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December 4, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians of St. Francis of Assisi School,

"Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something." - Plato
 
Communication is the foundation for our successful partnership between school and home at St. Francis of Assisi.  We utilize and refine our forms of communication to provide timely, effective, and succinct delivery of relevant information on events, culture, and important updates.  Though we have several tools to deliver information, we intentionally utilize each method for a specific purpose. Weekly we provide the e-newsletter which includes digital fliers, campus updates, and upcoming events at our local parishes and high schools.  On average, we have an open rate of 65% for our weekly e-news which tells me that there is room for growth in our communication. 
 
With the re-launch of our updated app this week, we can now send parents a text message when the newsletter is delivered electronically.  Please be sure that you have our SFAYL app downloaded so that you can be notified in a timely manner. One of the exciting features of our newly released app is that you can record your child's absence conveniently on your phone with a digital signature.  There is no need to call the office and report an absence! 
 
We are working on cutting budget costs this year and one way to do so is by reducing copies and paper fliers that are sent home to families already digitally in the newsletter and then physically in the Thursday folder.  This will be a gradual process as we work to partner to be a more "green" friendly school by sending home less fliers. You can help us by printing and downloading forms from the newsletter and checking the new SFAYL app for updates on important deadlines. 
 
I deliberately reduced the number of phone calls from the school during the first trimester as we received many complaints that the phone blasts were excessive in the past.  Moving forward, phone blasts sent out during the school day will signify that there is an emergency or safety threat to the school or if you receive a call from the office, it will be for concern that has occurred during the day with your child.  Phone blasts after 3 pm will be used to update families on school events and deadlines. Text alerts appear to be the preferred method of communication from parent feedback. We will continue to use text alerts to keep parents updated and reminded.  It is our goal to ensure that we are not over communicating non-relevant information but rather effectively communicating pertinent news for our families.
 
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Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent feedback is an essential component for our self evaluation of success.  When feedback is delivered in a positive and constructive manner it allows us the opportunity to collaberate and brain storm as administration and faculty for process improvement.  Everything we do should benefit our children. 

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey about your experience with Parent/Teacher Conferences this year.  With the completion of this survey, your child(ren) will earn free dress on Monday, December 9th.
SFA Spirit Wear Store

Our SFA Spirit Wear store has officially launched. Visit our store today and place your orders.  New items are available now!
SFA App Relaunch
  The new redesigned SFAYL app is now available for download in the apple and google stores.

With our app, you will receive text information from SFA, be able to report an absence, check teacher's websites and see the latest news and events at SFA.

If you previously downloaded our SFAYL app you will need to follow these instructions.  For Android users the app must be deleted and redownload.  For Apple users make sure that the latest update has been downloaded.
Spring Musical Auditions


We hope all of our young stars will come out to audition.  No experience is necessary and all students will be given a role in the play! All students must be registered prior to the pre-audition workshop on Thursday, December 12.  Registration packets for the Spring Musical may be downloaded here, from the SFAYL website under "News and Announcements" or picked up in the office. 
Family Advent Event

All School Christmas Program Reminders
  • Students are to bring a sack lunch and disposable water bottle  next Wednesday, December 11th.  (There will not be a hot lunch option)
  • Students may bring ONE non electronic item to use backstage during the evening performance.
  • No food, drinks or electronics will be allowed backstage during the evening performance.
  • On the night of the performance we will be selling a limited supply of holiday candy leis for $5.
  • Bring your cash! We will be having raffle tickets for $1, $5, $10 and $20.  Winner will receive 10x what they put in!
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!

 
ATHLETICS NEWS
Basketball Practice Schedule - December 9 - 13
8th Grade Boys Tuesday, December 10th and Thursday, December 12th: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
7th Grade Boys Tuesday, December 10th and Thursday, December 12th: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
6th Grade Boys Monday, December 9th: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
5th Grade Boys Monday, December 9th and Thursday, December 12th: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6th, 7th and 8th Grade Girls Monday, December 9th and Tuesday, December 10th: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
5th Grade Girls Monday, December 9th and Wednesday, December 11th: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
FUNDRAISING NEWS
Save the Date - Auction Gala
DC Shoe Drive
Scrip Schedule
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December 7, 2019 December 11, 2019
December 14, 2019 December 18, 2019
January 1, 2020 January 15, 2020

2019 -2020 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.  Please be sure to turn the form and payment into the office by Monday of the week you are ordering a meal. There will not be DC Dining next Wednesday, December 11th because of the All School Christmas Program Rehearsal at Servite.

Trimester 2 DC Dining Order Form
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
Mater Dei High School - Upcoming Events

Bishop Amat Memorial High School - Upcoming Events


Open House/Information Sessions
  • Saturday December 7, 2019 General Session begins at 9 a.m. in the Carroll Center, followed by campus tours. 
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2020 General Session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Carroll Center Visit Days 

To schedule a Visit Day, please call Mrs. Monica Leon at 626-962-2495, Ext 7449 or complete the online registration form at www.bishopamat.org. Tours are available upon request. 

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