Archive for January, 2012

Dear parents,

Thank you for making Open House a wonderfully successful day.  My hope was to celebrate our students and our school, and aside from a windy start, the day surpassed all of my expectations!  The success of Open House was possible due to the dedicated efforts of every segment of our school community.  It starts with parents who provide their children with the gift of a Catholic education.  Next are the teachers and staff who partner with parents on the journey through childhood and adolescence.  The formation process is not complete without the connection to the parish.

Over 90% of our families attended, visiting classrooms displaying student work and talking with teachers.  Our pastors were a visible reminder that our community is built on a faith foundation.  Open House also provided a connection between our present, future, and past.  There were an impressive number of alumni who came back to visit with teachers and fellow graduates and an equally notable number of new families visiting our campus.  I know that our visitors were impressed by what our school can inspire kids to become.

The time and dedication put forth by our school community was evident in every corner of the campus.  There was an outstanding display of student work and talent in the classrooms.  The St. Clare Center summarized the highlights of the St.Francis experience including academics, activities, and parent support groups. Parent volunteers were everywhere serving as greeters, tour guides, and stocking tables with goodies.  This was truly a team effort and a wonderful display of our generosity and school pride.  I was very proud of our extraordinary display of achievement and community.

Open House was a remarkable day and a true indication of what our school can accomplish when we work together!

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Dear parents,

We are now accepting registration for next year’s St. Francis Pre-school and pre-kindergarten classes. Registration for 2012-2013 pre-school and pre-kindergarten classes began on January 30 and will continue until classes are full. If you did not pick up registration materials at Open House you may do so at the Main Office. To secure your child’s enrollment, please return your completed registration forms along with the $425 registration fee. Classes are limited to 20 students and will close when filled. Please note that the registration process for pre-school and pre-K has changed this year. In the past, parents submitted registration materials and fees at the same time as Kindergarten through 8th grade. Based on the strong turnout at Open House we anticipate that classes will attain full enrollment. Class offerings for 2012-2013 have also changed. All prices are based on 10 monthly payments.

Pre-School (3 years old by September 1, 2012)

2 day program     T, Th          8:30 am – 11:30 am  $250/month

3 day program     M,W,F      8:30 am – 11:30 am  $250/month

5 day program     M – F         8:30 am – 2:30 pm   $547.50/month

Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old by September 1, 2012)

3 day program     M,W,F     8:30 am – 2:30 pm  $547.50/month

5 day program     M – F        8:30 am – 2:30 pm  $475/month

Extended Day Care for pre-school and pre-k is available at 7:30 am – 8:30 am and 2:30 am – 6:00 pm. The monthly costs are $150 for the first child, $100 for the second child, and $50 for the third child.

If you have any questions regarding pre-school or pre-K registration, please contact the school office at 714-695-3700, x105.

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Dear parents,

Catholic Schools Week at St. Francis unofficially began last week at the general parent meeting and continued through the weekend as St. Francis families spoke at the parish masses. At the general parent meeting members of the St. Francis staff presented data about several academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs illustrating student learning and personal development. The results affirm that St. Francis is fulfilling its goal to educate the whole person and we’re doing it very well!  This is accomplished by incorporating our school-wide learning expectations – form students who are faith-filled Catholics, responsible citizens, active life-long learners, and confident communicators – into all of our programs and activities. Programs are only as good as the people who implement them so credit must be given to the faculty, staff, and parents who work collaboratively to educate our students in a nurturing and supportive environment.

I look forward to seeing our families at Open House on Sunday, January 29, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  We also expect to see many new families visiting St. Francis. Let us celebrate our students and our school and welcome new families to St. Francis!  Bring friends, neighbors, and relatives to share in the experience!  A complete list of Catholic Schools Week activities taking place at St. Francis is included in this newsletter.  Please join us if you can.  This is your school community!


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During Catholic Schools Week there will be several events representing our commitment to faith, academics, and service.  Please join us for our festivities:

Sunday January 29 – Open House

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Wear Mass uniform!

Monday January 30 – Our Community

  • Jeans Day for students who wear Mass uniform at Open House
    • Free dress appropriate shirt/blouse.
  • Community Service Chains Displayed in St. Clare Center.
  • Toilet Paper Pyramid Contest
    •  All Toilet Paper sent to Catholic Worker.
  • Community Clean Up
    • Students will participate in cleaning up our local East Side Park and recycling on campus.

Tuesday January 31 – Our Students

  • Jeans Day
    • Free dress appropriate shirt/blouse.
  • Lunch Treat
    • School will provide Otter Pops at lunch
  • Movies and Popcorn in the Afternoon
    • Need to contact your room parent to provide popcorn treats.
  • No Homework
    • No homework assigned to students this evening

Wednesday February 1 – Our Nation

  • Special Community Prayer Celebrating Our Nation
    •  Peace, prayers, and scout leader presentations
    •  Franciscan Awards for January
  • 9:30 a.m. Mass at Santa Clara de Asis – Fr. Mike Celebrant
    • FIAT Awards after Mass
  • Students may wear red, white and blue accessories  with their  Mass uniform
  • Students will bring in hand sanitizer, chapstick, and gum to be sent to troops.
  • Valentine’s for Vets mailed.

