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2019 - 2020 
School Year
Important Dates
Sep 2
No School - Labor Day
Sep 11 School Picture Day
Sep 19
General Parent Meeting
Oct 18
Fall Fest Fundraiser
Oct 18
No School Preschool/PreK 
- Staff Inservice
Oct 23
Tricks, Treats & Tacos
Nov 21
No School Parent/Teacher 
Nov 22
No School Parent/Teacher 
25 - 29
Thanksgiving Break
Dec 23 - 
Jan 3
Christmas Break
Jan 20
No School
MLK Jr. Day
Jan 26
Open House
Feb 17
No School
President's Day
Feb 21
No School
Religious Ed Congress
Mar 13
No School
Spring Conferences
Mar 19
STEM Night
Mar 23
No School
Faculty Retreat
Apr 9
Apr 17
Easter Break
Apr 25
May 2
8th Grade East Coast Study Trip
May 25
No School
Memorial Day
May 29
No School -
8th Grade Graduation
Jun 5 Last Day of School Preschool/PreK
Jun 12 Last Day of School K - 7
August 28, 2019
Welcome to a new year at St. Francis of Assisi School!  May God's blessings be upon us as we journey together building disciples for Christ.  The first days of school have been filled with true joy and excitement from our students and staff alike.  Our first liturgy was very well attended by our families and Fr. Fred opened the year with an inspiring message, calling us all to be holy.  Fr. Michael Nguyen, our newly ordained priest at Santa Clara de Asis Church, beautifully shared his testimony about the importance of Catholic Education and how this strong foundation builds excellent academic skills and supports children in following God's plan for their future.

I shared a quote by Pope Benedict at Mass which echoes the same sentiment - "A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.  And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students become Saints."  We look forward to sharing with our families many ways that St. Francis of Assisi School will partner with parents to shape and mold the lives of our children. Raising children with strong values, morals, and faith, can be a daunting task in our world today.  But together, as a faith community, we do not journey alone.

Our faculty are very much looking forward to sharing their plans for the year with you at our Back to School nights.  We are changing the format this year to bring us together as a community to begin each evening in the hall. I have invited Pam Hurwitz and Jyllian Rhodes to join me in welcoming parents in the Fr. Seamus Glynn Center with a fantastic surprise for all of our families.  Please refer to the Back To School section in the newsletter for details.  

United in Christ,

Jeannette Lambert
Back to School Night Information
Wednesday, August 28 - Preschool/Pre-K
6:00 - 6:15       Meet in Fr. Seamus Glynn Center
6:15 - 6:45       Visit classrooms (PKA, PKB, PKC)
Tuesday, September 3 - 6th, 7th, 8th
6:00 - 6:20       Meet in Fr. Seamus Glynn Center
6:25 - 8:00       Start in Homeroom and follow your student's                           schedule
Wednesday, September 4 - K, 1st, 2nd
6:00 - 6:20       Meet in Fr. Seamus Glynn Center
6:25 - 6:55       K/1st go to classrooms
6:25 - 6:45       2nd grade in Fr. Seamus Glynn Center with                             DRE's
6:50 - 7:20       2nd grade in Fr. Seamus Glynn Center with                             teachers
Thursday, September 5 - 3rd, 4th, 5th
6:00 - 6:20       Meet in Fr. Seamus Glynn Center
6:25 - 6:55       1st presentation in classrooms (3rd, 4th, 5th)
7:00 - 7:30       2nd presentation in classrooms (3rd, 4th, 5th)
Volunteer Information
Don't delay, sign up today! The link for Volunteer Opportunities for the 2019 - 2020 school year is now live on the  SFA website (under Support SFA /Volunteer).  It includes all of the school wide volunteer positions available for the coming school year.  Get a jump start on those service hours and register today for the opportunity that works for you! When the time is right, you will be contacted by the event chairperson to schedule your shifts. Please take a moment to check it out and sign up today! 

Key positions taking place early in the school year and requiring attention include:  Fall fundraiser and Fall Fest volunteers. Have questions or want to discuss the opportunities in more detail, please reach out to  Moni Sledge for assistance.
Every SFA family is required to complete twenty (20) Volunteer Service Hours each year. Volunteer Service Hours began accumulating on April 1 for the 2019 - 2020 school year.
On-Site Volunteer Fingerprinting September 18
Volunteer Fingerprinting
SFA Innovation Center/Library
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
As a service to our parent/guardian volunteers, we are offering  fingerprinting  services here at St. Francis School on  September 18 between the hours of 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  The cost of the service is $65.00 paid by cash or credit card at time of  fingerprinting as well as a photo ID such as a State issued driver's license.  Fee is paid directly to Certix.  

