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Important Dates
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
Francis
1B
Sawyer
3B
Brooke
1A
Kellen 3B
December 5, 2018
Dear St. Francis of Assisi School Parents and Guardians,

Last week many of our families demonstrated perseverance by coming out in the pouring rain to attend the Advent Catholic Identity Family Event.  It was a joy to see parents and students work together to "build" their manger. After a few bruises to thumbs, everyone had successfully constructed their manger to take home!  Our Catholic Identity Ministry encouraged the families to fill the manger with blessings. Each piece of straw represents a good deed, a random act of kindness, or a sacrifice made for someone else.  

In this Advent Season, let us look for opportunities to be the light of Christ to one another, both in our school community and in the community in which we live.  St. Martin de Porres parish went to Skid Row last weekend to feed and minister to the homeless. Many churches offer adopt-a-family programs where we can provide toys and clothing for children who may not have the opportunity to receive gifts otherwise.  Our seventh grade students will be participating in the Pastathon fundraiser this Friday with Chef Bruno's Caterina's Club at Christ Cathedral campus helping to feed the hungry children in Orange County. You can drop off packages of pasta to the office by Thursday afternoon and contribute to this worthy cause.  Opportunities to make a difference are all around us!

I am a very visual person which is why I love the many symbols we have in our faith.  One of my favorites is the Advent Wreath. Every year we pull ours out of the Christmas storage, dust it off and buy new candles.  We light a new candle every Sunday during Advent and the candles are lit at our dinner table to remind us of the season we are in. This year I wanted to dive deeper into the imagery of the Advent Wreath and found a great website: www.catholiccompany.com which gave great explanations on the tradition and meaning.  

The circle of the wreath represents the unconditional and never ending love of Christ.  The four candles each represent a 1,000 years for a total of 4,000 years that we waited for our Savior's birth from the time of Adam and Eve.  The color purple is similar to lent and reminds us to spend time in prayer, seeking forgiveness, and looking for opportunities to do good things for others.  The pink candle is used on Gaudete Sunday, December 16, and symbolizes joy and rejoicing - Christmas is near! "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near." Phil 4:4-5 

I am praying for your families this Advent Season, that you experience the joy of Christ in your homes through the good work of your daily actions at home, at school and in your communities!  

Advent blessings,

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
SCHOOL NEWS
Santa's Secret Shop
Santa's Secret Shop 
Thank You to the volunteers, and shoppers who supported the Santa's Secret Shop! Extra Special THANK YOU to Lynn Mirabella & Lyndsey Campbell for Co-Chairing this year's shop. The event raised $3,680! Secret Santa money is used to support the Early Childhood program and play yard.
Box Top Contest
We are having a school wide Box Top Collection Contest now through December 14th.  The class that brings in the most Box Tops will earn a Hot Chocolate Bar to celebrate!
SFA Musical Production


We are excited to present Peter Pan Jr., our 3rd Annual Spring production. Attached is the important information for auditions, rehearsals, and performances.  A registration packet will be sent home in last week's Thursday Folder. We hope all of our young stars will come out to auditions next week.  No experience is necessary and all students will be given a role in the play!

Little Lambs: Early Childhood Education News

Monday, December 10
Ps/Pre-K Purple Color Day - Students Wear Purple
Friday, December 14 Ps/Pre-K Christmas Program
9:00 am - Pre-K C
10:00 am - Pre-K A & B


Part-time position available in Pre-K Extended Care.  Monday - Friday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  Click here for full job description. Interested candidates email resume to Mrs. Martinson at  cmartinson@sfayl.org.
Order your 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!

Camp Wolfpack Survey
Last week a survey was sent out in regards to our summer camp at St. Francis School.  If you haven't done so, please take a moment to help us better our Camp Wolfpack with your feedback.



Catholic Identity Corner
Advent Has Begun!

Did you know? The first Sunday of Advent marks the new Liturgical Year for our Church! All liturgical seasons flow from Advent.... so it's only appropriate to say - Happy New Year!!!!!

During Advent no flowers decorate churches, but it is usual to have an Advent Crown also known as an Advent Wreath. These are made from a circle of evergreen plants like holly
and ivy which symbolize God with no beginning or end. The evergreen is a reminder that God does not change and represents everlasting life.

Parking Lot Reminders
With the upcoming class programs and parties, we wanted to remind everyone to please follow the  parking  lots rules: 

  • DO NOT PARK IN THE RED ZONES
  • DO NOT DOUBLE PARK
  • DO NOT MOVE CONES MARKING DESIGNATED SPACES. 

The only exceptions are when making a delivery and when directed to  park temporarily in the red zone during pick up. We need your cooperation and support to ensure emergency vehicle access. Our kids, staff, and visitors deserve everyone's cooperation.
FUNDRAISING NEWS
2019 Auction Gala

Scrip Schedule
The holiday season is upon us and buying scrip is not only a great way to give gifts but to do your holiday shopping while earning your scrip credits.  You can download and view a digital gift guide at ShopWithScrip.com/giftguide.  This is also the season to order small denomination cards like $5 Starbucks.

The holiday schedule for scrip orders is as follows:

Order by Saturday 
Receive on Wednesday
12/08/18  
12/12/18
12/15/18    
12/19/18
01/12/19  
 01/16/19

If you are not currently using scrip, you can go to www.shopwithscrip.com to set up your account. Contact the Business Office at accounting@sfayl.org for the enrollment code.

Happy Shopping!!
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 2 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, December 12, we will be serving McDonalds.

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
Christmas Concert
 
Christmas at the Cathedral
 
Connelly Shadow Day
 
St. Michael's Preparatory School Open House
 
Mater Dei Admissions
 
Santa Clara de Asis - Children's Faith Formation
Volunteers Needed!
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