Thursday February 2 – Vocations

  • Split assembly schedule (K-4 & 5 – 8) TBD

Friday February 3 – Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers

  • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Faculty hosted volunteer appreciation breakfast
  • 9:10 – 9:30 a.m.  Blessing of the Throats

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Dear St. Francis of Assisi Families,

Open House is right around the corner!

On Sunday, January 29, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week by hosting our annual Open House. This is a great opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and spend time with the people who play an important role in your child’s education. Open House is also a great opportunity to share pride in our great school. We need every family to support our marketing campaign by serving as a proud ambassador for St. Francis. Pick up an SFA Open House Flyer or use the flyers distributed at Mass at one of the tri-parishes. Share flyers with friends and neighbors and take flyers to the local businesses that you frequent. Let us celebrate our students and our school and welcome new families to St. Francis!

Catholic Schools Week kicks off with Open House on Sunday, January 29 and continues throughout the week. Parents are invited to celebrate Catholic Schools Week as a school community at our school mass on Wednesday, February 1, 9:30 am, at Santa Clara de Asis Church. In appreciation for their great support, the St. Francis faculty and administration will host a volunteer parent breakfast on Friday, February 3, from 7:00am – 9:00am. Following the breakfast at 9:10am in the school courtyard, the school community will receive a blessing of the throat in observance of the feast of St. Blaise.

I want to personally invite all St. Francis families to attend our Open House. Bring friends, neighbors, and relatives to share in the fun! Please contact the main office, or visit SaintFrancisOpenHouse.com if you have questions.

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Dear St. Francis of Assisi Families,

With Christmas and New Years in the rear view mirror we are preparing for exciting activities at St. Francis of Assisi School!

On Sunday, January 29, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week by hosting our annual Open House. This is a great opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and spend time with the people who play an important role in your child’s education. Open House is also a great opportunity to share pride in our great school. We need every family to support our marketing campaign by serving as a proud ambassador for St. Francis. Come by the main office to pick up Open House flyers or use the flyers distributed at Mass at one of the tri-parishes.  Share flyers with friends and neighbors and take flyers to the local businesses that you frequent. Let us celebrate our students and our school and welcome new families to St. Francis!

Catholic Schools Week kicks off with Open House on Sunday, January 29 and continues throughout the week.  In addition to Open House we celebrate the distinguishing aspects of Catholic education – faith, academics, service – with Mass and various activities for students and parents. Our commitment to educate the whole person helps us to form, in God’s likeness, our children’s minds, bodies, and souls. At St. Francis we sincerely believe in the power and promise of Catholic education and we strive to bear witness to its value on a daily basis. Parents are invited to celebrate Catholic Schools Week as a school community at our school mass on Wednesday, February 1, 9:30 am, at Santa Clara de Asis Church. In appreciation for their great support, the St. Francis faculty and administration will host a volunteer parent breakfast on Friday, February 3 from 7:00-9:00 a.m. We look forward to seeing parents at both events, especially our volunteers on Friday, February 3.

The second very special event is the 14th Annual St. Francis of Assisi Auction and Dinner Dance held at the Disneyland Hotel on Saturday, February 4th. The Auction and Dinner Dance promises to be an entertaining and fun evening complete with friends, prizes, and exciting auction items.

I want to personally invite all St. Francis families to attend all of these very important events. Your attendance at Open House and the Auction will help ensure a bright future for all St. Francis students. Bring friends, neighbors, and relatives to share in the fun! Please contact the Main Office if you have questions about either event.


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Congratulations to 8th grade student Katie C!  Katie, a member of the Girl’s “A” basketball team took second place in a free throw shooting contest at a Girl’s Christmas holiday basketball tournament sponsored by Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic School.  As a result of her sharp shooting, Katie is the recipient of a scholarship check in the amount of $100 courtesy of the Sts. Simon and Jude Men’s Club. All that practice was worth it!

Our Girls “B” basketball team played an incredible game, but lost to St. Norbert’s in overtime.  The next game for the Girls “B” Basketball team in the St. Barbara Tournament is Saturday January 15th at 11:20 am.

Both the Boys “A” and “B” Basketball teams won their first round game in the Mater Dei and St. Barbara Tournaments respectively.  The “A” team is now playing in the semi finals this Saturday, January 14th at 7 pm at Mater Dei.  Boys “B” team advance to the semi finals on Saturday, January 14th at 5:10 pm at St. Barbara School.

If either or both of our boys’ teams make it to the finals, there will be a phone blast giving everyone the tournament information for the next game.  If they make it to the finals and you attend the final game, you will receive a free dress pass for a date to be determined.

Boys Varsity final game for first or second place is Sunday, January 15th at 7 pm.  Boys “B” final game for first or second place is Sunday, January 15th at 5:10 pm.  If SFA is in the finals, you will need to sign in with the team mom or Mrs. Handy.  Boys Varsity team is Mrs. Warye and boys “B” team is Mrs. McMahon.

St. Barbara (Girls and Boys “B”)

5603 W. McFadden Ave.

Santa Ana, CA  92704

Mater Dei (Boys “A”)

1202 W. Edinger Ave.

Santa Ana, CA  92707

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