SFA Update
October 26, 2020
October 27, 2020

Dear St. Francis of Assisi Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for all of your offers of assistance, support, and positive feedback on the events related to the Blue Ridge Fire yesterday.  The collaborative effort to smoothly work through a difficult situation was key to our successful evacuation.  This morning, we were notified again that the school is still on mandatory evacuation.  I drove over to campus and was met with a sheriff at the bottom of Eastside Circle, as traffic is closed up the hill at this time..  He allowed me to quickly walk through campus to assess any damage from last night.  I am happy and relieved to report that St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is still standing strong!  It will be necessary to put in some work to repair and rebuild certain areas, including the outdoor classrooms.  We as a school community have proven time and again, that together we are more than capable of taking on the task of making SFA safe and successful.  

Many of our staff members and families live in areas that have been and still are critically hit by the fires.  At this time, we continue to pray for all members of our community who have been and continue to be displaced. If you or someone you know needs assistance, support, or just a check-in from me, please do not hesitate to let me know.  We are a school family.  

Since it is difficult to know what will happen over the next few days, we have established a plan that allows for flexibility for our faculty and families who are displaced at this time.  The plan for the remainder of this week and going forward into November is as follows:
  1. SFA campus will be closed through Friday, October 30.  We anticipate reopening the campus on Monday, November 2.  Look for an update at the end of this week. 
  2. For the remainder of this week, virtual work will be provided daily for students and a daily Zoom will take place to allow students to see their teacher, aide, and peers.  We want to provide some normalcy in the midst of this crisis.  Please refer to your homeroom teacher's plan daily for information and Zoom links.  Flexibility will be offered for families who have been relocated or are without power.  Please email the teacher if your student is unable to attend Zoom or needs additional time for work assigned.  
  3. We are working with the tent company to complete the removal of the debris and have our outdoor classrooms reconstructed as quickly as possible.  We will send out communication asking for volunteers to help us with the rebuild once we are ready.  Volunteer hours will be available and work will be completed on a weekend so no students are on campus.  Until we are able to rebuild, we will shift back to our Hybrid instructional model, with students attending on campus only on their colored cohort day (only for those classrooms who opened under the tents).  This means that students who were learning in our outdoor classrooms will need to remain at home on their off days.  Communications about the timeline for reopening our outdoor spaces will be provided as soon as we know more.
  4. The High School Information Nights originally planned for our Junior High Students this week will be rescheduled.  Stay tuned for new dates.
  5. This Friday's Materials Exchange Day for our virtual students is cancelled.
  6. Red Ribbon Week will continue during class zoom meetings this week.  Students are encouraged to wear their sports shirts tomorrow, and all red on Thursday during their Zoom meeting.
  7. Wear Halloween costumes to class zoom meetings on Friday, October 30th.
  8. Class Halloween celebrations will be postponed until the afternoons of Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th.  Celebrations will include treats and activities that room parents have previously planned, but not a dress up day as we would like to get our students back on track with curriculum as efficiently as possible.  Unfortunately, we cannot afford two whole days of celebrating at this time.  Instead of a school dress up day, we encourage our students to show off their costumes after school at our rescheduled Tricks, Treats, and Tacos event.
  9. Tricks, Treats, and Tacos will be postponed until Thursday, November 12.  Please continue to pre-order your meals and plan your costumes and car decorations so that we can still celebrate together!  
  10. The pumpkin carving contest will be postponed to next week.  Please bring your decorated pumpkins when we return on campus, hopefully next Monday, November 2nd.
  11. The Third Grade All Souls Day Mass and Celebration originally set for Monday, November 2nd will be rescheduled tentatively for Monday, November 9th, pending approval from Fr. Fred.  This means that we will have two Masses in the same week, a Blue Cohort Mass for All Souls Day on the 9th with Fr. Fred followed by a Blue Cohort Mass on Thursday, November 12th with Fr. Sy.

We will continue to keep everyone updated as we learn more.  Know that we are praying for you and for the continued protection of our beloved school.  St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

Be safe and be hopeful,

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
5330 Eastside Circle
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
714-695-3700
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