Falcon Newsletter
January 29, 2020
Principal’s Message
Thank you for joining us for our kickoff mass to celebrate Catholic School Week. Thank you to our faculty, staff, and families who helped to make the Open House a special time for all.
Catholic education balances the need for solid academic education with spiritual faith immersion. On top of the rigorous academics needed to compete in today’s world, Catholic Schools, in partnership with their parent communities, keep Christ at the center of the education process. He is the unseen but ever-present teacher in the classroom. Students study the faith, prepare for sacraments, participate in liturgies, and learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in our Catholic church.
We actively encourage students to listen for God’s voice guiding them and to look for Him throughout the day. In nurturing student understanding of the presence of a loving and merciful God, we help form the core of the future church, one rooted in a deep personal relationship with our God. It is our hope that together with parents, we can help form a faith foundation built firmly to withstand the challenges and fears our world generates. With God’s guidance, we pray that the message that the young faithful are loved, worthy, and enough rings through clearly, because they are God’s children and there is nothing more important than that.
A strong Catholic education provides opportunities to apply what is learned and to become aware of the needs of others, to stand up for what is right and be of service in the world. Our awareness of God, His plan for us, and the call to be of service allows us to become instruments of His grace in our families, parish, city, and world communities, bringing the Light of Christ to those we meet. It is in this manner that St. Francis of Assisi School touches the future one student at a time, as we bear witness to our love for Christ and His loving presence in our lives. Sharing the stories of our faith helps strengthen the bond between us, formed at Baptism with the sign of the cross and the signs of water and holy oil. We are connected through the loving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, a symbol which serves as our reminder to live in faith in and out of the classroom, the symbol of hope and love in our world.
Lastly, please remember that you may not drop off or pick up your child in the church parking lot. It is a safety hazard, and we are committed to the safety of all students.
7th Grade – The students are starting a project in religion this week that will have them researching something that breaks their heart about the world today. They will each be creating a Google Site that will share their research, facts about the issue, and a video that they will make explaining the issue.
4th Grade – Open House 2020
“Rooted in Heart,”
Mrs. VanderKlugt
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Coming Events
Wednesday, January 29
Rope Warrior Assembly
1:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 30
Spelling Bee
10:30 a.m.
in the church
Friday, January 31
VIP Mass 11:00 a.m.
Minimum Day
Friday, January 31
Catholic Schools Week Concludes
Clicking on the image above will allow you to open a Google Calendar and, if you wish, add it to your own calendar.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s Geography Bee! This year’s winners were:
1st Place: Mia Montifar, 8th Grade
2nd Place: Jed Johnson, 7th Grade
3rd Place: Will Chaffee, 7th Grade
4th Place: Jonah Ribando, 6th Grade
Donations and Volunteers Needed
Please consider donating any new or gently
used items to be used as prizes or raffle items for the upcoming Mother/Son Bingo event on Saturday, February 22, 2019. Looking for items desirable to boys ages 5-14 and Mothers alike.
Please drop donations at the SFA office attn: Natalie Ivankovich by February 14th.
Please also consider volunteering your time to help with this event. Click on this link to sign up:
Thank you for your support!
How to Raise Successful People
Carondelet High School is hosting an engaging presentation and conversation with Esther Wojcicki, best-selling author of How to Raise Successful People. This award-winning educator will be speaking at the Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation at Carondelet this Thursday, January 30, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Get your free tickets here:
Click on the image above to open the entire flyer.
Click on the image above to open the entire flyer.
Baked Goods Donations Needed
Baked Goods Donations Needed for this Upcoming Event:
  • VIP MASS – Friday, Jan 31st
Would you like to earn easy service hours?
PACE could use your help!
Donations of baked goods are needed for the upcoming Back to School Night.
Receive 1 service hour for
4-dozen home baked cookies
4-dozen home baked muffins
3-dozen home baked cupcakes
$20 worth of purchased baked goods
(Receipts need to be submitted for purchased baked goods)
If you would like to donate items, then please contact Grace Hernandez at graceh206@hotmail.com to make arrangements.
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St. Francis Annual Auction
Our Annual Auction will take place Saturday, April 4 at the Garaventa Center at Carondelet High School.
Make sure to “LIKE ” our SFA Annual Auction Facebook Page to stay up to date on the latest information about this event! You won’t want to miss it!
Nut-Free School
Due to the severe, sudden, and life-threatening nature of peanut & tree nut allergies, St. Francis of Assisi School is a NUT-FREE school environment. No peanuts or nuts are allowed on campus at any time nor at any school-sponsored events- on or off campus. Thank you for supporting our proactive policy.
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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