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Important Dates
September 13 General Parent Meeting
September 25
High  School Visitation Day
October 4
Feast of St. Francis and 20th Anniversary Celebration
October 5
School Holiday
October 12 Fall Fest
November 
2
Teacher In-Service - Student Free Day
Nov 19 - 23 Thanksgiving
Break
Dec 24 - Jan 4 Christmas Break
January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School Holiday
February 15
Faculty Retreat - Student Free Day
February 18
President's Day - School Holiday
March 9
Auction Dinner and Dance
March 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
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1A
Joseph 1B
September 12, 2018
Dear St. Francis of Assisi Parents and Guardians,

Goal setting has become an important practice in my life. Often I have started a new year by creating a vision board or journaling goals both personally and professionally on New Year's Eve with family and friends.  As faculty at St. Francis, we set annual performance goals for the next academic school year in areas of professional development, technology integration, spiritual development, and student growth.  We recognize that we cannot achieve these goals alone and spend time collaborating to support each other on our journey throughout the school year.

In a growth mindset culture, goal setting is a regular practice not only for faculty but for students as well.  We encourage our students to set personal goals for themselves based on their own academic journey. This is about setting a vision for who they want to be and what they want to achieve by the end of this school year.  It is truly about each individual's personal best!

In a letter of encouragement from Abraham Lincoln to one of his son's friends, he wrote to encourage him as he did not get admitted to Harvard University.  He stated, "In your temporary failure, there is no evidence that you may not yet be a better scholar, and a more successful man in the great struggle of life, than many others, who have entered college more easily." Lincoln encouraged him to maintain a growth mindset and not allow the rejection from Harvard to deter him from reaching his goal of graduating from college. The young man indeed graduated from Yale University completing all coursework in just two short years!

Our job, as teachers, mentors and parents, is to guide our students on the path to achieving their goals.  The good work is on the journey! We want students building stamina and endurance when learning feels challenging.  We build small learning groups so students develop strong communication skills and problem solving by asking for help from peers, faculty, staff and parents.  Finally we work with students to measure achievement based on their own personal growth and learning plan, without comparing their journey to siblings or peers.  When our students are proud of their own hard work, determination, and end result regardless of grade, we know that we are building life-long learners who are committed to setting realistic goals, evaluating and self-reflecting, and creating quality work!

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
General Parent Meeting
Our first General Parent Meeting of the 2018/2019 school year will be this Thursday, September 13th from 7:00 - 8:15 pm. Each family attending will be given free dress for their child(ren) the following day as well as entered into a raffle for a pair of Fall Fest tickets.

A few of the highlights to be covered:
  • Summer work and upgrades throughout the school
  • President, Tom Waszak, to address the state of the school
  • Principal, Jeannette Lambert, to address the focus and emphasis of the school year
  • 8th grade teacher, Ann Cooper, will highlight the new religion standards that will be implemented in K-8 curriculum
There will be opportunities to sign up for various committees to fulfill your volunteer hours.  Donation based childcare for Preschool - 6th grade children will be available through East Coast Fundraising for our 8th grade students.
Update on Spanish Teacher
Over the summer at the end of July, Mrs. Klein notified us that she unfortunately had withdrawn her return for the 2018-2019 school year due personal family reasons.  She is able to continue with our enrichment program.  We quickly placed an advertisement and began interviewing qualified candidates for this position.  A candidate was chosen at the beginning of August and began going through the Diocesan protocol and approval process.  This process took longer than usual and we were awaiting approval still at the end of August.  Unfortunately, our candidate's parent had a very serious hospitalization and had to withdraw from the position on August 31.  We have a substitute in the classroom for Spanish and would like to start language instruction for 5th - 8th grade as soon as possible.  

We have re-posted the position and have begun interviewing qualified candidates.  We are still seeking additional candidates if you are aware of any Spanish teachers who are looking for part-time employment.  The job description is posted on our website and on the Diocesan School website for review.  Please have any qualified candidates send their resumes to  jlambert@sfayl.org.  We will keep you updated with our selection process.
20th Anniversary Mass and Celebration


Click here to RSVP for our 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Volunteers are needed on this day to help with set up and break down of the event.  If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact Moni Sledge at msledge@sfayl.org.
Academic Decathlon News


St. Francis of Assisi School is once again participating in the Diocese of Orange Academic Decathlon. The Academic Decathlon is a rigorous academic driven program. Last year, our team placed 2nd  in Super Quiz and 4th  place overall, the best in school history! 

We are inviting any interested students in  grades 6th - 8th to apply for the 2018-2019 Academic Decathlon Team. The team is comprised of ten students who have exemplary Christian behavior, exceptional grades, and the ability to study independently. Preparation will start in October and students will study up until the event in March. 

Applications are available in the office and are due on 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
After School Enrichment Classes for 2018-2019
After School Enrichment courses at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School will be offered three times throughout the year in 6 or 8 week sessions.

Session One will run 8 weeks beginning the week of September 17 and conclude the week of November 9.

Hard copies of flyers for each class will be sent home in the coming weeks.  Additional copies can be obtained in the front office or online.

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

*Spanish is capped at 15 students for K-2 and 20 students 3-4.
**Show Choir is an ongoing enrichment course that will run through the end of the year.
Little Lambs: Early Childhood Education News

Monday, September 17, 2018
Preschool & Pre-K Red Color Day: Students wear Red

Kindergarten Recess and Lunch Volunteers needed! Click here to sign up and help!
Catholic High School Visitation Day
8th Grade Parents,
 
Please mark your calendars! Our Catholic high schools will be here on Tuesday, September 25 from 3:00 - 4:45 pm to meet with families.  Sessions will run approximately half an hour. You can visit up to three highs schools of your choice.  Please let us know if you have any questions about the visitation day.
 
