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Important Dates
Nov  2
Teacher In-Service - Student Free Day
Nov 19 - 23 Thanksgiving
Dec 24 - Jan 4 Christmas Break
Jan 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School Holiday
Feb 15
Faculty Retreat - Student Free Day
Feb 18
President's Day - School Holiday
Mar 9
Auction Dinner and Dance
Mar 22
Religious Education Congress - Student Free Day
April 18 - 26
Easter Break
May 27
Memorial Day - School Holiday
May 31
8th Grade Graduation
June 14
Last Day of School
Caught Being Good
October 17, 2018
Dear St. Francis of Assisi School Parents and Guardians,

As we enter the eighth week of school, it seems that everyone is diving into curriculum, working on projects, and building new friendships in their classrooms.  This is normally the time when students begin to experience more rigor in their work and problem-solving skills become essential. With our focus on growth mindset this year, the real work is beginning.  It is easy to talk about growth mindset conceptually - our brain is a muscle, theoretically exploring the idea that we can accomplish more than we realize if we have perseverance, grit, and fortitude and even using the phrase, "I haven't done it YET!"

But how do we respond when our students are frustrated with a lack of understanding, a poor grade, or old messages that begin to play in their minds, such as "I'm just not good at _____(fill in the blank)?"  Do we rush in to save, fix and rescue them from this tense and sometimes very uncomfortable moment or do we allow students the opportunity to grow?

Our teachers partner with students to ask the right questions to problem solve.  They encourage students to ask for what they need to support their learning and when they're not sure what to ask, they provide a menu of options to choose from for support so the student can drive their own decision making. They affirm student effort and progress and encourage them to rework problems missed to learn from their mistakes. They model the problem-solving process of attempting a task, succeeding or failing, reviewing what occurred - both in and out of their control, reassessing steps for next time and taking action to move forward again.

We are hoping to build endurance in our students this year to recognize that we come to school to learn new things, recognize that we will never arrive at knowing everything, but appreciate that we are on a journey of growth in a supportive and loving environment.  Our partnership with parents is key for our students' success. When we partner to support student growth, students begin to recognize that the adults in their life believe in their ability to be successful. This provides an excellent foundation for students to take appropriate academic risks, such as trying something new.  If all of us partner together as a team for our students' growth focusing on educating them with emotional vocabulary, conversational skills and problem-solving language, students will have the confidence in their own abilities and will trust that they are supported whether they succeed or fail - as long as they are making efforts to grow.  Benjamin Franklin said it best, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."

Jeannette Lambert
The Journey of the Saint Boards

There is a beautiful and very humbling story that goes along with the memorable Saint Boards that surrounded our community on our 20th Anniversary Mass.  You can read the journey of the Saint Boards  here.
Tricks, Treats and Tacos

Orders are due this Friday, October 19.  More information and dinner order form can be downloaded here.
Extended Care Aide - Wendy Kohorn
This week we are highlighting the ever cheerful Wendy Kohorn from Extended Care.

What do you like most about working with the SFA Community?

St. Francis has a close knit family oriented environment.  There are always events happening with everyone working together, making it a fun place to be a part of.

How do you see the Spirit of St. Francis in Extended Care?

God touches the souls of all the children and staff at St. Francis and we all need that support to help us through each day.  It is carried on through Extended Care, and I see that in the children I work with.
Family Lunch Event

Red Ribbon Week October 22 - 26

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

SFA Musical Production

We are excited to present Peter Pan Jr., our 3rd Annual Spring production.  Attached are the "Important Dates" for auditions, rehearsals, and performances.  We hope all of our young stars will come out to auditions.  No experience is necessary and all students will be given a role in the play!

Little Lambs: Early Childhood Education News

Friday, October 19, 2018
Preschool/Pre-K ONLY -- No School & No Extended Care
Kindergarten has regular full day of school and Extended Care
Friday, October 26, 2018
Early dismissal
11:30 am-11:50 am
Monday, October 29, 2018
Ps/Pre-K Orange Color Day - Students Wear Orange
Monday, October 29, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Daddy & Me Pumpkin Carving

Following is the revised Preschool/Pre-K Pick Up:

2:20 pm - 2:35 pm (or 11:30 am - 11:45 am): RED placards only (no K-8th grade siblings)

2:35 pm - 2:45 pm (or 11:45 am - 11:55 am): YELLOW placards (with K-8th grade siblings) or RED placards

2:50 pm (or 12:00 pm) - conclusion:  Anyone
Order your yearbook today!
Online ordering of 2018 - 2019 Yearbooks is now open! The cost if ordered today is $45.00.

The final day to personalize yearbooks is February 2, 2019.  The final date to order yearbooks online is May 15, 2019.

Click here to place your order!

Catholic Identity Corner
This week - St. Luke's Feast Day is October 18th

Upcoming Catholic Identity Events
Mission of the Family Workshop

Tuesday, November 6th
Attendance is free, RSVP requested.  The flyer will go home this Thursday, you can download a copy  here.
Wear Pink for Breast Cancer - October 19

Fall Fundraiser Pick Up
SFA families please make sure your Fall Fundraiser Yankee Candle and Mrs. Field's cookie orders are picked up by 6:30 pm on Tuesday October 30th. We will not be able to store your cookie dough over night!  If you cannot pick up your orders for any reason, please send someone to pick up for you. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Hill at (714) 322-6979. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are looking for volunteers who can help sort and distribute on Monday, October 29th beginning at 8:30 am and/or Tuesday, October 30th any time from 8:30 am - 6:30 pm. Please be aware if you are volunteering the boxes of products maybe heavy.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tammy Clarida at
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 order DC Dining for Trimester 1 at St. Francis School. Please be sure to turn the form and payment into the office by  Monday of the week you are ordering a meal. DC Dining next  Wednesday, October 24, we will be serving Costco Pizza.

Box Tops for Education

It's time to turn in your box tops you have been collecting through the year! This is a great way to help raise money for SFA playground equipment and box tops are on many products that are already in your house. 

Please put box tops in a bag or envelope and label with your child's class and teacher.  Box tops can be turned into your child's teacher or in the box in the front office. The class that submits the most box tops will win an ice cream party! 

Please turn in all box tops by this Friday, October 19th!

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 , you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, 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.
Rosary Academy Open House and Shadow Day
Rosary Academy will host Open House on Monday, November 5, for girls in grades 5th-8th. Guests will learn why families choose Rosary and hear from Christina Hernandez '10, Assistant Director of Admissions at Chapman University. Ms. Hernandez will share insights to the college application process and discuss how Rosary Academy provides an all-girl advantage that prepares students for success in college and beyond. Click  here  to access the PDF print version. Families may register at .

Rosary Academy hosts scheduled shadow days throughout the school year. Schools also have the option to schedule a private shadow personalized for your 7th and/or 8th graders on a day that fits your school schedule.

During the shadow day, your young women will participate in an ice breaker, visit two classes, meet Royals during lunch, and experience Rosary's signature Girls Lead workshop. 
Click here to access the PDF print version. Families may register at

Servite Open House

Servite Lacrosse Clinic

Tri-School Football Experience

Mater Dei High School Admissions

Santa Margarita Open House

Santa Clara de Asis - Children's Faith Formation
Volunteers Needed!
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Yorba Linda, CA 92887