Falcon Newsletter 2-17-21
Principal’s Message
“Among the beautiful, meaningful and solemn ceremonies of the Catholic Church is the gathering of the faithful on Ash Wednesday.” – Pope Francis
This special day begins our Lenten journey. It is the start of 40 days of prayer, penance and almsgiving as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. But why does Lent begin on a Wednesday, and what is the significance of ashes?
The Church has long used ashes as an outward sign of grief, a mark of humility, mourning, penance and morality. Ashes were imposed on the early catechumens when they began their preparation time for baptism. So, when we go to that early Mass on Ash Wednesday morning and receive the blessed ashes on our forehead, we are repeating a somber, pious act that Catholics have been undergoing for over 1,500 years. Like all those before us, we unhesitatingly embrace this invitation to sanctity, this time to turn away from sin. We are part of that great cloud of witnesses who through all the ages have donned the ashes, publicly acknowledging that we are Christians, Christians who have sinned and seek to repent. We acknowledge that “we are dust and to dust we shall return.”
Sixth Grade Speeches
Sixth graders were recently asked to write and then record a speech in which they offer advice to the world as if they were a prophet of God. Here are a few we’d like to share:
Kindergarten Celebrates 100 Days of School!
February Dine Out & Donate
Back by popular demand, our February Dine & Donate event will be at Panda Express! Come celebrate ‘Year of the Ox’ at our VIRTUAL COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER tomorrow, Thursday, February 18, 2021.  Please see the flyer below for full details.
Volunteer Hours
While there are several opportunities available for families to satisfy their volunteer hour
obligations I do recognize that actual on-campus volunteer opportunities have been virtually non-existent. We must still adhere to social distancing practices and we must still follow our established and approved return to campus protocols while we have students on campus.
However, as of Monday, Governor Newsom has rescinded the stay-at-home order which
allows us a bit more leeway. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce to you a new
program we have been working on called the “Saint Francis Friars”.
The Saint Francis Friars is quite simply the rejuvenation of parent/family work parties. The
program will create an opportunity for parents/families to provide volunteer hours around
campus. Families will be able to satisfy their volunteer hour requirements while Saint Francis of Assisi School benefits from low to no cost maintenance and beautification.
The Saint Francis Friars will be administered by the Principal and two (2) Parent Co-
Chairpersons that will organize not only the tasks to be completed but the volunteers as well. Volunteers will report on the designated day and perform assigned work from 8:00am-
12:00pm. Following the completion of the session, food and drink will be provided to all
participants while providing an opportunity for fellowship and networking.
Information will be coming in the very near from our P.A.C.E. representatives who will be
soliciting volunteers for the Co-Chairperson positions as well as volunteers for the general work parties. If you have a specific God given talent and expertise in a particular area (ie. plumbing, electrical, construction, painting, etc.) please be sure to relay that information to the P.A.C.E. representative so that we may be able to take full advantage of the expertise within our own community before having to go elsewhere.
The mission and general outline for the Saint Francis Friar volunteer program has been posted on our web page. I encourage you all to take a look at it to see if and how you may be able share your talents with us!
Kindergarten Cub Scouts
Come join our Cub Scout troop and Lion Den! Learn how to be prepared, go on adventure hikes, and make some new friends! Cub Scouts are open to both boys and girls and siblings are always welcome! If interested, please contact Den Leader Tony Hernandez at 415-595-3414. Happy Scouting!
Cookbook Cover Contest
OPEN TO ALL GRADES T-K through 8th!!
Show off your artistic side and design a book cover for our upcoming school Cookbook. The winning design will be the Cookbook Cover! Enter now. Hand in your entry to your homeroom teacher at school, or email your entry to [email protected]. 1 entry per student please.
All entries due by March 1.
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