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Feb 18
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Mar 9
Auction Dinner and Dance
Mar 22
Religious Education Congress - Student Free Day
April 18 - 26
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May 27
Memorial Day - School Holiday
May 31
8th Grade Graduation
June 14
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Caught Being Good
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November 7, 2018
Dear St. Francis of Assisi School Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday our Catholic Identity Committee hosted our first "Family Mission Event" aimed at supporting the important work of raising families and providing resources to make your work easier and more productive at home.  Pam Hurwitz, "mom on a mission", led us through the challenges and blessings of journeying with "growing" children in our homes. She used the metaphor of growing strong bamboo from a leadership book by Greg Bell, Water the Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals .  The patience and perseverance needed to water ground prior to ever seeing growth years later with bamboo is a great metaphor for our work as parents of young children.  Often parents work so hard when children are young to practice using manners, taking responsibility for their actions and property, using words to express their strong emotions, and learning how to live with others in a family/community.  

Pam shared her "Mission Boxes" which are designed to help family time and conversation with focus on shared values and goals and ultimately create a family mission statement.  What would your mission be? Do you want your children to be successful? Face challenges and persevere? Be faith-filled Catholics who bring light to the world? Sometimes we ask ourselves, is our hard work paying off?  Pam referenced a statistic that parents who practice the faith in the home with their children, grow up to be adults who are 300% more likely to live out their faith. How you model your values and faith does makes a difference, even when you may not see it right away at home.  

My family has a shared value of volunteering - sharing time and gifts with others.  Before my husband and I started a family, we loved volunteering for youth ministry and young adult retreats.  After our daughter was born, we wanted to share our love of volunteering at church with her. She spent ten summers with me at St. Joseph's Vacation Bible School where she grew from being participant to volunteering as crew leader.  During her time in Catholic education, teachers modeled values of giving back through Campus Ministry, service projects, and volunteer opportunities at all grade levels. We were blessed to see the roots of faith take hold. As a junior and senior in high school, she has chosen, on her own, to volunteer as a youth leader for Confirmation and youth ministry. We continue to pray as she prepares for college, these roots of faith keep her strong.  

I hope at St. Francis, you are encouraged and supported on your journey to raise good human beings.  We hope to provide more opportunities for parents to come and receive "soul food" as we recognize your work is hard and challenging.  We are thankful for your partnership in working together to form good consciences in our students so they will grow up to know right from wrong and will be the light of Christ in the world!  May you be richly blessed for the good work you do in your families.

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
Family Lunch Event


Classes will be dismissed to eat at the following times:

PreSchool/Pre-K:  
11:15 am
Kindergarten: 11:45 am
1st - 4th: 12:00 pm
5th - 8th: 12:25 pm
If you have children in different serving times, parents please go to the office to have the older siblings dismissed to eat with the younger.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Veteran's Day 2018
Extended Care Aide - Diana Dylia
This week we are featuring Diana Dylia from PreK Extended Care.  

What are your hobbies & interests outside of SFA?
I enjoy spending time with my grandbabies and decorating for all of the holidays! I also really enjoy my Zumba class.

What is your favorite holiday? Why?
I like all of the holidays!! I really enjoy decorating for all of them.
Fall Book Fair
Make plans to join us at our Fall Book Fair held in the Seamus Glynn Center in November.  Students will be visiting our Enchanted Forest themed store to browse and make purchases with their classrooms this Friday, November 9 - Wednesday, November 14.  

If you would like to volunteer please check our signup.com.  
Santa's Secret Shop
Calling all elves! 
Volunteers needed at our Christmas Shop!
 
St. Fra ncis students will have the opportunity to participate  in Santa's Secret Shop the week after Thanksgiving. We will set-up Monday, November 26th with an a fter school preview immediately following. Shopping days will be Tuesday, November 27th - Thursday, November 29th. All items will be priced from $0.50 to $20.00.
 
Santa's Secret Shop is wonderful opportunity for students to experience the joy of choosing their own Christmas presents for family and friends. All proceeds go directly back to our PreK program at St. Francis.

If you are able to donate your time, please access the sign up link for one or more shifts that would fit your schedule.
 
If you have any questions please contact one the below Co-Chairs and thank you in advance for volunteering your time.

Lindsey Campbell & Lynn Mirabella
Santa's Secret Shop Co-Chairman's
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, November 9 Early dismissal 11:30 am - 11:50 am
Wednesday, November 14
Thanksgiving Feast Celebrations
Thursday, November 15 & Friday November 16
NO School - Parent Conferences in your child's classroom
Friday, November 30
Early dismissal 11:30 am - 11:50 am

Part-time position available in Pre-K Extended Care.  Monday - Friday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  Click here for full job description. Interested candidates email resume to Mrs. Martinson at  cmartinson@sfayl.org.
Choice Lunch
"St. Francis School accepts milk tickets at the Choicelunch counter.  Milk tickets are ordered through the Choicelunch website in sheets of 24 and can be used throughout the year.  They are great for parents who would like their child to have cold milk but want to pack lunch themselves on certain days. 

Basketball Coaches Needed!
We are looking for parents interested in coaching one of our 5th - 8th grade boys and girls basketball teams.  If this is something that you would be interested in please contact Coach Blake at bwarye@sfayl.org.

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
A Thanksgiving Tradition 

Create a family gratitude Jar! Set out a jar and some festive paper on your counter this  week. Invite your family members to write something down that they are thankful for each  day. It can be anything - big or small. Place the notes in the jar and watch as your family's  blessings fill up and overflow the jar. On Thanksgiving Day, you can read them aloud as a  family and be reminded of all the hidden joys in your lives. It can serve as a beautiful  reminder of the great joy that gratitude brings.
Family Advent Event

Thursday, November 29th
6:30 pm in The Seamus Center

The evening will include:
  • Creating a NEW family tradition of giving through acts of service that will bring the true joy of Christmas to your home!
  • Building a real wood manger as a family (kit included)
  • Gathering around Santa to hear the story of "The Giving Manger"
  • Hot chocolate and cookie bar
$20 per family
RSVP to SFAcatholicidentity@gmail.com by
Wednesday, November 14th 
FUNDRAISING NEWS
Scrip Schedule
The holiday season is upon us and buying scrip is not only a great way to give gifts but to do your holiday shopping while earning your scrip credits.  You can download and view a digital gift guide at ShopWithScrip.com/giftguide.  This is also the season to order small denomination cards like $5 Starbucks.

The holiday schedule for scrip orders is as follows:

Order by Saturday 
Receive on Wednesday
11/10/18   
11/14/18
11/24/18  
11/28/18
12/01/18   
12/05/18
12/08/18  
12/12/18
12/15/18    
12/19/18
01/12/19  
 01/16/19

If you are not currently using scrip, you can go to www.shopwithscrip.com to set up your account. Contact the Business Office at accounting@sfayl.org for the enrollment code.

Happy Shopping!!
Athletic Fundraiser

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 2 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, November 14, we will be serving Lampost Pasta.

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
Santa Clara de Asis - Children's Faith Formation
Volunteers Needed!
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