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February 26, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of St. Francis of Assisi School,

On January 30, the community came together for an event called "Dare to Dream."   All were invited and many came to spend time in community and conversation around reimagining the Capital Campaign. Since the Campaign was paused last year, we had the opportunity to evaluate and reassess the needs of our community.  Our parents dared to dream and began to visualize what their heart's desires are for their children at St. Francis of Assisi School and beyond. One parent said, "with this constantly changing world....I want and believe our children must learn to be curious, adaptable, flexible, and creative."  Another parent said, "I hope my children love learning, continue to thrive with intellectual curiosity, and have an abundance of support and faith from those that surround them."  

Imagine a facility where we could worship together as a whole school, provide advanced learning opportunities in language arts, hold assemblies or performances on campus, host athletic events on a home court without worry of weather conditions, and prepare food in a full-size kitchen for students eating under a shelter of protection from the elements.  Envision with me a two-story multi-purpose facility that serves the needs of our whole community both during the school day and after school for athletics and enrichment. The footprint for this dream was formed over 20 years ago when the initial plans for this school were developed. Rather than complete the final phase of construction for this facility, Fr. Seamus and San Antonio de Padua Parish chose to pay off all debts for the school and set up an endowment fund, where the annual interest helps to support a portion of our tuition assistance.  To bring this dream to life, we will all need to come together, not to fund the project ourselves, but to use our collective voices and resources to seek external funding for this important work.

One need we cannot wait on is our lower grade Science education.  Several years ago, our parents invested in the Fund An Item to purchase FOSS Kits, content-rich curriculum fully aligned with NGSS standards.  Mrs. Maffia, K-5 Science Teacher, has worked hard to implement this curriculum traveling from room to room with 3 push carts and serving 12 classrooms, with a modified work station in the faculty lounge.  She sets up mobile experiments, at times with minimal supplies due to lack of space on the cart. When the rain and wind pick up, she can be seen chasing her supplies across campus as they blow away in transit.  Our kids deserve better and Mrs. Maffia has so much more she would love to offer our students with this program. We can provide her with a classroom that has proper storage, space to prepare full experiments for every grade level, sinks and eye wash stations, and room to provide further exploration with robotics, engineering, and astronomy.  Please prayerfully consider supporting this year's Fund An Item to provide a STEM Lab for our K-5 students and update our iMac computers to mobile laptops. Our iMacs are 7 years old and are now at their end of life. We will reimagine our technology class to a push-in model where the technology teacher will travel with 30 Macbook Air Laptops to support learning for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  Our goal is to raise $45,000 during the live auction Fund An Item and bring this dream to reality for our students. Our community shows its strength when we come together to meet the needs of our children. Thank you in advance for your support and I look forward to seeing everyone at The Greatest Show on March 14!

A million dreams,

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
2020 Auction Gala


Auction is Quickly Approaching!

Ticket Sales: Come One, Come All!
Deadline to turn in reservations: Friday, March 6th!
Turn in your reservations today!
Tickets may also be purchased online.

Class Contest & Donations: Deadline is Friday, February 28th!
Thank you to all the families who have donated for the the silent auction baskets. We are still accepting donations!  Deadline to bring your donated items and sponsorships to the school is this Friday, February 28th!

We are looking for items such as: Electronics, Gift Cards, Wine, Champagne, or other liquor, Time Share or Vacation Rental, Theater Tickets, Other unused household items.

All items donated will be counted toward the Class Contest. The class with the most items donated can choose a pizza or ice cream party! Please complete the donor form with any/all items and bring to the office. Be sure to add your child's class to the donor form to receive credit!




Underwrite Service Hours:
Ever wondered how you can help? In need of service hours? We may have your answer! Below is a list of physical items needed for the Auction Gala. If you have access to, or would like to donate any of the following, it could get you the service hours you need! Contact  fundraisers@sfayl.org  for more information.

- Red & White wine
- Champagne  
- 120" Black Linen
- Balloon Arch
- Flowers
- Vases

Volunteer:
Need hours? Can't attend auction but still would like to be a part of it? We are looking for volunteers the day of, during and after the event. Click the link for more information and to sign up.
Prayers for Fr. Seamus 

It is with saddened hearts that we share the news of the death of Fr. Seamus's brother, Fr. Tom Glynn. Please join our St. Francis community in prayer, as we offer heartfelt petitions on behalf of this beloved family. May a choir of angels come to greet this noble servant.


Dr. Seuss Day

STEM Night
Spring Conferences
This year we added a day for Spring Conferences.  This is an OPTIONAL day for parents to meet with their children's teachers should they feel the need for additional dialogue and planning for their student's success.  We have been focusing as a school community on building a growth mindset for all of our students.  This takes strong collaboration between school and home, keeping the lines of communication active and engaged. 

Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any additional families who want to conference with teachers and cannot be accommodated on this conference day can schedule them according to your teacher's availability. Regular daycare (Daycare Room) will be available to those currently enrolled. DC Kidsitting is available for drop-in at the Seamus Glynn Center should you need help with your children for just the conference time. Donations are highly encouraged for our East Coast Study Trip.
Service Hours Reminder!
March 31st is quickly approaching and that is the last day for you to enter service hours into FACTS.  Each family is required to complete 20 hours of service between April 1 and March 31.  You can check your current service hours at any time on FACTS.

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 SignUp.com for available opportunities. If you are looking for opportunities to work at the auction on March 14, please contact our Auction Chair, Kelly Watters directly at fundraisers@sfayl.org.
Coach Needed

We are currently in need of a coach for 7th and 8th grade Boys Volleyball.

If interested, please contact Mrs. Nieto at Jnieto@sfayl.org.

Boys B Volleyball Tryouts
February 27 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Academic Decathlon


Attention St.Francis of Assisi students! 

Please Come support our Academic  Decathlon  team Saturday, March 7th at the Santa Margarita High School gym from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm during the Super Quiz competition. All students in attendance will receive free dress on Monday, March 9th! (3-5th grade, free dress will be on Tuesday, March 10th due to reconciliation).

Lunch Order Form 
Father/Daughter - Mother/Son Tuition Assistance Bowling

Camp Wolfpack


Buy Your Yearbook Today!
Online ordering of 2019 - 2020 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, 2020. 

Click here to place your order!

 
Stations of the Cross
FUNDRAISING NEWS
1st Grade Service Project

Volunteers Needed!
The Tuition Assistance Event Co-Chairs are looking for 2-3 volunteers to shadow them this year during the planning of the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son events. This would be in hopes that the volunteers would then take over as Co-Chairs for next years event. This is a great way to get involved, meet new people and get your volunteer hours for the year. 

If you're interested please contact Moni Sledge at msledge@sfayl.org.
2019 -2020 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 next Wednesday, March 4th we will be serving Panda Express. Next week will be the last DC Dining for the 2nd Trimester.  Below is the new order form for Trimester 3.

Trimester 3 DC Dining Order Form
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.
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