To help make your research easier, we've included the links below regarding application and shadow day information for our Catholic high schools.  We are here to help every step of the way as you go through the high school admissions process.  
 
Please contact Fran Montelli at fmontelli@sfayl.org if you have any questions or need assistance.
 
Mater Dei High School:
Servite High School:
***Instructions from Servite:  "the above link will take families to an "inquiry form" that has a shadow day permission slip incorporated into it. In order to get the Shadow Day section to appear, you must select 8th as current grade, and to get to the appointment section, you must choose the school as St. Francis of Assisi, then the  October 16  date will appear.  Families should complete the form by  October 6 ."
Rosary Academy:

Connelly High School:
 
JSerra High School:
Santa Margarita Catholic High School:
SFA Mobile App
Download the SFAYL app today!  It can be found in the app store on both apple and android phones.  This app can be used to report an absence, keep up to date on the school calendar, check teacher websites and more! 
SFA on Social Media
Follow SFA on   Facebook Instagram  and  Twitter  to stay up to date on the latest school activities and life on campus.


Order Your Yearbook Today!
Online ordering of 2018 - 2019 Yearbooks is now open! The cost if ordered today is $40.00.

The price goes up to $45.00 on October 2.

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!

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.



Classroom opportunities are also available by visiting your child's homeroom teacher's classroom website. Some much needed volunteer opportunities would be a Room Parent and a Meet the Masters Coordinator.  There will be a Room Parent Meeting on Friday, September 14 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Fr. Seamus Center as well as a Meet the Masters Orientation on Thursday, September 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the Fr. Seamus Center.

Should you need more information or have any questions, please contact Tammy Clarida at tclarida@sfayl.org.
On-site Volunteer Fingerprinting September 20
Volunteer Fingerprinting
SFA Innovation Center / Library
Thursday, September 20, 2018
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 
As a service to our parent/guardian volunteers, we are offering fingerprinting services here at St. Francis School on  September 20 between the hours of  2:00 - 6:00 pm.  The cost of the service is  $57.00 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 14 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 17 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 20.
Safe Environment Training -  can be completed by logging on to  www.shieldthevulnerable.org .  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 Tammy Clarida with any questions.
Volunteer Driver Policy
Please note that if you would like to be an  authorized  driver for any school function (sports, field trips, etc.), you  MUST be over the age of 25 and complete the following  license and insurance requirements and submit to the school office:
  1. A copy of your valid unrestricted driver's license
  2. A copy of your insurance declarations page showing a minimum of liability coverage of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident (not your car registration)
  3. A completed Volunteer Driver Form
  4. Successful completion of the online training course, Be Smart - Drive Safe, a 20 minute video course offered via the Catholic Mutual Group website.  (This only needs to be completed every 3 years.) Log onto https://orange.cmgconnect.org/, set up an account, and select the Defensive Driving Curriculum.  
These requirements are in addition to fingerprint and safe environment training.

Information and the form can be picked up at the school office. If you have any questions, please contact the school business office.
FUNDRAISING NEWS
SFA Fall Fest

Scooter's Italian Ice Fundraiser

Next Thursday, September 20th Scooter's Italian Ice will be coming to campus!  The proceeds from this fundraising event will go toward providing an accompanist for our school Masses throughout the year.  It is also a nice way to cool off and enjoy some time with your family at St. Francis!

Order forms will be sent home tomorrow in each student's Thursday Folder.  You may also download a form here.  Deadline to submit orders is September 19th at 3:00 pm.  Thank you for your support!
Wise Guys Fundraiser September 23 - 27
Support our school by visiting Wise Guys Pizzeria in Yorba Linda between September 23 - 27.  Download and print the form below and 20% of your purchase will be donated to St. Francis!

Download form here.
Mrs. Fields/Yankee Candle Fundraiser
Continue selling Mrs. Fields Cookies and Yankee Candles!! Don't forget that for every 5 items you sell you can bring in your ticket to redeem a prize on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Friday, September 21 is the last day to turn in orders for this important program.

Prizes! 
For the families that sell a minimum of $225 worth of items, each child in the family will join in an Ice Cream Party! 
 
The class that raises the most money will have a Pizza Party!
 
The child that raises the most money will receive $100. 


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, September 19, we will be serving Miguel Jr

Angel Bins Shoe Drive

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
San Antonio Fiesta Volunteer Opportunities
The San Antonio Church Fiesta is THIS weekend, September 14 - 16.  It's not too late to earn volunteer hours and work a shift in the SFA Buoy Game Booth.  Visit the church website for SFA booth sign-ups.

Students can earn hours too as long as one volunteer per shift is an adult. Is the shift you are interested in full? Questions? Please contact SFA Booth Chair Christina Byrne at  cbyrne2004@sbcglobal.net or (714) 585-6326.
San Antonio Fiesta Ticket Sales
This year San Antonio Fiesta will be offering an online store! Here you will be able to purchase ride, game and food tickets as well as other merchandise! Click here to securely purchase your tickets using credit or debit card.

Tickets will NOT be delivered to St. Francis.  All tickets MUST BE picked up at San Antonio Church at the will-call table, located in the Hospitality Booth during the Fiesta, in the Parish Office or during Recruitment weekends in the Courtyard, no later than: 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018.
St. Martin de Porres Oktoberfest
St. Francis of Assisi School needs families for our St. Martin de Porres Oktoberfest booth the weekend of September 28, 29 and 30.  St. Francis will be manning the Duck Pond game booth.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our school to support one of our founding parishes and acquaint all St. Martin de Porres parishioners with our school community.  Your volunteer hours in our St. Francis game booth will be credited to your volunteer hour commitment to our school.  8th graders can also earn service hours by working in this booth!

Please click here to sign up for a shift.

Mater Dei High School Admissions

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