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Falcon Newsletter
October 30, 2019
Principal’s Message
Thank you for your patience and support with the last few days of school, and the many fire and power outage updates. Together as a community, we pray for those families who have lost their homes, for those who have been evacuated, and those who have lost power over the past weeks. We also pray for the many men and women who are First Responders.
On November 8th, 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.
This past weekend our campus was very busy! On Friday, the 7th grade hosted a dance for our neighboring schools. Thank you to the room parents, volunteers, and teachers that made this evening fun for all. Thank you to the students for their enthusiasm, sharp dress, and involvement. On Saturday, our community celebrated the Halloween Festival. Thank you to Mrs. Shelley and Ms. Padilla for putting together such a fun event. Thank you to the Girl Scouts for putting together and running the games as well. From the cake walk to cotton candy, it was a wonderful event!
Happy Halloween! Please join us on Thursday morning in the gym at 8:15 for a costume parade. Parents who wish to join us, please park in the church parking lot or in the school parking lot after 8:00. On Friday, we will celebrate All Saint’s Day with mass at 8:30. Please join us for this very special day, as our kindergarten class will be our “saints.” As a reminder, all students should be in full uniform. Also, if your family would like to bring in a photo, drawing, or the name of someone who has passed away, we will have a space to remember them by in the office.
Finally, if your child rides his/her bike to school, please be sure to check that they are wearing a helmet. All riders will be required to have their helmet on prior to leaving the school gates each day.
LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CLASSROOM
P.E – Mr. Burke has been leading our younger student in a motor development program. The students are given the opportunity to work on their balance, and coordination skills.
Music – Mr. Montanero has been working with the students in each grade teaching them the mass songs. We are truly blessed.
Have a great Halloween!
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
Thursday, October 31
Halloween Parade in
the Gym
8:15 a.m.
Friday, November 1
All-School Mass for All-Saints Day
8:30 a.m.
12:30 Dismissal
Tuesday, November 5
TK-4th Grade Mass
8:30 a.m.
Clicking on the image above will allow you to open a Google Calendar and, if you wish, add it to your own calendar.
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 this Friday, November 1st, before the De La Salle game for a tailgate party at the lunch benches beside the gym. 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!
Dine & Donate Fundraiser
Get ready! Our next delicious Dine & Donate Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at Yalla Mediterranean, which is located at the Ygnacio Plaza Shopping Center (across from Heather Farms). Yalla Mediterranean will generously donate 50% of total sales back to our school!! This ALL DAY fundraiser is good on all dine in or to go orders from 10:30am to 9pm. So pick up some lunch and come back again with your friends for dinner! Please help us spread the word by sharing the fundraising flyer on your social media accounts! (You can click on the image to the right to download the flyer.)
Remember you can present the fundraising flyer or SIMPLY MENTION you’d like to support St. Francis of Assisi School and they will take care of everything. See you there!
Click on the image below to download your order form.
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 TOMORROW!
A reminder that Family Donation Intent Forms are due tomorrow, October 31. Per the school contract, every 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 tomorrow, 10/31. After 10/31, the family donation will increase to $100.
Questions? Please contact the Auction Chairs: sfaauction2020@gmail.com
Auction Procurement Committee Volunteers Needed!
We are seeking volunteers to join our Auction Procurement Committee. As a part of this committee. you would be helping to procure corporate and business donations for use during our silent and live auction. This is an excellent opportunity for families who want to earn service hours on their own time!
Please reach out to Sarah Watson sfaauction2020@gmail.com if you would like to help!
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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