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Falcon Newsletter
October 23, 2019
Principal’s Message
Today during mass, Father Ismael talked about prayer, and how important it is to pray. There are so many different ways to pray: song, readings, quiet reflection, alone, with a group, and the list goes on and on. Take time to pray with each other, and spend some quiet time with God….He is waiting for you.
Just a reminder, all students need to be in full uniform for church on Tuesday. No CYO sweatshirts or other sweatshirts are to be worn, only uniform.
Thank you to student council and their leadership during our Cancer Awareness week. Together, as globally-responsible students and as a faith-filled community, we were able to donate money to the Katie Engler Winter Program.  Many, many thanks to all your hardworking students on the SFA Student Council and the staff, students, and parents at the St. Francis of Assisi School who are supporting the Katie Engler Winter Program.
This week we are pledging and learning about keeping a healthy lifestyle. Please stop by or check out Instagram/Facebook for all the messages that are being sent to be Drug Free. Today, we all wore red, in community to Say No to Drugs!
Please join us on Saturday evening for our Halloween Party! Be sure to check out the Constant Contact for all the information you need! Also, don’t forget to bring in a bag of candy!
LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CLASSROOM
4th Grade – The 4th graders are learning about making movies, and they are going to learn how a green screen is used.
6th Grade – The 6th grade went to the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Tracy. They learned how objects are sorted and shipped.
Have a spooktacular week!
Mrs. VanderKlugt
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
October 21-25
Red Ribbon-Drug
Awareness Week
Friday, October 25
7th Grade Dance at SFA
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 26
SFA Halloween Festival
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, October 28
STAR Testing #2 Begins
Clicking on the image above will allow you to open a Google Calendar and, if you wish, add it to your own calendar.
SchoolMessenger
On November 1st, at 10AM, every parent and staff member will receive a text from SchoolMessenger saying “You have been opted-in to receive SMS messages from Diocese of Oakland Schools. To opt out, reply No or Stop.”
We hope you will choose to opt in for these messages as SchoolMessenger can be used for emergency communications. If you agree to receive these messages, there is nothing you need to do. If you should have any questions, please let us know.
For more information and to donate items or your time, please visit the following links:
Please click on the image above to download the order form.
Calling All Bakers
Earn 3 Service Hours
  • 2 home-baked cakes
  • 2 dozen home-baked cupcakes
Earn 2 Service Hours
  • 3 dozen home-baked cookies
Earn 1 Service Hour
  • $20 worth of purchased baked goods (receipt required)
Please drop off items to the Gym on Saturday, 10/26, between 10 a.m. and Noon. Please email Jesenia (jpadilla@csdo.org) to confirm donation details.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME GUIDELINES:
Costumes may be worn to school on THURSDAY October 31st! Please follow the guidelines below:
  • all costumes MUST follow school free dress policy (neckline, straps, length)
  • no masks/props (except during judging at the beginning of the day)
  • no weapons at any time
  • hair dye/make-up must be washed out by the next school day
  • Nothing gory allowed
  • shoes must follow school policy
  • nothing clown related
Tailgate Party
Join us on Friday, November 1st, before the De La Salle game for a tailgate party in the John Paul II room. All proceeds for this event go towards helping our 7th Graders go to Camp Caritas.
Click on the image at left to download your order form.
See you there!
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Volunteer Hours Update
Please click on the icon to the right for an update on volunteer hours. This includes the Wheel-a-Thon hours and parish festival baskets, along with any reported classroom/field trip hours. If you see an error, please email Heidi Lewis –  heidilewis5@icloud.com
Hours can be reported at any time by email. Please be sure to copy the teacher or the project coordinator for the hours worked.
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 this 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.
Communication Works Program
Greetings Families and Staff of St. Francis of Assisi School,
Communication Works has partnered with the community of St. Francis of Assisi School for the past 5 years to support students and families who may have concerns in the areas of speech, language or social learning. As part of the program, a Speech Language Pathologist will be on campus by the end of October to conduct free screenings for students referred by either their teacher or parent/guardian. Related concerns could be in the areas of sound production, expressive or receptive language skills or social/pragmatic concerns.
SERVICES INCLUDE: Screening (fee waived), Diagnostic Evaluation, Therapy, and Consultation. There is a fee schedule for Diagnostic evaluation and on-going weekly therapy.
PARTICIPATION: The program is on going throughout the school year and referrals are accepted at any time. Referrals can be made by a parent, teacher, or other professionals. Teachers can complete a referral form and submit it to your Learning Specialist, Melinda Tanguay who will collect them in preparation of the screening.
PROGRAM INFORMATION: Once we have an established program of student participants, A speech pathologist can coordinate a day to be on campus each week to meet with students and provide support. The program is embedded within the student’s school day. We do our best to consult with teachers regarding optimal timing for the therapy session.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me at theresa@cwtherapy.com
Theresa Christiansen M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist Supervisor
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The Story
Reserve your tickets now for “The Story: God’s Redemptive Design Through Living Art” at North Creek Church. Visit their website here:
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.

St. Francis of Assisi School

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