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April 1, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians of St. Francis of Assisi School,

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."  Romans 15:13

Now more than ever, we all need to pull together as a Catholic Christian community to pray for one another, support one another, and love one another.  While we are practicing social distancing, our faith and belief in the Communion of Saints, reminds us that we are never alone. Before each school year begins, I prayerfully discern a patron saint to journey with throughout the upcoming year.  How appropriate that this year, St. Joan of Arc is my companion. She was and is a prayer warrior who did not back down when her faith and strength were tested. During this time of social isolation and distancing, it is easy for our faith and strength to be challenged. 

I find that I am a glass half-full type of person and even I have wrestled with the uncertainty of this virus and its impact on every aspect of our lives.  As an optimist, I look for blessings in the challenges and obstacles placed before us. Much gratitude goes to our parents who quickly responded to the Diocesan survey put out last Wednesday.  Your feedback and affirmation has been truly uplifting, even amidst growing pains for this new way of learning. Here are just a few compliments we received last week:

 "I absolutely know and feel the teachers, staff, and administration are working so hard for our children and I just love them even more for that."

"The school's leadership, transparency, and dedication to continuing both scholastic education and faith formation should be commended. They truly exemplify the saying of "teaching is a vocation!" I am so proud and honored to be part of the St. Francis of Assisi Community!"

"I am so impressed at the way SFA got us up and running with distance learning. The staff from preschool to 3rd are all incredibly accessible. The resources we have are engaging. The additional resources they share with us daily (free websites) are an added bonus. They are very understanding as we all learn together. The social media posts and SFA school texts continue to make me feel a part of the SFA family- which is one of my favorite parts about this school."

"Absolutely and tremendously impressed with our teacher, our principal, the IT and tech team and all of SFA!! I cannot express how excellent their response has been. Clear, efficient, compassionate and top-notch! Not a moment has been wasted and never have they left us feeling unsure or uneasy about anything. It's as though distance learning had been set up and ready to go months ago."

I felt that you too needed to hear some words of hope and inspiration this week.  We contacted Fr. Fred, our lead pastor at Santa Clara de Asis Church, and he quickly headed up the hill to prepare a message for you.  I hope that his words lift your spirits and remind you that our pastoral shepherds are here for us, even when we are unable to present in person.  

Father Fred
In the words of St. Joan of Arc, "Go forward bravely, Fear nothing, trust in God, and all will be well."  

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us.

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
Weekly Message from Dr. Erin Barisano, Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Erin Barisano's Week 3 message to parents and teachers. April 1, 2020
Family Service Projects 
During this time we thought it would be fun for families to focus on a service project together while practicing safe social distancing.  We will be sharing ideas you can do at home as a family that will impact our local community.


April Faith and Family Calendar
Click here to print your April Faith and Family Calendar.

It's Time to Support Our Community!
By now we are all tired of cooking! If you want to get grab and go, easy meals for your family this is the time to support the SFA families and friends that have always been so supportive of SFA.

Below are all of the family owned restaurants that have always taken the time to support SFA!







Catholic Identity Ministry
Pray with us this Friday evening...! 

The Way of the Cross is a powerful prayer that we can all do from our homes, even though we traditionally gather at church to pray this way. 

Attached are two versions - a young reader version and one more suitable for 4th grade and up. Please take some time this Friday night to pray the Way of the Cross together. 

Also included are a set of coloring pages that we purchased for our Catholic Identity Ministry event. If your child wants to color one of the mosaics, please post it online and tag us so we can see how we are all united in this time of prayer and patience...people with such faith watched on as our Savior was crucified and died, not knowing that the resurrection would happen on that Friday we now know as Good Friday... may we surrender ourselves in this time of unknowing to the resurrection that is to come in God's great providence!

2020 Auction Gala
STEM Night
Virtual Spirit Wear Thursdays!

Gratitude Fridays!

Live Out Lent


Bishop Vann has invited the local Catholic community to join together in sharing moments for reflection, contemplation and witness.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is participating with 40 other schools to share in the Lenten journey.

You can follow along with this journey here.
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.
Father/Daughter - Mother/Son Tuition Assistance Bowling

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. In hopes to 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.
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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!

 
FUNDRAISING NEWS
Scrip Orders
Until further notice eScrip is the only company we will be using for our Scrip Program.

Shop with Scrip and Benefit Mobile have been deactivated. Please do not attempt to place orders with either company.
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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