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School Year
Important Dates
Dec 24 - Jan 4 Christmas Break
Jan 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School Holiday
Jan 27 Open House
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
Madison
1A
Jaxsen
1A
Emelia
3B


December 19, 2018
Dear St. Francis of Assisi School Parents and Guardians,

As we wind down and finish final preparations for our Christmas celebrations, we can feel the excitement building for our students and staff to have time away with their families.  Every classroom has been focusing on wrapping up projects and assessments and ensuring that students have learned as much as possible in 2018 before they relax on their sixteen day break!  We are so proud of how hard our students work every day and it brings us great joy to see their growth through the year - spiritually, emotionally, and academically.

Yesterday, I had the honor of accompanying the Eighth grade class on their field trip to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. As we were waiting for the train, there were some parishioners from St. Martin de Porres Church also waiting for the train and they complimented us on how well behaved our students were.  We took the train to Union Station and walked to the Cathedral, where we had a tour of the history and symbolism of this beautiful worship space. Our students volunteered to altar serve and bring up the gifts. As their Principal, I was glowing with pride with how respectful they all were during our time at the Cathedral. The Presider from Mass thanked our school for visiting and then personally came over to greet our students and thanked them again for visiting the Cathedral.  We then walked to Philippe's for lunch, spent time exploring Olvera Street and returned home on the train.

I share this with you to thank you for partnering with us.  I believe that the years of formation our students receive at home and here at St. Francis of Assisi School, help to shape them into mature young men and women who are faithful, respectful and demonstrate a good moral compass.  Your investment in Catholic education and the sacrifice of your time and talents truly makes a difference in the lives of your children. Thank you for all that you do to support administration, staff and faculty and most importantly, your students.  May the spirit of St. Francis be with you and your loved ones throughout this holiday break. And may each of your families experience the true meaning of Christmas, that we may be renewed as a community to journey together in the new year!

Christmas blessings,

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
SFA Christmas Ornament
We have a very limited number of SFA Christmas ornaments available for purchase.  They are $10 each.  These ceramic ornaments can be purchased in the office.
Show Us Your Christmas Spirit!
Little Lambs: Early Childhood Education News

Friday, December 21 Pajama Day.  Students wear Pajamas with regular school shoes.

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.
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!

Baskets Needed!
Our 2019 auction committee is looking for empty baskets to fill.  If you have any extra baskets lying around that you are looking to donate, please leave them in the office Attn: Shelly Rangel.
PAB Corner
Welcome to the first installment of the PAB Corner. Wh at is the St. Francis  School Parent Advisory Board (PAB)? 

We are a group of parents just like you who meet monthly to work with the school administration to keep St. Francis  School on the path toward being one of the top Catholic schools on the planet!  We can't do this without you. Parents are the most important part of the process. We need your ideas, thoughts and recommendations.  If you see a process that can be improved, we want to know. If you feel another school has a  different program or a unique program that could work here, please tell us. Together we can all make St. Francis  School that shining star our kids deserve. Thank you for being a St. Francis  School parent!

Bob Hamra, PAB President

Members:  Jen Bush, Lisa Alonzo, Mark Maricich, Tim Bass, Susan Schulze, Lyndsey Campbell
Catholic Identity Corner
The Four Themes of Advent Weeks in Review:
  • The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the "Prophet's Candle" reminding us that Jesus is coming.
  • The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the "Bethlehem Candle" reminding us of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
  • The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the "Shepherd's Candle" reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.
  • The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace with the "Angel's Candle" reminding us of the message of the angels: "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men."
Many advent wreaths have a white candle in the middle called the Christmas Candle that is  added to complete the wreath on Christmas day!
Enrichment Classes
Trimester 2 Enrichment Classes
Starting the Week of January 14th

Monday Art (Paint and Clay)
Chess
Tuesday Guitar/Ukulele
Spanish K-2
Wednesday Mad Science
Show Choir
Thursday Lego
Spanish 3-4
Friday Guitar/Ukulele
Soccer Shots

For more information or to download registration forms please visit our website.
Parking Lot Reminders
With the upcoming class parties, we wanted to remind everyone to please follow the  parking  lot rules: 
  • DO NOT PARK IN THE RED ZONES
  • DO NOT DOUBLE PARK
  • DO NOT MOVE CONES MARKING DESIGNATED SPACES. 
The only exceptions are when making a delivery and when directed to  park temporarily in the red zone during pick up. We need your cooperation and support to ensure emergency vehicle access. Our kids, staff, and visitors deserve everyone's cooperation.
Lost and Found

FUNDRAISING NEWS
2019 Auction Gala

Auction Donations Needed
Our annual Auction Gala is the largest fundraising event of the year.  This exciting affair is open to all school and parish families. In addition to raising money to support our school, it is a great evening with fun and friends.  The 2018 Auction Gala is set for Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA.

Please consider making a donation to our school's largest fundraising event and take advantage of one final opportunity for a tax write off in 2018.  Your gift can make a difference for our students. No item too big or small...we take it all!

Below are samples of the types of items you or your business can donate to ensure a high level of bidding participation:
  • Technology - i.e., wireless headphones, Google Home or Amazon Echo, Apple Watch Series 2, drone, Fitbit, bluetooth speakers, GoPro
  • Access to timeshares or vacation homes - i.e., Big Bear, Mammoth and Palm Springs or other desirable locations
  • Rounds of golf at a country club
  • Tickets to sporting events, theater and/or cultural events - i.e., Ducks, Angels, Dodgers, Lakers, South Coast Repertory Theatre and Pantages Theater tickets
  • Gift certificates to restaurants or department stores - i.e., The American Girl Store, Nordstrom, Macy's, William-Sonoma, etc
  • Passes to Legoland, Disneyland, SeaWorld or Knott's Berry Farm
Please contact Andrea Bagan at andreabagan@gmail.com for more information! 
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
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!!
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 on  Wednesday, January 9, we will be serving Lampost Pizza.

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