February 16th, 2023

A Message from Mr. Watson

Dear SFX Community,

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone is excited for a four day weekend. We continue to work hard during this spring semester at SFX. I love how engaged and focused our students are during my classroom visits. Our teachers continue to instruct and inform our students at a high level.  

Just last night our 2nd Graders and a few of our older students received the sacrament of Reconciliation. It was a beautiful night at the church and our students were so excited and well-prepared for this big step on their faith journey.

This morning we welcomed two Jesuit school teachers from Peru at Pledge & Prayer. Our two guests were blown away by the warm welcome our community provided and enjoyed their time popping into our Kindergarten classrooms.  

Have a safe weekend, build it up, and we look forward to seeing you back on campus Tuesday morning.


Ryan Watson

Up Next Week

Monday, February 20th


Presidents' Weekend

Wednesday, February 22nd

9:30 am | SFX Church

Ash Wednesday Mass

5th Grade Leading

Thursday, February 23rd

1st Grade Field Trip to Zoo

5th Grade Field Trip to Biztown

Friday, February 24th

10:45 am | SFX Gym

Arrupe Marketplace

News & Events

Fundraiser at Chula Seafood

Join us at Chula Seafood Uptown next Thursday, February 23rd for a fundraiser. Bring in the flyer for dine-in or take-out and Chula Seafood Uptown will give 10% of your bill back to SFX.

Download Flyer

Arrupe Marketplace

Next Friday February 24th, students in all grades will have the opportunity to attend the Arrupe Marketplace and purchase handmade items from our 7th Grade students. 

Please help support our 7th Graders live out our SLE of being committed to doing justice as they raise money for local organizations, helping those in need. 

Parents, please remember to send money in with your student (small bills are greatly appreciated). Parents and guests are invited to join us in the Gym from 10:45 am - 12:00 pm. Please enter the Gym from the parking lot on the south side of the school using an expedited sign-in process (do not go through the office). 

Lent 2023

Lent is the 40 day period set aside for the spiritual preparation for Easter. It is a time of renewal where we recall our baptism and new members prepare for their baptism. It is also a time of penance where we seek forgiveness and reconcile ourselves to God, the Church and members of our community.  

Lent begins on next week on Ash Wednesday and lasts until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. Please see below for information on how we will live out the three Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving:

Prayer: Join us for Mass, Reconciliation, the Novena of Grace, Parish Penance Service and the Living Stations of the Cross (see our calendar for dates and times). Pray using the parish Lenten Reflection Book. The book is only available online this year.

Fasting: Fasting reminds us that Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and links us spiritually to the poor. During Lent we look at ways to simplify our lives to bring us closer to God. 

Almsgiving: Participate in the Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program. CRS Rice Bowl funds serve those in need globally and here is our Diocese. Students will place their Rice Bowl at the foot of the cross before Pledge & Prayer on Wednesday, April 5th. 

Fun Fest 2023: Let's Set Sail

We still need 2 liter bottles of soda for ring toss. We're so close to our goal of 200 - Help us get there!

From set up to clean up and everything in between, there are many volunteer opportunities. If you're a grill master or love being behind the bar, consider signing up for the Bar & Grill volunteer shifts.

If you'd like to participate in the Bake Sale, please sign up here.

The weather forecast for March 4th is sunny skies! Stay cool with our limited edition straw hats. Stay tuned for more info on purchasing these.

If you pre-ordered shirts and hats, we will have more information on pick-up instructions next week. Thank you for your patience!

Weekly Highlights

First Reconciliation

On Wednesday February 15th, our 2nd Graders and some of our older students received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Congratulations to all of our students on this big step in their faith journey.

Blooming Explorers

Last Friday our preschool classes, along with parent volunteers, participated in our Blooming Explorers program led by our Math Specialist, Kathy Valladao. The mission of this program is to prepare young students to be critical thinkers and global stewards in a rapidly changing world by involving parents in STEM experiences.

Our little scientists loved experimenting with water in Sink or Float and enjoyed spending time with their parents in their classrooms. 

Valentine's Day

Our Kindergarteners had a fun Valentine's Day party full of love and tasty treats!


Scrip Office

Last chance! The Scrip year is ending on February 28th. Here are some high profit cards that will help you reach your requirement of $250:


At Elle Nails, Dutch Bros, Phoenix City Grill, Spa Finder, Upward Projects


Cast Salon (50% off), Changing Hands, Dapper and Stout, Fox Restaurant Concept, Genuine Concepts, Huss Brewing, Habit Burger, In-n-Out, Los Sombreros

Someburros, Zoyo



Hungry Wolf Cafe

March Menu

The March menu is now available. Please place your orders through Meal Manage starting tomorrow (2/17) at noon.

Hungry Wolf Farm Bag

Consider purchasing a Hungry Wolf Farm Bag. A portion of funds will directly support SFX’s commitment to cultivating excellence in mind, body and spirit. Bags will be distributed every other Friday at dismissal in front of the Library. Delivery Dates: 2/24, 3/17, 3/31, 4/28, 5/12.

Instructions for Ordering

Lunch Subs Needed

We are looking for a lunch subs (particularly on Thursdays) from 11:15 am -1:00 pm. You need your food handler's card and need to be up to date on your Safe Environment Training. If you're interested, please email Anne Sanford.

Sports Announcements

SFXAA Little League Registration is now open! Sign up today for t-ball, baseball and softball. 

Sign Up Here

Counselors' Corner

Please join us for the upcoming Coffee with the Counselors:

Parents of 5th - 8th Graders

Monday, February 27th

Immediately after Pledge & Prayer in the Library

Hosted by Giovanna McDermott, 5th-8th Counselor

Please bring your concerns or questions so we can share together. Looking forward to seeing and/or meeting you!

Parents of PK - 4th Graders

Thursday, March 2nd 

Immediately after Pledge & Prayer in the Library

Hosted by Cindy Kaul, PK-4th Grade Counselor 

We will be discussing this podcast: Happier Parents, Happier Kids Pt 2: Letting Children Try and Fail. Please join us even if you haven’t listened to podcast beforehand. No quizzes will be given! 

Families for Others

Need Service Hours?

Join the Ball Crew at the Arizona Tennis Classic March 13th - 19th at Phoenix Country Club benefitting Children's Hospital. Visit their website to learn more.

Wagon Wednesdays

NEW items needed for February: Peanut butter, white rice, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese.

Look for the wagons each Wednesday at the entry gates to drop off your donations. Thank you for supporting our Angel Families!

Nun Run

The Poor Clare Nuns invite you to participate in the 14th Annual Nun Run in memory of Mr. Rick Lee on Saturday, March 4th. They are offering a 10K, 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk and a Prayer Walk in Tempe or virtually. To learn more or register, visit desertnunrun.com.

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