Falcon Newsletter 7-23-21
Dear St. Francis of Assisi Families,                                                        July 2021
I hope that you are all enjoying a relaxing summer with family and friends! It is so very important for us all to focus on family and self during this time! I am looking forward to seeing all of you again very soon!
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize two members of our staff who will not be rejoining us in August. Mrs. Melinda Tanguay and Mrs. Fran Del Prete.
Mrs. Tanguay has been a member of the Saint Francis of Assisi School for well over 30 years. Her tireless work as our Learning Support Coordinator has been instrumental in the educational development of our students. She was able to reach our students through an abundance of enthusiasm, warmth, and love. The impact she has had on our campus and with our community cannot be measured and her presence will be missed. Join me in wishing Mrs. Tanguay all of the best in her chosen endeavors!
Mrs. Del Prete has also been a long-standing member of our Saint Francis of Assisi community since 1993, the year her sons started school at Saint Francis. In 1996 she began to work in the Falcon’s Nest and in 2006 she took on the role of Instructional Assistant. She has served as the Halloween Festival Chair and has long been the Scrip Coordinator. Her role as an Instructional Assistant, and at times a long-term Substitute Teacher, has positively impacted hundreds of our students. Her knowledge, warmth, hugs, and love for our students will be greatly missed. Please join me in wishing Mrs. Del Prete all of the best as she begins to enjoy her retirement! (True to Mrs. Del Prete’s love for our school, she has graciously agreed to continue on as Scrip Coordinator and Substitute Teacher as needed!)
We have again been very busy this summer! I would like to now update everyone on some of the happenings on campus while we have been away:
Please join me in welcoming four new members to our Saint Francis of Assisi School faculty and community.
  • Mrs. Michele Kilgore who will take on the position of Resource Teacher.
  • Mrs. Ann York- Learning Support Assistant.
  • Ms. Judy Mercer- Learning Support Assistant.
  • Mrs. Michelle Woerner- Learning Support Assistant.
We have been moving work spaces to efficiently accommodate the needs of our staff and students. The 8th grade classroom will no longer be in the John Paul II room and will return to the middle school wing (5, 6, 7, 8 in order). The former “Music Office” adjacent to the John Paul II room will now be the School Counselor’s Office. The Spanish Teacher Office has been moved to the office adjacent to the Science classroom. The office space formerly occupied by the Spanish Teacher is now dedicated to technology infrastructure and service.
All of the windows of the Middle School Wing have been replaced and are now completely functional.
There are quite a few projects that are currently in progress:
The “Library” is being renovated to accommodate a multitude of uses. This space will now serve as Library, Math Classroom, Math Teacher Office, copy/lamination area, Middle School Learning Support Assistant work space and faculty inboxes. (Sounds like a lot but it works!)
The former “Technology Lab” portable is being renovated and converted to accommodate Resource instruction.
The painting of the classroom doors, moldings and building trim to both the school and gym are in their final stages of completion.
Some of you may have already noticed that we have begun the arduous task of re-doing the asphalt to the entire parish facility. Removal of the existing asphalt has already begun so parking will be at a premium for a few weeks. The areas being done include the Parish parking lot, the courtyard between the school classroom wings and the entire school parking lot to include driveways. We ask for your continued patience as this necessary re-paving takes place. Striping details have yet to be determined and we will keep you posted as to when that will take place.
Classroom repairs are on-going and include painting, floor waxing, closet and door repair, desk repair and adjustments, etc.
Desks were ordered to accommodate the increase in enrollment. They have arrived and are awaiting assembly and placement.
Industrial wash stations have been ordered. They too have arrived and are awaiting assembly and placement.
Replacement partitions / panels for the boy’s restroom in the gym have been ordered and have arrived. They are awaiting installation.
As time draws closer to the start of school, general ground clean-up will take place.
Please find some important information below to begin our school year.
Blessings,
Mrs. VanderKlugt
FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL: Here’s what you need to know!
Back To School Schedule: Our First Week
School begins Grades TK – 8th:
Wednesday August 18th: All Grades 8:00 am- 10:00 am (No Extended Care)
Thursday August 19th: 1st – 8th 8:00 am – 12:30 pm (No Extended Care)
TK & K only 12:15 Dismissal (No Extended Care)
Friday August 20th: 1st – 8th 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (No Extended Care)
TK & K only 12:15 Dismissal (No Extended Care)
August 23, 2021 (Monday) Extended Care opens 6:45 am – 8:00 am / 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
TK & Kindergarten Schedule
Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten will observe a half-day schedule for the first two weeks of school – August 19th through September 3rd (8:00 – 12:15). Full days will begin on Tuesday, September 7th (8:00 – 2:45)
Daily Schedule: Wednesday DISMISSAL TIME: 2:00 PM
The first bell rings at 7:55 and the school day begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. for all grades. Please note that your child is tardy if he or she arrives at their classroom after the 8:00 am bell. Our Wednesday dismissal time will be at 2:00 PM for grades 1st through 8th. Tuesday dismissal time for TK and Kindergarten will be 1:45 p.m. once they are on a full-day schedule.
