholic High School Upcoming Events
       
For more information please click:  
2. Christmas Shopping Promotion!
Attention Parents of 8th Grade Students: If you are interested in Santa Margarita Catholic High School and you submit your application prior to December 14th you will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card to the Santa Margarita campus store.  There will be 10 lucky winners, and all applicants will be entered whether you applied back in September or by December 14th.  Applying early is a big help to your 8th grade teachers, giving them more time with the letters of recommendation.   All applications to Santa Margarita Catholic High School can be submitted online from their website at www.smhs.org and go under the Admissions Tab.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the SMCHS Admissions Department at 949-766-6076 .



Servite High School - Upcoming Events

1.  Discover Servite Open House
Sunday, December 3, 2017
From  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm



2.   Shadow Days  

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 .

3.  Application Process 

Servite High School is accepting applications for the Fall of 2018. You may find details regarding the Application process by clicking HERE .
Mater Dei High School- Upcoming Events
1. Mater Dei's annual, "Christmas at the Corner," event is on campus  Sunday, December 3 at 5pm . There will be treats, hot chocolate, caroling, Santa, and performances from Mater Dei Performing Arts groups. The best part... Admission is free! If you want more information about this event please c lick  HERE .

2. Admissions Applications
Available now at  www.materdei.org/admissions

3. Early-Qualification Deadline - December 13, 2017
Qualify for Acceptance before taking the Entrance-Exam
 
4. Entrance Exam - January 20, 2018
Register today!
 
5. Family Campus Tours - Year-Round

6. Shadow Program - September - May

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