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Mar 22
Religious Education Congress - Student Free Day
April 18 - 26
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May 27
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May 31
8th Grade Graduation
June 14
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March 20, 2019
Dear St. Francis of Assisi School Parents and Guardians,

One of the culminating experiences for our Eighth Grade students is the overnight retreat in March.  We travel to Divine Word Seminary in Riverside, which provides a beautiful landscape for reflection and fellowship.  This year, Francis Cabildo, Campus Minister from Santa Margarita High School, led our experience with a beautiful group of youth leaders, including alumni from  our St. Francis Class of 2015 - Kaiti N. and Cassandra R. What a beautiful testimony they gave to our students sharing stories of challenge, heartache, perseverance, and victory!  

Every talk began with a modern praise and worship song led by Francis , whose gift of music broke down walls, allowing everyone in the room to truly praise God.  The youth facilitated small groups giving our students an opportunity to share their own struggles and successes.  Behind the Seminary, there is a beautiful cross on the top of a small mountain. Everyone, including staff, hiked to the top of the mountain to lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross.  Spending moments on the top of the hill, gave everyone a chance to be still and know that God is present within and around us. In the evening, we were blessed with three priests who were present to hear the students' confessions during Adoration.  It was beautiful to see the Spirit move in such a profound way that students waited in line on their own to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to go on my Eighth Grade retreat at this very location.  What a gift to return here years later as the Principal of St. Francis and journey with these remarkable students on the retreat.  As my own memories of my first retreat here are still vibrant today, I believe our students created memories and shared moments that they will take with them through their lives.  The seeds that were planted at home with you, and nurtured here at our school, will continue to yield fruit and blessing for them and their community for years to come. Let us continue to pray together for the Class of 2019!

Humbled and hopeful,

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
Buy It Now Auction Baskets
There are a limited number of auction baskets available for "buy it now" prices as well as teacher lunches still available! Please follow the link to view.

If you ordered a landmark sign, please feel free to take it home this week!  They are in the planter in front of the office.  We will be getting rid of them at the end of the week.
After School Enrichment - Session 3
A new session of after school enrichment classes are starting next week.  Please visit the school website for more information and enrollment forms.


Family STEM Night


Camp Wolfpack


Track and Field
Parochial Athletic League Diocesan Track Meet

May 18, 2019 (Grades 1 - 4)
May 19, 2019 (Grades 5 - 8)
Aliso Niguel High School - 8:00 am start time

General Information:

Track team is open to all students in grades 1 - 8.

Practices will take place on Mondays after school and during student PE class time.

The first track practice will be Monday, March 25 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm on the SFA field.

The track fee this year is $25.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Blake at bwarye@sfayl.org.

Event
Grades
50m dash
1 - 3
100m dash
1 - 8
200m dash 1 - 8
400m dash 1 - 8
1 mile run 4 - 8
4 x 100 relay 1 - 8
4 x 400 relay
4 - 8
Long Jump 1 - 8
Softball Throw 1 - 8 
Parking Lot Safety
For the safety of volunteers, staff, and students, please refrain from using your cell phone in carline.  As we share limited space in the lot and on our drive up and down the hill, we ask that everyone demonstrate patience, courtesy, and respect with one another.  If we work together, accidents can be avoided and the safety of everyone will be our priority.
Reminder to Get Those Service Hours In!
March 30 is quickly approaching and that is the last day for you to enter Service Hours into Sycamore.  Each family is required to complete 20 hours of service between April 1 and March 30.  You can check your current service hours at any time on Sycamore.  

Any hours that are not fulfilled will be billed to your FACTS account in April at the rate of $15 per hour.

You can check Volunteer Spot for available opportunities. 
Order your yearbook today!
The cost if ordered today is $45.00.

The final date to order yearbooks online is May 15, 2019.

Click here to place your order!

Catholic Identity Corner
There is still plenty of time for your family to join us for our Catholic Identity Lenten Event.  Tomorrow night, come anytime between 5:00 pm and 6:15 pm.  The stations will be self led as a family and will end in the Seamus Glynn Center with a soup dinner.  

$10 per family at the door.  All kids in attendance will receive free dress on Monday, March 25.

Why Pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent? 
Here's what Pope Francis has to say:
  1. They allow us to place our trust in Him
  2. They put US into the story
  3. They remind us that Jesus suffers with us
  4. They compel us to action
  5. They help us make a decision for or against Christ
  6. They reveal God's response to evil in the world
  7. They give us the certainty of God's love for us
  8. They guide us from the Cross to the Resurrection
Little Lambs: Early Childhood Education


Friday, March 22 NO School & NO Ext. Care. Teachers at Religious Ed. Congress

Our theme this coming week is:
How do plants grow.

Thanks to Mrs. Armijo's green thumb, Pre-K students picked their onions and carrots harvest. The students helped get the soil ready, planted, watered and made sure their garden was in enough sunlight.  

Happy Spring!
FUNDRAISING NEWS
Nacho Sales

Jump Rope for Heart

Sees Candy Fundraiser

Looking for chocolate to fill those Easter baskets with?  Our 7th graders are running a See's Candies fundraiser to raise funds for their DC Trip next year.  Order forms can be found in the front office or with one of our amazing 7th graders.  All order forms are due in by April 1st and all orders will be distributed by April 12th.   Checks are to be made out to SFA.  Your help is greatly appreciated

2018-2019 DC Dining
Wednesday lunches throughout the school year are hosted by our 7th and 8th grade students fundraising for their East Coast Study Trip. The DC Dining program offers a variety of meal options from a broad spectrum of local restaurants.   

Please be sure to turn the form and payment into the office by  Monday of the week you are ordering a meal. DC Dining on  Wednesday, March 27, we will be serving McDonald's.

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
Unplanned Movie Event
Rosary Academy Open House

St. Michael's Preparatory Open House

Good Friday Prayer Breakfast
 
Click here for more information and to download the invitation.
Catholic Night at the Honda Center
 
Santa Clara de Asis - Children's Faith Formation
Volunteers Needed!
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