Falcon Fair: Wednesday August 18th @ 8:00 a.m.
On the first day of school, Wednesday, August 18th, all parents and guardians are invited to the gym to attend the Falcon Fair. This important event is the first step in building community with new families and meeting up with those you have not seen all summer. It also serves as a time for you to gain insight into the many activities and events that will help build our community. So, bring your checkbook, credit cards, and calendar so that you can purchase and coordinate all the wonderful opportunities that are in place for the 2021-2022 school year. We will even have a coffee truck available!
New Family Partner Program (Host Family)
Become a host family and guide our new families through the following activities: Upcoming Events, Get to know you events, Falcon Fair, and general information. (Service hour opportunity!) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B48A4AA22A1FA7-newfamily1
EXTENDED CARE-FALCON’S NEST
The first day of Extended Care will be on Monday, August 23rd. If you have not signed-up, contracts and registration forms will be available at the Falcon Fair.
Ice Cream Social: Thursday August 19th @ 6:00 p.m.
Please join us on Thursday, August 19th for the SFA annual Ice Cream Social from 6-8 pm by the gym.  Please join us for ice cream and community!
Welcome Back Carnival: Saturday August 21st, 2021 @ 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join us for the Welcome Back Falcons Carnival. Lunch, dessert, raffles, games, prizes and face painting. See attached flier. Welcome Back Carnival
SFA School Night at the Ballpark: A’s vs White Sox Wednesday September 8th Game time 6:40 p.m.
Invite your friends and family and join us for a night of baseball and community! Proceeds from each ticket will benefit our Saint Francis of Assisi Student Scholarship Fund. Field level seats are $35.00 each. Last day to purchase tickets is August 6, 2021. Visit our website to purchase your tickets. SFA Website
St Francis of Assisi School Uniform Sales
SFA has a distinct uniform which identifies our students. It is important that it be worn in accordance with the dress code. Please refer to the dress code directives found in the Handbook. Unless there is a designated “free dress” day or some special dress occasions, all students are to be in compliance beginning on the second day of school.
Only SFA sweatshirts are allowed at school. If it is a cold day, students may wear a cold weather jacket. HOWEVER, it must be on top of a SFA sweatshirt. Students may not wear the cold weather jacket in any classroom. Any student wearing a non-SFA sweatshirt will be out of compliance and will receive a non-uniform violation. Three uniform violations will result in an after school detention.
Please put your child’s name on ALL articles of clothing.
The Dennis Uniform Company will be scheduled to come on campus. Date and time TBD. Our slightly used uniform sale will happen on the same day in the Science Lab, at the same time. dennisuniform.com
GENERAL INFORMATION
CALENDAR ENCLOSED
The 2021 – 2022 school calendar is attached. Important Dates
SUPPLY LISTS FOR GRADES TK-8
CAMPUS SAFETY
Our number one priority is to keep our students, volunteers and employees safe at all times. Please use the appropriate gates to enter, and exit the school. Gates and classroom doors are locked during school hours. If you need to drop something off to your child during school hours, please ring the bell to be allowed entrance and proceed to the school office to check in with the office staff. No one is to drop off or enter the classroom during school hours!
PARKING LOT PROCEDURES
There will be OPEN parking in the school yard on the first day of school. Please feel free to walk your child/ren to their classrooms. Please use caution as you enter and exit the parking lot as students and adults will be walking about.
Back To School Night:
All parents are required to join us for Back to School Night. This will be a virtual event this year.
Tuesday, August 24: TK/K @ 6:00 pm and 1st/2nd @ 7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 25: 3rd/4th @ 6:00 pm and 5th @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 26: 6th @ 5:00 pm, 7th @ 6:00 pm and 8th @ 7:00 pm
Back To School Night is an ADULT only event.
