Archive for October, 2011

Wear your costumes to school (teacher approved please) and enjoy a fun-filled day with a special Halloween parade beginning at 8:45.

Students should arrive on campus already dressed in costume:

  • Costumes should be modest…skirts no shorter than finger tips with shorts/leggings under the costume.
  • T shirts should be worn under costumes that are immodestly cut on the sleeves and neckline
  • No gouhlish, evil, bloody, violent costumes or verbage on costumes.
  • Props that are not weapons may be carried during the parade.
  • Heads and masks may only be worn during the parade.
  • No hair painting. No face painting or make up
  • No weapons, swords, guns etc. at all.
  • Tennis shoes should be worn all day except for the parade for safety reasons.

Our annual pumpkin decorating contest will also take place on Halloween Day!  Bring your decorated, not carved, pumpkins to school on Halloween morning!

Contest Categories are:

  • Most Creative
  • Cutest
  • Celebrity Look-Alike
  • Sports Themed
  • Silliest

Winners will be announced at lunch time on Halloween Day.

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Everyone was a winner at the St. Francis of Assisi Golf Tournament and Casino Night. Over 90 St. Francis parents, school staff and friends of the school attended last Friday’s (October 21) fund raising and community building event held at the Black and Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda. “Enthusiastic” describes the support provided by those in attendance, and “fantastic” describes everyone’s mood as the night drew to a close. The golfing was great and the casino night that followed was a blast, complete with good food and drinks, lively music, fun Vegas style games, prizes, auction items and great company. I would like to thank everyone who turned out to support the event.  In particular, I am grateful to our sponsors, whose generous support provided the ingredients for a fun and entertaining day/evening. In addition, a core group of St. Francis parents worked very hard to make the evening a success. They include the event coordinators Tony Ward and Stacy Walker; committee member Beverly Umholtz, DJ Richard Decano, MC Joe Fairchild and event day support Diane Long, Terry Larson, and Jim Umholtz. I learned that the St. Francis community knows how to throw a great party so don’t miss the next St. Francis party on February 4, the Spring Auction and Dinner Dance.

Thank you sponsors for your generous support.

Bill and Patti Coombs

Richard Decano

Larry and Maryann Goodkind

Grove Body Shop

Jeff and Terry Larson

Steve and Julie Montez

Placentia Linda Hospital

Tustin Cadillac

Tony and Katie Ward

Schlossber & Umholtz

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Dear parents,

As I watch the kindergarten students enter school in the morning I can see their self-confidence growing daily.  Knowledge, experience and feedback are building blocks for confidence. The more time I spend at St. Francis the more confident I am in our ability to build on the many positives and successfully address the issues confronting our school. With a change in school leadership we have an opportunity to take a serious look at the issues that I presented at the September parent meeting: enrollment, finances, profile at the tri-parishes, school board, parent involvement and communications. The time to take action is now.  Along with the many wonderful things happening in and out of the classroom, there are areas which require immediate attention. This brings me to the reason why I am contacting you.  I need your help to address key issues. I am writing to inform you about two meetings that I hope you will make every effort to attend.

The first meeting is on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm in the St. Clare Center. At this meeting I will lay out plans for the 2011/2012 School Board. In particular, I will explain the structure and function of the board and how parents can get involved by volunteering to serve on one of the seven standing committees: Finance, Development, Marketing, Recruitment, Mission Effectiveness, Catholic Identity, and Technology.

The second meeting is on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 pm in the St. Clare Center. The focus will be on school finances. At this meeting the Finance Committee Chair and I will provide a detailed description of the school’s financial status and discuss plans to address budget challenges.

Thank you for your strong show of support at the September parent meeting. I suspect that attendance at September’s meeting was driven in part by curiosity, parents wanted to find out more about me. I hope that parents will be motivated to attend the upcoming meetings to become informed and to get involved.  We need to work together to make the school more effective. Based on my experience at successful Catholic schools, the bedrock of a strong Catholic school community is parent involvement. Involvement comes in many forms. You can join, help, lead, sponsor, support, participate, supervise and act as an ambassador. In whatever way you are able to contribute, your efforts are greatly appreciated. I have witnessed many examples of positive parent involvement at St. Francis so I know there is a strong base of support among our parents.

I hope you are able to attend these meetings so that we can focus on solutions for future growth. Together we can build on the outstanding base created over the last 13 years and propel the school on a path of continued success.

