Falcon Newsletter
October 9, 2019
Principal’s Message
Saint Francis said, “Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you – LISTEN in such a way that others love to speak to you.” We are so blessed that our school and Parish are living proof of Saint Francis on a daily basis. From learning each day, loving each other, and coming together in community, we are a true testament of his teaching. After mass last Friday, Father Ismael blessed all our pets. There were so many pets….dogs, cats, Guinea pigs, geckos, bunnies, snakes, fish, and even a releasing of doves.
Thank you for joining us at the Parish Festival this past weekend. Everyone had a great
time playing games, eating, and visiting together. A special thanks to our teachers, and students who started the morning with their angelic voices.
On Monday, students in grades 4-8th took part in the “ICANHELP” assembly. The assembly for grades 4th through 6th addressed basic digital etiquette, while 7th and 8th graders learned about their digital footprint and the importance of spreading positivity online. This assembly helped to kick off our “Kindness” lessons. Each month, we will highlight an act of kindness in which our whole school will focus on. This is our first unit of the year. We will focus on choosing respect and better understanding the three levels of respect: self-respect, respect for others, and respect for our space.
Have a blessed week.
Mrs. VanderKlugt
  • 7th Grade – Our 7th graders created the St. Francis posters that are currently decorating our school.
  • 8th Grade – In Religion, they have been working on the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, Matthew.
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Progress Reports
Your child will be bringing home a slip of paper today for you to complete acknowledging that you’ve checked each child’s grades in PowerSchool. Please have a conversation with your child about their successes and any challenges they may be having.
Please complete, sign the form, and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, October 11th.
For middle school parents, if you would like to meet with non-homeroom teachers, please email that teacher directly.
If you are having trouble logging into your PowerSchool account, please email powerschool@sfafalcons.org.
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.
Coming Events
Wednesday, October 9
Picture Retakes and Makeups
Dine & Donate at Chipotle
5-9 p.m.
Friday, October 11
Progress Report Signature
Page Due
Monday, October 14
Columbus Day
No School
Tuesday, October 15
5th-8th Grade Mass
8:30 a.m.
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Dine & Donate Fundraiser TODAY!
TODAY is our Dine & Donate fundraiser at Chipotle Mexican Grill, located at 785 Oak Grove Rd., next to Trader Joe’s. Come join your friends for dinner between the hours of 5pm and 9pm and Chipotle will generously donate 33% of sales back to SFA! Why not invite your friends and neighbors to join us? Help us spread the word by posting the flyer on your social media accounts!
You can bring the fundraising flyer, show a digital copy on your smart phone, or SIMPLY MENTION that you’re supporting St. Francis of Assisi School and they will take care of everything!
***Please note that online orders WILL NOT be included in the fundraiser.***
Gift cards purchased in the restaurant during our event WILL NOT count toward our fundraiser. HOWEVER you can pay for your meal with an existing gift card (Chipotle SCRIP gift cards purchased through SFA or the Benefit Mobile App).
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Photo by 8th grader Linh Nguyen
Wheel-a-Thon 2019 Update
The big event may be over, but we’re still fundraising! Please be sure to turn in pledge money by Friday, October 25th to qualify for prizes! No cash, please—checks only, made payable to St. Francis of Assisi PACE. Or, give online at https://sfacncrd.ejoinme.org/Wheel-A-Thon2019.
Thank you again for your support! Please email sfawheelathon@gmail.com with any questions.
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!
Family Donation Intent Forms Due 10/31
A reminder that Family Donation Intent Forms are due by October 31. Each family is required to make a minimum $50 donation to help support our biggest fundraiser of the year. You may donate by check, gift cards and certificates, use of a vacation homes or timeshares, sign-up party host, sporting and concert tickets, gift baskets, exclusive tours and much more! Donations will be used in our silent and live auctions. Please fill out the attached donation intent form and return to the school office no later than 10/31.
Questions? Contact the Auction Chairs: sfaauctiondonations@gmail.com
Bay Area Science Festival
Cal State East Bay is hosting a Science Festival – Discovery Day on Saturday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at its Hayward campus. Lots of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and much, much more are planned for the day. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, visit their website: Bay Area Science Festival.
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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 | (925) 682-5414
866 Oak Grove Road, Concord, CA. | www.sfaconcord.org

St. Francis of Assisi School

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