From the Business Office
Saint Francis of Assisi Family Handbook
Please be sure that you have reviewed the Saint Francis of Assisi School Handbook and have signed the signature page. A copy of the completed Signature page is due in the school office by August 23rdSt Francis Family Handbook 2021-2022
On the financial part of things, every family must have:
TUITION
  • A tuition contract on file with the school bookkeeper.
  • A current email address on file with the office.
  • The delinquent tuition agreement, read, signed and returned to the office.
  • Be enrolled in SMART Tuition. SMART Tuition is for the processing and collection of tuition. Here are some details regarding SMART:
  • There must be a current family email address on file.
  • Once you received notification from SMART, please go online to enroll payment and the account information from where you want the payment to be debited.
  • Please know that SMART receives the late fee, not the school.
Any questions about tuition payment, please contact our bookkeeper, Mabel Liang @ [email protected] or 925-827-1848.
MEDICATIONS IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE
All students who take prescribed medications at school must have a Diocesan required request for “Medication to be Taken During School Hours” form on file each year. Please request a copy from the school office as soon as possible. NO MEDICATION (including aspirin) may be given or taken at school without this form signed by the physician and the parent. Parents MUST bring the medications to the office, NOT THE CHILD!
ATTENTION PARENTS OF INCOMING 7TH GRADERS
Please note that under CA State Law AB354 all students entering 7th grade will be required to show proof of a Tdap booster shot before the start of school.
STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER CLASS WITHOUT ONE ON FILE.
SFA School Communication
Correspondence will remain digital.
Technology, Cell Phones and Social Media
It is important that all of us be aware of the proper and safe usage of computers & cell phones, both at school and at home. Students bringing a cell phone to school is fine BUT it needs to be in the OFF position and in the student’s backpack, not in a student’s pocket at any time. A cell phone can never be used during school hours without permission of the school’s Principal. It must be kept in the backpack until 3:15 pm. If caught with a phone, it will be confiscated and an adult will have to come to the office and retrieve it from the office. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a referral slip and a detention.
The school has filters on our computers which will not allow access to inappropriate sites. Please be diligent to make sure this is also in place at home. We encourage a watchful eye on your child’s usage of social media which can, and have led to cyber-bullying and other problems at the school level.
DRIVING FOR SCHOOL EVENTS
During the course of the school year, parents will be asked to drive on field trips. All parents interested in driving for such events must have a copy of their driver’s license, Declaration of Insurance, Certification & Authorization form, as well as proof of the Safe Environment/Virtus training and fingerprints on file in the school office. With the exception of Safe Environment/Virtus training and fingerprints, the above documents must be submitted each school year. Please obtain required paperwork from the school office, complete and return in a timely manner. Information on training is below.
Volunteering at the School: Message from the Oakland Diocese/Safe Environment
Screening:
  1. To all Volunteers
  • The Diocese of Oakland requires that all volunteers over the age of 18 who have direct, ongoing contact with minors or vulnerable adults be live scan fingerprinted and cleared through the DOJ PRIOR to beginning service. The Ministry cannot begin until clearance is verified by the SE office. This includes any school parent or volunteer, no matter the time commitment. Fingerprinting for the Diocese of Oakland is a one time event. The DOJ does not allow sharing of information between agencies; so if someone prints for an entity that is NOT in the Diocese of Oakland, they must print for us. If you have printed for any ministry in the Diocese of Oakland, you may use that clearance for any location in the Diocese.
Training: Virtusonline.org (select: first time registrant)
  • Volunteers and Employees
  • All volunteers and employees over age 18 in any parish, school or other Diocesan Site, regardless of ministry, must be trained to recognize and respond to the signs of abuse, to be informed of the reporting procedures and to learn how to safeguard the children and vulnerable adults in their care. We train through Virtus, available online and live training.
  • Training must be done PRIOR to beginning service, and every 3 years thereafter. Anyone not trained on Virtus protecting God’s children must do so now. See web address above.
On behalf of the faculty and staff at St. Francis of Assisi School, we hope that this letter serves as helpful and not too overwhelming. I look forward to seeing you all in August as we begin our year together.
Scrip Orders
If you are interested in purchasing SCRIP please contact Mrs. Del Prete at [email protected].
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Our Mission Statement
Inspired by our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, in collaboration with the Parish, community, parents, and students, our school celebrates an environment which is dedicated to providing quality faith-based Catholic education in a safe and nurturing environment for students in grades TK-8. Our value-centered academic programs empower the students with the skills to be faith-filled people, life-long learners and problem solvers, globally responsible citizens, and effective communicators.

St. Francis of Assisi School

866 Oak Grove Road
Concord, Ca. 94518
(925) 682-5414