Falcon Newsletter 1-6-21
Principal’s Message
Dear Families,
Over the break I hope that all of you were able to enjoy the wonders of the season! My prayers have been with all of you and will continue as we usher in a new year with great faith and optimism.
Over the last several weeks I have continued to monitor the overwhelming amount of information presented by the State, County and news media. It seems as if no two reports relay the same information. What is certain is that private schools are left to make decisions as individual entities; to implement protocols that best reflect the individual needs of our students and community and the ability to safely implement those protocols. I am confident that these protocols and safety measures either meet or exceed the recommendations of health authorities.
On Tuesday January 5, 2021, we will resume our digital learning platform. All grades will remain on this platform for the entire week.
On Friday January 8, 2021, we will have a FlyBy from 3:00-5:00pm.
For the week beginning January 11, 2021, we continue with our slow and grow approach to the hybrid learning platform. Those students in Grades TK-5 who have chosen to participate in on-campus instruction will do so in accordance with their pre-assigned cohorts. Grades 6-8 and those students who have elected to remain on our digital platform will continue with digital learning for this week.
Wednesday January 13, 2021, will be an asynchronous learning day for Grades 6-8 for subjects taught by homeroom teachers and the Spanish instructor. Math and Science will continue with digital instruction on this day.
For the week beginning January 19, 2021 (Monday Holiday), ALL students, including those students in Grades 6-8 who have chosen to participate in on-campus instruction will do so in accordance with their pre-assigned cohorts. Those students who have elected to remain on our digital platform will continue with digital learning.
In order to safely accommodate the students returning to on campus instruction the following changes must take place. Grades TK-7 will facilitate the hybrid learning platform from their traditional existing classrooms. Grade 8, due to class size, will facilitate the hybrid learning platform from the John Paul Center. PE classes will be held either on the yard during good weather or in the gym during inclement weather. Science lab instruction will take place in the Science Lab for Grades 5-8. Science lab for 4th grade will be in the 4th grade classroom. Reading Specialist instruction/breakouts will take place in the Library. Grade 6-8 Math instruction will be conducted Virtually. Those students on campus participating in the hybrid learning model will remain in their established classroom and have a proctor for the math period. This proctor will have no required instructional responsibilities.
Finally, I would like us all to join in welcoming the following students and their families who have chosen to join our Saint Francis of Assisi community:
T-K: Leyla Paik, Lucy Ferree
Kindergarten: Christian Hernandez, Chase Sauve, Chelsey Wilson
2nd : Nicholas Hernandez, Declyn Sauve
3rd : Max Ferree
4th : Cassidy Wilson
5th : Julia Dent, Ryan Dent
6th : Cole Wilson
7th: Christopher Dent
Welcome to all!
Blessings,
Mrs. VanderKlugt
COVID UPDATE:
On Friday you will receive a colored paper which matches your child’s class color. Please make sure this placard is visible in your car for morning and afternoon pick up. We will be lining cars up by color for dismissal and this will make the line run smoothly. If you have multiple children, please use the color of your youngest child in your car.
If your child is not feeling well please keep them home and use the digital learning platform. It is imperative that we work to keep our community safe.
All children are required to wear masks while in the classroom and while in transit to and from the classroom. Masks will be optional for students while at recess, while eating lunch and while participating in P.E. Social distancing will remain in effect at all times.
For the safety of both our students and faculty/staff, we are mandating that if a student who has elected to participate in the on-campus hybrid model, and has traveled out of the area, that that student remain home and participate in the digital learning platform for a period of 10 days from the date of their return. Please advise the office if this is the case so that we can advise the homeroom teacher and properly note status for attendance purposes. We are aware of some families who have remained on extended vacations during this break, those families will be receiving an email notifying them of the additional 10 day observation period before returning to campus.
Dine & Donate
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Round Table Pizza Dine Out & Donate fundraiser last month. Together we raised $228.85 for our school! Please save the date! For our first Dine & Donate event of the year, we will be partnering with Panera on THURSDAY, January 21, 2021. Be on the lookout for further details!
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