Tom Waszak

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*Contributed by Francine Hodges

Wednesday, October 5, the Lady Wolves battled and beat St. Norberts with an amazing amount of enthusiasm.  The entire team was cheering on the bench and with the incredible skills of Lauren G and Annie F the girls beat St. Norberts.

On Monday the Girls A Volleyball team battled it out with La Purisima on their courts and were again victorious.  In the third game Erica H and Alexis W did a terrific job against the other team.  Brooke A also helped out with aterrific serving streak.  Keep up the good work.

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*Contributed by Patty Weller

Snatched from the jaws of victory. That’s the best way to describe the Girls B Volleyball game against Holy Family on Wednesday. Down by four players and dealing with a toasty climate, the girls did a spectacular job of weathering the elements and pulling off a win in the second game after a heart-wrenching loss of the first game. Hanna C and Anna S demonstrated some very strong offensive serving strategy, nailing several serves in a row. Defensively, Alyssa J and Morgan E demonstrated some strong Wolfie energy by keeping some balls in play to secure the win. Many balls were passed and hit by two players before being passed back over to Holy Family, a clear sign of the strength and progress of the St. Francis team. The third game was played hard and the lead rotated back and forth between Holy Family and St. Francis. It was a nail-biter and all the parents were glued to the edge of their seats but ultimately, the Wolves suffered the loss.  The match went to Holy Family. While disappointing, the Holy Family coach summed it up best when she said what a great team we have here at St. Francis, and how very nice and spirited our girls are on our B team. Today, everybody was a winner.

The Wolves B Volleyball Team played a tough game at La Purisima on Monday. With the sun directly in their eyes for the first game, the Wolves were having a hard time and a tough start to the game.  Of course the Wolves would have none of it. Sunglasses were pulled out and put on by the girls, they rediscovered their energy, and regained the lead, winning both games. The match went to St. Francis. Morgan E’s defensive plays helped turn the first game around, and Hayley A’s save of what would have been a lost ball, won us the final point of the first game.  Amazing serving by Avery H secured the second game.  What a great show of perseverance by the Wolves. Madison B did a great job in the third game, demonstrating great defensive strategy on the court.

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Dear parents,

Eighth grade parents, students and teachers are gearing up for the high school admissions process.  All parents should pay attention to this message even if your child is not in eighth grade.  Selecting a school for your child is a very important decision and the impact of the decision increases at each level, elementary – middle – high school and college.  It is never too early to learn about what options are available and what the best fit is for your child.

The eighth grade students recently met with the admissions directors from Santa Margarita, Rosary, Servite, Mater Dei, Connelly and JSerra.   The good news is that your kids have great options to continue their Catholic education and they are well prepared.  These schools offer excellent academic, extra-curricular and faith formation programs.  The bad news is that you have to make tough decisions based on academic aptitude, admissions criteria, extra-curricular interests and family finances.  I certainly recommend attending a Catholic high school where the investment in your child’s formation will continue to pay dividends.

To make the best choice for your child’s secondary education you need to understand their strengths, interests, and goals and match them with the high school that provides the environment where your child will flourish.  There are many ways to do this.  To start, visit the school’s website, review the curriculum and admissions materials and talk to students and parents who attend the school.

Other steps you should take include attending events sponsored by the school and shadowing (eighth grade students) during a school day.  Also, each school hosts an Open House.  These are great opportunities to meet with current students, teachers, coaches, and administrators as well as tour the campus.  Attending an Open House can be a great motivator for younger students as they get excited about their future.

Students can best prepare for the rigors of high school by giving maximum effort to their studies and by getting involved in extra-curricular activities.  The most successful high school students have good study habits and organizational skills.  They set goals and work every day to achieve them. They immerse themselves in a variety of activities in and out of the classroom.  St. Francis graduates are successful because they develop these traits throughout years of formation at St. Francis of Assisi School.  Kudos to students, parents, and teachers!

Orange County Catholic High School Open House Dates:

Cornelia Connelly

Tuesday, November 15, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Sunday, December 4, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Sunday, November 20, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Sunday, December 4, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mater Dei

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm

Santa Margarita

Sunday, October 16, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


Thursday, November 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, January 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

*Please confirm dates and times by visiting the high school websites.

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In October, the St. Francis teachers learned how to harness the power of the Wikipedia in their classrooms.  Seventh grade teacher Mr. Fernando led this training with teachers representing multiple grade levels.

To read more of what was covered, please click on the Wikipedia Newsletter.

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