Please stop by the school office no later than  Friday, September 13 to pick up an  Applicant Information Form or download and print. This form needs to be submitted to the office no later than  Monday, September 16 by 4:00 pm in order for you to be entered in the database for the onsite  fingerprinting
Volunteer Requirements:
All Diocesan volunteers and employees, school and parish, age 18 and above, working in any capacity with minors, children under the age of 18, must obtain criminal background screening ( fingerprinting), safe environment training (which includes acknowledgement of the the Diocesan Policy Against Sexual Misconduct Code of Conduct).  For the safety of our students, you may not volunteer until you have completed these important requirements.
Fingerprinting can take one to two weeks to clear and be entered in the school database.  Parents/guardians will be directed to an alternative  fingerprint  location if they do not utilize SFA  fingerprint services on September 18,  Safe Environment Training -  can be completed by logging on to . Be sure to keep the password you create as you will need it to renew every three years.  At the completion of online training, you will need to print the certificate of completion at the end and turn it in to the office.
If you are interested in chaperoning activities as an authorized driver, please see the additional requirements available in the school office. 

Please contact Cheryl Driscol with any questions.
Spirit Committee
The Spirit Committee Co-Chairs, Theresa Bass and Michelle Leo, would like to thank our volunteers for generously giving of their time to help make our New Parent Wine & Cheese Social a successful one.  I invite our new families to come join in the fun and merriment of this amazing committee.

Mentor Families
A BIG thank you to the 59 families that stepped forward to serve as a Mentor Family and resource to all of our new SFA families. We are beyond blessed with a community that believes in Catholic education and takes an active role in supporting the work of our school.

Andreozzi, Arteaga, Balta, Banados, Becerra, Beck, Brennan, Buccella, Burke, Campbell, Durdella, Durham, Escamilla, Fortezzo, Foxx, Fucinari/Diaz, Kim & Frank Garrido, Windy & Henry Garrido, Giordano, Grand, Gutierrez, Hamor, Hamra, Honikel, Ignacio, Jerry, Jeske, Kang, Katsaros, Kaufman, Kim, Kovats, Leo, Lim, Marcotte, Maricich, Mautino, McCarthy, McCullough, McIntyre, McQueen, Monnig, Pena, Pintang, Quezada, Rojas, Monica and Daniel Rubalcava, Sedita, Sherrill, Shoden, Solorzano, Summerfield, Thompson, Tseheridis, Varisco, Watters, Wing, Wollnik and Yoo.
Transition from Sycamore to FACTS Student Information System
The Diocese of Orange has been transitioning all elementary schools away from Sycamore to a new student information system (FACTS) this Summer.  Administrative staff have been attending training all summer and supporting the conversion process.  FACTS is still working with us to convert and customize all of our data and forms.  We anticipate this process will be completed this week.  We hope to have more information for you at Back To School nights in early September.  Thank you for your patience during this transition process.

Morning Drop Off
Tips from SFA Carline Chair

Safety is our #1 priority for our SFA families.

Please keep the following in mind....
  • Carline begins at 7:35 a.m. and concludes at 8 a.m.
  • Drivers do not exit vehicle when dropping off.
  • Please do not open trunk during carline.
  • Please drive cars all the way forward. Do not stop early.
  • Do not back-out of parking spaces during carline.
  • No U-turns by school entrance at top of hill during this time.
  • Park vehicles down the hill from school or at Eastside Park at top of hill. 
  • No morning parking at Santa Clara.
Family cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Susan Katsaros
Carline Chair
Spirit Wear Orders
We are re-launching Spirit Wear ordering which can be worn on Fridays throughout the school year.  While the Spirit Wear website is being built for our families, a paper order form will be used for the 1 st Trimester. Orders due by September 16th!
SFA Football and Girls Volleyball Tryouts
Boys A Football (7th and 8th grade):

Thursday, August 29 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Boys B Football (5th and 6th grade):

Thursday, August 29
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

8A Volleyball:

Thursday, August 29 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday, August 30 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Fall Fest - Save the Date

It's time to start planning our annual Fall Fest Fundraiser! This is a fun night of community, food, games and excitement. If you would like to be part of the planning committee, please contact Moni Sledge at .
SFA Social Media 
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Scooter's Italian Ice

Please join us for a cold treat! All proceeds from this event will go towards our School Mass pianist.  Thank you for your support.  Order forms can be downloaded and turned into the office or your homeroom teacher.
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.
San Antonio Fiesta

San Antonio Fiesta Online Store is Now Open!

You are able to:
  • Purchase Ride Tickets in advance at a discounted rate!
  • Purchase FOOD or GAME Tickets
  • Purchase Fiesta T-Shirts, Polos, Caps, and Aprons!
  • Become a Fiesta Sponsor!
If you are interested in volunteering at the SFA booth you may sign up here.
Santa Clara de Asis - Children's Faith Formation
Volunteers Needed!
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