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School Year
Important Dates
Oct 4
Feast of St. Francis and 20th Anniversary Celebration
Oct 5
School Holiday
Oct 12 Fall Fest
Nov  2
Teacher In-Service - Student Free Day
Nov 19 - 23 Thanksgiving
Break
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
Noah
KA
Jaynie
3B
William
1A
Logan
1B
Lily
1B
October 3, 2018
Dear St. Francis of Assisi School Parents and Guardians,

The energy and excitement on campus is very high for our 20th Anniversary Celebration tomorrow!  The tent arrived and looks beautiful on the field. Final preparations are being made for our Liturgy, lunch and blessing of the animals.  We are so thankful for all the volunteers and staff who are working hard to make this day exceptional for all of our families and special guests.

This is my sixteenth year on staff at St. Francis of Assisi School.  I remember the feeling as I stepped on campus to interview with Debbie Vallas, then Debbie Declues.  The campus itself was absolutely gorgeous and there was a beautiful spirit of community and strong faith in Christ.  Debbie shared her joy, passion and vision for the school that she helped to build. Her example of leadership first inspired me to discern the role of school administration and I am forever grateful for her example and witness to the Gospel.

As I reflect on my past fifteen years here, so much has happened both on campus and in our world.  Technology looked very different on campus with a tech lab full of personal computers (PCs) and the high tech phone at that time was the Blackberry.  Now the school has an Innovation Center and educational technology is integrated at all grade levels.

When I began as the school counselor, 9/11 had occurred just two years prior and there was a general feel of anxiety about the world in which we were raising our children.  Together as a community, St. Francis School worked to remind our children that there will always be hope in the world, even in dark times. This beacon of light on the hill in Yorba Linda has been a place of hope for thousands of students over the past 20 years.  So many faculty and staff have dedicated their time, talents and treasures to ensure our students have role models of faith in action. We are so proud of our alumni who have taken the gifts that they received here and continued to nurture and grow their talents in high school and beyond, making a difference in the world in which we all live.  Let us pray for the continued success and growth of our school!

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
20th Anniversary Mass and Celebration

Parent / Teacher Conferences 2018
Sign ups for Parent - Teacher Conferences are now open through the Sycamore Parent Portal.  The link will close Sunday, October 7, at 12:00 am.  
SFA Fall Fest

2018 - 2019 Academic Decathlon
Congratulations to the 2018 - 2019 Academic Decathlon Team! Thirteen students were chosen to be on the team, ten will compete and three will be alternates. Over the next six months, these students will be spending many hours studying for the competition on March.  Let us keep our St. Francis Decathlon team in our prayers during the coming months as they begin their Academic Decathlon journey! 

Victoria B.
Kendall C.
Autumn S.
Jake M.
Emily M.
Emily E.
Josh B.
Jude E.
Elizabeth S.
Addison C.


Catherine B.
Lillian S.
Zara L.
Extended Care Aide - Ben Jansen

We are excited to have Ben join our Extended Care Program.  Ben might be a familiar face to some because he spends his summers as a Camp Director at Us In The Son at St. Martins. 

What do you love most about your summers at Us In The Son?


I love the traditions that are carried on from year to year.  It is exciting to have an influence on these young children as they grow in their faith. 

What are you looking forward to the most about working at SFA?

I have worked in daycare previously but this will be the first time doing so in a faith based environment. It will be nice to include faith in all of the activities with the kids.  I am also looking forward to bringing a lot of the fun activities from Us In The Son to SFA!
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

First Soccer Shots class starts on Thursday, October 4th at 3:00 pm.

Preschool & Pre-K classes will be processing in for the 20th Anniversary Mass on Thursday, October 4th, but they will not be attending the Mass. You will need to sign them out, if you would like them to go with you.

Friday, October 5, 2018
No School & No Extended Care
Friday, October 12, 2018
early dismissal
11:30am-11:50am
Friday, October 26, 2018
early dismissal
11:30 am-11:50 am


Kindergarten Recess and Lunch Volunteers needed! Click here to sign up and help!
Tricks, Treats and Tacos


More information and dinner order form can be downloaded here.
Giovanni needs a spa day!
Our school mascot, Giovanni, has been worn by many people over the years, because of this he is in desperate need of a day at the spa (dry cleaners).  If this is something that you would like to donate as a gift to the school, please contact Mia at mgutierrez@sfayl.org.

Reminder: Parking Lot Rules
Please remember that the parking lot is only open to PreSchool and Pre-K families picking up between 2:20 - 2:40. Unfortunately, if you arrive after 2:40, you will be required to go to the back of the pick up line.

Families picking up K-8 must wait in the pick up line until instructed to enter the parking lot.

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
Order you 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
Save the Dates!

Mission of the Family Workshop

Tuesday, November 6th

Two sessions offered for parents:
After drop off from 8:15 - 9:15 am OR

In the evening from 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
Attendance is free, RSVP requested.
Keep an eye out for the flyer in Thursday folders soon! 

Family Advent Manger Building Workshop Event!

Thursday, November 29th 
6:00 - 7:30 pm 
Prepare for the Advent season by building a manger together and being inspired by the many names of Christ reflection cards!

More details to come soon...save the date! 
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities!
Please visit our SignUp.com link for the many school wide opportunities available such as Fall Fest, Carline and Hot Lunch Server just to name a few.



Should you need more information or have any questions, please contact Tammy Clarida at tclarida@sfayl.org.
FUNDRAISING NEWS
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 10, we will be serving La Gondola.

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COMMUNITY NEWS
Mater Dei High School Admissions

Santa Margarita Open House

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