Falcon Newsletter 11-17-21
Thank you to our 3rd graders for the beautiful Veteran’s Day prayer service that they hosted for our Veterans and school. It was a beautiful moment and sharing it with everyone was even better.
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Franco Dandan as our new music teacher. He has had the opportunity to meet with each class and will be with us each Friday morning during mass. We are very excited to have him with us.
This week is a special time for our school community. Conference time is a wonderful way to celebrate your child/ren along with your teacher. Take time to listen to the great successes of your child/ren and help them to set goals as they move forward on their educational journey. Thank you for saying “yes” to Saint Francis of Assisi School
“Stronger Together,”
Mrs. VanderKlugt
Reminders:
  • If your child is attending Falcon’s Nest tomorrow or Friday, please be sure to provide them with lunch. If they do not have lunch, one will be provided for them and parents will be billed.
  • Thanksgiving Break- November 22-28
Run Across America – Part 2
We’re still runnin’… After two months, with an astounding 8,280 laps tallied, we find ourselves 1,800 miles across America, in the old town of Bloomington, Illinois. It’s quiet here, and the people seem friendly, but with temperatures reaching a high of 38 degrees today, you can bet we’ll keep running soon. There is a fun fact about this Midwest city that we’ve run so far to visit… The insurance company, State Farm, was started and is still located here … So, in other words, Jake from State Farm might live here (You didn’t hear it from me, but I think I saw him at the Applebee’s last night).
We’re 1,000 miles from our goal!! Can you believe it?? The amount of effort and enthusiasm the students have poured into this process, leaves me no doubt that we’ll meet our goal before Christmas (I’ve always wanted to have a New York Christmas).
So, my only question is this… When we get to the East Coast, and we can see the Atlantic Ocean and the Statue of Liberty… How are we gonna get home? Should we run?
Here are the updated numbers. Happy November!
1st grade – 585 laps = 130.1 miles
2nd grade – 612 laps = 136.5 miles
3rd grade – 1,350 laps = 300.4 miles
4th grade – 1,605 laps = 356.6 miles
5th grade – 1,580 laps = 351.2 miles
6th grade – 1,245 laps = 276.8 miles
7th grade – 1,303 laps = 289.5 miles
St. Francis School – 8,280 laps = 1,840 miles. Updated 11/16
A Message From Choicelunch
As consumers, we’ve all encountered rising food prices in grocery and restaurants in recent months. Choicelunch is no more insulated from these increases than any other business. We do our best to anticipate increases in our costs in the spring when we set prices for our upcoming school year. In typical years, we’re able to predict moderate increases and keep the price to our families steady for the entirety of the school year. This year has been anything but typical.
This school year, our costs have risen far higher than we anticipated. Our wage rates are over 20% higher than pre-pandemic levels, and our food costs and packaging costs are up over 10% and 50% respectively. While we expected increases in all these categories in the spring when we set our pricing, there was no way we could have predicted increases at these levels.
Effective January 3rd, 2022, Choicelunch is increasing the price of our entrees by $0.30 and our a la carte sides by $0.10 to address the rising costs of food, packaging, and labor. The January menu will be published following the Thanksgiving break, and Choicelunch families will be notified via email.
In my 18 years of leading Choicelunch, we have only increased our price in the middle of a school year once – and that was following a year where we actually held our price flat from the prior school year. We’ve been fortunate to operate in a low inflation environment over the past two decades. In the past, even when prices increased in particular categories during the school year, there were either corresponding decreases in other categories, or the impact of the increase was manageable enough that we could absorb it. This year, costs are up – and up dramatically – across the board.
Choicelunch remains committed to delivering a great service to our schools, students, and families. We take our work seriously and appreciate the strong partnerships we maintain with our schools. We’re grateful for the trust you put in our company to deliver on our promise to your community every day.
Thank you for your trust, partnership, and understanding during unprecedented times.
Best,
Justin Gagnon
CEO, Choicelunch
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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